I decided to join some IT forums on FB and find out for myself what’s going on. I’ll be collecting some firsthand accounts, much like I did with the Common Core and public school stuff.
Here is a post from someone:
I was watching the video from the outsourced Disney IT staffer. I’ve been hearing stories like this for several years. I have seen signs of it in my own specialty for quite a while, plus offshoring, along with people working very long hours because of short staffing. As an IT professional, I consider the misuse of H1B to be beyond disgusting. We’ve been told over and over by members of Congress that this is meant to fill areas where there are shortages of experienced people. Yet I go to events full of people in IT who can’t get work, I’ve even talked to hiring managers who are given such absurd rules of who they can hire that H1B turns into an option for them. I see job specs that are beyond absurd – all sorts of tech and business skills that take many years to acquire, yet they only want 1-2 years experience. You can smell the H1B excuse being put together.
What I don’t get; companies like Disney need customers who can afford their goods and services, yet they cut way back on their US jobs so heavily that sooner or later no one will be able to afford them. Super short sighted. And it is killing the middle class.
And here are some replies to said post:
I worked for AIG back in the 90’s, just after they had laid off most of their programming staff and sent their jobs to India.
It had absolutely nothing to do with the Indians being better programmers, they were cheaper.
Finally, after all these years, this nightmare is finally getting some attention.
I had a cousin laid off by AIG years back; wonder if there was any connection to H1B.
Old Hank Greenberg was a pioneer in offshoring. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did use H1bs too.
There was a lot of anger at the NJ data center after the layoff, but the remaining employees felt powerless to do anything.
There was high turnover and it was basically what I’d call a “sweatshop”.
GREED at the top. Other people can be (and are) greedy, but the upper-executives can actually DO something about padding their own pocketbooks, so they do. Their wages are already sky-high, but MORE $ is what they want, and a golden parachute to boot.
And another post:
Texas Public Schools have been using visa worker teachers for years. Other districts include San Antonio/Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Don’t know if other states are doing it.
It’s flaming disgusting. Bet Scot Walker, Kochroach Bros., DeVos gang love it – they think teachers are overpaid. Let them try teaching for a while. They couldn’t handle it.
And here are some replies to that one:
I posted one below about public school teachers…One I easily remembered because it was such a large lawsuit…I recall reading other stories of teacher trafficking in the Chicago area if I am not mistaken…and complaints of their older American teachers being pushed out who were vocal about it..It’s probably pretty widespread by now.
When I first started researching this stuff 4-5 years or so ago…it looked like Nurses and IT workers have been hit the hardest, with teachers on the chopping block right behind those professions. Also, the lawyer who gave the seminar on “how to avoid hiring Americans”…well that lawyer has heavy ties with government…and it looks like said law group is now focusing on medical professions as their target now…radiologists, etc etc etc. Doctors still have some safeguards though….they have their lobbying groups to offer protection…plus stricter rules of course due to quality concerns etc.
meanwhile, here in Texas, the texas workforce commission will tell you unemployment is 4.9% and everybody that wants to work has a job as there are plenty of jobs to go around – our silence enables this
It’s not “our silence”…I’m vocal about it, as are many others here in this group. It’s the silence of others…others who are informed but who choose to not spread information…we can’t force them…you know this. I personally find it disgusting when I have informed friends of this and they chose to ignore it…friends with children no less…but what can you do.
sorry, by silence I mean we are not banding together and forming a coalition of STEM workers with dues each month of say five bucks so that we can air these stories on national tv on a daily basis – we have the resources to compete with the likes of FWD.us and others and go toe to toe with them in the media – but we are silent – that is the silence that I refer to when I say that our silence enables them
Look at who controls the mainstream media t.v….and mainstream internet news…corporations control it…so even if we could collect enough money to air more information it will not be aired mainstream…we would need our own network..you are talking huge $$$… and we would need more than just STEM workers to amass that sort of wealth..and most STEM workers are barely surviving as is.
Now…places like Breitbart have been gaining in popularity and they have reported on these issues…I am hoping to see more of it…but we shall see. My opinion…our best bet is to just inform as many people as we can…and if at least one person spreads information…well it’s a slow chain reaction but better than nothing. I used to go into many different comment sections on various sites posting info…took a break from it because I see more evidence now that many others are spreading info now as well…5 years or so ago I was not seeing hardly anyone saying anything…it’s gaining steam now…gives me a little hope.
In to a response to an article on H1B visa reform, someone said:
I can testify to the accuracy of this article since I was employed at Northeast Utilities which was mentioned in this article. I had to train unqualified H1B individuals who would be taking my job as well as those of 219 other American IT workers at Northeast . When I was let go, my pink slip said I was laid off due to lack of work. Now, 3 years later my job is still there, being done by a H1B but guess who isn’t there – ME – the American IT who had to train the H1B worker who got to keep my job.
Just as a follow-up, I had to sign a non- disclosure document which stated that I would never reveal what went on at Northeast or I would be sued for my severance. I decided to not hide in the shadows but to talk as to what actually happened and the effects it has on the lives of those of us who get replaced by H1Bs.
Here is another post:
H1 B visa attracting the Best and brightest … BALLS ! what a shitty joke is that … Speaking as someone who was unceremoniously chased out of Engineering because my prospective employers preferred to hire two Indians for the price of me (good luck with that, BTW), there are plenty of home-grown American girls and boys who can hold their own against the “skills” of South Asian slave labor. these HI B assholes then sponsor their wheel chaired parents and gand parents who to come to the land of the “FREE” and become net PARASITES consumers of our social benefits … H1B is a giant sop to the likes of FaceSHIT and Disney, allowing them to pocket more profit while tossing Americans out of work !
And another post:
You would feel the same way if you were in our shoes. you dont understand, people are losing their homes, and cannot find jobs right away because foreigners are here taking all the jobs for cheap. Hes hit it on each point, even interviews. I had a friend who was doing a job, it got outsourced, he went in for a interview for his job, his tech interview consisted of the indian managers asking him what dropdowns , lists would he use. Nobody has this stuff memorized, instead of looking at his skill set, he was set up to fail and did. The funny thing is when his time was up they couldnt repace him because they couldnt find anyone to take over his job. Eventually they found someone, and they released him. Americans are angry and rightly so.
And another post:
I’ve had friends that told me to get over it, its a global economy. yeah well, you all paid for my unemployment, my mortgage assistance and for my retraining, so dont think it doesnt hurt you too. Its not right and it needs to stop. I just hope Trump does the right thing. This is why he got elected, people are mad and they arent going to take it anymore. Ive been outsourced twice in a row-years part. First tme, i’ll never forget the indian contractor asked me how I did so much work! After I left I heard they hired 3 indians to replace me. And that manager had the nerve to ask me to help them AFTER i left the company. I told him, sorry, in this country when we leave a job we leave it, if you dont have qualified people to do my job, you should not have told the company you could do it. If you want to rehire me at my rate ok, otherwise sorry. I want to the the laws changed. We have a right to have work in our country.
And another post:
I get about 5 calls and 30 emails a day, all from Indian recruiters, and 99% of them horrible attempts to place me in a position that doesn’t fit my resumes or online profiles. And I mean dramatically; as in mandatory required skills aren’t listed even as buzzwords. They even ignore my header saying “Raleigh NC area only” or my minimum salary. I’ve learned a few things about this.
1. They always try to get you to call them, even though most have extremely poor communication skills and a text based medium like email or chat is far more effective. By talking to you, or by pitching a few month contract with no overtime or benefits on the other side of the country, it’s more likely they can determine your age or visa status. Since young people on visas are willing to move every few months just to stay in the country, or other Indians would not have a problem understanding them.
2. This is a false attempt to place me. The real goal is to be able to claim they performed a “local talent search first” by making sure you aren’t a fit and would never take the job. They can then push lesser qualified people under a visa. IF YOU RESPOND you are helping to provide them confirmation of their attempt.
3. They all seem to use the same mailing and unsubscribe service, and many send the same application form. It’s obviously from centralized sources.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this experience.
And here are some replies to said post:
I too have been contacted in the same manner. I was told that most of them just need to get the contact information to fill their quota to find people. Most of the time when I ask for specifics about the position to confirm that I am qualified they cannot give it to me. Not even the second person that they pass me off to. Most of them want to place me at a company that is out of State. Americans have roots and India citizens will go anywhere. Your assessment is spot on.
Back around 1999 when my name first started appearing in anti-H-1B debates, I got a phone call from a guy selling want ads in a tech magazine (Byte, if memory serves). He was looking for a list of immigration lawyers he could pitch on buying bogus ads “looking” for programmers.
I don’t think they are that organized. These are mom and pop companies and nowadays there are Indian call centers assisting in search and these call centers hire anyone who speaks English. Most of the times they lack basic understanding of computer terminology. I am astonished how low educated group of foreigners completely control the IT recruiting industry. They are even placing the people in DoD. One of the main reasons is the collusion between hiring managers and recruiters.
There’s corruption going on. Want to know how could those Indian IT schools guarantee their graduates a job? They give kickbacks to hiring managers who in turn hire them.
Locals don’t stand a chance.
.corruption,nepotism—according to CIS.org 42% of H1B goes to people from just 2 Indian States (Andhara and Tamil Nadu) ….instead of IT industry , it seems a Tech Mafia more successful than South American Cartels
You are spot on Kevin and Sarab. Since ethics and moral is dead now, the government should bring some form of check and balance in the system to break this collusion between the agencies and hiring managers. This is infectious.
You’d be surprised how organized it is even as individual mom & pop efforts; there are public forums telling fellow Indians how to act in America, answers to certification test questions, what interviewers want to hear to every variety of interview question, getting fake education credentials, etc. Lots of resources available to individuals.
I won’t even work with a recruiter unless they are American. I don’t like giving the India recruiters my time. When my husband was looking I told him not to work with any of them too. He quickly learned that they were a waste of time since they all try to get you to relocate to a different State.
I’m willing to relocate to another state … but the quality of matches to my experience is poor. I can get a much better return on my time looking on my own. Also, given the overall situation, it’s beyond annoying to consider letting Indian companies be a middleman and take a cut when an American company is employing an American worker, even albeit for a temp contract role.
It is ridiculous! 90% don’t match my skills at all. For those that are close or if I can refer someone, I will try to get rate information to see if it’s even worthwhile to pass it along (especially if travel is involved). Many times they try to duck the question about rate or salary by saying “it’s open.” No way.
For anyone sending me an e-mail with a rate from the early 90’s ($25-$30 per hour Corp to Corp, for example) they get a Nastygram telling the to call 1-800-H1B-VISA.
I guarantee that the Indian job shops are skirting H1-B restrictions by brining over L-1 visa holders.
Some of these recruiters have a quota. They have to get X number of resumes for a given job in the next 24 hours. Their email messages seem to always use the word “URGENT” in caps. Then you discover that the job is a 3 month gig for $25/hour 2000 miles away.
I once was called by an Indian woman – I spoke kindly to her in the beginning. I then told her “You are calling from India are’t you?” She replied sheepishly, yes she was. That explained much to me. At the time I was puzzled how these people survive in the USA. This was 4 years ago. Since then I found about Magic Jack, then everything fell into place. I quote Wiki.
“Magicjack is a device that plugs into a USB port on the user’s computer (or in the case of magicJack Plus, plugs directly into a router) and has a standard RJ-11 phone jack into which any standard phone can be plugged. This allows the user to make unlimited phone calls to the U.S. and Canada.” Bottom line, Indians use US VoIP numbers and make it appear that they are working from the US. Magic Jack is only ONE of hundreds of these type of services.
Another trend I have noticed is that the Indian recruiters will interview a USA citizen, feed them hope for a job, but it is a setup to make these Indian recruiters look like they are actively recruiting American people when the actual final outcome is to hire the Indian. The USA IT person is left holding the bag.
Linkedin is where most of these India-based subcontractors with Magic Jack devices operate on. ALL honest US based recruiters on the site are SICK of these sub-contractors plying their Fakery and trade on Linkedin. As if 50% of the market cornered by the BIG-4 was not enough, these Fake bastards sitting in India are trying to gain a foothold in the rest of the 50% of the market as well and are succeeding lots of times. Honest US based recruiters are one-tenth of the number of these Fake CON-artists in India. Just by their sheer numbers they are able to contact MORE and MORE people in the USA (companies, honest recruiters, candidates ) they are mostly OPT, but since there are close to a million work visas these con-artists try to get a hold of ANY-Indian with any work visa-lawful or illegally gained and have been successfully placing them in IT jobs in the past few years.
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I receive an e-mail from an Indian recruiter (besides others) that started off with this
Hope you are doing Good..
!!! H1-B ONLY LOCAL –
Title: Web Systems Administrator
Location: Edgewater Park, NJ
Duration: 6 month+ contract
Ajaz Khan |Sr. Technical Recruiter
Panzer Solutions LLC
50 Washington Street,
9th Floor, SONO Corporate Center
Norwalk CT 06854
Voice: 203-652-1444 /Ext: 149
And here is another post:
I get many calls and contacts from Indian IT recruiters doing resume screen scrapping matches, from various databases. Most of these have no context about my previous or current employment, no context of my geo location or preferences as a US citizen. Feels like a Visa worker, no home roots, shell matching game. 😉 Wonder if all these false hits, are being used in any way to discredit American worker availability or tech readiness?
Here is a comment that I found on a Breitbart article:
>There are no Americans to take these jobs.
This is a lie, these jobs have plenty of qualified applicants, the employers simply make up fake postings with hyper-specific requirements custom-tailored to an H-1B applicant they already had in mind but unnecessary for the job, and then they post those in the local paper to prove that they “tried” to find a qualified domestic worker.
The other trick they use is going on LinkedIn, finding currently unemployed programmers who are in a different specialization (obviously not a fit for the position, like finding a C++ native programmer when what they need is a web developer), then they set up a phone interview to get that applicant’s contact information, and once they have that information they never contact the applicant again and ignore his/her phone calls.
For them, it’s all about gathering evidence that they tried to hire a domestic worker without actually intending to. They deliberately construct a process where the attempt is meant to fail. This fraud is very common and the fines for being caught are very low.
Go talk to domestic tech workers some time, almost all of them have experienced this at one point or another, and we’re all aware of the low quality of H-1B applicants. India is one of the worst abusers, these “educated” workers mass cheat their way through university and their work is widely agreed to be of uniformly poor quality. The liberal universities don’t want to be called “raycis” by cracking down on the mass cheating and they argue “it’s part of their culture”, so they ignore it.
It’s unbelievable the fraud Indians and H-1B employers get away with. H-1B is harming the American worker and damaging tech quality and reputation. It’s about time American tech workers got a President who is willing to crack down on the abuse of this terrible program.
And another comment from said article:
Go Daddy CEO is LYING just like stingy, Zuckerberg. They want the foreign workers for 2 reasons: they can pay them LESS than Americans and they can have more CONTROL over them than American employees
And here are some replies to said comment:
Exactly. My exhusband was in IT and in the dotcom days, there were a lot of jobs he was making more in 2001 than he is making now because the jobs he was doing, got taken up by all foreigners. Every good job started to dissolve and its great if you have a high degree, but the low-to-mid range jobs are not for Americans or even advertised anymore.
There’s an important third reason you’re missing – the glut of tech labor causes wages to stagnate. Suppose wages in the software industry have been depressed by $10k, a figure I would call extremely conservative, because of all of the foreign labor that has flooded the market. Microsoft employs two hundred thousand people, and let’s say half of those people are engineers – also a conservative figure. That’s a billion dollars a year savings, on top of the savings they clear from paying H-1Bs reduced wages. The few billion dollars that Bill Gates gives to charities as a distraction is nothing compared to what he’s getting payed in dividends by promoting the visa scam.
Correct. If you look at Michele Malkin’s, book Sold-Out, she /her co-author document how for years greedy, ultra-STINGY companies like FASCISTbook, Microsolft, etc. have been pushing for years for more foreign visa workers. Ultra-hypocrite Zuckerberg have been paying very large sums of INFLUENCE (bribe) money to Obama/ other political sluts/ whores to sell-out American workers. Also some of these ultra-greedy companies have paid ZERO federal taxes while even receiving corporate welfare for many of these deceptive work visa scams.
Here is another post from the FB IT forum:
The corporate lobby and the greedy politicians have lied so much about the skill shortage that no one with an iota of common sense believes them anymore. Lets assume for a moment these workers are really “high skilled”, how come their spouses get to work at the expense of the Americans. Are they presumed to be “High Skilled” just because they marry these workers. How about the students on OPT? How come they can apply for these visas with zero experience and be considered “High Skilled”.
Another lie that is perpetuated too often is only the body shops are the problem here and the companies like Google , Apple, Disney genuinely need the visas but the truth is they are undercutting the local worker in the same way, they just have more money to payoff the opinion makers.And they are able to get the cheap labor because the alien worker gets to live in the most advanced ,prosperous ,secure country in the world ie at the back of American taxpayers.
The solution is pretty simple. Test the market place for skill shortage and the wage gap. Scrap the H1B,L1,OPT right away. Any company that needs to import “highly skilled” workers should be made to pay atleast $150K minimum. The worker should be temporary ie no possibility of a green card/citizenship. The company should get a year to find a replacement or train the local staff. If they are unable to do so, the temp worker should get a 25% raise every year for a maximum of 5 years. This is a win win for everyone except the greedy companies.
Lets not believe these doomsday scenarios that predicts economic meltdown without imported workers. Remember every economist predicted a stock market crash in case of a Trump’s victory. These paid shills don’t sound very smart now , do they?
A study shows that computer programmer employer is down 11% because of H1B visas: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/02/14/study-h-1b-visas-reduced-computer-programmer-employment-by-up-to-11/
Here is another post:
MZ and other tech billionaires want slave labor and profits so they misguide our public and the President and senators and congressman that Americans are dumb, dont have skills or training to work in their companies so they need H1B visas and more than before. If they had their way, they would not hire even one American. One CS grad from UC Berkeley, topper from his HS, with 4.3GPA and 8 APs, one of only 2 students to get into UCB from his HS, applied to all the companies, including FB and did not get an interview. He is practically unemployed or underemployed for past 3 years. He gets job offers of 40k to 60k in silicon valley small firms, where the rent is $2500 for a room. The sad thing is that our CA congressman and senators depend on them for their election $$$$$ and do not fight the H!B visas. DOL knows its all fraud and that there are plenty of CS grads in America. Many work in small tech firms at 40 to 60k a year. Thankfully President Trump has atleast talked about the problem. The big tech companies have so much money that they have literally brainwashed the people and the the govt. The tech companies dont hire American grads as they would need to give benefits, and cant make them work 24/7 like they can do with H1B visa recipients. Microsoft interviewed some of the UCB grads, and told them to go work in start ups in the phone interview. MS did not even invite them for an interview in Seattle, greedy, dont want to pay for the interview. I hope President Trump does something about discontinuing H1B visas totally until our American citizen CS grads are fully employed.
If they dont get jobs, we the tax payers are on the hook for their $180K student loans for their education, as they cant pay it back.
And here is a post on a Breitbart article:
Less than 40% of the grads from some of the nations top schools including Cornell and UC Berkeley, in STEM, can verifiably find post-graduation jobs. That’s a national disgrace that so many of our best and brightest are being thrown away merely to hire foreigners.
Here is another post from the IT FB forum:
Go to Best Buy and you will be surprised how many kids working there with BS in Comp Sci because they can’t get a corp job.
And here are some replies to said post:
I was at my car dealership recently and my service rep was a recent grad with a Computer Science degree.
but it gets worse folks, many of us have had our credit destroyed because of lack of work – I was recently hired at walmart for a whopping ten per hour only to be told that they couldn’t bring me on because my credit was bad
Damn. It sickens me that companies aren’t required to compensate those affected much more generously. Not as though these companies are losing money. Just greedy execs funding their second and third vacation homes.
And here is another post:
Americans should cancel their FB accounts and should stop using Ebay. Ebay has more than 50 % foreign workers. I was told by an EBay employee on H1b that 80% workers in silicon valley are Indian or foreigners. Despite 500 million more spent by Hillary and full support from the tech billionaires and King Buffett, Trump won the WH on the silent and not so silent votes of the victims, who nobody paid attention to. If Trump does what he said he would do, he is sure to get the 8 years. Maybe tech tycoons should think again.
And another post:
The big tech companies are not tryng to hire qualified US citizens. Microsoft gives telephone interviews to CS grads from top UCs and tells them to go work in start ups. They have no intention of hiring them. FB does not even give an interview to US grads. Google gives phone interviews and rejects US grads and only considers US citizens with Masters degrees, but will hire H1B with bachelors degrees. All these tech firms should be forced to give names of US CS grads they interviewed and rejected and reasons for rejecting them, before they are give labor certification by the DOL. I believe the US college students in STEM field should all write to the POTUS that the H1B visas should be discontinued totally and the exceptional talented people should come on the exceptional talent category. These students who will graduate with 180k in loans need to get jobs otherwise students wont go to college in the future as there will be no reward for going to college and spending huge amount of money. In addition to jobs going to H1B visas, the foreign students who graduate from US universities are allowed to work for 2 or 3 years without H1B so that also takes away jobs from US citizens. I was told by some Indians that going to US Unversities is the easiest way to settle in the US.
And here is another post:
The STEM skill shortage myth is the root of the issue that needs to be exposed. Everything is based off of that. Why are we not importing lawyers, journalists, doctors en masse like we do tech workers? Heck congress with a rating in teens can use some best and bright senators from abroad. The reason we don’t import these professionals is because they have powerful lobby, strict standards and a compliant media. We can’t even get medicine from Canada but when it comes to the tech labor ,be my guest. And why does it happen? The proverbial “shortage”. That’s why the green card should be the only avenue to get an alien into this country. And all the professions should be a fair deal. Try demanding that and watch the visceral pushback.
Here are some comments about H1B visas in response to an online article about H1B visas:
First, let’s dispell with the notion of a shortage. Since 2000 IT salaries across the board have stagnated and dropped when accounting for inflation. When there is a shortage, wages rise. Basic supply and demand.
If there is a shortage, it is of people willing to work at reduced wages. Offshore outsourcing firms have difficulty attracting top talent because they pay so abysmally.
Next, name one time employers said “hey, we don’t have a shortage this year. We should hire local workers instead”. Never to my knowledge. Not in 2001 or 2002 post 9-11 when the economy tanked and unemployment in IT rose. In fact they raised the H-1b cap at that time – the worst possible time when people were trying to get back on their feet. And again in 2008 any talk of surpluses from industry as they shed workers? Crickets.
The bottom line is that you can’t trust a CEO to tell you when a shortage exists. The answer will always be “yes”. You should trust the data.
Unfortunately the circumstances of the labor market have no impact whatsoever on H-1b approvals. There is no relief when Americans are struggling.
Because this visa is based on a false premise of shortages and has been so systematically abused by both foreign and domestic firms, it’s time to take away this tool from companies. They can’t be trusted to use it properly.
If there is a shortage it is in very niche areas. The H-1b doesn’t give preference to workers with those niche skills. Most visas are awarded to outsourcing firms.
Sorry, my generosity is over. No more. The next CEO that claims a shortage had better bring facts to back it up. Not claims always unchallenged by the media. They can say whatever the hell they want if the media doesn’t challenge them and demand proof. But the media relies on them for ad revenue, and I wouldn’t expect the media to demand real answers.
The law fails us. Executives fail to show integrity. The media fails us. So no more. If Trump kills the entire program, you had it coming.
I’ve been developing software for 20 years as well. Many of the criticisms in the article are spot on. I’ve been laid off and then had to compete against folks willing to consider H1-B candidates. They tell me to my face. In order to get a foot into the interview I have to either lower my salary expectations or keep them exactly the same.
As someone else in these comments notes, there is wage stagnation in IT. I agree and I have felt it. I have even had Indian colleagues on green cards tell me *they* were having trouble competing with H1-Bs.
As the article also notes, it might depend on where you are. You can’t have every IT worker living in Austin.
There are some companies which has almost 90% of the employees are on H-1Bs. Not all the H-1B can find a project. In average 25% of the company sits on the bench. Well…There is a TRICK here. Where do they sit ? In California ? No. They sit in India. Why they sit in India ? That way company does not run payroll, Costs…These people can fly to USA in 24 hours. This is totally ILLEGAL.When the company files H-1Bs they get fake SOWs (Statement of Work). In SOW they say that H-1Bs will work at that location bla bla bla between these dates bla bla bla. Company A gets SOW from company B. company B is part of ponzi scheme as well. All FAKE. If you learn what these companies are doing , you will puke. I sometimes find it disgusting…As a human being.
Before the H-1B we got all the all the STEM workers we needed by way of free market capitalism. The free market is fabulous at responding to shortages and surpluses. The H-1B is government manipulation of the market place in favor of employers.
If, as advocates assert, a skill set is in short supply then in a free market that skill set should command a premium not an average wage. The H-1B allows employers to avoid paying that premium wage which harms Americans with that skill set. The employer is only required to pay an average no a premium wage to the foreigner.
We should end the H-1B and other forms of giving jobs to foreigners. That forces economic efficiency. The stronger firms are able to pay up for scarc skills and weaker firms go without. That is makes for a stronger nation. The H-1B allows weak firms to exist where free market capitalism would kill them off leading to a healthier economy.
One of the beauties of free market capitalism is that opinions do not count. Is there a shortage or a surplus? The free market will respond correctly no matter which it is.
I read this and can relate “One of my coworkers is working at a supermarket”.
Yes. I also know IT workers who are no longer working in IT. ALL American IT workers I know are sick of the H1B program. I am sick of it too and want it scrapped. It’s not right!
When there’s a shortage, raise salaries, students respond. IT salaries are flat!
Salary Surveys are not real-world either.
Now American companies are squeezing indian companies even more! Less onshore and more offshore.
Good read, bringing the feelings of those who quit IT due to H1B. I know many myself.
And here are some comments from the FB anti-H1B forum:
I know of at least 3 previously successful STEM professionals (not including VB’s situation) who have been homeless – sleeping in their vehicle due to this nonsense
I was told of a STEM grad in Ohio, a woman, she could not find work, heavy in debt, became depressed and went to heroin usage. Shocked and dismayed the family. The OPT program favors foreign students over ourUSA student time and time again. Great country huh?
Regarding outsourcing and offshoring, the H-1B is a two step: first they outsource, they then offshore. Basically a contractor like the ones that dominate the H-1B program goes to an American employer with something like the following pitch: you have an IT department with individual employees making, say, $140k a year. Fire them all, hire the H-1B contractor, and that will be just the start of your savings! The American employer asks: how will I save money? The H-1B contractor says — because my guys will be paid $60k a year, so even with the contractor cost it’ll be less than 140K. American employer says: how do I know your guys can do the work? H-1B contractor explains: your guys will train my guys. American employer says — but won’t my guys complain? H-1B contractor says — nope: make their severance depend on training their replacements AND a non-disclosure, non-disparagement agreement. American employer says — gee, I’m interested: but you said that just STARTS the savings? H-1B contractor says — yep: because once you’ve replaced, say, 10 Americans with 10 H-1bs who are trained at the work, the H-1B contractor explains they will leave just one or two in the US as management liaison, and ship all the other jobs offshore — they’ll make $25k in India, which is less than $60k in the US, and a LOT less than the $140K the Americans were making in the first place. So H-1B outsourcing is a preliminary step to offshoring the jobs altogether — a SUBSIDY provided to a job-exporting machine by the US government.
The thing is, the H-1B program does two things — and ONLY two things: it subsidizes outsourcers (the job exporting machine I just described), and it DELAYS green cards. So the solution is to kill outsourcing AND deliver green cards, faster. You can’t outsource with green cards because there’s no cost advantage (a guy with a green card doesn’t undercut US wages, they GET American wages), and you can’t offshore with green cards because (being legal permanent residents), they create and keep jobs here.
Here is another post:
Based on my humble observation of the IT industry, I have evidenced that giants like IBM really started this managed service provider (MSP) game from early 2000 itself right after the dot com bubble bust. Like to register this point as many think that only the Indian outsourcing giants are the reason for the H1B and outsourcing abuse going on for more than a decade.
Here is a post from Breitbart:
I’m an American programmer who lost his job in IT last year, pushed out by the flood of H -1B’s from India, outsourcing too.
But I’m determined to get back into the field, very determined.
The entire H-1B visa program should have been named “The Full Indian Employment Act” for that’s what it has been for many years now.
And another post:
I totally agree with you. This system is just cheap tec labor for many large corporations in US. I use to work at Cummins and they did this all the time. Young people in computer fields for US colleges couldn’t get a job for anything. They hired Indians for half wages.
And another post:
In addition to IT, the Biotechnology and Pharma industries have very high numbers of H1b visa workers. It’s become….awkward to be native born. I work in Silicon Valley in the Biotechnology industry. I feel like an outsider as a native-born American. Sometimes though, some white males relish using Asian immigrant females to try and insult native-born women, so the situation is paying off for some people. Only once in a while does an immigrant seem more competent than an average American worker.
Here is a post from a WND article:
There are many of us out here that thrived early in our information technology careers only to be magically too old or too expensive once over the age of 40. We were not given a chance to prove our skills transfer well to changes in methods and computer languages. We were not given a chance to take lower pay and restart our careers as the industry changed.
My guess is a million Americans, probably more, with information technology degrees, many with advanced degrees, have left the industry. Many having a decade and more of experience are underemployed and others are surviving on consulting and short term contract work because imported, cheaper, younger, contract labor have the jobs we used to have. Many of the largest companies use thousands of temporary contract workers to avoid providing benefits and careers.
Saddest of all to me is that so many of the layoff and hiring decisions are made by people grossly unqualified to make them. If pro basketball teams used the same logic, they would have people that have never played and do not know how to play basketball deciding their draft picks based solely on off court interviews.
Incidentally, I completed my Masters in IT a decade ago at age 49. I earned all As. Half of my fellow students were Indians and few others were Chinese. They openly acknowledged my software development and project management knowledge was superior to theirs. I was the only American in my group in one class. My younger Indian group members referred to me as the old smart guy. One of my younger American classmates asked me how I knew so much. None of this mattered once I put my resume out. I was too old, so I continue taking whatever temporary contract development work that I can get. Most my age have not been so fortunate.
Here is a post from the FB IT Forum:
I used to tell people, not only GCs/Citizens are being replaced by H1bs but I’ve seen higher wages paid H-1bs are being replaced by H-1bs (who are with outsourcing companies) and L-1bs (with outsourcing companies). Because, they are more cheaper. All corporates’ main aim is simple – automate everything (That’s what current IT is for) and get to the next level by getting profits through automation. Network/Robotix Security and AI is going to rule the next generation.
And another post:
The issue is simple. offshoring is getting easier the cost difference is 10 to 1. It will not stop. The few jobs that are needed in the US will be filled by young indentured workers with shorter and shorter career than their predecessors. It is not a good scene. I specifically asked in a very nice way not to rant but to get together and find a solution. PLEASE don’t change the direction of this conversation.
And another post:
Remember all of those good paying jobs that Obamacare was going to created? Many, maybe most, of those jobs went to H-1B Dependent contractors. These companies have permeated the workforce. There are hundreds of thousands of H-1B visa recipients all across the country.
And a reply to the post above:
[Name withheld] is absolutely correct. The entire McLean, Northern VA, Dulles-BWI-Fairfax / Loudon County-DC area has been overrun by H1Bs from india… just in the last 7-8 years. It is unbelievable what has happened. This is what Obamacare “achieved” – changed the demographics of DC in less than a decade, and WASTE billions of dollars of taxpayer money.
And another comment:
Probably the biggest abuser of the H-1B visa is the federal government. It is not just Obamacare. You can include the USPS, the Fed, and many, many other federal agencies are hiring out to H-1B Dependent employers, especially in metro Washington, DC.
And here are some posts from a Conservative Review article:
Many folks with technical degrees are not getting hired due to age discrimination (which WorkSource in my state defines as those over 40) as well as being replaced with cheap labor, i.e. H1B workers. Years ago, I worked as a contractor/temp at John Deere Product Development and there was a very large number of asian engineers working there. I’m a 60 year old engineer that had security clearances, and have not been able to land an engineering or other technical position. Most other jobs, I am over-qualified for.
I worked for a company that did that. All the customer service people were American and all the programmers were on visas from the Ukraine and Poland.
Most H-1b visas are going to the Offshore Outsourcing companies, in order to facilitate the removal of jobs from the United States.
This represents an INSANE waste of U.S. taxpayer resources.
Kick the Offshore Outsourcing companies out of the H-1b system, and we will never run out of H-1b visas. Then the auto companies and Silicon Valley will have nothing to complain about.
The Offshore Outsourcing companies can use the U.S. Free Labor market, you know Capitalism. Same as any other ordinary business on Main St. The Offshore Outsourcing companies don’t need any U.S. Federal Government subsidies, indeed to give them help from our U.S. Federal Government, is completely insane.
More than half of the H-1b visas are taken by Offshore Outsourcing companies. The Offshore Outsourcing companies bring in a transient fresher workforce that is trained by better qualified, more experienced, American workers. After the training the American is fired and hits the unemployment line. When enough such replacements have occured, the entire department is moved t India.
In India they call the H-1b visas, the Offshore Outsourcing visa.
If we kicked the Offshore Outsourcing companies out of the H-1b U.S. Federal Government program, we would never have seen a year, since inception, where we ran out of H-1b visas.
And more visas would be available to our domestic technology originating companies.
Look the U.S. has seen a very slow recovery, it is about time we took a look at how our Federal Government programs are hijacked in such a way that it is damaging our economy. H-1b visa is clearly one of those places.
I did postdoctoral biomedical research at a major University in Boston and about 90% were foreigners who came there on a J1 visa, then switched to H1B and later got a green card. Salaries were around 40k a year with no benefits, no 401k, no healthcare etc. I don’t see how a US STEM graduate could afford to do a 4-6 year fellowship on that salary while still paying off student loans. Consequently, US graduates don’t stay in research and cheap immigrants will take their fellowship positions which gives them an advantage over US STEM graduates in the job market later on. It should be much harder for foreigners to get a H1B visa.
This article is 100% spot on. I have witnessed this up close and personal for years in the high-tech industry. In one company, a hard-working engineer on a H-1B suddenly got a significant increase in his paycheck and didn’t know why. His boss, a friend of mine, had no idea why he got it. His boss had to go many layers up to find out what had happened. It turned out that the company had been UNDERpaying the employee, believe it or not, and the government found out and stepped in to force the company to raise his pay to the lowest acceptable level for his job function. So, this company was actually paying this hard-working employee LESS than the already-low standard. This company, along with many others, recently offered an early retirement offer to employees at or over a certain age. This move allowed the company to get rid of many higher paid senior employees, most of whom were natural-born US citizens, to make room for entry-level H-1B employees. This may give a short-term boost to gross margins, but they will pay dearly in the long run. I have also worked with STEM professors, who are struggling in general with dropping STEM enrollments.
It is truly a tragedy to see American students who have worked so hard and spent so much money to get a STEM degree not able to find jobs. I was fortunate to graduate in a different time, when STEM jobs for American citizens were plentiful. Sadly, I think in the not-too-distant future China and other Asian countries will surpass America in pretty much everything STEM-related, including education, and students will no longer be flocking to the US for this type of education. I have traveled to China many times on business, and it is abundantly clear that they are working like crazy to be the best in the world. It appears that it’s just a matter of time, and the dumbing-down of the American school system is helping things accelerate in that direction.
I was shown a site with a bunch of stories of H1B visa abuse: http://www.hireamericansfirst.org/members/h1b_harm_report.aspx
I noticed that CIBER, Inc, one of the companies that was complained about, is on a couple of the lists above:
I whitnessed two executives in my company state; -“We are targeting H1 workers as I can hire 10 of them for 4 Americans” ~Director -“60% of your jobs [referenceing the 100+ Americans in the room] are going to India and Eastern Europe so we can be competitive.” ~CEO
Here is another entry (though for a different company: Providence Health and Services):
After I left the company – I was replaced by an H1B, I am still being continually harassed by the Indian Manager. Every week, I undergo fake interviews with H1B companies asking me for a ‘previous manager’ reference. This is why H1b is harmful to US citizens. New graduates cant get into the the entry level jobs are still held by h1b people, with their fake personas. US citizens who have enough experience cant get higher paying jobs because the H1B presents themselves with fake credentials, all helped by companies who earns from them. This is how they work: 1) They would post a job opening with pay of 80,000 to 110,000 a year… Check cybercoders.com 2) They would screen candidates, US citizens, ask them endless questions from a book, until the candidate fails to answer one. 3) Then they would say no US citizen was able to answer the questions 4) Then they would introduce the H1B contractor. The H1B contractor earns 50,000 a year and then they would pocket the 30,000. Imagine if they have 100 H1B contractors in one company.
Here is someone complaining about Computer Sciences Corporation (can’t find them, so far, on my H1B pusher list, but they are on my Amnesty supporter list and also listed on my outsourcing/offshoring list and appear to be a member of the pro-Amnesty, pro-Common Core Business Roundtable (which IS on the list as supporting more H1B visas), and also appear to be on my lists as having fired someone for not agreeing with the Gay Agenda, appear to be on this list as one of the worst companies to work for, and appear on my Planned Parenthood supporter list, so we already know that they are sleazy.):
Since 1997 I have competed with H-1B programmers with the result that I was forced, time after time, to work on projects with older technologies, despite obtaining a BS in computer science in 1998 and consistent efforts to join assignments involving newer, job-securing technologies. Often I changed jobs so to work with these technologies, and also often I found I was working in a primarily H-1B shop where I was excluded from the work I sought by tightly-banding H-1B workers who manoevered to keep the key technology projects for themselves (even though I originally was hired to work on these projects). Eventually I had to commute further and further just to find jobs which I could get in what I had most recently worked with — generally the older technologies. Finally in November 2011 I as laid off and have not find an IT job. I often see ads for candidates with 2 years experience which the employer is willing to sponsor for a visa. I am an American citizen, have 30 years of varied IT experience, a fairly recent BS in Computer Science and I cannot get a job even as a tester or Business Analyst or low-level programmer, positions I would take, although I would prefer a programmer/software engineer position such as that which I had during the first 30 years of my career.
Here is a video of how some guys are helping companies pull off the H1B scam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU
Here is a comment from someone from Yahoo (which appears on my H1B list MANY times):
I trained/mentored H-1b visa holders, they went back to their country – I was laid off.
I found a comment about a company called Stryker, which, according to here, does indeed seem to be abusing H1B visas):
I have 2 Bachelor’s degrees: BS in Electrical Engineering and BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I also have MS in Electrical Engineering. I also have many years of experience as a hardware and software engineer. For several years, I’ve been unable to find any employment. I was interviewed numeros times, and during those interviewes was openly told that the interview is done for the statutory purposes to hire an H1-B candidate, and they have no intention of hiring me no matter what my qualifications are. The last such an interview and such a rejection occurred in August of 2011. HR rep. Becky Charon of Stryker Corp. conducted a statutory interview with me on August 20, 2011 (Friday), and on August 22, 2011(Sunday), she sent me a rejection letter.
Here is a post from someone complaining about JP Morgan Chase (a really sleazy company):
I was laid off in 2002 and unable to find another position. Then I find out about Orin Hatch and the American Competitaveness Act for the Twenty First Century. Hatch and anyone like him are nothing more than traitors. I had to sell my home, and various other possessions, I was unable to find another job in IT. Another thing that I learned during this period is that menial, minimum wage jobs will not hire you if you have an IT degeree and several years of experience.
Another complaint about Texas Instruments:
Trained a H-1B employee to do my job, then was fired.
Here is another post, with no company listed:
The company I was working at until May 1999 hired an H-1B worker who was doing the same kind of work as me and who I helped train to learn what we did on our team. When layoffs occurred in May 1999, I was let go less than a month after the H-1B employee was hired. The H1B employee remained because the company had hired him under a minimum 2 year obligation as an H-1B transfer. More recently ( about 2 years ago), I discovered that one or more local consulting companies have hired almost exclusively H-1b employees to work on local contracts in Omaha, NE. I discovered while giving one employee that worked with locally, a ride home. I was introduced to 4 or 5 guys staying at the apartment provided thru the consulting company with almost no furniture. No beds, only 1 couch. They told me that they must work for this company 2 or 3 years before the company will apply for a green card for them. The situation for these men is similar to Indentured servants while waiting from their green card to be even applied for. They worked for local companies who wired up computers in their apartment so that these guy could work all day at the office and then go home and work many more hours in evening from home. I’m pretty sure their average pay is less than PERM employees or PERM contractors in Omaha. Hard to compete in this economy with foreign H-1B employees who send half their income out of country. I don’t see how this helps our economy. I believe the IT managers in this area have worked together to give preference to H-1B employees, but have no proof of this. I believe I would be unemployable either full-time or as a contractor in Omaha, which is a small I.T. community, if I spoke publicly about the number of jobs that have been given preference to H-1B employees in Omaha, NE. I would need to speak with somone from your organization before I would consider speaking to the media or being a party in a class action suit.
And another post (of which, I’ve heard similar stuff about pharmaceutical workers being decimated by sleazy corporate tactics from two others online that are in the chemistry profession):
So much has been said of the computer specialists, but scant attention is being paid to the pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical industries. My career as a research chemist has been totally destroyed because of both the H1-B program and job outsourcing to China and India. I know, I have always been the one to train these ‘highly qualified’ chemists. It’s not just the low salary and benefits (not even a 401K!) that is the reason these people are hired, but also because they will NOT speak up in their defense. By extension, these circumstances will apply to any American citizen that works in the lab. I have had several people, even in HR at large pharmaceutical companies tell me that science careers are “immigrant jobs”. After years of complaining and protesting against these circumstances (and making myself a target as a result), and then having the full impact of knowing that I was actually making LESS than a high school teacher after nearly 15 years of experience (with a Masters in both organic chemistry and and MBA), I have decided to simply give up and do the most sane thing I can. I am becoming a high school chemistry teacher. The salary is almost the same, the working conditions are better, and at the end of the day, I can feel reassured that I did not work my ass off just to make some conceited prick in top management more wealthly than he needs to be. And, to top it off, one has to be an AMERICAN CITIZEN to be a public school teacher! From what I hear the dean’s of various teaching programs around NY and NJ, their is a flood of American scientists going into education. It’s such a shame, because how on earth are we going to get kids interested in math and science when the end result is that they won’t have a job if they pursue such a career in the first place. This is first and foremost a national security issue. It must be addressed because science is the future.
Here is a complaint about Phillips Semiconductor:
In 1998 while working for Phillips Semiconductor in Mountain View I was replaced by an H-1b from India. A colleague was replaced at the same time same project by another H-1b. Have personally witnessed foreign labor pools inside every major Silicon Valley company I visited including Philips Semiconductor, HP, Nokia, AMD, IBM, Applied Materials. While living in San Jose my neighbor ( a mid-level HP manager who is black ) was coerced by his Indian management to implement a training policy where his 16 subordinates trained foreign labor replacements. The H-1b L-1 visa is the tool of choice for corporations to replace US workers with cheap foreign labor, marginalize the middle class, and leverage corporate profits.
Here is a complaint about EMC Corp, a group that has appeared on the H1B list many times:
Was layed of along with several other of 40 IT professionals and replaced by H1Bs.
Here is a complaint from someone from GE Healthcare:
I watched as 80% of the US citizens in my department were replaced with foreign visa workers while I was employed at GE Healthcare. Even though I have 15 years of experience in my field working with Fortune 500 companies- and a college degree I have remained either unemployed or under employed since September 2006. Ironically, the same companies that pursued me with offers of employment in the 90’s no longer consider me qualified to do the job I’d already been doing for over 10 years. When I do get interviews, strange things happen- in one case they company had supposedly received a hundred resumes for a software support position. I was one of the people they brought in for an interview- well they didn’t hire any of us and I saw the same position re-posted a few weeks later. This type of situation has been quite common as companies try manufacture evidence to support their claim that there is no qualified US citizen for their job- only to hire an H-1b at a fraction of the going wage.
And another post:
I recently had my last contract ended early due to “lack of work”. However, at the same time I was being sent away, several consultants from India were brought in to work on the same project. This project was entirely managed by Indian-born managers (don’t know if they were U.S. citizens) who exclusively employed Indian consultants (with only two exceptions) from WiPro, a huge Indian consulting company. WiPro regularly treated these managers, along with higher-level American management, to trips to India including luxurious accomodations, lavish night-life, and God knows what else. While on this project, I personally experienced total non-cooperation from WiPro consultants who I was assigned to lead (and other co-workers, with a few exceptions). WiPro went to this projects Indian managers and had me moved to another, lower-level position and replaced by a WiPro senior consultant to lead them instead. I was given inferior, short assignments that lacked requirements and told to do the architecture. Then I was told to do programming which I had been previously told was not required for my contract. The culmination was that I was not even allowed to finish my short projects and the last one was assigned to a WiPro consultant to finish so my contract could be ended. What angers me most is that WiPro is allowed to rotate their consultants, working on projects for this company, every year or less, effectively totally locking out American consultants from being employed. And, this is being done with the knowledge of American senior management and knowledge of their largest (and I think only) customer, McDonalds Corporation, Oak Brook,IL.
Here is a complaint from someone from PG&E, a company that has been reported on before as exploiting H1B visas:
My company was actively hiring Indian contractors through Tata and Infosys at the time I was let go.
Here is a complaint about Adobe Systems Inc.:
I worked for Adobe Systems on contract for 2 months. The company is filled to the ceiling with foreign workers from India, China, and Viet Nam. The Adobe Acrobat project (a $1 billion a year project) is run by a Viet Namese witch named Lily Tran who has never even heard of a GANTT chart. 100% of her staff is female imported Viet Namese workers. Adobe laid off 500 U.S. citizen workers in Dec. 2005 but not a single “temporary guest worker” was laid off. After they laid me off they asked me to come back to “work for one week only” to train my foreign replacement. I told them to take a hike. What part of FRAUD doesn’t the U.S. government understand when these people come in on skilled visas but don’t have the skills claimed? Many of these imported workers have never seen a light switch and we wonder why our economy is in trouble? BOYCOTT ALL ADOBE PRODUCTS.
Here is a complaint about Hewlett-Packard:
I was working at Hewlett Packard in Roseville California, and in September 2009 I was laid off with 11 other very valuable people. We saw over a month before a large group of India Nationals being given a tour, and one the men I was laid off with commented, “Those are our replacements.”. I didn’t know it at the time, but his statement turned out to be prophetic. Management brought in people from Bangalore India in order to replace us. They did however leave in place a skeleton crew of knowledgeable people to train our replacements, and their own when the time would come. They were even told this openly. It is rampant within Corporate world here in these USA, as well as HP. In my opinion the executives who made these decisions should be prosecuted under RICO statutes. Its not just the loss of a good job through unethical probably unlawful behavior. There is something else even more sinister of what executive management do in concert with the international banking cartel. The term is “ECONOMIC TERRORISM”. It is Treason at the very least.
And here is a complaint about Bank of New York Mellon:
I was laid off after 22 years with organization where I survived many mergers & takeovers. My job, and the jobs of many of my colleagues were replaced with lower cost offshore workers. This was what we were told in no uncertain terms. We were required to train these offshore workers in our New York offices as a condition of our receiving severance pay. In addition, I have seen my exact position, in my actual technology application area at the organization, and similar positions, advertised on many recruiting sites looking for consulting candidates. Essentially in addition to cheap labor from overseas, we were being replaced by temporary employees who are easily expendable and who don’t require any kind of benefit plan to be offered by the Bank other than an hourly rate. The temporary employees are typically from Indian consulting firms. No Americans need apply. In fact we were told upon our termination that we could apply for positions across the organization but unofficially, management & HR were directed not to rehire any of the dislocated staff since the general feeling is that eventually Indian programmers would be taking over all critical functions at a fraction of the cost. This company has its own Indian consulting firm which they purchased when they acquired Pershing Securities in 2003. The subsidiary which became their unofficial consulting arm was iNautix technologies. The bank, however makes substantial use of the services of Wipro, Cognizant, & Tata among others. I believe that I was absolutely harmed by their wholesale shipment of Indian programmers to the US to glean the knowledge from the US IT staff, so one’s job will be replaced by Indian IT staff. I was an officer who oversaw every change in departmental staff, including those allocated from overseas and I can safely say that the ratio of US staff to Indian staff was 20 to 1. Their work is sub-standard at best and the major difficulty is in their communication and dealings with US staff.
And a complaint about Exult:
My husband lost his computer programming job when his company imported cheaper programmers from India. The Americans had to train their replacements in order to receive severance.
You know, maybe the federal government could better crack down on H-1B Visa abuse….IF THEY WEREN’T ABUSING IT THEMSELVES!!!! http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/guest-workers-employed-at-labor-department-headquarters-220647
Here is a post from the FB anti-H1B group:
May 19, 2016 at 12:02 am, Bob Barnard said:
Having worked at Microsoft for over a dozen years, and having lost my job to an H1B worker, let me lift the covers from a very crafty practice Microsoft uses to displace American workers with cheaper H1B’s, while still being able to state that they compensate H1B’s at the same grade level as American workers:
Microsoft accomplishes its goal of replacing American workers with less expensive H1B’s with an HR ‘sleight of hand’: the company simply reduces the lower boundary of an established pay grade to accommodate the lower salaries offered to H1B’s, who they then use to replace ‘more expensive’ American workers.
For example, the salary range at Microsoft for a level 62 employee might previously have been $90k to $110k. By simply reducing the lower boundary for level 62 from $90k down to $60k, Microsoft is able to terminate an American earning $90k, and bring in an H1B to replace the American at $60k. At the same time, Microsoft is able to say (with a straight face) that a new H1B hire is being brought in at the same pay grade (62) as the displaced American worker. Done deal. Happens all the time, folks. So much for Microsoft’s loyalty to long term, dedicated American employees.
May 19, 2016 at 8:02 am, Spundone said:
Seems to me these companies have no moral foundation nor if you please a solid foundation of civil responsibility and love of country . Americans first.
I believe when a corporation isis in need of kit delivery pressures they being lazy go to the entities mentioned and receive instant gratification. Then they blame Americans for being stupid to justify their nefarious actions. They are people in this world concerned only by quick profits and care not if they even create a environment where violence will come due to poverty from those whose fore fathers shed their blood to defend America and her allies. Corporations are not people is so we would have seen a descent conscience by now.
July 03, 2016 at 6:21 pm, Z US said:
Indians are explicitly saying it ” we fake resumes, credentials, and experience”; moreover, they are advising not to look for an IT job if you are not Indian since it is all about “connection” if you know an Indian manager you got the job. Simply!
July 24, 2016 at 10:42 am, Max said:
In NYC, most programming jobs are taken by South Indians. It’s important to realize that a South Indian manager won’t hire an Indian programmer from other parts of India, let alone NON-Indians. I’ve been told all about it by Indian programmers themselves. As ridiculous as it may sound to some people, there’s also corruption in hiring programmers in NYC. One of my former co-workers, a programmer from India, told me how he got a new job in September 2015, in one of biggest state-owned public companies. My former co-worker personally knew the hiring manager so the hiring manager initiated a hiring process, and invited 5 people for the interview, while the hiring decision has been already made (bribery)! So, 5 people came for the interview thinking it’s “real”, but they had no chance no matter how good they did in the previous job, or at the interview itself. Unfortunately there’s not much that can be done about that, unless Non-Indian programmers will go on strike.
February 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm, GG said:
I have lived this for 20 years as a Project Managaement consultant. I have managed Infosys and Tata resources. India wants all tech jobsin the US. They have killed Computer Science US Citizen Graduate interest due to charging 1/2 to 1/3 the pay of US workers. Infosys, Tata, and Wipro will do anything to populate Hindi speaking Indians into US companies. They are not better,smarter , or more inventive than US students and workers. They can go back to India and US companies using them can movetheir headquarters there as well. Indian business dealings have taken US jobs, entire IT groups have been let go in US companies with replacements in the aisles who are taking US jobs. Their business ethics are not US business ethics. They have taken US jobs offshore as well, H1B’s have replaced. Let the H1B’s train US citizen replacements and jettison them to India. Put tariffs on all services over the web and over the internet for US companies from India,
March 04, 2017 at 10:46 am, Max B said:
I’ve been laid off after working as a Senior Developer/Developer for 18 years. I don’t see how I can ever get a job in Software Development (given that there are over 320,000 Indian IT workers in the NYC area). For 18 months, I have not been able to to get a job. Can anyone provide some information about the IT occupation/Job Title with % of Indian workers? That way, I can try getting a job in “Non-Indian” field. For example, Software Development vs. Analyst, or vs. Project Manager?
Here is a post from Breitbart:
I was hired by Fidelity Investments in a highly technical leadership role.
After I was hired I was told by my Indian VP that my #1 priority was to train and mentor their newly hired “Off-Shore Development Team” in India. I soon learned that the plan was to replace the US team with this new team in India.
After getting the details I needed to be sure I knew the truth, I refused to train the Indian team and resigned.
I refuse to be a traitor to the other American Workers and help train their replacements. I have been unemployed for some period since this, but have zero regrets and am happy that I did what’s right for my countrymen.
You can say all you want, but this is the absolute 100% truth.
I found a comment on an article online:
There are plenty of out of work developers, particularly those over 50. It used to be that to obtain an H-1B visa you had to post the job first, and the requirements were laughable. One common requirement was to be willing to accept reassignment anywhere in the USA, which was no problem for someone coming for overseas but greatly reduced domestic applicants. Another was to offer a salary 20% below that of new graduates, but require a year of experience, or in addition to system knowledge require the ability to speak Mandarin Chinese – if that’s a legitimate need, it should come with a higher not lower salary! Lastly it’s amazing how many folks from India have experience with every new technology, but to check their references you need to speak Hindi.
[Name withheld] is correct that if you forbid importing cheap help there will be more offshoring. As a consumer you may pay more if salaries rise. Note however that lawyers and Congresspeople are protected from H-1B competition so don’t expect anything to change.
And another comment countering the argument that employers cannot find qualified Americans:
And another comment:
I think most of us would agree that the “talent acquisition process” is broken, at least in the IT field.
From my observation, one of the big reasons for this it the outsourcing of the Help Desk. The internal Help Desk was always a low risk way to bring potential in the door, observe their work habits, let them learn a bit about the environment, while at the same time allowing this person to make a living.
With this (and other parts of IT) gone, there is much more uncertainty when bringing someone on, and much less time to learn the system.
From my limited vantage point, there is the expectation of the exact skill set, with the expectation that the person will be up to speed on their first day.
Here is another post from the FB anti-H1B forum:
True story … I got the “thanks for applying but we won’t be taking you to the next stage …” email this morning from an S&P 500 company where I had applied for a position. The position was one for which I have several years of experience (at a couple of smaller companies) including having been promoted to manager over a team doing that work, and training college grads from scratch on how to do it. I didn’t even get a phone screen at this company. The application I filled out did not ask for a desired salary range, although it did ask for my most recent.
Apparently, the market is so saturated they don’t even need to talk to someone like me.
Then, just minutes ago I saw in the news where an exec from that same company is testifying to the EEOC, and complaining about how the US doesn’t have enough skilled workers.
It’s enough to make a person cynical.
Here is another post from the anti-H1B forum:
In my NYS Capital region we have U of Albany, Siena and Russell Sage College and 4 other Community Colleges. All of the graduates report that they can’t even get interviews locally with Computer Science Degrees. These are I.T. Contract vendors with staffing contracts with NYS. So taxpayer money is used to exclude opportunities for taxpayers children. HBITS has a monopoly on staffing NYS I.T. contracts.
And a reply to said post:
Of course because Universities and Colleges are for sale in the US. This is why the Universities are hotbeds of pro-guest worker wile beasts. Very different than my days at University and Grad School when they were mostly filled with US Students. Now days, better qualified US students get passed over as do Citizen applicants in favor of lessor qualified foreign students and visa job applicants.
Same thing you are describing in New Yawk is happening in Ohio (Wright State Visa Scandal) and in Cali (UC Visa and Admission scandal); its Coast-to-Coast Sell Out and Invasion.
Gives new meaning to the song ‘I am going back to Cali’…”I’m going back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali, I’am going back to Cali…I don’t think so” You got that right, especially if you are a US Citizen or any other state for that matter…look at Ohio.
And another reply:
Look at F1, OPT, CPT scandals. It is the same “Talent Shortage” lie about American Students that is being said about America’s “talent shortage” of STEM workers.
This is happening at PUBLIC universities like UC System Schools and Wright State. UC feeds foreign students to SCE-PGE (SONGS radiation leak criminal investigation and Gas leak at Porter Ranch ring a bell?) and what about Wright State? That involved feeding foreign students and surplus H1-BS to a “minority owned” (Newly minted Indian woman) Contractor for DOD contracts at Wright Patterson Air Force base.
The student visa scam is also going on with online university scams like Herguan University
Here are some more posts from the anti-H1B group:
Although the most recent one was extra maddening due to the coincidence of getting turned down officially by that company on the same day they were testifying about lack of skilled workers, I don’t know how I can point a finger at a specific company. I have been looking for a long while now. I took stock recently … I have applied for positions at over 150 organizations in 20+ states.
Some of them recently will be turning me down in large part due to the downtime itself (it becomes a self-fulfilling cycle after about 6 months, if you haven’t been there.) Some of them might have turned me down largely because I wasn’t local to them (even though I’m willing to relocate), some might have turned me down because of no experience (or not enough) in their industry (I’ve worked in 4 since starting in IT, though 2 of those were only 6 month projects … but I’ve always demonstrated I could learn quickly.) Some will turn me down because they just don’t like the looks of me.
The thing is, companies are allowed to make decisions on their own criteria, and they are allowed to make mistakes. The problem isn’t with the way I was treated by any one specific organization, but rather the cumulative impact of a lot of those decisions (and how they build on each other) and that the flooding of the market with cheap labor via guest worker visas has a big part in enabling the organizations to be so picky that they can cavalierly ignore someone with my proven experience and aptitude. That kind of thing clearly shows the dishonesty of claims of shortages.
I had 4 years of nationwide consulting for Oracle Corporation. I am a Sun Certified Java Programmer with 10 years of team leadership and development for Oracle. The job that I applied for in Kansas City was a developer role using Web Center portal. The tech screen call asked no serious questions about WebCenter portal, Java or the Oracle database. Two days after the call I was informed that I had only textbook knowledge of the product that I had developed, led and repaired. The US DOJ official believes I was discriminated against. The only way the situation changes is if you report and unethical Indian run body shops have their feet held to the fire.
But unless you have at least 3 years of experience with Oracle v12 in the cloud and Peoplesoft and Linux admin while working in the gift packaging industry, you don’t have the right skills and we need to import more workers. Infosys can send me someone with those exact skills in about a month.
This is absalutely true, the companies are making false ads to hire here, but have no plans to hire Americans, They want only foreign workers, period. I know one US CS grad form ivy league and he was told in tel interview by Amazon, he could interview on site for entry level job when he already has 4 yrs experience. Also, Amazon wants workers to put in 60 hrs a week for no extra pay. Heard its a lousy company for employees, and hires mostly foreigners. I want to stop using Amazon.
Here is another post from the anti-H1B forum:
Have you ever been to DC, like Washington DC, our nation’s capital? In the last 10 years, that place has been overrun by indians,,,almost all of the federal agencies, Freddie, Fannie, DOL, BLS, DOJ, IRS, World bank, are filled to the brim with H1B, green cards, foreigners only… it is just unbelievable how the capitol region has changed.
And here is a reply to said post:
It’s been a while since I was in DC, but I can believe it. I’ve been in the IT departments at several big companies, and interviewed at others. When I meet/see people there of Indian ethnicity of course I don’t always know if they are on h-1b, but one can assume most of them are. The percentages that I see seem, at a glance, higher than any official statistics or reporting that I’ve seen. In my personal experience it seems around 50%. Maybe even higher because the Americans a lot of times are “business analyst” types, not strictly technical roles. That’s just looking at the people physically present, not counting any offshoring.
Here is another post from the anti-H1B forum:
this reminds me of an aspect of this H-1b issue—-many times the employers are requiring advanced degrees. If there REALLY were a shortage of tech talent, then how is it that employers are ignoring so many BSs and only look for MS and above? THis is actually a sign of the opposite of a shortage but of an over abundance of talent.
For example, some industries like …. physical therapy I think, perhaps audiology, and some others require advance degrees simply because so many are out there.
Recently a friend of mine who is a IT director at Bank of AMerica told me sheepishly w/ head down ( because he knew my son was graduating from college in computer engineering) that his boss was going to Perdue to recruit, but was ONLY looking for MS and above. Clearly there is not a shortage
[Name Withheld], any data on the extent to which employers seek our higher degreed people in IT? I assume it is not as prevalent as in physical therapy where you MUST get that advanced degree.
And here is a reply to said post:
The Masters degree demand is smoke and mirrors too. I can point to many, including myself, who have undergrads from top universities, have masters degrees and graduated with high GPAs (I was 4th in my class), who have earned and maintain Cybersecurity certifications (I have 6) and still are shut out.
In the current paradigm of corruption, you could earn degrees and certs to end of time and if you are American in America you won’t work in your field.
If you speak too loudly in protest, you are blackballed, isolated, attacked, crushed financially, reputation attacked , voices muted, etc. Still, we must keep fighting and keep our skills up too. Never surrender, fight on to the death is my commitment, even if I am the last paratrooper.
I, like many, didn’t choose our career fields just for for the money, we chose our field because it was our calling in life.
I fought for Constitutional rights when I joined the military and I am not going to stop until those rights have been restored to ALL Americans. Fight on and fight to the death or you will be digging your own grave.
Here is another post from said group:
I’m going to ask a question … and I think I know the answer, but I wonder about other opinions. Say someone had 10, 15, 20 years of IT experience, programming, databases, system architecture … but didn’t have the right current hot terms on their resume. If that person took some self-study classes to learn new skills, and prove that they were still willing and able … would that person be able to get a job that paid them like a 10-20 year veteran, or would they have to accept entry-level H-1b wages in order to get a job?
And here is a reply to said post:
I tried the entry-level job hunting route w/ my many years experience COBOL/FORTRAN/DB MRP/ERP/EDI for Java, Web development, management.
Response? Job ads were rewritten that explicitely stated must be recent graduates entry level, coming right up to the fine line of age discrimination.
Here are some posts from the City-Data forum:
Im an Aerospace Engineer in Defense: My company replaced our very capable American IT people with remote overseas and imported H1b Indian visa holders. We have been suffering with poor communication and performance ever since. Anyone who has endured having to talk to someone who can barely communicate in English over the phone knows exactly what Im talking about.
It happened in the Fortune 100 company I work for. Our entire IT department was replaced by less capable imported H1b holders in the mid 2000s.
Couldn’t rep again. This is the truth in many if not all the F100 corps. In late 90s, very few Indians. In 2010, nearly all the offices have some Indian or Middle Eastern names on the office name plates. They are everywhere. American citizens become temps.
Lots of American citizens are being forced out. They take the majority of spots that our new college grads should receive too.
Anyone who support H1b and L1 (even bigger problem because the Indian companies can import their employees over here without limits) visas abuse are anti-Americans on the American land.
This illegal hiring practice is as dispicable as letting illegal alians dominate much of the blue collar work. It’s a white collar crime of illegal activities. American corporations with their armies of fork tongue lawyers are anti-Americans.
Cat’s been out of the bag for a long time. We know it’s not the shortage of skilled workers that caused a climb in those visas. It’s the shortage of workers who would work for less.
A furor over the layoffs in Orlando last January brought to light many other episodes in which American workers, mainly in technology but also in accounting and administration, said they had lost jobs to foreigners on H-1B visas, and had to train replacements as a condition of their severance. The foreign workers, mostly from India, were provided by outsourcing companies, including the two named in the lawsuits, which have dominated the H-1B visa system, packing the application process to win an outsize share of the quota set by Congress of 85,000 visas each year.https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/u…mmigrants.html
Now they are discouraging this by attaching a fee to hiring foreign workers with this visa so it’s less about saving money and more about needing a few foreigners for skill. The program was abused. What the numbers fall. I’m very thankful those at Disney spoke out.
I saw on 60 Minutes the fired IT workers at a CA University talked about the humiliating experience of having to train their foreign replacements. How can anyone with half a brain and who is not a shill for the outsourcing industry say they can’t find qualified American workers? HELLO, these guys were fired so the school can save money.
Here is a post from the anti-H1B group:
The audacity of the American companies:
Mass Mutual Email to its workers attached.
Here is another post from the anti-H1B forum:
An IT worker :
My wife was 8 months pregnant when I was asked to train my #h1b replacement at Microsoft.
Make others great by firing Americans !!!!! That is the diversity song of corporate America!!!!