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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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How to safely future-proof my exit from a dual-job scenario

I'm a Java developer with 9 years experience, living in the U.S. I've been working two, full-time, remote software engineering jobs for over two years now and I'm getting bored at one of the jobs. I ...
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How would you standardize on-call expectations across software teams when they've diverged at the same salary level?

I manage a couple of software teams for a fintech SaaS product. We generally expect teams to maintain an on-call rotation among the devs so that there's someone to contact in case of an off hours ...
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Coworker just went on a loud sexist rant right next to me

This was on the phone, I don't know who it was with. Might have been a personal call. It wasn't hostile or ragey, just general old man crap about how "women always tear each other down" and ...
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Is it appropriate to speak up for a team member who can't drink due to addiction recovery when a company event is being planned?

I am the team lead of a team of ten. One of my team members in the past has undergone counseling due to alcohol abuse / excessive drinking. He has since recovered, but no longer drinks. Senior ...
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Hiring me just to fire me when transition is complete?

Some background: I work at TargetCo, SourceCo pays MiddleCo for my services at TargetCo, and my check is written by MiddleCo because they're an authorized SourceCo reseller. For other reasons, I went ...
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Is there paid family leave if you start a new job AFTER having a baby?

In New York, if one were to start a job right after having a baby (at a place with enough employees to qualify) would they be able to get paid family leave after working for a few months, or is there ...
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Should I involve EEOC if I haven't been promoted for over 25 years?

I've been working for Veterans Affairs Medical Center for over 30 years. My last promotion was 25 years ago (from GS 4 - GS 5, step 10) and that one turned out to be a dead end job. According to ...
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Working without a contract [closed]

I work for a company a as self-contractor. I was given a contract for 3 months, 2 weeks before the end date I reminded my employer that my contract would be ending. It has now been almost a month ...
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Is "preemptive severance" the same as being fired?

I read a recent article about someone quitting their job at Netflix. One part of the article confused me: I spent two weeks after the performance review thinking about my next steps and decided to ...
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I have PTO but plan on resigning -- when do I give my 2 weeks' notice?

I have upcoming PTO, but I also planning on resigning at my current job. Here are my options: Give notice before I go on PTO, so 1 of those 2 weeks' notice is vacation. Give notice while I am on PTO....
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"? [closed]

Whenever I find out a company and job I’m interested in has unlimited PTO (Paid Time Off) I’m no longer interested. As a software engineer I find there is always work that can be done. This makes me ...
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Team won't come out of their shell (possible team-wide imposter syndrome?)

I have a team-wide performance problem on the team I inherited about a year ago. No matter their title, the senior+ engineers on my team perform at the level of a junior engineer (objectively, ...
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Can companies that hired for remote positions decide to go back to office? [closed]

With the pandemic, I've seen tons of vacancies from many Fortune 500 companies where the vacancy specifically says that the position will be permanently 100% remote (i.e.. they never have to go to the ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

I am senior lead / team lead in the cybersecurity division of my employer located in the United States. I recently hired a contractor to work on pen testing (highly privileged role having access to ...
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Thinking about a part-time job despite regular full time status

Context: I have a full time job with a large fortune 500 company. Everything is good there, not looking to change. I am thinking about taking a part-time job (nights and weekends, maybe 20 hours a ...
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Will this software project manager's experience and education from Ukraine help her get a US job? [closed]

I know a Ukrainian woman who has married a US citizen. Given the security and economic situation in Ukraine, she and her spouse are working on getting her a green card so they can move to the US. ...
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Logistics of living in EU and working for an US company

I’m a software engineer with almost 3 years of experience and I’ve been having a little look around the job market and I came across a full remote job from a credible company in the US. This would be ...
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If I submit notice before the work day begins, does that day count as Day 1?

My job is M-F, standard business hours. If I submit my two-week notice on Monday the 9th, then Tuesday the 10th is Day 1, and my last working day is Monday, the 23rd, correct? But what if I submit the ...
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I have a toxic boss, can I demand a different project or boss?

I have been with my current employer for several years. I have an excellent reputation at my company, and haven't had any personal issues with anyone during that time. That is, until about 6 months ...
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Why do companies ask if you've worked for a government entity?

On more than one job application I've seen a question similar to: Have you ever worked for a government entity, either as a contractor or employee? And I've seen other questions similar to: Have ...
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Anti-handwashing in the office [closed]

COVID finally appears to be winding down, so I was hopeful that all of the political drama at our office would die down. Unfortunately, there is a new issue that has come up. The group that was very ...
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How to talk about nepotism when owners/managers are involved?

Nepotism is a problem at my company. Almost everyone from the owner, to the president, to managers, have members of their families or friends hired at my current company. Usually they ensure their ...
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How binding is a signed Offer from a USA-based firm in Germany? [closed]

I'm in Germany. Shortly I got a job offer from a USA-based firm. I've signed this offer. The firm currently registers a german business entity registered and active at the end of Mai 2022. After ...
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Is it legal to selectively enforce an arbitrary dress code for a specific employee? [closed]

I work at a university in the USA. I am a man in my early 30s, but most of the people with whom I work are men in their late 30s or early 40s. I look young for my age and am often mistaken for a ...
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Painter being forced to do remodel work

I was hired 3 years ago by a local painting contractor. Recently my employer started remodeling his own house and this is where the work is taking place. I am now being required to do the following ...
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Would it be fair to ask my new employer to increase sign-on bonus because of delayed start date?

The employer I accepted an offer from on March 3rd, with a start date of April 4th, offers new out-of-state employees one of two options for relocation assistance due to mandatory on-site policies: $...
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How to deal with a manager with strong cognitive biases?

For background, I work in a small tech company (~30 people) in the United States, and I have 12 years of experience in my field. I lead (but do not manage) a team of less experienced people in my ...
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Is there a point where you can list open source work as "experience" on your resume?

I have a friend who wishes to break into the software development world in the US. They aren't employed right now, so they have the time to contribute to open source projects. Would it be appropriate ...
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Bonus pool cut via collective punishment for not completing training

All employees of the company I work at have been instructed to complete certain internal training. It is easy to complete, and shouldn't cause a problem for any individual. We have been given about a ...
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Recruiting agency asked me to find a family member fill in I-9

I am a recent graduate and was offered a position at a scientific company though a recruiting agency. Although I will be doing work for the scientific company, I will technically be an employee of the ...
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Offered job at lower title than applied for: does this impact my negotiation power?

I applied for a position of Staff Software Engineer at a top gaming studio and got the great news yesterday that they'd like to extend me an offer, though at a lower level of Senior Software Engineer ...
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Manager refused providing a company phone to employee who is frequently working on-call

I recently had a change in job responsibilities which requires me to be on call for issues. When this occurred, I requested a work cell phone to keep on my person and leave the ringer on, so I would ...
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Should I create a formal entity (LLC) if I don't expect revenue or funding for a while?

I'm a software developer with a little bit of experience. I'm starting a project, and hope to bring it to market someday. There's a lot of work before getting to that point, and I'm not positive I'd ...
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How to prevent a brief job from hurting my job prospects

I just left a company that I was at for almost 5 years for a much better job (double the pay, responsibilities that are more closely aligned with my skillset, etc.). I had a couple reservations about ...
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How to handle distracting mannerisms in a Zoom call with external stakeholders?

I have been a technical lead / team lead working in the cybersecurity unit of my employer for close to 9 years. I am based in the USA. As I have risen through the ranks, I have had to be more involved ...
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What are the different aspects that need to be understood before leaving a job one month after starting?

I know there are a bunch of questions that have been asked on this same topic before but my question is slightly different. A friend has an offer from a smaller company A and is also in the process of ...
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How do I professionally respond to non work related comments from colleagues on teams that will need to work closely with?

This is a followup question to my most recent question of disclosing a sensitive hobby. This is occurring in the United States in a blue, liberal leaning state. During a recent team building exercise ...
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Speculative application by mail after not receiving answers by e‑mail… Is it still relevant for small companies?

My case : I’m in the process of searching an apprenticeship in the south of the United States for my French’s (not mainland) master degree with my wage reimbursed up to the minimal French wage by my ...
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Asking for things outside of contract - how to end working relationship as quickly as possible?

I was a software developer who worked as contractor for a non-profit up until a few days ago. The business relationship ended because their expectation of me was to do the work of multiple programmers ...
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current employer issue in background check

In the process of pre-employment check. During interview, I didn't mention in my resume about my current employer company B which I joined 5 months ago. instead, I told them that my current employer ...
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Verification of my employment has ended with other employer

in the process of signing conditional offer letter. New employer want to verify that i am not working for any other employer. how do I prove since I am planning to put two weeks notice only after ...
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Did I make a mistake in telling team about sensitive / controversial hobby [closed]

I work in cybersecurity and have been at my employer for about 9 years. I am in the USA, in a "blue" Democratic leaning state. Today several new team members joined other teams within the ...
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Can a small employer ask me about medical conditions before hiring me?

I am applying to a small business (less than 10 employees) and the application has the following question: This position is physically demanding, involves working at heights and operating potentially ...
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Am I right in thinking that my spouse's salary is irrelevant to my own raise?

I work in IT in Nevada, USA. My wife was hired by my employer's accounting department a few months ago. My employer typically announces next year's raises just before Christmas. Despite record profits ...
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Job offer doesn't include insurance costs

I received a job offer. The salary is on the low end of my acceptable range, but I like everything else about the job, including an unexpected sign-on bonus. My only concern is that they can't tell me ...
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Wrongfully accused of lending my security badge to another employee

I work in the cybersecurity division of my employer, in a lead role for close to 9 years. Two days ago, I was working late patching and monitoring our systems as a result of a security incident that ...
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How to react to team members feedback on task assignment?

I work in the cybersecurity division of my company in United States as a team lead / technical lead, managing a team of 9 security analysts. I worked at my current company for close to 9 years and am ...
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Negotiate for better pay amidst organization reshuffle

I've been working for the current IT company for almost 6 years now. I've stuck with this employer this long for personal reasons. I've had 5 different managers here. Just right during performance ...
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What percentage of technical jobs don't require references? [closed]

A redditor writes: I’ve hired and been hired. Never have I called references if they were provided and none of mine have ever been contacted. Not sure why people ask for them since hiring is already ...
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What are the questions to ask a pre-seed start-up in order to understand the value of the offered equity?

A start-up with pre-seed closing round average of 5 days is to soon begin its fourth and final pre-seed round @ $15M evaluation, up from a current $12M. Planned for Q2 of next year is a first Seed ...
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