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*GRRRRRRRRR* Son of a bitch...

The indian contractor whom I've worked so poorly with in the past, who (until now) thankfully I never directly worked with as I was only interacting with him on an acting-IT basis when he first arrived ...

... is becoming my bosses boss, to manage all of QA stuff here in this department and as well to manage his flock of indian contractors that are also being brought in at the same time.

He barely speaks english, is so fresh off the boat he ordered a hamburger one time and when it got there he was surprised it had meat in it, as he didn't even know what one was. He's weakly manipulative and outright lies to try and get people to do things in the most obvious manner. I'm hardly the only person to have noticed this, and as such I am -astonished- to see him back, let alone discovering that I'll be taking direction from him!

Oh I'm -sure- that'll work real well. Two extremely technical american QA employees along side a flock of indian contractors with a new indian contractor boss. The inhouse employees are salaried and work 5 days a week, the contractors are hourly and work 7 days a week.

I'm wondering what sort of conflicts will arise ...

Moreso, I'm desperate for advice on what to do.

My indirect (original direct for the past 7 months) boss who is in the dev department is also my RL friend ... he's acting kinda helpless in all this. My actual boss I've only interacted with for a couple of weeks has never worked with this indian contractor guy and while he's really cool, he works only from home from a couple of states away.

I had a severe problem working with this indian guy in the past ... and I have now voiced my severe concerns with my management and they're acting like there is nothing they can do. They want the #'s and they're going to do whatever they have to to get them. Fuck me and whatever problems I might have along the way.

What the hell do I do ... what can I even do, what can I even say?

- Keman


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Sep. 30th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Not a good week for the exploited worker, is it?
Sep. 30th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
You cant do anything. Your choice is to put up with it or find another job. The only other option is to start rising into management and put the nail in his coffin.
Sep. 30th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
Honestly the best thing is just let it go. It is hard i know.

Generally the people that have poor skills or suck are either sent to uper management or kicked out.

Let the indian do what he does and step on his own balls.
Hopefully and eventually he will be gone with the rest of the indians. and you ll stay.
Don`t do his job, just do what he asks for. not more, not less.

Shine only for those who have eyes to see your light.

Indians were cheaper, but their price is going up. Eventually will switch to chinise, or russians or whatever. Corporate america is why.

Good luck


Sep. 30th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
That's the thing everyone loves to say.

Do nothing.

Well, do what you feel is right. Want to talk to him about it, even though you vowed not to talk to him? Do it. Want to talk to management about him hiring people of his own ethnicity, who may or may not have an unfair advantage in the hiring process? Do it. Want to find another job? Do it.

Do what ever you want and not care what anyone else says. It's the only way something WILL change. It's all about choice. Remember that.
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Oct. 1st, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
Point out that:

a) historically, Indian contractors lie about their deeds (it's actually a culture over there to lie and say that everything is okay to superiors, when there's a conflagration thereunder -- this is worse than simple word manipulation, this is outright dishonesty)
b) historically, Indian contractors (much less employees) lie to get their jobs, have huge cultural and language differences to deal with, and once they get into a position of any power, they tend to skew everything as being the underling's fault
c) This particular Indian has a grudge against you personally since you didn't get along with him in the first place, and so you expect to be retaliated against [MAKE SURE YOU GO TO HR AND HAVE THIS PUT IN YOUR PERSONNEL FILE -- THAT WAY, YOU HAVE STATED YOUR WORRIES IN ADVANCE, IN WRITING, AND YOU WILL HAVE MORE BASIS TO COVER YOUR ASS LATER]
d) Point out that you've worked there longer than them, you pretty much created and documented the QA department as such, and also point out that you /will/ be working closely with him, no matter how much he hates you -- and then go out of your way to be courteous and businesslike in all of your dealings with him, and WRITE DOWN ANY INSTANCE WHERE HE IS NOT IN A JOURNAL.
e) Look for a book called "Death March". Seriously.

That's about all I can recommend. Indian people tend to create their own brand of politics, and American shields against American politics don't tend to work against them. So, the only thing you can do is make damned sure that if those politics create problems for you (such as, say, termination of employment), you have everything at your disposal to fight back, in court if necessary. I don't know if VA is a 'right to work' state, or if it's a union state -- but if it's a union state, maybe it's time to start organizing your fellow employees.
Oct. 2nd, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Everything you say is true, the one good grace that I've got is that it has been stated to be a temporary fix, and as such he is only being brought in as a contractor.

My shield, as it were, is the ability to get rid of this asshat with 1 second of notice and less paperwork than it took to write this response.

- Keman
Oct. 2nd, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Heya.. I took a really cute pic of your dog... here it is..


if that link doesn't work, try the one below :)

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