Questions tagged [company-culture]

The common norms, beliefs, and behavior of a company, corporation, or substantial group of people within a company.

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How to find major customers of particular worldwide public company (Introductions)? [closed]

I was trying to get in touch with best possible corporate law firms - the local ones in the same country as where target public company is. The goal was to ask a law firm to introduce me and our own ...
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First job likely to be remote due to COVID-19: tips needed

I am starting my carrer just now (currently applying for my first job after finishing my MSc degree), and the jobs I applied to are 100%, mostly or at least partly remote (I am applying for ...
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How to tolerate coworkers who write crappy code? [closed]

I'm a senior software engineer working for a tech company. I've been in the same company for more than two years. There are lots of interesting problems to solve that I love. I'm super happy to have ...
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How do I navigate an unexpectedly toxic workplace environment at a brand new job?

I recently started a new software development job after taking a 50% pay cut at my previous company due to Covid. I had interned at my current company back in college, but they were unable to match ...
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How can I get my co-workers to have conversations with me in their native language instead of English?

I want this post gone. I shouldn’t have posted it to begin with and I’m not allowed to close it. This issue is a cultural phenomenon in Taiwan. It doesn’t belong in a western work culture discussion ...
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When is institutional change no longer possible? [closed]

I'm been at an R&D organisation for the last 5 years. When I joined I was in a mid level position within a 7 person team. The team was hyper focused on a single goal and we had support from the ...
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How to ensure a company respects its employees before accepting an offer?

I'm working on some litmus tests for companies during the interview process, and trying to test if the company/team respects its employees before accepting an offer. For completeness, what I mean by &...
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How loudly should I warn about a failing project?

A few months ago I was asked to estimate the staffing and the time needed for a proposed new project. I estimated it as needing 10 staff over 5 years. A co-worker estimated the project as needing 7 ...
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My company has not addressed the pain our Black community is experiencing right now. What can I do? [closed]

I work for a large company (1000+ employees) in Memphis, Tennessee (the Civil Rights Capital of the world). The work culture is fairly segregated: Corporate is majority White and our customer facing ...
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How to avoid a company survey that is not anonymous

Our company is conducting a survey on the employees' opinion of going back to work after two months of work from home due to COVID-19. The survey is done via a third-party, but it was stressed at ...
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Asking to be moved to an office out of a cubicle

How can I go about asking my boss to be moved to an office that just became available. For the past 8 years I’ve been working out of a cubicle. I’ve been with the company those years and have moved ...
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How to handle a release manager that keeps changing release process?

I am working at a company that builds products (website and apps) for our customers. There are dev team, QA team, and a release manager. The release manager is the one who defines release process and ...
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Am I wrong to ask for help when I run into an issue

I was given a task to add a few textbox by a senior which she only gave me a few files from Project A. The few files provided by the senior was not enough to compile on its own. I check with the ...
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How can I survive in a company where everyone's trying to throw each other under the bus?

I joined my company a few months ago. Every time I've asked someone for help with something, they'll both: Email my manager to let them know that I didn't know something, and ask if my manager was ...
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How do I respond to a monetary award from CEO?

I am an engineering student and an intern at a company in Canada. I have worked on some projects so far. I have always tried to do my best, have a good impact on companies grows as an R&D. I ...
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Should I Accept the Title of Application Development Supervisor?

TL;DR I was offered the title of Application Development Supervisor, but a long history of dealing with non-technical management makes me feel this is not an appropriate title with a clear enough ...
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What questions to ask about organization/structure in an interview

I'm a senior engineer in a small, but regionally established, IT company. I perceive it as rather hard to make progress due to a lack of transparency, coordination, and organizational structure; in ...
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How can I keep my office undisturbed when someone started turning off lights in my office during lunch hour?

I worked at my company for 6 years now. When I go out to lunch, I typically leave my office lights on. They remain on when I come back. Recently I came back from lunch to find my office lights turned ...
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Is destroying a company product in an office setting as a means to vent acceptable in a office event/party?

Context: I have been at a startup for a few years now. I worked on an internal product that filled a need for the company during our first couple of years but there were a number of reliability ...
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Assigned to a buggy, failing project days before it is due

I have been working for 1 year now in a tech company as an Expert Unity 3D developer. And few days ago, I got "promoted" to a new project. It is a Unity3D project that a customer paid for (with a huge ...
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Document describing non-toxic ways of team interaction (similar to code of conduct)

I work remotely for a small web-studio-ish company of 15-20 people with a fluid team structure, primarily doing web applications for clients abroad. We only have 2 team leads managing our side of work,...
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Cultural differences in the willingness to exercise “position power”?

I'm reading the book "High Output Management" by Andrew S. Grove, a (naturalized) American, who distinguishes between "knowledge power" - i.e. people who have a lot of influence in a company, not due ...
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I'm not a culture fit at my new company - is it dangerous to stay?

I'm at my first job out of school. I'm one of 12ish engineers, but everyone else has a totally different working style than me: Everyone else comes in at 7am and stays until 6pm. We're only required ...
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cultures with a “creative impulse”

Workplace culture is tricky. One social mismatch is how I discuss a given conversation topic. Take sports for example. I have trouble relating to the whereabouts of specific players and other details ...
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Bought a luxury car, just a dev [closed]

so I bought an audi a6, but it makes me feel weird into what my colleagues of other departments will think, like I'm earning way too much which I'm not, or have any kind of crazy ideas, besides I'm ...
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Prospective employer asking for my current pay slip during interview

I recently did an interview (location is the EU) for a smallish IT consulting firm. They have been quite insistent in asking salary, benefits and contract type of my current job. In the end, the HR ...
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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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What should I do if don't think I fit to the company's culture?

At my job I'm sitting at the corner of the room alone. I feel lonely. Break time comes I go for lunch alone. The group has a nice casual conversation. But I don't get along well. Different culture, ...
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Is expressing anger prohibited in the American workplace?

Recently some co-workers were called in for a stern chat with the boss because they had expressed anger during a meeting, when the boss was out. The anger seemed reasonable. Specifically, two co-...
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How can I manage my team to maintain a reasonable productivity when my employer doesn't treat employees well?

My employer doesn't treat employees too well, for example we often work overtime without pay (for details you may check my other question How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix ...
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Is it poor workplace etiquette to display signs of relative “wealth” at work when others are struggling financially?

I work in an office with about 40 other people in varying situations (junior up to director level). I'm a little older than my immediate peers (the people I work with and socialize with) and more ...
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How to get more liked by colleagues?

I'm not well liked by colleagues. And this doesn't happen to me for the first time unfortunately. I will try to be objective in my description: I have friends and social networks outside of work, so ...
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What does it mean when lower management gets replaced very frequently? [closed]

I have been working for one company for a bit over a year. The local manager (i.e. local to the city) never lasts more than 1 or 2 months. We are never given a reason why they quit or were fired. This ...
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Is a high CEO salary in large corporations justified? [closed]

Being a CEO of a small company can be hard I agree, and their work can be appreciated. However, for a large company everything can be easily delegated and they have a team of management under them. ...
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Departing senior is ghosting me, I need info and code from him

Some background - I joined the company fresh out of college a year ago. My feedbacks till now from my manager and other team members have been quite positive. After couple of months after I joined ...
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Can the CEO and Executive Chairman be separate?

I'm part of a fairly large family business and we are trying to exercise better corporate governance after a legal battle involving a family member and shareholder. One of the concerns I have is the ...
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Co-workers with a lot of money and openly talk about it [closed]

I recently joined the Engineering a very young company (3 years in business) who are doing very well in the market. The existing team all came from another company after they had a massive exit. So ...
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How much can I judge a company based on a phone screening?

I had a phone screen with the hiring manager (VP of Engineering), and my impressions weren't very favorable. Some of my basic questions were answered vaguely or at best, with answers that I didn't ...
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How effective are Employee Engagement Surveys? (Employee Perspective)

Our organisation conducts Employee Engagement Surveys to get the feedback from emoyees. The surveys are being conducted by third party vendor named Quantum Workplace. The exact words written in a ...
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Is the “Cirkel van 8” problem approach known as “Figure of 8” in English? Is it a well-known approach for improving soft-skills of employees? [closed]

At the company we get coaching every month about how to deal with difficulties. Although I personally want to focus on the technical stuff, the idea of "the circle of 8" impresses me. However, when I ...
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Take a lower paying job for less stress better culture, no brainer? [closed]

I got an offer to do the same work I do now for a private company, but for a public entity. The offer is lower pay, no bonus. But, the schedule will be consistent, no unreasonable deadlines, and all ...
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Coworkers frequently joke about being fired or quitting

My coworkers frequently joke about either being fired or who's going to quit next at work. They often bring up stories about predecessors who quit or got fired and why. It unfortunately seems to be ...
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How should I ask companies to spend a day working with them?

I'm the guy from this question about bad software practices. I've had a string of really really bad jobs, all of which I could have avoided if I knew what it was like to actually work there: My first ...
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How to make transition from academia to industry smoother?

I have been a researcher in academia for the past ten+ years. Unfortunately, despite my love for this career, I arrived to a point where I need to move country (again) to continue my job. While I ...
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How to work a regular job as a former celebrity

I am formerly somewhat of a minor celebrity. I'm no Michael Jordan or Brad Pitt, but probably 5 - 10% of you here from the US would have some familiarity with me. As my time in the spotlight has ...
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Is it a good idea to try get a position at a bad company in order to get experience and later get hired by a better company?

If an inexperienced candidate is having trouble finding a job at a “good” company, would it be a good idea for them to apply at a “bad” company - one that is struggling to hire because of its ...
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«reversing» the question “how you dealt with critique” to an employer

In an earlier post, the questioner asked if, after repeated "complaint[s]" expressed "about some things [in his/her workplace]" HR suggested him/her to leave the current entreprise. Based on answers ...
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How to answer “Don't you think this position requires less than your skills?” [duplicate]

My recently graduated sibling had an interview this morning. Apparently she has been asked the titular question during the interview. She answered it like "No worries, since I will be continuing my ...
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What are the job titles for people, managing internal startups departments? [closed]

Many big corporations have internal innovation departments, startup departments etc. Basically, that's the place, where they create internal startups. It also could be intracorporate venture fund, ...
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Is it rude not to use honorific address in email to a person with a higher position from another site company?

When responding in a chain email where there is a discussion including our department manager and department manager from another site (different country). What I observed for my two years in the ...

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