In following up to my last posting, I just went to LinkedIn and plugged in “HP software engineer graduate” and found a number of ads for new and recent graduates. Most of them also have that same “proficiency in English and the local language” requirement, in spite of all being in U.S. locations (Roseville CA, Fremont CA, Houston, Montgomery AL, Vancouver WA). One of them is again for a position with that same bizarre title, Associate Software Engineer.
I then removed the “HP” part of my search query, and came up with other interesting cases. Here’s one titled, Software Engineer, PhD University Graduate, at YouTube. There are very, very few jobs in industry which really need a PhD, and interestingly, this job’s Minimum Qualifications are pretty generic:
- PhD in Computer Science or related technical discipline.
- Large scale systems design experience with knowledge of Unix/Linux.
- Programming experience in one or more of the following: C/C++, Java, Python.
Even the list of Preferred Qualifications is very generic, except for research experience, and even the latter is not specific either — you have your choice of 10 different areas, including the catchall Systems. Based on my experience, I’d say the odds are high that the employer, YouTube/Google, has a specific foreign student they want to hire, and this ad is just for the purposes of fulfilling green card requirements.
The generic nature of these job requirements puts the lie to the industry’s favorite line that it hires only young people because only new grads know the latest technologies. Well, there is nothing avant garde about any of the technologies lists.
A lot of jobs that came up in that search were for Google. One for Qualcomm was interesting for how NON-generic it was, with the hugest alphabet soup of acronyms for wireless protocols you’ve ever seen. There’s no way a new grad would know more than one or two of them, and even then no very well. Again, this sounds like a green-card camouflage ad to me, and of course Qualcomm has always been one of the most vociferous firms pushing Congress to expand the H-1B cap.
Once again: If you think the main abusers of H-1B are the IT services firms, think again.