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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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How would the following workplace behavior be perceived in the U.S.? [closed]

I once had a boss who promoted anyone, minority or not, whom he thought was "qualified." So far so good. But there was one period in the company's history, where there was a massive exodus of people. ...
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Will not wearing makeup affect my career?

I work at a small tech company in the accounting department. Our dress code is business casual, but most of the rank-and-file dress toward the casual end of that. I am female, in my early twenties. ...
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(Accidentally?) hired into the wrong position

A company was hiring several developers. Among them a embedded software developer position with some very strict requirements (like 10+ years of experience with C) that I in no way qualify for (I'm a ...
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Getting hurt at work while not doing anything work related

I’m in the US and, due to the wonders of the American healthcare system, that will impact the answer. I’m a desk jockey - I write code. For the holidays, I got a fancy new mechanical keyboard. While ...
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Low work demand at multiple companies over multiple years

I have been working as a professional software developer for 12 years and I have a B.S. in Computer Science. I've primarily been a full stack web developer. I have read multiple accounts of ...
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How can I suggest a better process without becoming “the guy who does this process”?

I am a junior-ish programmer. I've noticed some problems lately that I think could be solved by having a Continuous Integration server (CI). I plan to go to my manager in the near future and say ...
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Being asked to install corporate software on personal phone

I am a software engineer. My company is switching their VPN setup to a new provider that uses a two-factor authentication system. Part of this new setup involves a mobile app -- I have been asked by ...
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ADA reasonable accommodations vs mental disability

ADA requires the employer to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities, including mental disabilities. https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html For instance, ADA requires ...
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How can I exempt myself from political conversations during work?

I've tried searching around on the site for this, but because "politics" can mean inner-workplace politics and not strictly national politics, the search has been difficult. I have a new boss who ...
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Chances Over Senior Opportunities [closed]

As I have mentioned in my previous questions, I'm working in a very well-known company as a Cloud/DevOps engineer with 7 months of experience. I believe that my career progresses greatly from ...
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Should I request a lower raise to avoid a health-insurance premium raise threshold?

At my company, per-year health-insurance premiums increase by $1044 once a salary is greater than or equal to A. A does not seem to change with time, and it is the highest value where a premium ...
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Are “on the spot” phone interviews common?

I came across a job posting that looked interesting and I met almost all the requirements. The posting provided a phone number to call in case you have questions. I called to find out who to address ...
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I just started a new job and I’m not sure if it is right they pay me in cash after I filled out a W-4

I just started a new job and my employer made me fill out a W-4 form but after I worked a week I was paid in cash. What should I do? Why did I have to fill out a W-4 form?
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How can a low-level employee connect personal performance to the company's strategic priorities?

It is time for annual performance reviews, and the company's new format is giving me pause. Half of the self-evaluation is to demonstrate how I have supported strategic business priorities this year. ...
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Can an employer ask a part time worker to come in 1 time a week on their day off for a 15 minute meeting?

My employer is asking for me to come in for a 15 minute staff meeting on my day off EVERY WEEK. When I asked her if I couldn't just be told what was discussed on the days I work I was told no it ...
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Adding Consultant Experience to Resume and LinkedIn [duplicate]

A similar question has been asked here, but I believe my situation is slightly different. I recently started working a consulting position at a fairly well known company, lets call it Company A. I ...
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Does being prescribed anti-depressants, look bad to employers during security clearance background-check (US)?

I am applying for a few jobs in the US Defense industry as an engineer and I know that they ask about prescribed medications during the background check. Would taking anti-depressants hurt my chances ...
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What disadvantages does being unemployed confer on a job search? [duplicate]

I am currently working at a software-development job I'm not fond of my salary (which is below the industry average), benefits that I do not need, and there are no career advancement prospects. I ...
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Expected to perform extended travel on last year before vested in pension

I have worked for the same company for a little over 9 years. I have to make it to the 10 year mark to be vested in their pension plan. If I don't make it to year 10, I get absolutely nothing. I have ...
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How to react professionally when a colleague comes to work with a black eye?

A colleague came to work with a black eye. His bruises have nothing to do with work and don't impair him. We are on the same hierarchical level, but work in different teams and on different projects. ...
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Research Assistantship as Work Experience? [closed]

Let's say I got a Master's degree in Computer Science with a thesis in machine learning (focused on molecular modeling). If I was later accepted into a paid Research Assistantship (not as a student) ...
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When Can You Realistically Stay at Home and Work? [closed]

I have a Bachelor's and am looking for work. I'm going to school online to be able to start a Computer Science Master's with thesis. However, I have no research experience and would eventually like ...
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Carpal Tunnel and Trigger fingers surgery

A month ago I received two surgeries done on my hands for carpal tunnel and trigger fingers. My short turn disability has ended, and I'm still sore. My Dr. wrote a note to HR for light work. My Dr. ...
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Coworker is creating an uncomfortable, sexualized work environment for others. What are my responsibilities, and what should I do?

Short version I work in an academic lab in North America. One of the senior members of the lab has a pattern of inappropriate sexualized behavior and sexualized bullying with young women at work (...
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If a manager takes perks away to an employee, can the employee demand equal policy for the same role? [closed]

In startups, but not only in startup, employees can have perks, e.g. travel in "economy plus", or flexible hours, which are not documented in the employment contract. The perks I am referring to have ...
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Can a contract require a contractor to not disclose their pay (in the USA) [closed]

My friend says that she's signed a contract that prohibits her from disclosing how much the contract is for. She's playing piano in a show, if that makes a difference. Is this legal? I know employees ...
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Mechanical Engineer looking go back to Mechanical Engineering

This is my first post here and so I apologize if this is mistakenly posted here. Background: I graduated in May of 2016 with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. I accepted an offer for a ...
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Sign-on bonus repayments upon leaving a company

I'm leaving my company (in the US, IL) before one year cycle. And I have to return the $5000 relocation lump sum that I received (I actually received only $3000 after tax), under the condition that if ...
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Why do I keep getting rejected from unlicensed finance jobs within 24 hours even though I have some licenses? [closed]

I'm about a year and a half out of college, and in that year I've worked for and left an insurance company through which I got my Series 63 and my Life, Health, and Annuities license. Like most life ...
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What is the etiquette of discussing new contracts with current team, as a contractor?

There’s a related question here: What is the etiquette around discussing interview for new positions with my current coworkers? The other question seems geared toward full-time. My question is ...
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Is it alright to invite subordinate co-workers over to a holiday dinner?

I'm considering inviting a few of my coworkers to an annual Friendsgiving event that my wife and I host for several of our friends this year. This is not a small affair, we host something on the order ...
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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 is the average raise I should expect? [closed]

I have been doing some digging on the average pay raise for the IT industry and I have not found too much information. I recently heard from someone inside my organization is that the maximum raise I ...
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Working for two companies owned by the same person [closed]

I've got a friend (in the Nashville, TN area) who is working for someone that owned a franchise and now opened up a second one. My friend was working 45 hours a week and got overtime, but now the ...
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Coworker getting demoralized and quitting, should I speak out?

I am friends with a coworker who has confided in me that she and several other members of her team are being completely demoralized by another team member. I will call my friend Alice and the other ...
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Unable to visit the head office for an interview due to outrageous B1/B2 wait times, what should I tell the hiring manager?

(NB: Although this question touches on issues of immigration and travel, its pith lies in understanding the way hiring managers and recruiters think, which is why I belive Workplace is the right place ...
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Innocent Gifs from Inappropriate Sources [closed]

The tense of verbs may be obfuscated and my point of view in the post does not necessarily represent my actual role. The team culture I am a part of is quite relaxed and lots of communication ...
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HIPAA Violations [closed]

I know it is bad for a non-medical HR person or supervisor to give out personal or medical information about an associate, but is it actually a violation of the HIPAA law in the US? I know that HIPAA ...
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I've forgotten the name of the team(s) I'm being considered for — will asking the recruiter reflect poorly on me?

So this is somewhat embarrassing... I'm most of the way through a job application with "Company A" -- I've had phone screenings, on-sites, and then one final meet-and-greet with a bunch of hiring ...
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My boss wants me to attend a meeting every day before work hours

My manager at a software company I've worked at for a few years has asked me to join a status update (a standup if you are familiar with agile) meeting daily, before my normal work hours. My boss ...
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Returning sign on bonus [closed]

I received a job offer with sign on bonus, which will be paid in the first month. There is a condition to it: if I leave within 1 year, I need to return the full bonus. If I leave within the second ...
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Vacation days not paid

I worked in a restaurant chain for almost nine years and got fired. I had 10 paid vacation days I never used. How can I get them to pay these out to me?
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Will switching out of IT hurt my chances of getting into IT later?

I've been in my company's IT department (the company is in transportation, US based) as a software developer for three years now, but my manager approached me recently about a job opening on the ...
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How to address someone with a split last name in an email?

How would I address someone with the name, Sasha de Lis, in an email? Affiliation: We've never met. Country: United States Would I address the email as: Dear Ms. de Lis?
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Wife is being sent out of state for training, employer is not covering food, parking/taxi, or baggage [closed]

My wife is a grade school teacher, and the principal is sending her and a few other teachers to a conference/training event out of state. This is not district sponsored, so the funding is coming ...
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Anonymized information for initial contact with companies that outsource HR functions?

I would like some insight into using an anonymized information - like a different family name, birthday, location and phone number, and throw-away email address - to make initial contact with a ...
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Can your employer tell you you cannot go to HR after multiple harassment grievances and nothing being done? [closed]

Ann is being bullied and harassed at work. She has reported it to her managers multiple times and nothing has been done. This time, HR was contacted and involved. This has been an ongoing problem. ...
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ADHD and desk location are affecting my work/family life, how do I ask to move desks?

I just started with my job a month ago. I sit next to my supervisor which makes me very self conscious and triggers my anxiety even though I know I am not doing anything wrong. Also, it's a high ...
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Fired for inappropriate behavior. How to handle resume and future jobs? [duplicate]

So a month ago I was forced from my job for inappropriate behavior. I am still claiming that it didnt happen... so essentially someone I was working training at the time was placing claims about me ...
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Use of malfunctioning company car

In of my business trips to USA, I was directed to use one of the company cars. The car seemed to have a severe brake issues and not having an oil changed for a year and a half after the deadline. I ...