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What's the term for a pay scale where pay is directly (and only) related to time in service?

Some employers (for examplethe US government American Airlines) have a pay scale where: The pay scale is transparent (either published to employees or made available to the general public) Pay is ...
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Does the Term “Release” Carry Positive or Negative Connotations in Employment Termination?

In a workplace communication, if a external contractor is described as being “released” on a specified date with the option for an earlier release, and a change order is to be issued to document this ...
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What does "salaried" vs. "hourly" mean in a European (?) context?

I am confused about the meaning of "salaried" vs. "hourly" payment, when it comes to matching it up with work life as I know it. I think I know the abstract definition; to ...
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What is 'working for somebody who works for somebody else' called?

I am stuck on how to describe this position on my resume. A friend of mine works for a company. The company did not hire me, but he paid me (over the table) to do some of the work. What is this called?...
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How do you diplomatically call a situation 'very bad' in a resume-like document?

I need to list in a resume-like document how a system I've worked on was so misconfigured as to be ludicrous (like I cannot describe the level of incompetence that led it its state when I found it), ...
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What's it called when a manager changes narrative to employees in the wrong?

What's it called when a manager changes an employee issue with the organisation into the employee doing something wrong? Example 1: Consider this as an example: employee reports a problem (say some ...
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What's the term for a company email address containing the employee's name?

What do you call an email address like [email protected] that contains the employee's names, rather than a collective email like [email protected] or [email protected]? I need the ...
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What is a "USC resume"?

I saw a job posting from a company called Radiant Digital. The title of the position is "Senior Cloud Engineer- Need USC resumes only". Now, I am pretty tech savvy, but I can't find any ...
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Are empty/misused buzzwords harmful? [closed]

I work in a very small company, but I've seen this phenomenon before, to some degree even at all companies I've worked for: Officially, we work in a Scrum framework, including common planning meetings,...
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What do you call it when a small team sequesters itself away to make progress on a project?

In software development (and I imagine in other fields) it is reasonably common for a small team to temporarily relocate into a single office or conference room for a few days in order to make ...
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What does DU stand for in term of a ladder level? [closed]

I was reading on some answers on quora discussing about an IT company, their reviews. They mentioned CFO, CTO, CEO, COO, DU Leads.I think I've never heard the DU before. What does it stand for and in ...
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What does non-competition and non-solicitation involve?

I am in Japan and I am going to sign a new contract that stipulates confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, nothing else is specified. I know what that means but I don't really know what ...
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What is the difference between being "fired" vs "let go"?

I saw somewhere on here that was a comment about the original post that said something like “the OP was let go, he was not fired.” With that being said, is there a difference between being “let go” ...
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"We care more about results than hours worked" - is this code? [closed]

I see this kind of phrase used pretty often. While it sounds nice on the surface, my impression is that there might be a more toxic hidden meaning here. Should I interpret this as meaning "We expect ...
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"permanent line position": what does it mean in the US?

Question: What is the meaning of "permanent line position" within a large organization (+10K employees) the US? I have searched online for a definition but have failed to come up with one. More ...
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Need explanation on what this mail means titled 'Keep in View'

I have received this mail titled 'Keep in View' after a job interview. The interview went well. I can not understand what they are trying to tell me. Dear xxxx, Thank you for attending the ...
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How to describe a person working under you in the workplace? [closed]

I'm after a word that best describes a person that works under someone else. For example, I had a joke with my manager saying that I have to do his bidding because I'm his subordinate. We laughed, ...
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Company wants to "catch up" after an interview. What does that mean?

I did a phone interview last week with a tech company for a mobile engineering position, and they called me in for an in-person interview the next day. The phone interview was with an HR person, and ...
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What are the defining attributes of an open space office layout? [closed]

I have been working as a software developer on few places with various office-layout from a small office for 8 people and few rooms nearby to a huge rectangle office with a grid system of tables and ...
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What does "disciplinary action" usually mean?

I had worked at a call center, and hung up on a customer who was swearing at me. He called back and complained to management and they said there may be "disciplinary action". They ended up firing me ...
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What is a "Frontline Worker"? [closed]

My boss's boss's boss's boss said something today relative to "hourly and frontline workers". I'm just wondering if that's a stock term that means something in the workplace. Is that everybody who ...
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Appropriate response for how long you have been working? [closed]

I am working on an application for permanent residency in another country and the question of how long I have been at my current job came up. The form only has a pulldown menu to pick between and ...
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When can someone be fired for "just cause"? [closed]

Where I live (Canada), an employer is required to give one week notice or one week pay when they decide to fire someone, UNLESS it's with 'just cause' in which case employment and pay end immediately. ...
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What is an AVP? What do they do? [closed]

I recently received an email from a company member whose job title was listed as AVP. From what I can tell, it sounds like this person is coming from a place of authority, but I'm not sure what the ...
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What does M/F/D/V mean on a job application?

While filling out a job application in the US, I noticed a label designating M/F/D/V. Is this important? What does this label mean?
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How to answer "what area do you specialize in" when you're new? [closed]

This is a follow up to Is it necessary to focus immediately when entering tech industry, and if so how? I've just graduated and a lot of people ask me what area I'm into. I do not know the answer to ...
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Answering question "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" in interview [duplicate]

I know there is already How to handle the "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" question but this is different. I had an interview for a junior role as "service desk support". The ...
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What is the Management Strategy called where the source of critism is channeled through an intermeidary?

I've seen several situations in which negative or criticism feedback are channeled from a higher level manager through a lower level manager, towards an employee, in an attempt to shield the higher ...
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Is the term "man hours" appropriate for the workplace, and if not, how do I get my coworkers to use a more neutral term?

I am the only female engineer in a nearly all-male company. The term "man hours" is used a lot when discussing projects, and I find it a bit jarring. As a woman, I don't feel that I work "man hours",...
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Getting work through a recruiter

I have been in contact with a number of people who's title is "recruiter". They all know of job prospects for multiple companies, so they don't seem to be attached to one company. I've heard getting ...
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Defining terms: man hours vs. calendar hours [closed]

I find myself regularly expressing project schedules using two terms. I have made up one of them and it is clear to my listeners what I mean. However, I suspect that more common terms exist for these ...
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What one term should I use to describe having "HTML + CSS + Javascript + etc." skills? [duplicate]

Many job listings for web developers that I've seen describe ideal candidates who know a variety of technologies, with specifics which vary from shop to shop, but of course they all have one subset in ...
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Should I match my boss's mispronunciation of foreign words just to avoid an awkward feeling that I might be trying to correct him?

Say you are working in an office where English is not a native language for people but some English terms are used very often (e.g. an IT department). And your boss always pronounces English terms ...
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What's the most appropriate way to introduce my boss to friends and family?

There is an upcoming social event organized by my employer where friends and family will be invited. The company is a fairly small company in the UK and I will inevitably need to introduce my family ...
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What is the difference between a re-organization and a re-alignment? [closed]

Business speak completely confuses me. My department(the IT department in a large bureaucracy) claims to be going through a "re-alignment" to become a "service oriented organization." What does that ...
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Include temporary employees when calculating turnover rates? [closed]

I'm calculating my organization's 2014 total turnover rate. Are number of our temporary employees separated from the organization because it was the end of their assignment. It doesn't make sense to ...
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Is there a commonly accepted gender neutral convention to replace the abbreviation EQM (Equivalent Manpower)?

My organization is seeking to replace all "manpower" terminology with gender neutral terms. There are some instances where the conventional abbreviation "EQM", which stands for "Equivalent Manpower" ...
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How can I correct someone's incorrect use of a term in my field?

Background: Why is terminology important? Someone once told me -- possibly a math professor -- that what separates the amateurs from the professionals is that the professionals in a field use correct, ...
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Is there a simple, non-offensive way to flag "bike-shedding"?

Is there any neat clean familiar way to get across the idea of "bike-shedding"? "Bikeshedding" is when legitimate agenda items or elements of a project which people enjoy or find easy to discuss ...
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My supervisor treats me and my team as a "resource" [closed]

I've been reading some e-mails from my supervisor and I've noticed that he always call me and my teammates "resources". For example, answering a manager's demand, he answered At the moment I don'...
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Using the term 'act of god'

I hear the term 'act of god' frequently when the service desk at my company is discussing issues caused by weather etc. I was pretty surprised by this and left wondering if this is commonplace? (I ...
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What is a greenfield project in IT? [closed]

While searching for programmer opportunities, I have come across the term "greenfield project" in many job descriptions. For example, a job ad may say something like: This is a greenfield project ...
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What is classified employment?

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Human Resources lists classified employment opportunities and unclassified employment opportunities. What is the difference between classified and ...
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Work and travel jobs - which section in the resume does it belong

Which section or part in the resume should work and travel jobs belong to? Summer jobs like beach attendant or officer security. For someone looking for a job in Electrical Engineering, I do not ...
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What is the difference between a cover letter and a resume? [closed]

I'm not 100% with terms in English, so maybe I'm missing something. When applying for a job, what is the difference between a resume and a cover letter? Some companies ask for one or the other, some ...
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What is it called when a manager/executive does a job alongside a subordinate?

What is the term for when a manager/executive does a job alongside or spends time with a subordinate in order to learn about what they do (typically to better appreciate and understand it)? Also, are ...
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What does "Salary plus OTE" mean?

I'm looking at a job post and it states that the salary is from £20,000 - £50,000 per annum and the positions available are for sales, assistant managers, and managers. At the end of the post it says "...
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What does senior director mean?

In a sector, e.g. academia, an office in an organization has a director and a similar office in another organization has a senior director. In general, an office has a boss, which can be called by ...
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What is the origin of "Junior" and "Senior" terms to refer to positions?

When looking at companies' job offers, it is common to see junior and senior positions which are clearly distinguished in their offers, each one with its respective requirements. In several cases the ...
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What does "politics" mean in a corporate environment?

I have a contract with my current employer for over than one year now and might soon become a regular, as my boss told me. My boss explained to me that I should be prepared on many things when I am ...
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