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Got moved to a different position from what I signed up for. Is it too late to raise the problem after a few months?

Got an interview and talked with some people, but not my current direct supervisor. Got hired and things were OK, but because of the training I wasn't really working on the stuff I got hired for, so I ...
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Coworker might have entered with fake resume [closed]

A coworker has no online resume or LinkedIn. I also don't see them on Facebook, which is okay. I suspect that this person might have faked his resume, because he says he has many years of experience, ...
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Been asked to work significantly “below” my level for a sustained period — can I ask company for measures to mitigate it e.g. learning time?

Background info: This is a follow-up (but not a duplicate) to this question: Recruited for a senior SME technical role but assigned in the medium term to a much more junior project Basically I was ...
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How to persuade manager to promote based on performance and not just number of hours worked? [closed]

I am currently competing with colleague in the WA office for our company. I am one of two people (with my colleague included) being considered for a major promotion from senior engineer to senior ...
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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 ...
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Should I follow up with an employee I believe overreacted to a mistake I made?

To keep it short, I am an overworked and overstretched manager. Today my employee appeared to show up to work an hour late, having only had one simple work-related task to complete before arrival - ...
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Constantly pulled onto different tasks/projects, becoming exhausted

I'm a data-analyst for my company and I also perform full-stack development work. I have a web-development project I've been working on for the last 8 months, and the primary focus from my boss and ...
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I was never asked to fill out a W-4 or an I-9 and I worked a week and was let go. How can I get paid?

I was hired at a place but it wasn't the job I applied for. The job duties and pay were totally different and I never got a schedule until I walked out the door each day. I also was never set up to ...
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Manager suggests I assume new role in company, should I be worried?

Some background information, I've been at this company for a little over a year. When I first started at this company I was brought on as a full stack developer, since my first day we were looking ...
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Staying late for appearance?

I have a senior management-technical position with equity and a decent salary in a pre-launch startup with 6 people. I am newly-married and I work about 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, give or take one ...
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“What are you thinking about” from your boss

My boss constantly tells me he sees I'm thinking about something and asks me what it is. It happens during meetings every time I don't look at him or talk. The truth is I normally try to think about ...
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How to deal with the stress of being in the middle of the chain of command

I am a manager for a team of people. My boss sets my team very ambitious goals. To reach these goals my team needs to work a lot. He ignores and reacts badly to my arguments that it's too much. On ...
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How to explain to manager that I wasn't reading emails because I wasn't receiving shifts and therefore not getting paid (for 100s of emails)? [closed]

I do a lot of short term, temporary work. I had an interview with a company awhile ago. They decided to "hire" me and said I would be getting a lot of work. For the several months I received no work ...
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How do I handle *floating* bonus check criteria?

When I accepted my current job it came with a few strings attached: -- Single Web App Project X with deliverables: A B C And must be completed within three months. If completed, you'll receive a $...
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How to ask a manage to direct all project-related questions to me?

I'm an IT architect on a project with a 10+ agile people in the team and I have a problem that my manager sometimes ask project-related questions random people from the team or discuss them with some ...
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Should I be looking for a new job if the cooperation with my new boss results difficult?

On the one hand, I strongly believe people should work to solve their problems instead of running from them. On the other, I'm wondering when is the time to say "it doesn't work". I accepted a ...
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Supervisor forgets that I'm now part time and is assigning me too much work

I've been with my company for ~5 or so years at this point. I started as a summer intern for the first 3 or so years and became an hourly employee ~2 years ago. I work full time during the summer and ...
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How to deal with colleague's extreme inflexibility and communication issues [closed]

I'm managing a colleague who is on the Autism spectrum. I find it quite challenging. For example, he's really inflexible. We have some regular tasks we perform, which aren't very important in the ...
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Why would a company hire someone from outside rather than promoting internally?

My company has this tendency to hire externally open positions. They tell the old employee with experience to train them instead of promoting the old experienced staff. What could be the reason?
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How to answer pointed “are you quitting” questioning when I don't want them to suspect

"[Not] telling your boss you're quitting" is a broad issue spread over many questions, the closest duplicate to mine is probably here. The consensus is that you have no obligation to prewarn employers ...
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Manager insists on recruiting externally

We have a well liked and respected colleague who left the team and would like to come back. The rest of the team would welcome the return of their skillset but our manager has apparently told them ...
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I'm a soon-to-be manager. But senior co-worker is slacking off AND forcing training that is demotivating new employees

I'm on the verge of being promoted to manager, but first I have to prove that I can actually manage a team. Or something like that. It's a raw deal. A co-worker that has seniority over me was added ...
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How to handle the blamed situation? [closed]

I have been working in a corporate company for 1.5 years. I have given my good work, completing the tasks at the correct time. Since last month, I have been working in project,with a Team Lead and a ...
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Taking favor from the management while attending an interview

Most of the projects in Indian major IT companies are outsourced. The standard practice to get a candidate on-board is to follow a series of interviews, one of which could be with the client where one ...
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Am I in a “supervisory relationship” as an unofficial team-lead? [closed]

Am I in a "supervisory relationship," or do I have a "reporting responsibility" over a colleague in a team I happen to be the most experienced developer on? Company policies: If employees begin a ...
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Should I tell management that I intend to leave due to bad software development practices?

update: after reading the answers and comments below, I realized I started off with the wrong question, and actually just needed a change in perspective. The answers in this question are now much more ...
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My boss doesn't want me to have a side project [closed]

It all started back in February when I decided to start an e-commerce store. When my boss learned about it, he started talking less and less to me. Some days he doesn't talk to me at all, like he ...
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How can I help a team member who's a recent immigrant adapt to a new work culture?

After a recent meeting, one of my team members asked me for feedback and advice on fitting in to work culture in our country (Canada). The team member is a recent immigrant and this is their first job ...
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Interview, gauge possible abusive/aggressive personality?

I currently work with a boss who is very verbally abusive, aggressive, creates drama and scandals every day, shouts at employees, diminishes the complexity or time it takes to do a certain task (I ...
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Is it my job as manager to resolve a conflict between two of my direct reports?

If as a manager you had a situation of conflict/friction between some team members, setting aside their responsibility to collaborate in improving the situation, do you also look deep into the root ...
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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 ...
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How to deal with an employer who refuses to allow copyright attribution in software

As a mobile developer I am currently building an App to go live on the AppStore. The designs include a link that goes off to show all attribution used. This app uses MIT & Apache 2.0 licensed ...
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My manager is forcing me to clean, vacuum, wash, and take out the garbage during trade shows

I am a marketing project manager working in an American company based in France. This role includes planning and managing logistics for industry events. I am responsible of managing end-to-end all ...
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Another supervisor wrote up false complaints about me [closed]

I was sent for training at another location, and I observed that the supervisor there doesn't like me. I still was able to learn what I went out there for without having issues with anyone. When I ...
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My co-worker is secretly taking pictures of me

I started working at my first real job (not student work) in autumn of last year. In my job there are mostly male employees. I am a (like I want to believe, good looking) female – age 25. We have two ...
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Recover from management getting the impression that I'm haughty

I work for a company that makes a software product. This is my first real job. I started out on a team with a bit of a bad rep in the rest of the company. At first, I thought it was because of the, as ...
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How to deal with a boss who has lost touch with modern software development?

I work (as a junior developer) for a medium-sized company which is the sole market leader in our industry. Our software mainly consists of old code which has been hastily ported/copied to a 90s ...
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Should employees with children get special treatment [closed]

I've been struggling to determine the right way to approach the following situation: My manager decided that I was the correct person to send on a grueling, long-term travel task, and he specifically ...
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Is it OK to change the topic of an internship after agreement?

I recently started a new position as a researcher in a start-up. This is the founder's (my boss) first start-up and it was created less than 1 year ago, so I would say we are both new at this. The ...
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What to do about manager who isn't assigning any work?

I was, a year back, reassigned from one job role where I had a manager who was assigning me plenty of work, to a new project role with a different manager, who generally isn't assigning me any work. ...
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How to deal with a manager who lies and hides information? [closed]

I work for a very large company in USA. Some of us are allowed to work remotely sometimes or always. A few months after starting my job, I saw evidence that my manager praised me in front of me, but ...
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What to do when management doesn't consult relevant teams in major projects?

I work for a company that has > 200 employees, and in recent years we've noticed that management hasn't consulted with relevant teams for major projects, resulting in confusion, frustration and extra ...
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Why are my senior co-workers ignoring my reply on email chain? [closed]

Here is my issue. I'm on an email chain with a few higher ups. Yes, I understand I'm the grunt that does all the real work while the leader, "look at the bigger picture." But while they're busy ...
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Colleague responds badly to constructive feedback so how can I move to a better place

I have a subordinate who is very technically gifted, and has been at the company a long time, however he responds badly to constructive feedback and I've tried everything to make our relationship work....
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How should I word my employee yearly performance goals in a company intolerant of mistakes?

We've been tasked with writing employee goals for the upcoming year. Our goals will be reviewed and approved by our manager. At the end of the year we'll be asked to explain, in writing, how we met or ...
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Supervisor putting me to impossible deadline, ignoring feasibility warnings, and failing to deal with the fallout

tl;dr: My supervisor chose to try to deliver a new feature within an unfeasible org-wide deadline, put me on development for it (despite my early warnings), made me feel like I'm at fault for it not ...
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How to ask your boss why he didnt give you a task?

Half a year ago I was moved to a project because of my expertise in a technology. The idea was to teach the team and focus mainly on using that technology from now on... But that project was rejected ...
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Problematic New Manager With Falsified Resume [closed]

Background Several of my friends work for a department of my municipal government. The municipality is small, having about 30 000 people and is in Canada. It also is not covered by any provincial ...
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How to make sure I'm assertive enough in contact with subordinates?

I'm a first-time manager and sometimes have difficulties judging whether my expectations towards my subordinates are realistic or not. How assertive/ cooperative should I be in the following ...
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Where is the line between being obedient and getting bullied by a boss?

As an employee it is obvious part of the contract that I do the job assigned to me by my boss, and in those terms he has control to a high degree over what I do, when I do it etc. While it's ...