What companies are hiring a (Sr.) Product Manager on H1b. Applied at lot of places, most rejected citing visa reasons.

Aug 15, 2018 21 Comments

I only have Amazon F2F in queue for now. A couple of others came to a halt after second round, because hiring or his senior manager is not okay with visa while the recruiter says they hire people on visa. No respect for candidate's wasted hours. Crazy stuff!!

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  • Oath / Other nine inchs
    I am pro immigration and I still don’t understand why we need to import non engineering jobs like product managers. Please don’t give example of sunder Pichai or Microsoft CEO. Maybe in 90s / 2000s we may have shortage of Product managers but I don’t think we need to import non engineering positions.
    Aug 15, 2018 6
    • OP
      True that
      Aug 15, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Product gassoup
      I'm a foreign pm and I agree
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Autodesk / Product Headache
      I'm a PM on H1B, and I disagree. The work I do as a PM is highly technical, and most of the American PMs I know wouldn't be able to handle 99% of my work.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Oath / Other nine inchs
      @Headache Ok this is my opinion only. Maybe I don’t know details.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Product gassoup
      Sounds like headache has a pretty inflated view of himself.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • Autodesk / Product Headache
      Definitely a possibility. Also a possibility: not all PM jobs are equal.
      Aug 16, 2018
  • OpenDoor t67ytq
    Opendoor. PM me for referral
    Aug 15, 2018 1
    • OP
      Thanks. Will check that out once I am back from work.
      Aug 15, 2018
  • OP
    One is a manufacturing company and the other internet company. They are not huge and don't have a lot of people in their corporate offices. May be 200-250 is their headcount.
    Aug 15, 2018 6
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      I see. Cool, thanks man. Just trying to understand the hiring market, I might apply in a few months too.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Product gassoup
      H1B for pm at medium company is IMPOSSIBLE. It just doesn't happen, sorry.
      Aug 15, 2018
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      If you have very specific domain experience that they need, then yes. Otherwise it's real hard.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Product gassoup
      Even then, the budget for that is always reserved for engineering, never for PMs. Never ever seen it in my career.
      Aug 16, 2018
    • OP
      Learnt that hard way, small companies are black and white with regards to visa. Either they do or they do not. At all. How much ever super duper the profile is.
      So what companies should I look at? Best places to look out for? SV, Seattle, LA+OrangeCounty+SD, NYC. What else?
      Will applying at only those companies that filed H1 for PM roles in 2017/2018 be more effective? There's a proof that they do..at least!
      Aug 16, 2018
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      That's not really true man. I'm on H1B and I've gotten PM offers from companies as small as 20 persons. You need to have the specific experience they're looking for.

      But yes, they are black and white wrt visa. I'd ask them on the very first call if they can do H1B.
      Aug 17, 2018
  • SWARM / Sales Hsjnee4
    It might be salary considerations since H1Bs have preset ranges. We paid our H1B engineers and designers more than the American ones. - otherwise it could be a language or an accent issue. They might say it’s a visa issue to cover for something else.
    Aug 15, 2018 1
    • OP
      It's never gone that far. Received multiple phone screens. Initially, revealed visa thing early in the conversation to save my time. Changed my strategy later, brought up visa towards the end of the call after that impressive talk felt creating an impact (big word here?). Either ways didn't work. And when it did a couple of times, it was nothing but wasted man hours. Prepping and driving to their place. Am an MBA grad with some great GMAT and TOEFL scores. No accent/communication issues ever. Occasionally have Director and VP of IT/Business at work as my audience for presentations.
      Aug 15, 2018
  • OP
    Are you asking who turned me down after a considerable interviewing?
    Aug 15, 2018 1
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Yes
      Aug 15, 2018
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    What kind of companies are these? Large corporations? How many employees roughly in these companies?
    Aug 15, 2018 0