Questions tagged [united-states]

Questions specifically related to a job market and other aspects of employment and career in the companies located in and following the laws of the United States of America.

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Can my friend from Pakistan work as a contracted worker for US company, since H1B visas are not being issued in us?

My good friend wants to work for my company in the US, he's in Pakistan currently. He does not need to be physically present in the US. He is not a US citizen he's from Pakistan. any way for him to be ...
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When can I negotiate a raise? [closed]

I work for the state therefore when I was hired I was assigned a pay rate with no negotiations. In the range I was told, the higher would be ok but the lower not so much so I risked it and accepted ...
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Clarifying Gender in Email Signature

I am from the United States and I live in the Midwest. I would like to add my pronouns to my email signature. Some people in my company have been doing this, although there is no official policy on ...
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Should I tell my manager that I'm not able to work on the weekend for religious reasons?

So the religion I follow does not permit working on our sabbath, which falls on Saturday. I specifically mentioned in my interview that there's no way I'd be able to work on Saturdays, but I didn't ...
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Is a late thank-you note insincere?

I had an interview with a company yesterday. Today, when I wanted to ask the HRs for my interviewer's email address so I can send a thank-you note to them, both HRs that I've been in contact with ...
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Patent applications upon leaving a company

I'm working in a large tech company in the US. I want to know in a top tech company, what will usually happen to our submitted patents when we leave the company? What happens to the bonus and the ...
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How does protected class work vs at-will employment in practice? [closed]

I'm a non-US citizen (not living in the US) wondering how the at-will employment works in practice together with the protected classes. (So my question is for pure curiosity, I don't have a concrete ...
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Is “workaholic” culture a requirement, or optional?

I've received a job offer from an extremely large company with a reputation of having a "workaholic" culture. I asked some of the interviewers about it in loose terms (ie. what does a work ...
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Can my employer fire me for notifying them of my unpaid overtime hours?

New boss and department structure at work, they passed me over for promotion and unofficially demoted me by creating new positions above me, taking responsibilities away and pushing me down further ...
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Is Project/Product Management a good choice when switching career from business (14+ years in Marketing & Sales) to IT? [closed]

I have a bachelor degree in Linguistics, however for the last 14+ years I've been building my career in Marketing & Sales (worked for 1 IT company and 4 non-IT companies). IT technologies are so ...
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How best to set goals for annual performance reviews?

At my company, we have annual performance reviews and also a process where we set goals for the year. When it comes time to set goals, we are expected to create them on our own. I'd like to use them ...
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Small remote office not following Covid guidelines

I work for a small company and work in a remote office for my department. When I was requested to return to the office, I was assured that we were following Covid guidelines, by the site manger/...
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What are the downsides of getting fired with severance instead of quitting?

I've been at my company for several years, and lately I've grown frustrated and increasingly stressed out due to changes at the company. The quality and quantity of my work has plummeted over the last ...
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Is it important to share the political views of the government you're working for in the US?

I am interested in working for the government in the US at the federal, state or city level. Obviously everyone has their own political views, but how important is it to share the views of the elected ...
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Started as a contractor at my current company with a laptop they purchased on their credit card, is it mine?

The current company I work for full-time, started off with me working as a contractor for them being paid hourly. About two years into working with them, the director of IT purchased a laptop for me ...
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Are managers allowed to send reference letters unrequested? [closed]

I work as a teacher. I left my job because of poor management, a feeling that many other teachers shared, and at least 15 others left for the same reason. While applying for another job, I requested ...
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Still getting paid after leaving the company? Do I have to give the money back? [closed]

My girlfriend left a job on good terms to work for a different company. Apparently the payroll manager (one person department, it’s a company of <100 employees) forgot to take her off the payroll ...
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How does overtime work for hourly contractors? [closed]

As an hourly contractor how does overtime typically work? I have been keeping under the 8hrs/day, but due to university commitments will be shifting a significant portion of my hours onto the weekends ...
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How do I overcome an unsatisfactory background check? [closed]

I was terminated from my job back in October 2019 because in August of that same year I did a price match from a paper sign on the sales floor on 2 expensive items that went over the price allowed for ...
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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

I just got placed through a staffing agency, in the state of California. I'm expected to drive to a client's location and pick up some equipment to use to work from home for the duration of the ...
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My manager has scheduled a face-to-face lunch meeting. Am I out of line to refuse?

We're in the USA where the pandemic is still raging. We've been working from home since March. My department is 5 people and some of them have been seemingly having "cabin fever", so they ...
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Is it ethical to leave a position soon after getting TS/SCI clearance?

I started a job a bit more than a year ago, and about 2 months in I begun my TS/SCI clearance process. I applied to a Masters program 6 months afterward. I found out I got accepted a few months after ...
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How to deal with an abusive boss

Our department has a very high turnover rate from people leaving after being repeatedly yelled at and demeaned by our boss. This is causing more strain on the remaining members due to unfinished ...
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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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Hiring “diverse” candidates has turned into declining qualified applicants. Is it wrong to object to these policies?

I work at one of the largest organizational consulting firms in the US as a recruiter. Starting last year and more recently, I've seen a push in hiring managers wanting to hire what they call "...
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Can an employee be fired for missing work during quarantine period required by company?

Since the pandemic has started, my friend has missed work more than usual which has led to tension between them and their employer. For context, the business was recently acquired by a national ...
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Temporarily working remotely in a different state

Because of Covid the majority of my office has been working remotely since March. They are actually limiting the number of people that can come to the office to 25% of capacity, and you have to get ...
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Should I include marijuana retail on my resume? [duplicate]

My boyfriend and I live in Washington state. He has been trying to get a new job, but is unsure if he should include his most recent job on his resume. He worked part time at a Marijuana retail shop ...
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Is my boss required to inform me if one of our coworkers has coronavirus?

I work in a supermarket, about 800 employees between two stores. We are an "essential business" and have been open through the entire coronavirus pandemic. ...A newspaper article came out ...
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Not passing the PIP - still will be eligible for UI?

I recently took a position and started this new job and the only reason I left my previous employer was because this was supposed to be the promotional opportunity that I was searching for. ...
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Was it ethically sound to state the way a coworker referred to someone as going against company values? [closed]

Background There is a coworker at work who is an amazing coworker in terms of the job. He aids as many people he can in any way he can in addition to being a quick problem solver. When asked to ...
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Bullied via Zoom

I was in a Zoom Meeting at work. Sue was sharing her screen, Bill was leading the discussion, Anne, myself and two Data Engineers were in attendance. We are all peers and individual contributors. ...
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Leaving a job - is there generally a gap between health insurance and COBRA [closed]

COBRA exists as a stop-gap between insurance coverages, from one employer to the next. If I quit my job to go mountain climbing, and tell HR that yes, I want to sign up for COBRA (and sign the form), ...
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Company refuses to give written offer letter

I had one in-person interview yesterday at a small law firm. An hour after the interview, they called to tell me that I got the job. After I negotiated my salary, they told me that I should start ...
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I think I observed racial harassment/threats. What do I do?

I'm very often one of the last people to leave the office in the evening. As I was leaving on Friday, I noticed that a sticky note had been attached to a co-worker's cubicle next to their name card ...
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Is discrimination against the unemployed going to return after this COVID thing? Why do employers do this and how do you counteract it? [closed]

I got laid off in February. It should have been fine but then the covid hit and I will soon be considered long term unemployed. During the last recession employers didnt want those people and it was a ...
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Company requiring all employees to take PTO same week

The company I am a full time employee at announced this week that all employees would be required to take the same, one week of PTO in early August. This PTO deduction would be done automatically ...
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Does my company own my phone number?

My company does not provides phones or phone numbers as most of our meetings are held over teleconferencing tools (e.g. google hangout, zoom, etc.) but they do require us to list a phone number as ...
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How soon do I need to tell my future employer that I won't be able to work for them?

A few months ago, I accepted a position at a company in another state. I've been preparing for the trip to that state for months now, but due to circumstances preventing me from finding an apartment ...
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How can I minimize the damage of my PhD advisor's bad recommendation when applying for industry jobs?

This question is about the power of PhD advisors on industry job (non-research) applications. I did not get along well with my former PhD advisor. I was able to defend and graduate; however, I have ...
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Should I mention employment authorization in a cover letter?

A new company is relocating to my town and I am interested in applying to work there. Currently there is no specific position being offered that I could/want to apply for, however on their website ...
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Management promotion bait & switch

I have been with my company as an intermediate software engineer for 2+ years under the same tech lead. In the most recent round of performance reviews, it was heavily implied that I would be promoted ...
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Should I re-establish contact with an opportunity that seems to have fizzled?

Back in February, I interviewed with a company for new position. It seemed like a great fit and the interviews on the day all seemed to go well. After the interviews, the hiring manager told me the ...
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I earn less than my subordinates [duplicate]

I started at my current company 2 months ago. I'm managing a team. I receive very good feedback. Today I discovered that some of my subordinates are paid much more than I am - around 20% more. (I ...
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If there was no ownership clause in my contract, do I own my work or is it company property?

Some introduction to preface: I do web design/development for a small company in Missouri. My employment contract has no language regarding who owns the work I do internally, nothing about ...
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New potentially chronic health condition means I may not be the same engineer as before

I am fortunate, I work for a large and stable company and in general, management is fair, I would even say more compassionate than not. Since the beginning of the year, I've had an issue with chronic ...
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On an hourly basis, do supervisors typically make more than staff? [closed]

I work in the United States in the medical laboratory field and staff is paid hourly, while supervisors are paid salary. However, the salary difference is minimal, and supervisors routinely work more ...
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Role of team members in increasing the team capacity

So, I am in a team where everyone is overloaded with 1-2 hours of work every day. This has become the norm and everyone has accepted it. And yet, there is a lot of backlog in the project. So, the ...
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Interview question - How did you handle underperforming coworker ? Mention coworker disability?

One common interview question is how did you handle a coworker who was not performing well and it was impacting your work ? I work in an IT role in a big company and I faced this problem due to a ...
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Can I get in trouble for smoking on a video call while working from home?

Everybody in our office is still working at home due to COVID. The other day, I had a Zoom call with several people in the organization. Not thinking about it, I was smoking a cigarette while my ...

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