Re: Re[2]: Americans working in Canada

Subject: Re: Re[2]: Americans working in Canada
From: Lisa Comeau <lmcomeau -at- HOTMAIL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 11:16:28 PDT

I agree with most of the statements, but just let me state that American
companies have work ethic problems too. <G>

Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 10:24:03 -0500
Reply-To: Holli Kearns <hkearns -at- CISCO -dot- COM>
From: Holli Kearns <hkearns -at- CISCO -dot- COM>
Subject: Re: Re[2]: Americans working in Canada
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU

Note: This reflects the experience of *1* person...a friend of mine. My
intention is to show some of the challenges facing a US writer from
Silicon
Valley who went to a Canadian company. I am not slamming Canadian
companies
or writers.

A close friend left high tech in Silicon Valley for a tech writing
position
in Toronto Canada with a very successful high tech company.

A year and a half later he has returned to the US. The reasons:

- He was frustrated with the work ethic at his particular company--he
was
particularly bored with the few projects that he had on his plate as
compared to his experience in Silicon Valley

- Salaries are much lower in Canada than in US

- Canadian $ is doing very poorly against the US $

- As an American, it seemed unseemingly difficult to ever be able to own
a
house in Canada

- Taxes were killing him

- It costs a lot to get the permit (or whatever) to work in Canada. If
you
don't have a company doing it for you, it's an expense. From his
account,
it was a hassle regardless of who was paying.

This is a person who had always wanted to live in Canada. He is glad
that
he tried it but he was bored and financially burdened.

I guess the grass is always greener on the other side....






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