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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Compliance: Boss asked to buy software for team, that i built privately

I work in Germany in the private sector, medium size: 2000-5000 employees. I work in an IT Department. Short Version: Boss asked to buy software for team, that i built on my own time I didn't build ...
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At the end of contracting work (IT/Programming), what steps need to be taken to protect myself from any technical issues company might have

In particular, I'm interested to know what to do in terms on handing over things like passwords to systems. Should I demand passwords to be changed immediately so that I don't have access? The ...
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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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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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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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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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How to efficiently work during a software update?

The computer provided to me to do my work on is mostly a workstation that accesses a virtual machine hosted elsewhere. Occassionally, about once or twice a month, there are software updates that ...
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How to tell if mistakes are from an individual, or from a process

Today at my job, I just could not shake the feeling that I screwed up somehow. I work as a software developer and I merged about 10-15 branches into another repository today. The only problem was ...
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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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How critical is a minor programming error during an interview?

I understand that this is quite a general question and it depends on the company, but I will try and explain. I was given a problem where I had to write some code to verify a sudoku puzzle was solved ...
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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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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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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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“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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Can a non US citizen work remotely for a US company and be under their payroll? [closed]

Some context: I've been in the US for almost 5 years under a F1 visa. In the last year I've worked under OPT for a company in the US. I have a SSN but my card says "valid for work only with DHS ...
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New job, iffy software [duplicate]

I took an interview as IT Manager last week and was offered the job. -yay- However during the 1st stage interview someone slipped in the fact that a GOOD proportion of the software on-site is ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I go for an interview if I feel I am not prepared? [closed]

I am a software developer with some years of experience. I've been working for my current company for the past 3 years. My pay and benefits package is quite good, but I feel like I’ve stagnated in ...
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Asking previous company for code

Is it OK to ask your company that you worked for to provide you with some code, that you did? Because how am I supposed to show my previous work to potential employers?
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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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Ways to conduct an effective technical interview in a short timeframe? [closed]

Our HR department keeps scheduling on-site technical interviews for shorter and shorter times due to availability and scheduling restrictions. Generally 2-3 hours seems like enough time to have a ...
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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 appropriate to privately tell a superior that they acted rudely?

The principal investigator for an R&D software project has been absent from day-to-day development for almost a year- much has changed. Over the weekend, the PI dusted off his developer hat and ...
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Venturing out of group during internship?

I'm working at a big software company in a group I'm not happy with. My internship ends and I know this will be my last opportunity to keep myself alive in this company (presence wise). I have ...
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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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Using github to showcase code to potential employers; how should I cite the site I get code snippet from?

I am just getting into using Github to showcase my code to potential employers. The primary use of my Github is really just to show employers my coding ability. What is the right thing to do when I ...
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Should I include a bad module grade (an important module) on my CV?

I am applying for internships as a software developer and I have to list relevant modules and the grade obtained. One of the modules that I think I should list is Data structures and algorithms (...
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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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How to not throw a coworker under a bus?

I appologize if the title is too idiomatic, but I don't know how to explain the case without it. Short version(non-technical). I have a coworker who has for some reason or another not learned a ...
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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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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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Commuting from one office building to another. Does it incur work time? [closed]

I have a question regarding my software developer job in California. We have a big campus and I frequently have to walk between office buildings during my day. An di am an hourly contractor. I'd like ...
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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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Why do so many workplaces use outdated browsers? [closed]

My current workplace uses IE8 and FF11, both which prompt 'outdated browser' warnings all throughout the internet. I asked my colleague who has been here for 20 years about it, and his suggestion ...
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As an intern, how can I ask for real work?

I'm currently a paid intern at a corporate company, and the only intern in my department. The team has been in the planning stages of a new project, so there hasn't been much I've been able to ...
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Leveraging success on an important project for a promotion or raise

I work as a Software Developer at a small company. About a month ago I had a conversation with the VP about a issue one of our largest customers is having. Without any orders I took it upon myself to ...
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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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Should music be played at a software development company? [closed]

I am working at a software development company. At my workplace above my desk, there is speaker in the ceiling. After every 2 desks there is a speaker. As from my desk, almost every second face is ...