Post # 1
Oh good lord…
So I’ve worked at my company for almost 6 years now, love it and everything, but can’t stay. I recently passed my last CPA exam, so I’m ALL DONE (WOO!) and now I need 1 year of work experience under a CPA’s supervision so that I can be officially licensed. My boss has known this is coming for 10 months now, once I started taking the tests! We discussed multiple times that when I passed all 4 tests, I would start looking for a new job.
Anyway, I found out I passed my last test on 2/25 and told him I was going to start looking, applying, interviewing, etc. I received an offer on Friday (DOUBLE YAY!) so I told him about it and said the anticipated start date was OVER A MONTH AWAY (4/29). He freaks out on me! Says that’s not enough time to replace me, I did not give him enough notice, that I’m inconsiderate of the fact that they’ll have to get someone in and trained before I can even think of leaving. He said I should tell them I can’t start until JUNE!
I was stunned speechless. I mean, I told him a month ago that I was looking for a job. I’m giving him ANOTHER month until I start the new job. What on earth was he expecting from me?! In what world is it the norm to give your boss 3 months notice? I hate feeling like I’m burning bridges, but seriously, I’m doing everything I can to get ready for my replacement. It’s a small company, so I AM the entire accounting department. I understand he’s worried about turning it over to someone new since I basically created the system, but geez. It’s not rocket science, I’m leaving all kinds of notes and checklists so I think they’ll be able to figure it out. I’ve decided to call the company and accept their offer today, and I’m absolutely dreading telling my current boss. Any advice? I’m just nervous and trying to avoid doing this. :/
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@misspeanut: Maybe he thought you weren’t really going to leave?
He’s being unprofessional, 2 weeks is standard notice and you’re giving double that. I would just reassure him that you’ll work with your replacement to get that person up to speed.
Hopefully when you’ve wonderfully trained the newbie he’ll be thankful to you and no bridges need be burnt.
Post # 4
@misspeanut: Congrats on passing the CPA exam! Thats awesome!!! Ive been battling that stupid test for too long!
Sorry that your boss is being mean. He shouldve been looking for your replacement once you passed. You were more than generous to give him so much notice!
Are you looking to get into public accounting?
Post # 5
Congratulations! I wouldn’t worry about your boss, no matter how much u get along with managers, if they needed to sack u, they would. It’s business. Just like u leaving. He is being unreasonable
Post # 6
@misspeanut: He is being unreasonable. I would strongly recommend giving him your notice in writing, so that he doesn’t try to pull anything. Maybe if you offer to start training a new person, he may adjust to the idea more? Honestly, he should’ve started preparing before now, and has no right to take it out on you, when you were kind enough to let him know WAY beforehand.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
You are giving him ample time to interview, hire, and train a replacement. Give him a day or two to calm down and digest the information. He probably didn’t think you would find something so quickly and assumed he had more time. You are giving him five weeks to do what he needs to do when you could have just given the standard two weeks. When he talks about it to other people they will most likely tell him to be happy you gave him so much time.
Post # 8
@MLDoddie: Those tests are a beast, I know! How far along are you? I’m accepting a job at a smallish local CPA firm, about 40 employees. I had no desire to be in the Big 4 and missed the whole entry level campus recruiting boat by a few years anyway, so I looked local.
To everyone: Thank you! I was starting to feel like I was the crazy one! I have no problem training a new person, hell I even offered to come in to meet with them after I get off work at the new job a few nights a week to help them out and answer any questions they have until they get the hang of it. I told him about the offer Friday and he’s had the weekend to cool down. I’m going to tell him I plan to accept today. :/ He hasn’t said a word to me yet, I think he’s still upset with me. Sigh.
Post # 9
Congrats on passing your exam. That’s a boatload of work!
He’s just panicking because he relies on you. Be calm and stand your ground. A month is plenty of notice; you’re being more than fair.
Post # 10
Let him freak out. Enjoy your new job!
When I applied for and was offered an internal job at my company (albeit at a different location), my manager was whiny and complained, “But we have so much work for you to do here! You should stay here even though they are offering you better work, a promotion and a raise”.
If your boss can’t counter-offer with something better to make you stay, then he is incapable of keeping you around and deserves to lose you. But in my experience it’s usually better to take something new, as it will most likely fit you better and be something you can grow into for a while.
Post # 11
uh what? two weeks notice is standard and you’ve giving him five weeks. what’s the issue he’s having? I think he didn’t take you seriously when you were discussing the whole time about you leaving.
congratulations on the new job!!
Post # 12
@geekspice: Thank you! That’s basically the conclusion my husband and I came to when we were talking about it this weekend. He’s panicking. I’m not entirely sure what he thought I meant a month ago when I said I was looking, but minor detail. :p
Post # 13
@misspeanut: Okay, good. I was about to tell you NO Big 4… unless you dont want a life. I worked for one for a little over a year and a half. It was great experience, but seriously, I worked and traveled ALL THE TIME. I moved to a “big 10” firm and I’m still working a lot… so hopefully a local firm will be good to you! I’m currently 0-4 with that stupid test.
Seriously though, hes had plenty of notice. Do NOT feel guilty for leaving. He will find someone.
Post # 14
As everyone else has said, you’re totally fine – you gave PLENTY of notice.
I will caution you about going in to help once you leave – I think it’s fine to do that, but sign a contract stating that you’ll be paid on a per diem/per hour basis as a consultant. You should certainly be paid for your time and expertise, and you devalue yourself (and put yourself in a bad situation) by working for free.
Post # 16
We recently had an employee give 4 weeks notice- like you- and we were SUPER happy. We all thought she was very considerate. Her thinking was 2 weeks to find a replacement and 2 weeks to train. You did nothing wrong!