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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers 220

dcblogs writes: "Southern California Edison is preparing to offshore IT jobs, the second major U.S. utility in the last year to do so. It will be cutting its staff, but it hasn't said by how much. The utility is using at least two offshore outsourcing firms, according to government records. SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers. Following a workplace shooting in SCE's IT offices in 2011, the utility conducted an independent audit of its organizational and management culture. One observation in this report, which was completed a year later, was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'"
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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

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  • Good luck with that (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18, 2014 @06:26PM (#46791637)

    Has anyone, anywhere, seen an instance where a move like this actually works out well? I sure haven't. Communication issues, poor worker training and expertise, high turnover. The 'savings' look good on paper, but in the end it's a disaster.

  • by pixelpusher220 ( 529617 ) on Friday April 18, 2014 @06:42PM (#46791765)
    Worked well enough for my Dad at Xerox. Granted he got laid off for a couple years but got rehired when it went to shit and got quite the hefty raise and extra retirement out of the deal :)

    Not a plan I'd recommend obviously, but hey :)
  • Re:IMPOSSIBLE (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ebno-10db ( 1459097 ) on Friday April 18, 2014 @07:22PM (#46792037)

    Go a few miles outside the cities and it is mostly Republican.

    Nevertheless CA is primarily a blue state. I'm not sticking up for the R's here - just pointing out that with many issues the D's are also busy screwing Americans. The D's whore for money too, and much of theirs comes from the tech industry. One of the few people in congress to oppose some of this H-1B crap is Chuck Grassley, who's an R.

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