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Are tech start ups a good place to gain experience? [closed]

Currently working in my 3rd tech start up, and I often hear people say that you do learn more working in them. I have found the following from my experience: Negatives Lack of formal training ...
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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 ...
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Send more complete answers after the interview [duplicate]

I did a phone interview for a programming job with a hiring manager. He mentioned that I did well, although I couldn't come up with complete and optimized answers for some of the questions on the fly, ...
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Road map to being the CTO [closed]

I am a front-end web developer. I currently have CSS, HTML, PHP, and JavaScript (& jQuery) under my belt with varying degrees of expertise. I also have some basic CISCO Networking experience, ...
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In an interview when answering a question, should you say if you're not sure?

This was embarrassing but in an interview I was asked if I what the current version of Java was and I wasn't sure but had an idea. I said 7 (and the correct answer is 8). In situations like this is it ...
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Will taking an interview if I'm not currently interested in the position hurt me in the future?

A well-known, large software company has recently opened a development office in my hometown. I really like the company, and if I wanted to work for a large software company - this one would be my top ...
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How should I fill out a “what I'm looking for” section of an online profile if what I'm looking for does not define my current job?

On a popular job profile website in my sector, there's a section for what you're looking for in a company. While I'm not explicitly looking right now, if I was, I'd be looking for something quite ...
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Minimum staffing for a 24-hour coverage requirement [closed]

The company I work for has a requirement to provide 24/7/365 coverage for many of its products, and it tries to do so with only three people to cover the particular product to which I'm assigned. Up ...
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How do you break it to a new employer that you don't drink? [duplicate]

I've never really had a huge issue with this but I've always been uncomfortable with it. I don't drink because of health and personal preference but no matter which company I join (tech industry), I ...
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1answer
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How to recover from a missing portfolio element?

The situation: I worked freelance from high school as a "web designer" (I'd label myself a front end developer now) for a bad client. Not good, not a client from hell, but overall, it was a bad time. ...
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1answer
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Interviewer rescheduled final around one day prior for estimated date 2 months later [closed]

I've gone through 4 rounds of interviews for a management position with a well-known company and was supposed to have the final interview round tomorrow, but they've just rung to say the interviewers ...
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I'm working with a startup who's CTO/lead developer is essentially at a junior developer level, how to make it work? [closed]

I'm currently working with a startup on a contract developer basis, evenings and weekends. They have one other developer, who also happens to be the CTO. There is also a CEO and a CFO, who aren't ...
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Helping non-technical people in technical role

I'm currently looking for part time work. I have been in touch with a radio company however I can't quit understand what it is they want. For example they emailed me saying: First off, we will ...
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What is the definition of a tier 1/tier 2 system administrator? [closed]

First, I apologize if this question is in the wrong stack exchange site, but it didn't seem right for Superuser. I see a lot of job postings for tier 1 or tier 2 system administrator jobs. I have a ...
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4answers
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Software Manager tech skill's have gone soft. How to resharpen skills? [closed]

I am a development manager with a 20 years experience. Unfortunately my tech skills have gone soft. I try to pick up a tech project at work but I get distracted by the fire of the day and usually ...
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“Senior developer” interviewed by junior questions, Or: where is the beef? [closed]

I feel that often the title "senior programmer/developer" is used to entice less-than-senior programmers into a company, while not paying them according to the title "senior" - after all they "don't ...
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1answer
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How to interview for a job in the tech industry, with long hours and without a formal PTO policy at current job?

There are questions about "how to interview with a job, when you already have a job". These boil down to a few suggestions, which are difficult to apply in my situation: "Use a vacation day". My ...
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When to go back to school? [closed]

My understanding the reason people get college degrees is that it's like an investment: you put time and money in to go to school, then in theory you are able to get a better paying job. I know some ...
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Should an intern expect quality from the workplace?

I work in the IT department of a large company. My department does consultancy for other IT companies, and my internship is focused on software testing, quality assurance and assisting my coworkers ...
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Joining a company that does not yet have a registration number?

I was interviewed and selected by a startup in India which through my research I found was named x but is now named y. They are said to be funded by a company G. G's website says they are funding x. I ...
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8answers
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Should I be concerned about the bring-your-own-device policy?

I had an interview before the weekend (they found me on stack overflow and I haven't been offered the job yet, so I'm posting anonymously). It's for a permanent position with a company that's been ...
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Tech job interviews with no tech questions [closed]

I've done many interview cycles that follow this pattern and end in rejection: Apply for job Maybe have phone screen with a hiring manager Onsite interview with (at most) some shallow questions ...
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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 [closed]

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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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...