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Co-worker works way more than he should

I work in a research facility in Germany. I have lots of co-workers that are from other countries, mostly part of some international collaborative research projects. There's one guy from China who's ...
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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 happened that the company I worked for a couple years now hired ...
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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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How do I know I'm not unknowingly messing up my software apprenticeship?

I'm currently in the second year of my apprenticeship as a software developer in Germany. My day-to-day work consists of getting tasks, doing them and then handing them off to the customer (other ...
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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 other employees make. But what can I do if my manager does ...
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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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Dealing with expensive office traditions

In the company I work at (more than 200 employees), it's customary to buy cakes for everyone when it is your birthday. This is all but an explicitly stated requirement -- it's taken very seriously. ...
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How do I avoid giving up my password to coworkers?

I work in a big company in Germany, where we all have our computers administrated by IT people. To access my computer I have to input a username and a password to log into my account. DISCLAIMER: I ...
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Why would a company not allow applicants to ask questions during a job interview?

Recently I had a job interview at a German company. Almost the entire interview was about me and my skills. Basically, the interviewers named a keyword from my professional field and asked me what I ...
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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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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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How to handle (one's own) old self-harm scars (on the arm), in a work environment?

My girlfriend is graduating from college right now and starting her professional career in a medium sized, rather traditional company in Germany (~12k employees worldwide). While being a teenager she ...
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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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Employee died unexpectedly - how should I act towards the deceased's colleague?

So, I work in a small company, we mostly do temporary projects for a very big company with many departments. In one of the departments, an employee died unexpectedly some weeks ago. I did not know ...
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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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Approach sick days in feedback meeting

I have a team member who is performing well, but has regular sick days (~1-5 a month). I fully trust him and if he needs those days, there is a valid reason; he follows all the company policies for ...
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Applicants clearly not having the skills they advertise

I work in a small (~25 FTE) ICT company related to energy infrastructure in Germany, Europe. I've recently been promoted to Department leader due to the people above me moving on, and thus have ...
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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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Xenophobic email sent by a senior colleague. What's an appropriate reaction?

A friend of mine has been written off sick and her absence has prompted a senior colleague (not her boss, but someone significantly more senior than she is) to send her the following very bizarre ...
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How can I deal with having an open-door policy when I'm extremely sensitive to noise?

I work for a German software development company as a consultant. I'm happy and everything seems to be going well except for the fact that the company has an "open-door policy". This means we have to ...
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Is it an alarming sign, if a company's hiring process for senior/lead developer doesn't include a coding task?

I'm in the search for a new job in Germany as a senior developer (7years exp), and have done interviews for a variety of roles in large scale companies (minimum 1000 employees, IT teams 200 devs). A ...
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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 deal with unwillingness or indifference when asking for help with implementing an API in a foreign language I don't understand?

Preface: I'm still a rather inexperienced junior software developer working at a German start-up company for about 2 months gathering my first experiences of "the real world". I am currently dealing ...
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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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Hair length as part of the dresscode

I was wondering if this is generally normal and accepted as part of the dress code. My employer has no real formal dress code outside of not wearing jeans and t-shirts with print on them, but they do ...
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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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Employee effectively not working during notice period

Location: Germany We have an employee that was laid off because his performance was unsatisfactory. His notice period is 3 months. We were hoping, he would at least do some trivial, but time-consuming ...
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Company pushing me to sign records about working hours while I was on vacation

(or a harsher title: "Company pushing me to sign a fake report about my working hours") There is a project which is partially funded by an outside source (government subsidy), and I'm a developer ...
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Why do salaries of software engineers reach a peak beyond which they no longer increase with experience in Germany?

I'm a recent computer science (CS) master graduate living in Germany. Now I'm starting to think about my long-term career path and looking for jobs in Germany. I'm proficient in Java and data mining (...
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How can I politely ask potential colleagues about the negative aspects of their company?

After a series of interviews with a software company, I have been invited to work with the team for one day. During the day I will attend the daily scrum meeting be assigned a low priority bug ticket ...
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I was let go because I internally fought against unlawful overtime, how do I explain that in interviews? [duplicate]

At my company it was common to order overtime on very short notice (hours) and without proper justification. This is illegal in my country, and I have verified this with a lawyer who also checked my ...
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Received request for letter of recommendation without being asked. How to handle?

Today I received a request for a letter of recommendation concerning a former member of my team (let's call him Bob). We worked together 4 years ago at a company that is now defunct. The request reads ...
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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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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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Is it common to require employers' acceptance for private software developments?

I was offered a new position as software developer. The new contract would require me to get a letter of agreement from my new employer in case I develop software in my spare time and want to sell ...
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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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Employer wants to use my work email account after I quit, is this legal under German law? Is this a GDPR waiver?

Background info: I am leaving my current job in the next couple of weeks. (If you want to know why just check my other questions.) Germany, Junior Developer Yesterday I got a list of all the things I ...
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Want to negotiate pay raise even though I'm leaving in six months

I've successfully completed my first year and a bit and am scheduled for my yearly performance review. During it I'd like to open negotiations for a pay raise. However, I'm planning on moving to a ...
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How to convince managers to let me work less hours for the same pay

I am working as a software engineer / developer. Mostly I do requirements engineering, implementation of said requirements, some testing and support and the like. I have somewhat responsibility for ...
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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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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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I am endangering people's lives doing tasks I am not qualified to do

I am in a very uncomfortable situation. I was hired as a software developer, but I was somehow talked into designing electronics. I told them I can try, but I am not a electrical engineer. Everything ...
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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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The company is probably dying. What should I expect and how can I prepare? [closed]

The numbers are looking bad. People are leaving voluntarily and involuntarily. What I hear down the grapevine does not bode well. There's a real chance that in the next few months to a year my ...
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Job offers - how to negotiate higher salary due to higher costs of living at the new location

I am a junior software developer, working remotely in Germany with an annual salary of around 40.000 EUR. Bit of a backstory: Since I am working remote, I can live close to my family in the ...
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A way to fight back the meeting-bongo, how dangerous is this idea?

Last week I had 40 work hours and about 25 of it were spent in various meetings, talks, and so on. This has become commonplace and I think it is time to fight back. I think the company needs think a ...
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Protocol on important meetings when you have a cold

So I came down with a bad cold over the weekend. On Monday I have an important meeting regarding the future of our company, and on Tuesday we have an important client coming. Both appointments are ...
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I am the only employee without permission to work from home

I am working in a small business in an apprentice position, being the only one who was left without a home office. Other team members do home office time pretty much the whole time, while I am ...
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What should be my reaction to my supervisors' small child showing up during a video conference?

When I have video conference with my supervisors during pandemic, it happens often that her/his child would e.g. barge into the room or he/she appear in the video with his/her child in his/her arm. He/...
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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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