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

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Colleague blocks change request in peer review because of perceived mistakes in code, but suggested improvements do not work

In the company I work for, change requests go through various steps, including a development step, a peer review step and a testing step. On this particular change request, I have been assigned as a ...
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How to provide anonymous feedback about a problematic manager in order to be helpful?

I work for a large company that started a process called Agile Transformation in order to raise productivity and shorten delivery time. This happened about 3-4 years ago and recently one of the top ...
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My manager notoriously lies

I have a manager that continually lies. She became our manager about 8 months ago. I started at the corporation two weeks later. I'm 28 and relatively new in my profession. The situations where she ...
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Other candidates' address in “recipients” list in a mail [closed]

As a student soon to be graduated, I a looking for my first job. I have been fortunate enough to have a recruitment process with several companies. One of those companies sent me a mail, asking me ...
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How to provide feedback about an unprofessional manager during the exit interview? [duplicate]

Two of my colleagues working within another department are leaving the company and they will have an exit interview. They have informally shared with me and other colleagues that one of the reasons ...
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How to adjust a reserved South Asian coworker to the casual culture of a Central European mid-size company?

(sorry in advance for being less concrete about the country where the company is situated in and also where the new co-worker is coming from and about the gender of the co-worker. I did this for ...
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How to ask about unpaid overtime without burning bridges?

I live in a country with no distinction between exempt and non-exempt jobs. In my country you are always officially required to work the number of hours specified in your contract and you are ...
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Should I say I have a Bachelor Degree when actually my degree is another one?

In my country, there are two kinds of undergraduate degrees (Bachelors and Technologic). My degree is currently the latter one, but it is basically the same curriculum of a Bachelor in Computer ...
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When do you enter and leave your office? (Europe) [closed]

Upon finishing my masters degree I moved to Spain for personal reasons. I was lucky to find a job very fast, the workplace is great and coworkers too. However I noticed some cultural differences at ...
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1answer
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How to ask for a sabbatical? [closed]

I'm currently working on a project in a company for over a year. It's a contracting company, so changing a project isn't a big issue. I want to do it, but the thing is that I plan to take a sabbatical ...
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1answer
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How to harmonize employer's request to keep the salary confidential with a law requiring its disclosure?

Several weeks ago I signed for a petition and a person asked me to consider to become a candidate for one of the districts of the city I live in. Digging a little about what this involves, I found ...
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How can I, as an uneducated person from Lithuania, become employed in space exploration industry? [closed]

I am very well aware that Stack Exchange discourages personal and opinion-based questions that will likely be useful to no one except the original poster. However, I know for a fact that there are ...
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Is it ok to ask a question about a specific workflow during the interview?

I have recently received an invitation for an interview by a local bank. It just happens that I am a client of this bank for some years and I am quite familiar with how they work (from a normal client'...
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Increasing Engagement with Competence Development

I am in part responsible for competence development in a small part (about 300 employees) of a large multinational tech company in Europe. We have recently seen decreased engagement with the various ...
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1answer
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What variations are allowed to a “European cv” template (if I want it to be still legitimately called a “European CV”)? [closed]

In order to apply for a certain position, I need to submit a "European CV". (this) Assuming that I keep the "style" (font, formatting, etc.), what variations am I allowed to do (if I want it to be ...
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Should I approach my manager about questionable project management?

Background Currently I'm interning at a medium sized software company. So far I have been getting along well with everyone and they seem to like me aswell. The only predicament I have is my current ...
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1answer
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How do I make it clear to my employer that I want to give 4 weeks notice to our client? [duplicate]

I work as a contractor for a major company in Western Europe, since September. By contractor, I mean that I am employed by a company, which sells my time to a client (the major company). I am not ...
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receiving email on a sunday morning [closed]

What does it say about the culture of a company, when an executive assistant is sending emails on a sunday morning? We are in the same time zone and i sent the email on friday. I would not have ...
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How/if to mention that I DON'T need a work permit/visa in job applications?

I'm an American with dual citizenship with an EU country. I'm in the process of applying for my first job in France (my French is pretty good, but it's obvious I'm not native - plus I have an American ...
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4answers
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Personalized vs Standardized CV [closed]

In applying for a job in continental Europe (area of expertise is Computer Science). Should my CV resemble a standardized format (eg. Europass) or would a completely personalized CV give me a better ...
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4answers
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I can freely choose the operating system on company workstation. Any workplace concerns to be aware of?

I'm taking a new job soon. The new company will let me install any operating system of my choice on the company workstation. At my current job, I was given a choice between Ubuntu and MacOS, so I am ...
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4answers
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Management resolved my sexual harassment complaint by moving my work location

I'm a 20 year old female, who recently started an internship. We work in an open office environment. One of the permanent employees, "Bob", who is about 40 to 50 years old, behaved inappropriately ...
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How to answer the question “What do you dislike the most at the workplace?” from an interviewee?

Today, five minutes before the interview, my manager grabbed me and asked me to participate in an interview with a potential candidate for a software developer position. I did the technical part of ...
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As a candidate how to answer “If you were accepted everywhere, which company will you choose?”

Recruiters often ask the question: "Did you also applied to other companies?" And if the answer is positive they complete with: "If you were accepted everywhere, which company will you choose?" ...
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Should I discuss amount of sick days with HR?

The past 6 months I have been ill or working from home because of the illness for about 2-3 days a month. I realise this is not optimal for an employer, but nobody has complained/asked any questions ...
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Employment Non-disclosure Agreement

I am considering changing positions, so I went to an interview and they liked me. That's it. Now here is the problem, I asked them to see the contract of my employment, and they said that I first ...
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1answer
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How is meeting one's future team common for a candidate?

A friend of mine is in the process of being hired by a large company (traditional engineering tech). The position is executive in IT (second line to the CEO), reporting to the CIO and dotted line to ...
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What to do with a racist/sexist workplace? [closed]

I am a middle eastern working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field in Europe. In Academia, I experienced no discrimination, but after I joined a local company with good ...
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Is it reasonable to leave my company phone at my workplace?

For security reasons, my boss wants to reach us and is worried by the fact that we use our private mobile phones. To remedy this, everyone is getting a company phone with a strict app policy. We are ...
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2answers
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Minimum office space in European Union legislation [closed]

Is there an European Union law that defines the minimum office space a desk employee (i.e. people that use a desk and computer) should have ? I found some laws in Germany and UK, but nothing at EU-...
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3answers
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Company offered me an unexpected contract

I am looking for a job and I am based in Europe. After a successful application to a US based company, and a chat with the owners in which we talked about perks, full time permanent employment, etc. ...
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2answers
1k views

How to notify employer about another sick leave after I already had one recently?

I work for a company that provides IT services to a corporation. About 6 months ago I had a surgery done. Following the surgery I was on a 2-month sick leave to heal up and rehabilitate. Now it turns ...
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Can a receptionist open mail addressed to me? [closed]

Our receptionist has an annoying habit of opening letters addressed to me, and then handing the letter to me. I have asked several other members of staff and it seems like she doesn't do this with ...
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3answers
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Long employment agreement [closed]

I am in the process of changing a job, and I just got the employment agreement papers - they're 10 pages long... I'm not used to such things, until now in all my jobs they had 3 pages max. It says ...
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Fired without following through [closed]

I have a business idea (the business still is not set up) that I have been speaking to investors about. One of the investors it turns out knew my boss and let slip that I had met with him (lesson ...
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Should I mention in my resume that I don't have a work permit?

I'm looking for a job in a foreign country in the EU. Should I mention right away in my resume or cover letter that I have no work permit in their country and therefore need a visa sponsorship? My ...
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Anything helpful to do for a socially challenged superior?

I've been in this situation in the past and it might not have been the last time (working in the tech industry, I've seen this type of behaviour also from other peoples' superiors). So I'm wondering ...
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What are my rights regarding to (female hygiene) bathroom facilities [closed]

My company has just expanded and opened a new building next to the old one. My whole department moved into the new building. This new building lacks (imo) good bathroom facilities. The toilet rolls ...
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Management position : Can I ask the interviewer why they did not promote someone within the team instead of recruiting?

I was interviewed a few days ago for a lead position in a support team. The role would be supporting the software and mentoring a 6 persons team. The role would encompass hiring duties and probably ...
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Is it possible to negotiate one's postdoctoral salary at Ecole Polytechnique in France? [closed]

Is it possible to negotiate the postdoctoral salary there? Has anyone negotiated a postdoctoral fellowship in Ecole Polytechnique in France? If yes, by how much? Quite likely (this is the same exact ...
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5answers
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Should I CC my old boss when applying for a new position at the same company?

A few years ago, I worked at company X. Recently, my old boss reached out to me and asked me if I'd like to apply for a full-time position. He's still working at company X. I am going to let him know ...
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work certificate - german company [duplicate]

One german company I applied for asked me an interesting question: To give my certificates (I presume my work certificates) Issue is I do not have any work certificates as it is uncommon in Belgium ...
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2answers
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The UK has voted to leave the EU. I am a British citizen living in Canada who is looking for employment within the EU, how will this affect me? [closed]

I recently graduated from a Canadian university, and am now looking at jobs within the EU; I love travelling and experiencing new cultures, hence why I would prefer to move elsewhere for this next ...
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Firing an incompetent subordinate in the relatively far future: when to tell him?

I'm a specialist at my company. Almost a year ago we hired someone to help me out (before, I was the only programmer in my department). He proved to be below average, but has been helpful in taking ...
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Is it acceptable not to include nationality and the date of birth into CV?

I have recently received some criticism that my CV does not include the date of birth and nationality, and I that should add this information in further applications. From the other side, I am not ...
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How do I resolve interviewing where companies offer 10% less than I ask? [closed]

I'm actively searching for a job right now and passed a decent amount of interviews. I ask average salary in the market and have several offers. The selection is not so big, but I revealed a rule: ...
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Europe - Usage of the T-V distinction (Vous / Usted / Sie) [closed]

In most western European countries, we have a form of politeness to adress either customer that we have not worked for a long time with or senior management : Vous / Usted / Sie (respectively French, ...
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How to handle a boss asking me, an IT admin, to monitor an employee's activity on his computer?

Here's the background of my specific case. The director of a department suspects that an employee is playing video games at work. This problem is aggravated by the fact that the department is ...
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How early does it make sense to apply for a job? [closed]

I'm a software engineer, planning to switch jobs. As I'm currently employed, I'll need at least 3 months to cancel my contract, but probably more to responsibly finish my current projects and tasks. ...
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Company hired me for a position but I am doing something else [closed]

A year ago I worked in a company as "senior engineer" on a large public facing website. Not the job of my life, but at least in the line of what I like to do. Then a large computer manufacturer ...