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My employer faked my resume to acquire projects

I joined a company in India two months ago as my first job. I was pulled into my current project within a month. I am comfortable working as a shadow for the project. Recently I - as well as others ...
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Manager is threatening to grade me poorly if I don't complete the project

Recently I joined a company as an unpaid intern for 3 months during which I worked on a project. My internship finishes this week. This project is almost completed as per initial scope that my manager ...
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Developers demotivated due to working on same project for more than 2 years

I am currently managing a team of 10 people for a project which was started 3 years ago, which will run for another year. I am not the manager, I am just the most senior developer (6yrs exp.) on the ...
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What is a relieving letter? What are the consequences of not having one?

There have been a few questions about relieving letters here and based on the context of those question the idea of being required to have relieving letter seems quite foreign to many of us that are ...
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How to answer “write something on the board”?

Recently I was in an interview and the very first thing I was asked to do was "write something on the board" and I wrote "something" which they said they found rude. They also said "are you a robot to ...
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Company wants to “retain” part of my salary?

In a recent peer review I was asked if I was willing to allow company to “retain part of my salary.” The exact percentage was not revealed. They used the word “retain” although they pressed that this ...
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Got offer letter, submitted documents but didn't join, now they are asking for money to return my documents?

I interviewed at this software company say X. I got the job offer letter. They asked me to submit my original documents at the time of offer discussion. I submitted the final semester original ...
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How to deal with my team leader who keeps calling me about project updates even though I am on leave for personal reasons?

I am working in an IT company as a software developer. I work on several projects and my TL is the one who takes the client calls and reports to the manager. The problem is this guy doesn't asks many ...
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What should I do when colleagues keep commenting on my attire?

What should I do when my colleagues, on finding me wearing new dresses to work, are greeting me with "Happy birthday" everyday in a sarcastic way? I am just mix and matching my attire in a formal way....
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How to respond to caste-based discrimination in the workplace?

India is a place where people from different communities, religions live together. More than 80% (around 1 Billion) of country's total population (1.2 Billion) is of Hinduism religion. Our country has ...
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How to deal with a “team leader” who hates it that developers contribute to Stack Overflow during work downtime

We are working in a software company in India, and in our team, we have a lead and he simply doesn't like the developers who try to contribute Stack Overflow in a regular basis (meaning try to hit the ...
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How should I maintain a professional relationship with female coworkers?

I am a recently graduated engineer and have just joined a small software company in India. Our company is divided into project teams that are further divided into groups of three people. My first ...
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Interview question “How long will you stay with us?”

Location: India Industry: Electronics I was being interviewed for a multinational company of relevant field. The job location was outside of India (my home country). During discussion with HR he ...
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Compensation for working overtime on Saturdays

I work in an American infrastructure firm based in India. We work on both American and Indian projects. My Indian client works on Saturday while our company does not. Because of the clients, I also ...
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Notice period 60 days but I need to join in 45 days

I am in a great confusion, where my heart says to leave but my moral says that today whatever I am because of the present company. Gist: I wanted to switch to a product based company, for that I ...
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What to tell to a rejected candidate?

We're currently in the process of hiring candidates for a software development position. The company is small, and the interviews are for trainee level position, for which we're seeking candidates who ...
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Coworkers constantly make fun of my buying habits

I work in a small startup of 10 people in a house converted to an office that's spread across 3 floors. I am friendly with all coworkers including people from another startup that's sharing the space. ...
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How to retract an idea already pitched to an employer? [closed]

I suggested an idea* to my boss. He didn't show much much interest to build it**, so I did it on my own. Now it is on the verge of getting funded with venture capital. My boss is now interested in ...
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Complained about a director - now they are refusing to provide employment verification unless I withdraw the complaint

I'm working in a software company in India where I have lodged a complaint to the owner regarding a director I have had difficulties with. Now I am applying for a position in a new company but the ...
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How do I request a longer than normal leave of absence period for my wedding?

My wedding is coming up in October this year and I need 5 weeks (25 working days) of leave for completing all the wedding rituals, honeymoon, etc. My fiancé will be leaving abroad for work so I want ...
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Should I agree to accept any further addition of rules to the company policy? [closed]

I have been a senior software engineer in an Indian based company and owners of the company are an Indian as well for the last two years. Recently all employees were given an agreement to sign. Below ...
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Candidate quitting and now asking to rejoin

An employee joined our company 10 days ago, but then suddenly told me that she wanted to quit to pursue higher studies. One week later she returned again and said she wanted to take back her ...
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Intern applicant asking for compensation equivalent to that of permanent employee

A company posted a requirement for an internship position for 3 months. They got an application for the same but during the interview it was found that the applicant already is well versed with the ...
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Can my employer force me remove the encryption that I applied to my work-supplied macbook?

The macbook was lent to me by the employer himself. And I encrypt my macbook. Can my employer force me to unlock the laptop any case. Jurisdiction: New Delhi, India In case that they can force me to ...
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Informing colleagues about lavatory etiquette?

This is a small company in India which has engineers, finance professionals, janitors and even interns from abroad, working there. The founders noticed that many employees aren't very familiar with ...
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Affirmative action is being applied too broadly [closed]

I am a tech recruiter working for an American Bank in India. I deal with campus placements (as is the norm in India). My company, especially the Indian branch, has recently come under fire (and ...
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How do I politely ask my co-workers and my boss not to talk in a regional local language during meetings and project discussions [duplicate]

Last week I was deputed to my office headquarter. In the beginning everything was fine, but after a few weeks some of my co-workers started having conversations in local regional language during ...
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How do you avoid interviewing for the company you work for?

On online job portals, I can see a few positions that match my skillset and pay at par with what I get now. I’m quite OK with the current position I have, but my interview skills are getting rusty at ...
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University asked everyone to upload offer letter to a shared drive folder. Is this legal? [closed]

My university has asked every student with an offer to post his/her offer letter in a google drive link. Almost every company who hire here are US based. Specific US city wise: San Jose, Seattle, ...
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How can I avoid divisive political issues at work?

I am currently a member of a 4-member team. There is a current national political issue that is very divisive in our region (we are in India). The team lead and both other members of the team are on ...
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Preventing abuse in countries where relieving letters are the norm

After reading this question about relieving letters, which seem to be common in India and other Asian countries, I started wondering how this system prevents abuse of the employee by unscrupulous ...
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Informing employers about my unwillingness to take work laptop home

Most of the Indian IT companies, big or small, issue work laptops to their employees, junior or senior. The intention could vary from office to office, viz catering to important and critical issues on ...
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Using audio cues to encourage good posture

My workplace encourages employees to sit in the right ergonomic position to minimize stress and fatigue related to bad posture. This is completely new to me and my previous employers have never ...
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Rejecting religious rituals at office

I am an Indian female residing in India. I am a Hindu by birth and though religious, I do not let that reflect at my office. I am deployed at a client location for the last three months and ...
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What can I do when my boss is forcing me to wear an inappropriate style of dress? [closed]

I am working as a private secretary (for CEO) of a small company in India. Even though the company is small, it is very well established with really good salaries and benefits. I usually go to ...
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How to use multiple offers to negotiate a higher salary?

I am facing this situation. A few days back, I got an offer from CompanyA and I verbally accepted it. Yesterday I got another offer from CompanyB, which is paying a higher salary (about 12%more). ...
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How to dodge/answer when an interviewer asks (legal) personal questions?

Indian female here, residing in India. Been attending technical interviews and there were a few where one or two personal questions were popped up right at the beginning. They didn't make me ...
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What information/guarantees should I get from a company in financial difficulty?

My current employer has been running in to financial difficulties and has fallen behind on salary for a month at times. We were not given a lot of information on what the cause of the financial ...
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How to deal with a coworker who makes hateful comments about my religion?

This is taking place in India. I have a colleague (we work on the same team and project) who frequently makes offensive comments about my religion at work, and on Facebook. I do not want to further ...
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My notice period is much longer than the time prospective employers are willing to wait

I work in the software industry in India. I am planning on looking for new jobs after April. The notice period at my current job is 2 months. However, from my experience, most employers wait for a ...
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How to handle being given new tasks during my notice period, and not yet having received a relieving letter (India)?

I have resigned recently from my present company. Since it's MNC and have specified that I have to complete my two months notice period. Now since I am on verge of completing my notice period my ...
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How can I explain to potential employers that I am unable to provide a relieving letter?

The company I currently work for expects a minimum of two years of service in the organisation, although there is no clause in the contract that enforces this. Working for this company is now ...
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How to make it clear to my boss that I'll be resigning in the near future

I am from India, working in very small IT company of just 12 developers and among them I am the one with most experience with 2 years! Now even with this small size, I m managing multiple clients ...
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Should one take a pay cut if moving to a smaller city? [closed]

This isn't my situation, but my sister's. She is quite qualified (one bachelor's degree, one master's, one diploma in software enterprise management from a reputable management institute (IIM ...
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Should I resign from my current job before getting acceptance letter from the new job?

I have done Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering. During the last days of my degree, I got placed in a good multinational corporation. I got offer letter from the company. My joining was ...
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Employer revised my salary without discussing with me. Is it even legal? [closed]

I got a new job 2 months ago and the pay was good given that I will be getting married and need to take of my mother's medical bills. I have a different salary during my probation and a higher one ...
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How to react to HR's mandate of work week hours? [closed]

When the HR was giving the induction presentation around three months back for the post of trainee at a Software company to me, I explicitly asked them what are the timings? HR: We bill our clients ...
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How much value do “recommendations” hold for a hiring manager?

It's been nine months since I joined my current(first) job as a software/web developer. I have been very happy with the company and the work I did. It is a small company but I learned a lot from them, ...
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Excellent Performance earlier yet I'm asked to go [closed]

I'm an MBA from a premier institute and work as a manager with a big MNC. I'm responsible for handling a major area in my country. Although I only have 3 years experience, my performance has been ...
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How to handle high performing software developers undermining a senior lead?

We have a situation in our IT services company. We have a capable lead Alice and a couple of high performing developers Bob and Chris. Bob and Chris are with the company for about three years now (...