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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

Having worked for a company with "unlimited" PTO I can tell you that my experience was almost universally bad. People were always worried that if they took too much, that is more than other ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

This makes me afraid of “You can take time off as long as the work is done.” Am I wrong…is unlimited PTO generally beneficial to employees? You're not entirely wrong. In states like California, ...
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I have a toxic boss, can I demand a different project or boss?

You can ask. If you have good connections, that might be granted. Or you could play another game: Search around for other projects and bosses, and try joining another project. If you are truly correct,...
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Anti-handwashing in the office

Wash your own hands, do not shake hands with your boss/colleague (or do minimal fist/elbow bump); keep to yourself. Think about quitting the toxic work environment before they fire you. Hand washing ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

TL;DR: It might be a "red flag" sometimes (maybe even often) but not always. Some companies have good intentions with such a policy but their employees might not feel comfortable taking ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

This isn't your responsibility to handle or try to conceal or hide anything. It needs to go straight to HR or the companies designated Compliance Officer after which you comply with anything they ask. ...
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I have a toxic boss, can I demand a different project or boss?

I wanted to know if I can/should demand to be transferred to a different project and assigned a new manager? I've never worked in a company where you could successfully demand a new boss. Perhaps ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

No, not by itself. For companies that have unlimited PTO policies, ask what the average number of PTO days taken are for the company. It’s a red flag if they don’t have that information. My company ...
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Team won't come out of their shell (possible team-wide imposter syndrome?)

I suspect this to be a widespread case of imposter syndrome. I suspect you are wrong. There are multiple points in your list, that have nothing to do with impostor syndrome. For example, not reaching ...
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Can companies that hired for remote positions decide to go back to office?

Can these companies suddenly decide that the job will no longer be remote? If so, what would happen to the people that are unable to go to the office? If the employee's contract states that the job ...
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Why do companies ask if you've worked for a government entity?

The two questions: Have you ever worked for a government entity, either as a contractor or employee? Have you ever worked for a state or local government? They may be looking for a potential ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

There's no way that unlimited PTO can be honest. It's as simple as that. If it was honestly unlimited, individuals could get hired and take 100% of their time off. Clearly the company cannot allow it. ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

I don’t think that should be a single deciding issue, if only because so many good software engineering jobs will be in companies with such policies. The important thing is to learn as much about PTO ...
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Team won't come out of their shell (possible team-wide imposter syndrome?)

This isn't a shell or imposter syndrome, it's plain incompetence. Without discipline this team will never act professionally and it's unlikely that it is the whole team. More likely the seniors are ...
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Logistics of living in EU and working for an US company

Are they explicitly saying they'll hire internationally for the role? If not it's 99.9% certain that the position is only open to people in the USA. Regulatory compliance is sufficiently complicated ...
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Can companies that hired for remote positions decide to go back to office?

Can these companies suddenly decide that the job will no longer be remote? I would say that in the USA the answer would be yes, unless there's a legal contract or law that prohibits it. If so, what ...
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I have PTO but plan on resigning -- when do I give my 2 weeks' notice?

Even if you are remote and not critical, the idea of giving notice is so that your employer can arrange handover of tasks and begin the process of replacing you. If you take your holidays as part of ...
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Can companies that hired for remote positions decide to go back to office?

Based on the examples in the question, I'll assume that this is taking place in the US. Can these companies suddenly decide that the job will no longer be remote? Yes, they can. If so, what would ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

Often, a professional environment teaches us to be more concerned with appearance and offending each other than we really should be. This issue isn't about who's eating someone else's lunch out of the ...
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If I submit notice before the work day begins, does that day count as Day 1?

If you're in the USA, then almost without doubt unless you signed a contract which says otherwise, "2 weeks notice" is entirely optional and you get to decide what it means. It's a courtesy ...
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I have a toxic boss, can I demand a different project or boss?

Find a new project at your company on your own, then request a transfer. Don't give your boss a chance to thwart you. Don't give your toxic boss a chance to thwart your lateral move. Find a new ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

If you suspect that he is out to hurt you, then you close off all access that he has, and escort him off the premises. Once he is safely gone, you can then investigate and find out the truth. If you ...
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Will this software project manager's experience and education from Ukraine help her get a US job?

From all I ever heard, software developers from the Ukraine have an excellent reputation. And many people will assume that a woman, uprooted from Ukraine, with her experience, will be a tough cookie ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

I worked for a company that converted from fixed max days off (sick and vacation) to unlimited PTO. The stated reason was that it would eliminate a liability category from the books for the parent ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

Although this has now been tagged as US, from the UK, I can see another way of looking at this. We generally have two buckets of time off, holiday, which is paid and sick days, which are also paid ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

It's not bad to have "unlimited" PTO. We all know there is a limit to it, but it's just not a static number published by HR. The easy way to deal with it, and not feel bad or afraid you're ...
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Team won't come out of their shell (possible team-wide imposter syndrome?)

So you are supposed to be a team leader (or manager) but the team have effectively taken control, shutting you out. I think you are being too charitable in suggesting this is impostor syndrome; the ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

This is not something to address yourself. With no offense meant, if you do not already know exactly what to do here, then this is absolutely not something that you can deal with appropriately. CEOs ...
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Thinking about a part-time job despite regular full time status

My response assumes you're in the US, and other places will likely differ. In the US, there's no "database". If you did a one time background check prior to employment with your regular job,...
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I have a toxic boss, can I demand a different project or boss?

I have a toxic boss, can I demand a different project or boss? In the broadest scope of the term demand, yes you can demand a new boss. But what does that mean? There are two paths you can take: ...
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