tunnel rat posted on March 11, 2011 02:04

Here's a good article from San Diego, taking a swipe at Qualcomm, the notorious Curry Den known as "Little Calcutta."  I've been getting a lot of traffic lately from Qualcomm IPs, so the slumdogs that make up 60% of QCOM employees must be getting interested in my rants (or paranoid about a displaced American techie like fellow Eastern European George Jakubec blowing up their MindLance guest house), or the collaborators (like 'pellis') that make up the rest of the company fear that they may get accidently "pushed" in front of the SD trolley on their way to a drunken binge in TJ:

Are American Engineers in Short Supply?

Back in 1950, almost 31 percent of working Americans had manufacturing jobs. Now the figure is below 10 percent. Many analysts put the blame on American companies that sent such jobs to low- and slave-wage nations during the offshoring wave that picked up momentum in the 1980s and hasn’t stopped. Controversy rages.

There is plenty of bitterness, too, about the H-1B visa program that flows the other way: well-educated foreigners come to the United States and take good jobs, largely in high tech. Congress set up the program in 1990, although its roots go as far back as 1952. Under H-1B, foreigners with at least a bachelor’s degree take jobs in a variety of fields including biotech and law. Their three-year stay can be extended to six, and longer under some circumstances. Originally, H-1B visas were to be limited to 65,000 a year; that number was extended to 195,000 for 2001–2003. In 2008, 276,000 visas were issued.

The rationale is that there is a shortage of trained Americans for such employment. Nonsense, howl American engineers. The importation of foreign workers is just one more method to keep wages down and profits up, they claim. The United States Department of Labor is supposed to make sure that foreign workers do not displace Americans or adversely affect their wages. But American tech workers say the department is failing at both tasks.

The late Nobel Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman called H-1B a corporate subsidy. “It’s corporate welfare,” says Norman Matloff, professor of computer science at the University of California Davis. The H-1B program “is fundamentally about cheap labor,” he says. Foreign workers are often paid less than their American counterparts. “Most H-1Bs are under 30, and since younger workers are cheaper than older ones in both wages and health care costs, employers use the H-1B program to avoid hiring older [those over 35 years of age] Americans,” Matloff says on his website.

San Diego–based telecom Qualcomm, the biggest local tech employer (except hospitals), is the eighth-largest American corporate user of this program, according to the publications Bloomberg Businessweek, Computerworld, and InformationWeek. The others, in order, are prominent techs, accounting firms, and consulting firms: Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Intel, Ernst & Young, UST Global, and Deloitte Consulting.

“Qualcomm is in the forefront of lobbying in favor of H-1B,” says Matloff. “It’s in the vanguard, one of the most vociferous lobbyists for it.”

I asked Qualcomm a number of questions, such as: Is there a shortage of tech engineers, particularly software engineers, that makes H-1B necessary? What percentage of Qualcomm’s workforce comes from the H-1B program? How much does Qualcomm spend lobbying for H-1B? Are those who come to the United States underpaid and thus contributing to a decline in wages for American engineers?

After several days of cogitation, the company would only say, “Qualcomm utilizes the H-1B program as necessary to recruit and retain the best talent in the world. We support bipartisan, sensible reform of the employment-based immigration system so that U.S. employers continue to have access to the talent they need to innovate, create American jobs and grow the U.S. economy.” Qualcomm is a member of Compete America, which pushes for the H-1B program. Qualcomm sent me some of Compete America’s literature, along with arguments compiled by another advocacy group, the National Foundation for American Policy.

In an interview with Wired.com in 2008, Qualcomm chief executive Paul Jacobs estimated that 60 percent of the university graduates the company hires are born abroad.

In January, the U.S. Government Accountability Office completed a study of the H-1B program. Congress had asked the agency to see if H-1B helped corporate innovation or harmed American workers. The agency concluded that the number of H-1B workers at any given time is unknowable because of flaws in the tracking system. The agency found a small percentage of instances in which the foreign worker was being paid less than the prevailing wage. The Department of Labor gives only a cursory look at H-1B applications, the study found. And there is no legal provision for holding employers accountable when they hire foreign workers through staffing companies. Generally, the report’s findings represented classic bureaucratic waffling.

The most interesting finding was that 46.9 percent of the workers come from India and 8.9 percent from China.

The National Foundation for American Policy proclaimed that the study undermined the assertion that companies hire H-1B professionals only because they will work cheaply. Adjusted for age, the foreign workers earn the same or more than their American counterparts, according to the foundation, citing the study. Matloff, however, cites two congressional studies and academic reports showing that H-1B workers are often paid less than Americans.

Senators Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, have cosponsored a bill seeking to end alleged loopholes in the program. Citing long-running “fraud and abuse” in the H-1B program, Grassley says, “It’s time we get the program back to its original intent where employers use H-1B visas only to shore up employment in areas where there is a lack of qualified American workers.” The proposed law would tighten up enforcement in several areas.

One former Qualcomm employee says he was in a group of 30 engineers, 20 of whom were Indian nationals, mostly H-1Bs. “I don’t think I am being racist, but it was tough to fit into a group that had their own culture and social dynamic,” he says, quoting a fellow worker who called the system “modern-day indentured servitude.” Other critics have used the same language. This ex-employee says he has “a soft spot for immigration” because his parents came from foreign countries. However, “companies take advantage of this [H-1B] process to fill their workforce with people who can’t easily change jobs and work hard and keep their mouths shut, since they’re afraid of losing their jobs and status.”

Another former employee who reapplied during the recent downturn claims that 80 percent of Qualcomm engineers are foreigners brought in during the past ten years — mostly from India. He claims that he had a job interview with a manager who was an Indian national. The former employee was told he was “too senior” with too much job experience, he says, and the interview was aborted. I asked Qualcomm about that, but it was one of the many questions that went unanswered. “I grew up being antiunion and a conservative Republican, but nowadays I’m seeing global labor being exploited by large companies to such an extent that I feel that labor protections are needed,” says this engineer.

Sorrento Valley, where Qualcomm is located, has picked up the sobriquet “Little Calcutta.” That smacks of xenophobia, but at some point, it seems, the company may have to give more information on its H-1B program to American engineers.

Meanwhile, in other news the Collaborator Coward Don Tennant, aka "Mumbai Don", has seen fit to wade into the globalist gladiator pit and chime in on the Dice boards:

Regarding this statement:

"Don salivates all over the Brokaw piece, and paints all H1B critics as 'Tunnel Rats.'"

I suspect that many people don't know that "Tunnel Rat" is the pseudonym used by one of the more extreme readers who posted comments. I trust it was unintended, but your statement could imply that I refer to all H1B critics as "Tunnel Rats." I have never used, and would never use, the term. If you are familiar with my writings, I trust you know that. You also took the liberty of changing my qualifier in referring to the more extreme readers from  "way too many" to "all." Do not make up positions that I do not hold and attribute them to me.

In response to your question, I'm comfortable that my position is fully explained in my post. I'm confident that any fair-minded person who reads the post will find your comments unsettling.

Don Tennant


What a douchebag Don Tennant is.  He banned me from his blog because he didn't like the rhetorical race war his flame-baiting posts were inciting.  I am sure his ITBusinessEdge sponsors at MSFT, HP, and QCOM didn't like to see their ads adjacent to comments attacking the slumdog slave trade.

Feel free to drop him a line, insurgents.

There will be retribution for that collaborator.

Comments (11) -

United States Dragon
March 11. 2011 10:23

Don the Cowardly Castrated Dog is willing the sacrifice American IT jobs but not his own. What a smart ass ?? like I will sacrifice the last drop of your blood..

I don't understand that sucker at all, his indicates in his blogs that he care for others in the third world such as their employment and hunger, to solve it by giving out American IT jobs. What about American who lost their jobs to those hunger people. He only knows others not his own. Why doesn't he give his job to help them instead of other American jobs. That Cowardly Castrated Dog is so stupid to talk with..

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United States Joshua
March 12. 2011 10:31

finally an article exposing the truth about slumdog jobstealers
somewhere, was really getting frustrated with the recent stuff out there.
i'm thinking of making my own compatriot website
wondered if anyone had a good domain idea, end-h1b.com seems available
also, what do i need to do other than ensure private whois registration,
should i go with godaddy for the hosting?
any ideas or anyone who wants to help, do let me know

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United States James
March 12. 2011 11:55

They called me up last week pretending to want to hire me when all they really wanted to do was steal my resume so they could train their incompetent Indiots in the skills I already have.

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March 12. 2011 12:03
tunnel rat


Register your domain in Japan (https://www.anonymousspeech.com) and host someplace like Canada.  GoDaddy will shut you down in a heartbeat, they are pussies.

That way the high-tech junta and the Indian Offshoring Regime can't touch you and you can say whatever the fuck you want, whenever you want.  

Just go ask Apex Technology Group Wink


United States James
March 12. 2011 21:22

Move all your hosting and domain offshore - outside U.S. Jurisdiction where the courts can't shut you down. TR and myself learned the hard way that the slu,dog parasites who feed off the USA like pigs at a trough WILL go bribe a judge to violate your 1st Amendment right and they WILL get your site off tye web. So, don't be naive - do it right from day one and go offshore - simply put your site outside the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and you win.

The only way we will stop these armies of Indiot termites from devouring our country whole is to change American public opinion - and we can only do that if we all put up enough sites exposing them! Go for it!

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March 13. 2011 03:13

Big Joke
for H-1 B visa the requirements are they(h-1ers) should not displace usa workers which they do & most important and funny  is that there should be no person available in usa to do they stuff they are doing.lol

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United States SJ
March 14. 2011 16:18

Keep up the good work! A slumdog sent me this today:

This is Anshuman from Collabera. I found your resume on net and I would like to know if you would be interested in looking at this opportunity (If not then please refer some other candidate for given position)
Job Title: “System Engineer”                  Location: San Diego, CA                        Duration: 6-12 months                        Client: Qualcomm

Job description•
Develop and deploy ClearQuest solutions for Qualcomm QCT engineering team. Use industry best practices to configure ClearQuest and deploy to a test and production environment. Perform migration from existing change management system to the ClearQuest change management system. Migration duties will also include data normalization and ClearQuest automation scripting.
Skills/Experience/Education: Skills/Experience
Self-motivated and well-organized problem solver - must approach problems and issues in a logical/systemic manner, research issues to the lowest level and resolve them decisively.
Work on large ClearQuest deployments
Expert knowledge of ClearQuest packages and ClearQuest designer
Familiar with ClearQuest ALM
Familiar with ClearCase UCM and integration with ClearQuest
Enterprise level Linux or Solaris Administration experience.
Perl/ClearQuest API Programming
Expert user of UNIX and UNIX utilities
Familiar with ClearQuest reporting and CM server
EducationTongreferred: Bachelor's, Computer Science or equivalent experience
“I would greatly appreciate if you get back to us with your responses on the questions ASAP, along with updated resume (elaborate your projects in tune with requirement)”
What is your visa status? (Your employer’s detail if your visa status is an H1B or looking for a H1 transfer)
What is your expected hourly rate for a contract position? (At lest that you expect from an offering at this moment)
When are you available to start a project?
"Upon offering the position in order to ensure Drug and Crime free Environment, our client mandates a Criminal Background check and a 10 Panel Drug Test." Would you be comfortable with that?
What are your Day and Evening phone numbers?
Are you comfortable to relocate?
What is your full name (First, Middle and Last)?
Have you been submitted for any position in Qualcomm in last 2 months?

Thanks and have a great day ahead.
With Regards,
Anshuman Pakharia
Strategic Sourcing
973-774-7822 / Fax: 973-292-2838

Notice the poor Hinglish grammar that this moron slumdog Indiot uses.

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United States James
March 15. 2011 14:33


The slumdogs at Collabera where that scumbag Rajesh works are trolling for resumes. In typical Indiot fashion they want they job but don't have the skills. The solution? Grab Americans' resumes, slap some of their Indiot names on them and send them right over for the job. Now we know why so many Americans apply for jobs but never get them - not because they are not skilled but because scumbag faking fraud Indiots are stealing resumes to get jobs they can't do.

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Oman pak
March 16. 2011 00:10

Take it from us Pakistanis, you have a major problem.  Why do you think we fought 10 wars to get away from these dubba-dubba-ding-dings.  These guys SLAM big time.


Send us 2 dozen F-22s, 100 M1-abrams, some of those tow missile thingies.  We will take care of both your terrorist and SLAM problem in about 2 weeks.  You are outsourcing all your jobs to Indians, now outsource their ass-kicking to us.  

Salaam from Pakistan.

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United States Bobinator5k
March 16. 2011 02:24

Foreigners come to the US with a complete disregard for the way in which the US came to prominence.  They only see Dollar Signs in their eyes, they do not see the blood shed, the tears wed, and the hard work and sacrifice put in to make the American way the way it is.  They sell themselves a line on how they deserve to come here, all because it sounds good to them without realizing they are sacrificing an engineers most powerful tool; consistent rationality.  This is the reason their code will be expensive dog shit.  There are rules you follow when doing software development to build good software; easy to configure, does what it says on the box, does so with moderate efficiency and decent security.

Those who would trade their freedom for money are Scum; they will receive neither.  You will end up working at Qualcomm for 60+ hours a week, it will be indefinite, the pay will be shit, and you will be told you have no rights, and you won't have any because you won't have time to read the Constitution, Learn about FSLA, or learn English well enough to demand a fair market price.

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Kuwait Anonymous
March 17. 2011 05:59

Trust Indians to steal from Americans' resumes. What is it that they don't steal right from Hollywood movies to Latin American music and so forth. But miserably fail to acknowledge.

I am an Indian. Indians have thoroughly warped concepts about patrotism & nationalism. Whenever Indians' faults are pointed out the Indian bloggers brand me a troll/ treasonous/unpatriotic/self hating deracinated Western stooge.

That forecloses any further discussion. As rightly pointed out by Tunnel Rat much earlier Indians invariably resort to spewing vulgar expletives & menacing threats.

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