What is the difference between working in India and America?
Gaurav Sharma, Research Intern at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2017-present)
Major difference in a nutshell between both:
1.You are being shouted every-time in India, whereas in USA you are being judged every time in a very warm way.
2.In India if you are junior/intern your ideas are not welcomed and people just make you work harder. Whereas the best thing about working in America as everyone will listen to you and you have chance to speak.
3.USA working hours are flexible, but if you are hardworking everyone will praise you. In India its a norm to work long and hard.
4.In India you have more friendly colleagues but in USA its hard to find, especially when you are outsider. I don't mean coworkers in USA are not good, they are very respectful but they are very limited to your emails or phone or work talks.
5.In India the boss is less friendly specie, whereas in USA you can share your personal life info with your boss.
6.Resources and office supplies are abundant in USA, at least I found that. Whereas in India those are limited and everyone thinks twice before wasting a piece of paper.
7.You can eat during meetings in USA whereas in India its not possible.
8.Double standard are easily seen in India, whereas its very uncommon in USA working environment.
9.No chai sutta spot in USA, whereas every office in India have a nearby chai spot for daily hangout.
10.Eating lunch is fun activity in India because you eat in groups or with friends. Whereas in USA lunch is the most boring thing for me from entire working day.
Ajeya Gupta, lived in India (1991-2013)
Some regularly seen differences.
New Employee to his/her Boss: Hello there Ramesh!
Ramesh: Call me ‘Sir’
New employee to his/her boss: Hello there ‘Sir’
Sir: Please call me Jim
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Boss: You have to finish this task by the end of Diwali break.
Employee: But, I was planning to visit my parents during this break
Boss: Tough luck.
Boss: What are your plans for this Thanksgiving (falls on Thursday and Friday)?
Employee: I am planning to visit my sibling in California
Boss: Why don’t you take Monday-Wednesday off so that you have full one week to visit your sibling.
Employee: Great, thanks!
** This is entirely my experience. No generalization!
So, in the US:
1.No separate cabins! There is nothing like your manager has a separate cabin from where he orders you to do stuff. He sits right beside you and guides you. You can even find executives like CMOs, CEOs, high fiving you. They share the same work space as you do!
2.Amazing work space! On my first day of work here, I was shocked to see that the office is like home. They work, eat, cook, chat, exercise, play, get massages, every thing in the office!
3.Family time! These people give a lot of time to their families. They hardly work on weekends and they don’t encourage you to work either. They block their calendars for their family events to make sure they are not disturbed!
4.Mental health! They care a lot about your mental health too. I saw people taking few weeks off for vacations, just because they have a lot of stress in their lives and I am surprised to see that they have 100% covered mental health benefits.
5.There is no “Sir”, “Mam” business here. You call every one by their name irrespective of their age and job role.
6.Working in a company with just a couple of Indians, is too difficult to adapt! We don’t have anything in common to talk, like sports, food, culture, everything is so different that if you are among a group of American colleagues it becomes very difficult to continue a lengthy conversation which is frustrating because you are just a listener many times!
There are many great work places in India too, but I am not fortunate enough to work in any of them, so when it comes to work culture I love it here!
Akash Panchal, Graduate Student at University of Victoria (2016-present)
People starts working at 10:00 AM and continue till the time their boss ask them to stop.
People starts working at 8:00 AM and leave the office by 4:00 PM or 5:00 PM.
Term “Work-life balance” is a myth.
Term “Work-life balance” is a hard-core reality.
You may need to work on weekends and public holidays depending upon so-called “Business Requirement”.
Working on Weekends and holidays?? What’s that?
Lunch break last for an hour and Tea break continues for half an hour.
Let’s take a lunch on the desk while reading news on my desk. Tea/Coffee break? What the heck is that?
Extending working hours is pretty common thing.
Extending working hours is not a common thing.
Swipe IN and Swipe OUT matters.
Colleagues actually don’t actually bother about what time you are coming IN and going OUT.
James Deepak, Been an indian since my birth
I am qualified to answer this now .
Although I have worked entire IT career in Chennai, my views of work culture could be different from other fields and state in India.
1.Need Raise ? Need Promotion ?
Be my sombu thooki( urban slang in tamil for pet )
2.Dont know development ? Havent had knowledge on particular technology ?
No problem, Hey Harish this is your new junior programmar you got to show productivity with him
3.where have you been for past two hours man?
Arghhh had to take break, got too much work. Manager replies - remember I do your performance appraisals
United States of America
1.Manager/HR comes and says Hey Matt promotions on your way , keep up the great stuff your doing
- Hr says - Thank you for your time but we need personal who is more skilled in x,y,z ( you wont be called for interview in first place if your skillset doesnt match)
- Hey hugo, I have been looking for you for sometime.. Hugo answers - oh sorry man had to take a break. No problem do your thing man.. Listen I wanted to check with you if you knew this ….
So quickly summarizing, IT in india still runs by superiors instilling sense of fear. In most cases a person who doesnt know to work flatters his manager to cover his inability. There still is this superior subordinate distinction in every field.
But over here in america, its like you work I work everyone works so your no special than me attitude runs in everyones mind. Being genuine and appreciative of hard work can be seen. Ceo comes for quick chat and lunch with you.
Question is very good one, but it is very broad. Basing on the responses posted so far I have seen , many are from IT back ground with few exceptions. We cannot compare apples to apples here as each country has its own culture/ diversity, requirements/ challenges.
One interesting thing we all forget is, in India we have servants/ parents who are willing to help us/ share our burden. In US it is luxury. But many of them are easy to pick up with little effort. The difference starts here. The system is built-in like you work 40 hours and deliver and use week ends to take care of Family/ home tasks. Come back fresh on Monday..
India due to traditional culture, your employer expect you to work during week ends to meet the Client requirements. They expect you to work week ends and come back as fresh on Monday.
In USA, Help is part of the job culture (with few exceptions). Innovation is big part of American Culture. For the past 20 years I have been doing same work but every 3 years the way I have been doing work is getting better. In other words I am able to use less hours, produce more at work/ home due to innovation.
Aman Sharma, work experience in NYC
Work Culture in US :
1.They get out from bed and start for office by 8:00 AM.
2.Commute from Home to Office is smooth & luxurious. A lot of women do their makeup while driving or in metro. Max 45 min travel from any corner of the city.
3.Immediately start their work the moment they reach desk with 100 % effort. They plan to complete their work efficiently within next 8 hours.
4.Going to cafe/food court for lunch is not usual in US offices. Mostly they take thier lunch at desk to save time.
5.They don’t throw work at others, rather they prefer to do it next day. They also put a lot of effort to succeed which make the culture competitive and vibrant.
6.They wrap up their work and start by 4:00 - 5:00 PM.
7.Because of chilling temperature they follow up their personal grooming in evening.
8.They dine by 8 and sleep by 10 pm to start their next day early. Friday & Saturday Night’s are exceptional & crazy especially in NYC.
Thanks for upvotes. I’ll also add things that i dislike : (being Asian)
1.American are loud in nature. They talk & laugh at high pitch which is irritating at times.
2.Sometimes they are rude and they may insult you / your country. Not majority.
3.They don’t bother/know much about the other countries in the world. Limited to their sphere.
4.They maintain more privacy & stay self centered.
Chakravarty, part-time author
I haven’t worked in USA but my friend lives and works there.
My experience in India:
Total fee of the job- (Design consultancy only) INR two lakhs. Advance: 20% . Three in between payments of 20% on reaching certain milestones. Final payment on completion 20% - total five stages.
Client to me: Aap shuru to koro. Payment to ajayegi (Please start the work, payment will be made)
I start the work as I don’t want to lose the job to someone else who won’t mind working without the advance payment. By the time I get the first payment I have already completed three stages. At the time the project is complete I have received on three payments - 60%
Then I keep following up the client regularly for payment. Most of the time he doesn’t take my calls. Then he gives excuses of faulty execution/ defects (defect liability is contractor’s not mine and for a fixed period).
Finally I get another 20% payment, but not the whole amount. The client justifies himself by saying, ‘Aapki kuchh design to hamne use kiya nahi’ (We didn’t implement parts of your design).
The time, effort and cost required the balance fee through legal action is too high so I give up and forget the last payment.
My friend in the US: (Say his name is A)
A’s estimate to client: $1500
Client: It’s too high
A (needs the work desperately): I’ll do it for $1350. But It’ll take three days.
Client: Fine with me. Go ahead.
A completes the job in two and a half days. clients comes to inspect, finds he has done a superb job, hands him a check for $1500 and recommends him to several of his friends and acquaintances.
Karthikeyan, Senior Quality Engineer at Fidelity National Financial
Let me share the conversation between me and my onsite team member who is also an Indian.
Let's call him as S. Usually our conversation will start by discussing casual or bit personal things and then turns to professional.
Scenario 1 - In Call
Me - Hi S. Good Morning.
S - Good morning Karthik. How are you?
Me - Yeah good. How about you?
S - Yeah fine. So what you did on weekend?
Me - Just been to my hometown, as my sister and niece came.
S - Good man, Lucky you.
Then continued with our professional discussion.
场景1 - 电话
Scenario 2 - In Call
After our casual and professional conversation.
Me - By the way S, I will be on leave coming Wednesday and Thursday. In continuation to that, Friday and next week Monday is offshore holiday.
S - That's interesting !!! So what's the occasion? It's dusshera know.
Me - Yeah, Friday is Saraswati pooja and Monday is Gandhi Jayanti.
S - You guys are lucky, getting plenty of holidays. Here we roughly will get some ten days.
I will take care of the tasks. Have a good time with family.
Me - Thank you S. Bye.
This is one of the main difference between working in India and America.
Their salary is more when compared to India. But when it's comes to family then yes, they do miss their time being with the family.
I do accept we also work at different location in India and far from family. But when any festivals or celebrations happening, we get all possibilities to attend and spend time with the family.
I just portrayed my point of view.
Aayushi Dadhich, Business Development Executive (2017-present)
Many of them have answered in favor of other countries than India, hence here I would like to throw some light on the areas where I feel that working in your own country is much more better than working outside.
1.Who says that in India employees are forced to say “Sir” or “Madam” to the Seniors? My company don’t. It’s just that some of us are still living in old culture whereas many of us are adopting some good changes as well.
2.In India we are not forced to work whole 8 hours without taking some break or having some fun as some of them says that they are forced to work recklessly!
3.In India every employee is always eager to help you in every way they can, this is our main culture.
4.Many people enjoy the freedom that they get in America but the happiness of being apart from your home and family with freedom doesn’t lasts longer.
5.They will be showing off the places in America through photos but by heart they still miss India and its Galliyan (colonies)
6.In other countries they cannot release their stress after the work with the people they like to hang around.
7.Being in India, they will not even ask their mothers if they need any help and after going to America, one will have to cook their own food after returning from the work and clean the home as well.
8.People who lives kings life in India, are happy to sleep on the floor of their home while living in PG with 6 other home-mates.
PS: If you really have the talent and can contribute something big than please do it by living in India and by doing it for India. We all know that those struggles in other countries will surely reward you with more success but cannot give more happiness by doing it in India and for India.