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 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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Is this barely normal on a software interview? [closed]

I just wanted to check something and hear a second opinion: I am currently in the recruitment process of a big company. I have more than 8 years of experience with software and have been working in ...
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Deciding when to “give up” on a senior position in a dysfunctional business [closed]

I have been working in the same business for around 10 years. Much of this has been fulfilling. I support the aims of the business, and have been repeatedly promoted and am now (on paper) a senior ...
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Best approach for getting company out of a rut

I've worked as a computer programmer, manager, professional for close to 25 years. My new job has great pay and great people but due to a very odd management style (way too many layers) and years of ...
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Casual Sexism in the office [closed]

My question is about how to approach/tackle the issue of casual sexism in the office. I say casual because usually the comments made are in "good fun" and meant as a joke, and not meant as insult. ...
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Company's custom is not to talk about leaving, but I'm directly approached. What to do?

Where I work, custom is to only talk with coworkers and (especially) members of other teams about leaving company on your last day. No one mentioned this earlier, at least not near me, even when this ...
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What is the purpose of organised coffee breaks at workplace?

Other than to drink coffee, is the purpose of coffee breaks to build a sense of belonging and collegiality? In an internet era where one can build networks and work on a project with people across the ...
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How to appear happy and agreeable and not detached and burnt out [closed]

My question is very similar to this one: How to continue working with low morale and burnt out colleagues. However I'm burnt out for a different reason. I'm not effective at this company and I'm ...
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How do I influence culture in a traditional workplace? [closed]

I work in a large company that employs two very disparate sets of people. This is a tricky dynamic to explain, so allow me to continue: The company employs two very different sets of people. The ...
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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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How to change corporate wellness policy to be vendor-neutral and objective?

My company offers a wellness incentive for employees if we do 10 weeks of Weight Watchers. But this requires employees to buy a single brand of weight loss, and alienates other who don't wish to buy ...
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Is it ok to resign a contract to hire position on in the first week?

I just got hired on to be a developer (.Net) at an organization which uses a lot of smoke screens to make themselves look big and formal like IBM. On day one they set me up with a Win 7 machine and ...
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How to perform well in a “bottom-up” organization?

I have a new job since 3 months in a company with 250 employees. The organization characterizes itself as a "bottom-up", democratic organization. The interviews were conducted mostly by Juniors who I ...
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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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Rumors and false accusations [closed]

I have been at a start up in Europe for a year. A friend brought me over to be design and technology architect lead of my department. Ever since our office filled with employees I have had a problem ...
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Intentional Suggestion as Warning [closed]

I just got a new job in a different city in a state with at-will employment at a very small company. My first day at work, a colleague who is close to my boss messages me suggesting a sublet/room ...
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Is it common and appropriate to “throttle” an auditor?

I know auditing is done to help the company improve. I work at a software company, and I overheard my boss saying that he knows how to handle an auditor by giving extremely long and time consuming ...
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Contract to Hire-pregnant

Two months ago I started a 6-month long contract-to-hire job and just noticed I am pregnant. They like me and everything works out so far. First question: When should I tell them ? My concern is that ...
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Overly Competitive Coworker

I work in a small team of software developers and we all get along quite well. There is however one junior coworker who continues to intrude im my duties and tasks. He will work well over what ...
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Starting fresh as an “old” new software engineer

I'm in school right now, and in a couple of years, I'm going to look for work as a software/systems engineer. The thing is that right now, I'm 32 years old. With age being a potential issue, where ...
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How to deal with an office environment where everyone speaks a different language?

I'm working overseas and almost all of my colleagues speak another language (their native language). They talk to me in English regarding work-related stuff and everyone speaks English during meetings....
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Poor documentation culture [duplicate]

I work in a production company as a design engineer. There is a culture in my company of not documenting things, there are few standards, barely any routines and no documentation system. There is a ...
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Working with another intern who does nothing? [duplicate]

I'm working as a software engineering intern at a corporate company. I'm ecstatic for this opportunity and trying my hardest to read code, ask questions, make mistakes and learn. However, I'm paired ...
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What do you do if you're not a good programmer? [closed]

What do you do if you're not a good programmer? I'm a 25 year old female who was just fired from my 2nd programming job for not being able to improve fast enough. I did the usual career path, ...
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Are calendar invitations rude?

It seems like many people I work with inside and outside of the company always send an email about my availability for a meeting before sending a calendar invite. Is there some workplace social norm ...
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What's the most important career advice for someone who is going to work in the U.S. for the first time? [closed]

I've been recruited to work at a large company overseas and this will be my first time working and living in the United States. I'm excited about the opportunity but part of me is worried about the ...
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How to deal with workplace discrimination as a contractor? [duplicate]

I work at a pharmaceutical company as a contractor and recently we had someone from another country work as a contractor here. One day I was approached by someone from the client company saying that ...
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Coffee maker “custody” [closed]

A couple of months ago we got a coffeemaker for the office (accounting, IT/Software, HR, Sales) And for me and my partner was "the best thing ever" since we drink coffee on a daily basis. We agreed ...
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Is it ethical to swap my chair with one in a conference room? [closed]

I work at a small-ish company with less than 50 people. We have one conference room/board room that is used around 30-40% of the time. Now as a startup we are very cash-strapped and as a result our ...
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How not to get sucked into a game of 3 managers? [closed]

I got into a tricky situation at the office. First, let me explain the people's chain: Me -> Manager A (my direct almost-ex-boss) -> Manager B (my manager's manager) -> Manager C (boss of the other ...
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Are backpacks accepted in most American work places? If so, for how long? [closed]

It's starting to pop up at my work place with acceptance, but I want to know what consensus is like for other workplaces/American working environment at large. I'm in my late-twenties and currently ...
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Minimum staffing for a 24-hour coverage requirement [closed]

The company I work for has a requirement to provide 24/7/365 coverage for many of its products, and it tries to do so with only three people to cover the particular product to which I'm assigned. Up ...

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