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Questions tagged [manager]

Please use this tag for questions related to the person responsible for evaluating your performance. Questions such as communicating with him/her, discussing problems you are facing impacting your work with him / her would be appropriate uses.

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Product Manager Doesn’t Care About Cybersecurity

Recently it was discovered that one of the open source packages we were using in our software was deemed vulnerable many years ago. It is no longer maintained. It is also too costly to remove and ...
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Punished for doing my job too well

Our company has had a big problem with people not taking our mandatory online training seriously. Even though the higher-ups try to stress how important it is, people will usually flip through a 4-...
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What exactly do I message an employer if I want to come back to their company?

I am a coop student, and I worked my first co-op placement at company X. I performed really well, and the manager said "just let me know if you ever want to come back". We have even discussed me ...
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My mentor thinks i am incompetent because of this

Many of us might have faced this irrespective of the profession you are working but hear me out on this and please tell me what can anyone do to improve/ handle this situation in a professional manner....
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Unavailable manager says ‘I’m always available’

Due to working in a small business, my manager is also HR. Pretty much every memo we get from him says ‘see me anytime’, ‘let me know if any problems’ ‘I’m always available’ etc. However, he is ...
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Switching teams because current manager doesn't care about my work?

Context: Until a few years ago, I worked for A. A worked and still works for B. I was then moved directly under B for some technical reason (product ownership), but that reason has gone long since. I ...
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New job boss talks too much detail and loses me

For the last few years I've been self employed as BI contractor using a particular tool. That market has dried up and I've taken a perm role an information Architect. I knew this role was a bit of a ...
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How to navigate potentially being sabotaged by manager? [closed]

My manager is deliberately holding back on an action that impacts my career growth (I cannot mention specifics without giving away personal info). I realize he is not a good person or trustworthy, and ...
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What options do I have when my boss is rude and I cannot leave my job?

I joined a company as an employee a month ago. I signed a 6 months contract, so I can't leave this job. It was nice at work in the beginning, but now my boss has started overburdening me. He is also ...
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Does it make sense to send multiple e-mails to management when the first one is ignored?

This happened to me some years ago and I'm still not sure what the proper course of actions should have been. Just to give you the context, I used to work in a medium-sized company with a small ...
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Is this co-worker relationship salvageable?

Ok, I'll try to summarise the last several months of my experience in a few paragraphs. I've been at my company for a little over 18 months. At first I entered as a junior developer, since I only had ...
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Preventing drama and retaliation after lateral transfer

I recently applied for an internal vacancy after some issues working with my current team. The position will help me basically double my tech stack in size, the team seems to have much better dynamics ...
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What can I do when my manager does not have any interest project to work? [closed]

I recently entered a company, less than 30 days, that I am quite disappointed. I started a process of trainer-ship with them but I am not learning anything at them moment. I have asked my manager ...
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Manager with extremely unrealistic expectation

Yesterday our manager asked why we hadn’t been doing a certain regular task. One of our staff who left in the summer had 3 hours a week scheduled to do this, and was always raising the concern that ...
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Managing a team member when co-located

I am co-located with my team member who reports to me. Near us, inside a room seating about 8 people, are other members from various unrelated teams. Often there is banter and jokes, that are no ...
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Should I Inform or ask for Approval when coming office one hour late? [closed]

Do you usually ask for approval or just inform manager if you are going to be late on a certain day to office? I joined new company and sent email to my manager that I will be one hour late as I ...
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Can I ask exception to be made for internal transfer?

My company's old internal transfer policy was 6 months, however, they recently changed it to 1 year. I was acting on the assumption that I could switch positions after 6 months and feel blindsided by ...
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Is it professional to walk directly to manager or send a email [closed]

I work for a reputed multinational corporation. We have open work area with small cubicles (2-3 person per cubicle). My whole team (me, my team, my manager, his seniors) sits very near to each other (...
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How to handle deteriorating situation with manager?

I’m team lead of a group of 8. We’ve had a new manager for 3 months. When he first came in I was genuinely enthused because our previous manager, while lovely, hadn’t been very good at management. Now ...
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My manager doesn't like when I communicate issues to him

I have a manager who doesn't like when I bring problems to him and he wants me to bring solutions. That is fine, but I have one IT architectural issue and I want to inform him about possible risks. ...
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Can I use my internship management as a reference if they are pressuring me for future employment?

I am currently employed as an intern at a company I worked for over the summer who encouraged me to stay on board. They extended my internship as a result and have continually asked me if I am ...
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How do I tell my manager that I'm not the right person to finish this project?

I have been working on a project for several months. For the last several weeks, I have constantly been feeling as if I were about one bug away from having it finished. Each fix reveals one new issue ...
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My manager sent me meeting notes after our meeting [closed]

My manager sent me meetings notes after I complained about something. Nothing specific in the notes apart from areas I and the team need to improve on, and some notes about past mistakes (some of them ...
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stressed manager asking for more stress

So yesterday, new manager (of about 12 weeks) speaks to myself and two other colleagues. Says he's really stressed, and wasn't coping very well earlier in the morning. Then starts talking about our ...
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How can I react professionally to sarcasm by my manager?

My manager sometimes uses sarcasm. I do not know how to react to that. An example from today: Him: Did you implement this all alone? Me: No, I used code found on the internet as a model. ...
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Manager (Possibly) Setting Employee Up To Fail?

I'm asking this question on my partner's behalf/request. My partner works in retail. It is important to note that she is a part-time employee (~20 hours a week, paid hourly) and is not in a ...
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Wanting to acknowledge a co-worker in my resignation letter

My co-worker has been the biggest help to me in the past few years I'm in the company. His capabilities are far above the senior employees (there are solid proofs to this). Although we've never ...
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What are good strategies for working with an unreliable manager?

I currently work as a software developer in an big accountancy/consultancy company. I have been here for about 10 months. I have some troubles with my manager. He is a nice and likable person, but he ...
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Should I present my improvement suggestion during usual meetings or during special one?

My current company is young and lacks very much structure. I would like to discuss with my line manager, who is the CTO, some possible improvements. Should I write an email and request an extra ...
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Am I being overly critical and unfair to my coworker or is she being entitled?

About a year ago my boss was fired, and I was put in his place as a new manager. Our team was already understaffed, so I ended up doing several jobs, including team lead, project lead and PM for a big ...
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How to communicate with (or about) one senior staff member who is bringing everyone down?

So there are about 20-25 of us in my workplace, including the owner who is also the boss. He has 3 or 4 employees who are just below his level and then the rest of us. One of those 3 or 4 employees is ...
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Questions to ask a potential new boss

We're on the lookout for a new department manager, who I would be reporting to. As part of the process they are holding some coffee sessions to give the potential recruits a chance to meet their team ...
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How to respond when being asked by my manager about a coworkers plan to leave the company? [closed]

Note: This happened to me several years when working in another company, but a similar event reminded me about this (current workplace) A colleague who I have been working with for more than a year ...
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How to combat a lack of a PhD at workplace? [closed]

I was recently hired by a startup that's working on computer vision. Unfortunately, my boss doesn't trust me very much because I don't have a PHD in computer vision (he's a business guy, who has very ...
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In big and reputed companies, does a manager have the power to arbitrarily fire a reportee or does some process need to be followed? [closed]

He may want to do this for ego reasons or because he doesn't like you rather than because of performance. Is there any mechanism for the reportee to protect himself? EDIT: THe country is India. There ...
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How can I clarify reporting structures, within the team, without sounding egomaniacal?

I work for a large public-sector organisation, in a managerial capacity, based in the UK. I started on this role about two months ago and then another team member was recruited, who I believe, as per ...
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A good strategy for the next level?

I am a senior software engineer in a pre-IPO company in the Bay area. I want to be promoted to the next level. Tech lead to be specific. However, our team already has a tech lead. Is it a good ...
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Answering The Question: How Many People Work Here?

As a small business owner, you might have anywhere from 1-3 people working for you. Sometimes, it's just yourself. When someone comes into the office for an interview, it's usually just the business ...
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How to decline additional responsibilities because I'm planning on leaving the company?

I have been working for a multinational company in Portugal for approximately 4 years. My manager is on an indeterminate leave and I have been acting as her back-up, because I am the person with ...
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How to talk to an oblivious boss who takes calls in bathroom unmuted

My boss has a bad habit of leaving his phone unmuted when on a conference call. Usually, we hear some background keyboard noise or some throat clearing noise, and somebody politely asks everyone to ...
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How should I approach a boss that keeps hiring temporary workers, only to have me finish something?

Long story short, we've recently had a lot of work to do at my job and in order to fill that vacuum my boss has been hiring temporary workers. At first he hired three which stayed for about two months,...
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How to convince manager of need for additional security testing before release [closed]

I work in the InfoSec profession as an IT auditor. One of my duties at work is testing and verifying that necessary security requirements are in place before code and application updates are released ...
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I snapped on my boss, when and how should I apologize?

I recently snapped on my boss. He's the CEO of a small company. I regularly have scheduled meetings with another boss where you talk about work life, complaints, suggestions, etc. In the last year or ...
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Is it reasonable to send warning over a phone going off [closed]

I work as a software developer in an IT service company. Our office has about 50 people. Usually we have our phones on silent mode. Once in a while (approx 1-2 times a month) a phone goes off, since ...
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How to ask my manager if I am about to be fired?

I have a feeling management is working to fire me. My manager says I've been "doing fine" but I don't believe him. How should I ask my manager if they are truly working to fire me? Let me explain ...
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How to deal with a boss who doesn't listen to you and keeps criticizing? [closed]

So, I have this CTO with 15+ years of experience in my small Software Development company, who is quite knowledgeable but is extremely proud of himself over his knowledge. Although he is good in terms ...
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What's the best way to ask for promotion? [duplicate]

I work in a pre-ipo startup company. I am a senior level engineer. One of my team member is also a senior level engineer and we work together on a project. I feel my manager wants to promote him ...
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Ask my manager what my performance review ranking is on the team?

I am working in a team of around 30 people. I got a performance review this year and got mostly "meet" and occasional "above expectation". However, I feel all my team members are strong and almost ...
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Salaried Employee Being Dinged For Tardiness

I am a salaried employee, scheduled to work 8-5, M-F, and one Sunday a month for month-end closing. I typically will arrive for work between 7:58 and 8:04. On really, really, bad days, sometimes ...
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I fear I am being set up to be fired by my direct manager. How to save my job?

I've received nothing but praise for months since I started working as a developer at this company. I've introduced a few changes (scrum, Slack, peer review) that upper management loves. Suddenly, ...