Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures or customs in Germany

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Why would interviewers ask graduates if they want a master's degree?

As a bachelor student looking for a job, I get this question a lot. I tell them that I maybe want a masters degree later, but looking to gain experience for now. Is my answer bad because they fear I ...
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How do I know the dress code for the company I am going to interview for? [duplicate]

I was invited to a job interview in an IT company as a software developer. I've looked at their website and there is no indication on the "dress code" for the company. How can I find out what should ...
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Why would German companies hire professionals from abroad? [closed]

Is there a viable and significant benefit for a German software company to hire abroad, other than having a higher-skilled professional for lesser pay? Is it worth the preliminary legal work when a ...
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How to formulate an USA-style recommendation letter to be used optimally as a German Work Certificate (Arbeitszeugnis)?

I mainly work in Germany, but recently I had a little project for an US company. They were satisfied with my work and are ready to give me a Letter of Recommendation. I can make suggestions about ...
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Is it OK to contact a recruiter and ask how long does it usually take to go through the recruitment process?

I have a 1 year contract job in the IT industry that will end in April, which will probably renewed into a unlimited contract. I am thinking about not renewing the contract and change to a new company ...
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How early does it make sense to apply for a job? [closed]

I'm a software engineer, planning to switch jobs. As I'm currently employed, I'll need at least 3 months to cancel my contract, but probably more to responsibly finish my current projects and tasks. ...
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How to Ask for proper supervision (and is that even necessary?)

I'm an apprentice in Computer Science in Germany (speciality software development). I'm currently working on several projects at work. I have been there for 5 months yet. In the first 4 months of ...
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My employer thinks I'm not allowed to work overtime but I am, is it expected that I correct him? [closed]

A friend of mine has the following problem. He's working in an apprenticeship for a German company with 11 employees. Now, in such an apprenticeship you work 3.5 days a week, and have 1.5 days a week ...
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Who is at fault if drink on desktop ruins electronics? [closed]

My colleague came to me and, while we were talking about a project, he accidentally spilt my 1.5l mineral water directly on my two personal cell phones and some papers. Not a big deal, I jokingly say ...
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How to convince managers to let me work less hours for the same pay

I am working as a software engineer / developer. Mostly I do requirements engineering, implementation of said requirements, some testing and support and the like. I have somewhat responsibility for ...
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Should I refrain from preparation for self-employment in my employment contract?

I have very nice job opportunity in Berlin-based startup. I really like the product, the team and my responsibility in the company. I've already accepted the offer and couple days ago I've received ...
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How to enter a degree you are not holding yet into an application platform

Nearly all of the companies I'm applying or plan to apply to use some kind of online platform where applications should be uploaded. Typically that means entering most of the information that is ...
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I was let go because I internally fought against unlawful overtime, how do I explain that in interviews? [duplicate]

At my company it was common to order overtime on very short notice (hours) and without proper justification. This is illegal in my country, and I have verified this with a lawyer who also checked my ...
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Working since 2.5 months on a job, I've got a much better offer, what to do?

Both work are outsorcing projects (i.e. my de facto and de jure employers differ). On my contract, both sides can terminate in 2 weeks during the trial period (which is far to expire now). I've ...
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Using a Post-it note instead of an accompanying letter when sending documents

I received a job offer on relative short term notice. Everything was settled by phone, but obviously I had to sign a contract and send it back to the company. Instead of writing and printing a full ...
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I'm a freelancer and my boss fired me without real reason. How can I secure my work? [closed]

Yesterday my boss fired me (I'm still in for one or two days) because of a pretty heated discussion that involved management steps and ideas. We are very far into the beta development stages. I ...
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Should raises be announced publicly? [closed]

Under what circumstances should raises given to employees be announced publicly or communicated in private? There seem to be two conflicting schools of thought: Give them in private in order to not ...
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Company pushing me to sign records about working hours while I was on vacation

(or a harsher title: "Company pushing me to sign a fake report about my working hours") There is a project which is partially funded by an outside source (government subsidy), and I'm a developer ...
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How to proceed when my manager won't give me an update on my promised raise?

I've got senior title at engineering field at my current (startup) company, where I've worked for almost one and half year. And then I promised by managers that my salary will be increased after 3 ...
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Applying to Full-Time Positions But Wanting 30 Hours/Week?

I'm considering dropping out of the fourty-hour work week for personal reasons. I'd like to look for jobs where I can work thirty hours instead, but most positions are either full-time (fourty hours) ...
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What are the common salary raises factors in German software companies? [closed]

I will start my first job as a software developer in a German company soon. Since I've never had a job before, I don't know much how salaries are increased if an increase is going to happen. I'm ...
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Is fluency in english enough to be able to apply for a software developer job in Germany? [closed]

Apart from already having experience as a software developer, of course. I am a German citizen but I've never lived in Germany nor speak German but I'm pretty confident in written and verbal ...
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How to ask my manager to upgrade my hardware? [duplicate]

I'm starting as a new employee as a software engineer in a German company. When I did the interview, I found the hardware pretty old (2011) and the computer seemed slow. It seemed to me that most of ...
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How productivity or working hours are measured in software development jobs? [closed]

So I will start my job as a software engineer very soon. I've never worked at a company before. What is not clear to me is how people/companies in software development jobs measure their productivity ...
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How to get feedback notes after interview [duplicate]

NB: The question of asking for feedback when none has been given has been posed. My question is about getting written feedback when oral feedback already has been given. I was recently rejected after ...
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Asking company for pick-up service

I am a student and recently completed an internship at a big software company in Germany. Last week I injured myself badly and finding it difficult to walk. I have my presentation next week at the ...
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How to avoid looking as a slacker?

So I'm a recent graduate and my first job as a software developer in a German company will start in two weeks and I'm so excited about it. However I'm concerned about one little thing. The team has a ...
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Is there a job in the industry closest to computer science academia?

Before I start explaining the issue I need to stress that I'm trying to be honest and open, so please don't consider me arrogant or so. So I'm a recent master graduate in computer science from a very ...
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Should I tell on my colleague for not keeping to assigned work-hours and abusing work-hours as break time? [closed]

Update: Thanks for all the answers, some more useful than others. Conclusion is: I went to HR and told them my concerns about said employees behavior. Turns out I wasn't the first to complain so they ...
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Is there a difference between a software engineer title and a software developer title in Germany? [duplicate]

I was just offered my very first job, it's a new small to medium size company. It has a startup culture and very flexible. Graduated from a German Uni with a masters in CS. My offer is from a German ...
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Are there automatic salary increases in Germany?

I recently accepted a job offer at German software company. My salary in the probation period will be 3000 Euros and then afterwards 3250 Euros. I don't have experience in the industry because i'm ...
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Working overtime in Germany

I am about to start my first job as a software developer in a well reputed company in Germany. I have heard plenty of times that one is not allowed to work overtime regularly unless its highly ...
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Can I request an unusually high pay raise when factors coincide like this? [closed]

I joined my current employer almost two years ago. They usually offer pay raises once a year. After my first year I was offered a very moderate pay raise of 5% while being offered a leading role in ...
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What are the requirements to become a project leader or a CIO?

I recently graduated from my computer science masters and trying to understand the industry. I'm still looking for jobs. I came across two positions (project leader and CIO) for software engineers ...
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What does it mean to be invited to work for three days after an interview?

I interviewed today with a medium-size (around 100 employees) German software company. I solved all the technical questions quite well and I think I did pretty well also with HR questions. My ...
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Is it easy to get a permanent contract as a software engineer in Germany? [closed]

I'm a recent graduate looking for jobs as a software engineer and trying to understand the industry. My question: Are permanent contracts easy to get? Say I spent 2 years at a company (with a ...
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Why do salaries of software engineers reach a peak beyond which they no longer increase with experience in Germany?

I'm a recent computer science (CS) master graduate living in Germany. Now I'm starting to think about my long-term career path and looking for jobs in Germany. I'm proficient in Java and data mining ...
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Is overtime always paid in Germany?

I'm a recent graduate in CS currently living in Germany and looking for jobs as a junior Java developer. So I'm trying to understand more about contracts and things like that. I have the following ...
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What is a probation period in contracts?

I'm a recent graduate in CS currently living in Germany and looking for jobs. So I'm trying to understand more about contracts and things like that. Recently I asked this question The benefits I can ...
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Counting hours on a business trip [closed]

I am obliged to autonomously count my work hours and see that they are in balance with the work contract. While I already asked my manager, I would like to have an independent view on the following: ...
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Xenophobic email sent by a senior colleague. What's an appropriate reaction?

A friend of mine has been written off sick and her absence has prompted a senior colleague (not her boss, but someone significantly more senior than she is) to send her the following very bizarre ...
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What to do if your improvements are blocked for political reasons? [duplicate]

I'm in charge of educating our trainees. In Germany, this is formalized, it takes three years for the job they are trained in. I'm working in a large logistics company that has a lot of unionized ...
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Inability to get to work because public transportation failure

The train drivers are about to go on strike in Germany. Again. And it may not be the last time. Many people live 20-30 km from work and commute by train. There's no alternative to trains over such ...
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Possibly downsides of asking for an interim report

I'm currently job hunting. I'm almost 5 years at my current position, by far longer than any other position I had. So I'd improve my chances by having an interim report. Asking my boss for one would ...
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Importance of the average mark [duplicate]

As suggested in this comment on academia.stackexchange.com, I'm moving my question here: I'm doing my master's degree in computer science in a university in Germany. Unfortunately, I'm not one of the ...
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Importance of the average mark

I'm doing my master's degree in computer science in a university in Germany. Unfortunately, I'm not one of the best students; my average mark will be around 2.8. How important is the average mark ...
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The consequences of accepting a 1-year initial contract? [closed]

So I'm graduating soon from my masters in CS and will start looking for jobs. I am in Germany. I read a review that was written by a candidate about a startup company in Berlin. In the review the guy ...
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Duration of Notice Period in the US and in the rest of the world [closed]

Out of curiosity, I read some of the threads here and what really suprised me were the discussions about the notice periods of only one or two weeks. I'm from germany and so far, I always had notice ...
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How does the process for applying for jobs look for a PhD?

I will finish my masters soon and I'm considering the idea of continuing with a PhD. My assumption is the process for job search after my PhD would be different, because I have a different and more ...
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Is it ok to apply for junior jobs without time for preparation?

I'm an international CS master student in a German university and will finish in two months. Currently I'm writing my thesis. A lot of people are recommending me to start looking for jobs from now. ...