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Signing as Independent Contractor but expected to work as an employee

I have been working full-time as a Software Developer (Web and Mobile) for a Canadian tech startup. It is my first job after graduating from university. The pay is well below the average but I am fine ...
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Are corporate doors more open for incorporated contractors than unincorporated ones?

I am aware that some bigger companies are reluctant to directly hire unincorporated independent contractors for shorter-term software engineering projects. What happens is that instead they engage ...
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How do you conduct an interview with an employee going after an open position when you already know their skill set?

We have an opening for a new position in my department and one of my current employees has applied. He is a very strong candidate. Our hiring process shows no favoritism and everyone goes through the ...
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Asked to do my job simpler [on hold]

I recently was asked by a senior colleague ('Steve') to help him on a project he didn't have a time for: modify his old code to fulfill new requirements. He also asked me to change little, but agreed ...
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My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?

I'm a recent computer science graduate and have been working at my first developer position for about a month. Today I got an email calendar request for weekly one-on-one meetings with my manager. I'...
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I was offered a manager role without additional pay or seniority after I recently was given a raise, should I ask for more? [on hold]

I started at this small software company (approx 100 people) about 2 years ago. I'm pretty early on into my career and I started as a base software engineer. About 6 months ago, my manager left the ...
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Should i stay or leave my current job, if my salary is too low for my responsibility? [closed]

I am a developer in outsouring company, i see myself a talen developer(my manager see too, he have spoken with me) I leaded 2 small project, my customer feedback very good about our code. My target ...
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What happens when a company refuses to give an independent software contractor any work while still under contract [closed]

I am a independent software contractor for a company and have signed a contract stating I must work x number of hours a month from January 1st until July 31st. In the beginning of July, the company ...
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Junior dev left with a project that's due in monday [closed]

I'm a junior back-end developer. I'm currently working on a pretty big project that myself and two other senior developers have been working on which is due in on Monday at 10 am. The main bulk of ...
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Is it unprofessional to perform/dance in company annual function?

I have 1.5 yrs experience as a developer. I always had a zeal to perform on stage and I want to dance at this annual function. But no one from our floor ever dances at such events. Will it be too ...
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Does the recruiter takes into consideration if I'm an entrant or a beginner?

I really need a job - no big surprise; I'm not the only one. My knowledge is imperfect, though, meaning that either because of the lack of practice or because I wasn't even dealing with certain topics,...
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Overcoming weak area in a interview [duplicate]

In interviews, many companies want you to be a guru of something, while in software industry knowing one thing is not considered good, whereas someone who is fullstack is considered good. While this ...
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Finding a remote trainee a job [closed]

About a month ago I was contacted by an individual who reached out to me because I offered people from a war zone free coding help. The individual was not from the war zone but from an African country ...
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How do I ask for help with a problem that has gotten over my head?

I'm well and truly in need of some help. For weeks now, I've been working on developing a new page for our application - I've been making good progress for a long time now, adding in parts and ...
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Address lack of details in change requests? [closed]

In SW company I usually work on assigned features and don't have many interactions with colleagues. I'm only one who writes code for the product and there's some language barrier, so it was fine. ...
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How to make amends with recruiters

So, long story short - about 10 months ago I was seriously contemplating quitting my job and I noticed that one of my LinkedIn connections (recruiter from an hr agency) posted a job that looked like a ...
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I have no practical tasks as a new developer , is this to be expected? [closed]

I was newly hired as a developer. The process took around 1 month and after signing the contract I was asked to report to work 2 weeks later. For several weeks now I'm only reading documentation (...
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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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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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Inconsistent Client [closed]

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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What if I really am incompetent? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...