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Coworkers accusing me of “cheating” for working more efficiently

I'm a CAD drafter. We have quotas of drawings to get done each day, usually 5/day with the correct forms attached with them. Each one would regularly take around 1.5-2 hours at a normal pace, so to ...
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Is it okay for me to decline a project on ethical grounds?

I work for a big digital marketing agency as a Web Analyst. One of our clients is a sports betting website. In a recent meeting they asked us to help with a new strategy. It basically involves re-...
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Completely burnt out at work but not sure how to continue

I'm in my 30s, married with a couple of kids. I have been working at a company for the past 3 years. Last year our company bought a competitor that was having financial issues, and laid off most of ...
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10answers
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Asking for help in IT in a senior position while keeping credibility

I am working in a senior position in an IT department. Having learnt a new technology recently and being quite experienced, I rarely, if ever, get stuck on programming matters. Lately, I have noticed ...
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Team members spending too much time on Stack Overflow

Almost 8 months ago, I encouraged my team members to follow Stack Overflow so that they can read questions, help others, and build their skills. But now this has gotten out of hand. I have a team of 5 ...
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How can I respond to a CEO asking me to terminate an employee for reasons I disagree with?

I am managing a technical team and a woman in QA has gotten engaged to one of my male developers. The CEO phoned to ask me to terminate the woman working in QA (providing two months of salary ...
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Candidate's answer during an interview disqualifies them. Is it unprofessional to immediately inform them of this?

As a senior software developer (based in the UK), my manager has me conduct interviews for junior developers alongside either himself or another senior developer. For the most part, he gives us a free ...
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22answers
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How to handle interns' unprofessional behavior?

I am a software developer in a small company (a few dozen employees). We have a summer internship going on. The interns are college students with no professional experience and with rather basic ...
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How to thank an employee for working extra hours without making him feel pressured

I am a manager of a software developer who has been working late nights to complete a project in time for a deadline. He is a salaried employee so he does not get paid overtime. I am very thankful ...
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How do I professionally let my manager know I'll quit over cigarette smoke in the office?

My manager just started allowing smoking cigarettes in the office today because he and another guy like it. I hate it and I'm having trouble breathing. I'm considering walking out this afternoon but I ...
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9answers
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Previous company name is ISIS, how to list on CV?

The previous company I worked at for 6 months is named ISIS. It was founded way before the terrorist organization of course, and now it is a bad coincidence that I list ISIS as work experience on my ...
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I just found out that my recent promotion comes with an unexpected 24/7/365 on-call status

I work in IT and was recently promoted to a higher position. While I was okay with the responsibilities outlined when I accepted the promotion last week, today I learned that it comes with 24/7/365 on-...
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How to deal with a coworker that writes software to give him job security instead of solving problems?

I have a coworker that primarily develops programs for internal use in the company. They design their programs in such a way that they progressively consolidate their position within the company so ...
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27answers
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Is it obligatory to make small talk with your colleagues?

I am a software developer and an introvert. I am two years into my first job after college. The reviews of my work have been good. But I'm facing a lot of anxiety these days because of the environment ...
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13answers
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Is it inappropriate to help an employee outside of work?

I have been known to be a compassionate person. Sometimes it overflows into my work. I'm a regular manager at a restaurant (nothing too important, just running shifts, blah blah blah), who has mostly ...
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How can I stop harassment about my medical condition by the boss's friend? [closed]

A few years back, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Though I hate it, I know eating anything containing gluten can land me in the hospital. I take it seriously. However, a few weeks back a coworker ...
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17answers
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Is it acceptable to do a security test on a company's open WiFi before an interview?

I was invited to an interview for an IT position in an organization called XYZ. While waiting in the lobby, I found an open WiFi network called XYZ. I connected to it and was greeted with a web page ...
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14answers
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Bicycle purist required to travel for work

There is an employee at my organization that is 100% pro bicycle and 100% anti-combustion engine. He is very vocal about it, and everyone, including myself is generally supportive of his choices and ...
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8answers
129k views

How should I properly approach my boss if I'm feeling underpaid?

I started working at my current company as a Software Engineer about 2 years ago. When I received my offer, it was $5k less than what was agreed to during my interview and non-negotiable. However I ...
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11answers
29k views

How to deal with an employer who refuses to allow copyright attribution in software

As a mobile developer I am currently building an App to go live on the AppStore. The designs include a link that goes off to show all attribution used. This app uses MIT & Apache 2.0 licensed ...
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24answers
87k views

A programming task is scaring off candidates, should we ditch it?

It is the first time that I am doing HR, and we are looking for a developer. The selection process is three rounds: technical phone interview, programming task (0.5 - 1 hr challenge), and then finally ...
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4answers
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What should I do when my dream company is interested in me before my skills are developed?

There is a company I adore and working there would be my dream job. My plan was to continue working on my programming skills (which are currently underdeveloped) and then start contributing to this ...
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14answers
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What to do after I signed a blank sheet of paper given to me by my manager?

I work as a teacher in a kindergarten for almost two years now. Last week, my manager called me to sign a warning letter about a small issue that is not my fault and not part of my job description. I ...
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14answers
33k views

Dilemma of explaining to interviewer that he is the reason for declining second interview

During a recent interview for a job, I got a very bad feeling about the person who would be my team leader. The job itself would have suited me, but I disliked the person (his interview style was ...
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16answers
57k views

How do I prevent colleagues from making fun of the length of my password?

At work, we were required to choose login passwords on our first day. I choose a long and complex (mixed with numbers and symbols) password, it's easy for me to remember, but hard for anyone standing ...
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12answers
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As a developer; Not getting time to test, receiving extreme deadlines and not being listened to by the manager

A few months back I took over a job from someone who was quitting for the same reasons I am here today. The job involved developing an in-house application that would be used mostly by the staff. The ...
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16answers
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I prepared my CV in LaTeX and exported it to PDF. How to deal with a recruiter who insists on CV in Word format?

FOREWORD I prefer to create documents in formats such as LaTeX, Markdown or RMarkdown. They're platform and version (of the particular editor) independent. You can export them to good looking PDF ...
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15answers
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How to deal with an “I'm not paid enough to do this task” argument?

I'm the current tech lead and team lead of our development team. We usually function like clockwork (with the intern somewhat behind), but today I encountered a problem that I wasn't able to solve. ...
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25answers
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How to attract people to work on very old and outdated technologies?

I work in a IT company that is deeply specialized in projects made with old and outdated technologies. The biggest projects are usually a mix of Cobol (the oldest versions, not the most modern) and ...
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19answers
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How to talk to management about 'genius' code?

EDIT: Thanks everyone for the great advice, comments, and feedback. As it turns out, no one was the “bad guy” in this situation. The advice I received here helped me to get back in contact with the ...
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11answers
35k views

Coworker throwing cigarettes out of a car, I criticized it and now HR is involved

"On my way to work yesterday, one of my coworkers was driving in front of me on the interstate. This coworker is a smoker. When they finished their cigarette, they flicked it out of the window. I ...
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14answers
44k views

How can a company recover after a Glassdoor debacle?

This is concerning one of my previous employers. Recently some junior dev left a bad review, people found out, and this triggered a wave of disgruntled posts detailing their ill experiences. These are ...
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14answers
33k views

How to politely tell someone to stop explaining?

It happens occasionally, that I come across something I don't know how to do, and I need someone to show me. So I ask Bob for help, because Bob knows this stuff, and he comes over and starts ...
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13answers
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How can I convince my manager to let me work permanently with a vertical monitor?

We all have monitors that can tilt vertically already. On my second day I rotated one of my monitors since I like keeping a text editor or terminal window there. I work a lot better and more ...
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15answers
22k views

Supporting developers who insist on using their pet language

I've joined a team of around five developers building a microservice-based website, in a shop that emphasises autonomy and learning. However, it turns out one of the developers is writing "his" parts ...
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6answers
34k views

How can I interact professionally with female colleagues whose appearance I find distracting?

I am a fresh college graduate male and three quarters of my team is female. I come from a traditional and rural background. Their dress and wardrobe appears to be seductive and this makes me feel ...
180
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19answers
49k views

How to stop an employee from holding the company hostage?

I work in a team that writes software to facilitate one of the key business units of the company. I joined the team a few months ago and found out that there is high turn-over in my team due to one ...
180
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27answers
60k views

Fired for third time from a software development job. What to do?

Today I was fired from a software company.. for the 3rd time in 1.5 years. Needless to say I feel like I reached bottom and it's impossible to get out without changing career. Should I change a career?...
180
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13answers
37k views

Is it ethical to use knowledge in main job for side gig?

Suppose I have a main job (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) that involves lots of computer programming, and one day I build a recommender system for my company (think of Amazon.com making recommendations)...
180
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9answers
27k views

How can I handle my company docking my pay due to poor quality of previous consultant's work for customer?

I work for a consulting company as a developer in Italy. A month ago a major client demanded a replacement for a developer who worked there on a project due to concerns about the quality of their work....
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19answers
36k views

How to communicate with a manager who forbids me to write emails and denies that I told him things

I have a typical office job in a Western culture. My colleagues and I spend 99% of our work time with our laptops. My manager forbids me to write emails. I'm used to writing emails if I want to have ...
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11answers
39k views

How to deal with a coworker who blamed me for the bug that was his fault

I’m relatively new at a job, but have established myself as the “guy” when it comes to a certain web service we use. Our own website integrates with the service. I don’t really work on the site, just ...
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14answers
37k views

Is it unprofessional to have a quiet alarm for your own finishing time?

At my current job - a UK-based development company - I set a vibrate-only alarm on my phone that goes off for only a second at 5:30 pm (which is my official end time). I don't like to literally watch ...
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9answers
14k views

How can I increase focus when doing something boring?

I'm a senior software dev at a contractor company. The issue I'm asking about goes as follows: When I program or debug or do something I like, I'm super-fast. I'm fast enough that I do tasks in 50% ...
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14answers
22k views

How can I tell people to get to the point?

I've recently come to a work place where people use a lot of useless business lingo and generally inflate communications with long unproductive fluff. I frequently find myself nodding and hoping they ...
173
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21answers
33k views

Dealing with reactions from colleague about being self-taught

I'm working as a software developer for a big company in Western Europe. I have 2 years of industry experience and 2 more years as a freelancer doing web apps on the side. All in all, I've been from ...
173
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12answers
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How to negotiate salary with an extremely unprofessional in-house recruiter?

I'm interviewing at a certain programming job. I've passed everything, the people doing the interview say they really like my skills and want me to join the team, everything's looking great, the ...
173
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5answers
27k views

New employer wants me to pay for ISO 9001 accreditation before employment begins - is this a scam?

I recently went for an interview for a new job, the interview took place in the restaurant of a hotel in Euston, UK. They called 2 days later to inform me I got the job of a customer service advisor ...
173
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12answers
25k views

Colleague commenting negatively on my look

I'm a man in his 20s working in a research center in one European university and I'm wearing a longer beard and completely shaved hair (my uni doesn't have any dress-code or something like that). ...
172
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12answers
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New manager penalising my team for 'tiredness' - how to shield them?

Background I'm an infrastructure support night team leader for a very large IT services company in the UK. Due to the requirement for 24/7 support that most of our clients have, the support teams are ...

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