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workplace cultures, customs, or laws of the European Continent, both EU and non-EU countries

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How to handle questions/concerns about my new job when I've not started working yet?

Things have changed since I accepted a job offer. How should I raise my concerns to my new employeer? Some background: This takes place in Europe. I work in IT. So I was contacted by a recruiter ...
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How to avoid funny initiatives?

I recently started a new job as software engineer in a company with 100 to 200 employees. The company is run like a startup (flexibility, flat management, etc) and there are plenty of interesting ...
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“Startup” working hours - is it normal to be asked to work 11 hours/ day?

I recently relocated to Germany (I am already an EU citizen), and this is the first of the stronger job offers - I did a technical task, did a Skype call, everything went ok, but the working hours ...
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How to deal with complaints about you - if you warned against the risk?

I'm a consultant (employed by an external company to work for different companies). I'm on a client project, whose scope has grown to more than 200% of the initially planned scope shortly after ...
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What options are there for getting help with job hunting? Especially abroad

2 months ago I decided that I didn't like the life I have in the town I moved to a year ago for my current job. So, I dusted off my CV and submitted it to every site I could think of, expecting to get ...
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How to diplomatically tell your boss that he needs to find a replacement … or two or three

I realise from the title its a subjective topic, as a bit of background, I have been in this project and this company for just about 5 months. I have a boss who is very good at being the happy, ...
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I'm leaving a company, and I have too many passwords/keys

I'm an European software developer and I am changing company. To do my job, during the years I have received (from my boss and colleagues) a lot of non-personal shared secrets, like: root accounts ...
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Interviewer is being interviewed in my company

I had an interview with a company X with different people, one of them should be my future manager in that company. I discovered that this person is now in the hiring process in my current company ...
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We suspect colleague is stealing company code - what do we do?

Context I work at a mid-sized company, where everything is proprietary. As with all software companies we use distributed version control, meaning all employees have all the code on their computer ...
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Colleagues speaking another language and it impacts work

I am aware of the following questions, but feel like they don't apply completely here because of the meeting issue (point 2 below): Everyone at work except me speaks another language How to deal ...
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Complaints from (junior) developers against solution architects: how can we show the benefits of our work and improve relationships?

I’ve been working in an IT company for 7 years (and I have a 14+ total work experience). About 2 years ago I was promoted to the solution architect's office. In my company a solution architect is a ...
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Limit negativity inside Software Quality Assurance team

I am the technical co-founder of a small software startup with a complex product. Needless to say, it is hard to find a balance between adding new features which customers pay for while keeping ...
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How to convince my employer to give me unpaid leave so I can take an internship overseas

So I work as a software developer for a startup consisting of ~20 people in Europe which is doing very well. I've been working here for a year and a half which is all of my work experience. I'm also ...
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Is it advisable to inform the CEO about his brother accessing his office?

Facts: Mid-sized company with multiple branches. I wrote the access-control (among other things) powering the smart readers and I'm entitled to a master-token. Brother of CEO is employed as well in a ...
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Answering questions about salary expectations [duplicate]

In the last few weeks, I have been applying like crazy as I am desperate to leave my awful current job as soon as possible. I had a telephone interview with one recruiter some days ago and was asked ...
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Should I focus on my grades or on finishing my degree on time? [closed]

I am doing an 5-year Integrated Master's degree (3-year Bachelor + 2-year Master) on Physics in Europe. Aiming for a thesis in Quantum Computation/Information. I am currently on the 4th year and have ...
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How to deal with co-worker who promises a lot, but does not deliver?

I work for a very large, multinational company. In our company, we are often tasked to work with employees from different countries, from different teams, etc. Recently, I had to work on a big ...
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What are the ways to learn to manage your work life better? [closed]

I have the impression I need some coaching on how to deal with my job related issues. I find my career important but face some doubts navigating office politics, managing people, communicating and ...
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Best practice for storing emails to protect yourself from potentially bad employers

Many answers to questions here involve creating a paper trail when things go south. The most convenient method is definitely emails. In order to protect yourself, you may need evidence of someone's ...
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How to deal with apathetic co-worker?

I work in gastronomy in a rather small restaurant. The co-worker I spend most of my work-day around has become more and more apathetic over the past few months. It was a very gradual change, so I am ...
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Applicants clearly not having the skills they advertise

I work in a small (~25 FTE) ICT company related to energy infrastructure in Germany, Europe. I've recently been promoted to Department leader due to the people above me moving on, and thus have ...
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Who decides on the job offer salary? [closed]

I recently interviewed at a software development company (~300 employees) and they have called me to come again when they will give me an offer. I interviewed with a HR person and the team lead, and ...
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How are confidentiality agreements interpreted/enforced, where the employees primary marketable skill is know-how?

I have recently seen a very "light-weight" contract from a respectable company where the confidentiality clause essentially stated that the employee was subject to confidentiality with regard to ...
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Employee is self-centered and affects the team negatively

I manage a satellite office of about 25 people for my company. This question is about Jane, a new employee. She is young, in her mid 20s. I was the one who hired her. She seemed very pleasant and ...
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Got moved to a different position from what I signed up for. Is it too late to raise the problem after a few months?

Got an interview and talked with some people, but not my current direct supervisor. Got hired and things were OK, but because of the training I wasn't really working on the stuff I got hired for, so I ...
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How can I write in my resume that I can relocate without any problem and do not need any kind of 'relocation money'?

I am a junior software developer thus it's not very profitable for a company on their own and I fully understand it. But I always wanted to live abroad. I do not need any visas (I am an EU citizen) ...
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Is it ok to offer lower paid work as a trial period before negotiating for a full-time job?

I am currently employed as a TA (statistics related) at a university until September, but I'm looking to transition into industry. I am looking to work in software development or data science. I ...
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Bonus error in my favor [closed]

I'm working in Europe for a big multinational company. I was promoted last year, with an increase on my base salary and bonus. I recently received my bonus for last year. However my company just told ...
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How to pace job-application process in great job market? [duplicate]

Currently, the job market for anything coding or data related is really great in the Netherlands. I have had two interviews, both were for places I would like to work and I have a short list of 4 ...
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Should I notify candidate about the fragile state of my company?

I'm running a small IT startup (private firm), funded from my own pocket. We are working on a development project, which is not yet generating income. So far I've hired 3 employees with a 1-year ...
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How will losing mobility of one hand affect my career as a programmer?

The effects of a genetic disorder started affecting one of my hands. Now it's barely visible and only causes mild discomfort and a slight loss of agility, but upon reaching its final stage my hand ...
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What to do if I am feeling useless at work?

Context: I had was on a 4 month school internship in a software development company. After these 4 months, I stayed at the company as we discussed it before the internship. It's been 2 months since ...
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Where is the line between being obedient and getting bullied by a boss?

As an employee it is obvious part of the contract that I do the job assigned to me by my boss, and in those terms he has control to a high degree over what I do, when I do it etc. While it's ...
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Posible employer requested test project with the Unlicense

This isn't a duplication of Submit code during interview, it's more a specific case. Let me tell how the situation developed. I was contacted by a small company(<50) in Europe. I am located in ...
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Game development and e-reputation

I am currently working as IT architect / tech expert. In my free time, I have developed a few apps and made them available on stores. Some of these are utility apps, some of these are games. I've ...
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Job search in Europe from other countries in IT [closed]

Can anyone tell me is there any mandatory way to get a job in Europe?. Consider both scenarios what type of non technical qualifications I need to get. I visited a lot of websites and blogs but I can'...
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Boss asked me to sign a resignation paper without a date on it along with my new contract

After messing up at work by calling in sick way beyond the assigned time (my day starts at 9, and I called in at 11) I got a stern talk with my boss and senior programmer. My boss was ready to fire me ...
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Is it appropriate to give a culturally-traditional gift to a female coworker?

I'm a male in my mid 20s and I've been working at a multinational corporation for about a year. For a couple of months I've had a crush on a female coworker that I've never interacted with (we work on ...
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Dealing with senior engineer who prioritises requirements based on opinion and interestingness

I am an engineer in a product team. We are building something rather new to our department. We do not have much experience with it, thus high uncertainty and risk. Decision making is either personal ...
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Peer co-worker “out-performing” me due to access rights left over from previous role

My co-worker 'Jan' and I have both worked for the company for a couple of years in our respective roles, but in totally separate teams/functions until now. We have now (a few months ago) been brought ...
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Employee (my direct report) underperforming due to religious fasting - how to address?

As a line manager, I've "inherited" (from a previous boss who has left the company) an employee who carries out a fast (i.e., not eating) during the day for a period of time as part of a religious ...
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When to look for a new job without looking like a job hopper

One year ago I got my first job in IT (in some area A), and so far everything is going well. However, after graduating university, I wanted to work in a different area (let's call it area B), but I ...
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Boss showing lack of respect towards colleague

I've been with my company for 9 months as a software developer. Several times I've witnessed the boss shouting at people, talking condescendingly or aggressively. So far, he's only pulled me aside to ...
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Work in other EU countries while I have temporary Residence permit in Lithuania [closed]

I am iOS Developer and co-founder of a startup in Lithuania and as non-EU citizen I have startup visa and temporary residence permit in Lithuania. Do I have permission to looking for job in other EU ...
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Asking about eating policy during interview

TL;DR: I want to work in a company with a strict no-eating-in-office policy. How can I ask about it during an interview? Background: Western Europe, software engineering, ~2 years experience. I have ...
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Background Check and Relocation [closed]

Employer offered a job that required relocation and a background check I had been through background checks in the past and had no issues. A few weeks after providing my consent for the check, they've ...
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What if I won't sign the contract immediately?

I was in an interview and I'm pretty confident I will get the job. I'm wondering one thing. If they asks me to come to the office to sign the employment contract, what will they react if I say that I ...
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Can I negotiate my rent if it is a German company but they want me to relocate to another country?

Can I ask the German company to help me with expenses of housing to be able to move if they need me in another country in Europe?
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Is lack of degree in quantitative science a problem when applying for jobs in advanced analytics?

I have an advanced degree in a field, which is only to some - limited - extent quantitative. I've learnt a bit of programming on my own and have had an opportunity to use it professionally already, ...
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How to respond when being asked by my manager about a coworkers plan to leave the company? [closed]

Note: This happened to me several years when working in another company, but a similar event reminded me about this (current workplace) A colleague who I have been working with for more than a year ...