I thought of writing a post on Czech Republic, but for people that work in IT, related to “xenophobia”. Don’t want to overuse these cliche words, but want to point an idea.
Overall I think Czech Republic is an awesome place where you can have a comfortable life (in most cases).
But like everywhere, there are some downsizes to it. And one is the dislike that a lot of Czechs have for foreigners.
In IT it works like this (my experience and what I saw in other places):
- If you have a new job it can be nice in the beginning and people are open. But after a while that is changing, because the Czech coworkers go home and home they have more friends with extreme views of foreigners. They take these views and bring it to work.
- Even if it’s not manifesting directly, there is a lot of hidden activity against the foreigners in the background that will not be noticed.
- Promotion: this is very crucial point. Getting promoted in IT over a Czech here is more rare than a diamond They will intercept your network data, lo-gin into your station if they can, talk bad to the (American) managers about you. All this to stop you getting any promotion. As long as they see you don’t seek promotion and accept every crap, they might act a little nicely.
- Because still a lot of IT jobs are for foreign companies (and no genuine Czech company will hire foreigners anyway), these companies seek profit and are constantly analyzing where to outsource. So it might happen that they already moving to another location, like India. Here, Czechs learned from American and German colleagues that is acceptable to constantly blame Indians for that. And it’s becoming like a daily routine. This is influenced also because of the fact that Rroma, an undesired minority in Czech Republic, is very similar to Indians. It’s an association and a merger of hate for multiple causes. So, as foreigners, the Czechs will try to convince you to talk trash about them too. What I suggest here is to stay away from it, because after gypsies and Indians, the next on the list will be you, sooner or later.
- Because in Western Europe they are also not so welcomed and not given the nice positions easily in IT themselves, if you are from the East ,they (Czechs) will apply the same thing to you.
- Where there is a majority of Czechs in the company (like more than 80%) don’t even bother to go there, this is what I strongly suggest.
- I suggest keeping your English skills high and don’t speak slowly for the Czechs to understand or alter your English skills, if you are not native English speaker yourself. This will result in they saying about you that your English skills suck. They are also not very good themselves at English in average (except Prague I think) and some foreigners insist on this lack of skill (even if normally in Czech Republic I agree with Czechs here, they are not obliged to learn English), resulting in the Czechs wanting to complain about other people’s English to make themselves look better (I hope I make sense here)
- overpraise their own skills (I guess everyone does this) and complain that Indians “cost three times more than they say they are”. Actually I think everyone will cost more than expected. And even if Czechs have a more “cultural closeness” to an American company, they also have a mechanical thinking. Meaning they can take more decisions without help, but needing things to be very organized in the way that tasks are clear.
- They hate gypsies with many kids, but when they have kids, they want promotions and salary raises.
- They blame gypsies for not having a job, however they only hire gypsies only as toilet cleaners. I think it’s a normal choice if only to have to choose between bad jobs (no job is bad , but not allowing any promotion/improvement is bad) or no jobs, to not work at all. Some students have these jobs, but not forever and its easier to find something else. We all have to clean our own toilets anyway, but I hope you understand the point.
So these are a few things to say about the subject. It’s quite serious, as a non Czech in IT will not be easy, no matter the skill. If you have darker skin you will get more negative stuff too.
In general I can find many other opportunities and that part doesn’t really bother me, because I am white (I look like a Czech) and most of the time I enjoy it here.
But if you don’t want to loose time and life with fake hopes, I think you should consider what I wrote. Because you can get a lot of bullshit “No certification” , “You need to learn Czech” , “You did a mistake there” and what actually happens is that a big majority of Czechs will not want you there or they want to split the promotions between themselves. It’s better to see the things as they are faster so you can can move on to another place, job etc.
I think in the same time an working environment everywhere in the world has similar issues, maybe not “xenophobia”, but other crappy reasons. All people have egos and managing that egos will be always an issue.
And although its possible with all these issues to be better than you opportunities in your native place, not complaining at all is not good, because the issue could become too acceptable.