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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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Can I take a sick leave just to have a check up visit in germany?

Can I take a sick leave for a day (or even half a day) to do medical check up in Germany? For example if I need to go to dentist for a visit, or simply to talk to a GP for a consult, even if I'm not ...
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Net salary in Germany for programmers [migrated]

I got an offers as a freelancer to work from Germany (the company is not German but I will live in Germany when I'll work for them). Since I'll be a freelancer in need to give them an hourly rate for ...
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Communicating to employer that commitment-/retention-agreement is legally void

Background: I´m located in Germany. Four years ago, I started a master program next to work which ended two years ago. The cost for the program was $50k of which I paid half, and the other half was ...
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Family emergency and I can't attend work tomorrow morning

My fiancée is pregnant. She lives 1500 km away from me, in another country, in a low-developed region where public transport is slow. I did not talk with her for 3 days. It was my mistake. She became ...
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Can TVöD table in Germany be used as comparison for salary negotiation?

The TVöD table is used only for state jobs, as far as I understand. Can this table be used as reference for realistic salary expectations (as a Software Developer) or is it way too high or way too low ...
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Telling boss about leaving the company with more time in advance than notice period [duplicate]

I got an offer for a new job and I'm taking it. The notice period in the contract for my current job is 4 weeks (both ways), but I've agreed with the new company to start in 8 weeks from now, as that ...
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How bad is it if VidCo cameras can be activated without consent? [closed]

Background We have several video conference rooms in all regional offices. They are regular conference rooms (which are used for video conferences but also often normal, local conferences), ...
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Professionalism: protecting code quality

TL;DR: Questions under the text I am a software developer at the R&D center. Due to my seniority, I am oftentimes asked to review time/scope critical changes to our code-base. Due to the hectic ...
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Should I show that I'm hurt when my employer lets me down?

My employer broke a promise on a personal issue. Upon applying I mentioned I would like to introduce a dog to the office. They liked the idea and in the following months we talked about it a couple of ...
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Internship in the US as a European Citizen

I'm an Electrical Engineer (pursuing my M.Sc.) from Germany and currently seeking an internship in the USA. Preferably at one of the big names in Silicon Valley. My master's degree is in Electrical ...
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Ex-Boss not giving me my experience letter

I am an international masters student in Germany. I started working in a company in August last year as a work student, but after 3 weeks of joining the company I went back to my home country as it ...
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Is it illegal in Germany to take sick leave if you caused your own illness? [closed]

So I just had a break and ate pizza at the Italian restaurant next door. Since I like spicy food I ordered a spicy pizza. I even spiced it up. Back from break I was feeling sick for about 30 seconds. ...
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EU Blue Card Application with BA Degree for Software Developer

I hope everyone is doing well and healthy. I have a query regarding the Blue Card Application. Recently I have received a Job offer from a German company with a salary of Euro 58K, and I have only a ...
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Dealing with a Coworker who always knows better [closed]

I am currently in my second year of my apprenticeship in Computer Science/Programming, located in Germany. At the moment I am working on a redo of a website for our customers together with the ...
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Sexual Harassment, helpless and scared

Disclaimer: I am not even posting this anonymous, because I really don't care anymore, and I want to be able to answer every single comment, and thank every single answer. Background Information: ...
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Is it too early to ask for a raise when renegotiating contract, after 7 months?

I work as a programmer in a small company in Germany and I was hired for my (totally junior) position of Android developer after taking a master degree in computer science. I had never worked before, ...
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How to explain being laid off to next employer, so HR does not contact my ex-employer?

I got laid off 4 month ago due to the economical reasons of the company. In my cancellation contract, it is clearly mentioned that: I am being layoff due to the restructuring of Employer ...
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Asking for language class sponsorship from manager

I have been recently hired as a part-time developer (Student Worker) in Germany. The company has treated me very well since the beginning. However, some of colleagues are not comfortable to ...
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Intern is not acceptable. What to do as an apprentice?

I work as a programmer in a small software company (<10 people) for round about 2 years now. I am 25 and in an apprenticeship. A random ~50 year old guy - let's name him Chris - has been working ...
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How long does it take to receive German work permit using a valid contract?

Given that, I am non-EU citizen, and I already have a valid contract with an employer in Munich or Berlin. Then, i wish to know, how long does the process of generation of my work permit takes time? ...
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Applying for a job while just starting another

I'm going to start a new job at company A soon, after two months of unemployment. The work contract says I'm not entitled to ask for days off during the first six months. Besides, within this period ...
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Badly designed reimbursement form. What does that say about the company?

I am interviewing for a position at a huge multinational company in Germany. I will have an on-site interview soon. The company sent me a travel expenses reimbursement form. This form was horrendously ...
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Should I try to schedule on-site interviews with companies located in the same city as closely as possible? What to do with travel expenses?

I will likely receive a couple of (2 or 3) on-site interview invitations from companies located in the same city, for the same week, if things go well. The city is rather far from where I live, ...
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How an employee can terminate a signed contract the starting date of the employment is not until 2 and half months?

Its going to be a week after signing a contract with a firm in Germany but the start date of the employment is not until 2+ months. The contract mentions nothing about how to terminate a contract ...
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Why majority of companies do not support “Visa sponsorship”?

I am a non-EU citizen who wishes to move to Germany for work purpose. As a result, I need to have a German work permit.Sadly, not all the companies provide relocation and visa sponsorship services. ...
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Can I rewrite Code I wrote for a company for myself or others from scratch? [closed]

This is linked to the Question "Can I adapt code I wrote for work and release it on open source" I used to work as a 3D Artist for a company where I sometimes wrote scripts to ease our workflow. Of ...
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Can I mention that I left my job to improve my language skills?

I am a non-EU citizen, and I wish to relocate from Estonia to Germany. Four months ago, I left my previous job to focus on my German skills. It was difficult to work full time and effectively study ...
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How does minimum salary strategy work? [duplicate]

I am a non-EU citizen, and am going to relocate from Estonia, to Germany. When I have HR interviews, they ask me about my salary expectations. My strategy is to maximize my chance to get the job, and ...
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Maximum bearable travel time by train as cheaper alternative to flight in German public service

If you can save travel cost, obviously you take the cheaper alternative (fly). Usually flights are cheaper than going by train, but sometimes that isn't the case. If it is relevant, I am in the ...
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How can I stop my boss in Germany from bullying me without worsening my future job prospects?

I am a foreigner who recently started a minimum wage job in Germany that I think I can't replace easily at all. My employer has been behaving strangely, for example by being very friendly and offering ...
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What is “IT-Fachkräftezulage” in German TVÖD and who is eligible for it? [closed]

I have found a form for applying for an IT-Fachkräftezulage but have no idea whether I'm eligible. What is this actually?
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How can I convince my teamleader that another data structure would be better? [closed]

I am a new hire and my current task is to implement an editor for some data. My teamleader had already made a proof-of-concept of this editor and laid out the data structure for it. Currently the ...
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Is the qualification for a promotion doing your current job well or already doing the work for the position you're striving for?

I'm a software developer in a company that has a very clear set of steps for salary (atleast for software developers) determined by how much responsibility you are taking, how independent you are, how ...
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Should one indicate wishes for secondary benefits before or during a performance review after a probationary period?

A few months ago, a friend (let's call them Joe) started working at a medium-sized multinational. The probationary period is six months and will end soon. At the end, there is a performance review. ...
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My boss does not “believe” me how good I am

I'm a Software Engineer and I think I'm very good at it, at least much better than my colleagues so recently I have asked my boss for a raise (I named a concrete number). He told me that he thinks ...
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Germany contract: no pension, no holiday / travel allowance

I am considering a mid-level engineering (IT) position in Germany. I am an EU citizen myself, but outside Germany, and unfamiliar with German companies or laws. Now, with regard to negotiating, I ...
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Could a German employer terminate a contract before the effective/start date?

The contract is for an indefinite term under laws of Germany, there should be 2 weeks notice during the probation period and it only mentions that the employee should pay a penalty if he terminates ...
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Is it a good idea to mention visa sponsorship in cover letter?

I have found a job notice for an internship which supports visa sponsorship for Germany. Although my background is quite matched with the needs of company, it is only an intern position, while I am an ...
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Company hires me starting January 2nd, then cuts my vacation because “I don't work here the full year”

Title basically says it all. January 1st is a permanent holiday in the country I live in. My vacation is cut by 2 days. So far I only got an email confirming this from somebody from HR and haven't ...
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Company forcing employee to take courses outside working hours. What to do?

My friend Jim is a full-time employee at Company X. Recently, he was handed a document by the company, stating that he has to complete a number of online courses each year, in order to get the ...
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How to get out of paying company expense using my credit card

My company incurs a relatively large IT hosting cost every month. I provided my personal credit card to pay it when I joined because otherwise our service would have stopped. The company does ...
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My boss is referring the team as employees, is it a good practice? [closed]

When ever my boss talks to my team or introduce my team to a third, he refer us as "employees", But I feel it irritating when called as "employee" instead of "team". I feel like he is treating us in a ...
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How to avoid to give written “Peer Feedback” to a senior colleague who I believe is sabotaging me

Note: I am Junior to this guy, and he has the power to decide over my future in the company at least partly. This takes place in Germany. The company I am working at encourages peer reviews which are ...
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Boredom, lack of projects, search for new opportunity

Currently I work for a small software development company. I have been working for this company for 2 years. The "software development team" consists of me and another colleague, in other words the ...
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Should I tell my going-to-be-my-boss colleague I'm leaving if it hurts his career? [closed]

Finally, after ten years, I'm about to give in my notice. The exact details of the new contract are still to be agreed upon, but as soon as that's done, I'm off. The department is being restructured ...
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How to react to companies which don't reimburse candidates' travel cost to interviews (“Vorstellungsgespräch”)? [closed]

I want to ask your opinions about one issue, especially Germans since the topic is about the German job market. A company invites to a face to face interview after an application in Germany. I need ...
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Male makes several female coworkers uncomfortable. What course of action to take?

A friend of mine works in the social sector in Germany. She works at a school for mentally disabled children. The school is loosely related to "Waldorf"-Philosophy, which apparently makes sexuality a ...
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Employment reference with point 2.9 in Germany [closed]

I got a Arbeitszeugnis (Employment of reference) from my previous Employer in Germany. In Germany, it is illegal to write something negative to employees. However, when you look at that, you perceive ...
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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?