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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Is it common that people lose interest in attending company annual meeting after being with the company for several years?

I have been in the software industry for 20 years and with my current employer for 10 years. The company annual meetings I have experienced are basically the same. The boss gives some pep talk; review ...
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What does it mean when a company says they are "Entrepreneurial" in a job ad?

I am looking for a new job, and a recruiter forwarded me an opening with a company. The job description describes the firm as very "entrepreneurial". They aren't a large company, but they do ...
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How can I get more feedback to improve my written comms?

In my newish job, it is clear to me and others that I am struggling with written communications (emails, instant messages, issue tracking tickets etc.). Issues include: excessive length and detail, ...
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Is lack of diversity a red flag? [closed]

I'm preparing an interview for a job with an USA company based in silicon valley, but the first thing I noticed is the lack of diversity. I counted 30 people from 36 people are Asian Is this normal ...
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How does boastful attitide on a job interview help interviewers and companies?

I've heard on some job interviews a lot of technical interviewers showing excessive bragging and very questionable claims like: "We are proactive. I mastered Terraform in two days." "...
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How do I deal with a co-worker who thinks his own shortcomings are funny?

I have a co-worker who constantly misses deadlines, hands in incomplete work, or claims that things he doesn't want to deal with are 'too hard'. For reasons beyond the scope of this question he will ...
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How can I be sure and confident before sending an email my tone is assertive and professional?

I worked at a highly segregated academic environment based on hierarchy. As a nonnative English speaker, how can I be more sure and confident about my tone is assertive and professional before sending ...
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How to address companies that have notorious turnover rates in an interview?

I've recently gotten an interview in software with a company who notoriously has the highest turnover rate in the career field. The reason the company is notorious for this is because they have a ...
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What leads to a collaborative software development workplace?

My partner and I have worked as software engineers in academia for several years in multiple very different schools & departments. However every job has been very independent. I have a boss and ...
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Is it reasonable to expect confidentiality when applying to different job at same company?

Background: I work at a large US company with an IT department of a few thousand people, and have been here for a couple of years. Several months ago my manager submitted paperwork to promote me, as I ...
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How can I politely and delicately ask my future coworkers what are the working hour without sounding lazy

In 2022, I'm going to join a new Team in a new city at my company HQ. The place is known, maybe wrongfuly, to be an hard place to work at. Moreover, France is well known for its presenteeism culture ...
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Can employee conflict of interest only happen in a direct reporting relationship?

Can close relationship be considered a "conflict of interest" only if the parties are in a direct reporting relationship? Can conflict of interest arise if the individuals are in the same ...
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Would showing a picture of group team video call, on the company's web profile, be a useful 'culture' image? [closed]

A couple things to get out of the way as caveats: assuming that all employees signed consent, same as when photos are taken in an office. assuming that a fully-distributed company, with no central ...
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Having strongly negative emotions after interview - am I overreacting? [closed]

Recently I've had an initial interview for a new job in my dream sector of aerospace after completing their coding test task. I strongly believe I did a great job on the test task (but I acknowledge ...
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Should I keep a Log of the Hours I do?

I was fired 2 weeks ago from a startup and one of the reasons was that 'this isn't a 9-5 job, we are trying to do something nobody has ever done before and I don't think you're at that stage in your ...
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Got fired for not working enough overtime, just before the end of probation. What should I do? [closed]

I'm working for a startup in Germany where all the senior employees work 10-12+ hours per day. I started off like that too because it felt awkward to leave after 8/9hours but after 3 months I stopped ...
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Small business, dysfunctional and overloaded; how to convince cultural change?

Joined a small business who’ve built a SaaS platform for a niche and complex business domain. It’s basically “Business Guy” / CEO, “Tech Guy” and “Sales Guy”. The product is clearly valuable with ...
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How can I get my co-workers to have conversations with me in their native language instead of English?

I am an immigrant in Taiwan. All but one of my co-workers are Taiwanese. I expect to live here forever, I speak Chinese, yet many of my co-workers won't speak Chinese with me. Originally no one did ...
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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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What if I don't want to complete my notice period, Due to Negative workplace behavior? [duplicate]

My company cutting my salary 30% due to covid work from home [this is not just for me it's for all employees working in the company. They said the productivity of employees is decreased. They giving ...
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How does one politely decline a handshake due to religious reasons?

Muslims have some restrictions when it comes to interacting with members of the opposite sex. Usually many people in USA and Europe do not know that, for example, a Muslim man cannot shake hands with ...
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Could you compliment someone's accent at workplace?

I(f) am working as an intern in a company in Canada. In one of our social events, I complimented one of my colleague's(f) Canadian accent, I said "I like your accent, it is so cute! " I feel ...
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How do you shake hands with women at work in France without being rude?

I'm a French programmer, I was born in France and have lived here my entire life, kissing friends and family on the cheek on a daily basis without any trouble. In most French companies, there is an ...
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Adding author information in internal office reports. Is it a good practice?

I am currently in a new contractual job and am writing documentation of the software architecture I have implemented as a part of my work This document will be reviewed by third parties. I was asked ...
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How do you communicate in a company with meme culture?

Summary: My coworkers use a lot of slang (mostly internet-based) that I do not understand. It makes me feel excluded. How can I learn that "language" or is it a lost cause? Last year, I got ...
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How to come back to the company that I left early in the past?

2 years ago, I started working in a company in the IT field. Honestly, everything worked well regarding the job and work environment. However, due to an unpredicted change in my family life, I had to ...
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How do you deal with co-workers who respond to your emails without reading the whole thing, or don't read them at all?

I'm a web developer (who writes code -- not css/designer). I work in an office, but many managers work remotely, hence the heavy reliance on email/IM. I am starting to notice a trend where people ...
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About the gap between the company's perception and the real-life feeling when working there

I'm working at a company that I find a gap between how it is perceived in the market and the day-to-day feeling that I have while working there. The perceptions: Reviews in Glassdoor are fairly good. ...
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If I published a remote jobs data analysis that I conducted in my free time, could it cause issues between me and my current employer?

I currently work in a software engineering position related to data science. In my free time, I conducted a remote jobs data analysis where I looked into questions such as "What are the most ...
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Fast-paced environments, corporate culture, well paced environments for software engineers? [closed]

The term "fast-paced" environment appears often in job descriptions for software engineers. From a software engineering perspective, among other things, this may imply pressure to produce ...
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How should I communicate serious programming flaws to someone so they do not take it personally?

I am a developer with only a couple of years of experience, working in a small company of eight developers, on a Java project. Our team leader, also one of the managers, is older, and very productive, ...
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Is it normal behavior for a company to only pay their author after a certain number of articles?

So, I recently managed to find a company based mainly in Europe that piqued my interest: It essentially focuses on articles and such. I'm still in the evaluation process and I'm currently writing the ...
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How to avoid accusations of “overwork” when employees who work extra hours are promoted faster?

I am a manager at a mid-sized (~100 employee) software company. We are fortunate to attract many employees for whom coding is their one true passion, and our products are cool enough to them that they ...
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Am I on a sinking ship? [closed]

I'm wondering if I'm on a sinking ship or if it's just the normal growth process of a company. I started as one of the first employees in a consulting firm. Now we're about 30 people and still growing....
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How to deal with a coworker who uses sensuality and attractiveness to get favors and other things done at work?

I work at a fast-growing tech startup where most employees are between 25 and 35, so the culture is very young and casual. A department that works closely with my team recently hired an intern. She ...
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How to deal with a management culture (as an individual contributor) that's based on "hope" and "assumptions", and rejects contingency planning?

I'm an individual contributor in a company where our 'deliverables' are ultimately an information product that goes out to a customer. There is a kind of "assembly line" in the process of ...
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How do you keep professional software work sustainable?

Summary question: how can I find/create a workplace where there's enough time to do a good job, learn what's needed, and count on regular hours? Long question/explanation: I've noticed most workplaces ...
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What's the best way for me to bring up a topic of political concern if the business I work for is minority-led?

I heard a long time ago that many workplaces prohibited anyone to engage in any kind of political discussion, and that they required everyone to be politically neutral. The exceptions to these of ...
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Should I wait for my company's IPO to go through? [closed]

I'm working for a +20,000 person company with 3 years in a mid-level position. I do not manage but I'm instrumental to the team's functions — I received a rather large bonus last year despite 2020 and ...
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Should I use my supervisor's formal title in a US (Los Angeles) government job? [closed]

I'm having clouds of thought right now on how to address my supervisors. I am a fresh college graduate beginning a career position at Los Angeles County. Having grown up in both the Philippines and ...
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How to behave with women in my company when it's International Women's Day?

Today I woke up and remembered that today is International Women's Day. I am not exactly the person who likes to greet and give wishes to everyone, and I am often kinda embarrassed when I have to do ...
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How to estimate employee turnover?

Motivation: I think employee turnover is a great measure for employee satisfaction, especially if you believe in the dead sea effect where a company's talent leaves more readily, causing accumulation ...
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How to handle overtime work?

I am working 20 hours per week as I am an international student, in my 20's, I was asked to help my colleague to do some task, my colleague also works for 20 hours per week. I was done for the day but ...
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Senior engineer suddenly unwilling to do extra work they used to do after being denied promotion

I'm a team lead. One of our senior engineers, Uli, is part of a team of about 7 people that were tasked with steering the company to increased profitability (lots of work involving automation). His ...
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How to avoid distractions from boisterous dog?

The engineering manager in my office of ~10 people brings his dog to the office, and has for years. The dog will bark and cry if the manager leaves the room for more than ten seconds, say to go to the ...
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How To Deal With Mandatory IM In Terms Of Distractions?

My firm de facto mandates that all of us keep our IM running on our machines all day. Even if they didn't, it's very ingrained in to the culture. Oddly most of our higher ups don't really have IM ...
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Political talk radio through speakers

I work in a shared office space with a small group of coworkers. One of the more senior coworkers has made it a habit to play political talk radio through speakers for the entire room. It seems to ...
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Not well recognised in the team work, how to improve that?

I was the key player in my team and contribute significant amount to the team work. Actually I solve the most tough part of the work for the team. But I am not well recognized as an individual and an ...
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Should it be standard practice for a fault finder to be shunted / fired? [closed]

A co-worker was speaking (positively) to our boss about a programmer in a team she knows in a parent company, where the programmer was pointing out the "right things" to his bosses. My boss ...
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Are there any obvious drawbacks to hiring only very experienced developers for a consulting firm?

I have been a developer for about 12 years, and for about 4 in my current company. This company is specialized in IT consultancy, but also in legal advice consultancy, financial and economic ...

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