Masters or Job in India

Salesforce curious01
May 27 47 Comments

Is it wise going for MS at GaTech leaving a decent salary in India ?

I have an admit for Fall 19 but getting confused every alternate day as it gets near.
I am worried that if I give up on MS, I might never get a chance to work in US and have a different experience.

TC 43 lpa (base 27)
YOE 3
Undergrad from IIT kharagpur CSE

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TOP 47 Comments
  • Microsoft blind1186
    Stay there.
    May 27 0
  • LinkedIn 4everStaff
    That’s good money for 3 yoe. You’ll have a lot of uncertainty when you come to US for masters. If you’re ok with that uncertainty for about 3 - 4 years - you can give it a shot. The reward may or may not be good. If I were you I’d try an internal transfer instead.
    May 27 2
    • Salesforce curious01
      OP
      What's the uncertainty for 3-4 years ? I will have 3 years of opt
      May 27
    • Microsoft weirvhtd
      Usa is not what it used to be 15 years ago.. stay home, stay happy.. you are paid good
      May 27
  • Apple infiniteco
    Stay there
    May 27 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    43 LPA at 3 yoe? That's really good. Stay put, nail it at work like you currently are...

    The Masters degree itself is a good experience but the years after that as a second class citizen crushes you mentally (purely due to visa), if you've seen the good life in India. Don't leave your likely alpha status in life to be a permanent naukar in the US.

    If you're particular about US experience, do an internal transfer or work at Microsoft, Amazon etc who can transfer you in a year or two. Good luck!
    May 27 0
  • Sprint tBsP50
    Your TC and yoe tells me u r young and smart. I think you will be worth more in US with more opportunities especially after that masters. Also, masters in US is a great experience for life. You won’t regret. So I say go for it.
    May 27 0
  • VMware fndndjjxd
    OP there are several similar posts from you. And in all those posts including this one , you have been voraciously claiming that coming to US an earning 250k is better than 43 lpa in India.

    If you are so sure and made your mind why do you still keep asking the same question again and again. I can’t believe you went to IIT KGP for undergrad and behave like this. I always felt iit-and are smart but may be I am wrong.

    You only seek when you think you don’t know and are ready to listen. You are none of these. Enjoy your job in US and good luck and spend your time wisely.
    May 27 4
    • Salesforce curious01
      OP
      I have never been to US, so I definitely have no idea what is it like there.
      May 27
    • VMware fndndjjxd
      But you have been attacking everybody who says India is better. You seems very sure US is better even though you haven’t been here. Then why are you asking this question. If you are so sure then come here.

      I certainly can’t believe someone from an elite institution can be so sure about something which he himself is now claiming has no idea about. What an irony. Education is supposed to make you humble.
      May 27
    • Salesforce curious01
      OP
      I am playing Devils advocate to get more insight.
      It's going to be a tough decision , so I wanted to get as much info as possible before time runs out.

      By the way , chill, why are you attacking me bro ?
      May 27
    • VMware fndndjjxd
      Clearly it doesn’t seem a tough decision for you. It’s pretty clear you are dying to come here. Can’t stress that enough. And btw you can’t get those information you are looking for if you have no tendency to listen to people who have opinions that you don’t like. Moreover, what’s the point of getting those info when you have already decided to come to US. Those info are only valuable if you are is a dilema.
      May 27
  • Palo Alto Networks noones
    Why do you wanna lose 43lpa for horse shit in usa.
    May 27 4
    • Salesforce curious01
      OP
      What horse shit.. Can u explain ?
      My batchmates are earning 250k at Google, Apple, FB.
      Masters freshers are earning around 160-180k even Salesforce , vmware etc
      May 27
    • Palo Alto Networks noones
      U do masters here. Struggle to get a job, and struggle to get H1. Make some money which is not equivalent to 43lpa in India. Lose family, friends and life.
      May 27
    • Salesforce curious01
      OP
      How is 250k less than 43 lpa in India ?
      250k is lot big compared to 40+ lpa in India
      May 27
    • LinkedIn 4everStaff
      Did you also factor in living cost adjustments and taxes?
      May 27
  • Salesforce iiRp68
    Been here 20+ years, knowing what I know now, if I were in your shoes, I'd stay put.
    May 28 5
    • Salesforce curious01
      OP
      Any specific reasons ?
      May 28
    • Salesforce iiRp68
      Obviously YMMV based on individual situations but think long term, broad parameters to frame your decisions are - career growth rate, family ties, social standing, proximity to roots, sphere of influence, immigration uncertainties
      How far can you go in US vs India, mature vs emerging economies- where is the scope for growth ?

      India base can also open up opportunities in asia-pac.
      May 29
    • Salesforce explorer10
      Where is the scope for growth in India ?
      It's mostly maintenance work here in India
      May 29
    • Salesforce iiRp68
      Think long term and broader, possibilities to take leadership roles outside of software dev companies as well. In the short term things tend to look alluring here, but one can climb many more rungs on the ladder there than here - generally.
      May 29
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      I agree. I want to take up a PM role but can not because of visa restrictions.
      May 30
  • SAP quo va
    OP, as several others have mentioned, life in the US is not a cake-walk. Yes, you'll be earning better perhaps, and be enjoying better infrastructure, cleaner surroundings, less corruption and the works - but it comes at a price. If you are not willing or able to pay that price, the only one who might end up feeling disenchanted/ unhappy is you. So think through seriously.

    Unless you have a strong social network here, life can get quite lonely. You may, at least in the initial years, not have a ready fall-back friend circle or relatives (speaking generally) to depend upon. Take time to study the cultural differences between the collectivist culture in India and the very individualistic culture here. In the office as well, the work culture is also quite different - very professional and not informal/ laidback as in India (again generalizing, but still). By themselves, these may seem minor hiccups, but can add up/ take some getting used to. And this is APART from the visa issue, which I'm not even getting into (but which you'd do very well to also research independently).

    Preferably talk to people who've lived here. People who'd tell it like it is without the frills. At the end, it'd be a life-changing event, and while you can't plan or prepare for everything, being forewarned is forearmed. Good Luck!
    May 28 1
    • VMware fndndjjxd
      Exactly my point. People only look at the dollar value of the salary and convert it to rupees and think the life is so hunky dory in the USA. But that’s not true. Apart from cost of living and visa issue, there are so many things you have to worry about here. These days salaries are so high in India compared to the cost of living that leaving friends and family and comfortable life in India and coming to US may not be the right decision. One has to weigh in all the options he has an make an informed decision.
      May 28
  • Oracle iwantfang
    Become a manager in India and then come to US. Then you can gc very quickly
    May 27 0
  • Arista Networks jfkjfjci
    PM please. Alum here.
    May 27 0
  • Manhattan Associates jJqI17
    Visa issues in US aren’t worth the longgg fight
    May 27 0
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    Why not do a startup in india? Iam coming back to do a startup.
    May 29 3
    • Salesforce explorer10
      Is it that easy to just startup and succeed ? I don't even understand what Rubrik exactly does
      How many years of experience do u have ? Are you already in a stage to FIRE anytime ?
      May 30
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      Nope, i am not close to FIRE. I am below 30 and want to take risks now. I agree its not easy to succeed in startups but its becane easier now. There is so much open source technologies, cloud, lots of funding and a huge startup community. OPs profile of IIT and high comp at young age in Bengaluru are exactly the kind of people doing startups in India.
      May 30
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      I have 6 years of total experience in Facebook / Snapchat
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  • New
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    My suggestion: try TU Munich, TU Delft, Cambridge or Imperial london. You may not get same money but you'll get similar opportunity and better life .
    May 31 0
  • Microsoft Ep
    If you are doing good in job right now, you will definitely do good in usa. If its is your dream to work in us go for it.
    May 27 0
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    It's a great experience.
    May 27 0
  • SAP / Eng Elisson
    I have seen this post before 🙄
    May 27 0
  • Axtria DesiLaunda
    Stay in India
    May 28 2
    • Salesforce explorer10
      Reasons ?
      May 29
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      1. Easy to start something of your own, take a leave without pay for self/family or to prepare for an interview
      2. Closer to family
      3. Freedom to switch domains or take up a different kind of role
      4. Better social circle - easy to make new friends. The loneliness and lack of support system here can be sometimes killing
      5. Life revolves around visa - what degree should I pursue, what role I should take up, what company I should move to, when should I travel etc
      6. Higher quality of life - I am not sure about this one but I think many people in the Bay or NYC feel poor inspite of earning 6 figures. In India, most cities are so much more affordable.
      7. Easier to outsource jobs (cook, driver, maid) while you spend your time on things better than mowing your lawn
      May 30
  • Amazon wJBS73
    I was in similar boat 2 years ago. I chose job over masters and I don’t regret it so far. If your intention is only to work in US, you don’t necessarily need a masters. Try internal transfer within your company. If that’s hard, switch to companies like Microsoft or Amazon where it’s relatively easy to transfer. But if your intention is to get masters/learn, it’s a different thing altogether
    May 27 2
    • Salesforce curious01
      OP
      It has become a lot hard at Microsoft too.
      What are the chances at Amazon ?
      May 27
    • LinkedIn 4everStaff
      At Microsoft you need to be in the right team. Speaking from past experience. You could end up in wrong team in Amazon as well.
      May 28
  • Cummins
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    NOT worth the hassle at all in the US. If you do wish to experience life outside India, go for another country.
    It's better to do a poll with these questions rather than a post. Data is easier to read that way.
    May 27 0