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Readers Respond: When Is Quitting Your Job the Answer?

Responses: 71


Everyone who works experiences times when quitting your job sounds like the best choice, sometimes your only choice. Sometimes quitting your job makes more sense than others. When is it the right time to quit your job? Readers share how they knew when it was time to quit their jobs.

More reader responses to a variety of questions.

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Coworker is a lying, manupulative suckup

I have been at my current position for six years now and was assigned to work with a new hire - as my coworker - about 2 years ago. She basically did as little work as possible and was a total suckup to our supervisor. I honestly didn't like her but managed to just 'get along' since we had to work in the same office. I realized that not only was she a suckup but also totally manipulative and a narcissist, I've kept my distance but we shared certain responsibilities so there was a limit. I couldn't put up with her freeriding attitude anymore and went to HR with proof (actual work history and also proof of absenteeism - she goes to gets her nails done during work hours) and also told them I didn't bother to talk with my supervisor first because they are close friends. HR promised to do something and then she got promoted!
—Guest Krystal

When the changes are hurting you

A new CEO arrived (small company), and he changed my department because he didn't belive what we did, even though he was two days in the office and never had a meeting with us. Suddenly he fired my entire staff (I wasn't consulted in anything) and my budget was frozen everything I do must be approved by him, even the purchase of pens for daily work, things that used to take 1 day to do, took like a month due to the new approval process. Suddenly I had no direct boss nor indirect, and like 7 people who feel they are my new boss, none of them with experience in my area. It is time to move on and leave this no end job.
—Guest yorch

Shabby treatment, poor ethics, no growth

I work long hours for low pay. My bosses insist on onsite daily, the customer disrespects me (to the point of hiring an unqualified replacement I have to train and taking away all my job roles). They've told me again & again I would move up in title and responsibilities if I proved myself, I have and still nothing. Can't take a sick day ("work from home" bs every time), almost no vacation leave, and bad benes. Soon the customer will kick me off contract and I'm expected to assist with a project whose customer I distrust and aim I find entirely unethical (project goal will make world worse imho). Considering career change, but getting qualified takes time and need steady work. Want to quit on principle but w/out anything lined up I can't.
—Guest Feeling Exploited

Time to move on - find something better

I cannot explain how much I hate my job right now. I deal with people who have not enough potential and it's my job to 'help' them through the task that they are doing (I'm a QA analyst). I just don't understand the fact that they were hired even though they don't deserve it. What hurts most is that we are receiving THE SAME salary given that I've been in the job for 3 years. I have the brains as much as they do, and I do show results. I'm ready to quit soon and I've already applied for a new and better job.
—Guest Valj

Useless Supervisors

Sometimes I feel as if I'm back at high school. There is a rumor mill that would old ladies blush. People ignore you (turns around as you approach, doesn't directly speak to you) and when the boss asks that person why, they blame it on you. I applied for a higher position a couple months back, during which they basically skirted around the answer: "no, you aren't getting the position" by giving me all these lame excuses. Told me I need to communicate with Everyone, that I need to make the first move (screw that, if people want to act like a child, so be it). Said I wasn't trained enough in other areas, to which I responded, "How am supposed to get trained when no one will teach me?" They said, "Well, when we get new people in, we'll train you then." We have since gotten about 5 or 6 new coworkers and yet I still am stuck doing the same thing whereas they have been cross-trained since they started. My supervisors are useless, only Act busy when the higher ups are around. Will not miss them.
—Guest Perlita

Before nothing is left

Leave your employer before he/she expects you to always work around the clock and donate your life to making himself look like the Director of your successful team that he is loudly cutting out from under your feet because he knows you will pick up the work for no extra pay. Run, when you get the first feeling he just used you to only better himself, keep you in the dark by witholding info that can make you shine or is bleeding you dry, as you progressively forget about your health, your family and your sanity in the real world. Leave him/her before you get hooked on meeting insurmountable expectations especially if you're working for an executive in a faith based organisation that sprukes it works with God's values every day in every way. Run if it[s like a bad domestic relationship or you get the first feeling you are getting hooked on being a high achiever for a leech or a snake. Run fast. Make it clean and very early.


Work in a 40 degree cooler with knives, making 9$ an hour. After raises 14$/hr... But I have 2 more years till I get my top pay. Constantly training people for 2 years who keep quitting (been here 3) because it's "too much work." There is a demand to meet 2% of the store sales which I have been working my ass off trying to do but the store director keeps giving me employees who fail in other departments. Now he wants to hire someone who has been here 6 months and had never done my job to be a manager for my department, which is a non-existent position that he is creating. I am going to have to train this person and then work with him as he tells me what to do and determines if I am worthy of 40 hours a week. I have been working almost 48 hours a week Non-stop for the last 2 years.
—Guest f albertsons

Belittling Boss

I just quit my job of almost 7 years. We have a new curator at the toy museum where I worked & it seems he decided to get rid of all the old staff. He cut my days as much as possible & if he did ask me to work an extra day or 2, he made sure I knew that I was his last choice due to someone else being unavailable. A few months ago, he started making me sort boxes of thousands of building toy pieces for his displays. Recently, he started screaming at me for any little thing. For instance, I answered the phone & he was on it so he yelled at me for picking up too soon. The next time I let it ring 3 times to avoid the same thing & he screamed that I needed to answer by the 2nd ring! Then Friday, he screamed at & criticized my teen-age daughter who has been a volunteer there for years. She's always been kind & helpful to tourists. She was devastated I reminded him that she wasn't an employee. He roared that he was MY boss & if we didn't like his orders we could both leave. So we did.
—Guest Sheila

Need advice help!!

I've been in this new job which is car sales just a month now, I'm a trainee and just got into everything and I absolutely hate it! I don't know what to do because I don't want to feel depressed.I've realised it's not for me but I'll feel like I'm letting everyone down but then at the same time I do not want to let myself down and if I waste my time here I could be looking for something elsewhere! People have said stay for 6 months, see how you feel, then leave but if I stay for that amount of time, I'll have clients and stuff. If I leave now with no strings attached it will be better, I'm the only sales woman, everything completely unorganised and apparently that's the main reason why people leave and I just cannot live like that! One day off a week and every third weekend off, I'm going to be running myself into the ground! And I want to have a family one day so it's just not ideal. All I want is a job with at least 2 days off a week, well paid, organised and I love doing it, this is just rubbish!
—Guest guestguest12

When dealing with a Sweet-Nasty Boss

Coporate comes and you have the most angelic boss ever but when they leave all hell breaks loose. When you have a Manipulative, insecure, and conniving boss who gets upset because she knows you are the best workers she has and hates it. HR doesn't believe you because they think your boss is so sweet when they come! RUN!
—Guest Too far gone

She's so mean I want to quit!!

There is this one woman that I work with who talks bad about me and shows me no respect. She messes up all the time and when I make a mistake, she makes me feel stupid. I have a college education. I am a accounts manager in the finance dept. of a car dealership. I'm way more educated than she is. My job is to take payments and make contact and or/payment argmts on delinquent accounts. She is never happy with any of the payment arrangements that I make. Yesterday, she completely hijacked one of my accounts and called one of my customers telling him she would not honor the payment argmts that I had made with him which was all that he could afford. She demanded that he make the full payment which he did not have. I told my manager about this but he did nothing. He is too afraid to stand up to her. She then called me into her office to bitch at me about another account and payment argmt that I had made that was unacceptable to her. She isn't even my boss! She is a mean and horrible woman!

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.

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

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