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Trying to ask for a raise with a unique job title

I started a new job about 8 months ago as a software engineer. The company is an ecommerce shop where we basically build out Optimizely site for other companies. Since joining I've moved from a ...
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Is it an efficient strategy to deploy collaborative tools like Office 365 only to a subset of employees? [closed]

I work for an industrial company with a lot of business done in back-office (including design, engineering, R&D). The company has decided (and confirmed its decision multiple times) to have a very ...
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(Career) I can't be productive because of the paradigm (or teams) - Change Job [closed]

Contextualizing: Hi, I'm 25 years old, and I've been working as a freelancer for 8 years. I mainly worked with stacks: NodeJS , React, React Native, and with TypeScript as stack superset. I've always ...
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As a software development hiring manager, do you subtract points from candidates who talk about their side projects during the interview? [closed]

My perspective is this, employees who have side projects will inevitably not be able to concentrate on the job that they are employed to work on. Is this feeling shared amongst hiring managers in the ...
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Is it reasonable for me to ask for the removal of a contract clause that says all the patents I produce go to the company?

I was recently offered a funded masters program in the field of mathematical modelling and computer coding. I was given a contract to sign which I subsequently declined because I was unhappy with a ...
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Is there an anti-pattern describing the preference for a new software when the problem is lack of skill or organisation?

I have the feeling that many people tend to turn to a new software instead of trying to master the one available. I am not saying that existing software should not be discarded if it lacks features. ...
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Title "Lead Data Scientist" vs. "Principal Data Scientist"

I have been a Data Scientist for more than 7 years now. My positions so far have been "Big Data Scientist", "Data Science Architect", "Senior Data Scientist" (in that ...
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Should I request a change of my project in my internship?

I recently had a pre-meet for my internship, where I was assigned a project. The work hasn't started yet and the problem statement given was a little abstract. So I had to research a bit on it and the ...
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Influencing more senior software engineers [closed]

I recently started a new role at a new company several months ago. I am an experienced software engineer from big tech. My new team consists of engineers who are older and more senior than me, but ...
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Would there be any value in creating a tool to simplify code navigation? [closed]

A friend and I noticed that it's difficult to grasp new sets of code. In school, we're taught concepts in the form of visual representations - graphs. Would there be any value in creating something ...
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I would like to purchase the rights to the software my company created but no longer wishes to maintain or use [closed]

I work for a firm which has a large in-house development arm. We have a small software package which was written by one guy 6 years ago. This software is currently used in production but the guy who ...
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Is it normal to have so much red tape in reporting bugs?

My workplace adopted some software several months ago, at the outbreak of COVID-19, to help us conduct our work remotely. The software has been extremely buggy, to the point of slowing down our ...
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Is It Normal for Early Career Developers to Feel Demotivated?

Working at my first job as a software developer and it seems every task comes with a deadline of this Friday. Mostly applying patch works or undoing previous features. I do have the technical skills, ...
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HR seems to have issues with my relocation which might leave me temporarily unemployed

After months of communication issues I recently started a full-time remote job. As I'm moving back to Europe, HR is now telling me I would become unemployed until they can get me a new contract. How ...
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Would a hiring manager be annoyed if my reason for moving was due to management style?

I'm meeting with a hiring manager in my company to discuss moving teams internally. I'm anticipating them asking me why I want to move. If I be honest, it's because my current manager's management ...
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What rights do I have in regards to workforce management apps?

Can I declare I won't be using their app; what rights do I have? I am very thorough with my privacy and security and do not answer emails, calls, texts etc outside my contracted hours. However, the ...
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Boss is telling me to download software but they didn't provide me a work computer so I'm using my own. Can I refuse?

I got this full time job 2 months ago. It's work from home for now cause of the novel coronavirus. I am a full time employee and not a contractor. I'm from the Philippines. They didn't provide me a ...
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How to improve a software product in difficult conditions

[Short version] The software department is heavily under pressure for bad software quality and performance and too little delivery. In addition, the CEO has gets angry easily and is killing motivation....
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My performance recently seems really poor, but why is everyone acting like it's OK? [closed]

I am a software developer for the last 5 years. I like this work and since I started this career I have been in 3 companies. Each change resulted a good raise of the salary and more interesting ...
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Asked for a raise boss suggests pay should now reflect "projects"

Long story short I am managing a team of software developers but I also manage our entire IT infrastructure. From our CAD systems to our database systems to our web servers to employee setups. Its a ...
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Why are companies requiring their software developers to have n years of experience in very specific fields? [closed]

I'm finding it hard to find a job in the software world. I have experience in C C++ PHP MySQL, NoSQL Node.js Javascript Front Back Application BSP Embedded And on. There's not much I haven't touched....
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In an interview with a small video game company, should I comment about bugs I noticed in their game?

I have a short interview next week at a small videogame company for a programmer position. They are currently working on a new game, so I downloaded the demo and played through it. There are some bugs ...
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What are some good practices on when to click "Mark as read" in work-oriented chatting softwares?

What are some good practices on when to click "Mark as read" in work-oriented chatting softwares? As a result of COVID-19 era life style and the increasing prevalence of remote working, I receive ...
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My Company Wants to Own My Weekend Work

I work for a large hardware manufacturer in Europe. I work on the software development required for products. Since it is a hardware manufacturer I work for, which does software required to sell their ...
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Client now wants me to use my own laptop and software, but it's not fully licensed

I recently started a new job as a contractor. It had been my understanding the computer and software I would be using would be supplied to me, but I guess I should have made that clear in the contract....
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How can I address the issue of a broken desktop screen with my manager?

Due to lockdown, I was given desktop to work from home. One day I thought of cleaning desktop table and monitor as well. I kept my monitor on a box and started cleaning the table. I was keeping all ...
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A client of mine is not necessarily PCI compliant, and not saying they want to be PCI compliant as part of software rebuild. How do I best help them? [closed]

I'm concerned about my client being Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant. Recently, I was tasked with rebuilding a payment processing component. As part of my analysis, I asked the project ...
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Why would a company pays money to clients over the software they sell? [closed]

How could a company pay back some money to clients for selling a software (Is it a form of sue?). Could you explain this? It's not like when we buy something and we get a bad product and then you ask ...
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How long should I work somewhere for putting them in my resume

I am fresh out of university and in 1 year, I have been working at two different companies. The last one is recent (3-4 months) and it does not seem like a good fit. Should I put that experience in my ...
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I’m a junior developer on a team which is likely to lose 4 of 6 core developers in the next 3 months due to resignations. Should I leave too?

I’m a junior developer (8 months post college experience) on a team which is likely to lose 4 of 6 core developers in the next 3 months due to resignations. Should I leave too? For a variety of ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a software engineer to do CI manually for a company?

I work as a software engineer at a company, that has an outdated build infrastructure. Things like continuous integration are practically impossible. We don't use Git BTW. There is a company with a ...
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Working in the software industry does not seem rewarding anymore

I was always an ambitious, jack-of-all-master-of-none kid with above average skills and interest in technical topics. Working for the software industry was always looked upon from where I grew up and ...
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What may be some unforeseen benefits or downsides of being a part time college instructor as a relatively junior software engineer?

I am a relatively junior (just 1 year of experience) software developer who has just been approached through a friend about becoming a computer science instructor for a local public college. ...
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Keeping oneself technically updated

I am in the technical field (front-end software development specifically). My question is, considering the fast moving nature of our field (new technologies/frameworks constantly coming up), how can I ...
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Is it an issue for background checks, if my previous organization designation is different? [duplicate]

Recently i got offer letter from one of the MNC organization as Java Developer position and My previous Employer i joined as Android developer but after 2 months i was switched to Java projects in my ...
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Why are software recruiters relying on automated testing of technical skills? [closed]

I'm currently applying to remote development positions and in every case I get past the initial screening interview, but bomb the automated coding test so am dropped out of the running before a ...
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Work changed infrastructure and I can't use it - do I just have to leave?

I'm a web designer, been with my company since 1999. It's a good place and I get to do a bit of everything from graphic design and UI to front and back end work. Recently we've grown and become much ...
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First software job is miserable. First, are my concerns valid? Second, if they are, what do I do?

I'm in my first job as a software engineering grad in Canada. I took a job with a government agency this September after an offer fell through late (April) and I took the first job I could (as you ...
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Why is it so acceptable for software engineers to job hop? I'm tired of constantly recruiting them

Basically how did it become acceptable for software engineers to always be job switching? I am a recruiter for my company of about 250 and we employ 15 software engineers. Half my time is spent ...
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How to identify individual accomplishments / successes for a resume, when I'm working in a Scrum team that is overall frequently failing to deliver?

I am a developer on a Scrum team which I joined in September and for reasons which will be evident, I want to leave and am trying to figure out resume lines. The Scrum team I'm working in is ...
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New boss said: "99% uptime is better than 100% uptime as nobody appreciates fire marshalls, just firemen." Is he right? [closed]

I am on a dev team of 15 people and just arrived a month ago. Our team lead just left because he didn't get a raise. There have been massive problems as he was the only one who knew anything about ...
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Co-workers used a bot to have my pitch win the people’s choice award for a conference. I have conflicting feelings and don’t know what to think

Last week, there was an industry conference where I was selected to pitch for my company. Things have been difficult for me professionally recently as I didn’t get a major contract and keep worrying ...
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Is a low bus factor a good or bad thing for those managed by the person who is the bus factor of 1-2?

Posted on behalf of a friend. My friend recently had her boss quit. Her boss had been there for 13 years and in that time, had never taken vacation and always did the oncall work. He abruptly quit ...
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Too many pull requests in backlog

I work in a small company, and my manager is involved in managing 2 projects as well as doing his own coding. I am increasingly frustrated as there is a queue of 50 Pull Requests waiting to be either ...
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Boss didn’t get a raise, so he quit. He hasn’t even left, and already things are melting down. Is it time to leave?

I work in a medium sized company that provides certain services to American municipal governments. A large part of our product is software which manages some of these services which we sell to the ...
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Is it better to warn your boss about a mud puddle or be the one providing the towel and fresh clothes when he falls in?

I am one year into my first job out of university and am currently up for a promotion to the second level of our technical track. I was reviewing the original specifications of a piece of software ...
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Landed a software development job that operationally is a mess and has little potential career growth. What can I extract from this?

I am a recent graduate on my first full time software development job. The job promised mentoring and effective development, but has in the 6 weeks I have been here provided none of those things. ...
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Can I land a job in both software and hardware? [closed]

I am studying computer engineering and I really like computer architecture and digital design, whereas at the same time I also enjoy algorithms and programming so much (I know software engineering is ...
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how to switch from embedded to python? [closed]

i have 5+ years of exp in embedded system in medium scale company. here i am working on only PIC controller. so now it became difficult for me to switch to other company. may i know the courses which ...
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Workplace flexibility [closed]

I work for a IT company and had my discussions with my manager around inability to work from home to support kid (child care age) when they are not well. The boss (owner of the company) replied, "...
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