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Questions tagged [tech-industry]

Questions about the workplace which specifically relate to having a high-tech job. Professional programming related questions should use the software-industry tag.

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Is it a normal policy to condition raise of salary to a certification?

I have never worked under a US Payroll before, this is my first time. By the end of 2017 I got my first performance review, in the letter they specified that I can only receive my new salary once I ...
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Is it concerning for a small US employer to not have have a maternity leave policy in the job offer?

I was recently made a job offer by a US firm (for our purposes, a sub-50-person tech startup with significant VC support). I was surprised to see that there was nothing about maternity/paternity ...
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Got rejected at tech company twice, do big tech companies have a limit on number of times you can apply? [closed]

I'm a grad student majoring in Computer Science. I interviewed with a big 4 tech company last year for an internship position, but didn't do well. I got the rejection after a day. I was blessed to ...
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Technical interview coding and bad code sharing web applications [closed]

During tech interviews, some companies open up a web application like "codeshare.io" or coderpad.io and they ask an algorithm question etc. I normally use Intellij Idea whenever I code and I'm not ...
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How to find web developer openings in a specific industry I prefer [closed]

I'm web dev with 10+ years of experience in web development. I'd like to enter adult industry as a developer. I know I need connections and appropriate companies. I tried to look around but I couldn'...
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Is the qualification for a promotion doing your current job well or already doing the work for the position you're striving for?

I'm a software developer in a company that has a very clear set of steps for salary (atleast for software developers) determined by how much responsibility you are taking, how independent you are, how ...
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Do “Work From Home” jobs become overbearing? [closed]

Many times job listings for computer-related career proudly display a "Work From Home!" perk. However, can this "perk" become abused by the employer? For example, is it common for computer ...
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Should I code my own website from scratch or use a service as someone in tech? [closed]

I work in the tech industry as a data scientist. I generally know how to code with HTML/CSS and Javascript, as I like to attend hackathons where those sort of projects are popular. But I'm not a web ...
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Lies vs Exaggerations ? Illegal or Unethical?

I was hired 4 months back at a startup in an executive role with good stock options and a decent salary. During the interviews I was told the company is currently doing 'X' USD of monthly revenues and ...
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What to do if there is no work but there is 4 months left on my contract? [duplicate]

I was hired as a software engineer contractor to solve a particular problem in a big tech company. I feel like I've solved it, because there is less and less work coming my way, but there is still 4 ...
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Change of career, Teacher to Data Scientist. What aspects should I consider? [closed]

I am currently thinking of making a change in my career. After graduating with a first class masters degree in Maths, from a Russel Group University, I went in to teaching and completed a teaching ...
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Will not wearing makeup affect my career?

I work at a small tech company in the accounting department. Our dress code is business casual, but most of the rank-and-file dress toward the casual end of that. I am female, in my early twenties. ...
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Fired for gross misconduct because I sent confidential information to personal mailbox - how do I get another job? [duplicate]

I was dismissed for a breach of confidentiality. I was working on some client confidential information on my client issued laptop and I emailed this info to my personal mailbox as I wanted to ...
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Tech Gift Ideas For Guests [closed]

Situation: I work at a tech company. Some guests will visit the company. Gifts will be given to the guests. Problem: What are suitable gifts? (apart from clothes, cups and notebooks) I have come up ...
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Is it ok to tell the interviewer you're physically uncomfortable?

I know this sounds strange and it's related to an interview that went bad a long time ago. After the interview I received feedback that I never had before, nothing to do with technical skill but the ...
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Relieving formalities , suggestions for assigned tasks

I have recently put my resignation (having a good offer from another organization). I have a good reputation with employees and management of my current organization. I have been an exceptional ...
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Job title for employee between junior and middleweight in full stack developer role [closed]

Our Junior Full Stack Developer has began enquires for a promotion. I'm not sure if they're ready for the full title just yet (simply dropping the Junior portion). I like this to be a goal to strives ...
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Unofficial offer from company following an interview where I didn't get an official offer [closed]

I recently interviewed with a major tech company (Top 3 in my country) with one phone interview, one Skype, and lastly a five hour on-site interview with five different members of the organization. I ...
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Manager sending emails as go-between… is this standard practice?

I am working in my first full-time position as an engineer at small tech firm. we have only a small amount of people in the office, including several engineers and an office manager with a background ...
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Given an extremely open ended question in take home test

I have been interviewing for a junior level dev role and in the last interview I was given a take home assignment to assess my technical skills. The last question was really broad. It was "give a high ...
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How to be calm, professional and attentive when going for software development interviews, yet not seem too excited and give wrong signals? [closed]

Please note that this is related to the tech industry specifically and not necessarily a generic question. TL;DR: I tried searching but could not find an answer as this relates specifically to the ...
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Is it bad to answer “tell me about your interests” with something generic, for tech positions?

I was recently contacted by a recruiter at a tech company. She wanted to find out what my interests were to see if there were any matching opportunities available for me at her company. I told her ...
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What should be my position title in my startup? [duplicate]

My friend and I started a startup. I don't have any equity in the company since he is the one who set it all up. Currently we are only two people; we are looking to hire more. I'm working on the ...
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Recruiter keeps calling me - how can I keep the communication by email

I am in touch with an external/third party recruiter. He mentioned few interesting positions, so I'd like to stay in touch with him but I'd rather keep our interactions to emails. I'm annoyed by his ...
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How to market yourself as Software Engineer with heavy Math background

I just graduated with a BS in CS & MATH at a state university with pretty good CS reputation, and still don't have a job. I have had 3 interviews by now, 2 of which I made it to last round but ...
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How can I mention my sole industry experience of 2 months in my résumé, while applying for industry jobs?

I'm applying for industrial positions for data scientist and related. I've a lot of relevant academic experience (e.g. PhD in math and postdocs), but very little industry experience. For the later, I ...
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How to approach HR about mistakenly breaching moonlighting policy

I started working at a large tech company a couple of months ago. I also signed an agreement to be a scientific advisor on the advisory board of the start-up where I used to work. The problem is, I ...
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How can I explain to my boss why I want to leave the company?

I'm currently coursing a computer science graduation at a Federal University in Brazil. I work on a startup as a trainee in web development. My boss is a really great person, but there are many ...
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What is an Account Manager and why would an agency have me speak with one before hiring?

I’m a bit new to this having been out of school for a few years, so I may have some misunderstandings. About 6 months ago I was in contact with a tech recruiting agency. One day while I was at my ...
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Why do some tech companies consider city center offices an advantage? [closed]

Tech companies typically only need an internet connection and electricity. Why do some of them choose to place their offices in a given city center? Office space is more expensive, high density means ...
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How to deal with a senior coworker who wrote their own programming language? [closed]

I'm on a team with a senior developer who has been with the company for a long time (maybe 15 years) and works exclusively on the backend architecture of our 25-year old product. Recently, as part of ...
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How can I ask my boss to stop constantly “outing” me at work?

Context I work for a global tech company as an engineer. I was working in the UK up until very recently until I moved (with the company) to the Netherlands. Both countries are very tolerant to the ...
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Thought interview went well but contacted by recruiter saying HR found me rude [closed]

I was going to ask this question in separate parts, but think no one shortcoming could have alone caused the end result. I recently graduated with a computer science degree. I had been working with a ...
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Stop doing tasks outside of my Job Title [duplicate]

I've joined a company as First Line Support Engineer (IT), 3 years ago. As the title suggests I am there as the first line of support, fixing minor issues etc. Fast forward 3 years later, I am ...
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Do IT departments care if you use a used laptop? [closed]

My new job requires a Windows laptop with 4+GB of ram, i5 or later processor, and significant storage space. I only have linux and Mac laptops and don't want to remove them to run windows. My plan ...
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When given a technical challenge to solve, is it ok to use answers you don't fully understand?

While applying for jobs, on a couple occasions I’ve been given a technical question to do at home. Occasionally I feel the solution I provide I don’t fully understand because portions of code is ...
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How to handle the question on why you didn't do so well in exams

I been asked on 2 separate occasions why I didn't do so well in my Computer Science degree. Honestly, I feel the main reason is my limited ability to remember a lot of information at once. In a ...
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How to explain video game terms in a technical resume? [closed]

I'm a Software Engineer who has developed small video game projects in college and in my free time. I'm currently struggling with explaining video game concepts such as "health points", "level", and "...
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What are the most common ways for small companies to track performance & feedback, if any? [closed]

For companies with < 200 employees, especially in tech, is performance & feedback tracking typically seen as mandatory, a big plus, or unnecessary? And when it does exist, what are the most ...
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How do I answer a technical interview question I am already familiar with?

To prepare for an upcoming interview, I did some online searching to see what, if anything, previous candidates had to say about the interview at this company. It seems that all candidates were asked ...
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Should I bring up plans to leave during a negotiation with my boss about pay? [duplicate]

I'm a developer in a tech company and have been here for only about 3 months as a contract worker. As my boss has been happy with the work I have done, he is going to discuss with me (in about a week ...
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How to gauge someone's competence without asking a technical question [closed]

I have been asked to be on an interview board in the next few days as a tech guy to try and get a feel for if the candidates are a good fit technically for our position. The only problem is, the ...
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How can I ask my senior to keep his phone on silent? [duplicate]

We are a team of 4 people sitting in a shared room. I joined the team seven months ago and worked the first four as an intern. Everybody's phone remains silent but one person, my senior, never turns ...
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Do traffic misdemeanors affect job offers in the tech industry? [closed]

Situation: I have recently been offered an engineering job with a silicon valley tech company, contingent upon a pending background check. Everything seemed fine until they ran a background check. It ...
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Completely burnt out at work but not sure how to continue

I'm in my 30s, married with a couple of kids. I have been working at a company for the past 3 years. Last year our company bought a competitor that was having financial issues, and laid off most of ...
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What can I do to stop a non-supervisor manager busybody from constantly checking on me?

I have a bit of a weird situation. I work for a tech subsidiary of a large multinational corporation that employs across all subsidiaries and companies owned a total of around 180-200k employees. My ...
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Should I apply for a full-time position if I am only able to work for a few months?

I'm currently pursuing by Bachelors degree and I will finish this one in September. Next year September (2018) I would like to start a Masters degree. Since I have one year now without having a study, ...
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How can I minimize the effect an underperforming intern has on me whom I referenced?

The quick version of what happened is that I gave a colleague from school a reference at my company, and he ended up getting an internship. My boss only offered the internship because I asked, so I ...
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Will an eccentric personal style hinder my chances of being hired at a tech company?

I am planning on applying to work for a major tech company. I have worked for smaller-sized companies before that conducted business online and there was never a policy for dress code. It seems like ...
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Technical Question in interview - not knowing vs not understanding [duplicate]

I had an interview where they asked me how I would “find the intersect between two tables”. I told them I would have to look it up, but after the interview I realized I may have misunderstood the ...