re: Microsoft Defends Hiring Foreign Workers
With Microsoft earning 250,000$/Year in profit per employee, you'd think the company would actually try offering a competitive wage. Companies such as Microsoft have grown weak, and are unable to compete for workers (or pay to train new ones), because of profit obsession.
And the truth is they don't even want to pay a U.S. living wage.
We know why Microsoft needs more H-1bs, it's because Microsoft needs liasons for a huge off-shoring operation, in India, where engineers are payed about one-twentieth what U.S. engineers are paid. It is well known that native Indian liasons are needed between U.S. project-managers/designers and Indian offshore development groups. Further, Indian nationals in the U.S., have a strong tendency to hire only other Indian nationals.
Microsoft doesn't care because it feeds the bottom-line.
Microsoft has repeatedly been asked, but never provided, details of its hiring under H-1b, or its details of who is laid off, during the several Massive layoffs that it has had over the last 15 years. Despite repeated, public, requests for such information by Administration officers and elected Senators and Congressmen.
A clear example of the loss of the ability to compete for workers is illustrated in this true case that recently occured at Google. Keep in mind that Google earns more than 350,00$/Year in profit per employee.
Google recently acquired Meebo. All software engineers at Meebo were put on a probation, subject layoff at anytime. One engineer, I know, was given a chance to interview for a permanent position at Google. That engineer passed all of the interviews, and the decision to hire him was routed to Google's hiring commitee. This process took weeks, and the engineer, fearing for his career decided to seek work outside of Google. The engineer recieved an offer for 220,000$/year from another tech company with a well established franchise. Google's commitee did, finally (upon learning that the engineer was leaving), give the engineer an offer for 130,000$/year, he refused that offer and is now making what it takes to live and have a family in Silicon Valley.
You can see why these companies are losing workers, it is because they actively refuse to compete for workers, even in spite of massive, conspicuous, ridiculous, profits. And they use every means to keep the competition out of the market, including hiring indentured servants, from a program of corporate-welfare, in order to move operations to environments where they don't have to actually compete for workers.