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Questions tagged [software]

For questions about the use of software in a workplace environment. This tag should not be used for questions about software development and the software industry.

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Manager questioning my time estimates for a project [duplicate]

I work in a software development company. For a new project, my manager asked me time-estimates. I read the project requirements document and worked out worst-case estimates. During a meeting, he ...
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Project with higher changes of getting a full-time or a passion-related project? [on hold]

I have 2-3 years of experience in software engineering. Currently I am pursuing my higher studies and have an internship offer at a good company. They have two kinds of projects: a. Software ...
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Employer revised my salary without discussing with me. Is it even legal? [closed]

I got a new job 2 months ago and the pay was good given that I will be getting married and need to take of my mother's medical bills. I have a different salary during my probation and a higher one ...
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can i add my current one month job experience in resume? [closed]

I have been joined in a company as a software engineer fresher and worked for a month. I want to apply to other companies which are doing more exciting work and paying better. Can i add my current job ...
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Should I address a coworker's performance when working in a temporary team? (software development, no real oversight)

I'm a developer who just started doing some consulting work at a small third party company on a temporary basis (a few months). I was asked to help out on a small side project in a different team, as ...
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“Keep 75% of your hourly cost”

I went to an interview with a software consulting firm, and found out from their website that they offer the possibility of the employee keeping 65-75% (grows with years of employment) of the cost to ...
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How to talk to a client about a poorly scoped project with changing requirements?

I am currently making a side project for a company. This company has had projects before on which I worked on. The issue this time is that, they had a tight deadline, they sent me the specs and I ...
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Is it OK to try to sell a software I developed using company resource to my employer? [closed]

Without them knowing you created said software. In the last year I worked on a software that would solve a business need for my employer. I did this with the encouragement of my boss who is chief of ...
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When to inform my manager that I want to leave in one year from now? [duplicate]

I have been working in this company for the past 3 years. This is my first job, I started it as an intern while I was studying for faculty. I was then hired as Software Junior, and this year I was ...
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I inherited a huge codebase when my boss retired. Am I obligated to maintain it outside of project work?

My former boss wrote a very large application which is over 20 years old with hundreds of thousands of lines of code. He would spend many hours off-book, doing maintenance and making improvements. It ...
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What turn over rate is acceptable in a smaller company?

I am a long term employee (read 5+ years) at a smaller software startup company and have been with them from the start. Currently, the company has between 40 and 50 employees. I am aware that a high ...
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Ask our software representative to be a reference while applying at his company

In short I’ve been working at my current company for just shy of 5 years and due to any substantial career advancement I’ve decided it’s time to start the job hunt so I can move forward in my career. ...
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Is my unrelated Master's degree worth anything if I want to get into software development? [closed]

I completed my MS in Geochemistry from a recognized university in Canada. I have been working in my field for the past year, and in short, I really don't enjoy what I do. I am now trying to evaluate ...
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How much should I ask as an Atlassian administrator? [duplicate]

could you please help me figure out my salary? For me, it is not easy to figure the salary range for this one, since not a lot of people I know work in this area so I have little to compare with. I ...
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Name of General Software Position [closed]

We are attempting to create a position for an individual who creates custom software with VBA, SQL and possible PHP, HTML, CSS, Javascript to help across our departments with things like automating ...
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Transitioning to Managing Software Engineers via Product/Project/Account Management [closed]

It seems that the traditional way software engineers typically become managers (that is, having engineers directly report to them) is to climb their way through the engineering ranks, moving through ...
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Software license not valid in my country; how to handle being asked to use it anyways?

I work for a Greek affiliate of a USA company. In the past, the company itself did the mistake to buy a bunch of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Plant 3D licenses in USA for use in both offices (USA and Greece)....
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Unfair feedback from manager during mid year review due to poor communication skills

Company I work for has a review process, where we discuss what we have achieved for the past n number of months. In this mid-year review my manager wrote the following feedback: There have been ...
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Mobbing by changing job requirements outside skill set?

First things first, I'd like to state a clear intention: I am not trying to post a rant, I just want to know if I am suffering some kind of mobbing. Thank you for your understanding beforehand. I've ...
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Get a job by contributing to community with Open-source projects as a programmer [duplicate]

Since I can't really afford programming academies and similar educational programmes and systems, I was wondering if I could find a job by applying somewhere later with decent knowledge in several ...
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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 ...
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How much money should I sell my personal project e-commerce website source code to my current employer? [closed]

Over the past few years I have been developing an e-commerce website for a business idea I want to establish in the future however can not right now for a multitude of reasons. However my current ...
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Is it common for software development jobs to prioritise speed over security (or lack thereof)? [closed]

I have encountered startups to large corporations (outsourcing work) to prioritise speed, go-to-market and churning out as much code as fast as possible. In this scenario, any software developer can ...
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Lazy, arrogant and unskilled coworker [closed]

LE: This is not a duplicate of What can I do to make a coworkers lack of effort more visible because: . I think the other question only addresses part of my situation (the subjects of that question ...
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I'm a software engineer with no marketable skills [closed]

I graduated in ECE (Electric-computer engineering) with an emphasis in logic design and digital design. Straight out of undergrad I took an EDA (Electronic design automation) software job for a ...
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Senior SW Engineer role without leadership experience? Expectations?

I left my previous role as a Senior Software Engineer and I am looking for a new role at the same level. (My previous company stopped hiring grads years ago so we had a glut of seniors and principals ...
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Convincing manager to change programming languages [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer at a small manufacturing firm writing custom software for the company to use in various areas, from the assembly line to managing documentation. We have a large number of ...
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How clean does the code have to be on my github

So I am nearly done with my MSc. Artifical Intelligence and starting to look into Machine Learning and Data Science positions (in Germany as this probably makes a difference.) Unfortunately some of ...
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How to promote priced software to business team? [duplicate]

I'm trying to promote a priced software over a free one to the business team. I'd like to know how to promote paid software to the business team when there are some free alternatives. I've not ...
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1answer
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Is a position as embedded software tester a good first step for getting a position as embedded software developer? [closed]

I'm a computer science major with several years of experience developing software with C and C++, and I want to become an embedded software engineer. I have a job opportunity for being a software ...
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Should I upload Maple code to Github for employers to look at? [closed]

I'm a physics undergrad looking to go into a more computational area after graduation. Most of my coding experience has been in Maple (>4 years), but I notice it is not a language like Mathematica or ...
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Should I Put Useful Java Libraries on my Resume?

I'm currently 2 months into my first full time software engineering job, and getting a lot of experience with technology they don't teach you in college, like Project Lombok, Mockito, Google Guice ...
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Software development for a beginner, selling to your boss [duplicate]

I work for a large multi-national on one of the largest projects ever undertaken. I am definitely not a software developer and I am sure most would laugh at my code. I have very limited experience ...
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IIS not allowed on company computer [closed]

I am working on a company to do web development. And some feature that I am requested to do requires IIS (IIS Express from VS does not seem to have it all). But I can not have IIS active on my laptop. ...
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What to do when PM estimates hours without developer input?

I'm a web developer, and I'm doing back-end and front-end to a project of the company I'm currently working at. I have a PM (Project Manager) for this project and I do report to him every day. ...
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Certifications for CompSci Grad [duplicate]

I'm doing an internship over the summer break and the employer has offered a free MSCE certification (Microsoft solutions expert) that I can take part in. Is it worth while putting this on my CV upon ...
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I can freely choose the operating system on company workstation. Any workplace concerns to be aware of?

I'm taking a new job soon. The new company will let me install any operating system of my choice on the company workstation. At my current job, I was given a choice between Ubuntu and MacOS, so I am ...
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Sales representative salary. What is the meaning of base salary with comission percentage

I am a 42 years old french man. I could be interested in working abroad. Today I was contacted by the human resources manager of a big company. She wanted to offer me: 34 k base with 60% commission . ...
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Customers calling about resetting their passwords, we have an automated reset tool, but still have to handle hundreds of calls per month [closed]

We have an automated password reset feature that works. Since this has been implemented, we receive more phone calls with people requesting us to walk them through the password reset process which is ...
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Would not having a degree negatively affect my chances of getting a more senior role if I already have experience?

I am currently employed as a software developer. I have been at uni for the last few years part time, studying computer science, in my old job (also software developer, but for a smaller agency) they ...
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Switching Career Areas [closed]

I'm soon to graduate in BSCS and doing an 6 month Quality Assurance internship, currently in 3 month. I started of QA because I found it interesting because of automation. But after working I've ...
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New software engineer not invited to user experience meeting. Should I be worried?

Background: I'm a fairly green software engineer that just graduated from college. I got hired by the company I interned at for over 2 years during college and have been with the company for almost 3 ...
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How to convince company to start using better programs? [duplicate]

I'm currently interning at a small company of around 50 people right now. The company itself is fine and full of good people. The problem I have right now is with their systems. Almost everything that ...
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How do people become tech leads? [closed]

A Google search for "how to become a tech lead" reveals titles like: Four Things I Wish I Knew When I Became a Tech Lead 5 Tips for Being an Effective Tech Lead How to be a good ...
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How can I persuade my boss to license the software I need to use?

There is a software product I use that has a professional version, which costs money, and a community version, which is free and less capable. Also, the end user agreement for the community version ...
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Not using Outlook for receiving emails in office [closed]

Does it make you look unprofessional if you don't use Microsoft Outlook for professional/office related emails. At my workplace almost everyone uses Outlook. It is not mandatory but it is considered ...
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How to negotiate additional compensation for completing a “hard” project? [duplicate]

Some months ago, my employer told me it would be nice if the devices we develop would have 4G network compatibility. These devices are quite old now and need newer options for data transmission. I am ...
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Are my expectations of an internship reasonable?

I recently started a SW internship at a big government contractor. I was very excited for the opportunity to work on big projects and collaborate with experienced programmers. However, my first day I ...
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Soft-skills… how and why?

Intro: I'm originally a physicist, and I love programming since my childhood (primarily C++). After finishing my PhD in physics, I did a post-doctoral fellowship in a university for 2 years, where in ...
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Meetings in short recordings - can they be prudent? [closed]

Not sure if place to ask; please advise either where i might ask or how else I might ask if not. Just some idea I had: is it prudent in anyway to have some sort of 'meetings' done in a series of ...