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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Phone Interview when I am out of country

I have a phone interview but I am out of country for vacation so my number will not work. Should I ask the interviewer to conduct a hangouts/skype interview or is it correct to ask the interviewer to ...
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Saying something to a foreign coworker who uses “you people”

A new co-worker who is not a native English speaker uses "you people" whenever referring to a group. As in "This quarter was great because of you people." If something negative happened "You people ...
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Background check that respects a candidate's privacy

I was asked to authorize a background check. The company performing the check is called GoodHire. Their authorization letter was fairly innocuous. It stated the candidate authorized the check. When I ...
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How to keep the same pediatrician [on hold]

I'm looking at switching jobs and the new provider doesn't have our pediatrician in it's network. My son has had a few health problems and we wouldn't want to change doctors or specialist. Is it ...
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Interview attire for scientist role in biotech [duplicate]

I apologize if this has been asked before (however the suggestions refer to programming positions, which is not my industry). I'm looking for my first job in industry (biotech and pharma) after ...
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Can a part time employee move up in the organization? [on hold]

I work part time at an engineering firm. I would like to progress to Department Manager. I am part of the technical teams and manage projects now. Since I work 4 days a week, sometimes it takes me ...
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Senior developer is discreetly remoting in to the computer and watching a coworker

I have a friend working as a software development intern. She mentioned to me that a senior developer, who works with her, was remoting into her virtual machine and discreetly watching her code the ...
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Vacation hours vs hours worked [on hold]

I took 3 days of vacation time and was asked to work on two Saturdays from 7am - 1pm. I typically only work Monday though Fridays. However my employer took my vacation hours away and only submitted my ...
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Giving Notice - Likely walked out but paid - Can I start elsewhere right away?

I'm going to be giving my notice at my current employer soon. I know from history that I will most likely be walked out immediately and then paid for the two weeks as if I was working. If things ...
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Report foreign travel during job transition? (Security Clearance)

I am currently working for company (A) where I am required to hold security clearance. I have received an offer with another company (B) that also requires a clearance. Between my two jobs, I am ...
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Should I ask the recruiting agency to cover/help cost of flight for my software engineering interviews?

Context I am a mid level software engineer in California. I was contacted by a recruiter at an East Coast branch of a nationwide recruiting agency (not going to be more specific than that). Just ...
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Illegal business tactics when dealing with contractors?

I am a contractor for a very large bank in the US. The city I live in has several other large banks as well, and it is fairly common for contractors to move from 1 bank to another once a contract has ...
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Can an employer require a salaried employee to work a minimum number of hours in the US?

A lawyer once explained to me that, because an exempt salaried worker may be expected to work more than 40 hrs without additional compensation, the employer can expect a worker to work around 40 hrs/...
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Disciplining hard-working but insubordinate engineer or his superior?

I work in a mid-sized engineering firm (roughly 2000 employees total) in the US. One of our more senior engineers, let's call him John, has been with the company for about 4 years, and is aiming to be ...
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Do hiring managers value technical certifications? [closed]

[Triggered by this answer concerning the value of technical certificates to someone looking for a first job in the IT sector.] Do hiring managers in IT value technical certifications? Does it get ...
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Last-minute canceled work-trip means I'll lose thousands of dollars on planned vacation

My company was supposed to be doing a conference next week in NYC. Over the past few months, I had been given multiple assurances that the conference would take place. I bought my own plane ticket and ...
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How to negotiate salary based on GSA Schedule 70 rates

My company provides government services with rates defined in their GSA Schedule 70 contract. (For those who aren't familiar, my understanding is that these are pre-agreed upon rates between the ...
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What alternatives exist to at-will employment?

I'm in the process of negotiating a move from a UK subsidiary to US head office, based in Pennsylvania. An element of my potential new employment that concerns me, is that it is 'at-will'. This is ...
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Frustration with boss

I currently work as a 1099 sub contractor doing freelance bookkeeping. My boss does not want to give me an email account and asks me to email on her behalf. She gets on me for grammar, capitalization, ...
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Bringing gifts when visiting office HQ

I'm a remote (foreign) employee who works for a US company. I frequently visit the HQ, and while I've never really given gifts in the past, I really want to catch up on birthdays/wedding gifts/etc, ...
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Is it reasonable to be paid hourly for a normally salaried position?

A company I'm prospecting has many employees who work more than 40 hours per week (from what I've surveyed, the average is 45-55), and very regularly. However, the position that I would be filling is ...
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Can a non US citizen work remotely for a US company and be under their payroll? [closed]

Some context: I've been in the US for almost 5 years under a F1 visa. In the last year I've worked under OPT for a company in the US. I have a SSN but my card says "valid for work only with DHS ...
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What is the difference between being terminated for non disciplinary reasons vs disciplinary?

Is there a difference between disciplinary versus non-disciplinary termination when applying for unemployment? I worked for my company and requested workplace accommodations. The employer denied them ...
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Are there any alternatives to quitting? [closed]

In some ways this company is great, but in other ways it's not so great. There are several rules that the owner creates out of thin air that he will not cave on. Recently, our A/C broke in the office....
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Should I acquire a visa to work in the United states before applying for a summer internship

I'm a UK citizen about to start my penultimate year at university. Like most of my peers, I'm currently seeking as much experience as possible having done a summer internship in London for the past ...
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I've voluntarily left my company and they've sent me a termination certification. Do I have to sign it?

The termination certification has me state I've returned all equipment (I have), that I haven't broken my mobile device (was never issued one), and that I'll continue to be bound by various rules in ...
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Is my employer paying me fairly? Going from 1099 to W2

I've been working as a 1099 employee for about 2.5 years on a side gig for $20/hr and now the company has to switch me to W2 at the same $20/hr rate. Shouldn't there be about a 20% change between ...
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W2 vs 1099 - Rate Difference

I've been a full-time employee for a while and just started contracting work end of last year as W2. With the advent of ACA, I just realized that I can get more benefit from the heathcare exchanges ...
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Should I give the recruiter my SSN?

I've read other posts on the same question, this instance is a little more specific. I live in San Francisco and was contacted by an Associate Account Manager at Collabera for a role in San ...
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Internship in USA (or other country) for my last year of Engineering [closed]

I am 21 years old French citizen and studying in an Engineering School, which is a master grade and i'm finishing my 4th year. My specialization is Information System (I think the equivalent in USA is ...
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Company requiring me to let them review research from before I was hired

In a bit a predicament. I recently have received media requests about some upcoming research I plan to publish. According to my company's employee handbook, I have to keep them in the loop with all ...
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Obtaining SCI with current TS security clearance; does it help the process?

I currently have a TS security clearance, but not TS/SCI clearance. If I were to join a company that requires TS/SCI clearance, will I be required to go through a new investigation process, or will ...
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Do you think I'm a bad intern? [closed]

I'm currently doing an unpaid summer internship for graphic design at this small company. Right now, I am more than a month into my internship, but I keep thinking that I'm a bad intern. I tend to ...
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Applying for jobs when I have an obvious scar

The place I worked got shut down for safety. A friend of mine was killed, and I was hurt pretty bad another time, and it left me with very obvious scarring where my skin is much lighter around the ...
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Why do some jobs (tech, software dev) require current enrollment in school or recent graduation?

In the US for tech jobs I often see on job postings requirements that mention the applicant must be currently enrolled in school or recently graduated (6-12 months ago). These are not internship ...
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Is it appropriate to attend a minority career fair when I'm not a minority? [closed]

Disclaimer: I feel this is a huge "NO-NO" for me to do, it would just make me look like an ass. My university is hosting a minority STEM job fair with the intention of bolstering hiring rates for ...
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What are the legally required costs to the employer when giving a raise?

I intend to ask for a fairly substantial raise near the end of the year, but before I do so, I want to ensure that I've considered all the legally required costs to my employer before making my ...
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Is it ethical for a company to ask its employees to move furniture on a weekend?

My company (a relatively large one) recently asked for volunteers to help and move furniture to the new office on a weekend in exchange for free pizza. We are not professional movers, but people with ...
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hired a publicist for 4 months (short-term contract) [closed]

I hired a publicist for a 4-month contract (a finite 4-month contract that had to occur during a specific time related to a film release, which was imminent at the time of our interview) and she went ...
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What should I know to be prepared for an active shooter at work?

In the US, active shooters are becoming increasingly frequent. While the actual likelihood of an active shooter incident occurring at my workplace is rare, I would like to be prepared regardless of ...
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Romantically rejected a more senior coworker; how can I protect myself?

A coworker recently asked me out in a romantic way and I turned them down. I don't work directly with this person, or report to them. They're not on my team. They are older and more senior. I don't ...
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How to handle vacation being cut short?

A bit of context first. I report to the Owner and CEO (not actual titles, the structure is complicated but this is the simplest way to describe them) of the company but my schedule for my regular non-...
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I received a dinner invitation through my employer's email. Is it OK to attend?

Last week, I received a dinner invitation from an organizer that I never worked with nor heard of. I received the invitation through my employer's email. The location of the event is a well known ...
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How should I address an ongoing lawsuit about wrongful termination with future employers?

A previous manager improperly terminated my employment and I'm involved with ongoing litigation related to this termination (i.e., suing for wrongful termination). How do I deal with this matter on a ...
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What can you do when you are asked to do a potentially dangerous or odd tasks, unrelated to your main job duties?

What do you do when you are asked to do a task that is outside of your area of expertise? Specific example - originally hired as a ported at a car dealership. You are asked to remove floor tile from ...
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Big 4, bad internship experience [closed]

Context: This is my third software engineering internships. The previous two were mid-size company in the US. I excelled at those internship, finished my works, got praised, got reference from my past ...
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Potential employer flew me out for interview, cancels return flight

A company I was interested in just flew me out for an interview. It was on the other side of the country so they paid for my flight and hotel. Unfortunately, the interview went disastrously. I blew ...
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No proper protective gear; what steps can I take to amend that?

I work at a known chain of pet stores and I frequently come into contact with sick animals (who may bite). Our store hasn't had proper PPE (personal protective equipment) in weeks: no gloves (bite ...
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What do I put on my resume to make the company I'm applying to think I'm mature enough to handle a job?

I just turned 14 this past fall, which means I can legally work a job. I've applied to several places, fluffing up my resume with everything I think could possibly help me, things showing i'm ...
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Invoices turned in after 30 days, 15% is withheld & after 60 days, not paid at all… is this LEGAL? [closed]

State agency is asserting that after an invoice from an Independent Contractor is turned in after 30 days 15% will be withheld from the total & after 60 days, not paid at all... is this even legal!...