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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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Where's a good place to take my meds in an open office?

I'm starting a prescription medicine that I'll have to take twice during the work day, at 10am and 3pm. I love my open office so I don't intend for this to devolve into a rant on them, but I don't ...
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Contacted by a recruitment agency regarding a role working for a company that a mate of mine has just left

I am a software developer, and am currently looking for work (preferably looking to move into a Business Analyst role, but willing to consider further roles in software development), as I have ...
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How can I properly set boundaries and expectations during an interview process? [closed]

I have had a couple of experiences and would like some suggestions as to how to set boundaries when I am feeling uncomfortable as to the tone and type of questioning during an interview. I recently ...
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My manager wants me to extend my working hours [closed]

I have recently joined an organization. Like every other organization, we also have nine working hours a day. But ever since I have joined, my manager wants me to stay late and work extra hours in ...
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How to handle “company strategy trip” that is actually a vacation trip?

The company I work for organises a "strategy trip" once a year. I put it in quotes, because while it's announced as "strategy trip", it's very clear it is a vacation trip: the destination is always a ...
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Is it ok to ask colleagues about health situations in his family?

One of my colleagues told me that one of his family members is having health problems. The last few days he has been very sad, so I wanted to ask him if everything is okay or not. In the country where ...
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What should I do when colleagues keep commenting on my attire?

What should I do when my colleagues, on finding me wearing new dresses to work, are greeting me with "Happy birthday" everyday in a sarcastic way? I am just mix and matching my attire in a formal way....
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What is the social norm when people in conversation have different pronunciations of the same word? [closed]

Basically i'm an English person looking for work in IT in Australia and I realised the other day that there is a word that will come up multiple times a day and is pronounced completely differently; ...
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Demanding employees to assist at major stakeholder's personal situations [closed]

My boss and major stakeholder (and CEO) in the business that I work as an engineer is pretty much busy all the time. In the USA where she is mainly based, she has an employee that holds the position ...
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What is the worst that could happen if I keep my conversations only work related with team members? [closed]

My Situation : So the office I work, I happen to be part of a team where there is more gossip (Teammates talking about what he/she did funny the other day on a skype call or near the cafeteria etc ...
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Can I spin out code for work into an LLC that's in an unrelated sector?

I do coding work for a US Fortune 500 company in the financial service sector. On a lark, a coworker asked if I could personally write them a program to automate some audio processing for their job (...
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Is it appropriate/legal to work on personal laptop even after the employer given a work laptop without the knowledge of employer? [closed]

So I have a personal laptop and coincidentally it's same model as the laptop provided by my employer, so is it appropriate/moral/legal to continue my work with my personal laptop without the knowledge ...
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My manager notoriously lies

I have a manager that continually lies. She became our manager about 8 months ago. I started at the corporation two weeks later. I'm 28 and relatively new in my profession. The situations where she ...
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What should be my position title in my startup? [duplicate]

My friend and I started a startup. I don't have any equity in the company since he is the one who set it all up. Currently we are only two people; we are looking to hire more. I'm working on the ...
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How to stress the importance of communication to team members who complain about team spending time on meetings and useless discussion

In my team where I'm the team lead, sometimes a couple of members make comments that the team spends a lot of time in meetings and discussions. It's worth mentioning, that both these members from ...
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What's the best way to introduce new staff to existing staff members' disability and health needs?

I work for a healthcare charity with 50 members of staff and no HR person. We're brilliant at making adjustments for staff when they start (or are diagnosed) with a health condition. What we're not ...
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How can we familiarize new employees with the unwritten rules of the workplace?

"Fitting in" in the workplace requires some awareness of the unwritten rules. Often a new employee is left on his/her own to figure this out, sometimes resulting in a less-than-positive experience in ...
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How do I explain that I am in the office to work, not to have fun?

Our office has a ping-ping table, and I am occasionally invited to play during work hours. Meanwhile my co-workers will often take a few minutes out of the day to chat about their homes, families, ...
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Is it normal to have daily 1:1 meetings with your boss?

I work as a Software Engineer in a large company. My team of six has daily stand-up meetings to chat about what we did/will be doing for that day. I also have a bi-weekly one-on-one with my own ...
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Should I inform Project Manager I have a specialized degree?

I was hired eight months ago to supervise a particular specialty at a remote site. I have a graduate degree in this field and ten years’ related experience. The day-to-day job on my site does not ...
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CEO is crossing professional-personal boundaries in their requests to me [closed]

I am a manager for a small company in the UK. We are owned by a larger (but still small in terms of staff) company in another country - a country with a very different business culture. I have ...
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How much time do employees spend “goofing off” on average? [closed]

I'm wondering if there have been actual, concrete studies on this. Most rank-and-file employees work a standard 40-hour week, and the expectation is that, aside from two 15-minute breaks and an ...
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Coworker won't accept apology for my stupid mistake [closed]

A few weeks back, I learned that my coworker and good friend "Jill" was pregnant. I knew some people were throwing a baby shower for her, so when a card was circulated around the office, I wrote ...
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What are reasonable concerns to have in a company culture that is not meritocratic? [closed]

I've been working at a start up company for two years and am wondering how I and other employees should respond to a company culture that doesn't reward hard/good work. (I am working at a small ...
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How to adjust a reserved South Asian coworker to the casual culture of a Central European mid-size company?

(sorry in advance for being less concrete about the country where the company is situated in and also where the new co-worker is coming from and about the gender of the co-worker. I did this for ...
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Using job interview offers to negotiate fairer wage at current employer [duplicate]

In the past I've been burned by an employer with stagnant wages. After 8 years with this otherwise good company, I left that employer and am nearing my 3 year review with my current employer. My wage ...
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Unsure of my role at new company…?

I started my new job 6 months ago and I still unsure what is expected of me. I do random tasks to help senior leads when they need help with their projects but when I ask what role I would be in, I'm ...
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Joel Test equivalent for a high-performing digital marketing teams?

The Joel Test is a great, simple way to measure the quality of a software development team. It's just 12 questions: Do you use source control? Can you make a build in one step? Do you make daily ...
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Fitting into the dynamics of the team

I recently moved to a new job as Software Developer. The technology is exciting and I love the work that I am doing. It has been 3 months, but I feel I am not able to fit into the people in the ...
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How to tip an Uber driver when the company is covering expenses [closed]

If an employee is sent somewhere by the boss/company via Uber and they are covering expenses, how should the employee tip the driver? Should the employee act as if he is taking his own ride, and tip ...
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Supervisor hit on my wife and exacted revenge on her after being turned down

My wife's male supervisor (engaged) hit on her, and asked her out many times. My wife refused him, and this supervisor stopped hitting on her, but turned everything to work harassment: far more ...
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I am the only one without a company provided laptop

My wife is the only one in her team was given an old desktop at company, everyone else have a laptop. Both of us using Mac, and her company's IT department cannot figure out a way to install VPN to ...
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Interview Technique: Alcohol in Sweets?

I am asking this on behalf of a female friend in her mid 20s. I will use "I" instead of "she" for easier understanding. Germany, an IT Company, Software Developer. I just had an interview in a really ...
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Employer not accepting my resignation

I joined a company just 3 months ago. My marriage got arranged suddenly and I will be moving abroad with my fiance. When I notified HR of my resignation, they behaved very rude and said they will not ...
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As a prospective intern, how do I evaluate how easy it would be for me to improve a team's practices?

I've been offered a summer software development internship on a close-knit team of four people. It looks good, except for some very troubling development practices. These include: No version ...
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How to pitch an idea to my boss that he's already rejected previously?

Please forgive the technical nature of this post but there are a lot of "techy" users on this site so I feel comfortable asking it. I am a system administrator for a medium-sized company (~2000 ...
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How to deal with noisy and arrogant co-worker with the attitude? [duplicate]

There are lot of question related to noisy co-worker but this one (in my opinion) differ in the fact that the co-worker I'm dealing with is displaying an attitude. I told him that he is loud and ...
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Dealing with a manager unwilling to allow work remotely

I started a new job as a developer about 8 months ago. I negotiated with my employer to work part-time, having great flexibility on start/end hours, as I have a kid. At the begining of this year, we ...
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How to act after I get a threat at work? [closed]

I've been working for a year for my current company as a Programmer Analyst. My company is an IT Division for internal company group and some external project for other companies. Yesterday, my ...
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How to incorporate different departmental cultures into a company-wide code of conduct

I have been tasked with the responsibility of writing a code of conduct for our startup business (we are an established but young company with around 20 employees). I am not a qualified HR official, ...
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When is something banter and when is it just pure bullying? [closed]

I think everyone's idea of a great workplace is very different and even between different teams, the experiences can be quite vast. I've not experienced it myself directly but, I feel I witness this ...
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How to deal with boss asking employees to wear specific clothes when it is uncomfortable?

I am facing a difficult situation wherein my client visit is due over in next week. We have a formal dress code except on Fridays. On this day, my boss asked us to wear a Company T-Shirt that is ...
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I don't want to pay for a work social event, how should I respond if asked why I declined?

My company wants to hold its first ever social event over the weekend at someone's house. At first I accepted the invitation, although I wasn't at all into it, but then I learned that all the costs ...
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Being a significant other at a company event, of a company I resigned from

After a year of working, I left for a higher position in a different field for another company. I gave my two week notice and the company overall understood my resignation since I wasn’t working in ...
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Dealing with manager in a highly political environment [closed]

I have recently joined a public funded research organisation. After joining I realised that there is no software practices to follow, no code reviews and no CI/CD. The only reason for this situation ...
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When is it OK to play a prank this April Fool's day? [closed]

This is the closest Stack Exchange that I could think of, for this question. I am planning to play a prank on my office mates this April Fool's Day, but it occurs on a Sunday. Considering there would ...
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Moving between departments [duplicate]

I've been working at my current employer for 2 and a half years. I started in a junior programmer position and worked there for 1 year before a new position opened up in a different department with ...
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Thought interview went well but contacted by recruiter saying HR found me rude [closed]

I was going to ask this question in separate parts, but think no one shortcoming could have alone caused the end result. I recently graduated with a computer science degree. I had been working with a ...
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Contracting problems left and right - where do I start? [closed]

In April, I signed a contract-to-hire agreement with a company I’ll call LF - my first real contracting gig, since most of what I'd done since graduation was smaller projects (i.e., setting up ...
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What is a “Frontline Worker”? [closed]

My boss's boss's boss's boss said something today relative to "hourly and frontline workers". I'm just wondering if that's a stock term that means something in the workplace. Is that everybody who ...