(Closed) How Do You Quit a Terrible Job? Please Help!

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would wait until you get the other job and then write them a letter and/or go higher up to voice your concerns.

Post # 5
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Write a letter to them either with pen and paper or on your computer. Just let your heart out. You can revise it as many times as you need to, then you can either read it until you have it memorized and go in there to talk to them about it or you can mail it. If you write it out with revisions, I am sure you will get it to where it is professional.

Post # 6
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Well, here is what I did:

I submitted my notice in writing, apologized, and expressed thanks for the opportunity.  A day after I left, I emailed the CEO from ym personal account to ask if he’d be willing to write a letter of recommendation for me.  He did.


My job was worthless.  I hated my life every single day I was there and was so emotionally drained that I did little else than cry at home and go to sleep early after drinking a glass of wine.  After I left… I was completely different. 🙂  My job had an exit interview with HR and I was blatantly honest with them about my adverse experience.  Does your job have an exit interview?

Post # 7
368 posts
Helper bee

I would make sure you have another job first, and foremost. You could tell them you have a great opportunity, and would like a reccomendation. But, you may risk your current job. I would voice your concerns after you have secured your new job, and try not to burn bridges. Maybe write a letter like the other poster stated, or talk to the upper management. Honestly it sounds like they really don’t care, and know someone else will just step in line after you for the job. Some companies just don’t care. It’s sad but true.

Post # 9
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I dealt with a similar situation at my former job. Luckily for me, the only people I wanted recommendations from were bosses who had left the organization shortly before me, so I didn’t have to worry about a backlash. Also, I completely changed careers, so I didn’t have to worry about running into any of these people down the road at a different company, so I was honest in my exit interview.

In your case, I know you don’t want to hear this, but most likely, even if you do speak up, not much will change. If I were you, I would maybe highlight a couple of the most important reasons you have for leaving, and leave it at that. Remember that you never know when you might come across these people again, so although I think it’s important to be honest, I also think you need to “edit” what you say to ensure you aren’t punished later on.

Post # 11
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You said it yourself- grin and exit with poise.

Employers who treat their employees like this are not about to change because of information they receive in an exit interview or any communication from an ex -employee.

The people who still work there need to exercise their courage collectively, meet with the employer and state what needs to change to make it a healthy workplace.

Post # 12
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You are required by CA law to get a 10 min work break after working 2 hours if you work over 6 hours in a day. You may want to submit a claim to the CA labor board. You can submit it annonymously thou. If enough employees submit claims, this will FORCE them to change, at least a little. It can get tricky with exempt/non-excempt/salary/nonsalary thou.

As far as how to handle leaving, you don’t want to put the company down. You’ll want to be careful how you word things if you say they overworked you because they could turn that around & say it was too much for you to handle or something like that. Good employers would listen & try to improve, bad ones don’t care about you & will do whatever works best for them.

Employees need to stand up for themselves, if they’re allowing themselves to get walked over, the employer will continue to do it. However, it can be scary cause the employer may just fire you. I’m right there, I have to submit a claim to the OR labor board & I’m scared to put my name on it, so I’ll probly do it annonymously. However, doing it annonymously makes it so they can’t contact me to clarify things. No other worker (as far as I know) has done this, so since no one speaks out, we get overworked badly.

I would actually send a letter to the HR department (annonymously) about how everyone’s being treated. & one to the labor board. I only say annonymously cause you’ll probably need their good recommendation for future jobs, if you want to put your name on it, go ahead. I’d just be paranoid they’d give me a bad recommendation… they’re not supposed to, but ya never know.

I’m sorry you’re in this spot! I hope that new job hires you on the spot & that you can get away from the stressful work environment you’re in!!

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