Brad Thomas
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What should one do when paychecks keep bouncing?
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What should she do? Answer is first and foremost LOOK FOR A NEW JOB. This employer has all the signs of about to fail, in which case she might be owed back pay that is difficult if not impossible to ...

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Interview question "How long will you stay with us?"
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If I were interviewing, I would ask this question simply to see if the candidate was capable of saying, "I don't know" to a question which they don't know the answer to. Having people who are able to ...

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How do I raise a quality concern when there is a contentious history?
29 votes

How do I raise legitimate concerns and give critiques? (and have them be considered, accepted and/or ultimately addressed) In person. One-on-one. And only for things that Really Matter. What you ...

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Fired because your skills are too far above your coworkers
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I looked at your profile, it says "your code should be cleaner than yourself". Also from your comments that you "spent a lot of time explaining concepts", and "criticizing is part of my job as an ...

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How to objectively counter "You are the first one to complain about that."?
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The implication made by "You're the first one to complain", is a logical fallacy. That's how you counter it objectively. The implication is that you're weird, or different, or making unusual requests, ...

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Should I recommend that I not be involved in a project if my advice is consistently ignored?
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My stated role in the project to review the work undertaken by the contracts, ensure it is technically proficient, and request changes where errors or omissions are identified. If by "ensure", ...

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Disturbed frequently during interview. How can I deal with it?
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Relax. Just let the distractions happen like water off a duck's back. Handle it professionally, just as you would handle interruptions on the job. Consider it part of the background noise unless ...

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Shareholder bullies and doesn't like me. How to deal with this?
10 votes

You essentially have three viable choices 1) Leave. This is probably your best option. There is not a level of pay that is really worth ongoing low level psychological harm. It makes sense to get ...

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How should I handle bad language in the office?
10 votes

I have read the example the OP gave in the comments: "I know you are doing this project but you f*ing techy guys need to realise that the world doesnt f*ing stop turning because you want it too"...

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Why do some people in office not greet back (or even look away) when you say Hello?
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Often people in senior positions feel that they need a certain professional distance. It's likely not personal, they just don't want to start getting pally with everyone. Edit added: e.g. they want ...

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Can I still try to negotiate salary when the terms of the offer are "non-negotiable"?
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It's non-negotiable until you decline it due to it's insufficiency. Then lo and behold, you may well find it becomes negotiable again (i.e. offered to you at a higher level). Basically you have two ...

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How do I handle feedback on behavior that my boss is guilty of as well?
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Personally, it would be bad for my mental health to work for a hypocrite who shouts. And I value my mental health highly. So if I was in your shoes I'd be getting my resume out there. Not necessarily ...

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Employer won't tell me if I will be extended or not
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If you are a contractor, it is sensible to always operate on the assumption that your contract ends at its end date or even sooner. You should have this assumption regardless of what anyone tells you ...

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Manager telling me I should not contact Human resources / possible fraud
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Look for another job, and raise your suspicions with the relevant authorities immediately. Then let the cards fall where they may. You are complicit if you have strong suspicions of illegal activity ...

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Solo Developer at a Startup
3 votes

Is what I described above normal to have? Yes. Very. One of the big challenges of software engineering (and engineering generally) is determining reasonable time estimates for work requests. Working ...

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Becoming a I.T Contractor - Need Advice & Tips
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I've been working as a contractor in the US for few years. I can give you my perspective on things here, which may assist you, and in particular US readers who wonder about your question. Typically ...

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Mental blockage
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The answer to improving any skill is to practice. That means finding people you don't know very well, and solving problems with them in person. Perhaps you could join a debating club :) Or even start ...

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How to deal with a colleague who wants to groom me for the job unsolicited?
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Tell the colleague that you do not want to be groomed by them, since (imo) saying that is not disrespectful. I think the person you are dealing with is a bully who views you as competition and is ...

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Is it ethical to reject a job offer I already verbally accepted?
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You had a change of heart. If the rules of your jurisdiction allow you to walk away from a verbal employment offer, then you should have little worry about doing so if you feel the need to do that. It ...

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How to tell a co-worker that I can't help them if they won't put any effort into framing their problem?
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Sounds to me like you want the user to make more effort in figuring out their own solution, or at least coming to you once they have gathered enough info to assist you in triaging or resolving it. You'...

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How to politely ask for a significant pay rise?
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First, if a recruiter says you can get 30k, then you can get 40k. (Edit for clarification: this means if they are talking about 30k in the market generally -- not if they are discussing only one ...

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What is the best way to ask for a higher salary at a new job when the interviewer already knows what I make?
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As a general rule in negotiations: 1) Try to get quantified info, don't be in such a hurry to disclose your own 2) Have other options so that you don't need/barely want the deal First, don't talk ...

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How do I stop awkward questions after maternity leave?
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Nosy questions aren't a problem in themselves, only if you let them rattle you. Remember, you don't owe anyone an explanation for anything that's not work related. Some questions aren't even worthy of ...

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Candidate for the job but lack any experience
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So four years of posting questions on Stack Overflow? My advice is put integrity first. Just being honest will take you further than anything you can write on a resume. Edit added: In comments, you ...

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My Manager (Department head) not working during office hours?
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I may have an unconventional answer, but my answer to you is HELP HIM. It's not your concern how he does his job. Or to complain about him. Your concern is how you do your job and how you help him to ...

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Can I attend 3 years interview with 2.7 years experience?
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Well you can clearly still apply for interview. Whether or not the company considers 3 years to be a strict limit or not depends on the company. I'd be very surprised if it was that strict. HR ...

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How to manage virtual software developers without putting code at risk
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Ultimately at least one person needs to be able to perform integration testing. I think about the best you can do towards your stated goal is as follows. Have a trusted team lead who directs ...

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How to convince my coworker to follow my approach without damaging our relationship?
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Your title says it all, "...to follow MY approach..." It doesn't say "...to follow the BEST approach...". You both think you are right, but neither of you are having a constructive debate about the ...

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CEO says not to expect pay increases unless you do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive?
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Flipped around from the other perspective this would be like you telling the CEO, "don't expect productivity increases unless you pay something really exceptional". Expressed that way is damaging to ...

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Been to last stage interview and have no idea of salary
1 votes

I can't believe people consider disclosing current salary. Never do this! Don't tell recruiters. Don't tell potential new employers. All you have to say is, "I'd prefer not to disclose my current ...

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