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Questions tagged [france]

Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs, or laws in France.

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Repercussions of informing manager about health issues only after the end of probation period

I'm a newly hired engineer who's still on a probation period. I'm on the autism spectrum (my employer doesn't know) and, in my case, the autism also comes with tiredness issues (my employer doesn't ...
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Remote manager keeps taking it out on the same colleague

I am a young software developer working in a big french tech company. There is this toxic relationship between one of my colleague and our manager that I am really concerned about. There has been many ...
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Good way to convey to manager that there may have been issues but you're willing to change and how to prove it?

After a discussion with my manager (also project-manager) I've come to some personal conclusions. - There may have been a communication issue were what was expected was not conveyed properly. - I've ...
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Can I not side with my soon-to-be ex-colleagues?

My company, company A, is being sold. It has been bought by a major player in the field, company B, and everybody was quite happy with it. However, due to antitrust concerns the European Commission ...
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Do I need to convey to foreign recruiters that the education I received from a Catholic university was in no way religious?

I am french and attended a private university in France for my college education. I currently have a Masters in Computer Science from this university and also worked there for two years as an adjunct ...
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Is it possible to have a “high income” as an engineer, or do I have to go for management jobs or having my own company?

Note that I have graduated not long ago - so I do not have much work experience. My situation: I am 26. I have a double-degree from a top French engineering school and a top 10 US university. I have ...
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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 work extra time because everyone else does? [closed]

I work as a software developer in a small startup (15 people including the CEO/founder and all employees) which sells a SaaS product to businesses. We "officially" work from 9:30am to 6:30pm (8 hours ...
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What to tell the senior staff about dietary restrictions of my team, for a welcome party?

I manage a team in which some people have dietary restrictions, religious and cultural. These people are new to my team. I am located in France. Senior management is planning a party for the ...
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Is it commonplace that the project manager and the line manager are the same person? [closed]

In my division (of a very large company) it seems common that someone's line manager is also one's project manager. Not always but often. This seems counterintuitive to me as if I have an issue with ...
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Work contract in one country and work in two countries for a multi-national company?

Is it possible for a multi-national company present in multiple countries to arrange a work contract in one country and have the employee work in the other or both countries? In particular, the two ...
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Involuntarily subscribed to insurance against absense [closed]

I've just been told by my company that I was being subscribed to an insurance scheme. The benefit of this scheme is that if I am absent due to sickness for a few days, then I am paid fully for these ...
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What should one do when his colleagues are pushing him out [closed]

Too long ; didn't read My SO works at a cars dealership She is handicapped and can't spend all day making physical efforts Her coworkers don't answer the phone, so she has to run around Lady ...
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Returning on the declined offer

I had declined an offer last week. After a further thinking, returned them today and said that i will accept the offer. I have been told that recruitment process is closed down for now, and they are ...
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Rectify asked salary for first job

I am currently finishing my internship for the last year of my engineering Master's degree. Many recruiters/companies have already contacted me and I started the recruiting process with a few of them....
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How to specify my foreign degree in my resume?

I'm actually writing my resume to apply in California. I'm French and I don't know how to translate my study. I studied for 2 years at a French university (2ème année de Licence Maths/Physique-Chimie/...
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How to politely ask for my salary at the end of my internship?

Today's the last day of my 3 months internship (as a computer scientist) and I'm supposed to earn ~3.66€/h (~510€/month). The fact is I haven't been paid yet and no one ever talked about money with ...
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Is it socially acceptable in an interview to ask for a part-time study in another field from the one I've been invited to?

A bit of background : Part-time studies are a thing here in France. I am completing my DUT Informatique (equivalent : Two-year university degree in Computer Science). For next year, I'm looking for ...
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Supervisor without relevant technical knowledge does not communicate project objectives clearly

I've just changed career from academia (PhD in Mathematics + postdoc in machine learning) to industry. I got fired from two jobs because of communication issues with my supervisors. My previous job ...
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Am I compelled to take sick days?

Some background is needed here. I'm a young worker from an IT company, so I'm lacking experience to deal with my current situation. I'm not quite the strong guy who can resist everything and be fine,...
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How common is disclosing candidate's application to his current employer in France?

I work in company A, and I was interviewing for company B. Company A and B have no ties whatsoever. After an initial interview with the HR, she informed me that the department manager (company B) ...
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Can I help a friend whose boss is unfair? [closed]

About my friend He works under an apprenticeship contract status. He's working two weeks then goes to school for one week. He lives in France. Short question My friend has many problems at his job ...
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How sexist remarks from interviewee should impact on hiring process?

We had an interview with a candidate who from the technical and management point of view is very interesting for our company. He has a long work experience in country A. Country A is internationally ...
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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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Legally, are you still obliged to serve your notice period even if you don't have any handover to do? [closed]

Our company went to a PSE ( Plan de sauvegarde d'emploi). PSE in France is a way for companies to save their business by declaring that they are having some financial difficulties and they need to cut ...
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Can an Employer cancel training he has planned if I intend to leave the company? [closed]

Last year, my employer planned a training for me without asking me, it's a good training course so I didn't decline it. There are few weeks, I informed my boss that I intended to leave the company ...
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Sales representative salary. What is the meaning of base salary with comission percentage

I am a 42 years old french man. I could be interested in working abroad. Today I was contacted by the human resources manager of a big company. She wanted to offer me: 34 k base with 60% commission . ...
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What does the “Startup spirit” mention truly imply? [closed]

The application is not for a startup, the company claims to have over 200 employees. A decent job offer in France I'm reading mentions "Startup spirit guaranteed" among the list of attractive reasons ...
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How do you shake hands with women at work in France without being rude?

I'm a French programmer, I was born in France and have lived here my entire life, kissing friends and family on the cheek on a daily basis without any trouble. In most French companies, there is an ...
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internal transfer : when do i ask for a raise?

I currently work as a lab technician, junior level, in Belgium (French company) I asked for a new job in the same company (same building, different team). The new job is to lead a small team (...
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What are the advantages for the employer to set flexible hours?

My situation is quite similar to this question: How To Negotiate Flexible Working Hours In order to help me to "build my case" I wanted to know what are advantages for the employer to let their ...
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How to deal with a competent developer having trouble maintaining his productivity?

I'm the team leader for a small team of software developers (4 people total). One of my team members has been in the company for 4 years (came in directly after college) and is an extremely competent ...
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How to react to an unusually informal first contact from a recruiter

This question is mainly aimed at french speakers. I just received on my personal mail-box a proposition for a job from a recruiter. This recruiter got my e-mail address from the linkedin website. ...
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How valuable is my first app for a job search? [closed]

So I recently launched an app on the Google Play Store and I was wondering if it's any helpful for my job search. As I'm 18, I don't have any professional experience and my resume is kind of empty. I ...
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How do I ask the boss to reconsider his mind about allowing a requested day off?

I work in a French company. We are allowed to take some days off throughout the year, but the boss can say no if there some reasonable circumstances. Seeing as this Thursday is a holiday here, a lot ...
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Should a manager take a day-off to attend a funeral of an employee relative? [closed]

Context A friend of mine recently lost his Dad. This friend is really appreciated where he works, and have a close relationship with his direct manager and more generally speaking with his team (they ...
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How to accept a **Promise of hiring** (promesse d'embauche)

I received a legal document called promise of hiring 2 hours ago. I translated it from French to English on Google Translate, so nevermind the errors. Hello Hani,   As a result of our ...
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How should I address my manager in my resignation letter?

After almost 7 years at my current job, I recently accepted an offer from another company. I now have to write my resignation letter and hand it to my manager. While searching the web for resignation ...
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HR have lost important Identity document

To give some back ground, I'm English, working in France for a company of around 60 people and have been here for around 7 months. I am in the process of applying for various administrative things (...
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I'm an intern and I feel like I'm not up to the task [duplicate]

Some background first. I'm a student engineer in France, and I started a 6 months internship a month ago, in a start-up. I'm working as a developer. We're around 8 people working here, in a very good ...
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I have good English skills; how can I show them in an interview given my hearing loss?

I have no particular problem with written English but being half deaf (~45-50% hearing loss) and not a native speaker can make oral conversations difficult with foreign languages (or even with my ...
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When to announce that I'm transgender once the recruiting process has begun? [duplicate]

Background I'm a French transgender female who started her transition a few months ago. For now, only my friends and family know about my status. I'm not legally a female and I still look and sound ...
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Fired because your skills are too far above your coworkers

I have been working for five months for a big French company building great things, a good product with trend methodologies. I've just learned from an internal coworker (technical expert) that I ...
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How to tactfully ask someone to stop forwarding spam to a mailing list? [duplicate]

One of the secretaries in my lab is regularly forwarding spam emails entitled "Recently opened vacancies at [fake recruiting company]", apparently thinking that it's relevant to us PhD students. To ...
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Quit job and taking holidays within the 3 mandatory month

I'm currently leaving my own employer, a service provider company, to work for my current customer. With my position, the legal delay period once i give my resignation is 3 month. If the employer ...
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How to deal with variable pay as a developer?

I am going to sign a new contract in a start-up. As we discussed the pay, they warned me a part of the pay was variable. They intend to pay it all the time and partly or totally remove it in case of ...
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How bad can be a bad review among a lot of good ones

As part of a recruitment process, the recruiter asked me for references after the interview. However, I only have one previous work experience, which is also my current job (first one since I left ...
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How to react to manager sending me mail on my personal address?

A few months ago, I decided to quit my job, resulting in 3 months notice, reduced to 1,5 months through negotiation. Things were going quite terribly as I was completely unmotivated by the work I was ...
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How to handle lack of supervision in start-up?

This is a question I should have asked quite a while ago and is no longer relevant for my current situation, but I believe the answer still holds value. I hope this is not a problem ! Context French ...
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How hard is to find programming job in France when I speak only english [closed]

I am java developer with three years of experience and I would like to move to France for at least a year. I use english everyday and I want to learn French on basic level before moving. I want to ...