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Questions tagged [europe]

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

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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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4answers
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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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4answers
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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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20answers
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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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4answers
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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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6answers
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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 ...
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2answers
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How can I ask my employer to pay me in Bitcoin? [closed]

I'd like to change my contract to get paid in Bitcoin but before I start discussion I'd like to figure out what would the procedure and legalities of this are in Europe. Is it even legal? Bitcoin's ...
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1answer
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How much should I ask as an Atlassian administrator? [duplicate]

could you please help me figure out my salary? For me, it is not easy to figure the salary range for this one, since not a lot of people I know work in this area so I have little to compare with. I ...
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12answers
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Will declining my company's many social events negatively influence my career?

I've been working for this company in the Netherlands for 6 months now. When they said they valued get-togethers and game nights, I expected the occasional Friday afternoon gathering or a game night ...
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1answer
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GDPR compliance and using personal devices for work [closed]

As part of our work in a EU company, we are allowed to use our personal electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, etc.) As part of the GDPR compliance, our IT admin asked us to provide him with the ...
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2answers
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Is Airbnb housing with colleagues as roommates an acceptable practice in the business? [closed]

The company that I work for is a small to medium side company. When required to travel (10% - 15% annually) we are getting fully compensated for the food expenses (being reasonable as an average) and ...
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4answers
969 views

Dealing with an employee's constant bad mood and lack of motivation

Company Background: We are a small logistics provider in Europe. A few months ago there's been a change in management and now I'm in charge. I've been with the company for over 5 years and quite ...
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1answer
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Is it likely to get a job in Europe as a front end software developer with no bachelor? [closed]

So, I figure that this question may have been asked a few times in the past (or maybe with some different details) but basically I was measuring the odds of being hired in the EU, preferably Germany ...
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4answers
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How to tell boss about romantic relationship with coworker

I recently started a romantic relationship with one of my coworkers. How do I best inform my boss about the situation? Background: Our relationship has been growing for ~2 months now, we're both ...
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1answer
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Work permit and job offer withdrawal

My boyfriend (citizen of a non-EU country) has finished his studies in an EU country and has begun looking for a job in that EU country. Usually, the main reason for the many rejections he received ...
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3answers
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When and how should I tell my employer I have a chronic illness?

I have been working with my current employer for 7 months. I am an interim employee and currently on project that is ending in December. I have an 'indefinite' contract. (I'm in The Netherlands) ...
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15answers
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Is it “ok” to work on personal projects when home sick?

I work as a software developer, working for a client that is invoiced by the company I'm employed at. Yesterday I got sick, symptoms being fever & nausea. With fever, the general treatment is ...
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2answers
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Can an unsuccessful applicant request an employer/recruiter to provide records about him/her according to GDPR? [closed]

Under the GDPR right of access, [t]he controller shall provide a copy of the personal data undergoing processing. During and possibly after the interview process, an employer or recruitment agencies ...
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3answers
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How to be prepared for legal threats when resigning? [closed]

Context I am a salaried full-time employee at a small company where there are about 30 people. This is in western Europe. There is a high amount of employee turnover and frequently people leaving are ...
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9answers
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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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10answers
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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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5answers
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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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7answers
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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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1answer
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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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3answers
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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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8answers
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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'...