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Questions relating to the communication of views and opinions regarding work quality or performance, usually from a superior or colleague

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How can a company recover after a Glassdoor debacle?

This is concerning one of my previous employers. Recently some junior dev left a bad review, people found out, and this triggered a wave of disgruntled posts detailing their ill experiences. These are ...
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Coworker watches content on his phone all day

I work at a software company. I have a coworker who props up his phone most of the day, watching stuff while he works such as video game streamers, or cooking shows, or whatever. He's trying to give ...
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How can I ask my interviewers for feedback following an interview?

Recently, I had an interview with Amazon. At first, things went smoothly and well. After two interviews, they decided not to move forward with the process. I'm the type of person who wants to ...
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How do I know I'm not unknowingly messing up my software apprenticeship?

I'm currently in the second year of my apprenticeship as a software developer in Germany. My day-to-day work consists of getting tasks, doing them and then handing them off to the customer (other ...
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Should I go to an interview I don't intend to accept the job (if offered)?

In a conversation with a friend, he slipped that he intended to go to an interview for a senior position in software development. I was surprised, since I was under the impression he liked his current ...
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Can HR/Boss Require Your Username and Password?

We recently received this email at our work from the HR Department. We work in the healthcare industry and our username and password is linked to everything that we do. We have to follow strict HIPAA ...
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What are the possible downsides of answering an “anonymous” employee survey truthfully?

We recently got an invite to do a short (handful questions) anonymous survey on employee satisfaction. My first impulse would be to answer with my honest, negative impression of the employer: 'bad ...
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What does it mean when an interviewer is rude?

I've had a lot of interviews over the past 5 years and never had such an experience with an interviewer. I had an interview yesterday and we started by chatting casually about the work. He would ask ...
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Co-worker team leader wants to inject his friend's awful software into our development. What should I say to our common boss?

In theory, he is on the same level as me. In practice, he is above me (as de-facto team-leader). I am working in development/devops, with a partial overlap with his projects. We just had a meeting ...
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Giving feedback to someone without sounding prejudiced

I had this situation at work where a colleague (not my report, but junior to me by 5~10 years) was pushing people so strongly to work on a project that it caused a few of those people and their ...
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Is it professional to make lack of feedback visible?

Background information: My team is tasked with providing functional requirements and use cases to another team in the same organization. The other team is in charge of implementing the software. I am ...
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Is it a problem that pull requests are approved without any comments

I've recently joined a new company within this pretty small team. I'm running into this issue where my coworkers approve my pull request a few seconds after I ask them to review it. There never are ...
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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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Coworker reviewing code too late in process

Over the summer I changed jobs from a big company as a senior engineer to a way smaller company as a principal engineer. Now I oversee about 20 jr-to-mid-level engineers working on 3 different ...
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How to deal with a nit-picky coworker

I'm a self-taught software developer here. I am wondering if anyone has advice about how to handle a coworker (with about 1 month of experience at my workplace compared to my 18 months) who takes ...
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How to handle anonymous feedback from unknown colleague via manager

I received feedback from my manager that a colleague found a code review comment of mine hurtful. He kept the name confidential. It's important to me that code review remain a positive and ...
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Should I give honest (but bad) feedback about a colleague when asked by another team looking to hire him?

A colleague of mine has potential job offer from another team, which I have worked for in the past. Somebody from my old team has asked me what I think about him. To be perfectly honest, I think he ...
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How can I get a new developer to significantly improve their code?

I'm technical lead and we have a recent hire that's very inexperienced. He's also very opinionated and proud for a newbie and his code style diverges too much from the team. But he still produces low-...
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Is it ethical/professional to give feedback to a candidate during an interview?

I have done my fair share of interviewing candidates. Some of the candidates are interested to hear immediate feedback right after the interview. Most of the time, I am able to provide a summary on ...
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How should I offer corrections on English for coworkers who are not native speakers?

I'm a team lead at a startup. Part of my job is to do code reviews and ask other developers to correct their own work. In my spare time I mentor students learning the same type of work. A few of my ...
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How to handle undeservedly positive feedback

As a recent Computer Science graduate I've gotten a position as a Junior Dev. My team has 6 people, a BA, two Senior devs, a tester, and a team lead (Dev background), all of whom have 10+ years of ...
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Is rude to ask an ex employee for a feedback about a company they worked for?

I have a friend who worked as a software developer in a company I would like to work for. I sent him an email asking for a feedback about the pros and cons of this company (culture, adopted technology,...
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How can I give feedback without hurting the other person?

I am asked to give feedback for a colleague for which unfortunately I have many negative aspects to point out. The issue is that I don't want to make them too personal. Example: I find him very, yes ...
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How should I accept hurtful feedback from a colleague?

Following a networking event, I was told that I was considered "embarrassing" and that my companions did not wish to be associated with me because of this. I personally found this exceedingly ...
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How can I best handle a star performer on a small team who feels no one else is good enough? [duplicate]

I have a small team and lately my star performer has been marching to a different tune. This person feels that no one else is good enough and doesn't seem to like it if others offer a differing design ...
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How honest should I be in performance reviews about colleagues?

When I was working in student government during university, I would occasionally be asked to provide anonymous feedback about one of my colleagues. I was assured this feedback would be seen only by ...
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How to give very negative feedback gracefully?

I have a report who is simply no good. He is able to turn the easiest task into a huge disaster. He's simply not a person for this job. But that's not the topic I would like to discuss here. I try ...
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Should I add a Glassdoor review for a company so small they will know it is me?

During my job search, I found Glassdoor to be a very useful tool for getting to know about the companies I was searching for. I'd like to give back to that and submit my own reviews to help others. ...
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Asking for feedback early in experience

I've been recently hired to do web development, something that I always had interest in but did not have any experience outside of studying on my own time. I am very thankful for this position and I ...
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Professionalism: protecting code quality

TL;DR: Questions under the text I am a software developer at the R&D center. Due to my seniority, I am oftentimes asked to review time/scope critical changes to our code-base. Due to the hectic ...
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Is it ok to ask former colleagues for feedback after being terminated?

I was recently fired from a job, and am struggling to understand why. The reasons given were unclear and contradictory, and management were defensive when I asked for detail - this was also my ...
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How do I break bad news to an employee without negatively affecting their relationships with other employees?

I manage an overseas team. When the team was setup, they were promised certain benefits such as cash bonuses and visiting industry conferences. However, one of my team is significantly ...
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How can I get feedback on why my resume is not getting me interviews?

I've been looking for job since July and I have got only one interview. I'm realistic, I'm a recent grad so I'm applying for intership/entry level positions, not mid/senior ones. I'm not even applying ...
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How to react to criticism referring to your personality?

I received the following feedback from my boss: when I smile I come across as arrogant I haven't managed to establish friendships with anybody from the office yet (I like some people, but no, I don't ...
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How can I encourage my Team Lead to give me the negative feedback directly before escalating management?

I have been working in an organization for 1 year and few months. After graduation it is my first job. After 1 year they gave me really good increment and recognized me as one of their really good ...
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Just quit my job, should I express my concerns about supervisor

I work in a software development company for almost two years now, and I'm planning on quitting soon. The reason is that I cannot stand my supervisor (let's call him John). TL,DR: Should I tell my ...
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Newcomer asked my opinion about the company

I am working in a startup. The tech team is small. The company looks like economically is doing fine. So we are hiring new developers. A new one is coming in a month. This person contacted me on ...
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What feedback should I ask for in a performance review?

I've been working for a company for 8 months and I have asked for a feedback session from my boss. I'm interested generally to know what he thinks of my work, but what specific areas should I ask ...
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How to deal with a team member who tries emotional blackmail on us?

We have a team member who has to create some input for a project we are working on. This team member is terribly sensitive to even the slightest criticism. They started a discussion how they feel ...
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Is it okay to ask for detailed feedback even after I got an offer?

Is it okay to ask the hiring manager for feedback on myself even if I have already got the offer? I just really want to know how I perform, especially compared to other candidates. Also, I believe the ...
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How do I give feedback to a manager that doesn't see the forest for the trees?

I recently completed a migration from one server to another of a service I manage that affects over 4,000 users, and it all went off without any interruption or degradation in functionality. The few ...
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How to deal with a talented but direct/unfriendly team member?

My game hobby project is starting grow rapidly lately, with over 10 members who are actively contributing. In the team are currently two pixel artists. There is a third artist who I worked with ...
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Great CEO with horrible management style

I'm a relatively inexperienced HR professional. I've been with my organization for 1 year and have a situation that I feel very positive about, but am unclear about my next steps. Here is a little ...
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Receiving only positive feedback on my performance review is not realistic

I've been working for the same company for few years now and I've been promoted few times, my salary was also increased, so I don't have any complaints from financial/role perspective, as I think ...
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What is a good way to get honest feedback from leaving employees?

When an employee resigns, it is really difficult to get honest feedback. This usually includes manager, HR and team members, excluding those who have good personal relationship with leaving employee (...
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Do I tell my new boss my honest opinion?

I've recently been employed as a people manager for a branch of a large organization which is struggling with both staff engagement and performance. One of my observations after being in the role for ...
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As assistant manager, supporting a team member the boss is down on

I'm the assistant manager of a small team, and the manager, "Mary", and I have a large difference of opinion about one of our members, "Ethan". He's the least experienced person we have. Overall, I ...
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What actionable steps can be taken to refocus discussion on solutions rather than problems?

I'm on a small scrum team at a software development company. I've noticed that all of us, including myself, tend to speak and think in a very negative way. Just some examples; please don't focus ...
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Should I give feedback on my performance review if there's nothing negative to say?

I've been an intern for 3 months and now my boss has a performance review and I'm supposed to give some feedback. It's not obligatory though. I would only have positive things to say (so far), but I ...
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How to phrase negative feedback to senior coworker about unwise jokes?

My company has a tool that they use for requesting & providing feedback from others in a respectful & productive way (for both positive & negative feedback). It has a list of standard ...