cherijoh wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:51 am
vested1 wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:55 am
I was being punished very publicly for refusing to work 12 hour days on the previous weekend with no pay, even though "everyone else always did it". I was supposed to get my quarterly evaluation (my first) that day, but the time for it came and went. My director (the one who had been verbally abusing me in public) wouldn't answer my phone calls, even though he was only steps away in his office, so I sent him a two sentence email saying I was quitting and would be gone by 10 am, leaving my company's leased vehicle keys and laptop on my desk. Magically, he appeared immediately and spent the next hour begging me to stay.
I hope you were able to find another job quickly.
I'm curious - were there any warning signs that you realized in hindsight pointed towards the toxic environment? Any questions you wished you had asked during the interview process?
I retired the day I walked out the door, so wasn't looking for another job.
I was ready to retire before I took the job. I had been told that there was a lot of pressure from those who worked there whom I interacted with in my previous job. But they approached me, not the other way around, and required that I give my previous employer only 1 day's notice the day after I was interviewed. Since the previous job was stonewalling me on a pay raise I didn't mind giving them 1 day's notice.
I made it clear to my new employer before signing on that I wouldn't put up with broken promises, but that I would be loyal and save them a lot of capital expense if they kept their word. I was interviewed by 3 directors and told them all that I didn't need the job, but they wanted me anyway because they had a talent deficit. They asked me for a time commitment so I gave them a year, but left after 4 months. They doubled the pay of my previous job at my insistence, but didn't let me work from home, although they promised I could do so 3 days a week, and required that I report to the office every day in the east bay, over 100 miles from home. It took a week to get a leased vehicle from the company, but they refused to pay mileage for my commute before they issued me the vehicle. They said I would occasionally have to work a Saturday, but only in emergencies. That turned into both weekend days every week with no apparent emergency. I rarely complied. The commute was over 5k miles a month, with most of my work in downtown SF, engineering new facility placement under the streets of the financial district. I had over 30 projects going, all in the multiple 100k range, some far larger. They refused to pay for bridge tolls, parking, or Per Diem, even though they promised to.
What they didn't expect is that I would keep my word, and that I wouldn't put up with abuse. They weren't used to hearing the word "No". I added that word to their vocabulary.