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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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Work requires me to come in early to start computer but wont let me clock in to get paid for it

The computers at work take around 5-10 minutes to boot up and have all of the necessary applications for my job to be up and ready to use. I work 9am-530pm. But the other day my boss told me to come ...
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What issues occur when changing medical insurance mid-year?

I received an e-mail from our HR Department the other day informing us that they may change our medical insurance carrier on June 1st. For context, our company has approximately 50 employees and is ...
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Can I work remotely from the EU for an US company without a Visa

I am looking for Remote Jobs worldwide. It confuses me a lot that some US companies say that I have to have permission to work in the USA and some don't. I am not sure if the first kind of job ads ...
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Appropriate action when a recruiter doesn't follow up or respond as promised

Here's the situation: Several weeks ago I applied for an advertised position with a major US distributor. Within a few days I received an e-mail from a recruiter (who was employed with the company) ...
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Job offer in Europe vs Masters degree in the US? [on hold]

I have a job offer in the Netherlands. The salary is the average salary for entry-level software developers in Europe. I also have an admit for a masters program in the US (UMass). The master's ...
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How to persuade manager to promote based on performance and not just number of hours worked?

I am currently competing with colleague in the WA office for our company. I am one of two people (with my colleague included) being considered for a major promotion from senior engineer to senior ...
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How to answer “Have you ever been terminated?”

I'm filling out a job application that asks the question "Have you ever been terminated or asked to resign from a position in the past?" I did get fired from a job back in 1998. It was my first high-...
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How do I communicate my peer's incompetence to our manager?

I have been at my current job about a year (hired fresh out of college). About six month ago my manager left and I came under the management of another senior lead (who was not formerly focused ...
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Am I ethically obligated to go into work on an off day if the reason is sudden?

Background At my work, we have a schedule option where you get every other Friday off. It is the standard schedule all new hires are given. Today, my manager implied that I need to go into work this ...
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I was never asked to fill out a W-4 or an I-9 and I worked a week and was let go. How can I get paid?

I was hired at a place but it wasn't the job I applied for. The job duties and pay were totally different and I never got a schedule until I walked out the door each day. I also was never set up to ...
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Is a 996 work schedule legal in the US?

The company I work for insinuated that they were going to require a 996 (9am-9pm, 6 days a week) work schedule. We'd probably be paid for all the hours worked. I'm curious if requiring that schedule ...
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Employer asked to leave first, then gave 6 months to improve [closed]

My friend work in a small size software company - 15 employees(lets say X) went through a strange situation today, he was asked first by the employer (Lets say Boss B) that If he can leave the company ...
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Chewed out for making a backup [closed]

I'm a programmer of all sorts and, in layman's terms, I created a form which users use to review certain information and then approve or reject it. Today was the first rejected form we received. My ...
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If I accept job offer from client, would it make it awkward with coworkers from current contractor? [closed]

I was recently offered a position with a client that I contract for. They said they would match my salary and give me their benefits, which are presumably better since they are government-ish. The job ...
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How much about my mental health should I share?

I've been at my current position for less than a year, after having taken some time off to go back to school and get in a new career path. I've lived with various mental health issues (varying ...
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Is it rude to compare specific benefits during a salary negotiation?

I will be negotiating salary soon, and I THINK the salary range will be a nice increase for me, but I will lose some strong benefits. Is it impolite to be specific and compare benefits during the ...
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Turned in my notice last week, now GM wants me to sign a “Voluntary Termination Report”

I'm leaving my current job, and they want me to sign a form confirming I am leaving of my own volition. I've never been asked to do this before. Background: I work at a franchised branch of an ...
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Negotiating a 'final offer'

I have a question about offer negotiation. I was caught of guard by a recruiter today, and when he called to tell me that they extend the offer to me I asked if it is a final offer. He said it is ...
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I've been asked to resign and leave, what to do and how do I tell my team?

Due to various minor conflicts my manager has asked me to resign. Its a situation in which I'm really not a great fit for the team rather than any specific cause for termination. Because of that he ...
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Leaving a job and asking for references

I am a recent graduate from college and have been employed at my current job for 8 months and it unfortunately is not a good fit. After having a very negative performance review from my manager in ...
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The value of being bi-lingual from an employer perspective [closed]

I am thinking of learning a second language purely due to personal choice. My job has a talent profile where we can give information and talk about our talents and at any point in my career should I ...
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How do I prevent recruiters from “ghosting” on me?

I have a strange problem and am completely at my wit's end as to why it may be happening. I have friends and family in my or similar fields and they are all baffled when I tell them about this. I ...
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How to deal with an incompetent employee who's liked by management [duplicate]

I've been having problems with my report for some time now. The problems can be summarized, bluntly, as incompetence. He delivers work that doesn't meet any standards and which I need hours to correct....
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How best to convince my manager I need an assigned seat?

I recently accepted a new position as a software engineer at a large company. Everything has been going great so far except for one thing, they haven’t given me a desk yet. Every day I come in and ...
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Changing housing agreement after contract is signed

I just received my first real job offer working as an engineer in a rotational program. The company extended the offer letter along with other information and documents about two months ago. In those ...
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Am I required to give employer my bank account info?

I did a one-time contract gig for a company (a few hours of work), and the company insists that I send them my direct deposit information for payment, including an authorization to make deductions ...
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My company might get acquired.. Is my position at risk as a junior QA engineer? [closed]

I was recently told that the NYC-based startup I work for might get acquired by a pretty massive company (think Microsoft, or Amazon). This sounds like great news but now I'm getting nervous: I'm the ...
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What is normal when you get fired from a larger company?

Last week I was fired from a 500+ person company for reasons I won't talk much about, but it was on the verge of a wrongful termination. Let's just say my old boss lied to get me fired since he didn't ...
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How to deal with disabled coworker who wastes time in office? [duplicate]

I work in the US. I have to develop some software with a disabled coworker (has disability parking card). He was working on this project alone for a few months and my manager added me to the project ...
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What should you do when eye contact makes your subordinate uncomfortable?

I am a newly promoted engineering supervisor, with a team of four engineers reporting to me. I have worked with them for several years before being promoted and we have a great, friendly dynamic. That ...
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How to socially function in an office where the primary social interaction between employees is making fun of other employees?

I recently started a job in a new office, where it seems like anytime a casual conversation is initiated its typically in negative context about another employee on a personal level. This started ...
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How do I find out if or how I can get accepted for internal training?

tl;dr: I applied for and was rejected from an internal training program and they won't tell me why. How do I find out? There is an internal training program at my workplace that I would like to ...
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Can my company order me to work at a client's office?

I am a senior-level developer for a mid-sized agency where I work on lots of different clients' projects. I do development, strategy, and also design and I enjoy it immensely and have strived in the "...
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Pre-employment background check with consent for future checks

I recently interviewed for a position with the hiring manager and her next-level manager. I was offered the job on the spot, which I accepted. A couple of days later I received an e-mail from a 3rd ...
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Company not paying my last paycheck, what do I do?

I was recently let go from my job. Their HR advised they would like both parties to leave on good terms. However, I have not received my last paycheck that was legally supposed to be provided to me in ...
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Physically attacked by a resident of a group home [closed]

I work in a group home in Virginia, USA. Yesterday, my coworker and I were both physically attacked by a resident, who is a minor. The attack lasted around 45 minutes until the police arrived, and it ...
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How to deal with mandatory unpaid lunch break?

This is a question about a job in the United States. It's a sales position in a small company where a person has to work alone in a small office. The work is for 9 hours a day where you can't leave ...
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How do you go about becoming a carpenter's apprentice? [closed]

How do you go about becoming a carpenter's apprentice? Do you have to go through a certain program, or do you find someone on a job site who is offering the position, or is there another way? Although ...
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Internship in the US as a European Citizen

I'm an Electrical Engineer (pursuing my M.Sc.) from Germany and currently seeking an internship in the USA. Preferably at one of the big names in Silicon Valley. My master's degree is in Electrical ...
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Is it normal that my co-workers at a fitness company criticize my food choices?

I was granted an H1B visa (United States) and was able to get hired after about a year. During the interview, I thought the company looked amazing as they are a fitness company and promote a healthy ...
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Recruiter I'm already working with invites me out to lunch. Why?

I'm looking for a job, and this recruiter that I've already applied through sent me an email that effectively said: Sorry I don't have any new information for you. Let me take you out to lunch to ...
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Coworker uses her breast-pump everywhere in the office

I have a coworker, whom I have good professional relationships with (let's call her Jane). Jane and I are at the same level in the company hierarchy (small company of about 10-15 people). Jane ...
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How strictly should I take “Candidates must be local”?

I've encountered a number of non-local job postings that contain lines of the form: Candidates must be local to <LOCATION>. No relocation fees will be provided. Assuming that the second ...
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Not being delegated enough work, compared to colleague

I've been at my full-time position (software developer) for almost an year now, as a college hire. I started at the same time with another college hire, with the same title. Naturally, we both ...
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How can I deal with my coworker having zero social awareness?

My coworker is ruining what's otherwise a great job. I love all my other coworkers and the benefits are great, but this guy is incredibly offensive and rude. Here's some highlights: He'll make ...
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Woman in friend circle telling people I “should be fired”

Ex-friend is telling people I know that "I'm amazed she hasn't been fired yet" behind my back and I don't know what to do about it. She isn't known to cause drama or speak Ill of people so I'm pretty ...
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I reported the illegal activity of my boss to his boss. My boss found out. Now I am being punished. What should I do?

My direct supervisor has repeatedly performed actions that go against conduct of the company and of the state laws. I brought this to the attention of his boss in hopes of covering for myself when and ...
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Coworker continously forgets to lock the bathroom stall door

When visiting the restroom, I've walked in on the same coworker sitting on the toilet three times now, from where he simply neglects to adequately lock the stall door. I definitely don't want to keep ...
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I'm experiencing hand pain that forces me to take frequent breaks. How can I explain this to my coworkers?

I'm a software engineer and was recently involved in a motorcycle accident that has my right hand in a bit of a mess. One of the injuries in particular is causing a lot of pain - an unhealing broken ...
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Can I get all signed paperwork from previous employer?

Is a company legally required to provide all forms/contracts I signed with them? I quit a job and the guy leading me through the exit process conveniently "forgot" to give me a copy of one of the ...