reply to post by Hypntick
You might be caught up in that new trend, where companies like Apple and Google (someone mentioned this before, I think) are bringing jobs back to the
country but at way lower hourly rates. I think they're taking advantage a bit of the situation, though I do understand that it's business, they
could meet us halfway.
When I was a project manager in the early 90s, I was involved in some of the very early offshoring of technical jobs to India. Some of it made sense
to me, but some of it didn't. I did a business case that showed that costs of doing this were way more than just an hourly rate and also projected
that rates there would not stay low long. I wasn't wrong.
In some cases the hourly rates there now are exceeding what our old starting rate used to be. So that coupled with the additional burdens of
offshoring (additional review cycles, miscommunication due to language barriers, more management, time zone differences, which in some cases can work
for you and in some against) are again making it lucrative again for companies to bring the work back home. Problem is, the cost of living didn't
adjust to the lower rates and it's a whole new game.
That and think unions again. And don't even get me started on unions! My belief is that there is absolutely NO ONE looking out for the average
worker these days. They flat out tell you you're on your own.Look out for yourself...get educated, keep your mouth shut, work double hours doing the
work of two or three people, stab your competition in the back (kidding! sort of) and maybe you won't get laid off. Unions are a risk. There are some
valid points against them, particularly in the employers eyes, and some would argue that we would get into a bad cycle again.
As bad a rap as unions get, they're the lesser evil in my opinion. We all know how much "power" and individual has these days...virtually none. Not
when it comes to raises, or fair hours, or insurance costs or bonehead decisions by bean counters that make the immediate profit picture rosy but care
nothing for the future. You just sit there and take it when you're on your own. Hell, half the time you don't even have anyone to talk to
And if starting in the Reagan era and with NAFTA, they hadn't started killing off the unions (they knew VERY well what they were doing), we wouldn't
be in half the mess we're in now. People don't realize it, but there are still unions, even for IT workers. Of course there's a risk in organizing
(think Norma Rae), but the benefits...well decide for yourself, I guess.
I don't know what area of the country you're in, but rumor has it Atlanta is shooting for becoming the next Silicon Valley! Come on down...they
might value your skills more than where you currently are. Sorry that was half facetious...not everyone can move and leave behind their friends and
family, but it's a thought.
Eek...too much coffee. I got lost in that. Sorry!
[edit on 23-6-2010 by ~Lucidity]