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Being one-man-army and end up “strong-armed” [on hold]

I have went through How to deal with an incompetent colleague? and How should I handle an incompetent coworker?, but I feel my case differs quite a lot. I started working at my current workplace - ...
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How should I handle an incompetent coworker?

I've read through How to deal with an incompetent colleague?, but my situation is slightly different. I am an intern1 (although close to graduation) working in Software Engineering. I work in a ...
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Is stress expected this soon in my career?

I am a junior developer in a very small company and have been there a year, until just a month ago it was just my boss and I working on developments. While I am a junior and only 21, I have had ...
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2answers
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Suggesting changes to existing programming practices as a newcomer [duplicate]

I recently started a new job as a programmer in a small team working on a web-based app. The code base has been built up over 10-15 years, so there is a fair amount of cruft and code that could be ...
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How can I evaluate my job when I feel incompetent? [closed]

I'm a recent college graduate in Electrical Engineering (EE) with a minor in Computer Science (CS). Most of the topics I learned in EE I understand fairly well (mostly dealing with basic Power ...
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Addressing client's security and controllability concerns

After events described in this question, my team and I decided to start our own company (limited liability). So far we are still going through setup procedures, and we are currently working with ...
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1answer
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Is my title Software Developer? [closed]

I joined my first and current company and I am at the verge of leaving due to unexpected internal politics, but all these 16 months I have not been given a confirmation nor an increment in salary. ...
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Does a software engineering background give a footing for consultancy work? [closed]

I am just finishing up my MSc Software Engineering (at 34! Woop!) and I wondered wether people think it would be a good step into consulting. My BSc is in Computing and I have a background in front ...
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4answers
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Asking for more tasks on my internship

I started my internship at a software development company of 50+ workers two months ago. I'm still on my third year of Computer Engineering program and this internship is supposed to last 4 months. So ...
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1answer
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What does “Experience in $Programming_language” mean in a job offering for students

As stated in the title, what do employers typically expect, when they ask for experience in a certain programming language in an offering for a part time job directed at enrolled students? Especially ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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Addressing Technical Conflict with the Not-So-Technical Manager [duplicate]

I'm working on a project and running into deadline roadblocks due to technical issues pertaining to a pre-existing codebase my manager contributed to. I find when dealing with him, he's quick to dodge ...
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How to move from middle management to upper management in the software industry? [closed]

I have started a career as software engineer and I just got promoted to management. I am deeply enthusiastic about it and I am very determined to move to upper management during the next 10 years. But ...
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2answers
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How to handle an abusive manager? [closed]

I am asking this question to make myself better in handling managers. 6 months into the new work place I joined as a fresher, this incident happened. I got put into a technology that I didn't ...
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2answers
130 views

Not aligned with employer's current strategy - need advice [closed]

I am currently a mobile developer. Recently i've noticed a trend in the company i'm working at: the management's enforcement of mobile application development using hybrid technology (the very ...
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6answers
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Is it rude to directly ask my co-workers when they will be done with their work?

My co-workers are working on fixes for our last build that the users have reported. I've completed my changes, and once they are done I'm to use our HP Fortify tool to scan the changes for ...
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3answers
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Refering ex colleagues after Performance improvement plan? [closed]

I was put into a performance improvement plan by my employer, which was due to several internal politics in the company, and in the end they concluded that I am no more suitable as an employee because ...
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1answer
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How appropriate is it to learn “insider” knowledge of a companies interview practices when interning?

I'm an intern at a tech company. I might eventually apply there for a full time job. I found my company's list of interview questions on our Intranet documentation. I'm not sure whether or not it ...
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When to ask about contract extension [duplicate]

Today, one of my coworkers was hired on full time from a contract position. This got me a little bit worried about my future at my current company (explanation to follow). I was hired back in ...
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Requesting switch from on-site to remote [duplicate]

I've been with my current company for about 7 months as a full stack developer. I'm planning to discuss the option of moving from on-site to remote work in the beginning of September as I'm trying to ...
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6answers
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Should music be played at a software development company? [closed]

I am working at a software development company. At my workplace above my desk, there is speaker in the ceiling. After every 2 desks there is a speaker. As from my desk, almost every second face is ...
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4answers
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Is it good or bad idea to send negative feedback to a company?

I sent my cv to this company for a web developer position and they sent me a huge test with a note says: "Don't spend more than 8 hours". I did the test and I took me more that 8 hours and sent it ...
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2answers
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How to ask about work samples being requested that don't seem relevant to the job applied for?

I sent my portfolio as part of a job application for a small software company. Everything seems to be going well and we've arranged to meet. They've asked for additional sample work in the languages ...
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3answers
320 views

As a database developer, is it OK to ask for Administrator rights on my PC? [closed]

I am a SQL/ETL developer, and at previous jobs I have always had administrator rights on my work computer. At my new job, I do not have admin rights. Is it OK for me to ask for them? I believe it's ...
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4answers
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Should I feel obligated to work extra hours because of project mismanagement?

What's been happening is that my mobile team is kind of short-handed and we have lots of projects to deliver that our manager committed to, knowing we were short-handed. Even though we all stated to ...
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5answers
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First proper job - Making good first impressions

I've managed to get a job technically just before I've graduated. The only work experience I've had so far is in a retail job in a supermarket. I worked there for about 3 and a half years. The new job ...
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2answers
291 views

Asking my boss/colleague why I was placed in my department

I'm a software development intern going into my junior year. When I was going through the application process for the company I'm interning at, I had applied as a software development intern for a ...
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6answers
781 views

How do I let a user know they are wrong without offending them?

We're reviewing a code change that one of our users has returned to us, claiming that they've found a bug in the code, where the total of some numbers doesn't add up correctly on a legal form. At ...
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13answers
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I have been asked to complete a project without any concrete specifications

I work in the software development domain. My team leader and manager have asked me to complete a project after calling a single meeting to discuss project details. In the meeting very little ...
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1answer
356 views

How can I tell my coworker to work on the most important project instead of what he likes

I am a software engineer and I work on a team of 3. A colleague of mine is a very qualified software engineer. However, he does not focus on the most important project (as defined by our manager). ...
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4answers
635 views

Should I invest into upgrading my work computer?

At work I develop iOS applications on a late 2012 Mac Mini. With it's 4GB of RAM the computer has gotten progressively more laggy over time, particularly after I upgraded the operating system to OS X ...
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4answers
428 views

How to use time productively in lunch and breaks [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any advice or tips on how to use the time productively during lunch and breaks. I'm generally just browsing the web or working on some projects but never manage to get ...
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1answer
207 views

working as a software development intern but taking a while to do projects

I'm currently working as a software development intern for a non-software company (focuses more on engineering) and am assigned projects, this is my first internship and I'm hitting roadblocks here ...
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3answers
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As an intern, how do I deal with a supervisor who's not always there?

I'm working as an intern in a software development role. My supervisor is working on systems or something similar, and is always busy. I never get to really see them. I mainly report my progress using ...
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3answers
207 views

Finding job leads for senior technical positions; e.g. management/lead

Bottom line: When looking for a “senior-level” job (lower management/senior tech staff), what techniques does one need to use that were not necessary for prior “normal” roles? I’m presently a ...
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1answer
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Change Expertise or Attitude :) [duplicate]

Im a software engineer with 10+ years experience in networks and embedded systems. I enjoy my side projects more than my job. Reason: side projects allow me to explore different areas, learn new ...
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6answers
4k views

“You were not selected, but we'll keep your contact in our database”

Basically I've been to a job interview on a big software company and I was rejected. They didn't give a reason, but I asked someone I know who is working there and he told me that the main reason was ...
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2answers
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Unfocused resume

For the past 15 years, I've worked in the telecommunications industry and have been retrenched from nearly all of them. Thinking back, I didn't manage by career path at all. I just took whatever ...
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6answers
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Is it feasible to attempt to get a job for software development without being a legal adult?

I am looking for a source of income this summer, and I am 15. I have several years of experience with software development and about a year of web development experience with PHP, JavaScript, etc. and ...
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2answers
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How do I ask for a job as web developer in USA

I am a student and I moved to a town in USA to work during the summer. I already have a job in a restaurant (in order to get the working visa) here, but since I am a computer science student with 1 ...
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2answers
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Asking for feedback early in experience

I've been recently hired to do web development, something that I always had interest in but did not have any experience outside of studying on my own time. I am very thankful for this position and I ...
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2answers
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How do I handle a solo developer position as a junior developer in a start-up?

I have been working as Junior Web Developer (self-taught) in a start-up company for six months until now. I am currently 19 years old and this is my first employment. I have been programming since ...
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1answer
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How to be serious about volunteering to temporarily work for a online game company to fix glitches?

Hopefully my question will be suitable for this site. So, there is this online game I am an active player for a few years (I still play as an adult); I love the game but it has been getting worse and ...
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0answers
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How do I find a software engineering job in the Bay Area in the U.S. as a foreigner? [closed]

I am 28 years old with ~8 years experience in Web Development and a decent B.Sc. in Computer Science. I am working for an internationally recognized company in Germany. I work as senior software ...
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2answers
439 views

I feel like an offer I was just extended is an error, how do I approach this with the company/recruiter?

Long story short is that I've been looking to advance my career where I have almost 9 years of professional experience and was in interviews with a company to move into what seemed like that "next" ...
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3answers
549 views

How long to stay put?

I am a software engineer, still at my first job in the software development field. Talking to a friend got me wondering if there is a point where I'll be hurting my career by staying put (in terms of ...
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2answers
222 views

Repeated Funny Unfair criticisms. What to do? [closed]

This guy and I have been working together in a project for last six months. We became friends and everything was going well. All of a sudden this guy started to pass unfair criticism/comments on me in ...
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3answers
791 views

How to argue with developers who are resistant to good advice [closed]

At our company there is some problematic developer. This guy works for more than 10 years for that company, so he has a profound domain knowledge and many people consider him competent. Because he ...
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1answer
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What can I do when I've discovered that my client's app might violate COPPA and they're taking no action

My employer is a staffing company, and I'm on a 4-month contract with the client. The client gets funding from the National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. They ...
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6answers
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Is it appropriate to talk to the supervisor about the lousy internship program?

A little background: I'm part of a highly credited internship program. For a fair amount of students who are accepted, this is a 2 year program. Each internship is 6 months long and they are at ...