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What is the correct way to approach the request that "new developers should not be able to access the codebase"

Due to the potential difficulties in legally pursuing someone from such countries, the directors are unwilling to give these new developers access to the codebase, even with a watertight NDA. If this ...
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A friend/coworker and his wife are employed at the same company. He found out she's cheating. What to do?

You must separate private and professional life, and so must Josh. BTW, not that I am defending Jessica, but in splits there may be unknown quantities, things that no-one but J & J know about. ...
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Can I rescind my offer of working on weekends after last day?

Any offer can be revoked at any time. Your plans might have changed. Your new employer might want to send you on weekend training. You might just not feel like it. Even if you signed a contract to ...
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Is it a good idea to push new employees to prove themselves in their first 90 days?

If you want to burn out a potential good employee then go ahead and be "ambitious". Don't be surprised if they resign or are ineffective due to burnout.
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What is the correct way to approach the request that "new developers should not be able to access the codebase"

Modularize your application and give people access only to the components they are working on. If your application is split into several different bits with developers only having access to what they ...
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How to manage a person who identifies as bi-gender?

Your friend is overthinking this way too much. This is a "highly skilled and ambitious software engineer?" - I think they can figure out the bathrooms for themselves. I think if there are "general ...
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Is it normal for a company to ask for a photo ID when finishing my new-hire paperwork?

In the United States, employers are required to complete an I-9 form that verifies you have the legal authority to work. That form requires the employer to check your ID, and includes a list of ...
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Hired for too high a level position

I was in this exact situation several years ago - I took it as a challenge. It made me work harder and I learnt so much from the process, and from the people who were supposedly junior to me. Being a ...
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What should I do about a new employee who didn't mention their second job or planned leave?

Set some clear expectations that your employee needs to meet in order to pass their probation period. Right after we signed a contract he said that he have planned a vacation in the next month and ...
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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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The consultancy company that offered me a job has delayed my start date twice (by a total of 12 weeks so far)

"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me" Don't get fooled twice. Find a different job, if you can, and tell this company to take a hike. They promised to employ you at the ...
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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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Sending a stranger's CV to HR

In general you should only refer people that you know are decent candidates, since their performance has an impact on your image. In this case you have pointed out that you don't know these people, ...
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Is it a good idea to push new employees to prove themselves in their first 90 days?

The problem with this approach is that the new employee doesn't know your organisation and doesn't know that the first 90 days are considered "special" by you. What would you think if you started a ...
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Is this staged interview/probationary hire process a good idea?

Most good programmers are already employed. They're taking vacation time, realistically, to come to the interview. You'd be asking them to take another vacation day to work with you (unless you plan ...
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HR Uninterested in Substituting Cash for Relocation Despite Lower Cost

Combination of the fact that they do not pay the same as if you opened a phone book (read: web browser) and picked a moving company to call, and the fact that they sort of count on some people ...
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Offloading Interns to a New Junior Developer

I wouldn't say it's normal, but that's not what you have to work with. What I would do is give them tasks. Find things that need to be done and task them with it. Offload some of your work on them ...
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A friend/coworker and his wife are employed at the same company. He found out she's cheating. What to do?

It's Josh's and Jessica's private business. If you can't live with this, then you need to quit. Depending on location, voluntarily leaving a job means you will not get any unemployment benefits. And ...
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How to manage a person who identifies as bi-gender?

I'm a bigender person, and I was browsing Stack Overflow when I saw this. It is 100% okay to ask a person their pronouns, and it would be disrespectful to not ask and end up using the wrong ones. ...
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Former employee indirectly poaching engineering talent

The only thing to address is your current company's practices. These all come from your original post: Ace engineer "was screwed over hard (promised a promotion and raise; just got the new ...
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How to respond to welcome email in a new job?

It's optional. No need to worry about it. If you already have a company e-mail account, you can wait a few days to see if some responses come in. Often it's something like "congrats" or &...
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Can I rescind my offer of working on weekends after last day?

Just say: I know what I said. I just changed my mind. My heart is just not in it anymore. I'm not going to work on weekends. The new developers will have to figure things out without me. Say this....
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Hired for too high a level position

When I'm confronted about this ("so what level are you actually?"), should I... Just tell them your level and move on in the conversation. If you don't make a big deal out of your title, ...
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Replying to a group thread of welcoming me on my 1st day at new remote job

Since the welcome thread is mostly... just welcoming, it'd be unnecessary for you to make a lengthy reply about other things. Think it like a "I'm fine, thank you" response to "How are ...
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Train very young colleague on professional skills

If you are the manager or at least tasked to onboard that colleague, schedule short daily stand-up meetings. They don't need to be long, and if the colleague improves in self-management, you can ...
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Is it a good idea to push new employees to prove themselves in their first 90 days?

My boss’s philosophy is to really push people to achieve ambitious milestones in their first 90 days. ... and the unspoken part is: ... and then we mentally set the productivity baseline for ...
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How to work with a disruptive, inexperienced employee

So, you've got a junior member of staff who has gone off on their own initiative, found an appropriate tool and is using it. Don't complain about this - a lot of teams can only wish for proactive ...
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Former employee indirectly poaching engineering talent

From what you've posted, your company is sounding suspiciously like a "burakku kigyō". (A Japanese term that translates to "black company". ) And the companies use threats, ...
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What should I do about a new employee who didn't mention their second job or planned leave?

I agree mostly with Player One's answer, that this is something that needs to be solved during the probationary period. You need to find a (polite) way to tell him "Dude, you're springing a lot of ...
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