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Is it acceptable to quit in the middle of a project, when I am the only team member?

The backstory: I am a paid intern who did OK initially, and so was handed a fairly major project and was given free reign over it. The project is now over half way done. The client thus far has been ...
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As a developer; Not getting time to test, receiving extreme deadlines and not being listened to by the manager

A few months back I took over a job from someone who was quitting for the same reasons I am here today. The job involved developing an in-house application that would be used mostly by the staff. The ...
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How to stop an employee from holding the company hostage?

I work in a team that writes software to facilitate one of the key business units of the company. I joined the team a few months ago and found out that there is high turn-over in my team due to one ...
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How to lead a group of developers who have much more talent than you

I recently was asked to take a hybrid leadership/development role with the client I am working for. I will be billing at a higher rate and responsible for reporting and other administrative tasks. I ...
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Software Industry - is this normal to feel lost in first month?

I've been working with software development for nearly 3 years, but always in small companies with 6 employees at most. In Dec 2018, I started working in a big company and I'm still feeling completely ...
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How can I keep employees motivated?

What are some effective tactics used to keep employees motivated and enthusiastic for the company vision and to achieve long-term retention? (developers mainly) Or if you are an employee: what have ...
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Should I count the hours that I wait for my code to run?

I am working on a project and I'm paid by hours. The majority of my work is computational programming and I need to run not-very-light computational jobs each day multiple times. Quite often the ...
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Doing Inefficient Work vs Eliminating Own Position

I recently started a position as the sole web designer/developer in a company with almost zero experience in the field, resulting in very little oversight or evaluation of my performance in regard to ...
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What can I do about doing badly on an impromptu coding test?

I have been at my organization for around 18 months. I took a technical programming test (basically a C# kata of sorts) in the interview and flunked it. However, they said they liked my attitude and ...
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As a developer, how can I ask for more freedom when confronted with a tight IT security policy?

I've just joined a new company of around 100 employees, 15 of which are developers (including myself). A very frustrating aspect of the job is the IT security policy. As developers we need access to ...
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Should I be concerned about the bring-your-own-device policy?

I had an interview before the weekend (they found me on stack overflow and I haven't been offered the job yet, so I'm posting anonymously). It's for a permanent position with a company that's been ...
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IT consultant left and no one can understand his style of programming [closed]

There are a small group of programmers where I work. A few years ago our boss brought a consultant in to help us move to a newer programming language. Since then our boss was 'resigned' and we now ...
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Why interviewers ask algorithm questions even if job position doesn't require such knowledge?

I have seen lot of interviewers asking advance algorithm and data structure questions while job doesn't require any knowledge of them. It is true for a lot of times so why interviewers ask such ...
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Quitting a job in the middle of a project [duplicate]

I started working for a company a year ago. I don't remember exactly what was said in the interview, but the job was for a junior developer. My interest in working in this company, in addition to ...
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How to deal with coworker undoing my (dev) commit

I'm a developer who recently got switched to a project that has been run single-handedly by a co-worker for a few years. The following has happened more than once: My co-worker will go straight to ...
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Getting a junior developer to be more self-reliant

I'm a developer working alongside a young junior developer. Jimmy (not his real name) is reasonably astute, but always comes to me when he experiences minor obstacles. I understand, that nobody can be ...
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Letting employees choose their own IDE [closed]

I manage a team of developers and am evaluating the company's development standards in preparation for some new employees. Previously the tools we used have been pretty industry standard (e.g. Visual ...
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How to apply for full time telecommute developer positions?

I've been a successful telecommuter as an contractor in an application developer role on a random basis. Usually contractors aren't allowed this opportunity, but I've always been able to deliver ...
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What can I conclude about poorly performing interview candidates?

I recently held interviews of two offshore C# programmers (from India). Both interviews went reasonably well until I gave them a minor programming challenge to be solved in collaboration with me. On a ...
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Are pre-interview “tests” common for frontend development positions?

I'm a full stack developer (whatever that means, I'm a code monkey tbh) and I'm trying to break into frontend dev positions. One company that nibbled on my resume is asking me to take a "test" to ...
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how to write a resume after having worked in a single (research) organization

I have worked all my career (since 1985) at the same research organization - CEA (the French equivalent of US DoE) as a research engineer (in 1990 I got a PhD in computer science). Except for a one ...
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Should I talk with my boss for a promised raise?

First of all I need to specify that the job is located in Mexico. I am a recent graduated Engineer and got a job as a Junior developer in a local company. When my current boss offered me this position ...
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Listing short but relevant work experience on resume

I'm updating my resume and would like to emphasize a short but relevant work experience from 3 years ago (web development), which was followed by a year of work outside my usual competence area (c++) ...
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Resign or stay? Resign during probation or wait and give 3 months notice [closed]

I am an iOS developer in London. Probation review: for them I successfully passed the probation. I asked for a raise, as for the market I deserve more, and the answer was You are really good and ...
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Contract to Hire salary conversion? [duplicate]

I am currently a contractor working for a DOD contract company as an application developer. I will begin the process of converting over to a full time employee of the DOD company here soon. Recently ...
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As a recent graduate with limited experience, is the company name or the work more important on a CV? [closed]

If I change my job, what matters for my next employer : The projects I have undertaken / technology(s) I have worked upon. Or the name of the current company (which might be a very small company).