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EddieBurkett
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Since: 3.1.02
From: GA in person, NJ in heart

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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.14
Just a few quick comments and I'll refrain from any more off-topicness.

    Originally posted by evilwaldo
    This is probably getting a bit off topic but a lot of the outsourcing problem dates back to the Patriot Act


I would think given the large number of foreign students in all my CS/Engineering classes, it wouldn't have been too long before someone realized that its cheaper to work from India, regardless of political conditions here, or the end of the bubble, or whatever. The main cause for this is all the advances in tele-commuting in the 90's. Not that the other factors didn't affect the situation, but they accelerated events. If the Patriot Act never happened, someone would still start the outsourcing trend eventually. If they couldn't VPN and teleconference and whatnot, this all becomes impossible.

Newsweek didn't say all the jobs were coming back. They basically said that CEO's are still learning what jobs can and can't be outsourced. They basically said that the Indians aren't good at creative tasks and design, (which Wired said a few months ago), so that means that the Engineering and at least the high-level programming jobs should be returning, so that we can create and design stuff for them to implement. I can see how that's pandering, since it basically says, "We're better than you since you can only make things when we tell you how."

Zeruel, no one's denying there's an outsourcing problem. It sucks to be anywhere right now in the IT/Computer industry. (Except maybe India, but even they are worried about business going somewhere cheaper.)



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Since: 15.1.02
From: Flatwoods, KY

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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.62
Unfortunatly I too am being outsourced. My last day here will be October 29th, so at least I have time to prepare. When I worked for Amazon.com they closed their Seattle Call Center and cut about 500 or more people. They shipped their jobs not only to India, but also to a company in Ireland. I can tell from the inside it was a horrible choice. The quality of the customer service dropped and the complaints soared. I have been out of there now for a couple of years, but I still keep in touch with one or two people who still work there and they say the quaility has not improved at all.

From a fiscal standpoint I can see how it makes sense. For instance in outsorcing my department alone they will save $4 million a year. But I am afraid they are going to lose the quality of the work we do. Thats the bad thing about outsorcing, companies seem to be sacraficing quality for cost. The problem is in the long term it seems like it would hurt their bottom line more with declining quality.

Case in point- Dell. Dell sent huge number of call centers and help desk operations to India and they saved money, but they also started losing busniess because people were getting frustrated when they called for help. So Dell's customer satisfaction rating dropped off dramatically. Last year Dell decided to pull back some it's offshore call centers in an effort to regain customer confidence (http://news.com.com/2100-7342-5110933.html).

Anyway the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had a very good series on outsourcing last month. It makes for a good read. Check it out here:
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04081/288539.stm



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Since: 24.10.03
From: WI, now in the land of the Vikings...*shudder*

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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.96
    Originally posted by The Thrill
    Seriously, best of luck, CRZ. And I looked...but I couldn't find an employment section of Packers.com. Sorry.


Now THAT would be awesome...good idea Thrill!

Just wanted to say best of luck to you CRZ in finding a new job. Working in government, I love to bitch about the pay (it sucks) but it's times like this when I appreciate the fact that I have job security. I have a feeling you will pull through this just fine--good luck!



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Since: 23.5.02
From: Oklahoma

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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.85
    Originally posted by Zeruel
    One of those online airplane ticket companies had a call center in Charlottsville, VA and they outsourced to India and the town lost 200 jobs.

    The Washington Post had an article about it a few weeks ago, I'll search their site and see if it's still there.

    There IS a problem about computer jobs going to India. I am 30 creds short of my CMIS BS, but I swiched to Accounting. What's the point of getting my programming degree when there are no jobs? My neighbot 2 doors up has been looking for TWO YEARS for a job, and she was on the dean's list her jr and sr years of college, but no one is hiring in this area (east coast).


I know this isn't always the case, but another horror story....I have a close friend that has had his MIS degree for about two years. In that time he has moved from Oklahoma to Georgia to Oregon and back looking for work. Currently he makes minimum wage at a Taco Bell...been there for several months now. He's applied at 10-20 different firms around here and NOTHING.





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Since: 10.1.03
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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.48
(deleted by Nag on 14.4.04 1052)
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Since: 15.1.02
From: Flatwoods, KY

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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.64
Here are the 10 Best and Worst Jobs according to the Wall Street Journal. I would beg to differ with Computer Systems Analyst and maybe even Software Engineer. I know for a fact my company, in addition to us, is looking outsource our application developers.

Best Jobs

Biologist
Actuary
Financial planner
Computer-systems analyst
Accountant
Software engineer
Meteorologist
Paralegal assistant
Statistician
Astronomer

Worst Jobs

Lumberjack
Fisherman
Cowboy
Ironworker
Seaman
Taxi driver
Construction worker
Farmer
Roofer
Stevedore

EDIT: I was trying to help Nag who asked if was wasting his time in school what career he should go into. He deleted is post however, so mine looks a bit out of place. But I thought it was interesting information anyway.

(edited by Ffej on 14.4.04 1103)


(Artist Formerly Known As) WIENER OF THE DAY! July 6, 2002!
Desert Combat Xtended
If I lived back in the wild west days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I'd carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like "Hey, look. He's carrying a soldering iron!" and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, "That's right, it's a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice." Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they had made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink.
The Amazing Salami
Sujuk








Since: 23.5.02
From: Oklahoma

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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.85
What's a stevedore??







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Corajudo
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Since: 7.11.02
From: Dallas, TX

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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.81
    Originally posted by The Amazing Salami
    What's a stevedore??




They load and unload ships.
Nag
Landjager








Since: 10.1.03
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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.48
Well thanks for replying Ffej :). A First Energy truck is blocking my driveway, so I couldn't leave. I guess that answered all my questions right there.
StaggerLee
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Since: 3.10.02
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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.56
Salami, tell your friend who works at Taco Bell to apply to thier management program. They want people with COllege Degrees, no matter what the field of study was. Thier attrition rate is about 80%, so moving up is usually a pretty easy thing, if they stick to it, and a GM at a store makes FAR more than minimum wages.

Anyhow, CRZ, try checking out the DOD website they always have tech jobs on there.



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ScreamingHeadGuy
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Since: 1.2.02
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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.39
Tough break, CRZ. But, well, I'm sure you'll land on your feet. Good thing you've got all that vacation time stored up (I had 5 weeks).

So I guess this will be drastically impacting the "Tie of the Day" posts. Well, maybe we'll see a whole bunch of new, improved ties now instead of the oldies.



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Since: 27.2.04
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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.18
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Since: 7.4.02
From: The Inner City, Now Living In The Country

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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.36
    Originally posted by CRZ
    The upside is *I* have chosen to look at this as "wow, I'm being given a wad of money to go find a BETTER job at a place that might actually APPRECIATE me!" And hopefully that'll be just what happens. At any rate, there's plenty of time left before I have to panic. ;-)


Attaboy, Chris! Remember, it's their loss, not yours. That's the way I felt back in '92 when I was told that my position at a company I had spent over a dozen years working for had been eliminated, and it's the way I still feel today (after all, I'm working now at a job I love, while they no longer exist). So you say
    Originally posted by CRZ
    there's not a LOT out there specifically tailored to a candidate like ME
So what? There doesn't have to be a LOT out there; you only need one job, and when you choose the one you want, you'll be the best candidate for it. If there's one thing I've leaned through the years it's that, no matter what condition the job market may be in, good workers are always in demand. And from what I've seen on this board I have no doubt that you are a good worker, and that you will be an asset to whatever company you decide to work for.

So don't panic. Don't get discouraged. Make the most of any free time you may get to enjoy. Your next job will be waiting for you when you're ready to accept it.





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El Den
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Since: 18.1.02

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#34 Posted on
Good luck Chris ... I'm sure you'll land on your feet, as they say.

I'd put a word in for you where I work, but A) I'm hardly qualified to put a "word" in on your behalf, and B) you know where I work, and I doubt you'd like that very much.

Denny
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