The common norms, beliefs, and behavior of a company, corporation, or substantial group of people within a company.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

-4
votes
0answers
123 views

Happy hours at work , How can a company justify happy hours in the office on week days? [on hold]

Is it a normal practice these days at software companies?
-2
votes
0answers
174 views

Meditation facility dilemma [closed]

My workplace has a common room called the meditation room. I have used it a few times as I am new here. But there are some people who prefer chanting (Hare Krishna) in there and it causes a ...
1
vote
2answers
160 views

Bringing a gift on my first visit to a foreign employer's office

I just had a job offer from a foreign company and I'm going to visit their office next week. Now it's customary in our culture to bring a gift or roughly translated, 'a souvenir' when you visit ...
-5
votes
2answers
229 views

How to deal with the situation where the lack of dress code is embarrassing? [duplicate]

My collegue has recently started to work for a company A. It's the office job, without the contact with the client, and the company has no dress code, so actually people are wearing what they like. ...
-1
votes
2answers
209 views

Is “garbage in, garbage out” a valid reason for poor-quality work? [closed]

I am what would be considered a junior to mid-level programmer, though at this company I am working at(which is my first job in the field) I am more realistically closer to being mid to senior. For ...
5
votes
4answers
400 views

How to gain visibility when overloaded with less important tasks?

I am not able to work on tasks that help gain more visibility in the team. I have been working on a large but less important task recently, so my team members are able to do the tasks with higher ...
0
votes
2answers
125 views

Professional reference: previous employer which I turned down the offer? [closed]

I am currently interviewing for a full-time position in a big company named A. A asked me for "professional references". Since my previous experience was an internship at another big company B, ...
10
votes
4answers
340 views

How the working-hours system work in practice?

I'm a master student in CS in a German Uni and I will graduate soon and start looking for jobs in Germany as a software engineering/java developer. I never worked in the industry before. My main ...
1
vote
3answers
206 views

Why great companies have different set of rules for different set of nations? [closed]

I had worked in an organization for three years and had to quit and stay away for personal issues. After 1.5 years of gap I wanted to start my career over. But this time I had a very hard time ...
8
votes
6answers
2k views

Is the subject of installing Steam on your office computer one which should't even be mentioned?

When trying to figure out protocol within a work environment, there are some things which are acceptable to ask your boss about, and there are some things which should never even be asked. When it ...
10
votes
1answer
378 views

First day at work in Canada

I just came to Vancouver (BC, Canada) from Europe and tomorrow is my first day at work in a small IT company (~15-20 people). So I have a few questions about common manners at work in Canada. When ...
0
votes
1answer
212 views

How to prepare for a cultural interview and how does it different from behavioral

I have the following situation: I am in the last stage of the interview as a software developer. As a part of a interview process I have to go through a behavior and cultural interview (I already ...
-2
votes
1answer
147 views

What is the most comfortable work space? [closed]

Im looking for a bit of feedback from programmers about work spaces. Is it common to work in different areas throughout the day? (Coffee Shops, Coworking Spaces, Hotels, Trains, etc.) What are the 3 ...
1
vote
3answers
264 views

Manager undermining other managers

At a company I was recently working at my immediate manager often undermined other managers. They seemed to have a clique with some other managers but viewed all other managers as the enemy and would ...
32
votes
7answers
1k views

Is it OK to have a “Looking to Avoid” section on a resume?

If I have a strongly held conviction that it is always important to use the most cost-effective tool to solve a given problem, and I know a list of certain tools that represent deal-breakers to me ...
6
votes
2answers
179 views

A more flexible purchasing policy for office technology

We're interested in thinking about making our technology policies at our company more flexible. Right now IT basically issues everyone a Windows box when they start here. We're primarily a ...
0
votes
3answers
783 views

Should a software company's “scotch menu” be a red flag to not apply? [closed]

I've been a big fan of a software company for a couple years now - I've bought their tools, brought them to my employers, developed a couple plug-ins, and recommend them when I can. Recently, I met ...
10
votes
1answer
405 views

Request to observe environment prior to accepting job

What sort of requests are reasonable for a potential candidate who is looking to see if they would be a good fit prior to joining a company - particularly is it reasonable to request to observe a ...
8
votes
1answer
261 views

How to form opinions and communicate them after being conditioned to a culture of obeying-without-questioning?

Please help me rephrase the title in case it doesn't properly reflect the content, or isn't professional enough I am at the same company since I finished education. I was quite enthusiastic about my ...
29
votes
7answers
7k views

Send wedding invitations to some co-workers but not all

I am getting married next year and want to invite some co-workers to my wedding because I have a friendly connection with them. I work at an open floor plan and we lunch with about 15 people every ...
3
votes
5answers
222 views

Is “company culture” just a set of personal preferences of leadership rather than a professionally developed institution?

As a manager with some say in the boardroom, I am interested in proposing a few changes to the company culture for the benefit of the overall company performance. What is still unclear to me is ...
35
votes
6answers
5k views

Why do some companies not give minor benefits to employees?

I'm not talking about benefits that imply more money for the employee. Few years back, I worked in a company (let's name it company A) where we had many small benefits (free of course): Having ...
2
votes
2answers
249 views

What to do when company violates terms? [closed]

As a salaried software developer, I've been working in my current company for last 2 years. My bond was for 2 years, In my service agreement it's mentioned that in case I want to leave, I have to give ...
5
votes
9answers
1k views

How do you counter the argument that “Arrogance isn't a blocker”? [closed]

We (a group of developers and managers) were discussing whether we should hire a certain candidate. There were several interviewers from different nations (American, Britain, and the Middle East). ...
5
votes
2answers
439 views

How do I deal with a spat between coworkers that impacts me?

So, I work at a smallish company as a full-stack web developer with several other people. The guy who has worked here the longest ("Mark") has been here for six or eight years, and developed the ...
15
votes
3answers
738 views

Are workers in Japan expected to work overtime daily?

I was considering a job offer from Japan as a senior software developer when I contacted a Japanese friend of mine (a customer service agent) who warned me of few things. He told me that in Japan ...
64
votes
14answers
15k views

Is there a dress code for women in software industry?

I worked in a technology company as a software development intern. At the end of the internship, my manager praised me for my technical and communication skills, however, he said I should pay more ...
1
vote
2answers
485 views

First day at work, managers tell me its a bad job and company is not a good employer [closed]

The first day I walked into the office of my previous job, the first three people I met either indirectly or directly told me that this was a bad company to work for. Two of these people were my ...
10
votes
1answer
1k views

How to deal with bosses that expects too much

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. During my interview and on the contract it says the work hours are from 9:30am to 6:30pm. I always ...
26
votes
3answers
1k views

What are tools/resources I can use to check a company for transphobia and sexism during a job search?

Background: I'm a transgender data analyst/software developer. In my jurisdiction (Massachusetts), gender identity is protected under anti-discrimination laws, but most of the companies I'm applying ...
43
votes
8answers
5k views

Is it generally unacceptable to become close friends with colleagues?

I'm a young graduate fresh out of university just under a year ago. I went to an international school in my youth and did not establish many friendships during university due to the girlfriend in ...
11
votes
2answers
306 views

Fitting in with strange or undesired aspects of company culture

I just recently started a position at a new company. Everyone is extremely nice and friendly, but they all share the same non-work-related hobby (a pretty famous trading card game). I don't mind that ...
20
votes
8answers
1k views

How do I request an alternate/non-traditional schedule? [closed]

Before I start, I am not someone unusual. I am a software developer with a very normal 8:00-5:00 job and a very average salary. However, I don't spend very much money and I value my time very highly. ...
6
votes
1answer
333 views

How to improve team-building when cultural cliques are formed at a multinational company?

I am a junior manager at a European branch of a US-based firm. Our US-based colleagues and superiors often come over for major projects but always seem to keep a greater professional distance from ...
4
votes
3answers
468 views

How to properly play the seniority card?

I have a co-worker who is talented and technically competent but a has trouble accepting direction from others. We need to make two major changes to a system. Based on my experience, I have ...
5
votes
2answers
614 views

How can I deal with a non-technical team leader?

In the past few months the area which I am I working in has grown and I do not longer work directly with the area manager (who is uber techie but still knows how to manage people, I know, it's hard ...
6
votes
3answers
524 views

Under what circumstances is it acceptable to use a different (natural) language with colleagues who speak it instead of the dominant one?

I have colleagues in my workplace who are native speakers of languages other than the dominant one (English) and sometimes they use it between themselves even with respect to work matters (though not ...
32
votes
4answers
2k views

How soon should I advocate for making changes after starting in a new job?

I recently started a new job at a new company as a Systems Administrator. The company is a small business with about 120 employees that, in my opinion, is on the cusp of becoming a medium-sized one ...
3
votes
1answer
442 views

How can I defuse a tense situation with a coworker?

We just had our company lunch and we bought some donuts packed into small little boxes from our excess team fund. As most of us were too full, they told me to bring some of it back or they will go ...
2
votes
1answer
144 views

How to improve one's chances for career advancement within a family business? [closed]

I work at a large family-owned business which has deep historical roots and traditions. I enjoy the work and the environment, but there is a very common (and I guess obvious) issue in here: Somehow, ...
2
votes
1answer
217 views

Confused about my position in this company

I've been working in this company for six months, and it's getting more and more confusing as the time goes by. I'm working in a geo-spatial consultant company, which is related to GIS, laser ...
-3
votes
1answer
326 views

How to deal with egotistical behaviour of colleagues in the workplace? [closed]

I have seen this at every company: there are people who value themselves based on their designation and build a wall of ego and pride. They say things like "I know" or walk away without noticing you ...
13
votes
6answers
2k views

How can I meditate while sitting at my desk in the office without looking sleepy?

Mindfulness Meditation requires us to close our eyes and focus on our breath. If I close my eyes while sitting in my office seat, I’ll appear to be sleeping. There isn’t any special retiring room in ...
0
votes
2answers
169 views

Working for or accepting a position to a company that doesn't negotiate salary [closed]

The Background Out of college, I accepted a position at a company(Company 1) that I had been working for as an intern basically throughout my entire college career. Company 1 doesn't negotiate with ...
18
votes
8answers
3k views

How do I deal with a co-worker who thinks his own shortcomings are funny?

I have a co-worker who constantly misses deadlines, hands in incomplete work, or claims that things he doesn't want to deal with are 'too hard'. For reasons beyond the scope of this question he will ...
-1
votes
1answer
193 views

As a consultant, how do you handle customer team members refusing to cooperate with you? [closed]

I'm a consultant for Company A providing services to Company B. Company B hired another company to deliver a web application, but their delivery was rushed and misguided, resulting in a very ...
17
votes
6answers
3k views

What strategies can I use to deal with a workplace with an “easy hire, easy fire” policy?

I work in a company that has an easy hire easy fire approach. The rate at which people are fired is over 15% of the workforce each year. The worst part is that an explanation is not given for those ...
16
votes
2answers
2k views

Team member takes holidays. Should the member delegate work, or the team leader?

I am working in an IT company and we offer companies the management of their IT infrastructure. Our support team consists of seven members and one team leader. The team leader, one member and me have ...
1
vote
2answers
433 views

Overworked on a Major Project Without Much Benefit to Me [duplicate]

I've been working on a large project for the last 7 months. Been with the company for nearly 3 years. Work before this wasn't too bad. This project would bring in major business for my company, adding ...
-3
votes
2answers
184 views

Does complaints about leaving hours inappropriate? [closed]

I am in the following situation: A person in a senior position is sloppy in his job and that affects our team. As a result we spend many times working overtimes to reach deadlines but he always leaves ...