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Rolls-Royce plans to trim work force by 6%

There are 26 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jan 12, 2008, titled Rolls-Royce plans to trim work force by 6%. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Rolls-Royce Group , which manufactures aircraft engines, said Friday it intends to trim nearly 6 percent of its work force.

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Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jan 12, 2008
Why doesn't the crack Star reporting team of business reporters like Ketzenberger ever take notice that Rolls-Royce engages in systematic, yet legal age-discrimination. They hire 2,000 young employees, then they announce a big layoff. The layoff consists of half older folks and half younger folks. The younger layoffs are the sacrificial lamb in order to prove that age discrimination does not exist at Rolls-Royce when it comes to force reductions.

Then as sure as the sun rises, Rolls-Royce will rehire and replace those 2,000 layed off with younger employees. This happens every 2 years or so. The average age then drops drastically whenever this happens.

So the stock price gets a bounce because all of the analysts think RR is cutting costs, the management excercises their options and get rich, and RR lowers their cost structure by GETTING RID OF older employees. Little do they know that RR is really on a youth hiring spree.

I have been there 10 years and have seen this unethical action time after time after time. Every time, it is billed as process efficiency reductions. Interestingly enough, RR will call it a skillset mismatch and then hire younger people the year following the large layoff. Their business is good. They have no need to reduce heads. They have more business than they have heads for now. It's just that the heads they have are too old for them...unless you are in management

Where is Ketzenberger? Should not he be doing some real reporting instead of being a mouthpiece for RR and other large corporations? None of the star business reporters are in fact reporters. They are PR machines for the large corporations and their unethical actions.

Where is your soul Indy Star? Where is your conscience and your ethics? Do you only report what RR wants you to report and push the rest under the carpet?

Peoples lives are being ruined.

Please, let the people know what is happening.

A Rolls-Royce Manager stuck in the politics of discrimination
Tim W

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Jan 12, 2008
Yea, I'm an upper manager there, and this is all true. IF we mention it, then we are on the list. SO we just do our jobs like good soldiers....

Newington, CT

#3 Jan 21, 2008
Lets get a refund from Rolls-Royce. The state of Indiana paid cash and tax breaks worth tens of millions of dollars to Rolls-Royce, with the understanding they would "create a new engineering center in Indianapolis" and add "hundreds of jobs". If they lied to the governor, and are reducing jobs instead, they should be forced to return the cash, and the tax breaks should be cancelled.
Indiana Post

Florence, KY

#4 Jan 21, 2008
Businesses in Indiana are just trying to survive. Only the medical,hospitals and funeral home industries are doing great-folks are either hurting or dying to get in.
Jessie Anderson

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Jan 22, 2008
rolls royce is a good company but needs to stop these layoffs it is ruing people's lives including mine. my best friend's husband has worked at RR for 25 years, he is good at his job and loves it. he is at a very high risk of being layed off. if he is layed off they will have to move out of state.
RR needs to layoff the lounger people because the older folks will retire soon then they can hire more people in later years to replace them. the older the person the better they are at their job.
I hope that you know how much that job has helped and needs to stay where it is.
please stop all of these large layoffs.
why not

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jan 22, 2008
Rolls-Royce has always been a discriminating company. All of the above is true. They run a good-ole-boy network and it will never change. I'd rather become homeless before I would take a job there. It is not worth the stress of worrying about if you are going to have a job the next day or not.

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jan 24, 2008
Rolls-Royce will be laying off a significant number of people global. It is my understanding that the Indianapolis plant will not be affected as much as other areas, but some reductions will take place. This will mostly affect the white collar employees.

Redwood City, CA

#8 Jan 25, 2008
So who gives a crap about RR ??? Ford just offered buy-outs to 56,000 hourly workers in North America... this is after they put up their factories as collateral on loans... as management took millions in performance-based rewards.

No wonder American workers are hurting.... American managers, on a global scale, suck.

Palo Alto, CA

#9 Jan 25, 2008
Buzzard wrote:
So who gives a crap about RR ???
About 4000 people locally.... idiot!
Steve Dwyer

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Jan 26, 2008
I run Rolls-Royce in Indy (CEO). We are unethical. Sue me! However, I get real good bonuses and perks because I screw alot of people. That is why they hired me. I am your worst nightmare. The more droids I layoff, the bigger my paycheck is!!!! hahahahahahahahahah

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Jan 26, 2008
44 yrs in indy

United States

#12 Jan 26, 2008
dayam and i was gonna buy a rr next year ( after i won the lotery ) hhahahahahahaha

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jan 26, 2008
hmm wrote:
<quoted text>About 4000 people locally.... idiot!
You may 'hmm' me.

Palo Alto, CA

#15 Jan 28, 2008
Buzzard wrote:
<quoted text>
You may 'hmm' me.
You may grow a brain.

Plainfield, IN

#16 Jan 28, 2008
hmm wrote:
<quoted text>You may grow a brain.
One of the best 'hmmm' jobs I've ever had. My compliments, go work in a Carmel M-Parlor.

Palo Alto, CA

#17 Jan 28, 2008
Buzzard wrote:
<quoted text>
One of the best 'hmmm' jobs I've ever had. My compliments, go work in a Carmel M-Parlor.
Your insight to the RR working environment is amazing. You're a good candidate for management. A lot of hot air but no substance.
More of the Same

Cary, IL

#18 Dec 18, 2008
The good old boy (and girl) network is still alive the thriving. For all of the lip service for improving effiency and quality, there is no leadership driving those words. Upper management is not on site. The middle managers are busy being face-less and covering for their jobs. They will put any employee out so as to protect themselves first then (perhaps) they will protect their "friends" then, possibly their direct reports. They don't seem to care about accuracy of data, if uncovered, if it hurts their security.
Good company overall. They just have some poorly sloted management that is ruining their chance of keeping quality employees.

Saint-clet, Canada

#19 Jan 10, 2009
Rolls Royce is like any other corporation, you need to make money to be in business, however, this seems to be the world we live in, get screwed all the way. I know some people who are getting laid off and guess what, all the new young people they hired, bye bye, and guess who stays, the old guys who do... like in every union, nothing. Thanx unions for protecting the buttheads who really don't do anything.
Discrimination Rolls

Victoriaville, Canada

#20 Nov 11, 2009
100% for Roy
Martinsville, IN

I can't agree more Rolls Royce always a place for age discrimination not to mention about racist too.

Bravo Rolls Royce, lay off more people and screw them all. might be closed your business as well.

For the managers, just wait your turn, what's goes around will come around too.
RR is a joke

United States

#21 Dec 29, 2009
this place (RR Indy) is a joke. so many overpaid useless people who still bitch about there job when the only thing they have to do is push an on/off button all day. Then they want to complain about not making enough money? HA! I guess the worrying about future layoffs should be the trade-off for getting paid to do something my cellphone could be programmed to do.

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