Questions tagged [contractors]

Questions relating to employees brought in from outside the company. Usually for a predetermined amount of time or for the duration of a project.

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California employee being misclassified as a contractor, what can I do about it?

I was hired as a graphic designer at a locally owned stationery store in California about a month and a half ago. From the start I knew something was kind of strange, as I was hired for full time but ...
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How do I stop getting all of this work placed on me?

Currently working for a three letter government agency in their IT department and going on three years as system administrator. I also work as the backup SAN administrator, and manage all of the ...
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Is it common business practice to consider constructive break times as billable for consultants?

My company is considering to work with an international IT company to implement an ERP system in our workflow. This is our first time working with this kind of cooperation (usually we just buy a ...
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We're contractors who think the main perm guy isn't very good. Do we say anything?

(I don't believe this is a dupe of What can I do to make a coworkers lack of effort more visible? because that question is about effort, whereas this one is about ability.) I'm a contractor (UK) but ...
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I'm being “forced” to put a company magnet on my personal car

I'm not sure how to handle this situation without being fired, even though I think that would be an extreme measure. A little background: I work for a company that frequently requires employees to go ...
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Am I morally obligated to use my own time to fix bugs in software projects?

When a project has gone over the allotted hours, am I morally obligated to spend my own time fixing bugs or finishing the project? I've been working about 20 hours per week as a C# programmer for ...
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How can I get my colleagues to speak a language I understand?

I'm working in an office where neither French (my native language) nor English (a language I speak pretty nicely) is used as the default language. English is supposed to be used, since we are an ...
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No one else in my team cares about optimization, what should I do?

I'm currently doing a short-term contract which has involved a major overhaul of the UI of my employer's website. After a few months work we're finally at the point of going live and I've once again ...
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How to ask for employment terms in writing without coming across as not trusting?

I met someone at a networking event. The other day he called me up and offered me a job. I accepted it. Prior to this we had a brief in person meeting regarding the job. To my understanding, he works ...
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Recruiter wants me to take a loss upon hire

I've been working on a contract-to-hire position and am nearing the hire date. When I reached out to touch base with my recruiter, they informed me they would be handling everything and would be ...
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As a contractor, how do I ask my employer for a new laptop?

Some backstory: December 2019 I started as a full-time employee at a software development company. They outsourced me for a German project. There were many red flags and I had to leave. I continued ...
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Customer told me to stay out of discussion regarding status of my delivered product

I'm an independent contractor for company X. There was a certain ambiguity over whether a final product had to contain feature A. I produced them containing feature A. I liaise with person 1 and 2 in ...
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Do part-time programming jobs exist?

For reasons of illness and disability, I have not worked for years, after my first job that lasted only a year. Right now, my situation is stable enough that I am able to start working again, slowly. ...
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How can I convince my management of the importance of my involvement in other parts of a project?

I am a software developer working in a project that involves two separate software systems which communicate with each other. I am primarily responsible for one of these systems, and my company hired ...
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Should I ask to work (bill hours) on Black Friday if all my FT coworkers are off?

I work at a large company as a consultant, paid hourly. The company is open on Black Friday but it is optional to come in to work. All my team mates, who are FT salaried employees, are taking that ...
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Old contract expired, new one has not yet been issued - should I keep working for them?

I've worked without signing a work contract extension for about a month for a big software company. They have promised me an extension and a pay raise before the previous contract ended. The time to ...
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Dealing with a racist and misogynistic manager, as a contractor?

My team is 100% male contractors. We all work for different companies, and our manager is also a contractor working for another company than mine. Our manager is being misogynistic as well as racist ...
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What resources exist, or how should a woman describe the details of sexual harassment (assault)?

A female friend of mine is telling me about a sexual harassment, which was in reality a sexual assault involving a coworker physically grabbing her backside with both hands, from upper hip with the ...
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Is my employer paying me fairly? Going from 1099 to W2

I've been working as a 1099 employee for about 2.5 years on a side gig for $20/hr and now the company has to switch me to W2 at the same $20/hr rate. Shouldn't there be about a 20% change between ...
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How close to contract expiring should I expect notification?

I am a contract worker and my contract is expiring at the end of the year (2 Weeks). When should I be expecting a definitive answer to whether the company is going to extend my contract or not? Is ...
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I am a software contractor and I had to be hospitalized for several days for a mental health condition, now I might lose my job

Basically, past Sunday night I informed my manager via e-mail that I was admitting myself to the hospital. I'd rather not say the exact symptoms but I was not thinking correctly or safely. I have ...
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How much slack to give a programming contractor

I have a contractor programmer doing some work for me and I'm wondering if I'm micro-managing or even being too strict with what I'm asking. A few times in the past I have asked him to do stuff in a ...
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What do I do when I book travel at my expense, but my employer won't pay until the travel has happened?

I work for Contracting Firm X which coordinated a long-term contract with Company Y (which is where I go to work each day). Firm X pays me and offers me benefits, handles basic HR functions, etc. ...
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Taking my word back regarding switching to permanent, because I don't like contract

Right now I'm working as a Software Engineer contractor, and I offered my client to become permanent, to give him some security that I won't jump ship in a middle of project (current project is ...
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How to deal with being pressured into leaving your job?

I have recently (in the last month or so) come under a lot of pressure from my supervisor, supposedly regarding the quality of my work. He said it hadn't been of the required standard ever since I ...
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Is it normal to list contractors on a corporate website?

A company that I previously worked for (full/part-time) is wanting to list me as a contractor on their website. I built the website originally and they wanted to have an area with a name and picture ...
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Freelance Conflict of Interest

I am a consultant hired by agents who bid for contracts. I only have about three agents, but they routinely ask me to price out my work or say, "Hey, I'm making this bid, would you do this for $_?" ...
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How can I “extract” a client from an agency to work with me directly?

I build websites and webapps for companies and agencies. About five years ago, an agency hired me to build out a big website for a client. I host the website on my server but the billing to the client ...
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Why do big companies hire subcontractors through staffing agencies?

I'm curious why so many big companies in the United States hire so many people through the staffing agencies as non-employees? It would be understandable if they do it for real short-term projects, ...
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I'm going to accept another offer. Who do I tell first: my employer or my team?

I work in software development and was 'hired' by a major company (B) through a staffing agency (A). The agency put me on temp-to-perm assignment with B about six months ago; the contract is at-will ...
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Desk was reallocated to other employee, moved to cramped table [closed]

I am a salaried employee of a consulting firm, currently working as a contractor for one of their clients. After a week or two of being nomadic and sharing a desk with my manager (from our firm, not ...
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Can the interviewer apply for the same job?

I currently work as a contractor, but for all intents and purposes I am treated as as if I were a full time employee. A permanent role was advertised for a position with job responsibilities very ...
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I am ahead of schedule; what to do

I have this simple question: sometimes I am ahead of schedule on the task (software development) that has been given to me. For example, I am supposed to accomplish a task in one month, but I finish ...
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Two subcontractors want to send me to the same client. How to handle the situation?

I'm currently looking for a job and have been contacted by various companies and agencies. I interviewed with a subcontractor (call them A) and was expecting feedback from them after they reviewed ...
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My client is asking me to lie about employment status

I'm a freelance web developer with a few clients -- one of them (currently my biggest one), has a project with a client of their own, and I'm working on this project and communicating regularly with ...
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Is it a common business practice to bill short breaks taken to regain focus on work?

Software engineering requires lots of thinking to analyze complex code, and implement solutions and fixes to difficult problems. Hence, it is usually impractical for a software engineer to retain ...
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How do I make companies to consider me for the job irrespective of my very young age?

I am currently 19. Frustrated by education system drop out college and became self guided student. Now, I have learned several things in programming, software engineering,....I feel myself comparable ...
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On month five of a six month contract, my consulting agency is forcing me to sign an Arbitration Agreement that was not in my original contract [closed]

Update: I have hired an attorney, but would like to get opinions of folks who have encountered situations like this before to see how they handled it. I am not seeking legal advice. First off, I ...
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What can you do to remain on good standing when you're told giving a two week notice is inadvisable?

Recently I shared some issues in a related question (Is it ever appropriate to tactfully speak your mind regarding your work supervisor without using inappropriate language?). In lieu of that, I've ...
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As a contractor, are on-site perks for you? [closed]

I was hired as a contractor by my former employer almost immediatly after my resignation. I worked from home as much as I could, but they preferred that I worked on-site. The company in question has ...
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Recruiters are very strongly encouraging me to be a full time employee instead of a contractor. What is their motivation? [closed]

I've been working with some 3rd party recruiters to find my next job. Originally, they were looking for full time positions for me. But in the process of my job search I decided I'd like to try to ...
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How to answer the question “do you want to change from contractor to employee”?

I've been working as a contractor (through an agency) for a software company for a few months now. Recently, the higher-ups approached me and said that they liked the work I've been doing and asked if ...
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From contract to permanent (same company) - Is it absurd to ask “whatever you originally paid the contracting company” as my salary?

I'm currently working for a contracting company (X) and I've been assigned to this other company (Y) that needs a web developer. However, I'm planning to leave X after my existing contract and work ...
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As a contractor Is it inappropriate to invoice meetings?

I'm a developer and i'm working on a particular php project. As a contractor, Is it inappropriate to bill for meeting time? Meetings that consist of clarifying scope and intent of work? Or is it not ...
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How good do I have to be to be a contractor? [closed]

Firstly, I am a programmer. I am currently working in a company building a .NET web app. I have 4.5 years of programming experience in companies but I have been programming website applications for 10 ...
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Why do (some) large companies require that individual contractors come through a vendor?

I work at a large company as a contractor. Every contractor at the company goes through one of several vendor companies whom the client company pays and then they pay us W-2. The vendor company does ...
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What are the repercussions on my career of quitting a contract job before it expires? [closed]

I have almost 9 months left in my contract and I have an interview with another company next week. I am considering terminating the contract earlier if the company gives me an offer, however I am ...
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Contract complete and client now asking for lots of personal info

I friend of mine connected me with a job to create a computer program, given a set of specifications. My only point of contact was an anonymous email address (e.g. joeblow@example.com ). They never ...
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How can I politely tell a fellow contractor that I'm very disappointed in the effort he's put into an assigned task?

Quick summary: I "manage" a contract software developer whose efforts are substandard, and before I say something to our mutual employer, I'd like to find a way to light a fire under him and get him ...
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Is the company I work for going down? [closed]

I have been working here for two years and for the past year and a half I've noticed the following: People are leaving pretty much every week There is a recruitment freeze, so when one person leaves ...

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