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Toxic manager gave me poor performance reviews. How to approach with future hiring managers?

I came across this article and it describes my workplace experiences to a T. If you want the full story, I recommend reading that. Otherwise, some quick background: I'm in my mid-20s working in large ...
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How do I show concern to my manager, who is coming back from an emergency leave? Want to ask him if everything was good back at home

Last week my manager suddenly departed for his home country due to a family emergency. Tomorrow he is supposed to resume work and our first interaction is a regular scrum call with everyone in the ...
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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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Best way to approach manager with urgent issues when they are in a bad mood

I work in a quality control department for a manufacturing facility and report to the quality manager. Some days, my boss will be in a very bad mood due to having a lot of quality issues ...
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Taking videocall interviews at job location after my work hours. Is it ethical?

I am interviewing and most, if not all, video call interviews are set for business hours. It is not possible for me to take a whole day off for them, and it is difficult to commute home on time to ...
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Manager says “yes” even when he means “no”

I sometimes make requests to my manager for certain resources like data to analyze certain trends. Most of the times, he says yes and gives me what I need but after two or three reminders. However, ...
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What if your boss does not reply to your queries? [duplicate]

I have seen that my manager does not respond to my queries over especially when i sent him over email. how should i go about it, should i start CC'ing his manager when sending email.
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What should be my approach if I am not given proper KRAs? [closed]

I had two to three meetings with my manager but he did not give me proper Key Result Areas (KRAs) for the current financial year, instead, he told me to learn Microsoft Azure. As per my understanding, ...
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How to make sure I receive credits for a task that I developed and removed from

Last year I was assigned with someone X (who I report to him) to a task (develop an application from scratch). This task needed lot of development and tests and many changes happens on the go. Person ...
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What is professional language to say I don't want to work under someone for personal reasons?

I am a contractor, and I have just been offered full time employment at my current workplace. My day-to-day would change very little, but I would be put under another a manager who is a peer of my ...
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Low pay raise on promotion I haven't been formally told about yet. Should I talk to my manager? [duplicate]

I am a software developer working at a technology company. Several months ago I talked to my manager about promoting me to the next level (i.e. from associate level developer to intermediate level). ...
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Dealing with superiors that don't seem to know what I do in the project/company?

TLDR: I'm a Software Developer. A few months ago, I've been assigned to a new team, to work on a new company project. Whilst managing the team, it appears that my superiors often forget that I'm even ...
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How to think of being moved under a less experienced manager? [closed]

I am the founding engineer at a startup. Since the beginning of the company I've reported directly to the CEO and then the CTO after he was hired. Our company has grown considerably since then (from ...
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How to explain to your boss you are not interested in working nights and weekends?

I work at a software development company as a developer in the United States. I am well compensated in this salaried role. I work with other developers who are typically are happy to be brought into ...
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How should I respond to bidirectional loss of trust with my management? [closed]

It's clear that my management doesn't trust me to do my job or to accept criticism. I don't trust them to have my back, or to judge my work, or to use me effectively, or to accept criticism. I don't ...
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What to do with conflicting instructions?

We were between managers for a while recently and I was taking instructions directly from the owner of the business. This was the case for a couple of months so I became very familiar with my duties ...
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Recommendation Letter

I got a new job as an engineer. My previous job was not engineering related. Anyhow, my previous boss wrote me a recommendation letter due to my outstanding performance. Do you recommend I send this ...
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New line manager coming in aggressive

We have a brand new line manager. He's only been on the job for a week, but is already crossing the line between being assertive and aggressive. He'll be quickly dismissive to staff and at other ...
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Confront the manager in a constructive safe manner about lack of work

I was hired 3 months ago as a web developer at a company to work on a project and 2 months ago that project was killed. Ever since then I'm given all sorts of tasks, like testing and cleaning ...
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How can I be more “proactive” at my job?

Some background: I'm a programmer working in a group of electrical engineers in a very engineer-focused department. I have no education or training as an engineer, and have next to no overlap with my ...
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Is it normal to have daily 1:1 meetings with your boss?

I work as a Software Engineer in a large company. My team of six has daily stand-up meetings to chat about what we did/will be doing for that day. I also have a bi-weekly one-on-one with my own ...
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How can I convince my manager that we need to reduce technical debt? [closed]

I work as a developer on a 15-year-old software product, which has been continuously under development for all that time. The code base is enormous. We have over 500mb of code, which I suspect is ...
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How can I challenge ex-manager claiming undue credit without burning bridges?

A few weeks ago my manager from a previous company contacted me asking if he could include research I completed while working there in a conference paper he was writing. He said the paper would be an ...
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Office manager smoking in office; how can we make this stop?

The office manager will often smoke in her office after 5:00 pm while some of us are still working. The air conditioning carries the smoke into our offices. I have asthma/bronchitis and the smoke ...
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What reasons would a supervisor have for silently listening in to a phone interview being conducted by his subordinates?

I've worked in the IT profession for 12 years and participated in maybe ~40 phone interviews as the interviewer and interviewee. Never have I seen or heard of the interviewer's boss silently listening ...
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New Manager causing me problems

Our new manager started four days ago. He is clearly still finding his feet, asking for our job descriptions and analysing our annual leave. Yesterday at his first department meeting, which his boss ...
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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 ...
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How to deal with a manager that has no consideration for employees time/personal lives?

I work for a subsidiary of a conglomerate US company. There has been a lot of reorganization within my brand and I am now in an executive position. The problem is I am on the west coast while the core ...
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Senior asking out for coffee on weekend and running out of options to decline it politely

One of my friends has been asked out for coffee, and I'm posting in this forum for some suggestions on how to politely decline the invite. The senior manager has asked this girl out for coffee on a ...
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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-...
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How can I deal with abuse by my boss? [closed]

I have had very difficult situations with my boss recently, with whom I have worked almost for a year. The recent events made me realize that she had created a hostile work environment for me and ...
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How to politely insist on being transferred

This is rather long. I'm trying to be thorough, but I hope its not too long. I am currently employed at a very large, American corporation. I have generally had a good attitude during my tenure here, ...
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How to deal with a boss that doesn't like you to take time off?

To keep it short, I have a manager that is very nit-picky about when and how long I take my vacation time. My vacation time at my company works on an accrual basis, so I earn X amount of days per ...
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How can I ask my boss for time off at the last-minute?

I'm 21 and I've been working for a wine importer for about 2 and a half years. I graduated from university in June and am planning on continuing to work at my current job through the end of the summer ...
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How to handle an increasingly 'hostile' working environment? [closed]

I've been working at an international company for just over seven years and for most of the time it has been an okay place to work. About three years ago, I was among the first people to start on a ...
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How to deal with mixed messages during the probation period?

TL;DR: My probation period may be extended, but my manager can't articulate how I can improve and is trusting me with long-term, high profile projects. How can I encourage him to be clear on how I can ...
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Manager not completing forms required for my partner to sit for exams

TL;DR: Partner might no be able to sit exams due to manager refusing/ignoring having to "sign off" her logbook, meaning she wouldn't qualify for a higher senior salary for at least another 6 months. ...
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How to professionally prepare my manager for a buggy system

The long and short of things is that my manager has me working on a project that has the most limited time scale I've ever seen. The timeline was given by the client, not determined by the project. ...
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How to handle my manager asking me to do something possibly unethical? [closed]

I was asked to implement a new feature in a piece of our software for users to be able to schedule themselves for deletion (we auto-remove expired users with an automated overnight process). If a user ...
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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 ...
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How to combat an experienced line manager who uses calculated silence effectively?

I'm a junior project engineer in small technical engineering team (not software or IT) and my line manager is an experienced technical person with extensive managerial experience. I have come up ...
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How to ask my manager for a list of key result areas professionally?

I'm starting a new job soon and I'm unsure what my key result areas are. I want to be able to manage my time effectively and thus only want to be working on tasks that are relevant to my job. To ...
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How do I explain to my manager that I am searching/found a new job at another company? [duplicate]

I have been working as an R&D Engineer at Company A for a year now and have decided to start looking for new employment opportunities due to financial reasons. Company A has given me a ton of ...
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How to deal with a boss that who lacks skill at scheduling?

I work a part time job, so it lends itself to weird hours. It's seasonal, so I don't get overtime pay, and we use a scheduling app like When I Work to get our schedules and check timesheets. My boss, ...
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How to manage guilt for taking a day off? [closed]

Before yesterday, my last full day off from work was on May 13th. Between now and then, I have worked every single day in some capacity, usually 9-5 but also unusual hours on a work trip, being ...
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How can I better understand manager or clients with strong accents?

In most of my daily life, I can understand most of the American English(and some Chinese) speaking people I come into contact. But in my office/workplace, there are more and more people with a heavy ...
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I cannot use some software support forums due to lack of an official phone number [closed]

Sometimes I need to access Microsoft forums, for example, to report bugs in Visual Studio, or ask some programing related question. The problem is that I cannot open an account in Microsoft websites, ...
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How to start conversation about building a team

I'm working as a part of a team, however my actual work is related to tasks focusing around 3 or more separate teams, such as a solution architect in an IT environment. Since there is a lot of work ...
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Member of the board asks for admin access and wants non-compliant device on the network

I'm one of the many network operators at a corporation. One of the board members asks every time — when in her opinion changes are too slow — for admin access (credentials) so she can do it herself. ...
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How to handle a manager who consistently says I give unfair feedback?

I work in a company of about 100 people. Recently, the company decided to do some restructuring, which means that I now have someone new as my direct reporting manager. The other two people on my ...