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Should I be able to keep my company purchased standing desk when I leave my job?

No, you should not expect to keep company-purchased equipment. This was paid for by the company, not by you personally, so it belongs to your employer, not to you. It doesn't matter that it was for ...
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Interview was just a one hour panel. Got an offer the next day; do I accept or is this a red flag?

You realise most people here would kill for a one hour interview that resulted in a job offer the next day, right?! That's great! I'd figured there be some follow-up interviews where we can go more ...
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My boss is taking a leave of absence and leaving the company to us

Whether or not the company shuts down is not your problem. It's not your company. Focus purely on what is best for you. If you're not getting basic rights and pay, then you should have been job ...
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Does my company own my phone number?

Does my company own my phone number? No, they don't. Nor do you need a lawyer and nor should this cost you a penny (assuming that you were a W2 employee). If they withhold your final pay, you just ...
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I'm about to automate myself out of a job. How do I approach my boss to discuss this?

Be careful making too many assumptions. You are assuming: Your boss will want to get rid of you immediately, if there is not a lot of work There is no more work (either currently or in future) that ...
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Is staying in the first job for a long time (>2 yrs) a bad thing?

I would say not a bad thing at all. If all the points you're concerned with are covered - namely your advancement as a professional (by way of new challenges) and monetary compensation for your work -...
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Why do companies not want to hire over qualified people?

Generally speaking, the overqualified employee is fundamentally less likely to be happy with their position. As a consequence: They will likely leave at the first opportunity. Generally speaking, ...
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there?

Regarding the first question, "is it legal?" questions should always be posted on Law SE, not here. As for your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn has the ability to change your email address associated with ...
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Interview was just a one hour panel. Got an offer the next day; do I accept or is this a red flag?

Interviews serve two purposes, both very important. One is for the employer to assess whether you are a good person for the job. The other is for you to assess whether you want to work for the ...
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How does one title a resignation email?

None. This is one of those things that you do in person. "Hey boss, do you have 5-10 minutes?". If you're remote, then a phone call is fine. They'll ask you to eventually write the email so there's a ...
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New manager is a jerk - is it OK to quit without providing a reason?

While turning around in an exit interview and saying you're leaving because your new manager is an arse may seem like a good idea (been there, done that), it doesn't achieve anything when said ...
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Rejecting an offer after accepting it just 10 days from date of joining

Please don't judge the organization based on a group email from Human Resources! They probably have a new-hire checklist they're following. They probably have a few-years-old email message they send ...
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Should I disclose that I can still access a company's systems after I've left?

There's the sad principle that no good deed ever goes unpunished :-( There are companies sadly that would lawyer up against you as soon as you say that you managed to access any data that you shouldn'...
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Is it normal for headhunters to ask for written confirmation that candidate is pulling out of other interview processes before giving offer letter?

Have him send a letter saying that, upon acceptance of any offer proffered, he is officially out of any other processes. Turn the tables on them and see what happens. They're trying to put ...
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How do you professionally ask about going back to your old job?

Just ask your old boss. You don't need to provide a whole lot of reasons, or come back "begging" or anything like that. Keep the inquiry professional and simple, and see what they say. Right off the ...
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Gift to my boss and manager on last day

Cater a big lunch for the office would be my suggestion, probably come close to the $400 mark if it's a reasonable size office. Personal gifts sometimes might not be appropriate but free food always ...
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Former employee indirectly poaching engineering talent

Is there any way to address this Sure: treat your employees well and they will stay regardless of what conference they attend. Treat them badly and they will leave. nearly all of them citing pay ...
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Is it really that bad to leave my job as a software engineer before I have an offer?

However, I've always heard that it's bad to leave a job before you have another one. Does it really make me that much less attractive of a candidate? For some hiring managers, it would make you seem ...
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New college grad hired as a hardware developer; how do I deal with being told I'm now a Front-End Web developer?

You should immediately go back to the job search. You mentioned your concerns once, and they described your progress as "slow" and didn't offer any extra help. There is no way that this ends well in ...
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Is staying in the first job for a long time (>2 yrs) a bad thing?

As a long-term webdev, I've been on a few search committees and we always valued LOW turnover. Nobody wants to invest 6 months in training someone to last 18 months. We had some good applicants we ...
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Do I need to act happy all the time even if I'm not really?

When you choose not to explain a behaviour, you leave a gap where people will fill in whatever they like. Some people are generous and understanding, they say "perhaps Snowman has suffered a personal ...
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Would I be wrong to leave the start-up I’m working for with one month’s notice?

Did I do something wrong if I decide to leave the company? Of course not. You are a C-level executive in this company, not an indentured servant. You have every right to try and find a company that ...
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Going back to a potential employer after turning his offer down 45 days ago

Go for it. Be open and clear about the change in circumstances. Explain why you said no the first time and why you are suddenly available. Go directly to the hiring manager (if you can) to minimize ...
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How can I know if a 100% working-from-home job is for me?

I have been working 100% remotely for over 3 years. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to gauge how successful and satisfied you'd be working remotely: Do you have a space you can dedicate ...
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New manager is a jerk - is it OK to quit without providing a reason?

You don't have to say anything in that interview and a few canned responses ("looking for new opportunities", "want to grow professionally", "in search of new challenges") will do to not appear ...
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How to write a good resignation letter when quitting under poor circumstances?

[today's date] Dear Manager I am resigning my position at Company A effective [date]. Sincerely, user62196 You are not obligated to give a reason.
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Should I tell interviewer that I will use their offer to renegotiate current rate first?

NO, you should not mention this to the interviewer Two points: The recruiter does not have anything to do with the knowledge about how you want to make a decision (negotiation in current ...
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there?

Update your linkedin profile IMMEDIATELY, report possible fraud to them. Change the email from your work email to a private one. Get a lawyer to send a cease and desist order to your previous ...
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Changing software engineer job with a lower title for migrating to another country?

Or It shouldn't matter as long as I build a good resume doing good projects and confident enough to clear interviews for higher levels later when I want to change the job again in Ireland or coming ...
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Are there significant additional risks in changing jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I have two interviews lined up, but I'm concerned that stagnation of the economy could lead to redundancies in any organisation, and as the "new guy" I'd be the first out the door if it came to that. ...
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