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What I had to face for 3 months, probationary period:
Saturdays inclusive workday (mentioned during onboarding but with the option to choose, they lied — compulsory every first and third Saturdays, and one particular month, we worked on 3 Saturdays as boss wanted a faster launch)
Boss would “suggest” you turn on webcam, even if you explain it voids privacy at the time. My first salary had a problem on my end (receiving fund from another country. Hence, domiciliary account needed upgrade), there was a bug on calls and he insisted I turned on webcam even after I told him the bank would not allow it — I won that argument.
Boss flares up on Slack whenever he says HI and got no response from ALL the devs in the channel.
Boss agreed on increase in salary after a month “depending on my contribution.” — he would not discuss it a month later, instead he made me head of my department, when I’m clearly the only one.
Hubstaff is used to track productivity with automated screenshots every 10mins. Also, salary is not tracked on the app as “company uses in-house metric.”
Boss (apparently stays in the US branch) and on-site developers (at India branch) would speak in their dialect during huddle with me — it’s not a translation issue here as they all speak and write English.
I’ve had to put up with all these to take care of my bills.
Extra information: Company is remote.
ALSO, a month before they changed my role they employed a junior developer whom I had to guide, and is now handling VoIP on my absence. Intelligent lad. We bonded over an episode of Rick and Morty and I got to know he’s being paid 1/5th of my salary.
VoIP microservice? Tell me more about this (if you can). I spent hella long time in telecom