Sensing suspicious activity

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Jan 27 34 Comments

I am sensing suspicious activity between the senior engineer in the team who distributes work across the team being biased towards contractors who belong to specific service based company. All the contractors in our team are from that vendor itself and it's not possible unless they are getting help from insider.

Its agile model and person who distributes and reviews the work of others, just letting the contractors from that specific vendor to close the tickets despite it's not done but giving hard time to me because I don't fit in his personal interest. We have 8 engineers in the team apart from that lead and myself, out of them 5 are from that vendor and the remaining 3 are full time but don't have any visibility about the project at all and so, I cant get their support if I escalate this over to leadership.

From what I have seen in the past, this Indian vendor is known for bribing people in their Indian accounts and get business with their help.

And even our product manager is from that vendor itself. So the lead and product manager literally plans the work every sprint in such a way their contractors will get edge and flexibility.

As soon as I started questioning and fighting back, they are literally micromanaging my work and giving me hard time every day. They know what I am doing but I don't know what they are doing because I dont have visibility.

The contractors from that vendor comes to work, doesnt do any work but just close the tickets but I need to work 10 hours a day to run behind the product manager and lead to get accurate requirements of my ticket so that I can work and close my ticket.

My manager likes me a lot but I couldn't take this shit anymore. What should I do?

Take this up to hr? How can I prove bribing activity? One good thing is that I can tell all 100% contractors are from that vendor itself.

I can talk to my manager but he cannot really do anything as he himself looks up to the lead for getting the work done as that guy just holds the entire knowledge?

My manager don't want me to change team and I am really struck and I just can't quit because I am on h1b and it takes 3 months to get new job.

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TOP 34 Comments
  • Microsoft stayfitcop
    Just do it. Even if it means sacrificing everything.
    Jan 27 0
  • New / HR AuntyPlosi
    I have a man for the job. Tell me the man and I will find the crime.
    Jan 27 0
  • CA Technologies e2be2r
    Just Do it ✔️

    On a serious note, since you can’t jump ship - ask the question to yourself- who gets the blame if this project tanks? If it is not you, then my advice is to stay clear of the politics. Also, to make sure there will be no blame pinned on you for whatever reason, make all your communication via email so there is a record. Even if something was agreed on verbally, take time to email every one concerned and your boss that this is what is agreed and the recipients should let you know if something should be done differently.

    In summary, when shit hits the fan, don’t be anywhere near it. Also, when shit is going to hit the fan, don’t be a hero and stand in between.
    Jan 27 0
  • New / HR AuntyPlosi
    Sounds like Indian coworkers are toxic when they are xenophobic
    Jan 27 0
  • Microsoft afterall
    Hard to win this fight. One of My coworkers (Canadian) was moved to a team like that though situation was a lot better than you described. He missed our team which has no contractors and had diverse demographics. He was fighting against contractors all the time. Every lunch time with us, he was talking about how to win over another guy. He left the team in two months. His American manager supported him but that wasn’t enough. He was one of the best so it was our orgs loss.

    There was another team that had 5 Indians and another 5 were Americans and Chinese (all FTEs). The Indian manager pushed out all the non Indians.

    I learned my lessons. When I switch, I look at the demographics of the team. If one ethnic group is majority, I avoid the team. My friends also talk about the same. Better get out when this is the trend. There is a reason the team is skewed towards one demographic. Team usually breaks.
    Jan 27 3
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      Is it a good idea to complain to HR, Senior leadership before quitting or just quit so that I get a good reference, if I ever wanted to get back to Nike?
      Jan 27
    • Microsoft afterall
      Good question. Don’t have an answer for it. For the sake of tech community and America (and humanity), I would tell HR and senior leaders but will be careful if I want to come back. I can’t find a good reason they would put you on no hire list when you tell them about this but humans are not predictable. If they are Americans, I would tell them. They tend to be better educated to act humanely from my experience. Immigrants tend to act defensively as their status is not stable.
      Jan 27
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      Thank you and really appreciate your advice.
      Jan 27
  • Microsoft / Eng lKlc85
    Write anonymous snail mail to senior folks with all proofs documented. Have a copy of docs, stay the shit away and feign ignorance when the can of worms is opened.
    Jan 27 3
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      I like this idea!!
      Jan 27
    • Synchrony Nebula99
      Be careful with this idea, you might find yourself in crossfire.
      Jan 27
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      Ok ! Now they are trying to expand their bases by bringing in more of their contractors and I am their only road block and so they literally intensified their attacks
      Jan 27
  • Facebook / Eng intaview
    Just fking do it
    Jan 27 0
  • Microsoft Sales Ops
    Turn it into internal investigations. Its amazing what they find.....
    Jan 27 0
  • Microsoft / Eng lKlc85
    Wait for your moment and screw them. Regardless of ethinicity this needs to be condoned.
    Jan 27 3
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      Best way to screw? Just hr? What kind of evidences do they really care? The moment I get a new job I want to kick their assess.
      Jan 27
    • New / Eng |l|l||l|l|
      Condone is the exact opposite of what you meant Microsoft
      Jan 28
    • Microsoft / Eng lKlc85
      Haha! Good catch. How did it stay so long..
      Jan 28
  • Intel / Eng ynotboth
    What org is this in Nike?
    Jan 27 3
    • Microsoft stayfitcop
      It’s the org that inserts insoles for air Jordan’s.
      Jan 27
    • Intel / Eng ynotboth
      🙄
      Jan 27
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      I cant disclose sorry as it makes it easy to narrow down the team I am talking about.
      Jan 27
  • Yahoo GrIt88
    H1B premium processing might return in February. You can start interviewing elsewhere already. Good luck!
    Jan 27 2
    • Yahoo GrIt88
      PS: interview elsewhere. Just do it.
      Jan 27
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      Yes sir.. I started applying for positions. On my way to get a closure.
      Jan 27
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    Don’t ever go to HR for this kind of stuff unless you want a case against you. HR is not there to help employees. Their sole function is to protect the company so if you even hint at a possible discrimination or harassment case, they will begin to look for ways in excising you from the company.
    Jan 28 1
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      Thank you for the advice
      Jan 28
  • Apple JobsAtApp
    Whats your ethnicity? I m assuming lead and pm are Indian.
    Jan 27 1
    • Akamai Technologies / Eng Trn
      Yentra.. is this Telugu gang?
      Jan 27
  • Google Eating
    Get evidence. Maybe they’ll try to bribe you and you pretend to be on their side and can get written evidence (but you could be playing a risky game since you’ll have to pretend to participate also)
    Jan 27 0
  • Microsoft stayfitcop
    Dox him on blind. /s
    Jan 27 0
  • Synchrony Nebula99
    Somewhat like my situation. I'm planning to let it roll until I can skip. You can't change certain people. It's in their culture.
    Jan 27 0
  • Indeed
    Do you have a compliance department or hotline?
    Jan 27 1
    • Nike xuhfhbv
      OP
      If I call them they will just call manager and what's the use? If manager just has dependency on the trouble makers?
      Jan 27