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

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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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1answer
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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 ...
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“Yearly meeting”, Germany, how common is it to be fired? [closed]

Reopen voters: check this comment. Recently I had some troubles with one of the bosses of my employer company, and I think he is now working on my firing. Fortunately, other bosses are sympathising ...
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Should I tell my manager about the reasons for above average sick days?

I'm working as an apprentice for a software company based in germany. I am working full time. For about a year now, I've got some kind of recurring medical condition that renders me unable to work ...
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What are my obligations towards company while resigning [closed]

I submitted my resignation yesterday and it was not smooth at all. I want to discuss it a little bit and get feedback on my side. So first I submitted by E-Mail. I planned of sending an email to give ...
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How to ask for not forwarding (or including other people in) one-to-one emails?

When writing one-to-one emails, more often than not, there are situations where you don't want the other party to forward your message to anyone (for many reasons). It's not about anything top secret ...
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During an interview, can I say I'm leaving my current job because of my new team?

I want to leave my current job because of management changes. I'm working in Germany for an international company. My team was restructured last year and since my new boss and my new team are in the ...
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1answer
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How to ask for changes in certificate of employment

two years ago I have worked for a company for some months, I was offered a consecutive job there and I was given a certificate of employment. The certificate was good, but it could have been better ...
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Friend got overpaid but doesn’t report it - is it my obligation to report it?

A friend/coworker of mine recently left the company after his internship ended. He later told me that got overpaid with his last salary but also said that I shouldn’t tell anyone so he didn’t have to ...
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How to handle unwanted attention from “fans” in the workplace?

(Disclaimer: I am by no means a famous person, but I do have a medium sized YouTube channel with around 100k subscribers.) So it just happenend that the company I worked for a couple years now hired ...
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Company wants back a miscalculated salary [closed]

As a little bit of background, I have been working in Germany for about a year now. It is a startup company with less than 40 people. Last December I received €1.7k more than my usual salary. I ...
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How to handle incompetent/aggressive customers incapable of describing a problem?

The situation described takes place in Germany, but is not neccessarily linked to German culture. I work in IT support at a library with public workstations, and often encounter (mostly elderly) ...
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Home office in Austria working for a German company [closed]

If I were to reside full time in Austria but work 100% (full time not contract) how do I resolve the potential double taxation problems, specifically social insurance and income tax. I'm a UK citizen. ...
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Germany job contract: no overtime, no bonus, no healthcare and no annual rise clause?

I am offered an Engineering job in Bayern area, but since I'm not very familiar with convention/custom of German job contract, I have some doubt with the contract, namely: No overtime regulation ...
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When should I call the interviewer that I have arrived? [duplicate]

My interview is scheduled at 12:00. In my interview invitation the interviewer asks me to call him when I arrive, so he can pick me up at the reception. This is a rather big company where he might ...
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Dealing with a request to train someone who isn't qualified as part of a job handover [closed]

In Germany, is it acceptable to ask an employee (a Werkstudent, in my case) to teach someone the prerequisite skills to do a job you're leaving? I'm not talking about a handover of tasks and knowledge ...
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Should I always give way to my colleague just because of their age?

My colleague and I were hired at the same time, for the same position some months ago. Now we're getting a new office room, with the possibility of setting up our desks and furniture. I did ask her ...
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Should I point to an error in my bonus calculation?

I work in management consulting and lately had my yearly review with my boss with the intent to renegotiate my salary and yearly bonus. As usual I don't negotiate a lot because my boss is very ...
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How to find out what expectations I should have and express during a performance review?

After completing my doctorate in computer science, I have started working as a software developer in a middle-sized (several 100 people) company in Germany about 2 years ago. After repeatedly ...
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Payment for accrued vacation upon contract termination by the employer [closed]

My employer (in Germany) has decided to terminate the employment contract on grounds of re-structuring of the organization. I have about 4 and a half weeks of accrued vacation time which I wasn't ...
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How to handle losing job due to lawsuit against old company during interview?

I may be facing the situation that I may be unemployed due to a lawsuit being filed against my current employer. The lawsuit will involve a whole lot of legal issues, from treatment of employees to ...
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Shall I add certificates from online-courses to my job application-documents? [duplicate]

I've got several certificates from edX. All are about web application development. Moreover I've got a finished job education as an IT-system administrator. In the past I've added the edX-...
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How to find out a future entry salary when interviewing for a bachelor thesis? [duplicate]

I am currently looking for a company where I will be writing my bachelor thesis next year. Since computer scientists are in very high demand, I am almost certain that the company I chose, will offer ...
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How to approach employer to bring assist dog

As a diabetic I am thinking about getting a diabetes assist dog. I am an engineering student and will probably work 40h weeks. If I had an officially recognised assist dog, how should I approach (...
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How to mention gaps in CV due to compulsory military service and test preparations?

Recently I have started writing my CV, but the problem is that there were two time gaps that I have to explain. I was in the army for 11 months due to the compulsory military service in my country. ...
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Annual performance review after only two months of employment. How should I prepare myself?

A bit of context first: I recently finished my degree and started just 2 months ago at the company I now work for. However, while I studied, I already worked there regularly. It was a 3-year program ...
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I can freely choose the operating system on company workstation. Any workplace concerns to be aware of?

I'm taking a new job soon. The new company will let me install any operating system of my choice on the company workstation. At my current job, I was given a choice between Ubuntu and MacOS, so I am ...