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How to approach my mentor/manager about work that is too difficult?

To give a bit of background, I'm a 23 year old junior software developer, straight out of university, and I mainly specialize in PHP back-end development. So I've had this job for almost three months ...
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2answers
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How do I tell an interviewer that I can't work on particular types of projects for religious reasons?

As a Muslim, I have some restrictions when it comes to working for banks and some types of insurance companies1. There is a software engineering offer I am interested in from a company where projects ...
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Free Coding Day [on hold]

Let me first explain the idea of a Free Coding Day (FCD hereforward). The idea is to allow one day in a previously designated period of time (one month, one sprint, whatever) where a developer can ...
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4answers
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Inconsistent Client [on hold]

Is it common in software industry to have a client that is always inconsistent in their word? Client almost always asks us to change business rules in our app that are not inside Functional ...
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3answers
874 views

What if I really am incompetent? [on hold]

I think I am incompetent. I've been fired from the last 4 jobs I've held, although in same cases, they said that it was a layoff or they cancelled the contract, so I could collect unemployment. ...
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6answers
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Should I worry about my desktop wallpaper when sharing screen outside the company?

I'm currently an analyst going on four months now in a United States research institute and I have a custom desktop wallpaper. It's a couple of custom sketches of anime characters. Headshots, tasteful ...
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4answers
544 views

Resign because company joint venture with other company?

Is it a common thing that a company joint venture with other company in certain division will result some of employees under that division to resign?
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2answers
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How should I (or companies in general) handle transitioning after resignation with a bus factor of 1?

I'm resigning from the startup that I work at on Monday, giving the US-standard notice of two weeks. I am the sole developer on one of the platforms that our product supports, to the extent that no ...
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4answers
2k views

Interview questions to ask to avoid a sweat shop position [duplicate]

I have a job interview coming up. I met the CTO at a networking event. The work seemed interesting and seemed to matter, so I figured, "Why not?". However, on researching the company on Glass Door, ...
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I have my own tech company. Is my client going to give a technical interview to iOS Developer Contractor during hiring process? [closed]

I have my own iOS development company. My client wanted to hire me as iOS Developer Contractor for their own company. Is my client going to give a technical interview me as iOS Developer Contractor ...
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0answers
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What do neutral reference letters usually contain? [closed]

I know it's typical to include employment verification (start/end dates, full time/ part time, role name etc.) in any reference letter but what about the following: job duties start/end salary ...
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3answers
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Does these entries in a reference letter make it no longer neutral? [closed]

Are these sentences neutral? She primarily programmed in __ and also used __ to develop __. She has working knowledge of version control primarily with Git as well as knowledge of object ...
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2answers
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Write Your Own Job Description For Promotion

I've been with my company for a little over 1.5 months. I was a driving factor to landing a multi million dollar contract. As a result our CEO offered me a promotion and asked me to come up with a $$ ...
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4answers
535 views

Should I try for a counter-counter offer? [closed]

I work for Tech Firm A, and was recently contacted by Tech Firm B. Firm B has made me a fairly nice offer. I was planning to accept it, even though it means moving. My plan had been to accept and ...
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3answers
510 views

Advice to get my foot in the door as a software developer

Im a recent computer sciences graduate. I picked up an IT job as soon as I got out of university because I needed a job. However its now been around 6 months and Im starting to feel like I need to ...
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1answer
244 views

9 months into a new job and i want to quit. How can i improve the situation? [closed]

I am having a lot of difficulties at my job. I liked it for the first 6 months and now I hate it and want to quit. I am an intermediate web developer at a large company making an internal product ...
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4answers
802 views

I feel that I'm too dumb for my job - what am I supposed to do in this position? [closed]

I am currently interning at a hardware/software company. Two months ago, I was assigned to a machine learning project that I am extremely interested in. It's relatively math intensive, which is great ...
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6answers
2k views

My company committed to having me 4 months overseas without asking. How do I approach this?

Backstory: 3 weeks ago I got a call asking if I could go on a last minute trip as a tech consult (from USA to France). It was supposed to be a week long, but the last day I was asked if I could stay ...
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2answers
163 views

Diffusing leadership politics for the sake of a project's success

To keep this short. How can you tactfully and effectively tell a group of people who while although technically have superiority over you in your role within an organization. They have never done ...
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2answers
433 views

Company phone software developer

I´m working as a software developer in my company and are mostly developing our app. When testing I’m using both my own phone and the emulator. Recently my phone is starting to lack memory. My phone ...
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13answers
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Should I point out that I'm a woman when negotiating starting salary?

The pay gap between men and women has been in the news lately so I'm wondering if it would be an appropriate strategy to use this when negotiating a starting salary at a new company as a Senior ...
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5answers
617 views

Should I just wait for interesting challenges?

A year ago I turned my programming hobby to salary-making job. For about 8 months I was still learning lot of new things, but now I feel like I legitimately grasped all concepts applicable at my ...
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15answers
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Is travelling the world from job to job a feasible career path for a software engineer?

I graduated from university in March. I'm a U.S. citizen and software engineer in Southern California. I love my job, and expect to be at it for at least the next few years. However, I'd really like ...
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8answers
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Recruiter is asking for sample code

After a good telephone conversation with an IT recruiter, he asked for sample C# (software) code of a project of my current employer. Although this is a logic question, it is impossible to send code ...
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3answers
2k views

Struggling in my first software development job, how to decide if I should move on?

I am a self-taught junior C# developer currently working for a small business making its first steps into the software industry. Up until I joined the business, all software development was outsourced ...
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1answer
122 views

How to shift career from embedded to applications? [closed]

I am planning to shift my career from embedded to applications. I have around 10 years of experience in C, C++, Qt, and Linux. I want to work in a big firms like banking institution. Also, I feel that ...
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4answers
856 views

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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3answers
527 views

How to deal with annoying acquaintance

I wasn't really sure where my question belongs here or on SO, but I decided to go for it on The Workplace; excuse me if I chose the wrong place, also, excuse me for my english. Here's the situation: ...
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1answer
534 views

How to avoid recruiters

I'm sorry if this comes off as a first world problem but over the past few years I have been getting an increasing volume of emails from recruiters. These emails have started amounting to a few ...
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11answers
21k views

Consequences for leaving an easter egg in code?

I'm a software developer (at a small company with no government or military customers) and just out of fun left an easter egg in the code. The only way for a final customer to see it is if they press ...
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1answer
321 views

Is it possible to obtain the computer files of previous university researchers/employees if they used the company/university wifi? [closed]

Relevant Background I'm a post doc at a U.S. University. I need the files of a grad student research assistant who has left the lab. The student created files (data, codes, simulations, etc) for a ...
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1answer
451 views

How to prepare for an interview with the CTO? [closed]

For some background: I'm interviewing for a job as a software developer in a funded startup. The company has been running for about 1 year and is still relatively small (the dev team is about 10 ...
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3answers
534 views

Enforcing your own work hours when joining a new team [closed]

I work at a large company in London as a software developer. The company doesn't really have work hour expectations than the usual 9-5 and most developers tend to vary how they work. Unfortunately ...
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2answers
333 views

Tips for a programmer being good at support system [closed]

I've been a java enterprise developer for a long time but now I received a good oportunity to work supporting a large financial system. My routines are mainly log analysis, attending meetings, sending ...
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4answers
680 views

My company wants everyone to obtain an IT certification in the next few months [closed]

The situation is as follows: The company I'm currently working at has been providing for a couple years now a "certification reward". Being an IT company it obviously values having certified ...
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9answers
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Asking about probation period

In a software development company I was told they have three month probation period. I am curious if it is ok if I ask the manager what they expect during this probation period and how likely a ...
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5answers
890 views

Is it common for developers to follow strict hours? [closed]

The company I currently work for has always had a very lax attitude about what time their developers arrive and leave at. Since software development isn't time-specific the way customer-facing ...
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0answers
98 views

How to deal with argumentative older developer on team? [duplicate]

I work as a developer on a team of around 8-10 people. When I joined an older developer had just joined the project and swiftly introduced some patterns to the codebase only he understood. Last week ...
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2answers
201 views

Software engineer intern or Software engineering intern? [closed]

I see people use both in their job titles. Which one is correct?
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1answer
243 views

How to be an effective job shadow host? (Software Engineering specific) [closed]

So I just found out that I'll be hosting a high school student who is interested in software tomorrow. I take this stuff rather seriously - I remember being that age, being told to suddenly make ...
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8answers
34k views

Required to work unpaid overtime to “make up” for a shorter commute after moving closer to the office

So a friend of mine this weekend lamented one of the changes in his employment that happened recently. It got me thinking whether or not you can consider that acceptable. He works and lives in the US ...
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3answers
549 views

Given 3 options to stay. Later one taken away [closed]

I have been an intern at a reputable start up since January. I was in the QA section of this company since I joined. My internship was to last for six months, that is, till end of June. I also have an ...
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7answers
1k views

How to deal with different daily working hours in a software company?

For employees life/work convenience in our company, we implemented something we call "Non-uniform Daily Working Times Policy". It means that we have a default daily working hours starting from 9AM to ...
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1answer
300 views

Should companies pay employees for responsible disclosures?

I recently discovered a major security vulnerability (SQL injection) in one of my companies projects in my free time. I'm working there as a developer, not as a security researcher, but after ...
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4answers
434 views

Dealing with a slow growth curve in improving automation skills and how that affects ones career [closed]

I have been working as a QA since almost ~5 years now. While I am one of the senior QA in my team, and have brought in other quality aspects to the table, my automation skills are still "beginner". ...
9
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3answers
795 views

Concerned with third party quality of work. Do I say anything?

I'm the lead developer of a startup that deals with deliveries and pickups for various companies. One of these partner companies has had a website and API built for them, and with 10 years of ...
2
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3answers
196 views

Noisy office environment hindering productivity [duplicate]

I work in an open office where over 30-40 are present at most of the office time. I have my cubicle next to the hiring team of our department. As part of their work they have to converse with many ...
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2answers
135 views

Tapering management's expectations on a research project

How does one set realistic milestones in R&D activities? Management wants to include milestones in research projects in the R&D arm of a company. I see the value of tracking progress in ...
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2answers
1k views

Miscommunication between office teams due to a single senior entity

I just joined a startup and am on probation. Am part of the software engineering team reporting to the VP of engineering. There's a product team that assesses customer requirements and pitches the ...
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4answers
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My project was cancelled out of nowhere, and I no longer had a job. Does this sound like I was fired for poor performance? [closed]

I was hired by an IT company to build a web based application for client management and billing. The project was going well and I was getting good feedback when out of no where I received an email ...