Massive layoffs rumored for Qualcomm

ImJustABill, I agree with you about the lack of mainstream attention. There's a shock and amazement, and then the story dies. Since I have seen this going on since 1989, it makes me wonder where the leadership has been that would make the "shortage" less of a problem. If we knew we had a shortage, why in over 25 years have we not been able to fix the problem with enrolling more people in STEM? Well, because we really don't need that many engineers and programmers. It just looks like a bunch of unfilled openings because of the shell game the big corporations HR departments play. There are always hundreds of positions advertised, but nobody fills them. This is to create an illusion of a shortage so they can then claim they can't find anyone qualified and then get certification for an H-1B. If there were no qualified candidates for a particular job, why do most technical positions get hundreds and sometimes as many as one thousand applications/resumes? Are there no qualified people in that stack of applications? Programmers and engineers are not very successful at organizing their labor so there is little power to fight the H-1B scam. Like you said, the only time someone complains is when *their* job is affected. Then we have the double-whammy of pushing our children to get an education in engineering, but they look at the stagnant wages and the assumption that the field is being dominated by foreigners and they opt out of the hard study for a job that may be outsourced or where they may train their replacement. That of course is if they can even get accepted to a university that is already making them compete with the flood of foreign students. This is not America anymore.
— July 23, 2015 6:41 p.m.

Massive layoffs rumored for Qualcomm

I was an IT manager for a large insurance company in my last job. I was instructed to interview and select applicants from an H-1B pool. The whole purpose was to set the bar for the pay scale for the other tech workers. I can't really get into all of the details, but my experience with this scam goes back over 25 years. There are "husband and wife" H-1B teams where one of them is a useless worker, but gets a job so the spouse can be here. There are fake diplomas, fake transcripts and fake references. Sure, there are some good engineers. But in many of the cases I worked in I could not understand why saving ten or twenty-thousand dollars was worth the trouble of bringing these people over. Want "good communication skills?" Sure, they speak English, but we can't understand them and they are from a totally different culture and different educational program structure. They get a degree without civics, with US history and other burdens our US college students must study. I guess I could write a book about it. It is so fraught with fraud. I had a mechanical engineer that was sent to my department because she was not working out in the engineering department. She would ask me the most stupid questions all day long, I finally asked how I could fire her. They told me that I should "giver her a chance..." I said, well if I am going to lose the leadership of my department over an H-1B mistake and you won't let me fire her, I quit. With all the lost productivity and problems they cause, I cannot figure out why these companies bother. I guess it's just more cash for the CEO's to scoop up. To add insult to injury, when these Indian's finally get their green cards and leave a job, they open a company and discriminate. They hire only other Indians and then employ the H-1B scam to bring over their families and friends under falsified applications. Most folks hear about it. I have lived it, up close and personal. And I am disgusted by the whole spectacle.
— July 22, 2015 8:12 p.m.

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