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30 patents in two years is roughly $75k a year that's been changed to $15k. So he's been given a $60k a year in pay reduction. So, yeah, he's probably going to quit and go work for someone else. Further everyone is acting like that's the case. The company's relationship with him is broken, it can't be fixed. How can I resolve this? In terms of ...


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While "usecase" is a general term, it's normal to take more than one month to learn company specific and industry specific jargon and acronyms. Equally, after just one month, your coworkers should consider it normal for you to still be getting your feet wet and they should be willing to explain acronyms and other concepts specific to the company and ...


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Put both on your resume so that the reader will have a good idea on what you’re doing AND that your company has an alternative title system. The reader can just then read the description to determine the details of your job e.g. Super Hip Company - Backend Engineer (Internal Title Code: Hadouken) Tuned and optimized SQL Queries to scale product up ...


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This sounds like a personal/individual liability corporate credit card and as such isn't unusual and is almost certainly not a scam.


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Why would you stay polite to a guy who pressures you into doing steroids? Those things have very little effect for the average casual gym-goer and lead to a host of issues in multiple organs at worst. And I guess he is not your boss, so there are no repercussions to firmly saying no. It wouldn't be a bad idea to notify HR too. Someone peddling illegal ...


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Your best alternative really sounds like it is for you to walk away; You are throwing good time after bad trying to entice/squeeze your employee for the new patent. Giving it to you now is an admission that he was lying and opens up his legal exposure. His employment agreement states that any and all intellectual property he generates while employed ...


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That's totally normal and what I experienced in all companies I've worked so far. If you don't trust your company to reimburse you, do you trust them to pay your salary each time?


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This engineer has filed over 30 successful patents over the past 2 years, and all of these inventions are used in our products. This was indication enough for your senior management to not call off the patent encouragement program. The management was somehow unwise enough to change that and put a new policy in place which reduces the benefits of investing ...


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Assuming you are paid by the hour... The most professional way of handling this would be to submit your time card, for the hours you actually are working. Doing anything less is typically breaking the law. Then, when you get questioned, if it is by a person that's not your boss, simply reply that your boss asked you to come in early to turn on the ...


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The company also says that they won't be able to verify employment in references if we list ourselves as our old title and someone calls mentioning that. That seems extremely unlikely. Perhaps a foolish HR Rep might say something like "no, that's not the current title" and tell the potential employer the made-up nonsense title. But I seriously doubt ...


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Step #1 Change your frame of mind. "How can I politely ask my coworkers to speak normally?" is quite accusatory and I'm sure no one in the office will enjoy being criticized by the new guy that doesn't understand the acronyms. However, if the entire meeting was held in Klingon and your company is in no way related to the usage nor development of the ...


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You should let your manager or another trusted leader at your company know that you were approached. Your company should be aware of the actions of this lawyer. Unless your organization did something heinous or to hurt you personally, helping a suit against your employer is likely to cause you trouble now and in the future.


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He probably just wants to sell you the products, so the same way you would say no to a waiter offering you a dish you don't want, a polite but firm "No, thanks" should work. Showing doubts or evasive answers will only make him insist again and again. By the way, protein and other suplements are OK, but steroids are illegal drugs, I don't know if there is a ...


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I started out thinking that this was the relevant Dilbert cartoon, but it is more insidious. The company also says that they won't be able to verify employment in references if we list ourselves as our old title and someone calls mentioning that. Their solution to turnover is to try and render you unemployable elsewhere Keep the old title on your ...


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Jargon is an important communication tool both for speeding up communication and making it more precise. I do not think it would be useful, or even possible, to constrain your colleagues to using only standard English for work discussions. The first thing to do with any unfamiliar term or abbreviation is to feed it to your favorite search engine and ...


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From a workplace point of view, the answer to this is simple: you escalate this up the management chain, very hard and very quickly. This is the company's problem, not yours - it seems unlikely that you the individual would be personally liable here, but take a lawyer's advice on that if you feel the need. Do not speak to the startup's lawyer without ...


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From my past experiences, this pratice was a perk and not a scam. Most coworker I worked with preferred to buy those tickets on their personal credit card so they can get the credit card reward. They seems very happy at the end of the year with all the accumulated reward points. I also work for companies were they managed to buy the ticket for the employee....


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I'd like to point out a few things here, that I think are a little off in your assessment of the situation. (Edit: All of this is assuming that your Skype is used for official work) First It seems like you think that a joke on concentration camps (Especially one downplaying them like calling them an education camp) can be equated to a silly joke like "...


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IANAL My recollection of FLSA training is that this is clearly now part of your job and as an hourly employee, it is illegal to expect you to perform a task at company request for company benefit and not pay you for your time. Whether that is part of what the boss considers your core function is irrelevant. The bigger issue is that you presumably want a ...


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Adding an answer because the other answers dance around it but never really call out specifically in the shortest phrasing possible: You need a "definition of done" Generally accepted definitions of done include not only working code, but working unit tests, and documentation. Until those things are completed, the task is not done and the code cannot and ...


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This is a standard practice and is very unlikely to be a scam if your employer is reputed and has mature financial practices otherwise. Why is it good for you? You don't need to pay for the business expenses out of your pocket to begin with (which can be painful irrespective of the fact that you are guaranteed to get it reimbursed). This is ...


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You solve it by figuring out how to offer this stellar engineer a very large sum of money in terms of a salary to stay on board. If he earned $110k on patents through your company patent program then this guy knows what he is talking about and basically needs to be paid tenure. You then grin and bear it with his recent memory loss.


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Just say 'no thanks' to the supplements. Steroids are not even very useful if you just do cardio. Most probably he is a supplier or in some way gets a bonus if he sells supplements. So it's just business to him and nothing to get offended about.


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It's doubtful that, as an employee, you could be in any legal jeopardy. Assuming that this person was telling you the truth they're likely reaching out to as many people as they can to try to scare you into giving them information that helps their case. Again assuming that this person is telling you the truth, evaluating the legal merits of this potential ...


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Use this experience to make your company's onboarding better When you hear or see people using acronyms or terms you don't know, write them down. Keep a notebook with you with a page dedicated to this. At your weekly one on one with your supervisor, ask about the new terms you've encountered that week. If you don't have a weekly one on one with your ...


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There will be many more instances in your work life where peers or people you have no authority over are doing something that goes against company policy or your own ethics. Here is some general advice: If what they are doing does not affect your job and is not causing imminent and serious danger, then let it go. They have managers, and that is the ...


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Considering that you were just one developer on a team it is incredibly unlikely that the lawyer is only reaching out to you. A decent lawyer for the startup would likely call every single person that is at least somewhat related to this project. It is incredibly likely that one or more of your coworkers have already sent notice of the call to their ...


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Just say "我慢しています。自分の力で頑張ってほしいですから" (gaman shiteimasu. jibun no chikara de gambatte hoshii desu kara). This means "I'm refraining from taking (that). I want to try my best on my own." Be informed, he may insist three times. This is typically done in these types of situations. It's a social norm to refuse at first, but relent on the third time. So, just ...


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