Questions tagged [software-industry]

Questions with this tag should be specific to the Software Industry, or to workplace elements commonly associated with said industry. The Software Industry deals with the creation, maintenance, and distribution of software. In addition, the creation of any associated training/documentation, as well as any consulting work, is included under the auspices of Software Industry.

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I was hired to create a department but I do not get more people

I have been working in my current company for over a year, I am the only one doing activity X and the only expert at it. I was told I would lead a department regarding activity X after a year or so ...
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Team won't come out of their shell (possible team-wide imposter syndrome?)

I have a team-wide performance problem on the team I inherited about a year ago. No matter their title, the senior+ engineers on my team perform at the level of a junior engineer (objectively, ...
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Non-web dev jobs, especially for someone well past college age

I'm basically the target market for a lot of bootcamps: I'll be 40 this year, I don't have a CS (or any) degree, and I'd like to switch over to coding. I enjoy what programming I have done (I've got ...
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Should I pursue work with niche tech that is probably going to die soon (Xamarin.Forms)?

I am working currently as software engineer in .NET team, taking care of support of already existing application or rewriting them to new base. I currently work with almost everything that has .NET as ...
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Be honest and potentially lose my job or lie and be safe?

I've been working for almost a half year at my current company (5 yoe). They talked about .Net Core / Microservices etc etc though in practice it seems I've been hired to follow up my current team ...
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How can I advocate for a change that a very admired colleague opposes?

I'm a senior developer at a new job. One rock star programmer on my team is considered senior. He has worked on the project for years. His code has unhelpful or misleading names. It has methods and ...
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Can I Ever Become a Decent Programmer?

I have recently been reflecting on my frustrations in trying to become a better programmer, in particular thinking about what Jeff Atwood has said on the issue here and here. He quotes Bill Gates ...
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Offered a great job, but I'm in the interview process of my dream job at Google?

I currently work as a fullstack software developer and I just got offered a very generous job that's about 2x my current pay at a startup company. In addition, my current job has no holiday or ...
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Company offering me the same job again just 10 days after rejecting me in final VP round [closed]

I interviewed with a software company 10 days ago. It is not a very big company and has around 40-50 employees. There were 3 rounds, out of which 2 were technical and last one was a 15 minute chat ...
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What is a high percentage way to prepare for a 30 minute data structures and algorithms interview at a startup?

The first half of the one hour interview will be a data structures / algorithms type problem and second half will be debugging a real problem in an iOS codebase. Since my comfort zone is with the ...
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How can I support parallel development on a code porting project? [closed]

The company where I work in the UK has a lot of VB6 applications which they wish to move to .net Core. They want me to lead this, which is fine. The problem is, the first application which they wish ...
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Will this software project manager's experience and education from Ukraine help her get a US job? [closed]

I know a Ukrainian woman who has married a US citizen. Given the security and economic situation in Ukraine, she and her spouse are working on getting her a green card so they can move to the US. ...
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How to react after all your work being thrown away due to a merger?

I was hired by a company to develop a product a year ago, I have worked on this product exclusively during the last year and the intention was to move up to a managerial role with two more people as ...
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How might I avoid significantly overestimating the time required to deliver a potential client's software project?

Spoke with a potential client about delivering a computer vision app (making calculations deduced from human body pose joints, in addition to UI navigation work and refinements). I estimated this ...
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How to deal with manager's poor communication skills?

I currently work as a Software Engineer in a relatively small subdivision of a team of ~35 people, all of which report to the same manager (and all of which are Software Engineers of some sort). This ...
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How to move forward with unfulfilling internships

I am currently a 3rd year college student pursuing a degree in computer science. As part of my degree, I am required to complete a number of co-ops/internships. These are paid internships in the ...
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In software engineering, what exactly is meant by collaborative tone?

For all of my web/software development career, I have worked alone and with a very small team. I have just interviewed with a larger company. There were several interviews - technical and behavioral. ...
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What are some good questions for gauging what various software teams are like to work with? [duplicate]

I'm interviewing for software engineering positions for multiple different teams at a single large tech company, where cultures can be quite different among teams. In these interviews, what would be ...
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How can I change my attitude towards my colleagues and my carreer? [closed]

I just read this question and it hit hard. I'm in a small team of developers (mostly RPA, general AI, and scripting in VBScript, Python, PowerShell and so forth and so on), some of them don't ...
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Torn between (what I consider) professionalism and company attitude, how to proceed? [closed]

I work with software. I am not the most senior of devs, but I'm also no longer very junior either. Looking back, I see my own evolution and progress, skills-wise. I can confidently take on much larger ...
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Build new company software on my own time? Or is that overstepping? [closed]

I started working at this company about a year ago. I work on a team that maintains their web application. The web application was built about 20 years ago using Java Spring and is extremely outdated ...
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How do I provide clear goals for a PIP when the developer's mistakes are ambiguous and varied?

Context: I recently joined a software development company as a manager where previously my team of developers did not have a formal manager. The oversight given to the developers was unsupportive at ...
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Unable to focus on programming around 3-4 PM every day. How can I fix this?

I tend to get exhausted mentally and can't really program more on most days starting at around 3 to 4 PM every day. From there I'll kind of just be out of it mentally and unable to produce code that ...
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What categories of projects outside of embedded are there for a C++ developer nowadays? [closed]

A bit of context: I have experience in C/C++ development (mainly on the "old" C++03) in a Linux-based embedded environment in telecom equipment, but I don't want to continue working in the ...
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Should I be paid equally for the same work

I graduated with a MSc and now I'm working my first job. Everything was fine until this year when I asked to renegotiate my salary. I asked for 35% to compete with inflation and compensation for all ...
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Coworker refused to help me unless I switch my software to dark mode

This was my second week at a new job (I'm a remote developer). I asked one of my new coworkers a question and shared my screen with him. He said "well, first you need to switch to dark mode"....
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Is it worth doing a likely "LeetCode-style" interview with a big company if I have little experience with that format and only five days until then?

After applying to a big company (assuming it would be a long time before I heard back), I got a recruiter call within a few days asking to schedule a technical interview. I agreed, figuring there's a ...
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Software developers: how much time do you actually spend actually writing code compared with other tasks at work? [closed]

When I talk with other software developers, they often say that they write code for something like 8 hours a day. However, I have never once worked on a project where this happens. It's fairly normal ...
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The JD for software engineer says "Must be able to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) and overtime as necessary"

I recently saw a job description for a senior software developer position says "Must be able to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) and overtime as necessary." This job ...
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What's wrong with this e-mail?

I'm going to send an e-mail similar to this to a stranger and am trying to increase the probability that the person on the other side will reply positively (or, ideally, send the floor plan ...
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Reasons someone would avoid working on career growth

In my team I wanted to dedicate time for people's growth. I gave each of them some material and actions to do, to start working together on a development plan. All my team members started on this and ...
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Would working reduced hours or part time something that senior engineers would be interested in? [closed]

I work for a tech company and we're trying to see if there is interest from senior engineers who want to work part time. Now that we're a remote first company, we want to know if there are engineers ...
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HR asks employees to use 5 of their PTO days during Christmas closure - red flag?

During an HR interview for a software engineer role (first tier above new grad) with a prominent international software company with over 500 employees, I was told: Our company offers new US ...
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I think I've received an unofficial demotion, how should I raise my concerns?

I'm a senior software engineer that has been working in a small/mid-size company for 3 years. Recently, my team of around 20 people was restructured. This lead to my co-worker (the only person on the ...
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Working with very bad code but on a deadline

I am currently working as a newly assigned lead developer on the frontend code for a project which my employer wants to deliver to various clients. Some of the clients are very big names. ...
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Do I need to list Javascript/CSS/HTML skills on resume if frameworks/libraries are listed?

If I've listed skills like Angular or other Javascript/CSS/HTML frameworks and libraries on my resume is it still necessary to specifically list HTML/CSS/Javascript as skills? I feel like one would ...
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How do you handle being the only tech guy in a non tech team?

The company I currently work for has a terrible amount of processes that require manual work, thus they are very limited in the amount of projects they can take, as their processes do not scale up, ...
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Risk of taking another job

I am curious how do people make decision in such situations. Say I am Software developer (Front end), with say 4 years of experience roughly. Now, on my current job, I handle all the tasks well. Pay ...
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Is it normal for a junior SE to be doing this amount of work?

I work for a startup which was acquired by a much larger company. My official job title is "Software Engineer" (SE) and I am a junior. I have been working at this company for three years. We ...
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How to handle the expectation of logging 7 hours a day when I am unable to work the full 7 hours due to medical condition and workplace closing early?

Recently I joined a new workplace and being the type of business they are, every hour should be logged. I am new to the process of logging time. I have come under the spotlight for not making 7 hours ...
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Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important?

Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important ? I guess that for many people the answer is, of course. But I have been working for a Beijing local company for 11 years, managing a team around 10 ...
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How do you know if you are too flexible as a manager?

I joined a team as a manager and I am new in management. The team was in a part of the company that the demands have been "slow" and not much work that was a challenge. But since they did ...
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Stuck in a bad team. How to make the best of a worst situation?

I have been in a team for more than a year and I am stuck. The company works on proprietary software and I don't have much guidance. I waste all my time going round in circles and I can barely get ...
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Majority of engineers do not understand company standards

I work at a mid-sized company with approximately 50 software engineers. The company is currently in the middle of creating a brand-new greenfield platform to replace its legacy platform. At the start ...
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Software development shop doesn't have standard technology choices for web-development

The company I started working at about 6 months ago has no "standard" or "default" technologies for web application development. The company is fairly new to hiring developers, so ...
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Accepting a freelance offer from an external client with my current employer

For the last few years, I have been working on "strategic projects" for my current employer, alongside my main responsibilities. Recently, my employer has terminated the contract we had with ...
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Company offered a lower pay than initially discussed [closed]

I've been in discussions with a new company lately, and after our first discussion we have agreed on a range of salary. Then I have passed all the interviews/assessments they had; the feedback from ...
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How can I tell HR I want to study an MBA and ask for financial help

My work offers study assistance (pays partially for the degree & gives you extra leave) to undertake further education. However, my position is currently a data analyst (I have a degree in ...
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How do I demonstrate my value against "more experienced" managers/directors in interviews?

I am a mobile software developer that's applying for a Mobile Engineering Manager position at a new company. During my initial phone screening with the company's technical recruiter they were using ...
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Discovered developer doing Leetcode puzzles when he should be working

I hired a remote developer to work on a project with a client some months ago. He has been playing around on LeetCode throughout the working day hours, when he has active tasks in progress. I'm ...
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