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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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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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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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3answers
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Internal School Sanctions and effect on pre- employment background checks [closed]

A friend of mine has just completed interviews with a large employer for a entry level technical position. The employer is located in the United States. During his undergraduate career, he was ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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My company gave me extra PTO days [closed]

In the United States, a company that I worked for gave me 40 PTO (Paid time off) hours for the year and I had used them up by the middle of last year. As the year came along the company was sharing ...
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1answer
143 views

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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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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Is web design / web development really “in demand!” like its made out to be? [closed]

I've been on the computer for a really long time, just been dreaming and playing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript like a video game. I can't wrap my mind around 7.5 billion people on earth and how many of ...
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4answers
453 views

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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8answers
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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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4answers
651 views

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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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4answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...
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Accepted offer at Job A, now got e-mail back from job B

I'm in a [potential] pickle here and perhaps SE can give me some good advice on this. These are both IT related jobs. Ok ~ 1.5 months ago I interviewed at company B which was for a remote position. ...
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Is it important to have every specific reference asked for on application? [duplicate]

I know there have been question asked about references. However my question is NOT about what to do in the case of having no references. My question is about having references but not the ones ...
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do 1099 contractors receive 1099 forms quarterly? [closed]

Since taxes need to be filed quarterly would a 1099 form be mailed out quarterly, as well, by the company?
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My voice gave the wrong impression in interviews (due to disability); how should I handle future interviews?

I was recently rejected from a job after several phone interviews, which is nothing new considering I'm a recent graduate, but I had received nothing but enthusiasm and positive feedback during the ...
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4answers
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Company is going to relocate and my commute will double [closed]

Even more than double taking into account very busy highway near a big city. I'm considering to resign, but I don't want to find myself without unemployment insurance. However I'm not sure about ...
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If a potential employer's name is unisex, should I guess a title (Mr./Ms.) or use their first name?

A while back it was asked if a title (e.g. Mr./Ms.) should be used when e-mailing a prospective employer. The accepted answer stated that, at least in the United States, it's best to err on the side ...
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How can I handle a situation where my manager is verbally abusing someone else?

We are a small team who performs software development and support services for other teams within the organization. My manager is the leader of this team. One of our "clients", another team lead in ...
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Boss asked me to copy files from ex-CEOs computer

There has recently been a change in the corporate hierarchy. The former CEO/President is now, technically, just an employee (although, to be sure, an employee with a lot of weight) and a shareholder. ...
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How to explain to employer that I don't owe him anything due to (lack of) company policy?

Follow-up question to: Resignation letter: general tips and what to do if boss is not on site? and Put in my two weeks or wait?. [I would suggest reading these to understand the background.] Yes, I ...
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Software Engineering industry - In recruiters' point of view, is candidate with MAS degree less competitive than one with MS degree? [closed]

I have a friend who is very interested in embedded system design specifically, and he has been looking for a position in related fields since he graduated with a bachelor degree of Electrical ...
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How to identify which is relevant information for audience and set right context in discussions? [closed]

I am working as team lead for IT department of US based organization. My team consists team member from different vendors. Even I am also vendor to current organization. In the meetings(Specifically ...