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How to avoid accidentally sharing proprietary information when working for a competitor of a former employer?

I worked for Company A on Product X, with intimate knowledge of its implementation as well as in-development features. My contract with A included a confidentiality agreement (with a survivorship ...
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Notice Period and Conflict of Interest [closed]

If an employee resigns due to a conflict of interest (that is, to prevent a conflict of interest), can the employee engage in activity excluded by the conflict of interest rules during the notice ...
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Frustration over co-workers engineering habits [closed]

I work in a small, but established software company. I have been there over 2 years now and with time I noticed a growing frustration with one of my teammates and how he functions in the team. To set ...
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How can I mitigate effects of a greatly reduced team due to situation I don't control?

Similar to my previous series of questions (here and here), this question involves dealing with the unpleasant consequences of dating a colleague. Today, I found out my girlfriend, a project manager, ...
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How to mitigate loss of key members of team and unfair burden for other team members due to HR imposed conflict of interest solution

I am manager in the cybersecurity division of my employer managing a technical team of security engineers / analysts. I have been with my company for close to 10 years and am well respected. Recently ...
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How to push back against HR if I feel their proposed means of conflict of interest mitigation is untenable in long run?

From my most recent question, I am a manager with about 10 years of experience, working in a company with a matrix management structure in which team members also have a PM for a secondary manager. I ...
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How to avoid conflict of interest when dating another employee in a matrix management company?

I am a member of management working in cybersecurity division with a double digit number team members reporting to me. We have a matrix management structure in which a team member also has a project ...
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Is it unprofessional to get a second job after my boss invested money in me?

I finally got my first job in my chosen (and hyper-competitive) field. For this job, I moved to a small country town and I am one of very few people that do this job in this town. My new boss invested ...
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Should I tell my employer about my new starter company [duplicate]

I have started my own company (i am the only employee in it) and trying to find customers/investors for my new business it is Computer Solutions for healthcare. is it a plus to mention that in a job ...
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Other paid work not specified as conflict of commitment

I have worked full time for my employer in the US (research organization, let's call it COMPANY A) since May 2022, roughly 5 months. Starting yesterday, the company is asking all employees to sign a ...
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Would working with a client outside work count as Conflict of Interest

I was wondering that I have discovered a potential client that is currently looking for similar services to the one my organization currently provides. I can provide them the same services my ...
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Should I have said something when I realized I have a personal connection to one of the interviewers?

I just did an interview for a job I really want. Only problem is one of the interviewers was my ex's new fiancée. I was unaware until she introduced herself. She knew beforehand as she had the list of ...
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Working in a research company that studies the same research problem as my startup

I am almost in the final step of joining a big research company. This company has a huge amount of data for research problem X, and their research team is always digging into it. I just want to ...
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Is it wise to help other company poach employees from my current company?

Recently I had an interview but I was not selected at that firm. After a few days, the employee from that firm who referred me asked me if there are any developers with a certain amount of experience ...
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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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How ethical is to interview with company B after signing a contract with company A?

Question Context I've applied for multiples jobs at different companies. Just yesterday, I interviewed with company A and today I got a phone call from the same company saying that they're interested ...
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Is it a bad idea to refer friends to your same working group?

So for some reference, I work at a large tech company. I have a friend who works for the same company in another group, and a while ago expressed their unhappiness with their current job and they are ...
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Shadowing an interview with my referral

I recently referred a former colleague for a job on my immediate team. (He was never my direct coworker, but someone who I had worked closely with in a "peer" capacity at my previous job). ...
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Conflict of interest in my internal interview process - manager who interviewed me got the job

I recently had an internal interview for a management position. I was interviewed by the CEO and another senior manager. The senior manager later decided he wanted to apply for the role (after ...
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I recommended a friend for a role at my company but they had a negative experience with the HR person they first spoke to. How do I handle this?

The company I work for is expanding and a new role came up that I thought a good friend of mine would be a perfect fit for. There's a fairly generous referral bonus and I really believe that my ...
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Can I ask for a job with a company and its subcontractor?

I connected with a guy on LinkedIn in an industry I'd like to work for. His LI profile shows that he has two "current jobs": one as a self-employed consultant and another at a firm in the ...
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Would moving in with an indirectly lower ranked coworker be conflict of interest? [closed]

I work in the office for a college department which handles both counseling (the psychiatric kind) and disability services. Technically, they should be two seperate departments and in the past were, ...
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Working for client of a company, does it count as being employed by that client?

I am currently working in a consulting role, officially employed by company A, and am currently working on a project in collaboration with one of my current company's clients, company X. When looking ...
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Is it a good idea to contact the hiring manager of a company that's going through a recruiting agency?

From what I understand, many engineering companies will hire through third party recruiters. The listings that I have read so far seem to intentionally obfuscate key information: which company is ...
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Insubordinate chief engineer training colleagues to be "too mobile" out of spite

We have a problem with one of our chief engineers, but we cannot fire him (yet) due to professional qualifications he holds, and it takes time to replace him. This engineer was a hard worker years ago,...
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Give strategic advices under NDA

I have quit a company, where I have worked in for more than two years, three months ago to join a startup where I am the lead developer. Contractually speaking I am bound by a five years non-...
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Is this a conflict of interest?

I am having an internal interview next week for a higher level position within my organization. I have been with the organization for 12 years now. We recently brought on a new hire about 5 months ...
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How to approach team member that constantly asks partner questions?

I am a leader of a team of four within a Development office that encompasses a support/triage role for juniors and help desk staff. Of my team there is one who's partner also works in the same office. ...
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If my employer pays for my certification test and provides access to learning resources, can they force a non-compete?

If I allow my employer to pay for my Linux Academy subscription and I use that to gain the knowledge for not only doing the job I was hired for and to obtain certifications, can they claim rights or ...
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What do I do if I realize I'm incapable of doing my job and will get yelled at by my family for quitting? [closed]

I'm a recent college grad who never had any job experience other than my job right out of college at a startup in data analysis. I don't know how to manage a database or operate one which is necessary ...
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What is the best way to make my case to my Manager to select me to go to the conference? [closed]

What is the best way to make my case to my Manager to select me to go to the conference?
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Is it ethical to hire the fiance of an employee? [closed]

I work for a large company and my direct supervisor has brought a vendor onboard who is the fiancé of a fellow workmate of mine. Is this ethical?
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What's the process (and pitfalls) for using my open source code at work?

I don't just do software engineering as a career - I do it as a hobby as well. I now have several small open source projects, mostly released under permissive licenses. Occasionally at work I've had ...
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How to respond to potential employer about a potential conflict of Interest?

Long story short- I applied for my dream job a month ago and I have been progressing in the interview process. My future step-mom (will be official in September) unannounced to me had applied at the ...
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UK - does this "Outside interests " clause pertain to working hours only?

I was reviewing a contract before signing and found this clause: 4.1 Subject to clause 4.3, during the course of your employment you shall not, except as a representative of the Company or with ...
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Dealing with referrals to another company

A former colleague of mine, "Sheila" left (my current company, {Company A}) to work at a new, larger company {Company B}. Her contract with Company A states that she cannot recruit me to any other ...
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Interviewing spouse of a fired employee

We are a small organisation (50+ people). Recently an employee was fired. Events leading to her termination escalated quickly and everything happened very fast (within 1-2 days). Obviously, she did ...
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Boss threatens employee with losing their job if they don't cooperate in forcing an ex-employee to drop charges

A friend's manager recently fired a coworker for no apparent reason, even though most people in the office considered the ex-coworker to be hard-working and efficient. After some time the ex-coworker ...
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Would it be a conflict of interest if I worked at company B while I was owner of company A in the same industry? [closed]

I was a part owner at company A. (My husband is still a director there.) At the same time, I worked at company B in the same industry and area, and also in a sales position. Would this be a conflict ...
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How to quit job with consulting company but keep job with client? [duplicate]

I've been working with a consulting company on client site for almost two years, as a software engineer, specifically DevOps engineer who has done cool things like automated the integration/delivery ...
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A client wants me to provide assistance with using a service of a competitor company

I build websites for customers and I offer them hosting as well. Relatively expensive but they got all support from me. Now, I have a new client who wanted to build a website. The website is built ...
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Disclosing conflicts of interest after one company decides to switch strategy

I'm working on delivering a training module on conflicts of interest and professional ethics, and I got asked an interesting question: Serina is an independent contractor working for both company X ...
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How to deal with a controversial boss? [closed]

I report to 2 bosses, one that is offshore and one on shore. I am comfortable working with my direct boss who is offshore but not the one at on shore. The day I joined she (on shore boss) told me ...
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What to do upon discovering fraud being committed by a CEO of a company I am invested in? [closed]

I have some stock in a company I used to work for so am subscribed to the investor's update letters. In the most recent investor's update the CEO announced some very impressive statistics for the ...
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New Manager who used to be colleague interfering with my work

I am a Software Architect with decades of development and leadership experience. I have a new Manager since 6 months. Previously we both were colleagues as Architects, but when my previous manager ...
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Going over boss's head [duplicate]

I work for a consulting company that manages the project I am on. So we are more than just a placement agency that provides contractors. The project is pretty badly managed from the technical ...
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Will it affect my career development if I have open-source projects that create a conflict of interest?

Recently, while looking for jobs, I found an online advertising company which had a vacancy at a position I was interested in, and I applied for it. I also run a semi-popular open source project that ...
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Does a company director's personal views represent the company? [closed]

A company director makes some controversial comments, say on a social media platform such as Facebook or Twitter. These comments are made from their personal account in their personal time, and have ...
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How to handle building my own social media site side project while working at Google or Facebook? [closed]

I am currently building a social media website that caters to casual gamers as a side project and have been offered a job at Facebook and Google. Since Facebook and Google both have their own social ...
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How and to whom to provide feedback on immediate management?

I came on board five months ago. One of the agreements upon my onboarding is that I would implement continuous integration for the team. I have devised a demonstrable prototype of continuous ...
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