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How do you handle your marginalized talent? [closed]

I've felt frustrated in the past with some jobs due to management marginalizing my talent, even after "proving" it to them for several years. Things like choosing to rewrite a single method from ...
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What industry/programming is right for a careful coder? [closed]

My approach to programming is very deliberative. I spend a lot of time planning and designing before I code, even for the most basic tasks. I always try to make my code very simple, design everything ...
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Is the creation of brand new software generally a major part of most programming jobs? [closed]

I have worked in software development for over 10 years now, and it's dawning on me that I rarely get to create anything "new". I realize that "new" is a vague term, but I would define it as anything ...
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How strict are standard employer IP agreements about coding outside of work?

I'm in negotiations for a position with a large corporation and I'm reading their employment terms. In their IP/copyright section they state that anything that I do outside of work that is "similar" ...
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How can I leverage or 'selling' small-scope skills in a large-scope-heavy environment?

I've been working for 15 years at a mid-size company (300-400 engineers) doing a mix of embedded software / signal processing / controls engineering / circuit design. And an event has occurred ...
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“Employee morale is the employee's responsibility” [closed]

How true should (or does) this statement ring for developers? Many people I've talked to say "it's like this everywhere", while a similar number treat it as practically an invitation to resign. It's ...
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Manager keeps changing requirement specification after every demo.

Background of my working environment My manager has no background or understanding of computers or software whatsoever. It is highly likely he hasn't seen code in any form (not even from a physical ...
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Do I have the wrong idea about software engineering? [closed]

Hello folks I have a question which's been raised by my latest job (rather intern). Just to put things into context - I'm 21 and I've finished my 2nd year of university before that I've had around 2 ...
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How do you stop yourself from bringing work home? [closed]

Programming is a highly cerebral job, and one of the biggest problems I have is bringing my work home with me. It's so easy to do: whenever I get the chance to think, my mind naturally wanders to ...
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Would you purchase hardware with your own money to use at work to do your job better?

At work, I was given a reasonably-spec'ed machine (dual quad 2GHz, 4GB RAM, 160GB 7200RPM drive, Win7), but it was lacking in a few places (HDD / RAM). The IT staff was OK with me replacing hardware ...
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Challenging Job after Graduate Studies

I worked with an M.N.C developing web applications in Java/J2EE related technologies(includes JSF,struts,hibernate etc.) now I quit my job to pursue Graduate Studies in the U.S.A. So I am a student in ...
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How can I make the life of a new hire comfortable?

As a senior member of a software team that, unfortunately, has little documentation for legacy reasons, what are the things that one could do to make a new hire comfortable? I have been planning ...
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Suggestions wanted on dealing with hyper territorial team

I have just started a new job and all is not well in neverland. I had high hopes for this company, but when I arrived, I walked into a team that I am having a hard time working with... The two ...
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Industry has no place for passionate programmers? [closed]

I've been interning at a place where my manager believes that if you are in a, product company, then you generally spend time tweaking the product and sometimes adding some features, or service ...
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Programmers and Database Professionals in Performance Based Companies

Anybody here work for a company (or know of someone that does) in the fields of programming or anything related to DBs and not have set work hours? Where you are paid for performance rather than how ...
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What is the average job duration in software engineering positions? [closed]

I was just curious to see if this was recently measured. How long do people expect to stay in a new job? How long do people actually stay within an organization or in a position?
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Standard survey questions for gauging job satisfaction [closed]

Are there any standard surveys or questions that are useful for gauging software engineer or programmer job satisfaction? I hypothesize that determining software engineers' attitudes toward their jobs ...
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How can a software technologist best function in an engineering firm?

I am a recent Software Technologist community college graduate. I graduated with honors and I invest a lot of personal time studying computer science topics. I have been recently hired at an ...