Questions about the workplace which specifically relate to having a high-tech job. Professional programming related questions should use the software-industry tag.

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On last day manager made changes to the program that broke it and wants me to come back to fix it

I just finished a 5 month contract where I was hired as a program to make a program. The program is part of a bigger project. On my last day just as I was handing over everything, my boss had me show ...
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What should I wear to a Systems Analyst Interview? [duplicate]

I am asking this question since I am used to Software Developer and Software Engineer interview dress code in Silicon Valley which is business casual.This is my first Systems Analyst interview in the ...
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Is there a site where I can put my CV in and have it unofficially evaluated for jobs I'm seeking? [closed]

Is there a website where I can put my CV, and get unofficial evaluation of it for the industrial jobs I'm interested in. For example, someone in the hiring committee at a certain company can look at ...
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Answering “how long will this take?” when you don't know [duplicate]

My manager gives me tasks to build a program around. After giving me the task, and making any changes to it, he asks me how long it will take. I realize this is an important question for managers. I'm ...
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Keeping non-technical manager informed and how to reply to “what’s the obstacle?”

I'm doing a technical job for a non-technical manager. He likes to be updated every few hours but I find it can be an issue as he doesn't really know my job. I'm a software developer and my boss only ...
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Principle of Least Privilege in the Workplace [closed]

I have been trying to figure out how, logistically, large corporations focused on one huge product (like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, etc.) restrict the information known to employees such that ...
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How should I handle emails after-hours?

I work in a couple of IT departments, and often I'll end up doing my email from home. Usually, this ends up being when I'm bored and/or waiting for something else - usually for my coding assignments ...
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Interviewing: can I demonstrate my ability to learn fast?

I'm currently interviewing for a web development job and so far every interviewer has asked to see my side projects/code samples. That's definitely a great thing ! At my current job (4y) I've been ...
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How to deal with unlawful overtime [closed]

I work in a hi-tech company. The hours here are very long (10+ hours a day), beyond what is legally permitted in my country (i'd rather not say where). Let me say that it is very common in my country ...
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How early is too early to apply for a job?

I'm transferring colleges and moving to a new city soon, and would need a new job closer to where I live. The types of jobs I will be applying for is Computer Tech, Tech Support etc, pretty much a ...
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How to encourge unemployed friends to take part in a home project to enhance their resumes?

I have at least two unemployed friends, and though they live near by, they're both depressed and won't come to my house to work on a mutually beneficial tech project. I would like them to learn from ...
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Implied details of an “Internship” position in the US [closed]

Disclaimer: I am not a native English speaker I am currently looking at job offers in the United States in the tech startup world (though not in the Bay Area). I have found a particular employer that ...
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Getting a job in IT as a self-taught individual? [duplicate]

My father was a computer consultant and taught me programming when I was 11. I m 30 now and have since self taught myself PHP, mySQL, Javascript and VB and have done several of my own projects ...
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Is is appropriate to approach the company owner with a business idea?

I work for a company in the UK in a technology-based industry that's only a few years old. The company is fairly young and the owner takes and active role within the company - so I see him fairly ...
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How to organize technical skills on resume? [duplicate]

How would I organize the technical skills I have on my resume? This is what I have but I'm not sure if this is the best way to organize. Skills Programming Language — C, C++, Objective-C, Python ...
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Should IT staff employed in non-tech companies receive fewer perks than those in tech companies? [closed]

I am currently hired as an IT worker in an insurance company, which is my first job. I am almost 3 years here (2 years under agency) and pretty happy at the first years because of a good experience I ...
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How to interview candidates above your understanding?

Our company is growing and so are our IT needs. Problem is, we're all programmers without any hardcore systems/networking experience and I don't feel we could identify the best candidate based on our ...
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Tech work culture in the U.S [closed]

Around a year ago, I moved to the U.S with my spouse and we both started working at tech companies here. Coming from a very different country, we were at first surprised at some behaviours we ...
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Is there an effective personal strategy or methodology to stop bringing work issues home?

In my work environment I interact on a daily basis with people who are not as technically strong as they should be. Who do not have the necessary managerial and administrative skills to run teams or ...
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How do you diplomatically say that something cannot technically be done?

I'm working on the tech side of a company, and the business side sometimes asks for things that cannot be done. Yet, I never want to say "XYZ is impossible". Maybe it's possible but it would take 20 ...
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How important are higher degrees in a tech industry? [closed]

How important are higher degrees in a tech industry? Asides the obvious cases of very specialised companies that perform their own high tech research, does having different levels of higher education ...