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Thinking of new job after 5 months

By smatteson ·
I've been working as a network administrator at a company for the past 5 months. I have a manager with whom nobody can get along. He bullies people, throws tantrums, and in general treats everyone else as sub-human.
For instance, if you walk past him in the hall and say "Hi" he just stares straight ahead. It's creepy, almost.

I have tried telling myself "There will always be one rotten manager at every company" but after putting up with his behavior for several months I'm willing to take my chances elsewhere since I simply can't work with this guy any longer; he spreads too much animosity and inspires absolutely no loyalty. If you do your job well, he says nothing. If something bad happens to the network or systems, suddenly you're the Anti-christ.

My question is, what do I tell the next company I interview with when they ask why I'm leaving? I don't want to lie but I also don't see how I can tell them "My last manager made Genghis Khan look like Mr. Rogers." I'm afraid they won't believe me and will think I'm just bailing out because the work is too tough, or perhaps think to themselves "Gee, if we give him any pressure will he just leave our company too?"

Any thoughts on this? Thanks for any assistance-

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by geeker_ In reply to Thinking of new job after ...

Be honest, but don't be mean. How about things like "I am looking for a more positive work environment" "I am looking for a company in which I can be a team player" "I am looking for a company that I can grow with and learn from and I do not feelthat my current company can offer me that." No matter what you decide to tell your new company, remember that the problem is not with you, it is with your current boss. You may even want to use a co-worker as a reference, because if you state environment as a reason for leaving your current job, they will probably ask your reference about it. Be sure to let your co-worker know that you are using him/her as a reference so they won't be taken by suprise when they get that call.

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by e-Fellow In reply to Thinking of new job after ...

I feel your pain. But don't jump out for that reason. I mean more often than not a person like that is compensating his own insecurities by being an ***. Unless he is just an ***. He may feel the pressure building below him and reacting the only wayhe knows how, a good manager may not be the smartest in the field but will have the right mix to keep the projects going, personnel supported and emloyees fairly happy. Everyone wants respect and in essence he may deserve it, however, you earn respect; your work ethics, knowledge and management skills should make people want to give you respect. If he is uptight and worried that someone will take his job,,, HE SHOULD BE. Imagine a military leader who secretly pulls for the enemy, not a good leader. Sorry I wrote too much here, but in summary, Don't be a cry baby, get the job done, maybe upper mgmt. will recognize you. And yes if you came to me and told me about your last boss I would not hire you, he is only the stimulus, you do not have to react, just work. Look for a job but leave that crap out of it, you will look a lot more attractive going in.

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by Tocolote In reply to Thinking of new job after ...

Maybe if you irritate him enough, he'll leave instead. Periodically unplug his ethernet connection for 2-3 minutes at a time. Posting a message (anonymously)on the internet stating that he's a 14 year old boy that wants to run away from home and join a gay circus with his email address is not a good thing. Smile a lot when you see him, it'll make him worry what you're up to. Talk to yourself only when you and he are alone, then explain that's the only way you can get an intelligent conversation around here. Always ask questions twice in a row and make him repeat the answers at least once.

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by MrsPost In reply to Thinking of new job after ...

When asked why you're leaving you need to be as honest as possible. You can state that your previous work environment was hostile, or non-conducive to quality work, or that you did not have an opportunity to succeed. But then you need to immediately follow these types of statements with how you brought value to the organization.

It is always tricky to describe a bad environment without sounding whiney. But if you provide sanitized examples of what happened and how you dealt with it you can turn the discussion towards how well you work in stressful situations.

General rules: Be as honest as you can. Don't trash-talk. Don't blame the environment for lack of success. Talk about overcoming adversity and other such positive things.

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