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Comment Re:"We" are forcing quality down ... (Score 1) 66

I'm not sure I agree with the, mostly accepted, idea that offshore == lower quality. The car analogy would be Toyota vs the american manufacturers. Toyota managed to build cars in Japan, at much, much higher quality than Detroy could and then sell them for cheaper. South Korea was a little behind Japan on quality but is pretty much on par now. Of course things are not 100% perfect with exploding phones and bad airbags but I would say the quality is still on par, if not better, than the western counterparts.
China still has a problem of consistency with a lot of low quality, fakes and just plain rip off items, but they do build very high quality items nowadays. A lot of the price difference between 2 items, US vs offshore, is not always manufacturing cost. The offshore item will have a lower margin, little to no marketing cost, . For example I personally do not believe that the manufacturing cost of a MacBook Pro would have a very significant percentage difference on the retail price if it were manufactured in the US. I also believe Apple would have a higher market share, by how much no idea, if they bragged about manufacturing in the US only. It worked for the car industry so why not?

To me one economical danger of offshoring production is that the western companies are both training and financing their future competitors. Look at all the computers and smartphones from offshore companies. Most quality TV brands are 'offshore' brands (Sony, Samsung, LG) and nobody thinks of them as cheap low quality compared to US brands (which ones really? Vizio maybe?). Even the TV market is starting to see Chinese brands.

So let's stop always putting offshore in the bucket of low quality, the US is producing low quality and badly designed products as well. Made in USA is not a guarantee of superior quality.

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 2) 239

I never heard such nonsense. The definition of resident for tax purposes is different, than for immigration purposes, and an H1-B is not exempt from paying federal taxes. A long time ago, when I was on the J-1 program, I was exempted from social security withholdings and my taxes were rather very low since I was only an intern. As soon as I 'upgraded' to the H1-B status I had to pay full taxes like everyone else. I'm not even sure that a former H1-B is entitled to receive money from Social Security at retirement age if he left the country. Now ... if the H1-B left the country before he stayed 6 months during the given tax year ... then yeah I guess you could say that he could save on taxes, is there a spike of H1-Bs leaving in the weeks/days before July 1st each year? In any case if you leave the country after 6 months to avoid paying taxes, it is not trivial to come back.

Comment Re:Locals preferred ? (Score 2) 239

It is starting to happen ... I've seen recruiters in India reaching out to me for local Silicon Valley jobs. Considering 80% of the local recruiters reaching out to me don't even seem to have read my Resume/Profile, I cannot imagine how someone in a different continent can understand the roles. If the hiring company is too cheap to use recruiters in the US, how much do you think they will be willing to pay, and then how long before they send your job offshore? No, thank you.

Comment Re:Easy solution. (Score 2) 114

There definitely is a blacklist, it is even in plain sight on the WorkDay system as a checkbox "eligible for re-hire" and many companies actually abide by the blacklist they have. As for back channels, I have witnessed more than one candidate being turned down because the back channel feedback was negative, even if it was feedback from years old interaction with the candidate. Your reputation is important for your career in the long term, especially when you move up the ladder.

Comment Re:Easier solution. (Score 1) 114

Surprisingly not always, at my most recent job we got 2 months notices, but our last day int he office was a week later. We still got several weeks severance on top of that. Legally they had to give us notice since several hundred employees were laid off, but it was more generous than legally required. The exact team actually leaked a memo that our group was being shut down 2 month earlier, I guess that would count as 4 months notice.

But in general, yes, most companies will not give you notice and ask you to leave right away. I usually give 2 weeks notice and up to 4 weeks once because of consideration for the team working for me: the people, I hired.

Comment Re:T-Mobile just responded (Score 1) 71

And they have a kickback option where they give you $10 back if you used less than 2GB in that month on a line. For me it looks like I will end up paying $80 all included for 3 unlimited lines. I'll have to pay $25 for the new sim card and that's it ... now I have to figure out who gets the iPhone 5: the dog or the toddler?

Comment Re:The IT shortage in america is a myth. (Score 1) 660

Yes, just hop somewhere else. All of my significant salary raises have come from switching jobs. The added bonus is that it has usually meant to be exposed to different practices, some good, some bad, but always accelerating acquisition of experience as well with several *big* name companies on my resume now. Some employers might frown upon staying less than 4 years and value loyalty but there is little to no loyalty the other way around so I do not see why it is expected for employees to be loyal if: A) the company keeps you because you provide more value than hiring someone else, B) they refuse to give you market raise, knowing your replacement would get more than you currently get.

Comment Re:Don't use rm! (Score 3, Insightful) 356

Nowadays since nobody wants to do sysadmin work and since most startups and companies feel that a pure sysadmin job it is a waste of money they slap 'must code shell and chef' on top, call it DevOps but then just treat them just as badly as before. The 'DevOps' term is just is misused as 'Agile' nowadays. What I have seen in practice is DevOps are Ops that Develop scripts, or worse a DevOps team/role between Devs and Ops ... and a new silo is created instead of walls broken. Most Agile shops are actually chaos driven with anything goes since Sales promised a feature to a prospect customer yesterday, every week.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 89

Best company I worked for was Netflix. Google not so much, more like a hit or miss in what group/team/role you are and who your political allies are. I liked Google a lot the first year while the cool-aid was still fresh, then after tat I though Palm was a nicer place with more respectful managers.

What Google has for it is that they are very profitable and they used to have perks and food that were top notch but that degraded at scale, especially when they got over 10k employees.

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