Post # 1
I hated this job since the day that I started it. I thought accounting was going to be the thing I wanted to do forever but quickly learned that I absolutely can’t stand it, and the hostile work environment that I’m placed in everyday doesn’t help either. I’ve only been here for 5 months, so I am super nervous to give notice, especially since they expect employees to stay at least a year to get their designation. I’ve experienced nothing but negative comments and very nonconstructive criticism (I’ve been flat out called dumb, told “I should know this already” and just countless other things), so my decision is final in that regard.
I am going back to my old job, which I absolutely love, so I am super excited about that. I have about 3.5 weeks left here, and while we are in the middle of a busy season, I contemplated giving them more than 2 weeks just because I don’t want everyone talking about me for the next 3.5 weeks and having to deal with their rude comments. Also, our HR department is also known for begging people to stay and getting mad at employees for giving notice. To top it off, I am going to have to do an exit interview, which is going to be more yelling and being rude.
I’m literally kicking myself for ever taking this job in the first place :(.
Post # 2
Just take a deep breath and keep it professional (even if they don’t!). You can’t control their reactions but you can control yours.
And then go home and cheer that you’re going back to your happy job!
Post # 3
If there is 0 chance of you returning to the industry I would give 2 weeks and waive the exit interview. Exit interviews are optional and unless your contract states otherwise 2 weeks is a courtesy.
Post # 4
Meh, it will most likely be a little uncomfortable, but they probably won’t be openly hostile or do anything illegal for fear of a lawsuit, especially if they’re a large enough company to have a dedicated HR department. It’s just two weeks of your life, hold your head up high and get through it. Good luck!
Post # 5
Are you positive you have the old job? There’s no question about it? To be honest, as bad as it sounds, you don’t HAVE to give a notice (unless its a contract job and you signed something). Since you won’t need them for a reference, you can just, at the end of the day on your last day tell them you won’t be back. It sounds harsh, and I always thought it was rude, until I thought about it one day and realized that when people get laid off (not fired, but let go due to whatever reasons the company has to release people) they don’t necesarily give notices. I worked with someone once who walked two miles to work each way. The boss let her walk to work, and then before her shift told her she needed to talk to her and let her go then. I couldn’t believe it. I was like, you could have at least let her work her shift, rather than making her walk all that way for absolultely nothing.
My first job, I gave two weeks notice… after knowing I’d already be gone those two weeks. So while I didn’t return, it was still a two week notice since I was supposed to be gone anyway. After that, I pretty much just always said “today is my last day”. Except one. I really enjoyed it, the people were great, I just needed more hours and gave a notice becasue I wanted the opportunity to go back if I could.
So hopefully some of that helped at least a little.
Post # 6
Aww bee it’s hard giving notice but you need to do what you need to do. Don’t feel guilty. I felt the same way when I resigned…I worked in HR and get this…my HR boss was the bully. Think about how awkward that is when people in HR are quitting the company. People are their greatest asset. If they aren’t treating you right, then it is their fault. I would tell them exactly how you feel.
Post # 7
I just wouldnt show up, call and say you quit and then hang up.
Post # 8
Yes, there is ZERO chance I will be returning to this industry. I’ve never heard of waiving an exit interview- do I just tell them I would rather not do one?
Yes! I worked at this company previously and received final confirmation from my old manager yesterday! Thanks 🙂
Post # 9
Exit interviews are always optional. They can’t make you have an honest heart to heart about why you are leaving. Generally speaking they are a complete waste of time anyway. How many people are going to burn bridges by being completely honest?
If they call you in, you can always decline to participate, or get up and leave at the first sign of a hostile atmosphere. “I’m leaving now.”
Post # 10
When I graduated from college I was offered a job out of my field but really wanted to find something in my field so I didn’t accept it right away. I had a hard time finding something in my field so I accepted the first job that came along, even though I knew I would hate it (I wanted to give it a try anyway). I went through the training and only stayed for two weeks after before I gave my notice. I felt so awful that I was leaving so soon but I needed out of there (I literally would have walked out it was so awful but that’s not me, but hey, I didn’t think leaving a job two weeks in was either and here we are haha). Leading up to giving my notice I was so nervous and worried, but after I did it I felt such a relief that I was moving on to a job I knew I would like (I accepted the job out of my field). Once you give your notice, don’t even pay attention to what others say about you. You’re moving on to bigger and better things and once you’re there the anxiety will be gone. I just kept telling myself “you just have to get through the next two weeks and you never have to deal with this again”. Put your notice in, treat yourself to whatever you like each day for the next two weeks (mine was lots of good ice cream and a manicure) and know that you’re better than what others are saying. Good luck!
Post # 11
Your story sounds exactly like mine! I worked out of my field during college and loved it. I wish I would’ve listened to my instincts and just stayed.
Post # 12
Just do it. With any luck, they will take away your work immediately and/or just tel you to leave that day.
Post # 13
I agree with other posters that it’s completely fine to just give your 2 weeks—you haven’t been there very long and since you’re not planning on ever working for them again (or getting a recommendation I hope–they sound rude!), 2 weeks is fine. Hopefully your exit interview won’t be too awkward but at the end of the day you’ve got a great job lined up! Congrats!
Post # 14
Just keep in mind that there’s a good chance they will ask you to leave immediately. I’ve seen that happen at every job I’ve had, especially if there’s any kind of sensitive information or clients involved. It’s good to anticipate it happening so losing two weeks of pay isn’t a shock. Good luck!
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
No advice on the notice thing as I’ve been at my company a long time but since I became a qualified accountant I’ve found many fellow accountants to be rude and have a general attitude of ‘my way is the only way’, I hate it!