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Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs or laws in Canada

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How can I move past being burnt out when working long hours?

I'm in my 30s, married with a couple of kids. I have been working at a company for the past 3 years. Last year our company bought a competitor that was having financial issues, and laid off most 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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Refusing to travel

I have been working at my company very happily for two years now as a software developer. However, recently I have started getting requests from the company to travel to different cities. I usually ...
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Abusive employer and “effective contract changes”

I am trying to navigate a really nasty scenario with my current employer, and am hoping there is a professional tactic or approach that won't require consulting with a lawyer, as I'm pretty much broke ...
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Is it okay to recommend a friend as a recently hired employee?

I was recently hired in a rather famous company as a senior developer and have been working there for a bit more than 3 weeks now. Even if 3 weeks isn't a lot, I can already say this company is by far ...
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How can I inquire about an internship at a company that doesn't offer them in my area?

I'm looking into applying for a software engineering internship at Intuit Canada, but upon visiting the company's career page I've found that they do not offer Canadian internships (with my next best ...
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Mandatory unpaid lunch meeting

Context: I work in a small size (25) IT company in Canada for about 8 months. And I'm paid by hour, I punch time in a software. At my job, they really like to do meetings during lunch time, about 2 ...
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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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Very bad online reputation is destroying my chances of getting a job

3 years ago there was a criminal investigation that resulted in my name being published in the news papers. Although the case went to court the charges were dropped. My online reputation was basically ...
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Manager strongly suggests that I do more unpaid overtime during performance review

I have started a new job about 6 months ago. In my performance review, a couple months ago, We were both discussing my own performance, but also what I liked and disliked in the company itself. When ...
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How to protect junior staff from abuse by shady employer

I've been working at a startup for about 18 months now. I used to report to the key engineer for my division, but he left a couple months after I started. It's to my understanding that he worked crazy ...
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How to get over long (5 year) unemployment rut in software development? [closed]

I graduated 2009, Bachelors of Computer Information Systems, minor in Math, in western Canada. That's all my local University offered and I rationalized the minor helped even me out against Comp Sci ...
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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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Taking notes during a daily stand up?

Recently our team has decided to take part in daily stand up meetings. The team is very small (4 or 5 people including myself) everything I have read online says not to take minutes/notes at the daily ...
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Removing gender identifications from resume

What is the general opinion on removing gender identification from a resume? What I mean is instead of Emily Smith (not my real name) using E Smith; instead of emilysmith@domain.com using esmith@...
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How can I best notify management of a toxic coworker?

My workplace has been dealing with an extremely rude coworker and I'm looking for the best way to describe or document that behavior so I can escalate the problem to management or HR. This colleague ...
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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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Is it reasonable to set up a hidden camera in one's office?

Someone I know --not me and not in my workplace-- has noticed a number of incidents of vandalism and petty theft in their office and in the offices of colleagues in nearby offices. Given that all ...
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Is it reasonable asking employer to drop employee benefit plan probation period?

I was contacted by an employer and succesfully passed their hiring process. So now we are negotiating on salary and terms. I am currently employed and have my employee benefits plan. I do not want to ...
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I unexpectedly got a very negative annual performance review - What can I do to spot this earlier in the future?

I recently had an annual performance review in my Full Stack Developer, the first review I have gotten in about 11 months after being at the company for around a year and a half. On the self ...
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Giving change in smaller denominations so customers can tip?

I started working in a liquor store. There is a tip jar beside the cash register that some customers donate to. After a purchase, I normally give change back from highest bills to lowest (e.g. I would ...
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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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Negotiating salary using range

Preamble: I'm somewhat new to the workforce (only 2+ years worth of employment - with 1+ years being on my current position). Context: I always have problems with salary negotiations and I always ...
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Contract complete and client now asking for lots of personal info

I friend of mine connected me with a job to create a computer program, given a set of specifications. My only point of contact was an anonymous email address (e.g. joeblow@example.com ). They never ...
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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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How (and if) to ask to be paid for overtime (Ontario Engineer) [duplicate]

So I'm in a bit of a tricky situation right now, and would like some advice. Here is the relevant background information: I am a salaried employee (engineer in training) based in Ontario, Canada. ...
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Getting work through a recruiter

I have been in contact with a number of people who's title is "recruiter". They all know of job prospects for multiple companies, so they don't seem to be attached to one company. I've heard getting ...
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Am I authorized to work in this country?

I live and Canada and I'm currently looking for job opportunities in the USA. When a job application says: "Are you authorized to work in the country(ies) outlined in this job?" Would I select Yes ...
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Should cover letter etc. be addressed to recruiter?

I am new in the tech industry and am applying for my first real position. I've noticed there are a lot of recruiters and this is something I'm not very familiar with. It's my understanding that there ...
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Are probational periods a bad sign? [closed]

I know it's not all uncommon, but someone I was speaking to today suggested that how companies have probational periods at the start of an employment, usually it isn't favor of the employees. I used ...
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Does these entries in a reference letter make it no longer neutral? [closed]

Are these sentences neutral? She primarily programmed in __ and also used __ to develop __. She has working knowledge of version control primarily with Git as well as knowledge of object ...