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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
2answers
270 views

How to get a raise while working for 3 companies at same time?

I am a remote software developer involved with 3 companies: Company A sign my papers, pay me every month and sell my hours to Company B. Company B gives me equipment, an office and his important ...
1
vote
2answers
176 views

Mechanical Engineer looking go back to Mechanical Engineering

This is my first post here and so I apologize if this is mistakenly posted here. Background: I graduated in May of 2016 with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. I accepted an offer for a ...
-5
votes
2answers
715 views

How to deal with a contractor who are present when he should not?

The company I work for has a contractor. This person is here since the beginning of the company, and he works for me. He helped built the framework the company is using so he has some legitimacy. He ...
-1
votes
2answers
503 views

Isolation in a team

I am having the following situation and would appreciate some feedback how to revolve it: I have been working for 7 months in a Small software dev team. 2 backend devs, 1 front , 1 senior developer ...
75
votes
16answers
31k views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
97
votes
5answers
15k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
199 views

As a contractor, what information do you need from the company to complete tax? [closed]

I'm not very skilled at doing tax. I had worked as a contractor for a few different companies, and most have told me "as a contractor I'm responsible for doing my own tax". This isn't very clear to me ...
13
votes
4answers
683 views

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 ...
-2
votes
2answers
182 views

Backing out of a job contract while waiting for a contract with another company [duplicate]

(The positions discussed are all contractor positions) - Canada I already signed a contract for a PT offer with Company A about a week ago. It states that the agreement can be terminated with 6 ...
4
votes
2answers
673 views

How to tactfully resolve a discrepancy in pay over just one hour?

For over a year I've been working for a marketing/staffing agency where I go to different retail stores to promote/demonstrate various products. I have had a very good relationship with this agency ...
1
vote
2answers
149 views

Right time to ask for extension of contract

I am a contractor and it is coming to a end in a month but there are chances to getting it extended or contract to permanent. When is the best time to ask the manager? I do have deliverables, should I ...
31
votes
4answers
15k views

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 ...
3
votes
5answers
861 views

Offered a contract job with no interview?

Got offered a job as a contractor without talking to the actual client. The client is a really big company. It all seems a bit too good to be true, is there anyway to verify. Events: Saw an advert ...
1
vote
3answers
360 views

How to protect myself from a manager potentially playing with verbally assured comp time as a contractor?

This will require some background. I am an hourly contractor working on an HRIS migration for a small company. When I interviewed, I told the the VP and my eventual boss that the timeline was ...
3
votes
2answers
151 views

Will I get a raise in a contract-to-hire position? [closed]

Sorry if this question has been asked and if so please share any links with me. Currently I am working in a contract to hire position and my manager through the final company has already spoken to ...
-3
votes
4answers
4k views

How do deal with employees who keep asking advance payments for made up reasons? [closed]

I manage two employees who work under contract. They report everything to me including work progress and payments. The problem is they repeatedly bring up personal issues like sick family member, no ...
0
votes
3answers
368 views

I got an offer but the some details in the contract are not what we talked about during the interview process

I interviewed for a contractor role and they offered me the job. During the process, the recruiter told me that it is a 40 hours per week job and also 40 hours per week was written on the job ...
0
votes
2answers
206 views

Can I list in my CV company that I work for, but not employed? [duplicate]

After graduation I was hired by big well-known international company (say "Company X") for an entry-level contractor position, that means that technically my employer is not Company X, but third-party ...
0
votes
1answer
291 views

Withdraw from job before starting [duplicate]

I am in the UK and am about to start a short term contract that I would like to back out off. My employment contract is for two months, I have no probation period and there is no notice period ...
-3
votes
1answer
187 views

Relocation expenses - Contract job [closed]

In Canada, I have been offered a new contract job, located in different province. Quebec to Ontario To start my new job, I need to relocate from current province. As the new job offer is contract ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Can a contractor quit whenever he wants? [closed]

Where I live there technically is no law requiring a person to give notice when quitting. I've never worked as a contractor before but a company made me an offer with the clause Company has the ...
5
votes
1answer
696 views

Had to cancel shift and now been removed from roster

I'm not sure what to call it but for work I go around to different locations and promote various products to increase sales (so usually I'm giving out free samples and educating customers). There are ...
-5
votes
4answers
280 views

Can I add extra hours to my invoice to compensate for my faster delivery? [closed]

I'm an individual contractor (out of the US) and work on a Time & Material basis. I do knowledge work. My "problem" is that I do things much faster than the average knowledge worker. For example, ...
0
votes
3answers
274 views

Contracting problems left and right - where do I start? [closed]

In April, I signed a contract-to-hire agreement with a company I’ll call LF - my first real contracting gig, since most of what I'd done since graduation was smaller projects (i.e., setting up ...
3
votes
5answers
444 views

As a contractor taking on more responsibility, who do I talk to about getting a raise?

I work for a small-ish contracting agency, working on the systems of a much larger corporation. While I was hired as an entry-level QA, my role has since shifted to being more of a data analyst and ...
-2
votes
4answers
447 views

Customer is unhappy about my progress [closed]

Background: I have been deployed to a customer that has got a massive testing framework in place; in order to properly meet their expectation, I need to spend some time on learning their framework as ...
-2
votes
2answers
449 views

Can I “rent” a Canadian Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)? [closed]

I'm working with a startup in Canada, and we're at about the 18 month mark where we get to do our final sales demo. Everything has gone great so far, and we've grown the company from 2 employees to 20,...
-1
votes
2answers
295 views

Ten weeks into a contract-to-hire and company wants to cut out the “to hire” part [duplicate]

I accepted a position through a recruiting agency and was told that I would be a contractor for no more than four months, at which point I would become a salaried employee, receive a substantial pay ...
0
votes
3answers
742 views

What does a job description mean by “candidates need to be able to work on a W2 basis”?

If a job description requires candidates need to be able to work on a W2 basis, what does it mean? What does it prevent? For example, does it mean no contractor from a consulting company? Is ...
-2
votes
2answers
432 views

Contract Employee - They want me to stay but I want to resign [closed]

I started 6 months ago at a software consulting company, with a temporary contract for 9 months. Last week, I was contacted by HR, and they said that I would be having a meeting with my manager, the ...
6
votes
5answers
1k views

How to deal with offensive jokes from our client's project manager?

I work for a government contractor as a third party independent contractor for about a month now. I directly report to and take orders from the government employee that I interviewed with before ...
-3
votes
3answers
345 views

How do I handle not getting paid by an ex-employer for contract work? [closed]

I worked for a small company for ~2 years. During that time, I made myself invaluable, etc. However, I eventually received an offer from another company that I decided to take. As a gesture of ...
0
votes
4answers
232 views

Contract negotiation [closed]

I have been put forward to an employee, by a recruiter, for 550 per day. After the interview they wanted to make me an offer but I said: Given the company and what I have heard, I want 650. The ...
6
votes
6answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

W2 rate WITHOUT benefits - How compare to 1099?

I am a freelance web developer on a job search. Is $65/hr W2 with NO BENEFITS basically the same as $65/hr 1099? Also, does W2 mean I'm an employee vs a contractor basically? I used to figure 20% ...
5
votes
5answers
728 views

What are viable alternatives to billing by the hour?

Whether you are freelancing or your company is offering a contract, it is very common to charge by the hour. Yet: The customer wants a result within a reasonable time for a reasonable price. Whether ...
8
votes
3answers
845 views

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 ...
83
votes
6answers
16k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
256 views

As a software contractor, what should and shouldn't I bill for? [closed]

I've been a software engineer for 4 years and I've recently picked up a side gig doing some contract work for another company. I've had a few initial introductory and knowledge transfer meetings. I ...
84
votes
11answers
25k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

How to list contract-to-hire conversion on resume/LinkedIn when looking for new jobs

Background I am an interactive designer that was in a contract-to-hire position (at one company, “Company A”) for exactly 1 year with an outside contracting agency. I’ve recently been converted to an ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I effectively negotiate compensation at the end of a contract-to-hire period?

I am employed by a consulting firm that contracts me out to a company I work at daily. I am a full employee, benefits, 401(k), the works. The contract allows me to be hired directly by the daily ...
5
votes
6answers
5k views

Who should pay my travel expenses? I'm a 1099 contractor going on a trip for my client [closed]

I'm a 1099 contractor to a full-time client in another state. They need me to meet with one of their customers (in another state) in order to try and drum up more work but they are requiring that I ...
2
votes
2answers
292 views

What is a standard consulting differential pay rate?

I occasionally get offers to consult, usually followed up by a question about my rate. Seems like it is pretty easy to find salary information about a particular job, but not so much the corresponding ...
0
votes
2answers
231 views

Is it illegal to request full time from foreign contractors in UK?

I have a "good" but so far boring corporate job (Sr. PHP dev) in a german pharmaceutical company, at Argentina, with good benefits (gold health insurance, 3 weeks vacation, paid lunch and snacks). I ...
5
votes
5answers
761 views

Consulting companies - how much the end client knows about how much I am paid?

My questions refer to "consulting companies" in the programming field in the US. When I work for an end client through such a consulting company, does the end client usually know/care how much the ...
0
votes
1answer
351 views

Agency requires that I create a business to accept contract work. Will I get in trouble with the law for doing this? [closed]

I recently accepted a job offer from a Staffing Agency after interviewing with the company. The agency says I must be Incorporated as a business (and specifically not a sole proprietor) in order to be ...
-2
votes
2answers
1k views

Company forgot to have me sign contract and now wont pay until I do and job is finished [closed]

I had a job where I worked a couple weeks for a temp agency. The hours were long and they owe me a large amount of money, which I need. The other day I got an email saying they had forgotten to get me ...
1
vote
2answers
238 views

If I work for a certain company through a contracting agency, how will that affect my background checks? [duplicate]

Basically as the title says. And should I put the contracting agency on my resume or just their client (the employer I'll be working with)? Also, how will this affect my background checks? Will ...