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Can a German employer force mandatory overtime and forbid salary discussion?

After a rough few weeks (lots of late nights) I looked over my work contract and found the following statements: As far as the operational conditions require, overtime is to be worked. Overtime ...
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Accidentally likened superior to assailant

I recently signed on as an engineer with a high paying firm, and was excited to finally have (for the first time in my career) a well paying job. I finally get to meet my new supervisor (not my boss, ...
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I haven't received an offer letter from a company that I was selected

It's been more than 8 months since I was informed that I have been selected to work for this MNC in the oil and gas industry, here in India. They started the on boarding process of the new recruits ...
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My employer is setting up a portal on their computer for me to see my weekly checks

My employer is setting up a portal on their computer for me to see my weekly checks. The portal will require me to sign in with my employer number and also four digits of my Social Security. I receive ...
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What should I do about a new employee who didn't mention their second job or planned leave?

I'm an inexperienced software engineering manager and recently I hired an employee (a software developer). The technical skills of the guy look good, but I encountered several things which he didn't ...
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Is the use of ellipsis “…” dismissive or rude?

In business communication, is the use of ellipsis, those three dots "...", intended to be dismissive of the recipient? Can it be construed as rude? My knee-jerk reaction is to read these as rather ...
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Wallpaper on my Computer

I am working as a PCB design Engineer and I am a big fan of Breaking Bad. So can I keep an image from Breaking Bad series as my desktop wallpaper? Edit:- As I am a design Engineer my manger and my ...
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How to demonstrate technical leadership skills in a situation where my inputs may not be welcome?

I work at a large software enterprise. Multiple orgs, multiple teams, huge hierarchy of managers and managers of managers. I am a fairly senior individual contributor with more than a decade of ...
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I feel ashamed about my old code

Last year I entered in a software company as a Junior developer and started to work with new language and technologies. I tried my best, studied, and did a lot of features. Because of this, I gained ...
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Switching from being paid biweekly to every 4 weeks - would it be reasonable to collectively ask for a 1% raise?

My employer just announced that they're switching from paying us every two weeks to paying us every 4 weeks, as it will save them money on accounting. Though I don't live paycheck-to-paycheck, this is ...
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consulting industry - chaotic behaviour

My team and I have been working on a change management project. Our client, a director, has set rather broad goals on a particular topic to reach within a complex context. D doesn't participate in ...
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How much travel is 10% travel?

A number of job descriptions (US-based, if it matters) list things like "Approximately 10% travel" among the activities involved in the job, but just how much travel is that? My initial guess would ...
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Company changed everyone's titles to weird obscure names

I'm a QCV Editor. That doesn't stand for anything, it's just my initials. It's my new title at my company, sent out this week in an email about addressing the high turnover problem. Every software ...
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3answers
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Applying for a job when you have signed an offer for fresh grad?

I am fresh out of university (CS degree) and was able to secure a job with the help of university with the condition that I will join it later on (as not joining strains university relations with the ...
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2answers
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How to deal with difficulties of understanding a colleague (in person conversation)

Over the years every now and then I end up working with people whom I have trouble understanding in English. I am not a native English speaker and usually they are not either. Here I want to indicate ...
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Prospective employer asking for my current pay slip during interview

I recently did an interview (location is the EU) for a smallish IT consulting firm. They have been quite insistent in asking salary, benefits and contract type of my current job. In the end, the HR ...
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2answers
543 views

What to do if I'm not allowed to work on the project I was hired to perform?

I work at a Hearing Aids company in Brazil and I'm a Marketing Coordinator/Specialist. We are in 4 marketers. I was hired to build and develop an e-commerce business for Hearing Aids, the actual web ...
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5answers
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Unpaid suspension due to management error

Two weeks ago, I was placed on a 3-day, unpaid, disciplinary suspension due to an error in a database. My job involves manually entering data into a database. When roughly three consecutive entries ...
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2answers
847 views

Obscure technical questions in interview for internship

I'm a graduate engineering student in France, on the last year of my degree. As is customary in most (if not all) French engineering schools, I'm looking for a 6-month-long internship to complete my ...
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How much do job titles matter to potential employers?

I'm deciding on whether to take a job I was recently offered. I'm going from an engineering title to a representative title. I like the company, pay seems good and I liked the people there. In the ...
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How to take my pads with me to the toilet subtly?

How to take my pads with me to the toilet subtly? I work in an all male office/open space and everytime I get my period I go through the awkwardness of trying to take them out of my bag and put them ...
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Is it illegal to deny or charge customers for receipts? [closed]

I've had an unfortunate experience with a passive aggressive secretary who initially demanded payment when I presented her with a request for a digital record of my invoice/receipt history. I promptly ...
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My boss wants to get rid of me - what should I do?

Brief story: I work as IT support in a bank. I am an analyst who just graduated from university and my boss is a VP 10-May-2019: My boss told me they will put me on an informal "performance ...
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Coworker stated they're unable to work with me?

I'm not really sure where to go.. so maybe this place and help a bit. I've been at my current job for over two years now, we're a small jewelry company. The business changed hands to a individual (...
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6answers
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Resigned after working at company for 2 months. A year later, I would like to apply for a different position there

I resigned from a job after working there for only 2 months. I hated the job scopes and the micromanagement from my previous boss. Although I've worked there for a short while only, I did everything ...
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Am I helping co-workers too much [closed]

I am not a manager, but it is one of my goals to become one. When my coworker has an issue with something such as people not stocking when and someone else does it. I say sorry I will try help and ...
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2answers
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How to find out if a recruiter is serious or just wasting time?

I get a lot of calls from recruiters as I am looking for a job and given my last job(s) have been short term, everyone wants me to tell them 3-4 years of what I been doing. What annoys me most are 2 ...
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What can I do if one employer used offer letter from first company against me?

I had an offer from employer A and employer B forced me to show the offer letter of A to them. In that situation I shared the offer letter with him. But he used that offer letter against me and ...
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How can I convince my boss that software development needs to be done in teamwork?

I'm a software developer in a 30 person company specialized in financial technology. I started to work here early this year. Over time I heard that the company tripled their employees in the last 3 ...
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2answers
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Epilepsy and reasonable interview process accommodations

I have temporal lobe epilepsy (a form of epilepsy without convulsions and other physical symptoms). The seizures that I have usually last from a few seconds to 1-2 minutes. When they happen, they ...
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7answers
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Team members' and manager's behaviour is indifferent after I announce my intention to leave in 8 months

I was on a 4 week wedding leave last month. When I returned few weeks back, I find that everyone in the team was a bit indifferent towards me. I'm not seeking any special attention or behavior, etc. I'...
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Issues with estimating deadlines and communicating setbacks

I'm the sole developer and my responsibilities include development, maintenance, communication about new requirements and some consulting. I should add that I report to board member who supervises the ...
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2answers
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Is it normal for there to not be in-person interviews for software dev positions?

In almost all the positions I applied to for my software dev internship, I always had a phone screen and an on-site interview. I'm currently searching for full-time employment. For one application, ...
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8answers
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Is a job offer letter with no mention of salary structure legal or correct?

Recently I cleared an interview and I accepted the job offer letter during this I discuss about salary points verbally with Head of HR. When I received offer letter by email, I read the whole letter ...
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How to react toward the unrealistic deadline set by Project Manager and System Analyst? [duplicate]

I've joined a MNC recently. I've been on floor for 5 days. At the End of induction Project Manager discussed that I'll be working on an Android Application effectively as the current person was ...
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How to deal with different daily working hours in a software company?

For employees life/work convenience in our company, we implemented something we call "Non-uniform Daily Working Times Policy". It means that we have a default daily working hours starting from 9AM to ...
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2answers
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My employer is offering a guaranteed payrise in exchange for guaranteed continued employment

I am a full-time employee, and my employer has extended me the offer of a new contract, should I wish to accept it, which offers a guaranteed pay rise, in exchange for an additional clause which ...
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7answers
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How to politely refuse telling the client's name for the recruiter?

Usually when dealing with recruitment agencies and applying for certain IT job positions, at some point they share the client's name (either by phone or e-mail) and usually saying that I should keep ...
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4answers
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If I talk to my mothers boss about the way he treats people could I get her fired?

My mom is a store manager at a big dollar store corporation. She has worked there nearly 5 years and has loved it however, she recently got a new district manager. He moved her to a different store ...
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How do I respond to performance review pointing out me being behind schedule and directing my focus towards meeting deadlines?

In the context of performance appraisal I have an option to sign the document electronically to acknowledge that performance has been discussed. I can Agree, Disagree and also have an option to enter ...
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“You are not paid to think, but to do X” is always wrong in the workplace?

Background I work in an IT consultancy company of about 200 people. As in many other companies, we work on multiple projects, with short deadlines, with a lot of pressure, both from internal managers ...
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Are there studies about gender distribution in IT, per country/culture [closed]

I am working in a country where there is a very high male predominance in the IT field. I am wondering whether this is by culture, by region or globally true. Are there studies on the topic of gender ...
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Moving from California to Washington state - Payout for unused vacation? [closed]

I worked full time for a company for many years from the San Francisco bay area region in California, USA. After discussion with my manager, I gave notice to quit in November 2019 and my last day is ...
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12answers
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How can an employer better accommodate workers on the autism-spectrum to reduce absence from work?

Question: What are measures an employer or colleagues can take to better accommodate workers who are on the autism-spectrum? The goal of the better accommodation/changed behavior would be to improve ...
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Helping a mean coworker

A colleague has been a jerk to me. We used to work on a same project but now are on different teams. I hold him in contempt. 1) He does not help even if you ask him the smallest of doubts or favors. ...
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2answers
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Are student jobs/internships considered jop hopping?

I'm currently finishing my master studies and so far I have had 3 different part time jobs/internships each lasting 6 months with a year and months apart from each other. (I could have stayed longer, ...
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What might be the reasons I feel that I'm not really working?

As a software engineer. It feels quite disappointing when you are being assigned to some work that most of the time is out of your primary skill scope. I'm not really sure the company is out of ...
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2answers
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Coworker ignores my code review suggestions

I work as a developer in a small team containing 5 developers and a team lead. I have been on a project since its beginning so I understand the code better than others. It happens sometimes that, I ...
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1answer
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Does Software engineering experience matter when looking for data engineering job [closed]

I'm currently working as a software engineer. I am in the fourth year of my studies, so I have one more year left. I would like to work in the area of data engineering, not sure what exactly whether ...
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How can I manage an impossible request?

Update: Thanks for all of your helpful responses. I'm going to send an email outlining my concerns - it is unlikely to change this process but it will provide me with a bulwark when I don't finish ...

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