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Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate

The job climate in the telecom industry has improved since last year, but that’s not saying much, according to Light Reading’s Work Poll this month.

Based on the responses so far, 62 percent of our readers think the job climate is better than in 2003, compared with 29 percent who think it’s the same. Better doesn’t necessarily mean good, though -- 47 percent rate this year as "weak" and another 42 percent as "so-so."

The results also show:
  • Sixty-one percent of respondents are employed in telecom, and 17 percent are unemployed; 23 percent have left the industry but are still nostalgically taking Light Reading polls.

  • A general economic recovery would help save the industry, according to 41 percent or respondents, although it wouldn’t hurt to throw in some innovation and reform as well, say another 39 percent. Five percent reckon telecom is beyond help.

  • Not surprisingly, the hottest emerging growth area is seen as China, with 49 percent of votes, followed by India with 32 percent.



Click here to take the poll yourself and see the latest results.

– Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading

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marc_goofy 12/5/2012 | 1:32:17 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate Hi ST (i still don(t know if you do only multimodes ;-)


> Andos are damn good test equipments. Like Honda car... How > many Honda in France?

I guess the actual figure is something like 5% marketshare - for both Ando and Honda France.
Hondas : mainly SUVs and the Accor (We do better Civic' class cars ;-)


> They got "burned" too many times in north america.

Good point. Thanks for the hint.


> Good luck next time...

Well, the next one will certainly not be from Japan : North America still *attractive enough* for us !


> May be you should indicate you are learning Jap style? (some
> of Japan co. provide 1 year duration of "change position"= Let
> Sr. staff take 1 year at lower position (low stress) to prevent
> burn out).

"Burn out" ? What's that ??? (bad joke...).
One year to prepare the move : funny, when you compare with the week you get with US companies !


Thanks very much for the discussion,
Take care,
_Marc

st0 12/5/2012 | 1:32:27 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate "I recently applied for the Sales Director France position at Yokogawa/Ando. Mission = rebuild image & business from scratch, as Ando litteraly disappeared from the European marketplace two or three years ago."
====
Andos are damn good test equipments. Like Honda car... How many Honda in France?

Agree, they should put on distributor face... It may be the fast way to enter the market, but may not be the best for the company. Promote within provide a lot of benefit. Japanese Co. provide extensive training, even at high level. No wonder they see the frequent "flyers" are not suited for the position... They got "burned" too many times in north america.

Good luck next time... May be you should indicate you are learning Jap style? (some of Japan co. provide 1 year duration of "change position"= Let Sr. staff take 1 year at lower position (low stress) to prevent burn out).

-st
optoslob 12/5/2012 | 1:32:32 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate NetDiva,
I'm still based in the US, but I travel so much that it is kind of arbitrary where I call home. The family calls the US home.

It is also not important where I work, because there are a lot of companies in both Taiwan and China that are doing really well and want to hire experienced engineers. I had plenty of offers once I decided that working in Asia was an option. The trick for me was finding a start-up that I liked.

I'll give you a few examples of why they want to hire senior engineers.

1. Patents are a major head ache for the new guy on the block. Problem is that 9 out of 10 US patents should never have been issued, because prior art clearly exists. The easiest way to defeat patents is with prior art, the trick is to find someone who remembers what was common knowledge, in say 1987, and can provide documentation to support this. It also helps if they have a good relationship with the "Experts" who will be called to testify.

2. Standards bodies should be called "old boy's clubs" can you guess how little, the opinion of a Chinese Startup counts at most standards setting bodies. Yet add a couple of Industry Veterans to the payroll and suddenly they can shape opinion disproportionate to their size. Their ideas are now forming the standards and as such it is their IP which is written into the standard.

3. Many target customers are still in the US and the accounts need to be "managed" such that the customer experience is very positive. Lets face it everyoneGÇÖs product has bugs, the question for the customer is, Was the debug and support process managed correctly? The reason this is important is that technology direction is still perceived to emanate in the US. So before a Chinese company can sell into a Singapore Telco it needs to sell to a US telco.


optoslob

marc_goofy 12/5/2012 | 1:32:33 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate Hello ST (you work on multimode only ? ;-)


> It is different world there....Even in Telecom...

Damn true, unfortunately. Just an example, from the real life (not Real TV, unfortunately, otherwise I'd be rich now ;-)
I recently applied for the Sales Director France position at Yokogawa/Ando. Mission = rebuild image & business from scratch, as Ando litteraly disappeared from the European marketplace two or three years ago.
Typically, my job since ten years, especially over the last seven ones with some of the largest T&M vendors.
Business in not an issue (well, there are some customers here at the moment), image is another topic (go to your telecoms fellows and say 'Hi, I am with Yokogawa' : they gonna look at you like you come from Mars).
I passed the filters, been short-listed, and interviewed by Yokogawa Europe. Not hired. The reason : my 3 different positions in 6 years with my last US employer (although they were all in the same segment/business/division).
Japanese hate flexibility, adaptability, and... latin/american style !!!

And when you think about, it is raining in Japan, more often than in California.

HTH,
_Marc
st0 12/5/2012 | 1:32:40 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate "The boom is not over it just moved continents!!"
==
true and sad. I took a look at NTT yearly report (april 2003 to march 2004), something stands out:

(1) black and white statement without any color picture or ads. < 50 pages.
(2) number of employees =3056, average age = 37.6, ave. working years = 13.7!
(3) board of directors: (a) 1964 entered NTT (b) 1969 entered NTT (c) 1973 entered NTT (d) 1973, (e) 1972, (f) 1972, (g) 1973... you got the picture.

It is different world there....Even in Telecom...

-st
NetDiva 12/5/2012 | 1:32:45 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate Where do you work optoSlob ?
marc_goofy 12/5/2012 | 1:32:48 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate Hi There,

> There is no shortage of jobs in telecom, just a shortage of
> telecom jobs in western countries!

That is correct, from the headcount standpoint.
Middle East and Asia are the places to be at the moment (i mean, for Telecoms...). Problem : in those regions, if you are not native/local or not sponsored by a local firm/VIP, you can't get a job easily.


> The boom is not over it just moved continents!!
> I like to think of it as the California gold rush, but just in
> reverse.

You may be right. If so, then better be prepared for the forthcoming crash of the Asian/Chinese economy.


> Now if a self proclaimed "slacker" like me can get a great job
> than just think what the rest of you can do

What I can do ? No : what YOU can do ! Send us an email with more details on your company/business, together with the HR contact name !!!
My email, in case...: [email protected]

Take care, and enjoy then,
_Marc
brahmos 12/5/2012 | 1:32:48 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate where are you located Optoslob ?
optoslob 12/5/2012 | 1:32:52 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate There is no shortage of jobs in telecom, just a shortage of telecom jobs in western countries!

I now work for a booming company with more telecom opportunities than it knows what how to staff. I took a heck of a salary hair-cut but I figure my options are worth over 3 times what my US salary was. The other interesting thing is that we have investors begging us to take some of their money. Only problem is that we have positive cash flow and therefore dont need the VC money.

The boom is not over it just moved continents!!
I like to think of it as the California gold rush, but just in reverse.

Now if a self proclaimed "slacker" like me can get a great job than just think what the rest of you can do.

optoslob


optoslob 12/5/2012 | 1:32:53 AM
re: Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate There is no shortage of jobs in telecom, just a shortage of telecom jobs in western countries!

I now work for a booming company with more telecom opportunities than it knows what how to staff. I took a heck of a salary hair-cut but I figure my options are worth over 3 times what my US salary was. The other interesting thing is that we have investors begging us to take some of their money. Only problem is that we have positive cash flow and therefore dont need the VC money.

The boom is not over it just moved continents!!
I like to think of it as the California gold rush, but just in reverse.

Now if a self proclaimed "slacker" like me can get a great job than just think what the rest of you can do.

optoslob


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