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Thread: Jobs in Iraq?

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    I was just wondering if anyone has had any experiences with some of these jobs in Iraq for HVAC Mechanics, with pay in the range of 80k+. I called about one. It was a one year contract, it all sounded good until towards the end of the phone conversation.

    The complete hourly pay was $21.00 an hour for the first 40 hours and all hours after 40 were $14.00 an hour.
    So 12 hrs a day 7 days a week = your 80k a year.
    What a scam!

    I just wonder if anyone has seen some valid job offers.


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    There is no other way to put this; Haliburton screwes me over and cost me lots of money by not abiding by what their recruiter said they were going to do.

    If you are talking to someone from Haliburton by the name of Jake Randall, do not believe a word he says. This man has caused me much grief with his evasive tactics and lies about time lines and contract agreements.

    If it were not for a member of this forum, I would have been in even more financial trouble then I am over the way Haliburton screwed me over over an eight month period.

    After completley changing the original agreement and after offering me much less "AFTER" I quit my job to go to Iraq, I have yet to hear back from this weasel Jake.

    [Edited by RoBoTeq on 08-23-2005 at 09:00 PM]
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    Is that really what there offer is ?

    What level of ability are they looking for, I can hardly believe that 80 grand would sound very appealing to anyone in this field, that has five years or more experience, I would have guessed that it would have been 175 to 250 grand no taxes, to lure people over there. wow 80 grand, aren't most of us making that or more anyway ? or at close to it ?

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    Hell work for me 12 hours a day 7 days a week and sleep/stay in my garage in your spare time and i'll get you 80k a year.

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    To expand on it. 12 hours a day for 7 days is 84 hours a week.....ouch.

    If I paid you $18 and hour which is less than any of my technicians then...


    $18 X 40 hours regular time = $720

    $27 OT X 44 hours = $1188

    Total = $1908

    $1908 a week X 52 weeks in a year = $99,216

    You do it for $80,000 and I'll pocket the $19,216.


    I just need six of you that I can fit in a tent in my back yard the I can make $115,296 a year off you guys.

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    I was originally offered more than $80 grand. The last offer was less then the original offer I think because Jake thought I was getting desperate because of how long I had been without a job since quiting my job to join Haliburton. Just an all round sleazy way to operate.

    What was really irking is that this Jake guy called me twice to try to get me to quit my job sooner then we agreed on, then, lets me sit for months with no employement after I quit at the time we agreed on. Like I stated; just a really sleazy way to operate.

    The fact that what Haliburton did cost me a lot of money and a good paying job that I had for five years makes it all the more incredible that Haliburton can get people of quality at all. Judging by the behaviour of the Haliburton employees in Abu Graib, maybe we should not be so surprized. Evidently, Haliburton is out to get people for the least amount of investment that they can get away with.
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    Well gees RoBo, don’t cry in your soup over it. Now you know how us business owners feel when the slime ball outfit you work for screw us out of making good money when they sell to unlicensed people, or cut us off by selling over the internet exposing darn near what we pay for equipment on the net.

    When we bring the subject up how we are getting screwed by all the manufactures, it is no problem in you peoples eyes, but let someone screw one of you around, that’s a totally different story.

    What a crock.




    [Edited by madeinusa on 08-24-2005 at 02:09 PM]

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    Work in I-Crack?

    Only if you have a death wish?


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    Gee maiden, thanks for your "oh so relevant" support

    I suppose if a thread is about incontinence you would claim that Goodman is the cause of your wetting your pants.
    Government is a disease...
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    I run a division of my company that I have to have service techs, kitchen equipemnt, thru ought the USA and Europe.
    I also have 2 technicians in Iraq as I write this.
    They are paid $165,000.00, tax free, for one year of working in Iraq. They are not ever with out an armed escort, and are always, in garrison, with 2-5000 Marines. Both guys love it, as this is their second term there, with 2 more in the contract if they want it.
    As far a Haliburton, and Honeywell, I've had to deal with them, and they are the WORST to deal with.
    It does not matter how long of a day you work, how many days you work, etc, I pay my techs to keep the equipment working, for the year, 365, 24/7.

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    Originally posted by RoBoTeq
    Gee maiden, thanks for your "oh so relevant" support

    I suppose if a thread is about incontinence you would claim that Goodman is the cause of your wetting your pants.
    Just stating facts as always brother as I see them.

    You know I supported your efforts to serve. I just do not support your company for their actions and total disregard and no respect for us. It doesn’t mean I would not buy you a shot of some nice tequila though.

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    I looked at a few security type jobs over there and they played the same Enron math game (well if you work 24 7 you could be rich)...then they also avoided answering ??? like cost of livening...you got to eat and IF I remember right the military charged non military people to eat in the mess hall and what if your livening off base?....but who picks up the tap for housing, food, and other such stuff was never answered.....and I could see working mega hours (I was told the OT rate was time and 1/4 not 1/2) and then getting billed for housing and food and end up owing the company.....not like you can take your toys and leave once your there.
    73% of Americans say that illegal immigration is a problem. The other 27% say, "No habla inglis!"

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    In talking to my techs there, here is what they tell me:

    1. If you work for a "civilian" contractor, you live "off" of any USA Military supported base.
    2. No armed escorts for you, and you are "NOT" allowed to carry any weapons.
    3. Pay was averaged at about 12,500.00 a month.
    4. Out of that money, you were responsible to pay the following in one of two ways:
    a. If you stayed in the civilian contractors / military housing, you paid an average of $24.00 a day. If you wanted power, TV, etc, etc, it goes up. Meals also you have to pay for, payroll deduction type of payment.
    b. Or you could stay on the local economy.....and fend for yourself.
    5. As far as getting shot at, land mines, etc, etc, yes it goes on daily, but the contractors that you hear of this happening to are from the civilian side of the workforce over there. I asked the guys what they meant by that: The USA Military has all kinds of support staff, civilain over there. They are paid thru contracts thru the goverment, and they live on a base, and are "always" escorted everywhere that they go, if, they have ot go off the base to get to anohter one. The contractors over there, Haliburton and Honeywell are the largest, are, point blank, civilain. If they have to go from point a to point b, they get in a "car" and go. Two months ago, one of my techs buddies was shot, in the arm, delivering supplies from one of the camps to another. He was by himself, at 8am....

    I have been there twice now, setting up things, and will be going back in Novenmer for a week.

    My advice....it is good money, to get the tax free exemption, you have ot be out of the USA for 335 days in one stretch. Be very careful of the fine print of the civilian type contracts. I have seen some that are "very" bad.......

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