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How to answer your boss's question about your impression on the progress of a project that you took part in as a newcomer appropriately?

I work in academia in Germany. After a group meeting of 5 about a project that I took part in, my professor asked me how do I think about the project progress. I had the impression that we might not ...
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What educational qualification/work experience do we need to join engineering/R&D at German automobile giants?

This might be a serious off-topic question, but I could find no more suitable site on SE for posting up this question (I had expected atleast a site on automobiles!). I'm an engineering aspirant ...
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Letter of Recommendation for Germany from a foreign Country

I want to relocate to Germany applying for an IT job. I know there are formal recommendation letters that German companies extend to former employees. However, I only worked for companies outside ...
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Ethics of spending one's private time to work with unrelated projects

I was hired for my current job (in a very old industry) around 8 months ago specifically to modernize the company's tech stack and also to improve overall tech culture by introducing modern tech stack,...
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My colleague has the window open all day and it's cold [closed]

I share my office with another male colleague, I am a guy too. His window is open and it's cold, very cold. I am coughing, my feet are cold and my back hurts. How can I tell my colleague without ...
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Short-time work (Kurzarbeit) instead of parental leave (Elternzeit) and parental money (Elterngeld) in Germany?

I would have a parental leave (Elternzeit) for 3 months starting soon (already announced to the company so all fine from this side). Now, however, my company asked me if I instead of the parental ...
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Politely speed up application process in favorite potential employer

I'm currently looking for my first job after my university education, so I am not that experienced with the application processes of various companies and their schedules. A few months ago the reply ...
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Do employers (in Germany) ask for proof of work?

My first job was in an apparel manufacturing company as an Industrial engineer. I worked there for 8 months. I quit my job due to several reasons (abusive work environment, poor management, irregular ...
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Resign and change profession

I am currently working as a software developer in Germany. It's my first job here and it hasn't been a full year since I was employed. Apart from the problems I am facing with my leader (approaching ...
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Should I contact a company whose interview offer I ignored to apologize?

More than a year ago I was looking for a job and after accepting an offer, I received an invitation to interview with another company (1st round of a typically two rounds process). It was my first ...
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Is seniority a legal parameter when there are layoffs in Germany?

In an answer to a recent question, it was stated that (...) unless you are in Germany or a country with similarly rigid firing order Is there a legally binding mechanism which takes the seniority ...
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How to handle reappearing double standards during Job Interviews

I am a junior level Developer from Germany. After my bachelor’s degree in informatics, I worked for a company for two years. However only during the first year I worked as a developer. During the ...
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Is it a good idea for me to propose temporarily reducing my hours, so I can work on a '20% time' side-project unrelated to my job?

Is it a good idea to propose on my own initiative a temporary decrease (20% less for 6 months) of my work hours and therefore my salary to work on a side project? The side project concerns the ...
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How to justify job change without being rude?

I'm working for 1.5 years as a software developer in a medium-sized company in Germany. We develop software for ourselves (in-house). Unfortunately, I'm not happy with some things. No clean software ...
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My Company Wants to Own My Weekend Work

I work for a large hardware manufacturer in Europe. I work on the software development required for products. Since it is a hardware manufacturer I work for, which does software required to sell their ...
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How to deal with poor English skills when assigned tasks in English?

My father works for a medium-sized enterprise in Germany as an electrical engineer, most recently focused on calculating costs for larger projects and producing price quotes. He never studied at ...
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Employer asking for salary slips after signing the contract

I have question regarding the current salary slips providing to my new employer. I tried to search for similar issue but they were either before getting an offer or before signing the contract. I am ...
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How can I stop people confusing my given name and surname?

My given name and my surname are both well-known given names. Hence, many people use my surname as my first name mistakenly. This occurs especially in mail conversations when I cannot introduce myself ...
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How to handle prospective change of job

Related to my question Changing Jobs shortly after expensive training I am looking for advise on how to handle the following Situation. I will change my current employment, this will probably be ...
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Changing jobs shortly after expensive training

I and one other coworker will receive expensive two weeks training within the following weeks. But I am actively looking for a new job at the moment and I have some interesting opportunities, none of ...
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How can I address being asked to do more than I feel I'm capable of?

I'm a junior developer and finished my training about a year ago but I have been programming since I was 15 so I have a fairly good understanding of programming. The company I work at is based in ...
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Potential employer wants to talk to friends of a candidate

A potential employer of my best friend recently asked to speak to his friends during the hiring process. Of course I agreed yet it sounds incredibly weird to me, I have never heard of such practices ...
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How to quit your job in germany [duplicate]

I work in Germany at a tech company, a couple of months ago my boss decided I don't do well and gave me an improvement plan where they can fire me if I don't do better after some time. This decision ...
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Didn't get promised raise due to unsufficient projects [closed]

I started my new job as a software engineer in a bank in January 2019. According to our collective agreement (Tarifvertrag), my position is rated as wage group (Tarifgruppe) 8. During the job ...
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Starting a career in psychology (talent development and creativity) without any internships or other job experience

I've completed my master's degree in psychology last year. The master track is called “talent development and creativity” and I have also done a few courses in coaching. Now I am looking for a job and ...
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Can I be forced to use vacation days due to COVID-19 in Germany?

My manager is forcing me to take my yearly vacation days due to the corona virus outbreak. Is there any way to prevent it? I've been with company for the 4 years and carried over a vacation day ...
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Engineer of all trades, master of none - Career options?

currently, I've been employed for a few years as R&D-Engineer in a medium to large company. Pay is decent, work is mostly interesting, the colleagues are great and the hours are ok (leaving me ...
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getting bullied to resign instead of getting fired

I've been working in Germany in a company with a permanent contract for 2 years. Lately, my manager has seen that my performance is not up to the level it should be and therefore I got 2 options: ...
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Panic attacks before performance review

I always have these mini panic attacks prior to performance reviews when I know I did not do a good job. It's something that comes from my school days from when I used to wait for my term grades and ...
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Recurring recruiter contact on LinkedIn

I'm aware of quite a few questions asking about the best way to handle messages on LinkedIn from recruiters, but I think this is different enough to warrant a question of its own. There are quite a ...
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Clashed with management, How to deal with fallout?

I am currently an apprentice as a developer in a German company (25 employees). The job started well, but in the last two months things soured. Background: My contract states, that I have to bring a ...
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How to assure employers that my short job experiences don’t mean I’m “shopping around"?

I'm a Software Engineer with 10 years of experience, the last 4 years I've held 4 positions in 4 different companies. The reasons are multiple: I left a great company for family reasons. (I needed ...
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When is salary usually paid in software development companies in Germany? [closed]

Is there a specific norm that most of the software development companies in Germany follow in regards to the date of salary payment for full-time employees? There is no specific day stated in my work ...
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How should I reply appropriately if my boss tells me that they are sick in an e-mail?

How should I reply appropriately if my boss tells me that they are sick in an e-mail (the e-mail was sent only to me)? Would "I hope you will get better soon" be enough? Or should I also say something ...
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Late contract and compensation request

I was offered a job in Germany starting in January 1st, 2020 stated in my hosting agreement. After arrival I was asked to obtain a residence permit otherwise I cannot sign a contract. I mentioned to ...
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How to negotiate for a benefit that has become important to me only now?

There are various questions about how to ask to work from home. I think this is not a duplicate because first, in the other questions, the very idea of working from home is either something novel in ...
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Is it appropriate to request a salary raise after trial/probation period is complete?

Working as a JavaScript Developer in Germany with an unlimited contract but of course with the usual 6 months probation period which i am 4 months in. (first job in Germany, I am a foreigner here) ...
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No reimbursement for travel expenses after two months

I applied for a software development job in another city in Germany. When I was invited to an on-site interview they also stated that I would get reimbursed for my travel expenses. I paid for a second ...
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Employer suppresses recording and payment of overtime - what are my options?

I work as a doctor in a German hospital under municipal sponsorship. Our institution has its own collective agreement (not TV-Ärzte/VKA). This collective agreement regulates, among other things, both ...
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Changing your mind about parental leave

After the birth of our son, I (husband) chose not to take parental leave (Elternzeit), which in Germany is guaranteed by law. My boss asked if I would want to go, and I said "no". However, my ...
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Negotiating for an unlimited contract

I have been working for the same company over almost 10 years now, always on temporary contracts, although I am a staff member (not a contractor). It seems that they are now also keen in offering me ...
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Can a German employer force mandatory overtime and forbid salary discussion?

After a rough few weeks (lots of late nights) I looked over my work contract and found the following statements: As far as the operational conditions require, overtime is to be worked. Overtime ...
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Working from a german company in uk

I'm working for a German software company (I'm a German citizen), and plan to work from the UK for short periods of 2 weeks, for a total of 3-4 months/year due to personal reasons. My company doesn't ...
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after end of contract difference in hours between client and boss

I worked for company A (where I get payed) in IT area until some month ago. My boss had contract with company B which payed for my work per hour. Company B had contract with company C which payed for ...
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The best outcome when leaving the company

I was working almost 20 years in the same company as a software developer. I've got two Abmahnungen (warnings) within last month and I am planning to leave the company. I will probably get a ...
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Confronting a colleague about a sexist comment

I am a (female) IT student working in an IT company. So far I enjoy work, I get along well with my colleagues and the office atmosphere is friendly. Last week although, I overheard a conversation in ...
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“Startup” working hours - is it normal to be asked to work 11 hours/ day?

I recently relocated to Germany (I am already an EU citizen), and this is the first of the stronger job offers - I did a technical task, did a Skype call, everything went ok, but the working hours ...
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Can it be beneficial to provide links to social networks accounts when asked in a job application form?

I've seen some companies asking applicants in job application forms to provide links to their social networks pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc). This information is always optional. I wonder ...
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Received job offer with broad non-compete contract clauses. Are these clauses normal and should I question their definition of 'competitor'?

I got a job offer last week in a contract research organization (CRO). The company is a start-up. However, when they sent me the contract there were several clauses. One of them is if I join their ...
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Can avoid asking for a later start date?

I am very stressed with this, thus I kindly ask for any help available. I am working in Bavaria, Germany. I am seriously considering accepting an offer (should arrive by tomorrow) to work in London ...

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