Feeling guilty about H1B

Oct 16, 2018 78 Comments

My H1B was picked in lottery this year but I got an RFE.
Meanwhile, I got a job offer with double the TC in Bay Area.
Since I didn’t want to wait for 6 months (RFE response + non-pp transfer), I jumped ship and abandoned this H1B.
I have 2 more chances at lottery, but I can’t stop thinking about if I had made the right decision.
Leaving he lottery for the last chance is not ideal since I have to leave the country at such a short notice. So, realistically only one chance.
Want to add that I was really unhappy in my current company, and the new job is the best opportunity I can hope for.
Would you do the same if you were in my situation?
TC: 160 to 325

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TOP 78 Comments
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Take the new job. In the current visa scenario, just solve for career growth and handle visa problems as and when they come up. Seems like a no brainier.

    H1B lottery chod, tu life me jeetega!
    Oct 16, 2018 0
  • Agree with microsoft above. Darr darr ke jeena kya jeena, kab tak ghum ke aasu peena, kab tak karega tu katar kandran, kuch bhi ban bas kayar mat ban.
    Oct 16, 2018 3
    • Google / Eng
      Shaktiman’

      Google Eng

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      Shaktiman’more
      😂
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Facebook Ruined
      You remember this! I thought I was the only one 😉
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Hehehe
      Oct 16, 2018
  • Infosys / Product whoz82
    I think you chose the right option. H1B is a rabbit hole that sucks you in and you won’t realize it. Be aggressive and do the best you can for yourself and your career. These things will sort themselves out. H1B is just one option.
    Like Baba Rancho had said... “Kaabil bano...” you know the rest. 🤣
    Oct 16, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
      Chandu101

      New Eng

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      Chandu101more
      Infosys bencho, tum Jaise tatti logo ne system ki g marke Rakhi hain
      Oct 17, 2018
    • Infosys / Product whoz82
      Infosys? Why don’t you go one step ahead and say this about Indians?
      Oct 18, 2018
  • RingCentral / Eng
    spidermann

    RingCentral Eng

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    spidermannmore
    Brave decision! You need guts to do this. Stop worrying u will get picked next year.

    You will realize it one day that this was the best decision you took.
    Oct 16, 2018 0
  • Twitter Ronram
    Which public company pays 260 base for 1 yr old and only 65k in equity.
    Oct 16, 2018 1
    • Roku strong2
      This is OP. I can answer this now that I have finally joined. The company is Roku. ✌️
      Oct 29, 2018
  • Veritas / Eng
    Job=jb.nxt

    Veritas Eng

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    Symantec, HERE
    Job=jb.nxtmore
    Good decision. Which are these two companies?
    Oct 16, 2018 0
  • Amazon Sukhoi-57
    Gajab TC. Hame bhi job dilaado!
    Oct 16, 2018 0
  • Twitch @#$_&-+()/
    You had next 30 years to earn extra 100+k and you couldn't wait for 6+ month to get ur h1b. Hopefully this doesn't backfire. Good luck.
    Oct 16, 2018 3
    • OP
      I really felt like I had a great opportunity and I wanted to seize it. I felt like I didn’t want to be dragged down by H1b and have a career setback by wasting my time here.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • OP
      Although TC played a role in my decision, it’s not the only reason.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Twitch @#$_&-+()/
      In that case, why regret/or having second thoughts now. Just forget about that ur h1b was selected in lottery last year.
      Oct 18, 2018
  • OP
    More info: The reason for this high TC in a tech company is that I had a competing offer from a Hedge fund for 400k. I didn't end up going there because they wanted me to come on H-1B, and not on OPT. (They didn't want to risk losing me in 2 years). So, we mutually decided not to go ahead. Again, I didn't want to be shackled by H-1B process. Also, I like the tech company more.
    Oct 16, 2018 2
    • F5 Networks / Eng 1u2ir8v3f7
      Congrats! What area do you work in? AI/ML? Application Dev? Infra?
      Oct 16, 2018
    • OP
      ML
      Oct 16, 2018
  • New / Data sun1
    I did the exact same thing and I am happy about my decision. I was really unhappy at my current job and didn’t want to risk staying if H1B transfer got rejected later on.
    Joining Amazon next month :)
    Oct 16, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
      LVKz75

      New Eng

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      LVKz75more
      are you joining as sde 2 or something? I am moving as sde 1, tc rise from 100 to 160, but i am not sure if I should abandon this h1b chance
      Oct 16, 2018
    • New / Data sun1
      No. I am joining as a Data Engineer L4. It totally depends on your priorities. If you don’t mind sticking to your current job for some more time, it might be better to switch after H1.
      Oct 17, 2018
  • New / Eng
    Chandu101

    New Eng

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    Chandu101more
    OP this seems unrealistic to me, you mentioned you left a quant firm (with higher tc) even though they were willing to wait for your h1b, and instead joined other company with lesser TC on a f1 Visa.

    Sorry , I am not buying this story
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • OP
      You are missing the point of the post. Both of my offers (tech and finance) are ready to wait for my h1b, but I don’t want to wait for it and delay progress in my career.
      Oct 18, 2018
  • PeerStreet / Other
    JenWush

    PeerStreet Other

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    JenWushmore
    Wtf how do you have $325k TC with 1 YOE??

    Tell me this is with a PhD. Have never heard someone making such a quantum leap before unless you’re working as a quant on Wall Street
    Oct 17, 2018 1
    • OP
      Please check the comments. I had a competing Wall Street offer which I used to negotiate this.
      Oct 17, 2018
  • New / Eng
    LVKz75

    New Eng

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    LVKz75more
    OP, thanks for sharing this. People like you give me the courage to stand up and build my career. For long, I am struggling to shape my career, this seems to be the way to go, I am jumping ship too , h1b ki maa ka Bhosada , benchod jo hoga dekh lenge
    Oct 16, 2018 1
    • OP
      Please see the comments I made to the other guy who wants to jump ship.
      Oct 16, 2018
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Bhai Kya karta hai tu... Deep learning phodte ho Kya? 1yoe 325k?
    Oct 16, 2018 9
    • eBay / Eng
      #yolo

      eBay Eng

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      #yolomore
      260 base??? Which company is this?
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Axtria nyc!
      @umbr31 I wish. I do deep learning, and I have 5 digit TC. It's all comes down to luck at the end of the day.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      I mean, I do ML infrastructure too. Chill out brah, let's watch OP and learn I guess.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Axtria nyc!
      Yup, fair.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Akamai Technologies unionfind
      Netflix?
      Oct 16, 2018
  • OP
    Thanks, everyone. Lots of support in this thread.
    Oct 16, 2018 7
    • New / Eng
      LVKz75

      New Eng

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      LVKz75more
      I agree, at the time I got an offer my employer was almost dying (2-3 months of funds left ) . Now they secured some funds but working is very very boring and uninteresting
      Oct 16, 2018
    • OP
      It also depends on your new job. In my case, I felt like this is the right time to join this job. I got a great role in a company that is making a huge transformation. This won’t be the same opportunity 1 year from now even if the TC is the same. Think about if you can delay you start date by 6-8 months and what you would lose by that.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • New / Eng
      LVKz75

      New Eng

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      LVKz75more
      I don’t think the work is going to be interesting, also with 2 yoe, joining as sde1 is not the best option. The only thing is I want to get out of this rabbit hole and join a reputed company ,
      To sum it up, not really at any inflection point as such , also current company is doing okay now,
      I have told the new employer to wait for approval, but there are too many ifs and buts in that .
      But thank you very much for the advice
      Oct 16, 2018
    • OP
      In your particular case, I would keep my head down, work on my own projects, take online courses, lots of self-development like reading books, etc. Just do the minimal amount of work needed at the current job and focus on yourself.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • New / Eng
      LVKz75

      New Eng

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      LVKz75more
      Yes thanks , I am also giving other interviews at better companies , hopefully something productive will happen
      Oct 16, 2018
  • Goldman Sachs bMNx07
    Do you mind sharing the interviews at these companies? Was it all statitics/ML/DL focused or it also had coding sections?
    Oct 16, 2018 3
    • OP
      Mostly ML and coding. Very simple DL. Nothing out of the ordinary. Lot of adhoc algo design with the manager. Algorithm design played a huge role in my offer.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Goldman Sachs bMNx07
      Were they typical leetcode type coding problems or something that you were encountering first time?
      Oct 16, 2018
    • OP
      Tbh I had only 1 coding interview which was quite simple. I haven’t done enough leetcode to know the level. But I’m sure they are simpler than google. More emphasis is placed in system design, algo design, general ML concepts - really tested how much you understand, not how much you know.
      Oct 16, 2018
  • Reltio swe888
    What is your current role?
    Oct 16, 2018 3
    • OP
      Current - Data Scientist. New - similar to ML Engineer
      Oct 16, 2018
    • New / Eng
      LVKz75

      New Eng

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      LVKz75more
      OP is it LinkedIn ? I am scratching my head to know which company it can possibly be.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Roku strong2
      This is OP. the company is Roku
      Oct 29, 2018
  • Cerner dothrakhi
    Good story but I don't believe it.
    Oct 28, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
      Randyl

      New Eng

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      Randylmore
      Cerner , his salary is 8 times that of you . No wonder u won't believe it
      Oct 29, 2018
    • Cerner dothrakhi
      Hahaha yeah dude can't even imagine, hard to believe We are in lower category of workers in engineering world. Hahaha but it's fun.
      Oct 29, 2018
  • Apple KGHP41
    I hope you’re not going to Goldman Sachs.
    Oct 16, 2018 2
    • Goldman Sachs bMNx07
      It's not a tech company.
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Apple KGHP41
      I know. They were up here in the Bay Area pretending to be one. That’s why I asked.
      Oct 16, 2018
  • Medidata Solutions Sjohn
    YOE?
    Oct 16, 2018 2
    • OP
      Slightly above 1 yr
      Oct 16, 2018
    • Rockwell Collins cscY72
      And new TC of 325k? Dang bhai
      Oct 16, 2018

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