8 Myths About The US Onsite Assignments

Onsite is a magic word in the Indian Software Industry. Many IT professionals dream of going to the US; some go and come, some go and settle on foreign land, and many are not able to go, and they listen to the stories.

This Indian IT Blog story is busting five myths about the US onsite for Indian IT Professional.

 

 Myth:

You will be very rich if you go to the US; IT professionals have a very high salary.

 

Truth:

 Salary depends on Employer, Visa type, and Job location; most of the Indian IT professionals earn on an average of ~50K to ~130K per annum working for Indian IT companies in the US. 

 There is a strict minimum wage requirement depending on the Visa category for a non-immigrant visa.

 Most people get a minimum salary when they first come to the US. After that, the salary increase is usually not that much in Indian IT companies in the US. So unless you leave an Indian IT company and join a US-based company, your salary will be almost the same for many years.

Another factor to consider is the high living cost; one-bedroom can cost somewhere between $700 to ~$3K per month.

When you are comparing the Indian salary to US salary, consider calculating the US living cost and expenses also in Indian Rupees to get a fair idea if your salary is high. 🙂

The key point is- going to the US doesn’t make you rich, it is savings and investments that will make you rich whether it is India or any other country 🙂

 

Myth:

One has Lavish and Luxury Life in the US

 

Truth:

The USA has the quality of life; however, many people would not call it Luxurious if you must do all household work, all the chores, by yourself. 

 The US is a developed country, and the majority of people can afford a car in the USA. Almost everyone will have the car unless you live in NYC, Chicago, or similar cities where public transport eliminated the need for a vehicle. 

 Still, unlike India, a car is a need rather than a luxury.

 One should not mix the quality and value of life with lavish and luxury living.

 

Myth:

 There is no office politics in the USA

 

Truth:

Office politics is everywhere, so in the US. One might come to the US assuming there would not be any politics at the client place; however, dealing with the same people/manager/project will not make any difference.

 

 

Myth:

Less work and more parting/happy hours

 

Truth:

Workload depends on the type of the assigned project. There are many projects where people work 14+ hours in the US. There are some exciting stories on the internet if you are an onsite coordinator.

 

The US has a culture where people often go for happy hours after office hours however this would not be called Less work and more parting/happy hours 🙂

 

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Myth:

The US has great managers

 

Truth:

Managers are managers, whether it’s India or America lol. Most Indian IT companies have Indian IT managers, aka “Desi Manager.” Hence, no matter if your client is a Billion Dollar company, in the end, your desi manager controls your work life.

 

[Read- Types of Managers in Indian IT Industry!]

 

Myth:

Better marriage proposal after going to US onsite

 

Truth:

A better marriage proposal after going to the US on-site may be a thing with a specific community or region.

However, it does not make much difference nowadays since most people know that life is not easy in the USA, especially when a girl enters the USA on an H4 visa, which has a lot of restrictions.

 

Myth:

I will get a US green card if my child is born in the US

 

Truth:

It does not make any difference until your child turns 18 years of age and can sponsor the green card for you. 

 

Myth:

Life is stress-free in the US

 

Truth:

 I do not believe that stress has anything to do with India or the US. I have seen IT professionals who are very happy in India, where many IT professionals are in the US stressing out. So it is a mindset. What do you think?