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Comment Re:Just Moral Panic: They're taking our jobs!!! (Score 1) 331

I'm in the same boat you are! H1B is not an option for small companies but I think our way is better anyway. The idea that you can find the "perfect fit" for your position while not paying a premium is ludicrous. If you want a great company you need to BUILD IT by building your people.

Comment Re:Just Moral Panic: They're taking our jobs!!! (Score 4, Insightful) 331

They are out there, you just don't want to pay for them. The are two answers to your problem that would be much better than hiring H1B:

1. Increase the offered pay until you get the qualified people you need. This is the best option when you don't have time for training and development.
2. Pick the best of those your now rejecting and train them. Many of them would be willing to work for below market rates while in training. Of course some of these will not work out but you will find some real gems as well.

After you have done this then H1B may be appropriate for the the really rare cases it was intended for.

Comment Re:A professional IT organization? (Score 1) 607

I've had the same experience though there are a few other things I observed:

1. Many of their senior IT managers were Walmart lifers and had zero experience in other companies. This was not a good thing.
2. Though they paid well, they were not willing to pay what it would take to bring in fortune 10 talent and experience. They were not competitive with senior positions in organizations of comparable size/complexity.
3. Every incident turned into a massive CYA fest...I've worked in hundreds of companies and never seen it so bad.

Comment Re: Dump them as fast as you can (Score 3, Insightful) 177

The "gig" economy is not about replacing in-house workers or saving money. Organizations are doing this to bring in specific skills and domain knowledge they could never hope to hire as a normal employee. I'm brought in as an addition to the team, not a replacement. I also usually provide training to the normal employees as well.

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