re: Microsoft Says 6,000 Jobs Open, Wants More Visas
That is EXACTLY what MS does! And I say this with the certainty of one who worked for them, until the early 2000's, when they ACTIVELY went recruiting in Dubai, Bangalore, et al...forced us to train our replacements, then "disposed" of us. I started out there at the Redmond campus, when they were still using "perma-temps", shortly before they were forced to "convert" a certain percentage of us to FTEs.
They resented losing that case, and their eventual response was to do an 'end-run' around the entire matter by starting up that whole H1-B visa gambit, which they've been milking ever since. Roughly speaking, they still can hire between 3 and 5 'imports' for the price of one of us 'home-grown'.
And contrary to their contention that it's a matter of finding adequately SKILLED individuals, their hiring practices have ALWAYS focused on one's adaptability...that is HOW one thinks, NOT WHAT one knows...The idea being, they want bright, inquisitive, EMPTY cups, the better to be filled with how MICROSOFT does it, since you will be generally working on bleeding edge technology that doesn't/didn't exist during your time in class. Keep in mind, Gates himself was a drop-out. MS culture prides itself on hiring the brightest, NOT the 'best-trained/highest educated'...Let the 'other guys' hire those whose strongest skillset is their ability to conform.
A truly business-savvy presidential candidate could likely secure a voting bloc larger than he realizes right about now, by taking a strong stand AGAINST this whole H1-B visa BS, effectively poking his (and, by extension, "the American peoples'"thumb in the eye of the likes of IBM and MS.
Unfortunately I'm afraid that would require a larger pair of cojones than either of our current stalwarts possess.
But, hey, you never know...(just don't hold your breath).