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Staying late for appearance?

I have a senior management-technical position with equity and a decent salary in a pre-launch startup with 6 people. I am newly-married and I work about 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, give or take one ...
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Company does not understand what the “bus factor” is and continues to give me more and more responsibilities

At the company I am working for, I believe is beginning to give me more and more responsibility. Trying to get me to be responsible for more and more pieces of the application and infrastructure we ...
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How do you grow in a skill when you're the company lead in that area?

I'm a member of a small startup. When we decided to look at including a bit of AI in our product, I was asked to investigate, simply because I found it interesting and had taken a few AI/Machine ...
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“Startup” working hours - is it normal to be asked to work 11 hours/ day?

I recently relocated to Germany (I am already an EU citizen), and this is the first of the stronger job offers - I did a technical task, did a Skype call, everything went ok, but the working hours ...
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A major investor asked me (the software lead) whether the board should fire my boss (the Co-Founder and CTO). What should I do?

I am the software lead of a startup which while not struggling, is repeatedly missing goals and commitments to clients. Much of this can be attributed to our CTO. Some background on her. She is one ...
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Would I be wrong to leave the start-up I’m working for with one month’s notice? [duplicate]

I work for a 25-person startup company. Even though we are a startup we have good funding from a big investor. My role here is CTO (not co-founder) taking care of 5-6 people (used to be 10+). My boss ...
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How to answer “Are you interviewing anywhere else?” during an interview

Let's suppose we are in an advanced stage of the recruiting process of a company and this question pops up. Also, this is a startup, so the interviewer is not an HR agent but the whole startup team (...
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How can I deal with my CEO asking me to hire someone with a higher salary than me, a co-founder? [closed]

I'm the technical co-founder/CTO of a B2B startup. I created the product, our design, etc 6 years ago. Our board hired a CEO 4 years ago and they've been trying to get VC funding since they joined. ...
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Is it ok to accept the proposal to work from home?

I am starting work in a small startup (4 active members) as a lead developer. The CEO told me "you can work from home, it is up to you, but if you want to move in, just let me known when". The office ...
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How do I resign without burning bridges when I'm a critical staff member?

I work as an engineer at a startup technology company in the United States, and for several reasons, such as: A culture of working more than 8 hours a day. A loud "open office" environment and a ...
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Salary increases in startups [closed]

I'm the owner of a very small startup in the IT sector of Germany. Very small means 3 people getting a salary: 2 of them are founders (including me), and 1 employee. The employee is still very young (...
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Can I rescind my offer of working on weekends after last day?

I'm leaving my current company at the start of the new year for various reasons, and during those discussions with upper management, I made the mistake of offering to spend my weekends throughout ...
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As the 20-year old founder of a startup company, what can I do to get older, more experienced people to take me seriously? [closed]

Edit: I am no longer the original user who made this post (hence the more recent questions I am asking are not related to this post). I'm the founder of a growing IT company. I went to a university (...
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Boss hasn't transferred my salary yet. How to approach the situation?

I'm a recent graduate and new to the employment world, let alone the startup world, so please bear with me. I need some advice on how to communicate with my boss regarding my salary. I was hired at a ...
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How can I make a company I co-founded a better place to be or cleanly move onto something else?

I co-founded a company a couple years ago, and am in charge of the development aspects of the company. I am an executive (CTO) and am on the board of directors. I also own 20% of the company (the ...
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How to retract an idea already pitched to an employer? [closed]

I suggested an idea* to my boss. He didn't show much much interest to build it**, so I did it on my own. Now it is on the verge of getting funded with venture capital. My boss is now interested in ...
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Would opting out of catered lunch be taken poorly?

I'm interviewing at a company that has catered lunch (not a large free cafeteria, like Facebook has) every day. I don't have an offer yet, but I want to plan ahead. I'm going in for a final interview ...
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Work on weekends?

In my recent interview everything went well. They were very positive and I could see in their eyes that they are very positive/impressed with me. Finally they asked me "do you have any questions for ...
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HR trying to sabotage my wife's work because we're married [closed]

TLDR; My wife got a 1 month trial as a product manager and tester for a new product I'm directly designing and developing. HR hates the fact that we're married and is trying to seat her separate from ...
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Startup vs Big Company - ok to ask for details

Hoping for some guidance with this. I recently left the startup company where I was working as a senior backend Python engineer. The job had a lot of complications and the company suffered from a ...
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How can I influence a manager to not schedule team meetings during lunch?

Once a week we have team meetings that are scheduled during lunch which the company buys (irrelevant to me since I bring my own lunch anyway). I have no problem with the timing, but I find it insanely ...
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Is destroying a company product in an office setting as a means to vent acceptable in a office event/party?

Context: I have been at a startup for a few years now. I worked on an internal product that filled a need for the company during our first couple of years but there were a number of reliability ...
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How to politely refuse a startup's equity? [closed]

Hypothetical situation: I received an attractive job offer from a startup, which includes a salary of x and equity that the startup values (let's say fairly) at y. y is a non-trivial sum; x+y is a ...
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Built a startup for 2 years that didn't get anywhere, how do I show it on my resume?

I have been working by myself on a startup for nearly 2 years. In those 2 years I did not make a profit. Granted, the startup was very ambitious. The startup was official and incorporated, but I did ...
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What is the best way to present to a boss an idea of group of us leaving for a startup

One of my coworkers and I have decided that we'd like to go part ways with our current employer and start up our own business. Currently we are in a small IT company with their software development ...
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How do I say “I need company stock, or I'm getting a new job”?

I'm somewhere between the 7th and 9th employee. I've been at my position for almost a year. There was supposed to be a vesting plan released in January 2014, at the time of this writing it is late ...
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Is it normal to not hear back from any of the higher hierarchy (CEO, CTO, VP, etc) in a small startup once you've been hired?

I've started working at a technology startup remotely as a programmer. The startup is small, around 10 people (including all the higher hierarchy). I've been approached and hired mainly by the CTO of ...
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Which questions should I ask when interviewing with a startup?

I have an upcoming interview with a startup, but don't know what kind of questions I should ask them. I can't do much research on them since they are just now getting off the ground.
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Open space vs offices. Which one is better for a new team according to studies?

I want to create a new workspace for a small software development team (4-15 developers). Is there any research into whether open workspaces or small offices make for a better working environment?
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Boss about to scold and demand more of me [closed]

I am in quite a difficult situation at my workplace and I’d like some objective opinions. I am an engineer at a startup company. I work between 10.5 to 11 hours a day, not including 3 hours commuting....
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How much transparency about runway should I expect from startup employer?

I work for a startup as a senior s/w developer (2 years). The company recently made some people redundant and re-focused on a smaller product set because of lack of investment. As part of a "get ...
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How to work on my personal ideas during the weekend [closed]

I'm working full time 5 days a week, mostly between 10 and 14 hours a day. At the end of the day I'm very tired and just want to take a shower, hang out and go to sleep. I have a lot of ideas that I ...
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How to establish a mentoring culture in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment

Earlier I read a question called How to mentor a Junior Developer and thought about this question. I worked as a support engineer at a smaller startup in one of my previous employments where I was ...
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Does my workplace lack guidance or is it my lack of skills?

I am a Mechanical engineering graduate and recently joined a startup. I have a fair knowledge of Python and Machine Learning. Right after one week, I was put on a project involving Image Processing, ...
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As a co-owner of a small business, how do I assure a hiring manager that I will actually be available?

I'm the technical co-founder of a small software business (two people). We built some very niche enterprise SaaS software and have a few big clients who pay us every year. The software is now so ...
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My employer wants me to do a work of 6 months in just 2 months [duplicate]

He is the leader of the startup, he owns the concept of the idea but he doesn't know how to implement it. I'm the new IT guy. The thing is that he wants me to adapt our software that we previously ...
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How much equity compensation can I expect from a preseed startup? [closed]

I am a software engineer with more than 6 years of experience and currently finishing my degree at UC Berkeley. I joined the team as a full stack and data science engineer. There are four other guys ...
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Haven't been paid for last month, is it ok to stop working? [closed]

I'm working as the lead and currently (since everyone else was laid off for money reasons) sole developer of a start-up, and have been there since its beginning a couple of years ago. A self-employed ...
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Understanding and negotiating stock options offer

I am considering joining a start-up company and as a part of the compensation package I am offered a certain amount of stock options. How do I evaluate and negotiate this part of the offer, given ...
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Managing startup, how to control stress levels?

I work in small startup company, during the sprints we have very stressful atmosphere, caused by short deadlines and underslept personnel. How can I handle or at least mitigate this situation as a ...
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Boss complains that there are too many people in the morning coffee run at small company [closed]

Upper management (who are the owners of the company) recently brought up that there are too many people going on the morning coffee run at a nearby cafe at once, and that it "disrupts the work ...
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How to deal with a demanding and moody employee

One of my employees in a tech startup is behaving erratically. We are a small team of about a dozen people working our asses off for launching our apps. Initially he was OK, working and trying to ...
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What does the “Startup spirit” mention truly imply? [closed]

The application is not for a startup, the company claims to have over 200 employees. A decent job offer in France I'm reading mentions "Startup spirit guaranteed" among the list of attractive reasons ...
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Can an employer ask employees to reimburse wages?

I recently joined a startup, and I didn't like it all. To begin with the engineers in there think they're the world's best, where in reality all of us are pretty average at best. However, the thing ...
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Post-bonus etiquette

What are the conventional standards of etiquette toward one's boss after receiving a (regular) Christmas bonus? Is it appropriate to send a "thank you" email? If appropriate is it necessary? It ...
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How to move forward from what's essentially a prototype, which was never intended to be sold to high-profile clients

Ok so I started off with this prototype piece of software in my attic and now it's has become a company. I really can't be too specific, but imagine a server side scripting thing that is now being ...
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Doing a presentation to look more professional

I don't know if this is the best place to ask this question, but I couldn't find another stackexchange site to ask it. I am a computer engineering student that doesn't work anywhere, and I don't have ...
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Fitting in with strange or undesired aspects of company culture

I just recently started a position at a new company. Everyone is extremely nice and friendly, but they all share the same non-work-related hobby (a pretty famous trading card game). I don't mind that ...
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What to do when your CEO is destroying your startup? [closed]

I founded a mobile application company with 3 other people, three of us took 10% while one took 70% and the title of CEO. We were ok with this because it was his idea and he had the connections to get ...
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Are startups expected to have low salaries, no bonuses, no raises?

My company (< 300) is currently offering below-market wages, no shares, no bonuses, no raises, with the constant promise of "opportunities for growth" as the company develops. Plus, we are quite ...

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