Can a Non-Indian Worker Be Successful in a Predominantly Indian Company Or Indian Environment?

Executive Summary

  • Increasingly domestic US IT workers are faced with work environments dominated by Indians.
  • How successful can a non-Indian be in such environments?


It is well known in IT that Indian work environments are undesirable. Because Indians are not white, they are held to a low standard and can overwork workers and treat them poorly. However, as Indians become dominant in IT, the question of whether it is even possible to have a career in an Indian company is an essential question for many domestic IT workers.

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How Workers In The US Must Get Used To Being Abused By Indians

Domestic workers who get Indian bosses usually don’t enjoy the experience. Indian standards for labor are terrible in India, and abuse is common. Abuse is the norm in India, which is covered in the article How the Awful and Abusive Indian Employment System Works.

Can a Non-Indian Worker be Successful in a Predominantly Indian Company Or Indian Environment?

The answer is no, as is covered in the following quotation.

“So, because of this, Indian based consulting companies like TCS, HCL, Tech Mahindra, Wipro have taken over major corporations and just ignore (or just pay off) any discrimination lawsuits thrown at them in the USA and Canada but, continue to discriminate. Unless you’re Indian, don’t even think about applying to Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Adobe, many federal and state gov’ts, Google, Apple, T-Mobile, Dell, etc. If you happen to land a job with a predominantly Indian company, they will sabotage you out of the picture.”

And then this comment, which seems to be nearly the same comment but is from a different commenter.

“Check out Cisco, it’s no longer American company, but an Indian company. After years of quiet layoffs of American workers and replacing them with Indian workers. The CTO of Cisco, possibly a successor to John Chambers, is from India, has no computer science degree, and got famous for bungling a high flying project on bad data and poopooing iPhone while at Motorola. Same thing with Qualcomm, Microsoft, Motorola, VMWare and many smaller IT department around the country, including Target and Ebay. The latter was recently hacked while their Indian IT workers slept on their jobs.”

This is another common comment that Indians seek to undermine non-Indian workers already in companies. This is a severe claim, but our project experience backs up this claim.

With Indians, Is There Any Way To Work With Them Without Being Take Advantage Of?

We have observed the following phenomena working with many Indians.

  1. If the Indian is your boss: He makes life very difficult for you.
  2. If the Indian reports to you: He undermines you.
  3. If the Indian is lower in the hierarchy, but not a direct report: He begins pleasantly but looks for some way to undermine you.

Being Setup to Lose by Indians

For domestic workers, there seems no way to win against Indians. This is another point of emphasis. The Indian worker does not need to be in a position of power over the employee, and they can work to undermine them to look less capable than they are.

It appears that the motivation is to have the domestic worker leave, and this allows an opening for the Indian workers to recommend another Indian, which then strengthens their hand within the company. The Indian worker does not see the job they have as merely a job, and instead, it is a strategic possession to be expanded to others in the “in-group.” The strategy is the group that can get more of their people into the company end up winning. The following quote from a different commenter describes the same thing.

“I can personally vouch that your average Indian IT engineer is very ethnocentric, clannish and completely un-american in every sense of the word. They do whatever they can to make sure that life for you (as a non-Indian) in their team becomes so hellish that you leave on your “own accord”. I’ve seen many of my friends just move on to other companies confronted by similar minded Indians. Some of them entirely left IT altogether. I think they have completely decimated non-Indian diversity at the workplace and they want every company to resemble Oracle and Cisco, both of them are almost 100% Indian now with a few token whites and other folks (nevermind that they are fighting lawsuits by well-meaning professionals regarding their hiring practices).”

This includes another statement that Indians make a concerted effort to force non-Indians.


Indians usually only hire non-Indians for short-term reasons. And once they hire a non-Indian, they will abuse them until they leave the position. To understand this, it is critical to read the article How the Awful and Abusive Indian Employment System Works.

Indians have great success in non-Indian companies, but the reverse is not true. We have many reports of terrible treatment by non-Indians in predominantly Indian companies, and Indian companies are also very low in desirability. Company after company that were not founded by Indians have been overrun by them. eBay and IBM are notable examples, but there are many more. As soon as Indians take over a company, it follows a consistent pattern of becoming a bottom-drawer company in every dimension.

The double standard is shocking. Enormous numbers of Indians have been granted access to the most desirable countries in which to work — countries that are beyond the capabilities of Indians to create (as is evident from reviewing the awful state of India). However, once in these countries, they discriminate against the local population. None of this was discussed when these worker visas were opened to Indians. The governments never forecasted that the Indians that were let into these countries would damage the lives of the people already in the country and render entire areas of employment no longer open to non-Indians.

There is no concept of fair treatment in India, and Indians are some of the most racist people in the world, as is shown in the following graphic.

*World Population Review

Indian IT Survey Results

To see our ongoing survey, which includes graphs of responses and specific comments from domestic workers all over the world who have had to work with Indians, see the website

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