Skip to comments.This IT worker had to train an H-1B replacement
Posted on 06/12/2014 9:22:30 AM PDT by RaveOn
This is the story of an IT worker who was replaced by a worker on an H-1B visa, one of a number of visa holders, mostly from India, who took jobs at this U.S. company. Computerworld is not going to use the worker's name or identify the companies involved to protect the former employee from retaliation. For purposes of this story, the worker has been given initials -- A.B. (They're not the person's real initials.)
At A.B.'s company, about 220 IT jobs have been lost to offshore outsourcing over the last year. A.B. is telling the story because, initially, there was little knowledge among fellow employees about H-1B visa holders and how they are used. They didn't know that offshore outsourcing firms are the largest users of H-1B visas, or exactly how this visa facilitates IT job losses in the U.S.
"I think once we learned about it, we became angrier toward the U.S. government than we were with the people that were over here from India," A.B. said, "because the government is allowing this."
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I expected a by-line date from the 90s. There’s nothing new about this, the good news is if you work for a company that wants you to train your replacement (regardless of where they’re from) you probably want out of that place anyway. Use that training time to jump start the search, and don’t feel an obligation to finish the training.
Correction: "Because the government is PROMOTing this, at the behest of industry because THEY want cheaper labor. Someone from a third world country will work for far less than an American can or will...................
H-1B visas were supposed to be about temporarily filling jobs that could not be found locally because the skills weren't there. It was not intended to replace capable workers with cheaper workers.
What rock have you been living under?
Wwere’s Zuckerberg to tell us how we need more techno-coolies?
in the business they call this “knowledge transfer”
It is much worse now.
We have kids graduating from top tier engineering schools who can’t get a job. I know personally of one who had to go back to India and apply for an H1B. She was born and raised in Iowa, but her family was from India.
When you have to fake your citizenship to get a job, things are rough. I would not recommend STEM degrees right now.
My company was bought out, and the new owners immediately set about reducing labor costs by replacing the experienced engineers with indians. Every one of us went to the competition and got better pay, without interviewing. The customers went to the competition, the indians went home, and the company went bankrupt, all within one year. It was sweet.
It’s still important to spread the word that most H-1B visas are going to high tech workers from Asia, not unskilled labor from Latin America. These are the people who are taking good high paying technical jobs from American workers, and sending their wages back to their home countries, rather than saving and investing here in the US.
My barber told me that when his son-in-law got laid off, in the last two weeks of his job, he was forced to train his two replacements from India. Within a few months, the company offered to re-hire him, because his replacements didn’t know what they were doing, and ended up costing the company a couple million dollars in losses.
Stories like this need to be passed on to the general public whenever the topic of immigration comes up. American workers need to stand their ground against this government-sponsored invasion and takeover.
Truly a happy ending.
Don’t get me started on outsourcing.
Not many American wants to speak to a non-North American agent when trying to resolve a problem. But companies would rather pad the bottom line and have some foreigner ineptly work through workflow rather than pay an American to do the job right the first time.
I’d submit that Indians wouldn’t want to talk to Americans to fix their problems as well.
For reasons like this one, H1-B visas need to be contracted, not expanded. American jobs belong in America. American servers need not be in some third-world country like India.
I hope this particular company fails under its own weight when the foreigners take over.
The republican party is willing participants in this charade and have been for some time. There is no shortage of workers and never has been. This is all about money. Now we have a screwed up economy because few people are working. All to make a few extra bucks in profits and make next quarters numbers look better.
I would. Those degrees teach actual, hard skills. An engineering degree is always a good preparation. Kids need to smart and know where the jobs and get connected with companies.
They can't just study for 4 years; then pop up and expect a job.
Do summer jobs in the industry; get to know people. In other words; networking.
I agree nothing new here. Another tip: If you ever hear someone say “knowledge transfer” or (I personally hate this) “pick your brain”, LEAVE. IMMEDIATELY. ASAP. As in, put all efforts into leaving RIGHT NOW.
It happened to my son.
The Co. had the nerve to ask him to train his foreign replacement.
Took the Co. about 1.5 yrs. but they laid him off.
“My company was bought out, and the new owners immediately set about reducing labor costs by replacing the experienced engineers with indians. Every one of us went to the competition and got better pay, without interviewing. The customers went to the competition, the indians went home, and the company went bankrupt, all within one year. It was sweet.”
I just LOVE “feel good” stories like these...!
I just love a happy ending.