Have you ever walked out on a job...

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  1. SilverThunder

    SilverThunder Snail Trail...

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    Let's just say in my now current career, there are only 6,000 registered instrument technicians in the country - word spreads quickly - just had an email convo with a prospective employer and he had already knew about me getting hired - across the state.......

    If I mess up, I'm pretty SOL
     
  2. 93rev2sev

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    When I was 15 I had a job at Olga's Kitchen washing dishes. I walked out regretting one thing...

    No more free peasant soup. I guess I did OK deciding that 15 was the right age for that kind of shenanigans.
     
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  3. somedude_001

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    being around family business all my life gave me a different outlook on what employees mean to a business. I don't think I could ever just walk out on a job.
     
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  4. SHODOGG

    SHODOGG Crowd Control

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    I know how you feel man. As much as it may suck and as miserable as you may be, I'd try to keep the job as long as you can and just start looking for something else. It's easier to get hired elsewhere when you have a job, or at least that's what they say...
     
  5. dohcsable

    dohcsable Gold Calipers>*

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    I can say, I've been raised the same way. I have never walked out on a job, but I have quit(after advance notice) to pursue better jobs. And only been canned once for taking responsibility for the actions of those I was in charge of....my supervisors didn't want to lose me, but corporate didn't want to hear it.



    That said, a perfect example was this time last year. I had held a part time gig at a small industrial supply company. I was told on a Wednesday that the company was being sold and I would be out of a job by Friday. I ended up working my arse off helping the company that purchased ours take inventory and clear out the location(took a week). Apparently, the head of the company was impressed by my work ethic and ended up offering me a job doing the same, just with benefits, better pay, and more hours.


    Im still young, and I don't know the circumstances, but my personal advice would be to try to work it out. Just have to remember to keep a level head.

    When dealing with worthless customers, you pretty much just have to take it for what it is. I deliver to a GM plant, so I doubt there can be much worse really.
     
  6. luigisho

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    New week. Let's see how this thing plays out. :munch:

    Good luck either way Denny
     
  7. JRA2000TL

    JRA2000TL The Complainer

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    Good luck with whatever you decide. I feel your pain and can relate to how you feel. I've wanted to walk so many times, it's insane. A lot of folks on this forum know me in person. I ***** a LOT, I mean a LOT, and I have it pretty good; but sometimes there's just no excuse for the shit that goes on out there and you can't help but have it spinning around in your mind until it drives you off the deep end. I have suffered with the same boss for 5 years, with the exception of 8 months I temporarily transferred to a different job I didn't like, then came back to the dept. You can try to save face and just tell them you had a bad day and a falling out and hope it works. If they don't take you back; I guess it's a lesson learned. Folks that don't have tempers don't understand those of us that do.

    I'm TRYING to coach my mind into blocking out negative thoughts, especially about shit I can't control like Darwin award candidates that cross my path multiple times daily. With your job, you can think in your head "F-em" which I often do; but I then have to look at my house, all the stuff in it, my SHOs, etc. All of that crap I have is because of my job. Then, I have my wife to consider. If I walk out, that's not fair to leave her holding the bag trying to make her pay for everything until I try to find myself a new job. Then I just have to suck it up and deal with it, look forward to Friday, come home and get smashed, play with the dog and the SHOs; then life gets better.

    We all have bad days. If you truly can't take the job; then leave and find one that makes you happy. Even other jobs I've hated, now I'm glad I didn't walk out. I haven't burnt many bridges with employers, maybe a couple having my say-so at the end of my notice; but I feel better about the jobs that I just politely quit and rid them of my life.
     
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  8. Denny

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    I was going to reply earlier but lost my internet connection for a few hours.

    Anyways. Yeah it does seem like I have alot of bosses. But to clarify it I have two daily managers I deal with (one, Dan, reports to the other Alex) who in turn report to one blanket department manager, Nelson, who reports back to a VP down at headquarters. The week before my direct boss, Dan, was out due to a family thing and the second boss, Alex was on vacation. Then last week my boss Dan was out on vacation and Alex was with his wife as she is having some health issues.

    I'm angry all the time for multiple reasons and to sum it I'm basically just trying to deal with the whole "life isn't fair" thing and I lost it. Basically I'm sick of constantly having to go out our way and off of the books to accommodate customers because nobody ever wants to hold to policy to say no. I try to catch some breaks in life myself and constantly shot down.

    Anyways, I've been passively trying to look for a new job, the right one, back in automotive. My last interview was in February but out of 3 candidates I had the least experience (which explained the nice salary) and was told thanks for trying, you're a good guy, keep it up, etc...

    Anyways, so my boss Dan reached out to two co-workers I only really talk to. Who in turned got ahold of me. Dan was on his second to last day of vacation and to quote both of them "(Denny) walked out? You've got to be ******* kidding!?" Apparently he told Nelson that something had to gotten to me that caused me to act out of character. Nelson had to call the region for the customer I verbally beat up a bit and then had a call with his boss who asked "well was he one of the good ones?" to which Nelson stood up for me and said yes.

    Dan asked what I wanted to do. I apologized and he stated to call Alex in the morning. I called Alex, he give me a little speech then told me he'll see what he can do. Two hours later he calls and asked me to come in. Nelson and Alex are waiting at the entrance and they hand me a new security badge.

    We go up to Nelson's office and discuss what had happened. He stated they reviewed the calls and saw that I never swore at the custoemers and merely got a little verbally rough with them. It wasn't until I got off the calls did I pick fights with office furniture and cuss up a storm. Nelson calls me a dick and tells me to just learn to pick my battles and realize, customers are always going to be a challenge. Then we got into some of the work structure problems and it was an open dialogue and they pretty much agreed they know what's going on: company organizational in-fighting, turnover and getting the right people (one of the temps was going to be let go that day it turns out), the computer/technology systems, the increase in work demand etc.

    In the end Nelson stated because I acted in an unprofessional manner and quoted "was such a dick" that I would have to be written up. However, the following agreement was made, if in 12 months there is no further disciplinary action that letter will be removed from my file. And because he recognizes that I am have a talented background in excess of what the job asks for he will have no problem helping me to find opportunities to advance whether internally or outside and whether that opportunity shows up in 3 weeks, 3 months or "if we're both still (there), 3 years from now."

    So considering all that, that would not be a bridge worth burning down.

    Today sucked, still getting a little flack from co-workers, workload is still choatic. I apologized to my boss and he said forget about it.

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. JRA2000TL

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    Yeah, just take the damn job back, eat crow for awhile, find something else and move on. Sucks about having to come crawling back like that; but the other option wasn't a good one either. Glad you found a decent resolution.
     
  10. Sho Amo

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    Last Tuesday I almost walked out of my job. I put in my two weeks notice the week before because I got an amazing new job, and I was leaving for a week long vacation in Miami on Wednesday. Of course we are really busy and completely understaffed on Tuesday because the store manager (Im Asst. Manager) made some shitty scheduling moves. He told me to go to lunch which is where my girlfriend settled me down over the phone. Tomorrow is my last day there though :)
     
  11. thebigjimsho

    thebigjimsho LSA = YUM

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  12. Denny

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    LOL and that's when it hit me I did this all wrong. I should have taken my Personal Time Off days, then left and done an exit interview where I could have thrown everyone under the bus. Oh well, time to plot revenge. :evilgrin:
     
  13. dohcsable

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    Sometimes employers do that intentionally as well....I've worked for places that would sweet talk you back in from quitting, only to fire you when you came back. :rofl:

    Denny, it sounds like you have some people there who are worth working with. Finding people who actually care in the workplace is a rare commodity these days.
     
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  14. Bob Gervais

    Bob Gervais Wut?

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    Sounds more like y'all need a dose of man the **** up...
     
  15. Denny

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    Correct. That's why I was was stopped in my tracks and was like whoah when my boss reached out to me.

    I haven't had a boss willing to look out for me since 2006 (and that guy ended up moving to a different company).

    Damn right. It's called work for a reason, not fun time.
     
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  16. Bob Gervais

    Bob Gervais Wut?

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    lol, true! Glad everything worked out for the moment. It took me a hell of a long time to be in a job that I look forward to going into every day. Long time, as in 20 years in my field. Pay your dues and things work out, I like to think. Now, I can look back on the jobs that I hated, and realize that I learned something from every one of them that helps me in my current job.

    Hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes, for sure.
     
  17. Denny

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    Well work has taken an interesting turn. Last Friday a company wide email from the CEO was sent out stating that business has fallen off of a cliff and that the second quarter results are going to disappoint and adjustments are being made for the rest of the year.

    Oh by the way, we're eliminating all open positions, non-company temporary/contract employees followed by 400 addtional layoffs.

    As someone who spent 4 years at Ford going through 3 and ultimately one last restructuring, all I could say is "Ah geeze not this shit again!"

    Company stock took a huge dive so I decided to back up the truck and load on up on shares. :nut:

    Earlier this week our department's most recently hired temp employee was let go not even two weeks into the job.

    On Friday the divisional VP was in town. My boss was rolling through cubicles and was giving us all a heads up. He looked at my desk and he took down the only personal picture I had hanging up(since I tossed everything in the previous blowup)

    [​IMG]

    Turned out there weren't any more layoffs in my area but apparently he had come into town to do some axe work... I thought it was odd that there were suited men and women downstairs in HR when I came in this Friday morning(casual jean day). I spoke to a guy in Inside Sales across the hall and he said his VP was in on Thursday and they walked out three people(2 recent hires not even a month in, and a guy who was there less than a year). Then when leaving afterwards I saw a few people loading up Xerox boxes into their cars. Yikes, very demotivating sights to see.

    So now to wait it out and start taking some paid sick days.
     
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  18. JRA2000TL

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    So...does this mean you're next?
     
  19. SoonerLS

    SoonerLS Heed.Obey.Serve

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    I think, based on what was described earlier in this thread, that he was trying to make sure Denny didn't have anything showing that the hatchet men could use an an excuse to get rid of him (Denny).
     
  20. Huntervf

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    Denny, blow that shit stand and move back to MI. You may have some good people there, but that company sounds like a typical corporate cluster f&$k run by bean counters instead of people who actually know how to run a business. It starts with taking care of your customers and THAT starts with taking care of the people who work for you. From what you've described, the only thing that company cares less about than their customers are their employees.

    I'll get you in where I work. We're rockstars, been hiring people since last December. We can't build machines fast enough and we've been expanding our sales force as well. We don't have all the corporate BS--the owner of the company drives a lifted late 80's Wrangler (as opposed to the 50+ classic/muscle cars he has in his garage) and at the company Christmas meeting they give away hunting rifles and bows and arrows as gifts. And I'm not even joking about this.

    You still got my cell number? It hasn't changed in forever... give me a call.
     

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