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  •  Didn't mean to make it H1B-exclusive. (1+ / 0-)
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    vets74

    Just pointing out that, for a visa-holder, the stakes are a little different and that may make enough difference.

    I know enough codemonkeys that I'm well aware of the kind of demands on the time of IT and programming-related careerists.  Still, would you disagree that the added cudgel of a visa status can mean even greater abuse than you were subject to, with less likelihood of reportage?  My "former life" was very much like this, though it had to do with laboratory work instead of IT-related stuff.  The foreign techs were beaten down in a way they'd never have dared with us, even though we were nicely exploited under terms of our grants.  Another 16-hour titration?  Sure thing.  Pack that column, determine that yield, find that catalyst...ugh.

    •  I've never personally seen it... (1+ / 0-)
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      vets74

      All of the H1B developers I've ever worked with were treated the same as I was. And the guy in my current group who makes the most money, is a former H1B-holder who's now a naturalized citizen.

      I absolutely believe that in some situations, and with the right (wrong) employer, H1B status is used as a stick. But then, that's just one stick in an arsenal FULL of sticks that they use to squeeze every ounce of unfair productivity out of workers, whether foreign OR American.

      Maybe your experience differs because of the type of work we're talking about? There's rarely a situation that pops up in the world of software development that would require a SINGLE worker to pull longer shifts. If you're managing the systems, or if you're on-call for support, that's a different story.

      But for the most part, you're either pulling longer hours because you yourself have determined that that's what it's going to take for you to meet your delivery date, or because it's a team-mandated situation like an important software build.

      Regards,
      Corporate Dog

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      by Corporate Dog on Mon May 23, 2011 at 06:31:30 AM PDT

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