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I may have accidentally told two colleagues that my team lead looks like a man who attacked me

I recently signed on as an engineer with a high paying firm, and was excited to finally have (for the first time in my career) a well paying job. I finally get to meet my new supervisor (not my boss, ...
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My boss and I disagreed over my invoice so she fired me [closed]

I work part time for a company that does special events. The other day someone wasn't able to make it to their shift. I replied to management's last minute request and volunteered to take the shift. ...
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Saturday attire

I am a software engineer intern at a small company. My manager and I are going into the office tomorrow to get some work done. Should I dress formally as I normally do, or should I dress casually ...
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Is it unprofessional to wear a red dress to a Christmas party? [duplicate]

This is the first time that I am going to attend a company Christmas party. I choose to wear this type of dress, and it is red. Do you think it is professional/appropriate to wear red? and in general ...
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Handling awkward coworker

I have a weird colleague who always wants to know what I am doing, like every single day. Having said that he is not my manager but he acts as if he is my boss. Since I am an R&D engineer, I am ...
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How to dress for a office Christmas party? [closed]

I recently got my first job (internship) as an engineer and it is my first time that I am going to participate in a Christmas party where all of my officemates and my boss are there. I wanted to ...
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What's the politest way of writing when you have not received a reply? [duplicate]

Some counter-parties don't reply promptly, and my boss requires paper record like emailing them again e.g. after 7 business days additional to follow-up calls. My boss and I think my writing is very ...
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Boss just abruptly quit after 13 years at the company. No replacement yet identified. Other developers have recently quit. Others seek to leave

I am a recent graduate in my first job after university and have been at my current company for 3 months as a software engineer. On Friday, it was abruptly announced that my boss (the guy who hired ...
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How to force disgruntled worker not to publicly disclose “GPL'ed code”

I'm currently the only HR worker at a medium sized engineering firm in Canada. There should normally be 2 additionally HR workers on-staff more senior than me, but one is on parental leave and the ...
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Employer demanding money back when I resigned because of “accidental pay raise”

I signed on with a large Canadian tech company about 6 years ago, and submitted my resignation (company pays well, but new management was installed about a year ago, and they're very abusive, vulgar, ...
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Employer masquerading as recruiter to decide which employees to lay off

I work in the Canada office (Ontario) of a large US tech firm. The firm has had a few lackluster quarters, and appears to be preparing for a few rounds of layoffs. My company, AwefulCorp Inc. (made ...
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Posted negative review of an employer on social media, manager replied saying I have sexual harassment accusations

I work for a company that does marketing. They send me around to different stores to give out samples of products. This particular company has been unfair and dishonest in the past. I have reduced my ...
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Should I ask the previous person in the position I'm offered for advice?

I have recently been given 2 offers for jobs that interest me. I accepted one already, but just today I got another offer! I know rescinding an offer is frowned upon and I'm not outright going to. ...
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Should I negotiate this new offer?

So I went through the interview process and I received a verbal offer via voicemail. The hr manager asked me what my current salary is and what my expectations are.. as well as other benefits, ...
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Verbal offer received, but now silence [duplicate]

I had a phone interview with a company on September 6th with the HR manager and at the end of the conversation she said she would get back to me the following week once she does her round of ...
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How to discipline overeager engineer

I have a software engineer on my staff that has been very useful. He basically trains himself on new technologies on a weekly basis, and can memorize and apply the latest O'Reilly textbook over a ...
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Can my former employer sue me if I don't give them the photos I took (taking pictures was not part of my job description)?

I was hired by a company to run demos and do merchandising for their product. Managers found out that I have experience as a photographer and asked me to run a photoshoot for them with the promise ...
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How to determine a reasonable bonus when signing a fixed-term contract? [closed]

(This question is actually for a friend, so I don't know exactly all details). Background: Full time engineer at a large multi-national company. Making about 85k/year after 3.5 years with company. ...
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References from Current Employer

TLDR What is a plausible way to provide a reference from my current employer by way of a colleague (who is in management) without endangering my current potion, his position and doing so that makes ...
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Boss refusing vacation after tentatively agreeing but ticket booked! [closed]

So for the entire month of August I have been indicating to my boss and my team that I would like to take vacation end of Nov/beg of Dec and was saving all my time for then. It was never a problem and ...
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How can I deduce whether I'm just experiencing the impostor syndrome at work or I'm actually inadequate?

I joined the automation team at a big company in my country about a year ago, straight out of university. Since then I've gotten involved in half a dozen projects, but haven't actually completed any ...
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My new job doesn't have work life balance

I just started at a new place of work yesterday and I already noticed they don't have a good work-life balance. I started at 9 am and had to beg to leave by 5 pm. I prefer to work from 8 am to 4 pm ...
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Can an Iranian get an internship at an American company(namely, IBM)? [closed]

Here’s a little bit of backstory: I moved in to Canada from Iran 2 years ago with my family with just a Visitor’s Visa but after I attended school for 6 months, I got my Student’s Visa and I’ve been ...
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Pay if quitting a new job [closed]

I worked 3 days at a new job, and then I had to call in and quit, as my daughter ended ill in another city, and I went there. Do they have to pay me?
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Should workplace pay you for time taken to read employee handbook?

Especially during the on boarding process there is a lot of paper work to fill out. At some companies I worked for this is done during the work day and is paid for. Other companies just send all the ...
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When asked if I've been fired before, should I count times were probationary period hadn't ended?

A while ago I was fired for just cause. They gave me no warning and did it to several other employees. I tried to dispute it with the labor board. I was told the company I had worked for provides a ...
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What positions should I list under employment history/work for job applications if I've had unofficial jobs and have been fired?

I'm looking for a regular part-time job. Some places I apply to require filling out a job application, which includes a portion asking for usually my three last places of employment/work experience. ...
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Work-assigned roommate being disrespectful towards my schedule

I've started a job recently and to complete onsite training at the company HQ, I was assigned an apartment and a roommate. The problem is, even after defining multiple times my boundaries for sleeping,...
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Addressing unnecessary daily meetings with manager?

About 6 months ago I was hired at a startup software company as a Python developer. The company itself is great. I have learned a tremendous amount as I transitioned from academia to industry (I ...
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On cover letters how much contact information for the company being applied to, should there be?

I am trying to get my first full time permanent job with my degree, Computer Science. I have received a lot of contradictory information on the formalities of resumes and cover letters. Should cover ...
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Starting A Company - While Currently Employed

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this type of question - however, I couldn't find a more better one. If there is please point me in that direction. Now, that said - I have recently ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for a cost of living/inflation raise after getting new benefits?

In February, my employer started allowing employee contributions to an RRSP with an employer match of up to $2500/year (which I am taking advantage of). This is kind of a soft raise of a not-...
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Why team meetings are scheduled at lunch time, mostly?

I am just trying to understand other side if any good reasons behind this scheduling. Background: I faced this with 2-3 managers who schedules weekly/monthly team meetings at lunch time( 1-2 pm) on ...
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How to set boundaries and define my role with the people above me?

I am a senior developer working in this team for 4+ years and have deep technical & functional knowledge about 3-4 internal applications that this team is managing. Involved persons: Developer (...
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Moving to a different country soon, when/how do I tell my team/manager?

Due to personal reasons beyond my control, I will be quitting my job and moving overseas this summer for an indefinite amount of time. I have been at my current job for about 6 months now, and I ...
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20 seconds video to introduce yourself; what things to consider?

After applying for a job, I received an email asking to make a 20 seconds video to introduce myself. I wonder what information should I put in this very short video? Is there anything specific they ...
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How to ask my supervisor to read my emails instead of asking me?

I am working in IT and I include my supervisor (Technical Lead) in emails whenever needed. I notify him through Jira tickets ( he will get email notification ) whenever something he needs to be aware ...
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Making a recommendation to a recruiter

I recently got a new position through a recruiting agency. My understanding of the process is that the recruiter makes a commission based on my employment for bringing me into this position. My ...
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What is “Overscoped for Position”? [closed]

Got laid off and in the paperwork that I got from employer it states Overscoped for Position, what does that mean? I tried Googling but nothing like this comes up.
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Boss complains that there are too many people in the morning coffee run at small company [closed]

Upper management (who are the owners of the company) recently brought up that there are too many people going on the morning coffee run at a nearby cafe at once, and that it "disrupts the work ...
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How should I calculate time off in lieu for overtime?

I'm a little bit confused about how time off in lieu is calculated. I'm in Alberta where the government says: "Sometimes, instead of paying overtime pay, an employer may give an employee time off ...
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Offer Letter included employment termination date which had passed

I work for several staffing/marketing agencies. My job is to go to retail location to demonstrate/sample products to increase awareness and ultimately increase sales. Last year I was hired by a ...
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Extremely long shifts in the healthcare system

I wasn't sure where to ask this, but at its core it's a workplace issue more than anything else. I'm in university studying medicine, and fairly soon I have to go through a bunch of internships that ...
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How can I help a team member who's a recent immigrant adapt to a new work culture?

After a recent meeting, one of my team members asked me for feedback and advice on fitting in to work culture in our country (Canada). The team member is a recent immigrant and this is their first job ...
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Is it in bad taste to ask a quitting coworker where they are going next?

I work as a software engineer in an engineering company. Over the years colleagues came and went, and a few of the people I know well have left too. I am generally a curious person so when I heard ...
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Should I assume I have passed probation?

My probationary period passed three days ago, I have not been told if I passed it, and I have my evaluation early next week. Should I assume that I have passed probation?
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Overtime as an engineer in a non-engineering position

I think this is a fairly simple question, but I can't find an answer since it seems very niche. I have a degree in engineering. I have a salaried position in which I am working more than 44 hours per ...
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Innocuous change to help client “cook their own books” [closed]

A colleague and I who work at Company A have been asked to update the website and description of Company B. The relationship between A & B is that Company B is a separate legal entity owned by ...
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Problematic New Manager With Falsified Resume [closed]

Background Several of my friends work for a department of my municipal government. The municipality is small, having about 30 000 people and is in Canada. It also is not covered by any provincial ...
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Can a manager keep tips without informing staff of the rule in advance?

I volunteered at an event. It wasn't my expectation to get paid. However, at the beginning of the event the person doing the "training" said any tips we make, we pool together and divide at the end. I ...