What do you think about Consultancies here in the U.S., who help you get a job and get placed as contractors at client sites?
I have written about this in the past. Being a consultant is not bad; It’s a huge industry.
Vinit wrote to me to share his experience (rant) in order to create awareness about how this so-called “Desi consultancies” Work.
This is my second semester in a very prestigious U.S. university, and the thing that I have found highly disturbing for the past couple of months is the increasing interference of consultancies (Desi Consultants) with jobs in the computer science field.
I can personally vouch for the fact that, in Chicago alone, more than 70 percent of the job market has been captured by these people, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a good job.
Recently a friend of mine got a confirmation call from a very good company in the U.S., but after having converted it, the people over there backed out, releasing a statement that they could not be involved in the ‘deal’.
To his shock, he found out that the job offer was for an Indian IT giant which had outsourced its work for the American company. The horror extended when, after declining the offer, people from consultancies started calling him, asking for the reasons why he did not want to join. When he declined to answer them, they started abusing him for wasting their time.
This is just one scenario, and there are numerous others wherein the candidate who, having zero experience in computers (from chemistry/mechanical field), beefs up his resume and gets a position of Java Lead because someone else converted the job for him. This is known as a proxy interview.
There are 4 types of consultancies for you: TYPE A,B,C, and D.
A and B have their own small IT service firms, (along with staffing solutions), whereas the C and D are the ones that will provide you with initial “free” housing and lodging in cities like New York and California (for God’s sake), and who will do the proxy for you.
This is becoming increasingly frustrating because one of the major reasons why I left India was for better opportunities, and currently it is going down the drain. If the scenario persists, is going to be horrible in the future.
I understand that people from India come here for various reason, and that one of the short-term goals is getting your investment recovered. But at what cost?
We literally become slaves for them. They pay you a 30% salary after the extraneous taxes they charge us, or else you don’t get jobs in Texas. It’s not even what everybody is doing.
A certain part of the country which is notorious for issuing out fake documents have somehow formed a community in this country, and they keep pushing substandard talent ahead of deserving candidates.
I have seen enough around me to suggest that people in some regions work part time illegally, and there are schools in Illinois where you have to attend 22 classes in 2 years to get Masters in CS. I mean, that is unbelievable!!! What’s more, you can apply for a CPT from the day you start attending your college.
It’s a no-brainer that the recruiters here don’t have any clue about the situation and are willingly taking part in the sham. This is the thing that befuddles me. This nation was somehow different from India because of its morals and values, and I for one am finding it increasingly frustrating. Enough of the “Chalta Hai” attitude.
I would like you to post my story/rant on your blog, and suggest some platforms to broadcast my views. I am thinking of somehow getting this thing out there to DHS and USCIS if things don’t start to change.
Desi Consultants and Ethics
I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone who is planning to apply for jobs via consulting companies is not already aware of all these issues. If you haven’t heard about what to expect, then you are going to be in for a shock.
I have had conversations with students who think that applying for jobs via consultants is the “only” way to find a job.
Why? Their lack of exposure.
When students around you are all doing the same thing, then you are left with an uphill battle.
“Job Search” is a skill. You have to learn that skill, just like any other skill ( driving, swimming, etc).
Take-Aways from this Article:
- Beware of Consultants
- Know what you are getting yourself into
- Be ready to give away “ethical” behaviour.
- Not all consultants can be categorized into being unethical. You guys know exactly who and what types of consultants I’m talking about.
- I have referred readers from the blog to consultants. But I warn them of what to expect; all I’m doing is referring. You are on your own after I connect you.
- Consultants are not going away. Neither will their practices, unless UCSIS finds ways to crack down on them.
- Educate yourself and don’t be shocked when you have to make difficult decisions ( fake resume to proxy interviews/paying for H1B Visa process).
DEsin consultants are not going away. It’s really for USCIs to track them down for all their practices. There are good companies, but it’s really hard to find them. So, if you are going to join one, be warned that you may have to give-up your Ethics 101.
What’s Your Story?
Have you experienced any of this or witnessed anything around you? Tell use about your story.