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Readers Respond: When Is Quitting Your Job the Answer?

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Not taking it

I'm in a job where I started as a consultant. I worked hard and the contract was up. Someone left (she left due to stress and very long hours) so I was offered her job and accepted. I assumed that I could do a better job than she and maybe she was mismanaging her time. I was wrong. I started working 60-70 hours a week for 6 months out of the year. We are promised new employees but don't get permanent folks. They switched me off to another director on the same team without my knowledge. I am now required to travel and don't want to. I am still working crazy hours and my boss says that I can't manage my time and I am unprepared. She is mean and purposefully hurts my feelings and is happy to say she ruined my day and weekend. She tells me I cannot reach out to my team members for asking questions or for assistance and that I should go to her. When I go to her, she gets angry! She favors the men on the team and has said many times that she doesn't like women. I want to quit! What to do?? (Secretly look for another job. When you have one, give 2 weeks notice and leave. Have you considered talking to her boss or HR? But, it sounds like her behavior is supported, so probably job searching or a transfer to another department. http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchhelp/a/confidentsearch.htm and http://jobsearch.about.com/od/findajob/a/job-search-when-you-are-employed.htm and http://jobsearch.about.com/b/2005/10/10/stealth-job-hunting.htm Good luck.)
—Guest Not taking it

Despite Criticism, Wins the Contract

My boss is consistently rude about my achievements in front of my colleagues. Most recently, he held up a quote that I had produced (as an example in front of four of my colleagues) highlighting all of my mistakes and the standard that he thought it was produced at. He advised that, in no uncertain terms, we would not win the business. We did! When I have tried to take ownership (after winning the business), he tells me not to worry myself with operational activities, even though the client is expecting me to manage the process and see it through to completion. So I am left as a non decision maker in the ctrical point of the contract start. That's just a snippet.....
—Guest Natasha

Quiting my job

I wanna quit because I get minimum wage and I am taking care of 3 adults and 3 children. I just wanna stay home and not work because it seems like everyone are leeches. My husband and brother don't want to work. At least, my sister is doing odd jobs but she has 2 children :/ I just feel like packing my stuff and leaving and moving to another country.
—madolog

When you're threatened

Been working 5 years in a retail job, casually while studying (last 4 at university). Moved closer to school (was 90 minutes each way, now 10) and got a transfer close by. New boss has already threatened to fire me (illegally) twice, which has never happened to me before as I'm hard working and reliable. The first time I was told to come in at the last minute when they knew I had classes which my course doesn't allow me to skip. Obviously I was unable to go and explained why. Had to spend a week just finding out if they followed through. Second time was via a request for my availability by a certain deadline. This was mailed to my previous address (parent's house) which is in another town entirely! This has caused massive stress and has even affected my studies. I'm just debating whether to quit now before they try to fire me (and not have a termination on my record) or risk getting fired while looking for a new job (while avoiding dipping into my savings).
—Guest Over It

You're Ignored and So Is the Customer

I spent 5 years of my life earning my electrical engineering degree, which was not easy in an all-male environment. My first experience in aerospace was extremely bad in that the company would lie to the customer, and push me to fudge the numbers. Thankfully, that was just an internship, and when I got a full time job with a different company, things seemed better. Until. The group "expanded" and added more "process." I went from lead engineer making autonomous decisions on our program to someone who could not make a single design decision without the approval of not only everyone on the team (2 of whom are new and know nothing about the project, but were hired over me) but also other departments like safety. Customers call in angry about changes they want in the design (as do some of our service engineers) - but the overwhelming number of new idiots on the team don't want to expand our scope. In meetings, nobody even listens to me anymore. Our product now fails 60% of the time. (Get out of there by secretly job searching. Good luck.)
—Guest Service

When You Leave Your Principles At Home

I'm just a fresh graduate and I'm quitting my job after only four or so months of being employed in this specific company. I have several projects and I have to go home as late as midnight and get back at 8 or 9 a.m. I hardly spend time with my family and I frequently get sick. At the same time, I'm ignoring my career path and the company's ways of doing things are in opposition to my principles, so I really have to leave. It's going to be the best decision I'm going to make as there are other organizations and private foundations willing to take me in.
—Guest Terms

Sad but true

I left my job due to being bullied, (maybe its called mobbing) as there were so many people involved, I can see that certain companies dont like people who can actually do their job and are good at their job as other people in the department probably get jealous and I know that all I have done is be nice to people and do my job to the best of my ability. I can see why that company's department is so crappy and why the company that I worked for has a high turnover of staff. People who obviously stay there more than 6 months are either crap at their job or don't know any better.
—Guest bob

Crazy Rubs Off

I have been working for a company only 4 months and I had to give them my notice today. They are so completely crazy that I can't be around it anymore. How these people got rich, I have no idea, but I know they are not staying that way. I started crying one day before I had to go in and I decided I would rather be poor if that's what it comes to. Thank god I didn't leave my other job.
—Guest Eugene

When you just can't take the greediness

But before you do so, look for a job that you really want to do and MORE compensation.
—Guest bhey

Outsider in a Family Business

I worked for four years for a family business. Started off great, they treated me as one of their own. Then two years in, they hired the boss's niece. She was a bully, and since she was family and I wasn't, it was a no-win situation. Over the next two years, she was given all of my responsibilities except that for which I had specific training (not from them). New equipment, she was trained on it, not me. I quit getting raises. My opinions were not repected. Everyone began to patronize me, and I still to this day think she was behind it. Finally I had had enough, and started looking elsewhere. A glorious day when I left! I've worked for three family businesses, and two were nightmares. No more for me.
—Corie H

The case of the ringing phone

I worked for a collection agency and their beliefs were that if you didn't "make" someone answer their phone, then you weren't good enough to work for them. So in turn, I started there 07/05/11 and it looks like my last day will be the last day of this month. I'm being fired because apparently I am not productive enough. I can collect all day long, but if it's any of my own accounts, then I get reemed and screwed over for it. My manager is as fake as a seven dollar bill, his assistant is an even bigger jerk and the whole team seems to do better than three of the ar's that have been here a little longer and got no help trying to learn the job. This is a disrespectful position and i don't wish it on anyone!
—Guest it aint my fault

I have a story about what happened

I had to quit my job because of the people that own that restaurant and how they treat other people that stop going to the restaurant because of their behavior on the job. I was having a hard time talking to the managers and they don't do a good job themselves for a few different reasons. I decided that I want to do something different than before and I am going back to school to prepare to achieve my job goals that I want to get some day. I am an hard of hearing lady with a few problems on her own that she has to deal with for the rest of her life which is fine with me.
—Guest CORY THOMES

Not Empowered

I am in this new position for the last 3 months, but the problem is that I feel that I am not making any decisions that affect my area of responsibility. Everything has to be referred to the Head of the Department for approval, though I have 9 direct reports. (Have you tried talking with the department head?)
—Guest John

When You Start Dreading Monday on Friday

If it's that bad, you need a change. I had the same problem because the money was good. I went down to 88 pounds (regular weight is 140 lbs). I was constantly being yelled at and given unreasonable goals. I was finally fired after five years and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It actually saved my life. I worked in a hotel that was owned by a banking institute. The general manager had to make himself look good (if you saw him, that was a stretch). He fired 4 front desk managers, 6 food/beverage managers, 3 housekeeping managers, and I was the last to go. I don't know what happened to him, but I now have my own business and will never treat people the way I was treated.
—Guest Elaine Douglas

Overlooked for Promotion

I have been working with this job since November. Despite the fact that I have a master's degree, I've been overlooked for three leadership positions because the boss has a complex about those with higher education than her. She then insults me by giving me a tiny raise while cutting my hours. I will be submitting my two weeks notice today!
—Guest NP

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