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  1. Incomplete Building Work

    Hi Celtic Tiger, apologies for the long delay... for context, I'm an architect and have been trying to adapt to the working culture of the construction industry here myself.    I'm very sorry to say but to resolve this you will likely have to incur some extra costs of your own OR keep up with this until 202X (and then pay for the weather/usage damage yourself). ...   What I personally would do (noting that my suggestions are based solely on the info available on this thread) is: - get 2 or 3 feelers out: make the list (with photos) of the Restarbeiten. This needs to be complete and exact. Send it to 2 or 3 well-researched contractor companies for evaluation, timeline and cost. - feed this back to the architect + an estimate of your losses.   (...)   I've been mulling over how to suggest the next steps... it feels super strange because I feel like I lack more info as well as the fact that this is an open forum... (whilst the topic is getting particular).   Either way, let me know how it's going so far.   Kind regards - Monamon
  2. Incomplete Building Work

    What type of work is it? Internal / external? Some external works may depend on good weather (ex. roof work can be delayed by rain). No excuse for internal tho (not even covid - the construction industry hasn't been halted by that in most circumstances).   Do you have an email agreement with them and how much have you paid already? At this point, you should have only paid about 50% at most!   Can you specify exactly what still needs to be done in list format, send them this as a PDF in an email including the date each point needs to be done? They need to agree in writing (email and/or signed PDF depending on your relationship). If they still don't comply, assuming that hopefully, you haven't paid them yet, you can warn that after the agreed date you will be 'forced' to withhold payment until the job is done and/or enforce a Behinderungsanzeige (§ 6 VOB/B). It's a notice of disability, it basically states that the delay is now negatively affecting you. Look it up based on your type of renovation, there are online templates etc. One example of this measure is that you could start deducting a % from their remaining paycheck until the work is done, or you close the contract altogether with no pay. It has to apply to your particular circumstances though.   I would advise that it also needs to be fair. If the remaining 10% of works are things that you specified later on-site.. that is additional work and should be paid in addition. The quality level needs to be defined not at the end but at the beginning of the work. ...   Next time set a contract (or hire an Architect)    Good luck!
  3. Work culture clashes

    I agree.   The process wasn't straightforward: for the first 6 months of my STEM* Blue Card, I worked for the managers and boss that hired me. The client and the project were in English (internal was always in German). This worked out fine. The two that hired me left the company a few months after my probation ended. But the project went on and I saw no real reason to leave. Plus, wanted to feed time into my Blue Card. In the year that followed, with the same project, I got the bully manager. The year flew by and my Blue Card was fed. Starting this year, the company structure changed again but I finally got to work on projects within Germany with German clients  - and bully manager No.2. Here is where all the culture shocks started to feel really intense. As for my Blue Card: I've made an application for permanent residency status. I feel I need to stick it out for the next months now... until the process is done. Even with a deteriorating work situation. This way my job search could be a bit easier since I won't be so restricted by the STEM field.   It's so confusing coming into a different work culture. There's no other way but to learn by doing and making mistakes. I've never had so much of a culture shock though... I'm trying to understand, learn, adapt.. this forum does help a lot!   *STEM status means I am restricted to my tiny specialist field when changing jobs.
  4. Work culture clashes

    It's a horrible situation. With my first manager in this company she completely walked all over me after I started avoiding asking her things due to the same reason. She then 'jokingly' started calling me and another colleague 'fish brain' in front of everyone in the office, among other things. If she wasn't invited to lunch together she would go into loud passive-aggressive rants. Most of our responsibilities were slowly cut down to almost null/intern level. We went to HR at that point but it backfired - making the bullying worse until she quit (to take her one year vacation - paid by the govt. - for which she printed her itinerary and maps using the company's plotter leaving a mess behind).  To try and avoid this, for my second manager in the same company, I wrote hello by email with a short intro about myself and attached my CV for reference. This actually helped for the first few months, but still: having to constantly argue back about every little thing (no, I'm not wrong - you're wrong because blah blah) to defend my decisions or actions - having the stress of the work itself coming from one side, plus the manager from the other is just exhausting.  
  5. Work culture clashes

    oh and... last update: I just found out that the company is on the process of being sold! No wonder, it's a sinking ship. ...uff 
  6. Work culture clashes

    I will look into it for sure.   __     To all: thanks again for the helpful comments and feedback.   
  7. Losing Job as a non-EU National

      Hi @ilyann - it’s been a while since you posted so I hope youre still available here in the TT.   As this might apply to my situation (also corona x firm struggling = worst case scenario). ...Could you kindly clarify what you got exacly, was this a Zusatzblatt of some kind? How long did they actually give you?   Many thanks in advance - looking forward to your reply!  
  8. TT 3M Thread

      hahah - yep
  9. Work culture clashes

    Hi all   Feeling extremely frustrated right now.   I work at a German firm in Berlin for almost two years now. I've been trying to adapt to the German work culture but not without difficulty. Not because I have no prior experience working internationally, with multidisciplinary international teams (multiple cultures, multiple languages) in a high steaks environment nor because I lack experience for my position.    There's a glass ceiling there - that's clear but it's not surprising (as anywhere else). But what is really getting me now is the cultural divide which basically translates in my mind to simple prejudice. I was literally told that the company (unofficially) hates working with foreigners since one has to teach them how the 'German culture' works. Meanwhile, German colleagues with less experience and less time in the company, albeit with the exact same position, have gotten raises twice now, others have had increased responsibility (climbing up), and haven't had to succumb to the micro-managing that I (or my other international colleagues) have had.    My issue is, I am finally and presently on vacation: on the first week, I got disproportionally angry calls on my personal mobile from my boss, asking me to come in for this or that and now, on the last week, I got a call again from them asking me to come back in tomorrow, despite the fact that I still should have until the end of this week for vacation - as agreed.   My German colleagues tell me that I should fight for my rights, this means constant discussions with managers, which to me is simply stressful and a waste of time and energy... it also doesn't bring much (for me). Also, this type of behaviour, constant arguing with bosses, is simply unprofessional as I see it. More often than not I feel that 'arguing' is just how Germans speak to one another... as in stereotype. As for my stereotype, Canadians are known for their politeness aka non-confrontational means of reaching the same results.   Another thought, that is coming slowly to me, is that this might not be so much about cultural differences but simply their ineffectiveness as leaders. But I can't tell... I doubt myself, maybe I'm not seeing something obvious about how they need me to communicate with them effectively.   In an attempt to try and better understand how Germans argument, I started watching a Youtube channel called the 'Best of Bundestag' - among others. It basically shows how German politicians get their point across. Politics is not my field but I found it to be informative, seeing how politicians of different countries argue... it does kind of mirror the everyday culture (see how they do it in the UK, or in Canada, or elsewhere). Or does it... well, it still doesn't directly mirror my office though... leaving me feeling stuck and frustrated.   I need more opinions... is this normal work culture anywhere?... am I just in a bad job situation?... have You also had difficulty fitting into the work culture here in Germany? Please tell me about it. I would love some perspective.   LG
  10.   yes, I notice it all the time with comments like this. 
  11. Update:   The VAB was a good starting point.   Here are some other links which helped, in English:   Based on my calculations, considering time as a student including the time from permit application, I would have 4 years and 20 days. Also, with base on the VAB, I might have a chance considering that I am a highly qualified professional with a Blue Card - so I will apply.   I'll keep this thread updated  
  12.   The most reliable / updated source of requirements I have is this one unfortunately, even here the translation En/De supplied by their own website seems to say slightly different things.   I wasn't aware that there was a document like the VAB available - thanks! I'll check it out.   Beste Grüße
  13.   In my passport, I go straight from the entry stamp to Aufenhaltstitel. This is because Canadians don't need to apply for a visa on entry.   Either way, I will apply nonetheless. Let's see what they say! 
  14. Many thanks for the quick reply, engelchen!
  15. Hello all   Can an entry stamp on a Canadian passport be considered as part of the 5-year pre-requisite for the EU long-term residence permit?    Here's a little more info: I arrived in Germany on the 1st of June, 2015. On arrival, I got a simple entry stamp with the date (here's a generic sample online My first Visa was as a student (for 1.5 years), then got a freelancer visa (for 2 years), then got a Spec. Professional Blue Card visa (for 1.5 years). It's going to be 5 years in a few days since my first entry (stamp) and I would like to apply for the EU long-term residence permit.   Looking forward to your answers!