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I have been working remotely for the last five years. And I can say that the last week was totally different from any week before. First of all, personally: Although I am an experienced remote worker, I was hardly able to focus on my work and I did very little progress during the last week. There are way more chats going on, because of uncertainty, people ...


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I've explained the concept of "bus factor" to my manager (who is the CTO of the company; there is nobody above his head to go to) and to other senior people in the company, and their answer is "we need this done fast, you know how to do it, just do it and don't waste your time or company time teaching or coaching others". Does anyone have any ...


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You should be focused on a lifeboat for yourself Someone promoted you to lead a project with just 5 days remaining which is an absolute disaster? With only 5 days, it seems that they should have chosen an interim leader from the team itself. Unless they informed you of all these problems ( mostly interns, Unity license issues, and the exceedingly high ...


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Please note that this answer is based on the original post and comments, which described a completely different context than after the edits. The original question was mainly based on a misunderstanding by the OP. Someone has to say it.. Do not join the new company! You didn't even start and they are already blackmailing you! It's completely unreasonable ...


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Did she basically tell me to look for another company? If this is your main and only question, I will just answer that instead of telling you what you should do. It is impossible to tell with complete confidence what she meant when she told you what she told you. However, I would interpret more as: "Stop complaining, focus on your work by looking at ...


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In terms of how to prep for interviews, the best thing to do is to research these topics yourself, and work on personal projects that use them. For example, my first software job was similar, we didn't engage in any good practices and they were hard to implement. So I worked on private projects, where I could do what I want and had the time. In those ...


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This is a big red flag. If it's really integral to their internal communications then they would have it organised and would give you an account to use. Just the fact that it's in use is a flag, but requiring your personal one sets the flag on fire.


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Indeed this is a big red flag. By requiring you to join them and quit your current job first, your position to negotiate any terms in that offer letter is significantly compromised. I would recommend refusing to join them before having a signed contract in hand.


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Question: How to properly justify a team increase given that we don't have an output issue? (we are delivering in an acceptable manner already) Stop working overtime and see if your team can still deliver in an acceptable manner. By working overtime, you are simply adding hours of work to each member of the team, which is not much different than those ...


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It's somebody else's problem. It is very considerate of you that you do not want to be the single point of failure for your whole organization. More people should be that thoughtful of their colleagues and that loyal to their company. But if your warnings fall on deaf ears, then you did what you could. So instead of wasting any more time and energy on ...


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My opinion is that is a predatory practice and it is unethical. And it's the case that any decent moral or ethical system worth its salt is occasionally going to demand that you take a hit. It's easy for me to be an armchair quarterback and say, "Stand up for what's right and take the consequences." Still, that's what my advice is. I did this once. I ...


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If it is your personal property then you have every right to ask him to return it. Ask now to give him time to sort his own replacement or you might consider selling it to him.


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Unfortunately maintenance is the rule when working in IT, very rarely are there new projects, and people get reassigned around projects regularly. And while the quality of the code you will have to maintain in your professional life will vary widely, they will never smell the same as a fresh 2-6 month old project. However, there are things you can do to ...


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How to gracefully leave a company you helped start? Speak with the other partners in an open and honest manner. Explain as you have here, and provide a reasonable notice -- say 30 days in this case before departing. This is plenty of time to hire up, knowledge transfer, etc. Also, if you desire, offer up a per hour consultant role, where you could be ...


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Ask if you can be reassigned to another project. I already had some question in interview such as "would it be ethically ok for you to work for a military project?". Some companies do care about this kind of things, and could therefore reassign you to another project. After all, it's in their interest to make sure you are happy and motivated with your ...


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The appropriate thing to do here is to ask to be paid. They're not training you in web development (or the fashion industry), they're just using you for free labour. Look up contract web developer rates and start from there. I see comments about how you could cripple the company - use this to your advantage to get a fair deal. At this stage they have ...


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It is just corporate life, not you A colleague of mine returned from a 4-week vacation yesterday. In that time, our boss left for a new company. Maybe 3 minutes was spent catching the colleague up on that before we all returned to our usual work. When the boss left, there wasn't a lot of fanfare or discussion. He cleared out his office, we spent maybe a ...


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Just make a new account. It's Facebook's Terms of Service for goodness' sake, it's not a big deal. You'll probably only use it at work, and you should definitely not be on Facebook at work if you're posting crap, so it's unlikely that anyone will notice. If you only use it at work, for work purposes, then there is no way for them to connect you to the ...


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What is the normal rate of turnover among developers You turnover rate looks insane to me. It's more what I´d expect with callcenter-agents. If you really mean you need to source 35 employees to keep your steady 25 active developers level you'd have a fluctuation rate of 140%. Should be somewhere between 10 and 20%. (In 2017 in the IT sector I found an ...


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You might be misunderstanding the question. Conflict doesn't necessarily mean "having a row", actually it should never mean that, especially at work. It's hard to believe you've never: had a different opinion on the priorities/ course of action/ risks involved in something or anything else than your boss disagreed on how to tackle something with your ...


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First, one thing no answer has pointed out yet is that you lied to John. This is a serious matter. No team can properly function when team members lie to their boss or their peers. Actually, that may be hindering the team's productivity right now. John doesn't know that Mike didn't have knowledge about the task you were doing. What if Mike has been doing ...


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There are red flags all over this one. I'd suggest you withdraw. I have never heard of people needing to pay for job interviews or taking a technical written test. Is this normal? Nor have I. Absolutely not, in the UK, no. But even assuming this is legit... well, then charging candidates $200 just to apply means that the competition for this position ...


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They keep insisting that I give them my joining date with them. The way I see it from your statement: They are not asking you explicitly to resign from your current organization, they are asking you to provide them with a tentative date of joining them, that they can use in the offer letter. It's not very uncommon thing. Tell them you joining date will be (...


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This is a very graceful exit This isn't being Fired. A lot of people use "fired" as casual slang for any layoff, but that's wrong and don't go around saying that. Fired is you do something bad, like embarrass the company on social media, and a security guard watches you pack your things. This isn't even a layoff, where you're also escorted out of the ...


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If you're dealing with someone that has problems with social interaction and social cues, one thing to do is ask yourself: Do they comply with instructions? The reason I ask that is because... well, some people are just jerks. It's not that they can't understand interpersonal aspects - they simply don't care. However, from the sounds of it, your coworker ...


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If it's a one-time thing, do the testing. Your team needs you. QA is drowning. Take over some of their workload and stay in contact with them to make sure you do the job, and you do it well. After having proven yourself as someone who can be relied on in a pinch, you can then tell your manager man do I hate manual testing, and maybe they'll keep that in ...


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This guy should be your role model. Buy him lunch and pick his brain! Seriously, though. There is no shame in learning from younger co-workers. (most people start out as 1 year contracted temps) Your company sounds pretty bad. It usually only takes 3 to 6 months to find out if someone is a good fit. Sometimes, it takes even less. Don't blame the new ...


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What you describe comes across to me as blatant sexual harassment. I recommend having a private 'chat' with this colleague, where you make it clear that you consider their behavior to be harassment and if they persist, then you will not hesitate to take the matter up with your Manager and HR. This is their opportunity to avoid it turning into a formal ...


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I do not see a problem here. You found a bug, [100~105 case] reported it and provided the fix. After some time, you found another bug [105~107 one] (and probably the way to fix it, too). One can say, it should have been caught earlier, but nevertheless, you are the one who actually found this bug out and providing a solution. Until and unless you are ...


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5 jobs in 3 years seems like a red flag to HR personnel It is. job hops were more than appropriate given the circumstances. No one cares, all job hoppers deny being job hoppers and rationalise it as something else. Even given the reasoning you have provided it still looks like job hopping to me. But most HR won't even bother looking at the reasoning. ...


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