Questions tagged [tech-industry]

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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 will ...
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How to become better at participating in small, daily meetings?

BACKGROUND: I started a new job 2 months ago. I am very invested in doing well at it. They hired me as a contractor, though they are providing me with "training" and company resources (such ...
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Does working at a bank limit my chances of working at a technical company?

After graduating in Statistics I had 3 different jobs for about 3.5 years as a Data Analyst at smaller tech companies. 3 years ago I decided to move to Amsterdam and I applied for lots of Data Analyst/...
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How to teach new practice to people who aren't really interested?

I work in IT in the UK. I was hired one year and a half ago to introduce to a "new" practice to a team. I am in a "fixed timed" contract, therefore I can't leave for now, at least not before the ...
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What to do after doing poorly in an (online) assessment because time ran out?

I was contacted by a recruiter from a large company. He asked me to do an online assessment to check my technical proficiency. He gave me a broad list of topics to study. I did the practice assessment ...
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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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How to ask for employment terms in writing without coming across as not trusting?

I met someone at a networking event. The other day he called me up and offered me a job. I accepted it. Prior to this we had a brief in person meeting regarding the job. To my understanding, he works ...
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When doing an online assessment for a potential employer, is it expected to use resources on the web? [closed]

A recruiter from a a large tech company is asking me to do an online assessment. It is timed and done through a website. There is a practice version of the test I have taken. I'm wondering if I'm ...
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Are humanities subjects useful for Computer Science jobs? [closed]

I'm currently an undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor's of Computer Science. I'm in my first year and have started my first semester. One of my units is a professional communication course ...
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Given 2 weeks to prepare for an assessment, how much time should I actually use to study?

A while ago I applied to work at a large tech company. Recently a recruiter of theirs has contacted me. They would like me to do an online assessment. The rules are I have 2 weeks to start the ...
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How to answer: What will you try to accomplish in your first few months? [closed]

What will you try to accomplish in your first few months? I was surprised with this on a preliminary phone screening interview for a technical position and my answer was, to be honest, not good. ...
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How can validate good use cases for a technology?

Lately, I have come across to several unusual scenarios where a piece of technology is used for something that is not the intended use. Sometimes, I got involved in one of these scenarios when the ...
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Is it ok to ask for 2 weeks to prepare for a tech interview?

I've a lot on my plate currently and would like to schedule interviews in 2 weeks. Is this an unreasonable amount of time to ask for?
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Biased manager in IT industry [closed]

My boyfriend who works in a US IT industry has a manager who is very biased towards certain country. He gangs up with them and gives them higher merit increase (he asked his colleague and he said 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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Does management experience hurt or “look bad” on an engineer's resume

If I've worked in engineering for 10 years, and accept a management role, does it hurt my resume/CV when applying as an engineer at other companies? My employer is giving me a choice between becoming ...
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How to build trust as a new company?

just curious... how companies build trust to other companies to offer services(cybersecurity) when your employees don't have certifications, but they are powerful employees. let's take the case of ...
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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 likely is it, in a technical interview, that I will be asked about a skill on my resume that is not in the job description?

For example in a software developer role: On my resume I write down the languages I am fluent in: Java, SQL, HTML etc... and in the job description they specifically only mention Java related ...
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My manager lied about my Data Scientist job responsibilities—what types of jobs should I apply to?

Background: I was working as a Product Manager for my current company. In that role I provided relatively advanced data analysis for several departments, often used BI software, did some coding, and ...
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I was asked to pay to write technical written test for internship

I applied for a research internship (computer science related, specifically natural language processing) at a finance company, and I was scheduled to take a technical written test (testing my ...
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How to a) determine if interviewer knows about tech they are interviewing for b) answer broad questions if they don't?

Background: I graduated relatively recently from school. I got my degree in computer science. While I was in school I completed several co-op work placements. After finishing school I have had a lot ...
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Is it unprofessional to wear a red dress to a Christmas party? [duplicate]

This is the first time that I am going to attend a company Christmas party. I choose to wear this type of dress, and it is red. Do you think it is professional/appropriate to wear red? and in general ...
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Is it acceptable to prorate PTO promised in an Offer Letter?

I received an informal offer from a software company which included 0 hours of PTO. I countered the offer and was promised 10 days (80 hours) of PTO. With this apparent "signing bonus" as the deciding ...
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How can I move past being burnt out when working long hours?

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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Interviews scheduled at the same time from a very competitive company and a small company

Two weeks ago, a small company set up an interview and scheduled it for a certain time tomorrow. Late last week, a very competitive company asked whether I'd be interested in interviewing, and I let ...
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How to negotiate a switch from full-time permanent to contract work

My company does not allow full-time, permanent employees to work from home. I want to work from home for the reason that my office environment is very loud and distracting. They have policies of ...
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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 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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Should a Chief Technology Officer be making a Business Document or a Requirement Document?

I am the CTO at a mid sized startup. Still a guy in my late 20s exploring this new role that I have gotten upon my shoulders. Currently we don't have a tech team, I handle the work outsourced to the ...
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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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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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How to reason two company changes within few months to a recruiter from dream company?

I joined a company which was a very good tech company A, 9 months back and after a month got another opportunity B, overseas giving me double after tax and expenses savings. I wanted to have ...
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Research-Science Strategist [closed]

Is the role of a Research/Scientific strategist for a company a) more general, such as to decide the general guidelines of what the scientific domains the company will be dealing with will be? Or b) ...
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Should I approach my manager about an incompetent tech lead?

I work as an engineer in a team structured as follows project manager (my manager) └─── lead data scientist (my technical lead) └─── me (and other engineers) Unfortunately, I'm not convinced ...
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References Issue

I'm interviewing with a company as a new graduate, and I have been asked for professional references. I had 3 internships and can get references from 2 of them. Last internship ( and the most ...
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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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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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I've been asked for some code as part of job application, Am I doing right?

I'm applying for an R & D role in a big company. As part of the application I've been asked for some code that shows my skills with a specific programming language and software engineering (so I ...
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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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Experiencing a desire to play a more technical role [closed]

I am currently a Product Manager at a large software company. I have been doing it for 3 years after a career change from sales. I do not have a technical or business degree but have been able to ...
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What is a better way to answer than simply “I don't know”? [duplicate]

As a software consultant, clients expect me to have answers. But, of course, I don't know everything. Recently a client asked me a complex question and the best I could do was "I don't know" or maybe "...
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How do I communicate my peer's incompetence to our manager?

I have been at my current job about a year (hired fresh out of college). About six month ago my manager left and I came under the management of another senior lead (who was not formerly focused ...
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how hard is to join to the security team on big tech? [closed]

I have always been asking myself , how hard is to join to the most elite team on big tech such as google , twitter , vmware , facebook , amazon . I have done multiples interviews on big tech such as ...
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Can a startup still succeed despite inexpert management? [closed]

I currently work for a tech startup of roughly 50 employees, about half of whom are in the tech/product team. I myself am a developer in the tech team. The company completed Series A funding about 6 ...
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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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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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Can I still negotiate a job offer if HR is stonewalling the department head?

I'm a college senior and I'm applying for my first full-time position. I recently got an offer for around $70k for a data analyst position. HR initially told me that the salary was negotiable, so I ...
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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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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 (...