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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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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 ...
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Is it wrong to use a company licensed version of Microsoft Office on my personal machine? [closed]

So the other day I put in a request for Microsoft Word for my office Windows machine. A couple of days later, my request was approved, and I was given login credentials to the MS Office 365 website ...
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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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Can I Count IT Support Experience As Development Experience?

I graduated with a bachelors degree in computer science, learning mostly Java and functional programming. My internship lead to a job, but I got thrown into a different position than expected. My ...
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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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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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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 should I proceed when my employer continually delays my employment contract which was promised months ago?

I work at a relatively small software company, and have done so for around 6 months. When I landed the job I was told the employment contract would be signed on my first day, and since I have asked ...
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Working with a vendor that supplies a competitor

So I work for a leading company who has a vendor that supplies software to both the company I work for and a competitor. The software and right to sell licences is owned by a third party who allow ...
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How do I encourage root cause analysis rather than focusing on short - term solutions?

As an IT auditor at my workplace, focusing on short-term solutions seems to be the preferred way rather than doing a root cause analysis (RCA) and letting the results guide further action. For ...
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Is there a formal methodology or protocol for selecting among competing software packages?

I need to make a strategic personal decision regarding learning/buying one of a number of competing software packages (Parametric CAD). In a perfect world, I would have unlimited time and system ...
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When does my company need an internal IT person for hardware/software and network support? [closed]

I work for a Tech startup, 70 employees and rapidly growing. We recently moved from a co-working space to our own office. Most of us run off of brand new Macs that are leased and have Apple Care ...
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Is it acceptable to cut my internship short in favor of another one?

I accepted an offer for a 16-month internship with company A last May. I am not treated as an intern and the work assigned to me are similar to the new grads we just hired. The work is stable and it ...
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What to do next after finishing a project [closed]

Me and my friend are 15 and 17 year olds who write applications for mobile phones in their spare time. A few months earlier, we were at a hacker games event (basically a startup competition), where we ...
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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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HR is not replying after selected and submitted EAF for 2 months [closed]

HR from a giant company is not replying after selected and submitted EAF for 3 months.1 month ago when I called them they told them on processing.I asked them how much time required for processing. ...
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Resume: Is it appropriate to say “xx years of proven software development experience” [closed]

I want to add this phrase to the "Skills" section of my resume.
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Is it ok to resign a contract to hire position on in the first week?

I just got hired on to be a developer (.Net) at an organization which uses a lot of smoke screens to make themselves look big and formal like IBM. On day one they set me up with a Win 7 machine and ...
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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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What does it take to become a “research engineer” in computer engineering? [closed]

I recently discovered that research engineer in computer science seems interesting and relevant both for academia and corporations. Now I wonder if I must have a Ph D in computer science to become a "...
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Dealing with a slow growth curve in improving automation skills and how that affects ones career [closed]

I have been working as a QA since almost ~5 years now. While I am one of the senior QA in my team, and have brought in other quality aspects to the table, my automation skills are still "beginner". ...
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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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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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How to evaluate career options when you feel that your are stuck (in the role of software engineer in a corporation) [closed]

EDIT: How can I evaluate my options in a realistic way? What are the factors that I should consider? I feel that I am in a mid life crisis, as many others.. I work for a corporation as software ...