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Cultural fit interview went pretty badly. They want me to re-do it for another team, worth it?

Large companies have many teams that function in different ways and have different cultures. The function of a team influences the culture. You yourself explained the culture of the team you ...
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Excessive Demands Prior to Start Date

What you've described is a relatively common experience in startups, especially the ones with less rigid work/life balance expectations. That doesn't mean the work doesn't respect those limits, it may,...
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Should I leave an email regarding the nature of my PTO?

You don't need to explain the nature of your PTO. You need to simply emphasise that you will not be reachable by phone or text, and won't have access to a computer or the internets between such and ...
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Should I leave an email regarding the nature of my PTO?

I would not be inclined to detail the nature of my PTO, the whole point is that it is my time, not the companys. This is doubly so if you are actively pursuing other opportunities. What you can do is ...
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Excessive Demands Prior to Start Date

This may simply be their standard requests when onboarding someone, sent out automatically by someone who isn't aware that you're not starting immediately. I'd suggest contacting them and saying ...
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Cultural fit interview went pretty badly. They want me to re-do it for another team, worth it?

My plan is to attend the meeting, let it run normally, and by the end of it mention what the previous interviewer told me, and clarify once again that I'm not willing to work on such a schedule They ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for a raise?

Rather than asking for a raise, I would suggest asking "What do you need to see from me to justify a raise?" (If you can get it in writing, so much the better.) Then focus on those items, ...
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Why do some companies value "diversity" so much?

Let me start with what corporate diversity doesn't do: Diversity doesn't improve performance: You may have seen articles promulgating the idea that diverse workforce performs better and makes ...
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Should I leave an email regarding the nature of my PTO?

I wouldn't worry about it. If you were hospitalized and in a coma, they'd figure things out. Mark your calendar as out-of-office, and have fun on your vacation. If it's not explicitly in your ...
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Cultural fit interview went pretty badly. They want me to re-do it for another team, worth it?

Is it really worth it though? Yes. You could try to get an interview with the second manager to see how their team works, especially when "their HR person says that their priorities shifted"...
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Why do some companies value "diversity" so much?

Many companies have pages on the web explaining why they value diversity. In its most direct form, it comes down to getting input from a much wider range of people than, for example, able-bodied white ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for a raise?

That being said, is it legitimate to ask for a raise based on a comparison with the performance of team members ? NO! Never compare yourself to other team members for a positive outcome. Shouldn't ...
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Cultural fit interview went pretty badly. They want me to re-do it for another team, worth it?

I think the cultural fit interview went well: for you, and possibly for the manager. You both determined that the team wasn't a fit, and so avoided a lot of needless conflict between an employee ...
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Should I leave an email regarding the nature of my PTO?

Many people in my company put, "I will have limited access to phone/email and will get back with you as soon as I can". At other times, I've seen these same people state, "I will have ...
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In an interview, how do I find out about taking small unofficial breaks when things aren't busy?

How can I ascertain this information about the workplace? What questions can I ask and how exactly should I phrase them? I think you already phrased it in a good way in your question, so my answer is ...
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In an interview, how do I find out about taking small unofficial breaks when things aren't busy?

How can I ascertain this information about the workplace? You ask. Be specific. "If there isn't really any work to do at a moment, is it OK to take a small break and maybe grab coffee from ...
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My senior management is wanting to place me on a PIP

I suppose my question is, can I survive this if I get stuck with the PIP (which is more than likely still going to occur) and have a productive career? Yes. By itself a PIP shouldn't impact your ...
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Asking employer to relocate me back to origin city after moving internationally

I think there is no "secret recipe" here. Be open and honest about your reasons, and explain them as well as you did in your question above - and I think you will be fine. I would however ...
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Dealing with people who take equipment home

If you aren't directly involved in this, the appropriate action for YOU to take is mostly not to take equipment home yourself, and stay out of the way as management works to solve this. The ...
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Unlimited sick day policy

I'm from the Netherlands and "Unlimited" sick days are the norm here. Here it's normal to think "If you're sick, you're sick and sick people stay home". We have decent compensation ...
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People I manage earn more than me, how to approach this with my bosses

OK, you have multiple problems, and you appear to be conflating them as a single problem. Let's break them down: Your role is very undefined, and I'm going to infer that means your authority is very ...
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Why do some companies value "diversity" so much?

There are cold hard performance reasons to promote diversity. By diversity I mean at least gender diversity and the presence of minority ethnic groups. Quoting from the book Accelerate: Diversity ...
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Cultural fit interview went pretty badly. They want me to re-do it for another team, worth it?

Yes. Reading between the lines, I would assume that the company as a whole did not approve of that initial managers team culture. That they recognise that and are willing to offer potential solutions ...
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How Can a Team Leader Manage an Employee With Dificulty Fitting In Our Culture?

I have had my subordinates message me and file complaints against this individual in order to justify his demotion if need be. I did have a 1:1 with him, explaining that this attitude was not ...
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My senior management is wanting to place me on a PIP

Some advice based on your situation. Tell your supervisor everything about the verbal abuse you are getting. This is something no workplace should allow, and it's understandable that you are not ...
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Excessive Demands Prior to Start Date

TL;DR Decide on your boundaries. Clearly communicate your expectations based on those boundaries. This clarity sets you up for decreased anxiety and increased certainty as you make decisions about ...
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Excessive Demands Prior to Start Date

I have seen this before. Sometimes management has a requirement that you don't know about. They may have told their boss that the position will be filled, by a specific date. They may have told a ...
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Is it ethical for me to ask my manager to change my work location?

I wouldn't say it is unethical to ask to move back to your original location. You tried to make the adjustments and could not. That is perfectly normal, not everybody will be able to adjust. Go ...
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People I manage earn more than me, how to approach this with my bosses

Management is NOT always worth more to the company than actually doing the productive work. This is not a particularly unusual situation. If you are doing technical leadership, the answer may be ...
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Worker from another department offered to show me around because I'm new. Now his manager is involved and things feel formal

I think knowing this would help me do my job as right now a lot of emails sent to the tech-support inbox seem very out of context to me. This is a reasonable assumption; I'll just keep it here as a ...
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