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

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How to deal with a coworker who uses sensuality and attractiveness to get favors and other things done at work?

I work at a fast-growing tech startup where most employees are between 25 and 35, so the culture is very young and casual. A department that works closely with my team recently hired an intern. She ...
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How to proceed if boss doesn't keep commitment about equipment?

This question is related to How do I request new equipment for the office?. New equipment need (e.g. PC with little bit higher specs + second monitor) was reported and discussed some 6 months ago. My ...
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Culture changing in a way I don't like, anything I can do?

I have worked as a software developer for a company for 5 years, they were a small start up when I joined and the emphasis was on the quality of your output, that is how you were judged as an ...
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I've damaged a company's keyboard and was asked to buy a new one [closed]

My first question here. A little bit of history - I've decided to change my current job few weeks ago. I've always been loyal and correct to the company but I've just decided to move on. A week after ...
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How to strengthen employees' identity feeling in the company? [closed]

What methods do you use to strengthen employees identity "feeling" in the company they work at? Every company has its own values and it is described what company's identity is. It is quite a challenge ...
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How do I approach my boss to change the company culture around benefits?

I currently work at a startup and while most startups in my field tend to offer a lot of fringe benefits, I find that is not the case here. Some of the areas I find lacking are: The health benefits ...
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Measuring the adoption of a concept in a company [closed]

At my company our new executive has put in place a new concept for operational excellence and would like it to become the new way of life, the structure that defines the working culture. My question ...
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How can I improve my resume profile section to get my intent across?

I'm a relatively-junior dev being out of university for 2.5 years. I've been working at a start-up game dev company and it's not working out. I just don't fit in at all. You can see my other posts to ...
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Making code changes; doing things quickly vs doing them well? [closed]

I'm a software developer fresh out of grad school, been working in industry for 5 months now and I am very much still adjusting to the business world. Over the past 5 months I have learned a ...
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Is creating a company library in electronic format a good way to improve the working environment? [closed]

It seems community prefers e-books over physical books when dealing with arranging a library in the workplace. I think one of the main improvements that having a company library can bring is giving ...
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When is the right time to change my company? [closed]

I am currently working for a company as an engineer, I graduated in 2014 and it has been 6 months and a half since I started working for this company. During this 6 months the only thing that took ...
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Is it rude to eat/drink in front of a colleague who is fasting during Ramadan? [closed]

I often feel hungry and have snacks at my desk. Today, I realized that Ramadan has begun and my colleague who sits beside me is fasting. So I quietly kept my snacks back. I felt it might seem rude and ...
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How do you deal with co-workers who respond to your emails without reading the whole thing, or don't read them at all?

I'm a web developer (who writes code -- not css/designer). I work in an office, but many managers work remotely, hence the heavy reliance on email/IM. I am starting to notice a trend where people ...
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Is creating a company library a good way to improve the working environment?

Many things, from science, to markets and products, are evolving fast these days. After a person gets her degree, chances are that their pace of learning slows down, at least in the fields outside ...
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Asking too much for the sake of the company's culture

I work in a small/medium company (90 people and counting). The boss is a very "human" person and his wife is working in the same company. They bought mugs with the company's name on it and they ...
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What is “Job shadowing”?

What is "job shadowing" ? Is it simply that a job shadower hovers around me, like a "shadow"? Or is someone who is "job shadowing" akin to an intern, where I can offload some tasks to him/her? In ...
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Implementing performance-based bonuses

I'm trying to create a developer-centric compensation policy. Which is to say it focuses heavily upon transparency, flexibility, and fairness. Many aspects of it are influenced by the Stack Exchange ...
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How can I ask a senior not to interrupt when someone is talking?

I have noticed that many of our analysts and techs can be disruptive in meetings. When someone is talking, the tech may interrupt that person, speaking loudly. Even though they are speaking about the ...
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How to politely decline a handshake due to religious reasons?

Muslims have some restrictions when it comes to interacting with members of the opposite sex. Usually many people in USA and Europe do not know that, for example, a Muslim man cannot shake hands with ...
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Getting accustomed to a work environment where everyone is in their own room

I started a job at a research facility for the government and there's some things I'm very unused to given my past jobs. For example, each person has their own office. So this means there's no one in ...
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What (if anything) is polite/customary to do when leaving a company in the USA?

I am leaving a company where I have worked for a few years on friendly terms, as I got a job with another company. In the past I worked in the same kind of role in a couple of companies in the ...
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How to avoid distractions from boisterous dog?

The engineering manager in my office of ~10 people brings his dog to the office, and has for years. The dog will bark and cry if the manager leaves the room for more than ten seconds, say to go to the ...
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Is it ethical to help my partner and work outside office hours? Will it have any impact on my day job?

My spouse is passionate about android programming and works from home. Our two apps have become popular with the targeted users. We really enjoy the success with those apps. It helps my partner gets ...
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Big move for a new job - how to make sure I'd fit well?

Today I had a phone/video interview for a position in another town, quite a bit away from where I live. I'd be okay to move there, my wife has lived there for a while and we know it's nice, our kids ...
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after an acquisition is management replaced?

Although I enjoy my job, the management is practically zero and when one of them are doing something, it's normally wrong or the long winded way to go about it. The company I work for was acquired by ...
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What is the business management term for the 'tribal' behaviour in an organisation between competing funding pools? [closed]

I've seen this behaviour in a couple of different scales, but it appears to have the same root cause: The classic example was Motorolla with its 'Battling Business Units' - where whole business ...
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How to feel welcome in an all-male software developer environment

I am a female programmer and started a job in a software development company about 8 months ago. I also moved to a new country so I am a foreigner as well. I am the only female developer in the ...
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Manager's trust - does not trust me any meaningful management duties [closed]

I am a Director of Technology reporting to VP of Technology. I have noticed that my boss started: 1) Personally reviewing all job interviews in my department 2) Wants to pre-screen every single ...
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how do I tell my boss I'd like to work from home on a regular basis? [duplicate]

I am unsure how to ask that because I am the most junior employee, and as far as I know no one else in the company works from home. If they accepted I would feel like I am getting special treatment, ...
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Very Distanced From Coworkers [closed]

I feel very distanced from my colleagues. I'm not sure if it's just this company or all software places so I am seeking your opinion. Also, I think it gets in the way of productivity because no one ...
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How to Avoid a Awkward Work environment due to managerial decisions [closed]

I recently was hired on as a contract temp at a company to do web design. When I arrived, my team consisted of a full-time employee of the company and another temp who'd been there for about 3 months. ...
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Co-worker really upset at supervisor and manager for “shooting down” his suggestions / opinions and “lying to him”. How can I alleviate the situation? [closed]

I'm a student at a company and I work alongside another student (call him Jay. This is his first student work-term and has been here for 6 months). We work in the IT department. Both of us are ...
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Are candles appropriate at work? [closed]

I've recently gotten back into drinking tea, and have increased my volume of consumption significantly. I sometimes make tea 3-4 times a day. It is getting tedious to make it seperately each time, so ...
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How to word statment that a work environment with some noise is preferrable

I know most people like to work in quiet environments and employers may boast about how quiet their work environment is. I'm not like that and I actually prefer some noise, I mean not random noise ...
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Negotiating a huge change in responsibility - new start up

a company I was previously contracting for is interested in hiring me on a larger scale as the head of a new tech company they're considering to start. They have a viable business concept of which I ...
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What are the good and bad effects of following hierarchical structure strictly? [closed]

Certain managers and leads, in particular, enforce certain rules that create a culture of hierarchy. For Example, one has to keep his reporting manager informed before having any cross team ...
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Unable to mingle with coworkers even after a couple of years

I am a test engineer, and have switched my company a couple of years back. I had a very good rapport with people in my team, during the five years I worked in a previous company. However, the ...
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How do deal with a rude co-worker as a new hire?

I started my new position just under a month ago. I was hired by a senior manager, whom my manager reports to, but never spoke with my current team during the interview process. My manager is ...
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Letting employees choose their own IDE [closed]

I manage a team of developers and am evaluating the company's development standards in preparation for some new employees. Previously the tools we used have been pretty industry standard (e.g. Visual ...
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Letting employees grant bonus points to each other [closed]

What could be the potential impact of a company introducing a system allowing employees to grant bonus points to each other? This implies that bonus points are translated into monetary value added ...
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Uncomfortable Culture at Work After Expansion [closed]

I work at a game development studio as a programmer. For the first year things were great but it started to expand and they hired a bunch of new people. One of the new people was a senior artist who ...
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How to handle coworker who breaks my Do Not Disturb signal (opens my closed office door)

I rarely close my office door, but when I do, it is usually for a reason (I am busy or stressed or need to focus, and closed off environment helps me do just that). There is a coworker who ...
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Why do companies seem to advertise things unrelated to the work they do? [closed]

I went to a career fair hosted by my university. Most of the companies were local tech startups. Each had a booth you could come by and talk to the people and at the end there was a presentation where ...
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How do I navigate after an uncomfortable hiccup at work?

I came back after maternity leave and requested a flexible working arrangement: work 2-3 days in the office and a few at home. As a software developer this is a very reasonable schedule. The only ...
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Overperforming and Underpaid [closed]

I have been working at the same large company (over 5K employees) for ~20 years. They do "merit-based" raises each year in January, based on the prior year's performance. Each year I have gotten ...
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Informational interviews as a norm in the financial services sector

I am recent graduate student, having just secured a good position in a financial services firm that I love. I happened to hear from a company that found my resume online and want me to come in for an ...
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what to do with the arrogant coworker who doesn't want to cooperate? [closed]

I recently got hired in a company as an information security specialist who should find vulnerabilities and send recommendations to the IT team so they can fix it. X is a member of the IT Team and he ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...