Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A Christmas Tale

And it came to pass that when the King was mocked by the Money Changers in The Temple for the treasury was empty and the empire was shrinking – even into dust, in a rage he sent 200 mercenaries, saying to them: 'lay waste to yet more of the lazy peasants in the villages for they maketh little and cost too much. Doeth it and I will enrich you'




 And these peasants were sore afraid for they were blinded by Beelzebub who had closed their eyes to their goodness; pouring poisons into their ears saying ‘there is no work and no where to hide - you are not of our grade’. And many, groaning with a loud voice, said: ‘O Labour Market, receive us into thy bosom’. And lo many ads did suddenly appear in the vacancy pages and jobs were found – yeah even better than those they had left, in lands flowing with milk and honey. And a light shone about them, for the angel of the Market was with them, watching over them. They sung songs, and drank much in thanks for their salvation.



Here endeth the first lesson.


18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Talking of job adverts, why does CSC UK seem to have got rid of hundreds of project managers yet seem to be sending out begging emails to staff to apply for project management roles.

I guess you could imagine that this is because they've realised they got rid of too many project managers, but I suspect that it just means they want to get some lower paid people to try to be project managers... with predictable results.

Good project managers are hard to come by in CSC, they were a rare beast indeed. This is unlikely to make that any better!

Anonymous said...

I think you have summed it up.. good PMs hard to come by in CSC.

So they have got ridden of the over paid dross in the company and now getting good PMs for a lower cost.

PMs are freeloaders, industry standard. Get everyone else to do the work for them... CSC internal ones are the best as no one takes any notice of them :-)

Happy Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Christmas - cancelled at CSC!!!

No parties unless pay yourselves.

Ex-colleagues of mine all having swanky parties laid on by a thank full company. Not the same at CSC... whilst Lawrie counting his millions, reminds me of Scrooge...

Anonymous said...

Actually, I disagree...

A good PM is a joy to work with, one who can listen to your roadblocks and go away and get things moving.

A bad PM is the one who thinks he/she knows everything and doesn't listen to the technical experts and just shouts at people to get things done.

I can't imagine giving PM roles to the inexperienced is what a company who is supposed to be a market leader actually needs.

Good luck in your new PM role Anony 10:20 ;-)

Anonymous said...

CSC does project watching, not project management. Layers of admin collecting RAG reports and passing up the chain, no-one acting on them until its too late. Even good PMs got stuck doing reporting instead of managing.

Anonymous said...

That has always been the status quo - you want a Christmas party, you grab a few colleagues and go to the pub out of your own pocket. The only thing we "plebs" ever got at Christmas was either chocolates or a key ring that weighed more than a baby elephant but these gifts were stopped long ago.

In the 7 years I have been with CSC I don't recall there ever being a Christmas party.

Anonymous said...

and lets not forget ePMO and it's predecessor EPMF

Anonymous said...

Stock as of this posting is looking favorable (mid 60s). How long the upward trend continues is a question not easily answerable. Conditions within the corporation highlighted in the many postings over the past year continue to have an erosive effect. How long before corporate instability translates into an economic downturn might be one other question that needs to be addressed.

Anonymous said...

Our group of Csc ***** Christmas party has more ex Csc than present.... All organised through Csc email.

Anonymous said...

Excellent article when read carefully presents a sobering CSC landscape: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/fedbiz_daily/2014/12/csc-buyout-invetiable-hardly-one-analyst-says.html

Anonymous said...

CSC share price is a miracle we should all celebrate at this special time of the year!

Anonymous said...

Could not be any clearer.. SELL YOUR SHARES while you can!

Anonymous said...

Interesting article from the BizJournal.

Sell off NPS? Interesting idea I suppose, but what would CSC do with the money?

a) invest in some major R&D, staff development and some big time M&A in the commercial services direction?

b) Spunk it all buying back shares so the senior management could all run away with the cash? Sorry, I mean "maximise shareholder value".

To be honest, I'm not sure which bit of CSC is the bigger train wreck - commercial or NPS? Roughly the same disappointing performance, only one of them is only performing badly because the pork barrel feast is currently slightly running light... I'm sure that will change and the Federal Guvmint will be back to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on failed systems, then ordering another one from the same supplier, just like they always have.

Anonymous said...

So CSC UK made over 3000 people REDUNDANT in last 5 years. Now have 75 vacancies!!!

http://www.csc.com/uk/ds/91793-career_search

This company is scandalous.

Anonymous said...

Not quite vacancies - a large number of people are being asked to reapply for their own jobs in the UK - trouble is the rumour mill intimates that only a 1/3 of the jobs have vacancies - so assume the other 2/3 will be show the door at some point..

Anonymous said...

Mike Lawrie's office has issued the following response:
"God omnipotent, is mustering in his clouds on our behalf, armies of pestilence and they shall strike your children yet unborn and unbegot, that lift your vassal hands against my head and threat the glory of my precious crown…You wretches, detestable on land or sea, you will seek equality with lords and are unworthy to live. Give this message to your colleagues - rustics you were and rustics you are still. You will remain in bondage, not as before, but incomparably harsher. For as long as we live we will strive to suppress you and your misery will be an example for posterity. However, we will spare your lives if you remain faithful, choose now which course you want to follow."

Anonymous said...

I heard from a reliable source that "someone" was doing Due Diligence on CSC about 3 or 4 weeks ago, take it for what it's worth.

Anonymous said...

AT & T and it did not go well. CSC is overpriced and Wall Street won't accept that fact. When stock starts going down on 3 quarter results you will see major changes. Look for a price of $52 being generous.