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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Long meetings (6-7 hours a day): Being “babysat” by supervisor

I hold a PhD in mechanical engineering with a 7 year background in self-guided, self-paced research including 2 years as a graduate level course instructor and a subject matter expert for various ...
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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 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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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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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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Leaving workplace before “quitting time”

I am a university professor from the United States. I am on a one year "leave of absence" from my US university, and I am now in France working for an industrial research organization (high level R&...
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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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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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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 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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What to do when remote project manager isn't managing but still assuring his boss everything is ok?

here is the situation I'm in : I've been tasked by upper manager "B" to work on a specific project. To help me and manage me more directly I'm supposed to work under manager "A" (B being the manager ...
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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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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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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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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 an employer expecting me to sign contract when I've received better offers? [duplicate]

I just got my PhD 2 weeks ago. Last April a professor offered me a position on her team pending a certain project's acceptance. The project got accepted in July, and we had agreed that I would start ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does “let's see other people” makes sense in the workplace?

TL;DR: I want to quit my job, take time to think, look at other jobs, and maybe get hired back if both me and my boss feel like it. How can I proceed ? There are similar questions but my plan is ...
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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 can I ask for help with my handicap not being able to write?

I'm a software engineering student that will be starting an internship soon. But I got a big disability that can't be seen. I can read text perfectly but I can't write on paper (which is usually not a ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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Handling a conventional termination negotiations [closed]

I'll start by saying i'm not sure this is the right place to ask this but i really need a second opinion on this. I've worked for a french software consulting company for nealry 5 years now, all of ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...