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How to deal with passive management style ("come to me, I won't come to you")

TL;DR What are your options with a manager with "passive" management style, very little teamwork, knowledge sharing, bad onboarding for new employees, very little meetings and no incentive ...
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Should I insist on being a functional programmer on Python?

Just some background: I was kind a cowboy coder for a long time, then I got a job at a startup company as a developer. I learned a lot there, specially about good practices on programming. However, ...
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Are on-call responsibilities for software developers normal or unusual?

I just read this question about potentially giving on-call responsibilities to a team to match other teams at the same company. Understandably, people are opposed to requiring additional work without ...
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How to safely future-proof my exit from a dual-job scenario

I'm a Java developer with 9 years experience, living in the U.S. I've been working two, full-time, remote software engineering jobs for over two years now and I'm getting bored at one of the jobs. I ...
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Do I need to prove myself as I did not do the mistake?

If one of my teammate made a mistake in 2018 and it is surfaced now, do I need to prove myself that I did not make that mistake at that time now? In 2018 I was just a developer but now my client gave ...
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How to deal with team members who are slow to respond to my messages?

I am a junior and I'm usually blocked by team members who are slow to respond to my instant messages. I had one of these senior team members tell me "Sorry I made you wait" after taking a ...
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What to do when as a lead, you are imposed a team or strategy you do not agree with?

I was hired by a company to perform as a technical lead in DevOps/Automation, I have been asked to scale up further, for which I have asked for other devops profile to be hired to help me. My direct ...
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How to convince my engineering manager that their design decision isn't the best [duplicate]

I recently started a new position as an iOS dev at this new startup. I know how to create fairly complex applications using Apple's frameworks UIKit/SwiftUI etc... I have always heard about RxSwift/...
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What role do Engineering Manager, Product Manager & Technical Project Manager play in Software Engineer's day to day work?

I'm new to the industry & self taught. I'd say I'm pretty decent when it comes to writing code and delivering a project however lately I've realized that software engineering is much more than ...
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Switch in professional career due to personal circumstances [closed]

I have worked as a SDE in many interesting places, working abroad and in well known companies in the industry, one of them being a FAANG, for around ten years. Shortly after the pandemic started, I ...
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Should I leave the job I just started to work for Amazon (Europe) [closed]

I am a software engineer in a western European country. I started working for a local medium-sized tech company here last week, but now I also got an offer from Amazon. Amazon is offering to pay much ...
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What to do about manager who's hard on me because I'm sick?

Ever since I returned from a substantial timeoff due to serious sickness, my manager has been very critical of me. I still complete my tasks and get my job done but because I'm still sick and not yet ...
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How many days should I give a candidate for a take-home iOS test? [closed]

I'm asking the candidate to rearrange the flow of a simple social media application. Instead of having to log in/register to access the app, users land into the app directly and only have to log in/...
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New employer asked me to work contrary to our agreement. I am not sure what to do

I joined a company in mid February 2022 as a Principal Developer after having spent more than seven years in my previous company. It is a service-based company, which means that the company has no ...
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Does it make sense to apply now, while also planning to apply later, after demonstrating skills?

I'm looking at moving from one software development sub-field to another. A lot of the relevant job ads want expertise with a particular language and a particular set of related tools. I'm confident ...
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Automated my work(code) and may lose job

I'm working for a local software company, where I build the Front-End part and make any changes asked by the client. In the beginning if any changes were asked by the client then I need to make those ...
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Bad vibes in a company that I just joined: shall I look elsewhere?

First of all let me start by saying that unfortunately I have an average of 1 job per year at the moment, so if I change again I have the risk to be considered a job hopper and never be considered ...
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I was hired to create a department but I do not get more people

I have been working in my current company for over a year, I am the only one doing activity X and the only expert at it. I was told I would lead a department regarding activity X after a year or so ...
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New manager doesn't believe in me and reprimanded me for asking questions

I'm a junior developer. In my first week back after time off due to some issues, my new manager reprimanded me because a senior dev team member complained to him that I was asking him questions about ...
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Should I pursue work with niche tech that is probably going to die soon (Xamarin.Forms)?

I am working currently as software engineer in .NET team, taking care of support of already existing application or rewriting them to new base. I currently work with almost everything that has .NET as ...
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Can I Ever Become a Decent Programmer?

I have recently been reflecting on my frustrations in trying to become a better programmer, in particular thinking about what Jeff Atwood has said on the issue here and here. He quotes Bill Gates ...
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How can I support parallel development on a code porting project? [closed]

The company where I work in the UK has a lot of VB6 applications which they wish to move to .net Core. They want me to lead this, which is fine. The problem is, the first application which they wish ...
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How might I avoid significantly overestimating the time required to deliver a potential client's software project?

Spoke with a potential client about delivering a computer vision app. I estimated this would take one month, erring on the side of a conservative estimate to account for any complexities that might ...
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Promotion to "Senior" after less than 2 years of working, potential dangers?

For some context, our team looks as follows: We're 1 manager (also our best developer, he's responsible for servers, pull requests, DBA, IT architect etc etc), 1 teamleader, 1 senior dev and 5 new ...
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How valuable are logic test results during developers' recruiting process? [closed]

I was recently asked to take a logic test (it seems a lot like IQ test) from Alva Labs by the recruiter. I scored 6 of 10 (which is considered average). However, right before that I had another test - ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

I will soon have a meeting with my manager, in which she will want to assign me to exclusively frontend development. I am a full-stack engineer and enjoy both frontend and backend development. But the ...
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What are some good questions for gauging what various software teams are like to work with? [duplicate]

I'm interviewing for software engineering positions for multiple different teams at a single large tech company, where cultures can be quite different among teams. In these interviews, what would be ...
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Torn between (what I consider) professionalism and company attitude, how to proceed? [closed]

I work with software. I am not the most senior of devs, but I'm also no longer very junior either. Looking back, I see my own evolution and progress, skills-wise. I can confidently take on much larger ...
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What is the correct way to approach the request that "new developers should not be able to access the codebase"

We are a small team of developers working on a web app. I answer directly to the company directors, who are responsible for hiring decisions. As a cost saving measure, new developers are often hired ...
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How to handle the situation when the software has created lot of records and they are incorrect due to configuration error?

I created software that imports data and creates records (sales orders) automatically. Records are created in two different ways - A and B - depending on the configuration setting X. My client C is ...
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Unable to focus on programming around 3-4 PM every day. How can I fix this?

I tend to get exhausted mentally and can't really program more on most days starting at around 3 to 4 PM every day. From there I'll kind of just be out of it mentally and unable to produce code that ...
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How should my company deal with contractors that ignore our technical guidance?

I'm a senior software engineer that works in a small group (4 other colleagues and one immediate manager to us). For an R&D project, we work with a contractor to develop some software tools and do ...
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How long would be reasonable to notify my company of my resignation in advance, without mandatory notice period?

I joined my current company last year. When I signed my contract, they explained to me that I would be on a year-long trial period, during which there is no notice required for any party to terminate ...
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Coworker refused to help me unless I switch my software to dark mode

This was my second week at a new job (I'm a remote developer). I asked one of my new coworkers a question and shared my screen with him. He said "well, first you need to switch to dark mode"....
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should I leave my company or stay so my manager can assign me work

I joined a telecommunication company 7 months ago as software engineer, I have more than 12 years of software development experience. The product is new with no client yet. Initially I worked with ...
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How to ask different set of work because of no support

I am in my probation period and I was hired as mid-level developer. While I have been doing a good job as mentioned in my one-to-one with my manager, recently I have hit a snag. There are two problems ...
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Working with very bad code but on a deadline

I am currently working as a newly assigned lead developer (just in name, not really leading anything) on the frontend code for a project which my employer wants to deliver to various clients. ...
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Do I need to list Javascript/CSS/HTML skills on resume if frameworks/libraries are listed?

If I've listed skills like Angular or other Javascript/CSS/HTML frameworks and libraries on my resume is it still necessary to specifically list HTML/CSS/Javascript as skills? I feel like one would ...
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How do you handle being the only tech guy in a non tech team?

The company I currently work for has a terrible amount of processes that require manual work, thus they are very limited in the amount of projects they can take, as their processes do not scale up, ...
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Risk of taking another job

I am curious how do people make decision in such situations. Say I am Software developer (Front end), with say 4 years of experience roughly. Now, on my current job, I handle all the tasks well. Pay ...
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Software development shop doesn't have standard technology choices for web-development

The company I started working at about 6 months ago has no "standard" or "default" technologies for web application development. The company is fairly new to hiring developers, so ...
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Is there a market for life scientists converted to software developers

Is there a market for life scientists (biomedical research and related fields) that at some point want a change in their career path and switch to software development? Say the career so far was a MSc ...
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How do I demonstrate my value against "more experienced" managers/directors in interviews?

I am a mobile software developer that's applying for a Mobile Engineering Manager position at a new company. During my initial phone screening with the company's technical recruiter they were using ...
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Should I give my employer all my medical records?

I have been a software developer in a large organization for more than a decade. I have ADHD and see a psychiatrist every 3 weeks. Boss is now demanding access to all my health records or said he will ...
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How to attain more decision making authority in role

What is the best strategy to move forward when addressing a workspace environment where my role is unclear, I am not given any authority for decision making although being in current job 5 years and ...
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Is Tech Stack knowledge important? [closed]

I am working as a software developer for about 5 years. I already changed my job 5 times, so I have a little wider knowledge about the requirements of some companies, but I feel like I am still a ...
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How to get credit on a joint task with a team member who is reporting the task

I have been told to work with a new team member on a ticket they were assigned. It is their ticket so they report on it during meetings. Originally my manager intended for me to work on this ticket ...
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Being moved to a new team but was not told which team they will move me to

My manager told me that my team is getting split into two, and that after the split, I will be with half of my team temporarily for a new project and will be moving to a new team after the project is ...
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Hired as a developer and working alone so improving is hard

Context: Been in IT for ~25 years, developing web+databases+apps/datascience/helpdesk/sysadmin depending on where I was at - I feel like I am a specialist of nothing, and ~average at a lot of things. ...
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Contacted company asking if there's an iOS software engineering role, and they responded saying QA would be a perfect fit. How can I navigate this?

This is a startup whose product I'm passionate about, but I would like to ensure I'm not "stuck" in a different career path since I want to continue to do iOS software engineering in the ...
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