Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange
Join us in building a kind, collaborative learning community via our updated Code of Conduct.

Questions relating to situations involving management in the workplace.

9
votes
6answers
1k views

How do you know if a developer is doing their job too slowly?

My company is composed of an iOS developer, an electrical engineer, a tester, two firmware engineers, an algorithms developer and a backend person. As you can see, it is diverse. The iOS app is ...
8
votes
3answers
969 views

Money bag reported missing while manager was out of town. Now he is being asked to repay almost $1,000.00. Legal? [on hold]

I am a store manger at a local Hauling rental. While I was out of town, an employee called me to report missing money bag. (Video footage shows an employee counting $ and placing it in bank deposit ...
2
votes
2answers
284 views

How to deal with a uncommitted coworker, it affects my performance too

I am a back end developer for a data visualization tool. I have to work with a coworker who does the front end part. We established the deadline date to the client (it is a internal client in a big ...
4
votes
3answers
768 views

How to reject non-work related tasks from my boss's fiance

I'm asking this question for my friend as he is not familiar with forums/discussion panel sites and this takes place in Malaysia. He works as a graphic designer in a small event company (not more ...
-5
votes
2answers
495 views

Boss won't stop looking at me? [closed]

I recently started a job at a large company. It's been great, I'm getting adjusted and love the work so far. However, there is one "issue" that I've been looking for "solutions" to. Our office is ...
4
votes
3answers
484 views

How to walk back responsibilities I've taken on at work?

Over the past few months I've taken on a lot of roles that I never asked for nor signed up for. I was hired as a developer. My boss took on a project in which I didn't have a say in the timeline. Due ...
6
votes
5answers
819 views

Can I quit a job after receiving a gift?

My boss gave me a gift, but I am actively looking at a new job. If I get the new job, it would be much higher pay. Can I still leave even though I was given this gift? ($50 value) I would feel awful ...
4
votes
4answers
489 views

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, ...
1
vote
2answers
466 views

Manager Prioritising Colleagues holidays

Background: So I work in a company where we have flexi time and our holidays are first come first serve. It's in the policy of the company. I work with 2 other developers but our manager (for obvious ...
1
vote
2answers
279 views

How to provide anonymous feedback about a problematic manager in order to be helpful?

I work for a large company that started a process called Agile Transformation in order to raise productivity and shorten delivery time. This happened about 3-4 years ago and recently one of the top ...
3
votes
3answers
287 views

How to deal with a Manager/Boss who often avoids giving a definite answer to questions? [duplicate]

I work at a small company. We have a pretty flat hierarchy and a lot of freedom. I have two bosses that lead the company and are my direct superiors. One of these bosses has the habit of not giving a ...
0
votes
1answer
249 views

How best to approach a situation where a project you've been working on has been given over to someone else?

I'm a web developer. For a month or so I worked (on and off) on a project at my work. I completed it and submitted it for code review, as is normal procedure at my work. Code review allows other ...
1
vote
2answers
542 views

An engineering manager on the verge of breakdown [closed]

My employer is a small startup with about thirty people, and a tech team of 10, including myself. As the tech lead of the company I am end-responsible for all software we produce, play a supporting ...
1
vote
2answers
585 views

Not being told what happens after placement

I've been working as an apprentice for the last 1 and a half years in a programming/web development role. I'm really enjoying the company that I work in and would like to continue after my ...
3
votes
3answers
602 views

Is it too knee-jerk to resign over increased responsibilities from a manager's resignation? [closed]

My question is a bit vague, but I have worked in an engineering consultancy for the past 3 years and was recently promoted from Grad to Consultant. Shortly after, my manager put in their resignation. ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Manager not providing appropriate clothing but complaining

At my work we wear branded shirts as a mandatory requirement. I’ve requested multiple times that I need a size up in shirts but my manager says that the size looks fine to her. With this she has ...
2
votes
5answers
1k views

Almost fired after trial month, but they let me stay “to see improvements” one more week. What does it mean?

First of all, I'm not a bad worker, I maybe was just too confident everything would be OK. The thing is that I didn't opened myself as I should (and can) to let them see the value I could contribute ...
2
votes
3answers
335 views

Is it acceptable to create a company name for my resume as an independent consultant?

I’m a former management consultant and for the past year have been busy with numerous engagements for corporate clients on my own accord. In this, I also draw on the efforts of vendors and peers. I ...
0
votes
3answers
419 views

I'm the new CTO? [closed]

A little bit of background, first off I've been working as the lead developer at my current company for just over 2 years. When I started I was on track to just outright replace our previous CTO but ...
1
vote
1answer
247 views

How to handle well-connected co-worker that wastes working hours on online Games? [duplicate]

How to handle well-connected co-worker that wastes working hours on online Games? I'm on a small software engineering team (5-7 people), who have an aggressive schedule. I've noticed one team-...
4
votes
4answers
820 views

How do I communicate to a problem employee that they are being moved to a field office?

As a recently promoted IT manager in a middle sized company, I've been asked to nominate a person who will have to change office and provide assistance to our teams working in the field. I consider ...
1
vote
2answers
507 views

Colleague on a different tech-stack has been made redundant, is it wrong to speak to boss about training? [closed]

I recently discovered that a colleague is being made redundant. I do not speak often with this person but I have always felt sympathy because he is the sole developer on a different technology stack, ...
-5
votes
2answers
259 views

How do I ask my employer for a contract after working here for nearly 3 years without one? [closed]

I work for a small company that has only 4 employees (2 directors and 2 workers). I am one of the 2 workers. I have been working for this company from its beginning. They did not give me a contract ...
0
votes
2answers
298 views

Should I continue pursuing full-time employment at a firm after one bad experience (but many good experiences)? [closed]

I am an employee on a six month contract with a firm of around 60 employees in the western US. My manager reports directly to the CEO, who owns the company. When I took the job, the expectation was ...
2
votes
3answers
428 views

How to tell your boss his team lead choice is not the best for the project?

basically I'm working on project X. I joined my company 1 year and a half ago and started working on that project under the lead of developer Bob, Bob is extremely professional and has the skills to ...
16
votes
9answers
2k views

Is lack of passion a valid reason for getting negative feedback at work?

I have been in my current role as a software engineer for 1.5 year. I started there eager to put the extra mile and hours but I soon realized that I wouldn't get much back (recognition/raise/promotion)...
-7
votes
2answers
348 views

How to convince management to hire less software developers? [closed]

I work at a bank, and we hire both software engineers and finance graduates to work on model building and implementation, together. However, I have come to realize that many of these finance ...
1
vote
4answers
415 views

Change in attitudes from contractor to employee [closed]

I started work at a company as a contracted software engineer that was brought in to build some software to help the company communicate with their external clients. The people were helpful and sort ...
4
votes
4answers
815 views

How to handle a subordinate who asks the same question repeatedly?

I just joined a new company. My team of direct reports is new as well. We all started the same day. I have a direct report who tends to ask the same question multiple times but rephrased. For ...
20
votes
4answers
7k views

Should I try to push back on my boss' decision to remove a feature that it useful to myself and other employees? [closed]

Recently, my boss announced a decision to no longer allow me and my coworkers to swap or drop shifts using the When I Work app. Their alternative has been that all parties must physically be present ...
5
votes
2answers
393 views

How to keep team members motivated when working with bad manager

I’ve been working for the same company for few years now, recently they hired a new manager and I was assigned to be part of his team, starting a new project. I’m a lead developer in that team and I’m ...
1
vote
1answer
303 views

How should I handle negative interactions with my direct manager?

I am having a hard time with my direct manager, and I would appreciate it if you let me know your opinion about the email I have received from him today. I want to make sure that my understanding is ...
18
votes
5answers
2k views

How to deal with disabled coworker who wastes time in office? [duplicate]

I work in the US. I have to develop some software with a disabled coworker (has disability parking card). He was working on this project alone for a few months and my manager added me to the project ...
59
votes
12answers
19k views

Trouble with boss shooting me down and telling me to just accept things the way they are

TLDR: I have been having problems with my boss wasting my time with meaningless assignments that don't have all the details necessary to complete. I also have problems with my boss telling me (every ...
56
votes
7answers
15k views

How to provide feedback about an unprofessional manager during the exit interview? [duplicate]

Two of my colleagues working within another department are leaving the company and they will have an exit interview. They have informally shared with me and other colleagues that one of the reasons ...
2
votes
2answers
551 views

How should I go about getting away from working under incompetent manager?

To summarize, I started at a company I interned with (at will state, US), new manager turned out to be comically bad. Not sure how to get out of the situation. I have recently started full time at a ...
3
votes
2answers
772 views

Unfair dismissal, what do you think? [closed]

My friend got an unfair dismissal; what do you think? My friend has worked in an IT field in a medium size organisation in UK for over 15 months. Recently he was given a disciplinary hearing to ...
3
votes
2answers
297 views

Defining expectations for a software development manager/architect

How can I define performance expectations for a new software development manager/architect (new in that this is a new set of responsibilities for him, specifically in the architecture area)? Then, how ...
3
votes
2answers
214 views

Dealing with interference from senior manager from another department

Backstory: Our group (IT) has been functioning well for several years with few incidents and none worth mentioning. The problem: Recently, we've had someone from a different group, who is a super-...
2
votes
3answers
349 views

How to get help on an issue from someone above the issue's paygrade

I am a junior programmer, and one of my assignments is to maintain our company's website. Earlier this morning, someone in upper management messaged me saying he ran into a bug on the website. As I'm ...
67
votes
10answers
16k views

Extremely rude follow-up email from CEO [closed]

I work as a researcher for a startup company. We are into research and I report to my CTO. The company consists of a handful people. I required three letters from my CEO and emailed him three weeks ...
1
vote
3answers
331 views

Manager and I have communication issues, how can we improve that?

Background I've been working for company X for 2.5 years and this is my first job. I started as a project manager assistant, became a project manager and I'm now making a transition to technical ...
6
votes
5answers
634 views

How to react to superior's behavior in a conflict

Situation: Some time ago I was told to take over a big area. "Take over" means basically "manage it and redefine it as it's not working" - change processes, optimise them, elaborate a strategy, etc. ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Sudden shift in manager's behaviour

The setting for my question can be found in another one right here on Workplace SE. To make it seem like a continuous story, I'll re-use the names for my coworkers. It's now been a little over a ...
5
votes
3answers
479 views

What info about your tasks should you share with your boss? [closed]

I currently receive from my boss projects and tasks with very ambitious deadlines. At the same time I receive tasks from other sources. For example middle of last week a colleague received a problem ...
13
votes
13answers
4k views

Would employees get a raise just for the fact that soon they will have a baby? [closed]

Is there a "hidden-standard" where an employer is going to give an employee a raise just for the fact that this employee is expecting a new family member soon (will give birth) and will have more ...
-2
votes
1answer
150 views

who pays the work visa fee? employee or employer [closed]

My employer hired an immigration expert for all visa processing process, he asked me to pay the fee. I want to ask that; who will pay the work visa processing fee and how much?
10
votes
11answers
3k views

Employee is not hitting 40-hour week expectation

Problem Employee X is not at work 40 hours each week. For the last several weeks, Employee X has worked roughly 37-37.5 hours each week. Employee X is the primary web developer for each of our ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

New programmer is too active and unfocused on his role in project

Sometime ago I was put in some sort of teamlead role in our programmers part of team. And so I got two new programmers under my responsobility. Both of them have little previous job experience, but ...
0
votes
5answers
2k views

Someone who is not my boss is giving me orders and has a photo of me

TL;DR I don't work for the staff in the store I'm located in, but some feel that I'm not following rules they have (and that I was never informed of) so they have taken a photo of me breaking them. I ...