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Questions tagged [germany]

Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures or customs in Germany

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Huge interview test seems like real (free) work for the company

I have applied for a Junior Product Manager position at a mobile gaming company (in Germany). After a standard phone screening, I was sent a test by email to complete in order to go further with the ...
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Can I negotiate my rent if it is a German company but they want me to relocate to another country?

Can I ask the German company to help me with expenses of housing to be able to move if they need me in another country in Europe?
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How can I avoid working for free in my bachelor internship?

In order to finish my bachelor's degree, I am required by my university to complete an internship. During the internship, I worked in a company. After the internship, there is some sort of write-up ...
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Should the provision of year end bonus in a job be mentioned in the Job contract?

Rephrased the Question for clearer understanding So after a series of successful interviews with a German company in Munich. I was first communicated a job offer through email with Salary = X Base ...
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Fired in Probation Period, Boss offers to make it look good in reference letter [closed]

I was fired at the end of my probation period, because I called in sick too many times. My boss said he wants to make it look like I was only temporary there for a project, so that it doesn't look ...
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How to get rid of guilty, sad feeling after resigning and taking back resignation 3 days later? [closed]

I resigned from my company a week back as I got an opportunity from a company in Munich, Germany without doing much research about Munich and the Company where I am applying. But two days later I ...
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Average salary hike in Germany for IT consultants [closed]

I work in a small consulting firm as a Senior IT consultant in the automotive branch since the past one year. During this time, I have taken up several responsibilities in the team. I can say that I ...
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Contacting a sick employee to ask for confirmation on an event

I am interested in whether (and if yes, how?) you would go about contacting an employee on sick leave in this very specific situation: There are three people involved: CEO Carl, Manager Mike and ...
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Trainee in tears: One Trainee gets special treatment over another trainee

Both are trainees ("Auszubildende") under the German apprenticeship system, and thus covered by special rules and regulations. I am not the instructor, just someone she trusts. We work at the same ...
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Should I include a job reference from my current employer who has given leave of absence in order to find a new job?

My current employer is going to end my employment soon due to a mistake-you-only-make-once that I made. I'm currently given leave of absence in order to find a new job. I already received a job ...
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Been in the same company for 5 years but in that time it changed its name 3 times - how to display this on my CV? [duplicate]

I work as a UX Designer (Senior Level) in a company I joined 5 years ago. It just got renamed 3 times (!). Currently, I am updating my CV and am asking myself how to display the name changes. I don'...
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Job offer withdrawn due to parental leave

I applied as a software developer to a small to mid sized software company in Germany. Both my home and the company are in a relatively small town (~100k population) so there are not a lot, though ...
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Why do recruiters want to schedule calls if they do not have a relevant job offer?

I have been consistently encountering a pattern of recruiter interaction for several years on a regular basis, about 20 times in total. It starts with a specific, detailed request, dispatched ...
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Potential employer keeps trying to re-negotiate salary down through interview process

I am interviewing for a position in Germany with an international European company. I have had 2 interviews, one with the country head and HR, the second with operational managers, including the one I ...
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Is it against german privacy protection laws to disclose that someone worked on the weekend? [closed]

In Germany, if you e.g. learned of an illness of a colleague, you are not allowed to disclose this to other colleagues or even the employee. I am wondering whether something similar applies to ...
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Should I put my mental health over my new job? [closed]

First of all, some info that might be important: I'm a Web developer at a company out of ~10 people with huge customers Work there since 21st of September this year (not even 2 weeks) Boss does know ...
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In Germany: Covering the costs of a job interview when the candidate rejects an offer

If a job seeker goes to a job interview some hundred km away and gets a job offer following the interview, which she rejects (for whatever reason - personal or professional - but not related to the ...
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Purpose of work council representative attending an interview?

I will attend a technical interview in the near future for a position at a German company. In addition to technical managers, the interview board will include a representative of the local work ...
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Failed background check but not given reason

A month ago I was offered, and signed a contract with a Swedish company in their German office. After that I was asked to sign a consent for background check. The consent form was for a third party ...
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Received Offer, went through successful salary negotiation then silent for 1 month [duplicate]

I am needing some advice on this situation. I have applied for a job that will require relocation to a foreign country in Europe and the hiring manager I am dealing with seems to be very slow and ...
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Boss asked me to comment on friend's abilities

I am a student researcher pursuing an internship (thesis, actually) at a research institute in Germany. I have been working here for a few months now. One of my friends had asked me about my ...
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Can I request to sign a NDA for a job-interview? [closed]

During job-interviews you are sometimes asked about things that you do at your current job. About processes or how you manage something e.g. how you deploy software, how your quality assurance looks ...
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Help as newbie to a job

The situation: I am a newbie to my new job (IT) in a as it seems, quite decent company in Stuttgart(Germany) where I live.The problem is that at the moment I don't have experience in the job and I ...
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Starting a new job, while on vacation

You quit your job and are on vacation the whole last month of your employment period. What would happen, if you start a new job in this month, besides to earning two wages? This seems kind of ...
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Project Management leader - Boss bypasses me and confuse my team

I'm a project manager and working on a big project at the moment. My boss keep bypassing me and talk directly to my team members, which causes a lot of confusion amongst them. Mainly Because the ...
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How can companies store candidates' data for longer than 6 months (Germany)?

I'm interested in a very specific type of work so I need to reapply at the same (huge) companies a lot. However, I try not to apply more than once, twice a year at one company. When reapplying I ...
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How to make the severity of a problem clear to my boss?

I work at an "all-round" IT company that is focused on providing hardware and software infrastructure. I am the sole web developer, as such, I deal with everything on this front on my own. I do not, ...
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Written warning for allegedly “slacking off” (in Germany)

Disclaimer: I am asking this question for a friend, since he does not want to make an account here for one reason or another. My friend works as an IT expert in quite a large company, in Germany. He ...
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How to deal with disrespectful, unreliable employer?

I recently took a temporary job in a family-run bakery shop. It was agreed on that I work for the first three days on probation and - if deemed helpful - could continue on a two-day-per-week basis. ...
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Is Software Development not for me? [closed]

I started working as a Software Developer about 7 years ago. Since then I have had multiple different positions in different companies. I started in the software department of an engineering company ...
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Trainee is being dishonest on her first day

Yesterday a new trainee started at our company (software developer). She is a trainee ("Auszubildende") under the German apprenticeship system, and thus covered by special rules and regulations. ...
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To whom should I address my letter of resignation?

This is the first time I resign from a job. I am thinking a lot about how to quit the best way possible. I am quitting on good terms, so I want to leave a positive impression. The following is the ...
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Job Application Form only asks for CV

I am about to apply to a job online. But the file upload section made me curious. It says (translated from german): You'll make our lives easier - and , privately - increase your changes of getting ...
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Toxic situation in big corp workplace [closed]

TL;DR What to do when your colleague get all the projects because he/she's careless of cumbersome task/change management, so therefore can deliver faster and you are left with less important non-...
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Getting into IT after second studies [closed]

I have an economics master's degree from a german university and started working nearly three years ago. My first and current position is within the company's sales coordination department where I do ...
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Get a conclusion about current situation in the work

I am working in a company since 11 months now as Web Develop. Everything was ok until the moment (since 2months) when I got some personal problems which made a reflection on my work's quality, and I ...
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Is it ok to get small costs of coming to the interview reimbursed (Germany)?

In Germany companies have to reimburse candidates for the travel costs to the interview unless they communicated in advance they don't take over the costs. My question is: Is it ok, if I request ...
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Job search while on probation - what to keep in mind?

I recently started a new job and quickly realized that the employer somewhat oversold themselves and their "culture" in the interviews. I know that the first few weeks can be frustrating, so I'm ...
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Neurodiversity-friendly employers in Berlin

I've just moved to Berlin and as someone with ADHD I'm looking for an employer that is neurodiversity-friendly. What would be the best way to go about finding such an employer or making sure that any ...
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How to react to interviewers' confrontative behavior (Germany)?

I've been living in Germany for about 10+ years. I know the culture very well and speak fluent German. I've also lived in several other countries. However when applying for positions in Germany I'm ...
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What kind of support does a trans person need on the job?

So we hired her (hypothetically). She just disclosed that she wants to transition her gender in the next few months. We are a small company, no LGBT office or anything. Nobody has any experience ...
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Asking for internship before or after the rejection?

As far as I know, my application will be rejected for a junior developer position, what is the best time to ask for internship? Before applying for a junior position or after the rejection? I'm from ...
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When do you enter and leave your office? (Europe) [closed]

Upon finishing my masters degree I moved to Spain for personal reasons. I was lucky to find a job very fast, the workplace is great and coworkers too. However I noticed some cultural differences at ...
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Interview Technique: Alcohol in Sweets?

I am asking this on behalf of a female friend in her mid 20s. I will use "I" instead of "she" for easier understanding. Germany, an IT Company, Software Developer. I just had an interview in a really ...
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Negotiating with a difficult company offering less than the market rate and trying to invalidate my previous work experience

I got a job offer at a small company. The founders are upper middle age and a bit intimidating but very smart people. I want to join them because I feel a lot of learning and growing opportunities ...
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How clean does the code have to be on my github

So I am nearly done with my MSc. Artifical Intelligence and starting to look into Machine Learning and Data Science positions (in Germany as this probably makes a difference.) Unfortunately some of ...
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Hand in job reference from previous employer to current employer [closed]

Background I recently switched jobs and started working for another company (Let's call the previous company "company A" and the current company I work at "company B"). Both companies are located in ...
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What is there to gain or lose by 'cooperating' with a recruiting agency as a developer

I encounter a common pattern of interaction with recruiters - a condensed version: R: Our client is seeking a developer with experience in tech X in BTown. Can we schedule a phone call? Me: I no ...
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Decline promotion because planning to change jobs?

Background: I'm a software engineer in my mid-20s working at a small (~20 people) software/hardware company in southern Germany. I have ~5 years of experience, all at this company. In brief, there ...
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Salary discussion with manager and his counter argument that I am well paid

I know that in a salary discussions, I need to make the points about the value I provide to the company and not to compare myself to what is happening with other employees. But what can I do if my ...