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How can I ask my coworkers for feedback without coming off as insecure?
A year and a half ago I got my first job as a remote developer when I was 30. I've done web and IT related jobs before but not full time development. Everything was fine for the first 10 months and then I started getting negative reviews, that my productivity rate is much lower than the rest of the team. I felt really sad and stressed, which led to a minor breakdown, which led to my contract being changed from a full time employee to a contractor that gets paid by the (estimated) hour. After a bit of research, I found out that my productivity rate was low because I was the only developer following our "One test per pull request" policy, which was obviously cancelled at some point, but nobody informed me. I didn't bring this up to my boss because I didn't want to make my manager and coworkers look bad. Working as a contractor isn't so good because a lot of times my features are delayed because of external factors I can't control(code reviews, testers, tests randomly breaking). I want to find out if I'm a bad developer or if the company is trying to cut costs by taking advantage of my insecurity and inexperience.

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    that really depends on what specifically you want to know. I'd advise on any case to make your feedback questions as precise as possible. Just a "what you think about X?" probably won't evoke an answer that contains valuable information for you. Does your team work with code reviews at all? If so, those might be a good starting point. In any case, don't be afraid to ask questions. Nobody knows everything. But as I said, be specific :) best of luck!
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    @Hubot-0x58 I absolutely agree on the last part, I had that too
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    Man, is capitalism are you really expecting an employer to not take advantage of you? How do you think they get profits, ill give you a hint: exploiting people like us
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