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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Politely decline government position while remaining contractor in same position

I am currently a contractor and I have been offered a position as a federal employee doing essentially the same thing working with the same people with the essentially the same tasks/responsibilities. ...
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Client reduced pay rate on 3rd day of joining as a IT contractor [closed]

I am an international student, faced a very rough job search days and finally got placed as a Developer. Three companies involved here: A, B and C. A interviewed and selected me but asked to come ...
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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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Can I omit a job from the employment history on my background check?

I am currently working for Company A for almost a year as a contractor and was recently offered to come onto the company's payroll. After a brief conversation with my manager, he sent over the ...
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How can i get a definitive answer from my manager for my perm contract?

I've been working for my current company since April last year. I currently work in an administrative role. I am a contractor with an ongoing contract. After 2 months of me working here, my manager ...
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Corp-to-Corp to FTE w/ Range Request? [closed]

Currently, I work for a client as a Corp-to-Corp (C2C) contractor. I'm discussing an FTE offer with another company. The company is waiting for me to give them a salary $ number - as part of the ...
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President Misleading Investors, Should Employees Tell?

I work in a small firm of 10 people, with one President who answers to a group of directors who are investors. They do not work in the office. The board approved the President's hiring of his buddy ...
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Who do I talk to to force a contractor co-worker to stop vaping? [closed]

There is a question very similar to this but it doesn't answer my question. I'm an employee. My co-worker is a contractor. I asked him to stop vaping in the office he shares, but he's ignored my plea....
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A contractor I work with for the same client bothers my resources

Currently my company is contracted by another company. We work besides another big company where the employees of this companies inquire a lot from us. It has got to the point where we feel like we ...
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Employer won't tell me if I will be extended or not [closed]

I am a software developer contractor for a certain company. This is my second time around with them with the same team. On both my times with the company I have got no feedback on whether they will ...
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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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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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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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Inner workings of Software Recruiters/Staffing Companies [closed]

A company will typically pay a staffing company for "temporary" talent. In the software industry these temporary positions can be preferable to full time positions and can therefore last a very long ...
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How to train someone who is unlike to take up a job [closed]

I am working for a software consulting company, we provide software testing service to our customers. Not long ago, we developed a test suite for our customer. By the end of our contract, one ...
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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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Opinions: Starting Career in IT [closed]

I'm a recent graduate and have been looking for my first full time job for 8 months. I have little work experience which has been the main roadblock in my job search. I recently got accepted into ...
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Are corporate doors more open for incorporated contractors than unincorporated ones?

I am aware that some bigger companies are reluctant to directly hire unincorporated independent contractors for shorter-term software engineering projects. What happens is that instead they engage ...
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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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What happens when a company refuses to give an independent software contractor any work while still under contract [closed]

I am a independent software contractor for a company and have signed a contract stating I must work x number of hours a month from January 1st until July 31st. In the beginning of July, the company ...
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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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No contract extension because pregnancy? [closed]

My wife, who has been in a contract role for almost a year with several extension, has been told today that her contract may not be extended after end of this month - due to contract extension issues. ...
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How to react when a recruitment agency lies to a company about salary?

I am temping for a company, and a week ago we found out that the recruitment agency has been lying to both me and the company about the salary. They are charging the company X dollars, and have told ...
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How much notice is required if a company sacks a temp before the contract is over? [closed]

I am on a 3 month contract, but now the company says they can not afford me and have hired someone else permanently to do my job (they couldn't hire me because of a clause in the agreement with the ...
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How to deal with a contracting client trying to get me to go fulltime [closed]

I work for a contracting firm contracting for a major company. I've been working at this company for almost 6 months now and everyone is very satisfied with my performance. One of my superiors, a ...
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Discussing salary as a jr developer [duplicate]

I'm currently employed as a contractor as a jr php developer. I will be finding out within the next week if I will be hired as a full time employee. This is my first 'real' job and make a nice ...
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Changing emotive wording in a factual document

A colleague is putting together a PID (Project Initiation Document) to outline some issues with some of our IT architecture. She's a Project Management Team Lead, I'm an outside contractor brought in ...
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How do I decide over my expected salary that I can ask my employer while I'm hired as permanent employee?

I was hired as temporary employee to X company by a contracting agency. I was given a hike of 60% while I joined as contractor and its hardly six months since I had joined the X company my manager ...
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Company still hasn't sent my 1099 tax form

I am a translator for a company. I work from home on my computer and they send me emails with documents they need translated when needed. Come March I still had not received any tax form from them. I ...
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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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Unethical Employer force me to file a resignation [closed]

I've been in a company for 8 months now and I have signed a contract for 1 year and I have finished my project. My contract is not specific to this project; it is a year term of employment for the ...
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When should I let my contractor know that I won't be staying?

I am currently employed as a contractor for Company X through a consulting agency until mid June 2016. The consulting agency has a very good history of converting contractors to FTEs with Company X. ...
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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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As independent contractor could an employeer require me to work a specific number of working hours? [closed]

I have a Independent Contractor Agreement with a company in Texas (I'm outside US). The agreement says: "It is understood that Contractor is an independent contractor in the performance of this ...
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Potential employer/client is vague, texts me on WhatsApp

I am a software engineer looking for short-term employment and/or work on a for-hire basis (for a number of reasons - I know I'll have other commitments in 2017-18). Now - there is this guy, who got ...
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Is it possible to handle breaking a contract in a professional manner?

I work for Staffing Firm A as a Contractor, currently working at Company A as my assignment. The contract is slated to last a year — June 2015 to June 2016. I have been freelancing for Company B in ...
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Contract renewal [duplicate]

I work in IT, as a contractor, and my renewal is coming up in a couple of months and I am wondering how the process is for asking a raise? I have researched around and I am being paid below market ...
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How best to handle issues within a team that I'm a member, but not manager of?

I'm part of a small team (<10) that's only been together for 6 months. Most of the relationships within the team are very good, but we have a contractor who very blatantly spends in the region of ...
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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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Too much additional responsibility as a part-time employee

Context I have been working as an independent contracted employee for a start-up for 1.5 years, part-time (10-15 hours per week), and am the sole developer. I am also a full-time university student ...
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DHS public trust clearance

One of the TOP ten government contractor applied for DHS Public trust clearance for me. It took about 5 months for approval. By that time clearance being approved, I joined another job which does not ...
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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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Contracting job, employer wants Social Security number and date-of-birth for adding me to payroll

I'm an artist, and I got a message through my website the other day asking if I could create a vector version of an illustration for an ad campaign. After a brief negotiation for payment, I accepted ...
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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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Pro help: How to sneak out for an interview when I am still newly employed? [duplicate]

So i had this interview on friday and I have work on that day. I plan to take a half day leave but the problem is I DONT KNOW WHAT REASON TO TELL MY MANAGER WHY I WILL HAVE TO TAKE A LEAVE! Of course ...
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When hiring a contractor for a gig, how to figure out what to pay them?

I hired a contractor for a very-short term programming gig. But he claimed that he took extra time in doing it. And wanted a bonus. When it came time to pay, I got an email reading : Can you ...
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How should a part-time independent contractor ask for a raise

I work part time for an engineering consulting firm. I have been working there for about 9 months with the last 6 months being very consistent - the engagement built up slowly. My hours vary between ...
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Is it ethical to demand a rate increase in the middle of a contract? [duplicate]

If I engaged in a one year employment contract, and 6 months in I decide I am unhappy with my hourly rate, would it be unethical to demand a rate increase?
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When to ask about contract extension [duplicate]

Today, one of my coworkers was hired on full time from a contract position. This got me a little bit worried about my future at my current company (explanation to follow). I was hired back in ...
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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 ...