There are a few rumors that other large employers in the Twin Cities are looking at these two companies and how they deal with the outsourcing as a test to see if they too will follow.
596 Best Buy employees became a part of Accenture while 130 were laid off.
Around 400 information technology and finance employees of Carlson were laid off and roughly 140 became employees of IBM.
Another interesting statistic is that 15% who have made the change from corporate employee to contractor with their former employer leave.
The article has two stories of former employees returning as contractors and the hurdles they have faced.