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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

To be fair, as a junior coworker, I would have thought that your job is to do whatever you are asked to do, as long as it in the field you were hired for. So, to me, it looks like you need to do it. ...
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How to deal with an oversmart/bossy colleague?

(6) Other Team members don't react to my queries/questions unless I include this X in the conversation. This means he is in fact leading/managing the team even though he may not have been formally ...
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Saying no to doing my coworker's task on his day off

I kind of disagree with most of these answers. The weekend is your day off just as much as your coworker's, and while yes it's only a 10 minute task I think this is worth bringing up to him on ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

You should not refuse to review the work of a colleague based on your role, paygrade, or place in the organizational hierarchy. On the Software Engineering Stack Exchange, I've written about reasons ...
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Saying no to doing my coworker's task on his day off

I disagree with everyone who says to do it and wait until after. If you don't want to do it then there is zero need to directly refuse the task. Just tell your colleague it's your day off that day, ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

You already have reviewed it: thousands of lines of code, written without unit tests, and scrolling through functions 2,800+ lines long That seems like valid feedback you should give to your ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

Should I directly refuse to analyse and review the twin project of the tech lead? Directly refusing an assignment typically has significant consequences anywhere from a stern talking to to dismissal. ...
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How to set boundaries regarding hours of work with colleagues who like to work late

First, tell him that you have no problem pairing up with him to solve technical issues, and then proceed to explain to him your normal working hours, and your family obligations. Tell him that you ...
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How to deal with an oversmart/bossy colleague?

my reporting manager doesn't involve herself in our team's workings and processes. Other Team members don't react to my queries/questions unless I include this X in the conversation. as I've heard ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

You have already gotten plenty of good answers from business perspective. Indeed: refusing to review will only damage your reputation and career. So yes, you need to fulfill the manager's request. ...
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How to deal with an oversmart/bossy colleague?

When someone you don't work for assigns you work you say No. When they ask you again, you talk to your boss, who one assumes has authority to task you with things. When someone inserts themself into ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

Juniors can and do review code of someone more senior. Either as a learning experience or in some cases someone fresher might have more up to date knowledge of how things are done. I've changed my ...
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My Product Manager Traveling To My City, Should I Meet Her In Person?

UPDATED my answer after the OP commented below that the PM goes to his city to be on vacation: You could send her an email wishing her a great vacation, and telling her that if she and her family/...
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Struggling with Team Dynamics: Dealing with a Critical and Ambitious Junior Developer

Eight months ago, our team leader and I hired a junior developer for our squad What exactly is your role on the team? From the following paragraph I infer you to be one of the "mid-level ...
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How to deal with an oversmart/bossy colleague?

The thing I don't see in the question is, "What's in writing?" Is X's status (whatever it is) formally set out somewhere? It may be that he is actually the team lead on paper, but for some ...
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Mumbling coworker

When people are rude to you, tell them to stop being rude. "It's not okay to complain about me just because it's barely audible. I need you to stop. Are your eyes hurting, or are you rolling ...
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How to set boundaries regarding hours of work with colleagues who like to work late

It's as simple as saying "19:00 doesn't work for me, however I'm available between 9-17:00". Don't apologize and no need to give any reason. It's factual and to the point.
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Saying no to doing my coworker's task on his day off

If it will only take 10 minutes and you have the time, it's worth doing for your team mate. A 10 minute task is typically trivial in the modern work place. At worst it is a little tedious, but it is ...
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How to address a coworker's undermining behavior that affects my performance?

Either confront them or talk to your boss Since you seem reluctant to confront directly ("Is there a problem with what I said or do you have something in your eyes?") or talk to your manager....
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My Product Manager Traveling To My City, Should I Meet Her In Person?

Strong suggestion: Ask your direct manager. In general, it does no harm to say "if you'd like, we could get together for a get-to-know-each-other meeting, in the office or over a meal." Just ...
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Saying no to doing my coworker's task on his day off

Why don't you just trade it against one of your turns? Just answer "I'll take this one if you take my turn next week". That way it will cost you nothing on the whole, while still solving ...
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Saying no to doing my coworker's task on his day off

A coworker and I have a task that we take turns running. So far, so good. If we have a day off we can ask someone else to do the task. Seems reasonable. However, your manager should probably ...
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Saying no to doing my coworker's task on his day off

I think the word weekend is a red herring here, causing an instinctive reaction for some people. If your job regularly has someone scheduled to work on those days then your job is more similar to ...
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What would be good gift card amount to give to a departing senior coworker?

First of all, the gift card as you said is optional. You are not forced to contribute, nor should others contributing affect your choice (that's why you can't see how/who has contributed). How much ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

You are missing a couple of options: Do the minimum amount of work to satisfy this request, make sure that you are not involved in the project, and let the project fail. Data science is (still) a ...
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Saying no to doing my coworker's task on his day off

What would be a good solution to this? That depends on who set up the arrangement of you taking turns to do this task. If it was your boss that set this up, then ask your boss how to proceed and ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

Reading between the lines of your question, I want to suggest a slightly different perspective. The lead data scientist's technical expertise wasn't checked during the interview (it turned out they ...
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Can I refuse to review the work of the team tech lead if I have a lower grade than they?

Been there, done that, many times. You should evaluate the cost benefit - on the one hand, if you do what you're told like that, you're probably not going to receive the professional recognition you ...
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How to address a coworker's undermining behavior that affects my performance?

If you are in a three person team, first talk to the third person. Have a friendly talk in a 1:1 situation, ask for the colleagues opinion on the situation, and explain your problem. Maybe your ...
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Dealing with an incompetent colleague on a project

What do I tell myself? It seems that you already told yourself a lot, you've identified that this individual's performance isn't what you expect, and while it's frustrating to have to deal with them, ...
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