“We have an obligation to our men and women overseas—nearly 5,000 in number—who have all been guaranteed jobs when they come home from the service of their country.”
Thomas J. Watson Sr., IBM Systems Service Classes, Endicott, April 9, 1945
Thomas J. Watson Sr. and his shareholders implemented a policy of giving the returning veterans one- or two-weeks’ vacation between the time when they reported back to the company after the war and when they started work—a wartime to peacetime readjustment period paid for by the company.
Tom Watson was also proud of the fact that the company prioritized hiring back servicemen who had not worked for the corporation.
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Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.