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How soon should I advocate for making changes after starting in a new job?

I recently started a new job at a new company as a Systems Administrator. The company is a small business with about 120 employees that, in my opinion, is on the cusp of becoming a medium-sized one ...
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26 votes
5 answers

New employer's code is a timebomb of epic proportions. How to deal with this accordingly? [duplicate]

Using a temp anonymous account because I post regularly on stackoverflow/here under my real name. So I got a new employer the other week as a software engineer. Friendly team, good employer. No issues ...
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24 votes
9 answers

Should I propose a big change as a newcomer?

I have been working in the IT department of a (relatively) small company for 2 months. Recently the boss of another department (who is a former developer) told me that it would be nice if we started ...
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How to stay motivated when it feels that senior colleagues aren't?

I passed out of my college with a degree in computer science about 2 years back and since then I have worked in a multi-national firm which pays me decently well. I am sincerely interested in ...
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How would you handle inflexible bad coding standards at a new job? [duplicate]

I have only been working at my current position for a little over 3 months and I feel that some of the coding standards that are in place go against my personal best practices. The biggest clash seems ...
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13 votes
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How can a junior convince a senior developer to use object oriented concepts? [duplicate]

This topic relates to web development / software engineering; however the question can be related to other fields of expertise involving a more junior employee being more technically skilled than a ...
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13 votes
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How to introduce better software development practices/processes in the workplace? [duplicate]

I'm a developer in a small software team that works on fairly large software systems. There is a lot of room for improvement in our software development process. The software lead sees the need for it,...
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12 votes
6 answers

How to demonstrate technical leadership skills in a situation where my inputs may not be welcome?

I work at a large software enterprise. Multiple orgs, multiple teams, huge hierarchy of managers and managers of managers. I am a fairly senior individual contributor with more than a decade of ...
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9 votes
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Software development shop doesn't have standard technology choices for web-development

The company I started working at about 6 months ago has no "standard" or "default" technologies for web application development. The company is fairly new to hiring developers, so ...
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9 votes
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As the new guy, how do I get people to act on all their big talk?

I'm "the new guy" at a small manufacturing company's IT department. We've a small team of 3 application devs + 1 database dev/dba-ish role. I've been here for a few months, so I'm hitting the point ...
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8 votes
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How can I advocate for a change that a very admired colleague opposes?

I'm a senior developer at a new job. One rock star programmer on my team is considered senior. He has worked on the project for years. His code has unhelpful or misleading names. It has methods and ...
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1 answer

My ideas are ignored unless they are repeated by someone else

At two of the companies I've worked for so far, I've run into a strange issue with my boss. I come up with an idea to solve a problem, and it gets ignored, or at most gets barely any reaction. As soon ...
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6 votes
2 answers

How to effectively challenge "this is how we always do it"

I have worked in a number of software companies, and all of which have their own idiosyncrasies, which is perfectly understandable. The problem is, that some of these are (objectively) not good ...
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5 votes
2 answers

Giving critical information to a senior [duplicate]

I recently joined a project as the most junior member in the entire team. As usual, our project manager split up the work to be done and assigned the tasks to different team members for follow up. ...
Jacob Ong's user avatar
5 votes
4 answers

How to make recommendations at a facility as an intern

I am an undergraduate student in my second year of study. During my final semester holiday, I have joined the water quality assessment division in my city to aid me in acquiring my undergraduate ...
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