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 rude to leave an interview early if you have already made your decision?

A friend of mine went on an interview recently for a software developer position at a well known company. It was a senior position, and he had very relevant business experience in the industry. I ...
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How to find a job with as little social interaction with coworkers as possible?

I worked in a startup as a web developer and it was really unsuitable for me. I don't like making friends at work, going out to eat with the team, having to go get drinks, team lunches, "team outings",...
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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 celebrating small victories unprofessional?

Often when I'm coding and I crush a bug that I've been battling for a few hours I like to throw my hands in the air and sigh a small YES. Are these small celebrations seen by people as unprofessional? ...
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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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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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Do I need to be arrogant to get ahead? [closed]

A colleague of mine is very good at PR and branding himself and does this by communicating to the whole world his successes no matter how small they are. He does this in a very arrogant way, by making ...
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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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Does diversity provide anything that meritocracy does not?

I'm hoping my question is less broad than this one. I work in tech and see many emails about diversity from our upper management. In some sense, I can see this being used as a PR tactic: management ...
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Will not wearing makeup affect my career?

I work at a small tech company in the accounting department. Our dress code is business casual, but most of the rank-and-file dress toward the casual end of that. I am female, in my early twenties. ...
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How can I encourage a culture of punctuality in a software company?

As a new technical lead in a new company, what are some additional strategies to employ to change the culture of the development team so that people show up at the time that I've requested? TLDR: My ...
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Is it rude to eat/drink in front of a colleague who is fasting during Ramadan?

I often feel hungry and have snacks at my desk. Today, I realized that Ramadan has begun and my colleague who sits beside me is fasting. So I quietly kept my snacks back. I felt it might seem rude and ...
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I reported the illegal activity of my boss to his boss. My boss found out. Now I am being punished. What should I do?

My direct supervisor has repeatedly performed actions that go against conduct of the company and of the state laws. I brought this to the attention of his boss in hopes of covering for myself when and ...
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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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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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My colleagues frown on me for using my vacation days. Should I stop using them so much?

I work for a company that gives 25 vacation days a year. Unused days are not paid and if not used they become wasted and you cannot use them the next year. When you leave the company, you are not paid ...
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Would I be wrong to leave the start-up I’m working for with one month’s notice? [duplicate]

I work for a 25-person startup company. Even though we are a startup we have good funding from a big investor. My role here is CTO (not co-founder) taking care of 5-6 people (used to be 10+). My boss ...
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How to feel welcome in an all-male software developer environment

I am a female programmer and started a job in a software development company about 8 months ago. I also moved to a new country so I am a foreigner as well. I am the only female developer in the ...
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How representative of a company is a bad interview process?

The company I'm interviewing for is quite appealing. The business idea is interesting, the office is well located, they pay slightly above market and offer lots or perks. The hiring process, on the ...
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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 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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Our work-week policy changed drastically. It used to be a perk. How to let them know I'm unhappy?

My company used to have an amazing work week schedule. We worked 4 x 10 hour days instead of 5 x 8 hour days. This was amazing, and definitely a deciding factor when me and my wife were deciding where ...
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Is there a dress code for women in software industry?

I worked in a technology company as a software development intern. At the end of the internship, my manager praised me for my technical and communication skills, however, he said I should pay more ...
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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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Should a manager participate in Casual Friday dress code?

I am a team lead in a large company in the US. I have 15 direct reports. We do not interact with external customers. Our dress code is business casual. Very recently, Casual Friday was introduced. ...
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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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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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Job offer changed by company after acceptance? (1.5 year update)

I just got a job offer in January for an IT position in a good company. Am out of work, so I need the job. It's a good company and a pretty good offer (though a little less on base pay than my ...
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Workplace sexism against men vs sexism against women [closed]

(By the way, I am male...) My male boss was recently seriously berated at work for some sexist comments he had made to a female colleague of mine, which turned into quite a scandal. He was almost ...
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How do I maintain a work-life balance when company culture tends towards frequent overtime?

I usually don't mind working overtime (no additional compensation) because I enjoy my work. However, it does eventually grate on me. I've enjoyed a minimum of overtime in the past few months but know ...
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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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How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix bugs (constantly)?

My boss likes our engineers to work overtime to fix bugs. One of his favorite arguments is that being a responsible engineer, when you know it is exactly your codes that cause the bugs how can you ...
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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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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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Is it possible to work more than full-time for an employer?

I have a full-time job for my current employer and have been working here for 2 years. The problem is that I'm working a lot of hours, since I enjoy my profession a lot (I'm in software engineering/...
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Is it normal that my co-workers at a fitness company criticize my food choices?

I was granted an H1B visa (United States) and was able to get hired after about a year. During the interview, I thought the company looked amazing as they are a fitness company and promote a healthy ...
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How to deal with IT help desk that does not acknowledge requests for help?

Whenever myself or my colleagues contact the IT help desk, there are a series of systemic problems, namely: Not acknowledging receipt of the request Taking no corrective action and unilaterally ...
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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 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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Is it generally unacceptable to become close friends with colleagues?

I'm a young graduate fresh out of university just under a year ago. I went to an international school in my youth and did not establish many friendships during university due to the girlfriend in ...
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Who should pay for team building events?

I work in a big company and tasked with increasing engagement of employees who more or less have settled in their own (not so efficient) ways of doing work. One of the suggestions on the table is ...
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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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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 OK to have a "Looking to Avoid" section on a resume?

If I have a strongly held conviction that it is always important to use the most cost-effective tool to solve a given problem, and I know a list of certain tools that represent deal-breakers to me ...
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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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What are specific ways to learn meaningful information about company culture in interviews?

What are specific ways to learn about a company's culture during the interview and application process to ensure a match? I understand the value in conversation via LinkedIn/networking, as well as ...
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Would opting out of catered lunch be taken poorly?

I'm interviewing at a company that has catered lunch (not a large free cafeteria, like Facebook has) every day. I don't have an offer yet, but I want to plan ahead. I'm going in for a final interview ...
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Boss lied to me about how much others make [closed]

Recently, the startup I worked for had a location change so I asked for more payment in order to compensate. However, in return all I got was payment for the flight and I still had to pay for my own ...
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Why do some people in office not greet back (or even look away) when you say Hello? [closed]

I noticed that in my current company, there are several people whom I don't work with regularly (often senior, no matter how much) who just look on or look away when I say "Hi", "Hello" or "Good ...
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Can it be harmful to dress more formally than what the dress code allows?

We all know that not wearing clothes considered appropriate for the dress code can be a bad thing. Your typical business-casual dress code probably frowns upon wearing jeans, tank tops, black bra ...

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