So, ever since the financial crisis, even the vaunted Fed has to stoop to dumb hijinks to avoid unwanted publicity and inspection. We no longer hire full time folks here in the dusty corners of IT, who previously had to be US citizens with clean records and impeccable credentials (I had the first two, but a long time of practical experience negated the third). Now, we hire consultants, most of which are from India or China, who aren't citizens, and who apparently can't pass background checks--three times, they've goose-stepped folks off the floor for stealing information and the like, and in one case with a Chinese, for outright espionage. This has got to be going on in other organizations, too. I can't imagine the harm it's doing. I find the Indians to be combative, underskilled and overconfident, and have a bad habit of always being on their phones--even while delivering a package in the restroom. As project managers, they're great at putting tasks in Microsoft Project, but they treat people like crap. The Chinese, almost entirely mainlanders, are incredibly task-specific. Ask them to do something else, or vary what they're doing, and they grind to a standstill. Or alternately, they walk the floor looking for someone to "help" them, i.e., do the job for them. I'm sure all this saves a lot of money when it comes to benefits, but as a result, an extremely slow-moving institution has now been converted to an organization that moves with all the adroitness of a glacier in Greenland. Now, almost none of the above really impacts me directly--I've been liberated by a greater, self-directed revenue stream, and I'm only here for the benefits. So I'm in an extreme minority of folks here who have no problem calling bullshit when I see it. Sometimes, the results are comical, since folks aren't used to that kind of pushback. What's really funny is when every now and then, they try to call me on the carpet by going to my boss. My response? "Hey, go ahead--start the termination process. I'd love to collect unemployment while rolling over my thrift plan into my better-performing SEP which doesn't consist of a bunch of dogshit funds." I may not be winning hearts and minds, but I find I can get out of stressful situations by just shrugging while saying, "Hey, fuck it." Other folks aren't so lucky. I see a lot of desperation even here, which is a pretty insulated environment. How's it going elsewhere? People finding the culture of employment is way different from, say, 2004?