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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Shouldn't I expect my boss to change his attitude when it is detrimental to office morale? [closed]

For over a year now, I'm working at a small company with 3 other guys. One of them is my boss with whom I regularly have problems getting along. A type of situation that has crept up a lot, more so ...
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Is it common for the reviewer to write down review comments himself?

I've been assigned the task of reviewing my colleague's work. He claims it is complete and that he has done the checking. When I reviewed a few pages (about 1/5th), I found some things (about 10) ...
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Dealing with egos during daily stand-ups [duplicate]

For the past 1 year and a half I have been having daily stand-ups with my development teams. For the most part I have had no problems, and find that these are an excellent way with identifying ...
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Is three months too short of a time to switch companies? [duplicate]

I've worked at my new company for 3 months now and so far it's been a complete disaster. It's a software company and I was a developer there (first out of school). My biggest complaint being lack of ...
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Choice of companies where to work: is medium of age important? [closed]

I am a 35 year old web developer who recently worked on two companies where things did not go as I expected. In one company I stayed almost four years, and in 40 people, only two others were of ...
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How to deal with a lack of technical supervision?

UK based recent graduate working in an moderately sized engineering company (~ Just over 1000 employees) for about 2 years. I'm currently working in a technical role, on a long term project. Part of ...
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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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Confronted over time spent at work

My manager recently said to me that he gets annoyed when I spend time texting my friends at work. I think this is fair as I do this in work time, but I also feel there should be lenience if you take ...
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How appropriate is company-sanctioned prayer?

For reference, I'm in the US, in a particularly religious part of the country. I've noticed that at my company, nearly any time we have a meal during work (such as a conference or office party), ...
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What to do when most work can be automated, and no-one can give me more work? [duplicate]

Around 2 years ago I started a role that had previously been done by the same employee for 10 years. The company was sad to see the employee retire, but happy he could pass his knowledge to me, as the ...
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How do I get over the jealousy that many of my friends in the tech industry have employment perks (e.g. free meals)? [closed]

Many of my friends work at major (and smaller) tech companies which are notorious for providing perks for their employees which can range from free meals, laundry services, discounts at certain venues,...
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Working From home for a small company vs In office for a Medium sized company [closed]

I was looking for some insight with other that may have had to make a decision like mine. I currently have an opportunity in front of me that will allow me to work from home for a small to medium ...
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Does not having a full-time phone coverage of our central phone number suggest unprofessionalism? [closed]

I work in a tech SME with 20-30 software engineers. As expected in a SME, everyone should be involved in various everyday tasks (employees safety, lab usage planning, sysadmin tasks, etc.). However my ...
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Can my company prevent me from consuming alcohol outside of work?

This came up during a discussion I was having with a friend who works as head of HR for a medium sized organization, about 600 employees in total. Recently they had to let someone go for poor ...
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How can I get interviewers to stop grilling me about why I immigrated?

I immigrated from Canada to Ireland. The reasons are very personal and every job interview I have gone to in Ireland it has come up as to why I immigrated. They have been grilling me as to why I ...
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Is a 1 or 2 person programming team a red flag when looking for work? [closed]

I am looking for work as a software engineer, and I am suspicious about companies that have very small software teams. In a small team, each member would have more responsibility and pressure than ...
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Aloha shirts in Portland? [closed]

I currently live and work in the Honolulu area, but I am considering a move to Portland, Oregon for personal reasons. I work in the IT field (an office setting), so right now it's perfectly ...
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Colleague keeps on begging on my snacks

When I eat snacks on my desk, I sometimes end up sharing my snack with my colleagues. I know it's good to share sometimes but every time they see a snack on my desk, they'll beg me to share it with ...
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What is socially acceptable for treatment of holidays by an employer? [closed]

I am U.S. based, so biases may show through. It seems common for companies to host a pot luck lunch or post a well-wishing message or something along those lines. However, if a company doesn't ...
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Can you offer flexible PTO to some but not all employees [closed]

We seriously need to change our policy we are in California so laws are pretty strict here. I am pushing to offer a flexible policy for all employees. Partners want to designate it to employees who ...
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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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Is it expected to have senior managers treat people like crap? [closed]

I work in a lovely startup. People are very nice, we have a lot of Directors and VPs but communication is good and nobody usually complains about management. We recently started hiring heavyweights ...
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How to handle being allowed to shop with the company dime [closed]

Example: Company orders lunch. They allow you take pickup anything else you may want to stock the office with or that you may want as well for lunch, for yourself. Is it a good idea to shop on the ...
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Is it frowned upon or even unacceptable to take a nap or rest in office when feeling tired/sleepy? [duplicate]

Generally speaking, is it acceptable to take a nap or rest (involving closing eyes) after lunch in software/technology companies in US (if it matters, in places on the two coasts, such as NYC, Bay ...
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How to communicate with a boss in a different time zone who is not an email person?

I am currently volunteering as a corporate English coach (of some sort) at where I work now (the COE of an industry leading IT infrastructure provider in China). Recently during a training session a ...
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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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Project Manager doesn't take application from Nationality X, because there are “too many”

I have made a recommendation for a developer position in another team, and the Project Manager rejected the application of this developer because in his team there are other 5 developers from the same ...
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Company year end party - taking along my personal laptop to do some personal work [closed]

If I bring my personal laptop to my company's year end party, will it make me an outsider? Also, I will need to ask the hotel staff for WiFi. I'm not seeking attention, I have some personal documents ...
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How to handle coworkers where complaining is a big-ish part of the work culture

At my last job, everybody loved to complain. The developers, the tech support, the salespeople, even management; I never really could understand it. For the most part, all the complaints people had ...
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Is it impolite to show interest in how co-workers perform their job?

I'm new to the corporate world and workplace. I am wondering if the following things are considered not polite to do as an intern: Ask about how a co-worker or supervisor does their job. Give lengthy ...
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How to ask If I can get vacation time [duplicate]

I was hired in a firm by the start of November. We agreed that I would be working from home and then relocate at the start of December. What is a proper way to ask if I get any vacations for Christmas ...
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How to make an unethical company more honest from the inside? [closed]

I work for a financial company (listed on the stock exchange) and some of the stuff they do are not ethical/legal. For instance: tax evasion not paying for software licenses using data from some ...
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Should I say anything of substance in a 1-on-1?

I know not to say anything in an exit interview. However, I'm not at that point, although I'm not happy at my job and am attempting (though not as hard as I could be) to leave. Instead, I am having ...
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First corporate job after academia: 8-hour day causing anxiety attacks after work [closed]

I’m 31 and I’ve been working in my first corporate job, as a Data Scientist for the past 2.5 years, prior to that I was doing my PhD, and doing some consulting work, about 10 hours a week. As I was ...
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How can I build a better community? [closed]

I work at an IT services company. It has about 10 departments of mostly IT consultants. Most of these departments stand on their own and there is little interaction between them. In the past few ...
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Examples of collaboratively produced organizational culture documents [closed]

I'm looking to facilitate a collaboratively produced team manual of sorts. It would have things like a vision/mission statement, shared principles, rules of thumb, etc. I'm interested in the best ...
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Web Developer Contractor and dealing with internal politics and a perception issue

I have been working with a client for around 2 years now (UK Based), it was initially a 6 month contract but has been extended a number of times as the requirements have constantly grown over time. ...
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Unwillingness to raise salary vs. hiring replacement with higher salary [closed]

In our company, I have seen countless cases of a situation, where there is an employee working for a some salary. They want a raise of 5-10 % (sometimes supported by immediate manager, sometimes not), ...
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How to push for a real company culture? [duplicate]

I'm new in my company and I'm also the youngest (23 years old). The CEO is trying to hire more young graduates as software engineers, and has asked me how to attract them. I know that some friends of ...
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How do I leave a Multi-national Corporation (MNC)? [closed]

I am trying to leave an MNC because the project that I am working on is pretty much useless and I am not gaining any knowledge and other teams do not provide necessary support and also the pay is ...
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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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Company calls without setting up appointment - acceptable?

I am applying for jobs. After some rounds of interviewing and problem solving, The company wanted to setup another round of interview. They called me without even setting up an appointment for the ...
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Is it wrong to buy competititors products and let this be known at work?

The company I work for produces and sells products for women to a broader audience. All the products they sell can be easily found in most stores throughout the world. When I joined the company, I ...
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Asking for a raise during a company's difficult time

My company is currently suffering the effect of the crisis, which hit Europe a couples of years ago. Sales dropped, the company went through two big reorganizations, and for two consecutive years it ...
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Who should I ask for a raise? [closed]

I've been reading a lot of questions & answers about how to ask for a raise, but now I would really love to know whom I should ask to. To give you a little insight on the company I'm working for: ...
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How can I tell my boss I don't feel comfortable driving?

I've worked in my position as a programmer for almost a year now in Texas. As I've become more ingrained with the company culture I'm being given chances to prove myself and take initiative on ...
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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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Is it a mandatory to attend company's events after office hour? [duplicate]

As in title, is it a mandatory for every employees to attend company's events after office hour? It's not an employee gathering event, but more on company's.
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How to tell the office manager in a most possible kind way that I won't check company's WC basin holes for my fallen hair? [closed]

Office manager saw my hair in basin in WC. It accidentally felt inside and has been partly washed away while I was washing my hands. She contacted me by Skype and asked to clean it in the future. Now ...
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How to Research Management Attitudes, Ethics, Etc [closed]

There are a bunch of features I'd like to have at my next employer, and several that are strong negatives. Many of these are not the obvious ones that recruiters like to showcase; and some of the ...

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