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Boys only club after work [on hold]

I don't mean to be hurt, but I am. I'm a female who works in IT so aside from myself, it is almost entirely men all the time. I have never worked directly next to another female in any of my ...
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Verbal offer but no response from company

Three weeks ago I was verbally offered a job and I accepted. I filled out my background consent form and stated that I was honest and divulged that I was convicted of a misdemeanor. My background ...
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How to sign: “DATED: _____, State of California, ____ 2015” If I don't live in California? [closed]

I'm about to accept an internship. The agreement looks like something like this: DATED: _____, State of California, ____ 2015 I currently don't live in the State of California. What should I put in ...
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What do I need to consider when being offered a consultant position?

I have recently been offered (verbally, with written to come soon) a summer internship position with a small company based in the US. I was told that rather than being a direct employee of the ...
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What should I say about health problems that impact my interview performance?

Here's the general question: how should I approach job interviews when experiencing physical health problems which negatively impact my ability to perform at an interview? What do I disclose or not ...
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Father having issues with company he's been working at for over 30 years [closed]

My dad has been with the same company for over 30+ years. He's around 65 years old and has been very dedicated to his employer for all of these years. He wakes up at 3am every morning, drives to ...
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Why is compensation so much higher in the US than in Western Europe on average? [closed]

I'm referring to this result the latest SO developer survey revealed: Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2015: The Results Given that socioeconomic parameters and standards of living are fairly equal ...
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Could I be “fired” after stating my intention to eventually switch departments? [closed]

I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I work for a company in the United States. I'm in a position where there have been major team shifts in the department. New managers, new projects, stuff like that. I ...
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Boss is asking employees to continue to work while payroll is dry

I work at a company that has been on its last leg since it was born. But the boss somehow always pulls off a half-court shot at the buzzer and has kept us going for way longer than it seemed possible. ...
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Should I tell my boss a coworker stiffed the waiters on a team lunch we all paid for

On a team lunch, we agreed that one of the team members would handle the bill. We all paid her on the assumption that there would be around 15% tip. Note that we are in the United States. However, I ...
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1answer
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Can my former-workplace deny my ex-manager from giving me a recommendation?

I was applying for US Permanent Residency (Green Card) for which I needed recommendation letters from my previous employers. One of my ex-managers (with whom I left on excellent terms and did great ...
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1answer
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What is required from an employer to host a J-1 visa intern?

I will be looking to start an internship in the USA in the fall of 2015. I believe I fulfill all requirements for a J-1 visa: I am a final year full-time informatics student that, once the last exams ...
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1answer
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Question about an upcoming business trip with a contractor and a potential position in the client company

Let's say I work for a company called BobSoft, they're a consulting company with a contract with CharlieSoft. BobSoft is sending me to a training class out of state in about 5 weeks, but I see that ...
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1answer
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I haven't been paid in over a month, and he's now claiming that TODAY I violated a gag order [closed]

I was recently hired on with a Co, after it took some work getting my first pay from him (claiming it was am accounting error) AND he only paid me for 1 week, claiming an oversight on his part. It's ...
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3answers
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Invited to site visit: do I have the job?

I have been interviewing with a company that would require me to relocate if I were to accept the position (from Minnesota to New Hampshire). I have gone through 3 interviews and have given a code ...
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Should I accept the first job offer I'm given, to start in nine months, if I might change my mind before graduating?

As a bit of background, I am currently still in school and will be graduating after my next semester. I am currently employed with a part time internship at Company A and have been working part time ...
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what recourse would milton from office space have had?

So I was watching Office Space the other day and in it there's a character named Milton who's constantly being abused by his employer. Basically, he's never told he's been laid off and although he is ...
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Kickstarter project on an OPT-STEM in the US [closed]

I'm currently working as a Software Developer on an F-1 visa with my OPT for a company in the US. While I'm working here I want to start a kickstarter campaign to fund my personal project. I should ...
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Boss is sending me out of state for an 8-day class. Would it look bad if I asked for an extra day to do something fun?

I'm being sent to California for an 8-day training course (8 consecutive days; I don't get a weekend off). I'd like to spend a day at a nearby Six Flags park for some fun while I'm in the area, but ...
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2answers
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How to handle situation where boss wants to restrict paid days off?

I work at a company in software engineering and we are going through a period of time where we are busy implementing a variety of things, some of which are urgent. I want to claim one PTO day, but ...
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1answer
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Taking a break to travel between jobs

When I eventually move on from my current job I plan to take a few weeks off to travel before starting the next job. This won’t be a problem for my next employer—I will have secured a job and ...
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How does one deal with an unresonable change in resignation policy?

When I came on board at my current employer some years ago the resignation policy was very fair. It was detailed in the employee handbook as well as at orientation. Simply you should stay for two ...
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Whistleblowing regarding customer data security

You're a code monkey. Your CEO stubbornly insists on a partnership with another company that potentially exposes customer financial data to hackers, and wants you to incorporate their product into ...
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As an trainee, how can I convince the administrators in another country to give me more privileges to do my job [closed]

I have worked as an apprentice for four months at a company that has centers all around the world. I'm in the IT department and was recruited as a software developer. I'm actually the only developper ...
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2answers
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How to address pay discrepancy…from 10 years ago?

After a few days during my wife's background check, one of the higher ups said there's a pay discrepancy on a job from 10 years ago (which would put her at 23). The salary amount my wife told the ...
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Company asking employees to take behavioral/personality test

I work for a tech company in the US and they just started asking some employees (not sure if all, or just a selected few) that we take something called the Predictive Index (PI). I could not find much ...
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Does owning jobs really mean owning people? [closed]

I am an American. I had to sign an agreement to become an "Employee" of a temp agency in order to to get a job. The agreement forbids me from working for any one else except for this temp agency for ...
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No appreciation at work [closed]

I have been observing a strange phenomenon at work. Practically speaking, I am the ONLY working member of a large project. I wrote almost all the programs by myself. However, the “project manager” ...
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Background checks and convictions [closed]

I have an offer contingent on a background check. At no point has anyone asked me about any criminal history. 2 years ago I was charged with possession of alcohol -a violation - and possession - a ...
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1answer
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Do U.S. companies verify a candidate's foreign work history?

Case: A foreigner who's lived and worked abroad becomes a US. resident (LPR: Lawful Permanent Resident). When applying for a job in the States, he lists his foreign experience (at a multinational ...
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1answer
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Company withholding part of my final check [closed]

I recently quit my job not seeing eye to eye with my manager. I was paid $300 salary plus an hourly wage twice a month. When I went back today to get my final paycheck they only paid the hourly ...
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My former employer is witholding my final paycheck and W2 [closed]

I was let go from my place of work in California on the 6th of January. My now former employer explicitly told me that she'll have my paycheck on the following Thursday (15th). That day came around ...
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What are reasonable accommodations for depression

I have an employee who has recently disclosed struggling with depression (in response to being unable to fulfill the duties of his position). He is in a professional position and performs a unique ...
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Is it worth moving to the host country (i.e. America) to do an aggressive job search there? [closed]

So as a half-decent Canadian programmer currently living/working abroad on the other side of the world, I'm pursuing the American Tech Dream, with online job applications to companies in Silicon ...
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1answer
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How do companies usually cover travel expenses for final onsite interviews? [closed]

I'm in mid-stage interviews with a company in San Francisco. Currently I'm living very far from there, and I expect to get invited sooner or later for final onsite interviews. But I'm wondering how I ...
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How can a workplace rally after everyone's salary got leaked?

A friend of mine told me an incredible story. 40 people work at his company and, the other day, someone leaked a spreadsheet that listed everyone's salary. A few hours later, the IT department figured ...
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What are the expectations around self-reviews? [duplicate]

I am attempting to fill out the self-assessment portion of my first year-end performance review as an employee. I have talked to people at my company about what's expected of me during the ...
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Not being paid but not formally laid off / made redundant

A friend was recently informed that his project at work ran out of money, and he should not show up for work again. His boss also informed him that he was not "let go" and would have to turn in a ...
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Duration of Notice Period in the US and in the rest of the world [closed]

Out of curiosity, I read some of the threads here and what really suprised me were the discussions about the notice periods of only one or two weeks. I'm from germany and so far, I always had notice ...
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Can prospective employers generally find out if a candidate was fired for cause?

In the US it's pretty common for prospective employers to contact a candidate's previous employers to verify employment (dates and job title, at least). In the US, lawsuits are common enough that ...
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1answer
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What am I supposed to do with blanks before each contract paragraph?

I received an internship contract formatted in a way I have never seen before, and I wonder how am I supposed to sign it. There is a special place at the end for my signature, but strangely each ...
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Is it typical that applicants are not notified when their application is rejected?

Is it common that when sending an application through the company's website, they simply don't respond? Should I consider this a sign of rejection, or that something went wrong and my application got ...
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Standard for paying an employee when the last two days of notice are a holiday

We have a salaried employee that has been with the company for 8 months. The employee gave two weeks notice and the last two days of that notice are typically a paid holiday (US Thanksgiving, ...
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Internship as an international student [duplicate]

Currently I am an international student. The semester ends right before Christmas and after it I will have time until April as the semester in my home country does not start earlier. So I am ...
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Not passionate about what I am working on [closed]

I have tried to communicate this to my manager during my 1:1 My current project is misaligned for my strengths How do I communicate more effectively with my manager?
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LinkedIn Profile With Respect To Past Employment

I have been at my current company as a software engineer for the past three years. However, after graduating from college and before starting my current job, I had three different jobs within a ...
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How can I avoid making up hours I am taking as PTO? [closed]

I'm a full-time salaried employee for Company A, contracted out to Company B (I am not considered an employee of Company B, though I work in their office). The end of the year is coming, and I have a ...
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Application form asks about a criminal record and I'm not sure something counts; how do I fill out the form?

I have a silly suspension of my driver's license on my full driving record for failure to pay a speeding ticket (I just forgot). I paid the ticket and was able to reissue my license. On my full ...
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Should I adopt an alias when I have a name that may sound strange or offensive in the local language?

I love my name. I want to use it everywhere and want people to remember me by my real name. However, my native first name sounds a little 'weird' in English: 'Phuc'. It is also difficult to ...
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What are the pros and cons of quitting before getting fired? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of quitting before getting fired or laid off? Presumably, if you quit, you lose your unemployment benefits. On the other hand, if following your job termination, you try to ...