Re: Poor IT Management, Lazy HR
Indeed, too low a salary offered, that's certainly one smoking gun.
In the Bay Area many non-tech jobs are paying around six figures. Police officer in San Fran, starts at 90k + Pension + (best benefits in the world) + Job Security, education requirement (only a 2-year degree).
Engineer - (6-year Masters typically required (for reasons elaborated below)), no-pension, no help-with 401k, no benefits, no job security.
So companies fill the lower-payed jobs with contractors on an H-1b. It's easy, companies are bringing in benched workers all the time in the Bay Area. In India, people will pay the recruiter to get them an H-1b visa and a chance to look for a job in the U.S.
And that's the reason for the bloated requirements on jobs, and the reason for the huge demand for H-1b workers. Companies are unwilling to pay mid-level salaries that are around 100k, when they can get a contractor in for less than 30$/hour basically a person on an H-1b (who will pay them for a job).
The problem is that with all mid-level (and starting) jobs going to people who are tethered to a recruiter, Outsourcing companies, or Body-shop. Is that these companies don't sponsor people for Green Cards, and the workers must leave at some point, and they take their 6 years of on-the-job-training with them.
The biggest users of H-1b visas are companies with huge offshore worker contingents. Managers are tempted by their own existing stock of workers, and have no interest in hiring U.S. citizens. Those temptations do include bribes and payola. HR is given the easy excuse of cheaper, indentured labor, and the avid insider sell of the applicant.
And more than half of all H-1b visas are used by Offshore Outsourcing companies. Companies that don't sponsor employees for Green Cards. Companies whose sole business is to remove jobs from the United States.
It is documented, in court papers, that Senior management at InfoSys told a recruiter that "Americans don't know (expletive)". When the recruiter was about to present the resumes of several qualified American candidates. The recruiter was then directed to only look people of Indian descent for jobs on U.S. soil.
InfoSys is the 2nd biggest user of H-1b visas.
If Offshore Outsourcing companies were barred from using the H-1b Federal Government program, we would never have seen a year, since inception where we ran out of H-1b visas.