KeithS
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How to get a peer to stop giving me orders
24 votes

"No, I won't. You're not my boss, and I'm not your secretary." That should be your answer to any "just do it" command from this co-worker for a clerical task. Similar variations can be derived for ...

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What do HR departments think of for-profit universities such as University of Phoenix?
21 votes

Quite frankly, as a hiring manager (who is the person you really have to impress; the HR person just gives your resume a glance to weed out the obvious lowballers), a degree from a for-profit tells me ...

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Is it rude to leave an interview early if you have already made your decision?
19 votes

Put it in perspective. Your friend applied for this job. He asked for an interview. They accepted. They made time for this apparently long process where they determine if he's a fit for them. In the ...

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Are beards perceived as unprofessional in the workplace?
18 votes

Basically, the decision at play here, that your superiors would have to make when deciding to promote you into a position where you might interact in person with customers or business partners, is "do ...

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Multiple recruitment agencies in the same area?
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11 votes

Not on its face, no. The problem generally comes when both you and the hiring company are working through multiple recruiters, and the recruiters aren't talking to each other about the candidates they'...

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Should I request HR to let me choose my own holidays?
9 votes

Firm or company holidays are typically days on which it is infeasible for the company to try to do any business above and beyond the absolute bare minimum; therefore, why not give the employees the ...

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Work environment - open spaces, noise, and distraction
7 votes

There are a couple of dominant theories on developer workspaces, and which one you'll see at any given employer tends to indicate their general attitude toward programming. The traditional model is ...

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What's a standard productive vs total office hours ratio?
6 votes

At my last job we scheduled work based on an "ideal hours" concept; hours spent heads-down, flat-out coding new parts of the project (which from an external viewpoint is "forward progress" aka ...

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What is the purpose of wearing a uniform even though we are seldom, if ever, visible to other people?
6 votes

First and foremost, never assume that you will never meet a customer. At my company, we have a call center that requires keyed access to get in; only agents, certain support staff, and execs can open ...

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How do I overcome my Credit Rating in reference to applying for jobs?
5 votes

The first thing you can do is start working on cleaning up your credit as best you can. Make arrangements to pay any open collections, keep up with any structured debt payments that you can, and if it ...

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Does the first person to mention a number in a salary negotiation lose?
5 votes

I would say that the first person to mention a number draws the battlefield line. The other person then gets to choose whether to engage, and if so, whether they will accept the line as drawn or push ...

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Changing priorities too much
5 votes

This is one thing that Agile was intended to solve; preventing the development team from having to chase changing priorities and put out fires. All the turbulence of those changes happens on the ...

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Why is "I'm stressed and need the day off" a bad request?
5 votes

It depends on the manager, really. Personally, my boss wouldn't blink at an occasional call or e-mail stating I couldn't come in, so long as it wasn't abused (Monday/Friday absenteeism, taking off ...

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Possible drawbacks of zero turnover
4 votes

Typically, a team that is neither growing nor turning over will have a deficiency in all of the following areas: Knowledge and capabilities - Yeah, you're always learning and the pace of technology ...

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How can I manage a growing team?
4 votes

Your boss sounds like a senior dev or team lead acting as a CTO; in most hierarchies that puts him at least two levels above his pay grade. It sounds to me that if you have a CTO who is focusing on ...

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Does a company need a meeting code of conduct?
4 votes

Here's an example Code of Conduct I threw together in 15 minutes: The "meeting leader" (whomever will be presiding or presenting) may run the meeting however they like, disregarding any or all of the ...

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What can I do if I have a colleague who is picking on me?
4 votes

Have her supervisor, or the first "common" link in the chain of command between you and her, disillusion her of the notion that it is "her way or the highway"; it is in fact her manager's way or the ...

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How should an applicant react to an early invitation to an interview?
4 votes

This sounds like a form response. They're following a "script" meant to get people into interview chairs where questions can be asked and answered in person. Possible reasons: HR doesn't know the ...

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How to successfully transition into a new job/role which the current employee is 'forced' to leave?
3 votes

Bob is in the unenviable position of being shoved down (maybe sideways), but not out, and the decision is not of his choosing. If he were moving up beyond his current post, or even leaving for greener ...

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If you have a year of experience in one technology would you be considered entry-level in another?
3 votes

With 1 year's experience as an Objective-C programmer, you also have one year's experience in the following: Programming (a lot of the logic involved is the same across all languages; you know how to ...

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What to do after I finish all my tasks and my manager has no tasks to give me?
3 votes

Improve yourself. Learn the codebase, learn the frameworks it uses, learn the language it's coded in. Learn about other languages and frameworks that are in common use. Learn about hardware; what's ...

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Should your salary reflect how much work there is for you or does that not matter?
3 votes

Your salary/wage rate is nothing more or less than what the company is currently willing to pay you for your time. No more, no less. For 90% of us, our actual salary and benefits are much less than ...

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How to handle employer expecting someone to do work against their conscience?
3 votes

Of course, I'm not in this position, nor is anyone else you'll get an answer from here, so there's what we feel is right (which, not being in your position, we would then tell you to do) and there's ...

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As a leader, how can I communicate to my staff that I don't need to be as technical as they are?
3 votes

If you're doing the non-technical part of your job as a team/project lead properly (managing people, being the buffer between your team and the stakeholders wondering why it wasn't done before they ...

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Negatives of a signing bonus
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3 votes

The "rules" attached to a signing bonus, if any, will depend on the agreement you sign with the company. The most common condition of payment is tenure-based; you have to remain employed long enough ...

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How can team morale be improved after a deterioration?
2 votes

How you can improve the situation depends on your role in the team. Is this your team, as in you're a team lead or manager? Or are you "just" a team member who, in the eyes of those who didn't get ...

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Going around a recruiter who submits unsolicited candidates
2 votes

Does the recruiter somehow "own" this candidate? Is the candidate, or even the reference, the intellectual property of the recruiter? No. There is a decision to be made here. This person contacted ...

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How exactly to bring code samples to an interview?
2 votes

Code samples at an interview are a dangerous prospect because, as suslik said, you probably don't own the code. If you wrote it for an employer, regardless of how general-purpose that code is, it's ...

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How can I approach my boss with bad news?
1 votes

Short answer: Depends on the boss. Longer answer: The boss got to be the boss by solving problems. He was thus granted more power to solve problems. That is his job, really; to use you to solve the ...

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How to measure the creative workers' output who are not filling in the timesheet?
1 votes

It sounds like you're doing some Agile-ish things, but not all of it. Agile allows for flexibility in how you manage your teams, but there are things that simply must all happen in Agile, however you ...

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