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Job interview - Have I ruined my chances by not completing the technical test? [closed]

I recently applied for a senior developer role with another company. I sent my CV and was invited to an initial interview, the panel on the interview consisted of one board member and two of there ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the best way to keep a job as an student? [closed]

I am currently studying software engineering and all the jobs that I will take are paid for with a student grant (Scholarship). Both the company and university pay half of my salary, so I'm very cheap ...
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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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Employment in Adult Entertainment Industry as a Software Engineer [closed]

I performed a search on the web but could not find any results, therefore I thought to ask here: Is there a website or an agency where someone can find job listings for working as a Software ...
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How to deal with inexperienced coworkers (students) [closed]

The Setting We have to complete a software-engineering module at my university. We are a team of 8 students. This module is required for any computer science related students. Unfortunately we are 3 ...
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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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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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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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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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Not aligned with employer's current strategy - need advice [closed]

I am currently a mobile developer. Recently i've noticed a trend in the company i'm working at: the management's enforcement of mobile application development using hybrid technology (the very ...
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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 ...
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Asking my boss/colleague why I was placed in my department

I'm a software development intern going into my junior year. When I was going through the application process for the company I'm interning at, I had applied as a software development intern for a ...
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Software Change [closed]

We are currently going through a software change and will be going live with our new ERP system next month. We need to inform all of our customers that their orders will need to be adjusted. Does ...
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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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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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How do I request for additional softwares for development? [duplicate]

I'm working as Senior Software Developer and my company mainly deals in financial services sector. That's why high level security is implemented in our system and we cannot install any software (...
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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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Should I obey the direct manager's decision? [closed]

I have years of engineering experience and now I am taking the position of a jr. manager. I seek the opinion of the other managers about the case at my current project. I had a positive experience ...
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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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Are junior developers supposed to take the initiative in their training? [closed]

I've been working as a Junior Developer for a while and I'm relatively happy with my job. What troubles me is that no one seems to bother with me unless I demand it. I mean they don't give me work ...
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What can be legal implications of launching my own open source software in competition with my previous employer? [closed]

I worked on an open source software for a startup and now I am not their employee. I have developed an open source software in the same technology, serving the same purpose. What can be legal ...
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Who is responsible to purchase 3rd party tools/licenses? [closed]

I have a question. I'm a contractor working for a sw development company (let's call it "ABC Dev"). They are outsourcing me to other companies to do .net development. One of these client projects ...
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Should an employer force workers to use particular software? [closed]

Let's say that a company has made years of Word documents or Excel spreadsheets in Windows but one day there is a new worker who is more familiar with say LaTeX, Open Office and Linux. Should the boss ...
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should I put my work experience that is not related to software development on my resume? [duplicate]

I graduated from a university 2 months ago with a BS in Computer Science and I made my resume for an Entry Level position in software developer. I did include other jobs I did in the past(retail). ...
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As a computer engineer, is being assigned to testing bad for my career? [closed]

My company hired me for developer's position. However, as they don't have a project, I was moved to Testing. Is this a bad move for my career?
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Is there a career path as a Software-Engineer for a CS-PhD?

I did a PhD in theoretical computer science (however with a large emphasis on implementing prototypes). However the insecure job prospects and tough competition for permanent positions led me out of ...
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Job responsibilities - Project manager vs developer [closed]

I am currently working with a project manager and not sure about some of the stuff she expects me to do. As a developer as well as writing code, quite often I am being asked to perform certain other ...
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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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Are there things that simply cannot be self-taught in software development unless working in a group? [closed]

I understand that there are things in software development that cannot be learned in school, even in a CS degree. As discussed, for example here, these include things like best practices, design ...
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How to Limit expanded project? [closed]

All my previous projects expanded to be 300% or 400% more than the original requirements. Somehow I fall in love with the project and try to make it better and better by adding new features and pretty ...
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What will the impact on a person's career be if job designation changes from software engineer to software analyst? [closed]

I worked in my past software company with the designation of "software engineer" for 2 1/2 years in the database department. Recently, I switched to the new company. Myself and an employee are ...
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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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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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How to get promoted from Junior Software Engineer role? [closed]

I've been a software engineer for a little more than 3 years, and am currently in a Junior role at a 100 employee software company. On graduating, I completed a grad scheme at a software giant, then ...