So United employees in India get free rides home ? Wow
Very interesting how about free food ?
Hi, not just United and not just India. Most companies will offer comparable arrangements there, mostly for competitive reasons and also liability / the potential of bad PR. Think about how virtually every foreign carrier had to start providing security escorts for airline crews at CCS for example when things turned sour.
A number of countries don't feature a safe commute, especially for female employees. I know that we provided these for our Indian employees if we requested them to work swing hours or nighttime to match our timezone. On occasions where we did, it was often overlapped, i.e. we'd only request them to work through midnight or 1 am as opposed to all night long. It was based on or operational needs, and it wasn't particularly popular with them, although in Indian culture a lot of times they won't openly say that unless they know you well.
As for free food and other perks, that really depends on what other companies offer, as well as location and perhaps seniority as well. More than once have I worked for a company that will stack certain floors, buildings, or even rooms with more or better items than say a factory-style breakroom where there's a vending machine or small automated area where people can buy food. And most executive floors see so many leftovers from entertaining clients and other meetings that they constantly drown in catered food anyway.
Maybe if US based UA employees settled for a fifth of their current pay (i.e to be paid as much as their Indian counterparts), even they might get free rides home for over-nights. And maybe even free food.
Sure, there's a reason it's called total compensation. It's a package, and when an employee in a given country lifts the bag, it still needs to feel heavy enough to make it worthwhile for them. Whether the weight comes from the chicken, the gravy or the potatoes is up to the employer. And whether that package is acceptable is up to the employee. If it isn't, they'll quit at their first best opportunity, same as stateside.
Oh . I need to list some jobs we had some people quit recently . Anyone know the postal code for India? Must be IN...sure. Must be ...So then the jobs show up as Indiana.
..If they had used the correct job listing location codes those jobs would never have hit anyone’s Indeed searches
I know there must be many smart people there but Probably need to wait a few months to hire people a freeze is a freeze .
India has lots of Postal Codes, the same as the US, just with six digits instead of 5 or Zip+4... The one for UA's office in Gurgaon is 122022. Jobs there will tend to show up as "India" or as "Gurgaon". They used these previously, that's how I found the specific jobs I referenced before. Not sure whether those replaced (or were intended to replace) US-based UA employees, as jayunited pointed out they could also be a backfill for local turnover, although personally I think it's unusual to do backfills when you're about to make more cuts beyond the people who already took voluntarily packages.
The primary way these postings make sense in the current environment is as a plan B in case the second funding package doesn't go through and they'll have to make cuts stateside come October 1st. It's a perfectly legitimate move come October 1st as the $5 billion they got from taxpayers only covers stateside employees until September 30th, the end of this month.
I wouldn't call it a free ride. It is sort of a employee perk knowing it is not safe for women to travel at odd hours. You don't want morning news is about your employee in a ditch. Believe me your logo will be all over the news. It is not the west to send a cease & desist notice and media will not say employer's name.
I don't know now, but offices in India used to have office boys, serving tea and snacks to employees. They take too many tea breaks.
Enough with cultural issues, do United really need network planners burning midnight oil? It is not that an airline will announce new routes every morning.
Exactly, it's ride perk is borne out of necessity, no company wants that type of PR.
As for the network planners, the requisition is likely a hedge in case the US taxpayer funding doesn't get extended past September 30th. They can't fire people stateside until then, but they could obviously do so come POctober 1st and replace them with network planners based in India. It will be a smaller network, but they'll still need x number of planners.
You need diversity of thought to make the best decisions. 5 idiots belonging to 5 different races/ethnicities/religions will still make a bad call. And who defines "diversity"? Are you suggesting India is not a diverse place based on just race and ethnicity!? Do you know how many linguistic and sub-linguistic cultures exist within India? Let's not get into this trope about diversity and inclusion. The argument has no merit in this context.
That plus the India team members are mostly in global roles, meaning they are frequently working with lots of people from other cultures, daily conference calls, emails, meetings, etc. They may have certain group thoughts on say solution design for a given item, but that will tend to be subject to the same review and debate process you'd see stateside since these are ultimately global functions with global teams. So whatever process or technical solution you see come out of their offices, it will have been reviewed and approved by team members who are stateside.
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