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Starting fresh as an “old” new software engineer

I'm in school right now, and in a couple of years, I'm going to look for work as a software/systems engineer. The thing is that right now, I'm 32 years old. With age being a potential issue, where ...
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What if I don't want a title? [closed]

(I see a lot of jobs) sr this jr that thing And I don't want to commit. I want to learn it all. I come with 7 years experience in 2-3 heavy fields of IT - but with a passion. How do I ...
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How will asking to be part of a more ethnically diverse team be perceived? [closed]

I work for a large corporate, well-known technology company in the Valley in California. There is a disproportionately large saturation of particular ethnic groups who have migrated here, either from ...
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How should I ask my co-workers that I need a handshower in the toilet?

I live in Karachi, Pakistan and I have got a job offer from Dallas, Texas, USA. I am likely to move their soon. While researching the cultural difference I realized that a bidet is not usually used in ...
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Europe - Usage of the T-V distinction (Vous / Usted / Sie) [closed]

In most western European countries, we have a form of politeness to adress either customer that we have not worked for a long time with or senior management : Vous / Usted / Sie (respectively French, ...
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Is work culture different between geographic locations? [closed]

I always assumed that the work culture of an office is heavily dependent on the general culture of the city it is in. For example I would expect for workplaces in NYC to have certain commonalities ...
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1answer
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New job. New co-workers all unhappy and looking to leave. Bad sign? [duplicate]

After eight years at my prior employer, I took a new position that allowed me to travel less and see my family more. It was a reduction in income, but the increase in quality of life seemed worth it. ...
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How to maintain/rebuild relationship and trust with offshore team when half of that team is cut?

Due to a variety of factors but mainly performance, my boss is releasing most of the offshore Indian contractors I work with. There are about a half dozen contractors there and myself, located in USA ...
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Secret Santa - “rude gifts only”

In (just) our team at work it has been agreed to do a "Secret Santa" this Christmas. A stipulation is that it has to be a rude gift, a "Bad" secret santa if you will. Our manager is one of those ...
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Co-workers not communicating in common language [duplicate]

I accepted my first job in a country other than my own being assured that English is enough for office communication. Although all my co-workers are proficient in English, they choose to speak their ...
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6answers
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Manager sounds upset every time I inform him of a (minor) obstacle

My manager seems irritated when he asks for an update and I inform him of a barrier I’m working on. For example I was working on implementing a subprocess call, and when tried it on the program to be ...
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Professional designations and degrees on business cards and e-mail signatures [duplicate]

I'm going to be creating some simple business cards for myself going forward, and would like some advice on the addition of my degrees and professional designations to the card. So far, the planned ...
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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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2answers
286 views

How to phrase “having trouble communicating” with a particular individual

I've worked as a solo software developer for the government for a little over a month now. Basically one person hired me as he doesn't know programming. I find it challenging for me to do my job well ...
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1answer
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Supervisor paid for my food, what's the proper way to express my appreciation?

I'm doing an internship in one of the Canadian government organization. Recently my supervisor got promoted, so our division(6 people) went out to a fancy restaurant to celebrity his promotion. ...
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Unclear how to interpret what manager says

I started a new job where the main person I interact with is my manager. Sometimes I can't tell if he's mad, joking or asking a rhetorical question. For example he was showing me how to do something ...
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2answers
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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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Team makes excuses about bad software and practices instead of fixing it. How to head in the right direction? [closed]

At my new job I sometimes make mistakes. Usually these mistakes are because of assumptions I make based on other jobs I've had, other tools I've used, and other software I've developed on this very ...
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5answers
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How to handle a boss who doesn't accept disagreement [closed]

I'm currently working under a boss who cannot accept disagreement. When I say "No sorry, I disagree because [...], I think it would bring more value if [...]", he responds very aggressively, ...
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How to help a junior developer that refuses help?

In my team, I am the person with the most experience. We lack a strict junior/medior/senior split so we are all equals. I have been involved with this project from the start and because of that I have ...
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2answers
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Should I spell my surname phonetically?

I am in the process of designing my first batch of business cards and considering putting the phonetic spelling of my surname beside it, in a faded font. My surname is foreign (much like me). What I ...
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1answer
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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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4answers
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Handling culture difference in multinational workplace

Last week, a coworker, my boss and I went on a 4-day business trip to China. It was fun, for the most part. However, things got rather awkward when our business partners took us out to dinner. They ...
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5answers
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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 ...
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Dealing with women (or opposite gender?) when they quote “Medical issues”

I'm trying to put this is the most non offensive way I can think of, but I realize some people may be offended by it. Just a heads up. Situation: I have a peer who is a woman and has recently been ...
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2answers
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Dealing with expectations and culture in a new job

I'm a qualified accountant working as an analyst in a good company. I've been here for almost a month now. I've quickly come to find out that people work long days in my team: typically starting ...
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1answer
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How can I professionally ask recruiters about foreign colleagues? [duplicate]

If a heavily foreign team is a deal breaker for me, how can I ask about it before moving on to the interview phase, without coming off as a bigot or racist? I understand that this is a very touchy ...
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How should I deal with a boss who shouts at me everyday for things I am not responsible for? [duplicate]

My boss relies heavily on me for all her daily tasks, especially since a lot of her staff have resigned and left. So I am now doing the job of three people in addition to my own duties (which is a LOT)...
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7answers
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Visiting an office that has posters that make me uncomfortable, but the regulars at the office don't seem to mind

I recently spent two weeks at my company's offices in Budapest, Hungary. However in the open-floor office of forty or so people, there are two prominently displayed posters of models happily taking ...
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5answers
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Determining the identity of a person that is covering their face by wearing a niqab/burqa

To weed out proxy/fake interviewees my organization will conduct either a face to face or a skype interview so that at least the interviewers will be able to confirm the identity of the interviewee. ...
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5answers
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How should I adjust my interview questions for female candidates?

I did a few interviews in the last 3 months to expand our team of developers. I am a mid-level developer so I am always the second person present (+ PM or a senior dev). Until now, all candidates ...
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0answers
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How to elevate engineering culture at large corporations? [closed]

One thing I have realized working at a large corporation is that it doesn't matter how smart you are because if everyone else doesn't see the value in what you are doing then you are not going to get ...
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3answers
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Is email an acceptable medium for a thank you note?

It is generally considered good etiquette to send a note of appreciation after an interview. And traditionally I have usually sent this note on paper. In contemporary western culture is an email an ...
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5answers
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How to deal with a person who perceives a culture problem on our team?

I know that a lot of you will be able to relate to the sort of work environment that we are running here. We make edgy jokes, the sort of jokes that a lot of people would find offensive. We shoot ...
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5answers
876 views

Team culture is poor and needs improvement [duplicate]

I'm a mid-level developer on a small team of 5 software developers. I've really noticed that the culture of our team is very negative and mean. For example, a developer had overlooked an issue in ...
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5answers
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How to deal with insensitive humor in the office?

Maybe I should just let this go, but I'm finding that difficult. A co-worker made what he considered to be a joking statement about people with a certain disease. I contradicted the statement, but ...
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8answers
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Is it ok to ask how old a fellow employee is?

I live in Mexico, but my manager is in the USA. He is having a birthday soon. I will wish him a happy birthday but I was wondering if it is considered rude or unpolite to ask how old he will be? Also ...
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6answers
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What's the correlation between guys with longer hair and professionalism?

I've been with a company for about nine months now. When I first started out my hair was cut to just above eye level, now I've grown it out close to my chin. For a while now, my higher-ups have been ...