The bolded portion ([i]No, a US company can employ anyone with a work permit, they don't have to be a citizen[i]) is mostly correct, but not 100%: companies can have a Government Contracts that specifies the employee working on said contract must be a US citizen. That's usually for very high level Military, or Intelligence/Safety of the Country.
Not the majority of positions, but it does exist.
Correct, clearances as well if that's applicable. Plus background checks, drug tests, ability to obtain and maintain a badge, license, certificate, passing recurrent training, and being part of a union shop if applicable.
How many UA employees work in India ?
Seems like a scam to keep Jays and many other HQ jobs pay low. Can anyone find out how many jobs are there is it 5 or 500
Doubt they'll publish that, but here's an estimate. Assuming that the 4,400 hits below are representative for the about 1,200,000 results that a search without a country filter yields, and assuming that United has around 96,000 employees globally, that ratio would translate into perhaps 350 team members in India. https://www.linkedin.com/search/results ... TED_SEARCH
United does not simply sell one way tickets and fly empty aircraft back from India. We don't just cater to Americans or serve US citizens only, Indians also fly on United Airlines.
Understood that some local jobs will deal with all the local aspects of the business, e.g. cargo sales to Indian customers, regulatory, real estate, airport operations, etc. If you look through the LinkedIn profiles above, you'll see lots of generalists working basically in global analytics and sales ops roles. Some have worked very hard to get from analyst to manager in-house, others have either started their career at United and used their experience as a jumping board to other airlines or industries, some have moved from other companies to United. Nothing out of the ordinary in that sense, you'd see similar trends at Bank of America, Ford, and many others. United seems to have built this center of expertise over a couple of years and many local employees have worked hard every day to make Gurgaon and United thrive and grow, same as employees elsewhere across the system have done at their stations.
What does the job of a senior network planner entail, a senior sales manager, or a revenue strategist? As an American I probably could do the job of network planner and sales manager here in the U.S. A network planner in India must first and foremost must have an in-dept understanding of India (the country) and how UA with only 3 flights can expand its network reach in India even though we only fly to DEL and BOM. The same is true of our sales managers because we want to sell tickets on both sides of the Atlantic and not just to Americans we have to have sales managers and in India. Revenue strategist in some ways work with network planner and sale managers and I hope I don't have to explain why revenue managers are important. (UA has sells manager, revenue managers, network planners all over the world and senior managers are responsible for entire regions) It is really that hard to believe United has senior sales managers, and senior revenue strategist in Europe, Asia, South America, South Pacific, in addition to here in the U.S. In addition to that United's corporate contracts and cargo contracts do not just include U.S. corporations only. UA has corporate contracts and cargo contracts with international companies based in other countries (like India) as well you need senior level management representing United. You can't send an American over to India and think they are going to be as effective as someone who is local, someone who was born and raised in India.
As far as technical operations, UA utilized contractors at both DEL and BOM the people in our India technical operations are the liaison between the NOC and SFOMC and our contractors at the airport. So yes we have senior level management present in India in our technical operations division.
So when we look at say the Senior Manager - Sales Programs or the Sr. Analyst - Network Planning roles they're currently hiring for here on LinkedIn, both seem to be fairly global in nature: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/search/?c ... tion=India
The Sr. Manager role first responsibility is: Responsible for hiring, career development, performance management, mentoring and coaching of all India based staff supporting US Sales.
Makes it sound like more India based staff will be supporting US Sales in lieu of US-based staff supporting US Sales which may currently be in that role, i.e. you're hiring a Sr. Manager right now whose role it will be to hire India based staff supporting US Sales. In an expanding market that new team could be in addition to a US-based support team, in a shrinking market that team could be a replacement.
Likewise, the Sr. Analyst Network Planning responsibilities start with "Analyze financial performance of United’s schedule and make recommendations to improve margins" and end with "Perform ad-hoc analyses on the profitability of United Airlines route network and fleet", which makes it sound like it's network-wide, including US domestic schedules and routes as opposed to "an in-depth understanding of India and how UA with only 3 flights can expand its network reach in India".
Now perhaps it's just to complement existing US-based roles, but terms like "long term margin potential for the network" and "Analyze fleet deployment to maximize revenue and minimize costs" will probably leave some folks here wondering whether the role itself isn't also to minimize costs by shifting a worker long term to adjust for a new operating environment more akin to what alasizon and CalmSP are saying:
The network planning positions that are in India currently as well as those they were hiring for are not for local market planning, the job descriptions ober the years have been very specific that it was for US domestic planning at various hubs as well as US-Europe analysis. As I mentioned up thread, there was a job last year that was advertised for India and the specific duties in the job thread listed being the senior network planner for DEN domestic ops. There is no reason that position needs to be in India other than UA saving money that way.
as another pointed out, the positions that have been moving to India for the last 6-7 years have nothing to do with the India market and solely for the ability to accomplish a task at a lower wage cost.
None of which would be even worth mentioning had it not been for the current multi-billion taxpayer bailout funding and the current company request to extend that bailout funding beyond October 1st. If I were a regulator or key decisionmaker on that and felt very strongly that the funding should continue to be tied to a caveat like "no domestic job cuts" then I might want United to refrain from filling these openings. Maybe these postings are just United's plan B in case the additional funding doesn't go through next month, or maybe these roles will replace the current US teams anyway when a subsequent round of bailouts comes to an end. In that case, the decisionmakers might want to add longer-term provisions as a condition for more bailouts if their objective is to preserve the potential US jobs affected longer-term.