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

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Where should I draw the line on follow up questions from previous employer

I left my previous job a couple weeks ago, in very good terms with everyone there. Since then, I often get texts or phone calls from my ex-manager, asking about stuff. Some questions are benign, ...
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Do employers care about where you did your Bachelor if you have a Master's?

I'm currently doing my Bachelor at EPFL, a top rated university for computer science (top 10-20 worldwide) but also very difficult. I was pondering whether or not I am wasting my time since I am ...
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Workplace and coming out, bad idea? [closed]

I've had quite a heated argument with a friend of mine recently. This argument concerned the fact that my friend is gay, and is planning on coming out at his workplace. From my POV doing so is both ...
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Unethical behavior : should I report it? [closed]

One of the ex-company I worked with, was a hell hole, with abusive bosses, the CEO who fired people because they dared to contradict him and all sort of twisted behavior like allowing people to come ...
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How to approach my company about software made in my spare time that can help with our process

As a software developer there is many part of my job that can be tedious and/or time consuming. Whenever it is possible I create scripts or softwares to make it easier on me, or make the process fully ...
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Should I tip my salesperson about the managers on the client side starting to dislike them?

I currently work for a consulting firm (A), who sell my services to a big client (B) whose office I'm spending my work-time at. Effectively, I'm always at the client office and almost never see the ...
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Is it OK to accept a job opportunity while planning on not taking it?

I am currently a student in computer engineering looking for an internship or a job, which is mandatory to validate my year (both internship and regular employment for my school). I'm aware that ...
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How to deal with increasing frustration and discomfort while on notice period?

Global context: I am a young-graduated computer-scientist working for an engineering company. My workplace is at the customer's since I was hired 8 months ago. This job has been a filler job after my ...
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Can a recruiter tell my company I am looking for a new position?

I am in a small city of France and I fear that there are not that many recruiters out there. One of the recruiters is the one who found me my current company. I am not ready to let my company know I ...
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Should one tell their boss before looking for a new position, if one feel hard to replace and underpaid?

I just had my salary negotiation yesterday and my chief said my performance this year was great, I fit well with the team, they didn't expect that, etc... Yet I will not get any raise this year. I ...
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How should I deal with my Lead Dev

I'm currently working in a company as a frontend developer. I should also mention that I'm not a regular employee as I'm half of the time at school in a process called alternance (I do not know if ...
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Should I warn my boss I might take sick leave?

Due to reasons mainly unrelated to my job, I've been depressed, get suicidal thoughts, experience tiredness, lack of motivation, face difficulty in concentrating, etc. Due to these reasons, and after ...
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Non-disclosure agreement in a small business

If a company hires me and tells me to work on my own laptop, and then makes me sign a non-disclosure agreement: who owns my code? do I get to re-use it? what exactly falls under the scope of the non-...
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Share calendar details request from manager's manager

My manager's manager just sent all his teams an email to ask us to open our Outlook calendars to him. Our Outlook calendar should only contain events relevant to our job, no personal life. Opening a ...
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Should one explicitly say they are open to a counter-offer upon quitting?

I have a job that involves too much travelling for my work-life balance. I have discussed it many times with my manager, got a lot of promises, but there has been no long term improvement. I have ...
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Should I disclose a colleague's illness (that I should not know about) when others badmouth him

Recently I found myself in a situation where I just had no idea what the best course of action could be. I went back to my old workplace to get some paperwork done. While I was waiting for the person ...
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Colleague overloaded with work, does not realize problem

TL;DR: My colleague receives way too much work and intends to work on holidays, without realizing the problem let alone airing it to management. How can I convince her to discuss with her manager? "...
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Got a job offer but still interviewing other companies. Do's and dont's? [duplicate]

I'm currently employed at A. I want some change and salary increase so I started interviewing other companies and I'm also interviewing for another position in A. I got a good job offer from B, with ...
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Bonus calculation: Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?

Every manager in my company gets a yearly bonus, based on past year performance. The bonus can range from 0% to 200% of a month's salary. The main catch is that there is a fixed budget for each ...
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Deal with toxic manager when you can't quit

At my first job, I had the bad luck to get a manager that was very toxic. This reached the point of him driving most of the team to quit. In the three months I was there, he drove 5 people to quit (...
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How to deal with an underperforming report?

I've been in the current company for several months. I have one report. The problem is my report is underperforming. He doesn't meet his deadlines, he needs really a lot of time to accomplish most ...
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Handling the aftermath of traffic accident with colleague

A bit of context: I had about four months ago a motorbike accident with a car who was at fault (cut me off). During the time I was waiting for the emergency services to arrive and take care of me, I ...
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Can I negotiate a patent idea for a raise, under French law?

I am an electronics engineer in a medium size company (50 people) specialized in precision measurements. I work on the development of a very cool product: innovative and with good potential. The way ...
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Should I question myself if I did something wrong? [closed]

I'm 20 years old, got a degree in business and that field of activity didn't worked well for me, never found a way to keep studying it (I actually wanted to do scientific degree). Now, I took a 7 ...
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Potential client has a problematic employee I can't work with

Background: I'm newly hired in a consulting company (IT), and recently I've met with a client where my employer would like me to go to work. I had an interview and met the team. The problem is that ...
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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 ...