Questions tagged [software]

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Justifying the installation of utility applications on company laptop

My employer currently has a strict SOE (Standard Operating Environment) policy for company computers. This means that all software installation on my work laptop must be approved, and group policy is ...
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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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Company policy violation due to browser history syncing

I recently learned (the hard way) that my company is accessing my browser history on my work computer. That's fine and all, and comes as no surprise, really. However, I recently got hit with a warning ...
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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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Manager asks to spy on others, should I agree to help?

One of my managers told me he had no time to actually keep an eye on what is going on in the team. He asked me to be his "eyes and ears". I think "snitches get stitches" and don't want to ruin my ...
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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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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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Letting employees choose their own IDE [closed]

I manage a team of developers and am evaluating the company's development standards in preparation for some new employees. Previously the tools we used have been pretty industry standard (e.g. Visual ...
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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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I'm that awkward intern. How can I salvage it? [duplicate]

I recently got my first internship at a software company entering my junior year of college. It's been a good learning experience, but a terrible overall experience. In the beginning I tried asking ...
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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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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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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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E-mail management question [closed]

There is an internal support type department in our company that gets bombarded with emails daily from staff. The support group is 8 people, each part of the same email workgroup on MS Office. ...
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Convincing Employer/Manager to use Better Software OR Use my Devices [closed]

My current employer is using Win 7 and Office 2007 and only updated from Win XP and Office 2003 as of last December. The problem is that Office 2007...well, SUCKS! I mean there are so many issues with ...