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I am trying to do a H1B transfer from my current employer.I am searching for a good employer(consulting firm) in Atlanta,GA area..

Can anyone advise me on a good employer.I heard that Pyramid Consulting is one big vendor in atlanta..Any inputs about Pyramid is greatly appreciated..Or any other good vendors in atlanta area?

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I am trying to do a H1B transfer from my current employer.I am searching for a good employer(consulting firm) in Atlanta,GA area..

Can anyone advise me on a good employer.I heard that Pyramid Consulting is one big vendor in atlanta..Any inputs about Pyramid is greatly appreciated..Or any other good vendors in atlanta area?

Thanks
kp
If you're not aiming to join a fortune 500 company, try Allied Informatics. I heard it's a good company though I have never been associated with this software consulting firm.
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I was associated with allied informatics for 4 years. My experience is very bad with company. Please be careful. they are bunch of bad people.
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I was with Pyramid for less than a year. I had bad experince with them. Although I was enrolled as a fulltime employee I did not get any on bench pay. They are not good at finding you any new projects either. They are like any other desi consulting company just a little bigger.
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I'm in Chicago and will like to move to Atlanta area....Do you guys know how is the IT market (Architect, .NET) doing in this area? Looking at dice and computerjobs, i do see the same jobs getting repeated...Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated..
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I'm in Chicago and will like to move to Atlanta area....Do you guys know how is the IT market (Architect, .NET) doing in this area? Looking at dice and computerjobs, i do see the same jobs getting repeated...Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated..
I lived in Atlanta for 4 years. The job market is just OK there. Not quite sure your reason for the move from Chicago, but if you are looking for weather and job prospects then, Dallas, TX could be a better choice. I maybe wrong but based on what I see - there seem to be more opportunities in the metroplex area
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I am trying to do a H1B transfer from my current employer.I am searching for a good employer(consulting firm) in Atlanta,GA area..

Can anyone advise me on a good employer.I heard that Pyramid Consulting is one big vendor in atlanta..Any inputs about Pyramid is greatly appreciated..Or any other good vendors in atlanta area?

Thanks
kp
If you are using AC21, why falling into this consulting trap again? Unless they find you a project, why go behind them? Doing a h1b transfer through a consulting company may look like a safety net but it obviously has its own set of problems. AC21 works just fine and one need not worry too much about it. A lot of people using AC21 and want to work on contract jobs actually contract out through their own corp.
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Thanks Chandu! Reasons to relocate are family and weather. At this point, I've a decent job in Chicago. Do you think this may be the right time to relocate to an Atlanta area given the economic climate....Also, how r the overall job prospects..
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Not quite sure. I don't live there anymore. Cost of living is low compared to Chicago and also the salaries are low. Weather is good. It is hot, mild and cold - thunderstorms are common, big city, well connected by delta airlines. City is full of new immigrants and it is lively and bubbly.
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I don't think its a good time to change jobs. There are many who are looking for a job after getting laid off. I think till the 2nd quarter of 2010 just keep your job. I may be wrong too.
the best thing is to keep a open eye all the time and whenever there is a opening in any big project with a good pay hike then move.
If you have EAD then you don't have to worry about H1B transfer.

If you like, Join the "job networking on IV" google group and you wouls find many members with your similar skillset.

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I am trying to do a H1B transfer from my current employer.I am searching for a good employer(consulting firm) in Atlanta,GA area..

Can anyone advise me on a good employer.I heard that Pyramid Consulting is one big vendor in atlanta..Any inputs about Pyramid is greatly appreciated..Or any other good vendors in atlanta area?

Thanks
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Thanks Chandu! Reasons to relocate are family and weather. At this point, I've a decent job in Chicago. Do you think this may be the right time to relocate to an Atlanta area given the economic climate....Also, how r the overall job prospects..
I agree 100% with jthomas above...moving from a secured job is not advisable in this market..I lived in Atlanta for a few years recently and can shed some light on the place..

Even if you have a secured job/contract, it would take a while to get into the new work environment and unless you are absolutely undisposable, you would be on the list of maybe's being a new-hire.

I will leave the job judgement upto you..

Regarding the place..

I moved from chicago to atlanta as well...the place is quite warm and not too hot like dallas...greener and more relaxed..

Again this depends on your job, dunwoody is a better place..it is in north suburbs..unlike chicago, you can drive downtown to work if you are working downtown...and also unlike chicago most companies in downtown have their own parking and you dont have to pay extra..

Rent is cheap..I used to rent a townhome in chicago suburbs for 1500$ and I can get a townhome in downtown atlanta for 1000$..you can calculate from that..

though I lived downtown atlanta for a while..i strongly suggest if you have family to avoid living in downtown..it is not safe and not a place for kids and family to relax and roam around...

I dont know how long you lived in chicago..but once you move you will definitely miss the vibrant life of chicago...atleast i did..lot of indian restaurants in atlanta but none of them are decent...

positives: weather, cost of living
negatives: avg. city life, lesser job opportunities(compared to chicago)

I am not sure which way my suggestions tilt above..just a disclaimer..i lived in chicago for ~6yrs and absoutely love the place...that might have clouded my judgement a bit..but you can take what suits you from it...

good luck and plan wisely!!
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thanks guys! I appreciate your feedback.... I agree that this may not be the best time to change jobs....But, will still like to see if there is something available. I agree that chicago is a gr8 city but have family reasons to move to Atlanta.....

By talking to various folks, looks like IT market is really soft or bad. Do you guys concur? Also, no new projects are being launches and companies are still cutting down on IT projects and employees... Thoughts!
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I agree 100% with jthomas above...moving from a secured job is not advisable in this market..I lived in Atlanta for a few years recently and can shed some light on the place..

Even if you have a secured job/contract, it would take a while to get into the new work environment and unless you are absolutely undisposable, you would be on the list of maybe's being a new-hire.

I will leave the job judgement upto you..

Regarding the place..

I moved from chicago to atlanta as well...the place is quite warm and not too hot like dallas...greener and more relaxed..

Again this depends on your job, dunwoody is a better place..it is in north suburbs..unlike chicago, you can drive downtown to work if you are working downtown...and also unlike chicago most companies in downtown have their own parking and you dont have to pay extra..

Rent is cheap..I used to rent a townhome in chicago suburbs for 1500$ and I can get a townhome in downtown atlanta for 1000$..you can calculate from that..

though I lived downtown atlanta for a while..i strongly suggest if you have family to avoid living in downtown..it is not safe and not a place for kids and family to relax and roam around...

I dont know how long you lived in chicago..but once you move you will definitely miss the vibrant life of chicago...atleast i did..lot of indian restaurants in atlanta but none of them are decent...

positives: weather, cost of living
negatives: avg. city life, lesser job opportunities(compared to chicago)

I am not sure which way my suggestions tilt above..just a disclaimer..i lived in chicago for ~6yrs and absoutely love the place...that might have clouded my judgement a bit..but you can take what suits you from it...

good luck and plan wisely!!

thanks for sharing ur insight..iam in Chicago, althought not right in downtown, I do agree with the vibrant nature of the city and people in it...cant beat the commute facilities too, downsides, yes, terrible terrible winters, high cost of living...etc..its JUne and it still low 50's..
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