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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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Fired because your skills are too far above your coworkers

I have been working for five months for a big French company building great things, a good product with trend methodologies. I've just learned from an internal coworker (technical expert) that I ...
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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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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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Should I be concerned about the bring-your-own-device policy?

I had an interview before the weekend (they found me on stack overflow and I haven't been offered the job yet, so I'm posting anonymously). It's for a permanent position with a company that's been ...
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I'm technical referent but I lost the lead for technical decisions

I was recruited as a Freelance (Technical Referent) in a solid company in order to build a new version of their mobile app that I suggested them myself. We need you because your skills are ...
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Going back to a potential employer after turning his offer down 45 days ago [duplicate]

I have been founding and working on my start-up for a year now. In April (~45 days ago), a potential employer from California approached me with an interesting lead position. We exchanged a few ...
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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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I completed a difficult task using a tool I developed before joining my employer. What is my obligation?

I am an employee at a Fortune 100 company. I just started at this job two months ago. Prior to this I was a consultant. Today I had a meeting to start off multiple projects...the last project, which ...
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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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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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How do you break it to a new employer that you don't drink? [duplicate]

I've never really had a huge issue with this but I've always been uncomfortable with it. I don't drink because of health and personal preference but no matter which company I join (tech industry), 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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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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Should an intern expect quality from the workplace?

I work in the IT department of a large company. My department does consultancy for other IT companies, and my internship is focused on software testing, quality assurance and assisting my coworkers ...
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How do you diplomatically say that something cannot technically be done?

I'm working on the tech side of a company, and the business side sometimes asks for things that cannot be done. Yet, I never want to say "XYZ is impossible". Maybe it's possible but it would take 20 ...
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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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Is there an effective personal strategy or methodology to stop bringing work issues home?

In my work environment I interact on a daily basis with people who are not as technically strong as they should be. Who do not have the necessary managerial and administrative skills to run teams or ...
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How to interview candidates above your understanding?

Our company is growing and so are our IT needs. Problem is, we're all programmers without any hardcore systems/networking experience and I don't feel we could identify the best candidate based on our ...
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Is it generally understood that tech recruitment emails are constantly sent out?

I'm a web developer, and I get usually 2-3 recruiter emails a day regarding various positions. Some are good/relevant offerings, and some seem to fall in the category of "this guy has worked with ...
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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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How to handle high performing software developers undermining a senior lead?

We have a situation in our IT services company. We have a capable lead Alice and a couple of high performing developers Bob and Chris. Bob and Chris are with the company for about three years now (...
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Should I list a completely different profession in my technical resume? [duplicate]

I was a cook for 5 years but I switched jobs and now I'm a web developer. Should I put this information in my resume along with my experience in tech companies while searching for a job as a web ...
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Is maintaining 10-15 projects simultaneously considered normal for a software engineer in a small company?

I am working in a very small software company (2 developers - I am a senior one and an intern, and 2 designers) for 3 years. The working environment of this company is good. I worked very happily for ...
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Is it possible that my experience as a freelancer is irrelevant in the real workplace?

First, a bit about my background: I'm developer/designer who started freelancing right out of college. For better and for worse, I'm entirely self-taught, and always made it to clients what my ...
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Concerned with third party quality of work. Do I say anything?

I'm the lead developer of a startup that deals with deliveries and pickups for various companies. One of these partner companies has had a website and API built for them, and with 10 years of ...
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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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What to do when you realize an interviewer isn't technical but is asking technical questions?

I am looking for work and recruiters are something I’m new to. I keep getting contacted by recruiters from recruitment agencies, through LinkedIn. I’ve had some bad experience. Some ask very strange ...
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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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I'm working with a startup who's CTO/lead developer is essentially at a junior developer level, how to make it work? [closed]

I'm currently working with a startup on a contract developer basis, evenings and weekends. They have one other developer, who also happens to be the CTO. There is also a CEO and a CFO, who aren't ...
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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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How should I handle emails after-hours?

I work in a couple of IT departments, and often I'll end up doing my email from home. Usually, this ends up being when I'm bored and/or waiting for something else - usually for my coding assignments ...
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Take home interview problem has solutions on leetcode and online. How to proceed?

I have a take home interview problem with a flexible time limit and the solution to the problem is available on leetcode and online. There are several different types of solutions with varying degrees ...
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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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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 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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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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Feeling unproductive in my team and would like to give my manager a plausible reason to change teams

I have joined a big company 2 months ago. In this company, there is a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as making the employees feel well at their work. However, the department / team ...
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Minimum staffing for a 24-hour coverage requirement [closed]

The company I work for has a requirement to provide 24/7/365 coverage for many of its products, and it tries to do so with only three people to cover the particular product to which I'm assigned. Up ...
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How to deal with line manager who doesn't understand complexity of my tasks? [closed]

Background I have been in my current position as UX / UI designer at an in-house insurance design agency for just over a year. Prior to my arrival my line manager, who is a designer himself handled ...
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Can company claim inventions made by employee/contractor while not on the clock? [closed]

I recently graduated with my degree. I haven't been able to find work in my field yet and have been doing various things to make money. I contacted a marketing agency/staffing agency that offered to ...
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Joining a company that does not yet have a registration number?

I was interviewed and selected by a startup in India which through my research I found was named x but is now named y. They are said to be funded by a company G. G's website says they are funding x. I ...
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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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Tech work culture in the U.S [closed]

Around a year ago, I moved to the U.S with my spouse and we both started working at tech companies here. Coming from a very different country, we were at first surprised at some behaviours we ...
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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 put the fraternity I'm in on my resume?

I'm graduating college this semester with a degree in computer science along with a concentration in information assurance. My question is, should I put the fraternity I'm in on the resume? I hear ...
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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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At what point does the “job offer waiting game” become a red flag?

I had a final interview 4 weeks ago for a job that sounded promising. Less than 48 hours after the interview, the company's internal recruiter (my point-of-contact during this process) reached out to ...
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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 "...