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Would you quit even without a job line up...

By tech_gal ·
I've only been in my job for less than 6 months, but I hate it. Until now, I do regret of accepting this position. I work for a non-profit organization in their IT Department. I pretty much do everything from helpdesk to networking.

I enjoy what I do really except the fact my boss and pretty much majority of the people here are abusing their positions. I never worked in a nonprofit before until I came here. The way they run business is very different. Profanity is almost a "norm" here, and one thing I still can't believe is how people here cheat, lies, gossips. Management/Directors they don't care, they are guilty themselves.

So far, I'm back to job hunting. Where I live now, IT jobs are almost non-existent unless I am willing to do contract works. I can't go back to my previous job, they have a "no-hiring back" policy.

I do have a plan of moving to a city someday, but right now, going to work everyday is like facing death. Do you think I should quit even without a job lineup?

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No, it makes you look bad to other employers

by gralfus In reply to Would you quit even witho ...

Use all the job finding/creating tactics you can to land a position somewhere else. Consider places you may not have thought about. When I was active in looking for work, I checked out medical facilities, gov't jobs, telecom businesses, large plant nurseries, metal fabs, grocery chains, and so on. I eventually got on with local gov't.

I used to work at a tiny electronics assembly company where drunken brawls were common at staff meetings. The floor supervisor liked to make women cry, the owner's son was a pervert and would make really rude comments to the women continually, most of the management were alcoholics trying to get one of us to sign their AA probation form to "prove" they had been to a meeting. Not a lot of fun for me... (well there was one foreign woman that was fun to talk to). I kept my nose to the grindstone for a couple of years until a position opened in another company doing computer support.

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I have to agree with gralfus

by j.lupo In reply to Would you quit even witho ...

First, keep the income coming in. Second it will make you look better to not quit a job, but be ready for the "Why do you want to leave after 6 months?" Be honest and succinct. It was a lesson learned.

Besides looking for a job, look into interviewing techniques that can assist you in evaluating possible company cultures to see if you fit in there. This way you can avoid this situation in the future.

BTW: not all non-profits are like what you are experiencing. I have worked for them in the past and really enjoyed it.

The hard part is you need to look at alternative job strategies to find the unpublished jobs. Talk to your network of colleagues and friends. Look into IT organizations that are local to network with.

Good Luck and let us know.

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Same Position

by Black Panther In reply to Would you quit even witho ...

I was in exactly the same position working for a charity that wanted the Computer Systems fixed but without spending any money.

I ended up being there for 18 months before I got another position ( I started looking after 3 months ).

If you can hang in there and look at the same time it will look a lot better than just leaving without having another position.

Be aware of your own personal health levels, ie anxiety, stress, disappointment etc and maybe get some councelling if you decide to hang in there whilst you are looking.

On the other hand if you are not under financial and family pressures are young and just can't stand it - the world is your oyster!

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Absolutely YES!!! Be bold!!!

by stress junkie In reply to Would you quit even witho ...

There is no question that you should quit right away. Your current position is completely insufferable. Nobody should face such a terrible situation. In all my years of work I've never heard of such a terrible work environment. Leave right away before your festive, happy-go-lucky demeanor suffers permanent damage.

You should take the opportunity to make a statement in your leaving. First, don't give any notice. That will get attention. Next you should do something dramatic like leave a pile of dog pooh on the general manager's desk with a note saying that this represents the quality of his/her management skill. Then you could get a can of spray paint, flourescent orange, and spray graffiti around the walls of the reception area. Be sure to include your name.

If you do all of these things you'll really show those bozos who they've been messing with and what a great employee they've lost through their misconduct. You will undoubtedly inspire the remaining employees of this organization to reform their ways. And it will almost certainly help to speed your job search. No doubt you will find a better job in an organization that is more to your liking in no time at all.

Note: I added the following lines a couple of days after the discussions about this post started:


Of course I'm being sarcastic.

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I hope you are being sarcastic . . .

by j.lupo In reply to Absolutely YES!!! Be bold ...

stress junkie. The IT community is very small and you are talking about someones professional reputation. Following your advise would hurt the posters career.

I have seen what he/she is talking about. He/she should always keep professional regardless of the environment. It is about the lessons we learn and how we deal with them that makes us better or worse as people. I have worked in both good and bad environments. In fact, my current situation is similar to what was described, not to mention many labor laws broken.

The point is, that by remaining professional and not giving in to the behavior we take care of ourselves. Companies that don't see their behavior as incorrect or unprofessional are not going to change and anything we do will make no difference to them.

Change in organizations comes from those brave enough, strong enough, and diligent enough to become change agents. There are many good books on becoming a change agent at an organization. Part of it is changing a company culture. The problem is it has to start at the top. If executive management doesn't want it to change (as in my current situation and possibly the posters') then it won't.

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Lighten up

by amcol In reply to I hope you are being sarc ...

C'mon...go back and read the post. Do you really think anyone is going to take it seriously?

I agree the comments were inappropriate given the gravity of the topic and the relative inexperience of the original poster, but let's give the audience here just a little credit.

To the original poster: do NOT under any circumstances leave your current job until you have a new one. Nothing you've described is life threatening, which means you should be able to deal with it no matter how annoying it gets. Speaking from the standpoint of a long time hiring manager, I'd have a problem with your candidacy if you were currently unemployed. You will need to have a good story to tell as to why you're looking after being in a job for such a short period of time, but the best way to handle that is a 10 second prepared speech that's unemotional and non-editorial, and after giving it drop the subject. You're at the interview to explain how you can add value to your prospective employer, not explain why your present job is unsatisfying.

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I tend to take things at face value unless . . .

by j.lupo In reply to Lighten up

there is some clue like smiley faces or LOL comments. I rather not assume anything. I am not trying to demean anyting. I am only asking. If I don't ask, then I won't know for certain. I could assume, but that seems silly when I can ask.

As, to the audience, If my post insults the readers, I appologize. That was not my intent. It was meant to gather information to clarify for my own understanding. I realize the wealth of information here at TR, which is why I am a member.

BTW: I read the post 3 times before replying. So, if I had to ask then perhaps there was enough "flavor" to it that I couldn't tell if it was sarcasm. Given some of the topics I have read lately . . . I leave it at that.

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by amcol In reply to I tend to take things at ...

Once again, lighten up. I've been taken to task in these forums for being too over-sensitive (which isn't true) but you're raising it to an art form.

You're taking the postings...and yourself, perhaps...a little too seriously. Don't worry, be happy.

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That's what I thought.

by stress junkie In reply to Lighten up

I thought that the sarcasm was obvious because my "suggestions" were so outrageous that nobody would take them seriously. I've added a couple of lines to the bottom of my original post to clarify that the suggestions are not to be taken seriously. I found j.lupo's comments hilarious. I honestly "laughed out loud" when I read j.lupo's response. I'm still laughing.

Unfortunately this isn't the first time that my sarcasm was taken seriously. I suppose if I told him to go to work naked someone would think I was serious about that.


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I have the same sacrasm problem..people think I am serious

by Why Me Worry? In reply to That's what I thought.

and will sometimes get offended at my twisted sense of humor

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