Saturday, April 18, 2009

good life in US?

Hi GQ,
 
(to be published on my blog)

Thanks for sharing so much during my Dec visit. To be fair, many people enjoy US and wouldn't want to come back to work in S'pore.

* bigger homes -- Many live in suburbs and can have homes covering a soccer field.
* lighter workload -- compared to S'pore, US workload is often lighter. Exception is (I was told) Wall street and other parts of Manhattan and California. When i was working in Boston, people usually work 9-5.
* high-caliber colleagues and competitors -- US remains the global magnet for overseas talents, though many are leaving during the current recession.
* opportunity to work in upstream companies and trend-setters, such as Sillicon Valley and smaller high-tech pockets. S'pore is a little downstream but many parts of South East Asia is further downstream. However, I know there are real innovators in various parts of SEA.

For me,
* US work culture is more relaxed, free flowing individualism, not as conforming (suffocating sometimes) as some S'pore workplaces. Probably your companies are more cosmopolitan.
* higher salary. Comparable to Europe. But you know tax and currency factors.
* branding on the resume due to well-known employers. When jobs become scarce, branding becomes, i venture to say, paramount. Employers trust nothing more than a track record in a well-known company.
* insurance against job market meltdown in S'pore. I witnessed a sharp decline in S'pore salary level after 2002. I feel it may happen again. One day i may have to look at jobs in Hongkong, China, Europe... S'pore Branding is likely a problem as S'pore is not known except SIA.

 

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