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Recruited for a senior technical role but assigned to a more junior project - concerned with appearance and reputation in company

I was recruited to a senior (but still individual contributor, not a manager) role to a company as a "subject matter expert", to take on an advisory / strategic / architectural overview and overall "...
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2answers
195 views

I believe that my boss is preparing to fire me after setting me up to fail. What should I do?

Several months ago, I agreed to a new job in my company and I was transferred to my company's IT department. I agreed to this new job and departmental transfer because it would introduce me to a high-...
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2answers
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What can I do if I'm asked my current salary in New York City or California?

In New York City and California, it is illegal to ask a job candidate his or her current salary. What can I actually do if a recruiter asks me my salary?
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2answers
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Is it a normal policy to condition raise of salary to a certification?

I have never worked under a US Payroll before, this is my first time. By the end of 2017 I got my first performance review, in the letter they specified that I can only receive my new salary once I ...
2
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1answer
77 views

Is it concerning for a small US employer to not have have a maternity leave policy in the job offer?

I was recently made a job offer by a US firm (for our purposes, a sub-50-person tech startup with significant VC support). I was surprised to see that there was nothing about maternity/paternity ...
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4answers
314 views

Survival without Linkedin profile in software industry

Internet is full of advantages of having a linkedin profile. I, despite being a software engineer, don't feel comfortable (and feel anxious a lot - extremely panic feeling) broadcasting myself and my ...
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14answers
14k views

Is Screenshot Time-tracking Common?

I am a freelance developer. When I work on projects for a client I tend to bill to the half-hour, which has been fine. Additionally, I do my best to track each type of thing "research", "coding", "...
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5answers
570 views

New employer buying out old contract - is it usual to pay personally and be reimbursed?

During the interview session, the hiring manager has told me that she will buyout me in order to join the company ASAP. However, the HR Department has then advised me that it would be appreciated if I ...
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16answers
21k views

Coworker is trying to get me to sign his petition to run for office. How to decline politely?

My coworker knows that I live in "his district" and he's been coming up to my desk for the past few days asking me to sign his petition to run for local office. Personally we don't share the same ...
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10answers
14k views

boss asked me to sign a resignation paper without a date on it along with my new contract

After messing up at work by calling in sick way beyond the assigned time (my day starts at 9, and I called in at 11) I got a stern talk with my boss and senior programmer. My boss was ready to fire me ...
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2answers
149 views

How do I convince the maintenance department to provide paper towels in the office?

This is a bit of a silly problem, but there are no paper towels in the restrooms and kitchens at my new workplace (which is a quite large software company). There is only a hand dryer in the restroom ...
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6answers
16k views

Recruiters asking about where you are in your job search

I got a reply from one of the top government contractors for a position. They gave me several questions to answer and send back to them...one of them being: "where are you currently within your job ...
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13answers
6k views

Is it ethical to apply for a job on someone's behalf?

Background My partner is at a stage in their life where they need to enter the world of work, but they don't know what type of job they want nor do they have the drive to make their mind up and ...
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7answers
1k views

New (to the company) manager told me to delay a task with a firm schedule; I disobeyed. How should I have handled it?

Worked at this company for around 4 years, I have about 7 years in the workplace overall. I work in a team of 3 who deal with 'reporting' (mostly financial), we maintain the systems that "month end ...
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3answers
650 views

Owner of company practicing unethical behavior

I am currently working for a small company in which the owner of the agency is practicing unethical behavior such as flirting with employees and has been rumored to have flirted with clients as well. ...
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1answer
162 views

Workplaces with people from prestigious schools vs Workplaces with people from less prestigious schools

Is there a correlation between the pedigree of the school of the employees of a company and how "good" the company is? Let's define good in terms of how well the company is doing financially and how ...
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3answers
202 views

Is it appropriate for the boss to make employees stand next to his desk for long instructional meetings?

My boss is the subject matter expert, and most of us are learning from him. He calls in employees for long meetings where he explains how to do a task, and, for this entire meeting, the employee must ...
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1answer
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How long does it take to receive German work permit using a valid contract?

Given that, I am non-EU citizen, and I already have a valid contract with an employer in Munich or Berlin. Then, i wish to know, how long does the process of generation of my work permit takes time? ...
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4answers
253 views

How to answer aspiration questions for unrelated field?

I recently came out of an introductory interview for a startup-like company and felt that the interview went well. Not perfect, as I was not invited for a second interview (I did not really fit the ...
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2answers
111 views

Rejection email refers to a different position than the one I applied to and interviewed for

After making it through a fairly extensive interview process with this company, including multiple on-site interviews and homework-like assignments, today I received an email informing me that they ...
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6answers
295 views

My employer asked me to documented my IT Administration works, is that right?

I set up a network in the HQ and the site branch in IPSEC and set up Windows Server 2012 and 2016. I finished my IT work. Now my employer has asked me to document what I did. Do I have to write the ...
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4answers
10k views

Workplace intimidation due to child's chronic health condition

My son has a chronic health condition. I was previously on intermittent FMLA but the company was recently acquired by a different company. When I approached HR about applying for FMLA, she asked if ...
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8answers
13k views

Badly designed reimbursement form. What does that say about the company?

I am interviewing for a position at a huge multinational company in Germany. I will have an on-site interview soon. The company sent me a travel expenses reimbursement form. This form was horrendously ...
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1answer
2k views

How do I ask to leave because of weather?

I'm not sure how to ask my boss if I can leave early because of weather (specifically snow). I came in this morning, to get some work done before it got worse. Well it's worse now and the roads are ...
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8answers
2k views

Gender equality in new hires

I am managing a team of 15 individuals. The gender ratio in the team is not very good, 8:2 to be exact! All of them have almost the same skill sets. Apparently, there are some vacancies on the team. ...
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4answers
436 views

Skype call Audio only from interviewer

I'm recently had an interview on Skype where pre-interview the Female Interviewer texted me that she would prefer a Video Call on Skype rather than just audio. I agreed and proceeded with accepting ...
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1answer
161 views

What sounds better, Linux or Unix experience?

When describing Linux command line experience on a resume, what conveys a more professional image: Saying you have experience with "Linux" or "Unix"? I know that there is a difference, but the fact ...
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4answers
339 views

Any harm in telling recruiter what other roles I am interviewing for?

It's something that bothered me for a while but cannot really put my finger on it. They call you and discuss some roles, inevitably enquiring whether I am interviewing anywhere else. I say yes, and ...
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5answers
1k views

Can I refuse to have my photo on my email signature?

Recently, the company I'm currently working for has started to do a re-design on the brand. One of the things to change is the signature in emails. It looks really cool with a photo! But, I don't ...
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0answers
76 views

Stay SQL and beta analyst role or depart and study real development, on my own/ at school [on hold]

I work in a back office doing SQL stuff. I find it very boring, banal, and I find that several people from my office remain there interminably without reaching greater strata. We only use SQL, power ...
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5answers
292 views

Is it appropriate to ask for a higher hourly wage as an intern?

I have done an 8 month intern term (software dev). For the first four months, I was payed 23, and for the remaining four months, I was payed 23.5 Another company is going to hire me soon (the gap ...
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2answers
386 views

Tomorrow is my annual performance review with my manager : should I tell him I want to quit this career?

I'm 28 and work in IT as a system administrator. Tomorrow, I'll see my manager to have my annual review. He will ask me how I see my career evolution. I clearly want to quit IT but I clearly have no ...
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10answers
19k views

Is it appropriate to give a culturally-traditional gift to a female coworker?

I'm a male in my mid 20s and I've been working at a multinational corporation for about a year. For a couple of months I've had a crush on a female coworker that I've never interacted with (we work on ...
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1answer
265 views

How to Explain Why a Formula to Calculate Efficiency is Wrong [on hold]

(not sure if this is better suited for math.stachexchange or here) The factory were I work is using the production efficiency to pay a bonus. They have been using this for almost a year now. However, ...
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2answers
398 views

UK - does this “Outside interests ” clause pertain to working hours only?

I was reviewing a contract before signing and found this clause: 4.1 Subject to clause 4.3, during the course of your employment you shall not, except as a representative of the Company or with ...
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Request for increment

How fair is it to request a raise every quarter? I'm working in a small firm with 5 employees, and there are no written policies on pay raise and everything is according to the employee's own hard-...
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1answer
230 views

How to approach a coworker about mentoring

I have recently come to the conclusion that I want to approach manager positions within my current company. We are a large multi-national company, mainly positioned in Europe. I am considering ...
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1answer
193 views

Applying for a job while just starting another

I'm going to start a new job at company A soon, after two months of unemployment. The work contract says I'm not entitled to ask for days off during the first six months. Besides, within this period ...
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4answers
323 views

Answering: What makes you passionate about our industry?

When interviewing for a job I sometimes get the question of why I want to join their company. Which to me is a valid question. But recently I got the question what makes me passionate about their ...
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1answer
126 views

Deferring a return to the software industry to take my project commercial

Good day, all! At the dawn of this new year I left seminary studies to return to the world of software, where I had previously worked for over 8 years. But rather than returning directly and ...
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13answers
17k views

How can I learn to care less because it makes me sick?

I work as an administrator in a company with about 30 employees. In my position I have insight into many processes and I see many things my colleagues are doing wrong. This annoys me a lot and I ...
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1answer
816 views

How to respond when my employer asks me why I'm taking so much sick leave

My employer asks me why I'm taking so many sick days, to point out that I'm taking them too much and I should stop. I don't know how to respond to that, my first thought is "it's none of your business,...
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4answers
398 views

Is it wise to demote in order to try to work at dream company?

Let's rule the salary out of the question and assume that one believes that it's worth the hit. It may be the case of a Junior demoting to an Internship or a Senior demoting to a Junior/Normal role. ...
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4answers
3k views

How can I teach my co-worker not to touch me while he talks?

My co-worker keeps on touching me while he talks or works on a project. We are both male. I believe he does not mean it sexually, but tries to do it by habit. He hits me very slowly. As slow as it can ...
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3answers
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Got through the interviews. Company now says they can't hire me because of local laws, but made an indefinite promise of a full time position [on hold]

So a few months ago, I started the interview process at a software-based startup by applying for the role of an internship. Given that their other open positions were for senior roles, this was my ...
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3answers
458 views

Too much for a beginner?

So I started working at a job soon after I finished my college studies. Currently, I am assigned a task to rectify some calculations in some fields of an application, of which I was given bare minimum ...
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10answers
34k views

Manager has noticed coworker's excessive breaks. Should I warn him?

A junior coworker of mine takes very long breaks every day. I've timed them; he makes hour-long visits to the restroom every day. He is paid by the hour, leaves after 8 hours, and is not allowed to ...
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3answers
566 views

How to deal with intrusive colleague?

I work in a small business with relaxed management, where work gets done at a none pressuring pace. I'm pretty quick however and get most work done way before schedule and often have a drought, ...
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2answers
718 views

Internally blasted for not finishing work due first quarter by end of January

Situation: On the 2nd of January I had a meeting with my supervisors and agreed on a new task list for the new year, one big task specifically assigned to be finished for end of first quarter (late ...
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2answers
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Co-worker fired, now I am the only worker left in my department

To cut a long story short; I started working at a new company where it was me and another coworker doing all the work. He had been at this company for 5 months. He was the one that trained me and now ...

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