Questions tagged [tech-industry]

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What can I do if my manager hires bad people and then blames me for anything that happens?

Ok, so I have this manager who made me manager, and he hired a guy who couldn't use Git, and forked our private project on his own public repository. He had 10 years of experience, but he basically ...
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How to prepare for Technical Lead Engineer position?

I just received an offer and starting in a few weeks as a .NET Technical Lead Engineer - and I am worried about 'pulling it off'. Since I didn't really expect to get an offer for this position (and it'...
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How to ask what will be on an interview assignment so I can narrow down what to study for?

I have an interview coming up. The first part is a video call, followed by a "30 minute assignment". I have been told to have a (for example) Python IDE ready but "no other specific ...
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Is it common in IT field for managers to be bad at management? [closed]

I have seen a few managers who do not fully understand client requirement, mess up the project, and blame the team. Is it a normal thing in the IT business, where a manager would mess up, or is it ...
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Does working for a mediocre company hinder job search for your next position?

Say I'm a software engineer for 7/11 but now I want to get a better job. Does have that 7/11 on my resume hinder my job search especially if I want to work for big company say software engineer for ...
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Does a period of unemployment reduce the chances of getting a tech interview? Why are recruiter calls not converting to interviews?

For bachelors and masters in Computer Science, I attended elite(top10) schools in India and US. Then, I worked in two S&P 400 companies with a total work exp of 4 years. I was fired on a company-...
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What is the difference between technical coaching and mentoring?

I have seen people using both the terms for similar situations. I do not find much difference between the two. Could someone help me understand the difference between technical coaching vs mentoring ...
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Does a CPG Manufacturing Company need Data Scientist? [closed]

I work for a pretty big CPG Company (Consumer Packaged Goods) we have many metrics and data sources. However we don’t have someone with qualifications to be able to utilize this data. I’m pushing to ...
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How should I obtain the initial industrial experience that every company is asking for?

After I finished my Ph.D. project, I joined a PostDoc position in another University, and now I decided to join the industry as I find it more dynamic more result driven and more challenging. However, ...
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How do I encourage team/senior developers to write mandatory unit testings?

How to encourage team/senior developers to write mandatory unit testings? Team background and my role I am an iOS developer, working in a team of 6-7 members. There are only two iOS developers, ...
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I want to leave the embedded software field into something less technical day-to-day. Any ideas?

It's not that I wasn't good at it; but after a number of bad experiences working for sweat-shop/"black company" types of businesses on out-dated tech, I'd rather take my career elsewhere due ...
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Is a career counselor worth it for successful individuals?

Although my question pertains to my unique situation, I want to ask it in a way that can help a significantly larger group of people. When is it worth pursuing a career counselor? What considerations ...
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I'm having trouble remembering random and nuanced concepts during Data Science interviews [closed]

I've come across an issue I've never had before. My last position was a Data Science position. Data Science is an extremely broad field with more concepts under it than almost any other field I can ...
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How to reply to interview question "tell me about a time you didn't know how to fix something"?

I had applied for a company that does managed IT services so the question is quite fitting. It was asked by an HR recruiter who probably wasn't very technical herself. I have trouble with questions ...
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My current job title suggests that I have more advanced skills than I actually have. How to navigate a new job search?

Everyone with the same job title as me / in my department has a PhD, I only have 2 bachelor's degrees. I'm officially at an Engineer 1 level (I think level 2 was postponed due to COVID promotion ...
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Would there be any value in creating a tool to simplify code navigation? [closed]

A friend and I noticed that it's difficult to grasp new sets of code. In school, we're taught concepts in the form of visual representations - graphs. Would there be any value in creating something ...
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How long should a person at the start of their career stay in the same project?

I'm looking for an answer to a very specific situation I find myself in. Long story short, I finished university in 2018 and I started working for a consulting company right away (Sept 2018). I've ...
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Can employer change your resignation date on their own even on given written resignation?

I recently resigned from my company for which I have worked 15 days and dropped written resignation email stating that I am quitting job on immediate basis. However I logged in next day by mistake. ...
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Would it be better if a tech leader explain his/her rules?

Yesterday a middle manager told us that it's not allowed to use magic numbers in the code but don't explain why, and someone just asked what is magic numbers and why we cannot use that(many of my ...
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I have been hired by a tech company but the contract states all my work is their IP [closed]

I've been actively coding for many years, including freelance works, open source works and etc. I'm joining a new tech company as their software developer which has the clause below in their contract, ...
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How to ask another consultant if I could use him as a reference after my boss acted dishonestly?

A few months ago I worked as a consultant for Company X. I worked on a specific platform (a platform like IBM Bluemix for example, though less popular). I'm not really sure what transpired but things ...
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Product manager with no technical knowledge is micromanaging engineers to the extent he's not doing his own job... How should I report this?

I'm a lead engineer for a highly technical product, aspects of which cross multiple technical disciplines. From working with him, the PM doesn't know even the very basics about computers but he's ...
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As a software engineer, what should be done after a merging with larger company and my dept is redundant?

The (tech) company I work for has been acquired by a bigger tech company and we will soon be in the merger process (ie. putting their name on the building, changing colors, imposing their will, etc). ...
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My manager seems to be judging my performance by only a single skill

I've been working for an international company during last year. It's a software company that has its own product. I really like this company and recently I've received a raise. I've spent countless ...
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Why do people become C-level Managers (aside from money)? [closed]

I'm currently a software developer (not managing people, aside from occasional juniors on my projects). When I last switched jobs (for a higher-level dev job) I got a lot of similar comments from my ...
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How to stay relevant as programmer in long term

I am 29-year-old programmer. One thing I noticed with passage of time is that I'm not as ambitious, sharp and energetic as I was at the start of career. My job becomes more demanding as I age and ...
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How should I present my work when I repeatedly run into unexpected roadblocks?

I'm a software developer. When my team meets for our daily standups, our business analyst/project managers attend the meeting as well in order to gauge the team's progress. 9 times out of 10, this ...
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I feel I'm not being compensated fairly after a long tenure. How do I judge if I am right, and what can I do about it?

I'm a full-stack software developer, and I've been working at a company for 4 years, ever since I graduated from university. I'm being paid a competitive salary, and have lots of room for growth. ...
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Option plan promised not on offer letter

During the interview and text exchanges the company's manager (who I will be reporting to) mentioned several times that I "would be rewarded with option plan", and I was happy about it. But ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...