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Junior dev: given verbal promise of salary increase by recruiter

You should ask your boss about the increase. I know, this is the last thing you want to hear. But there is no other reasonable option. If you don't ask, then you definitely won't get the pay rise. ...
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What is the most effective way for me to request to have my probation period ended early?

You're in a reasonable position to ask, since the point of a probation period is to ascertain whether you are a good fit for the job and you can already demonstrate that. But it is entirely up to the ...
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How do I break bad news to an employee without negatively affecting their relationships with other employees?

Uh so there are some other answers here that deal with, you know, your actual question. I'm more interested in the whole "not sending the employee on the trip" aspect. Just go to the end if you want ...
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Should I assume I have passed probation?

Check your contract. As a fellow Canadian, usually when I've seen probation contracts, the probation period is set by a specified number of days, not by an evaluation procedure. If that's what your ...
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Do I deserve to be fired during probation for having given an opinion

This is the best thing that could have happened to you. Just like an interview, a probation period is a two way street. Now you know that the company doesn't follow industry standard practices, and ...
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Does "probation period" means the employer is not sure about the quality of employee?

Yes and they should be. They don't know you. Probation periods are a standard in pretty much any industry. The employer wants to ensure that you are good fit for the company. This doesn't mean they ...
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How to win a promotion my mentor is interested in?

Other than in exceptional circumstances, you're not going to get a promotion within weeks of starting a new role. You're not "competing" with your mentor for this role as it's just too early for you. ...
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What is the right approach to quit a job during probation period for a competing offer?

Depending on your location, the probation period may work both ways, in which case it would be well within your rights to make use of it and leave your current employment for greener pastures (and ...
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Is leaving a company after 1 month ok?

Is leaving a company after 1 month ok? Depends on the circumstances but in this case the answer is yes. There appears to be a cultural disconnect and these are very hard to fix. That's what probation ...
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Is it normal to ask for reading material before starting a new job

I've both asked and been asked this. It's unusual in my experience (US, tech), but certainly not unheard-of. But what and who you ask matter. The HR person is probably not going to be able to field ...
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Recently put on a performance improvement plan. Do these details sound fair?

I'm afraid you're asking the wrong question. The real question is whether you should stay at that place. Most likely they have made up their minds about firing you and the performance plan is just a ...
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Recently put on a performance improvement plan. Do these details sound fair?

Something to ponder - if everything seems to have unexpected things come up that make them take 2x as long, perhaps you should be planning that something will come up and make tasks take twice as long?...
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What is the right approach to quit a job during probation period for a competing offer?

For reasons, you can say something like Pursuing other career prospects outside of the company which is closer to my needs. You should not have to explain anything more. Would it be ...
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Is it normal to ask for reading material before starting a new job

Would it be considered as strange if I ask whether they can supply me with relevant material to read so that I can better prepare myself before I begin? I've done the same in the past. If my ...
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I was let go.On what ground should I appeal?

It sounds like you and your manager don't see eye to eye on a lot of things so I do feel human resources has done the right thing here in asking you to finish your employment on the same day that ...
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Is it common to be dismissed during the probation period?

It is very uncommon to be fired during probation. Probation itself is very common. This is from a european perspective where after probation it becomes extremely difficult to let some specific person ...
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Does "probation period" means the employer is not sure about the quality of employee?

Is it true? I would say no, not exactly. Usually, the main purpose of a probation period is to have a "look and feel" of the employee and the way they adapt to the Company. That way, if the employee ...
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Do I deserve to be fired during probation for having given an opinion

"do I deserve" means that the decision is somewhere in the justice/injustice scale. It is not. In the corporate setup, there is no justice. There are decisions based upon perception. The whole story ...
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Junior dev: given verbal promise of salary increase by recruiter

If the recruiter was external to the company you work for, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was either: a direct lie to sweeten the deal for you (and so he gets his commission) or the recruiter ...
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Fired in Probation Period, Boss offers to make it look good in reference letter

A general remark about a German Arbeitszeugnis: it has to be constructive and not detrimental to finding new employment. You can sue your employer over this and people often do so. There are no bad ...
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Quitting during probation after 4 months - need advice

The probation period is there for exactly this purpose. It's not just for you to prove yourself to the company, but also for the company to prove themselves to you. If it's not working out, walk away. ...
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How to win a promotion my mentor is interested in?

For a start - get your feet under the table. You need to be in a company for at least a year before thinking about promotion. You do not know them. They do not know you. So just spend the effort in ...
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My probation period is ending in two weeks. Suddenly a lot more recruiters are approaching me on LinkedIn. Should I worry?

TL;DR Relax, it happens all the time There is no way recruiters on LinkedIn could know that you are getting fired. They are random anonymous people, it would be like your pharmacist knowing you're ...
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Is leaving a company after 1 month ok?

As has been noted in the comments, leaving is fine. Just don't mention it on your resume. Chances are people won't even ask what you did for the month or two gap on your resume but if they do you can ...
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When do I need to resign?

Well, you could hand in your resignation before the probation period is over, but with an effective date of July 31st. But then your employer could respond by firing you with two weeks notice, because ...
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I think my new coworker should not be asked to stay; do I talk to anyone about it?

Your input will not cause Bobert to be fired. It will be part of a body of evidence that will tip the scales one way or another. All you can do - when asked - is be honest with your appraisal, and ...
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Company backtracking on compensation and company housing

Should I approach my manager about this? I'm not a talker. I get emotional pretty quickly and can't find my words. Especially when I'm not speaking my native language. If you aren't a talker, ...
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Fired in Probation Period, Boss offers to make it look good in reference letter

I would accept his kind offer. Just be honest with the time period on the CV and just say that you left because it was not a suitable job for you. It is not bad leaving at the end of the ...
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Should I assume I have passed probation?

I have not been told if i passed it and have my evaluation early next week should I assume that i have passed probation? No. Your evaluation will tell you whether you have passed probation or not. ...
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