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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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The NOT was added . . .

by j.lupo In reply to Anybody bother to see the ...

later. See an earlier post by stress junkie where s/he said they were going to add it. When I first saw the original posting, it did not have the NOT in it. I was trying to be polite and ask instead of assuming. I felt the pain of the poster asking the original question about what to do.

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I should have made the last lines clearer

by stress junkie In reply to Anybody bother to see the ...

I added the last two lines after this discussion thread about my post was started. I'm going to add another line saying that in my original post.

Sorry that I mislead you.

Still, this discussion about my post is the funniest thing I've read in a long time. I love it.

Thanks for your input.

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Risk vs Reward

by Garion11 In reply to Would you quit even witho ...

Well a tricky situation you are in.

You said you have a plan of moving to a city someday...well what are you waiting for? Quit now and move to that city wherever that is...if you hate your job so much.

Calculate your risk vs reward. How much will it cost me financially, mentally, physically, and spiritually if you continue to work here..as opposed to quitting and then finding a new job? How likely and how soon are you to find a job once you quit? even if it means doing contracts? If the cost of staying is higher than the benefit of quitting then you know what to do...Quit! If not stay and plan to move to that city "someday".

Good luck either way...you probably know the answer already.

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Considerations

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

I've been in your shoes. I quit a job after seven months. Different environment, different reasons, but it was, in my judgment, an intolerable work environment.

Some things that went into the decision were timing...I could get out at that point before abusive behavior escalated (like I said, different situation than yours). Also financial...I had a month-to-month lease. I also had an emergency fund that could get me by for a few months. I had no other major expenditures, aside from a car payment. I wanted to relocate back to my city of origin, and I knew that I could start over. The worst-case scenario was that I could get a small apartment and make ends meet doing temp work. I was fortunate in that, when I quit, I had four job offers within a month once I had relocated to that market. However, that was several years ago. It's a much different market today.

Look very closely at your finances. Can you afford a long period of unemployment? Look very closely at your reactions. Make absolutely sure that they are commensurate to the offenses committed. If you can, take a few days off to think critically about your situation. Do NOT make a decision based purely on emotion.

If you choose to leave, be careful not to burn any bridges and point fingers. I told my boss that the rural life and I were not a good match, and that I was relocating to such-and-such city. I gave a month's notice, and finished up the projects I was working on. I left very quietly and agreeably.

You also must realize that if you do decide to leave, that you will be required to stay in your next position for a much longer time, or else you might risk looking like a flake. You can't do that too often, or you will damage your professional reputation. However, I think that one mistake or poor fit is forgivable. When I was asked about the short stint on my resume in subsequent interviews, I said that I was leaving that employer to relocate to such-and-such city. Most will assume that personal responsibilities have led to your move, and dig no further. Those that did, I just told that the rural lifestyle was quite different from what I was expecting, and I am more comfortable in the current millieu.

Beware, however, of jumping from the frying pan into the fire. You don't say where you are in your career. I don't mean to be depressing, but if this is the beginning of your career, you may not have the full perspective of how bad things can really get in a professional environment. Yes...it can get worse. Talk to others who have been around a while, who may be able to give you some perspective on how severe the situation truly is. Very few people I know have the privilege of having jobs that they intrinsically love.

If you choose to stay until you find something, try to compartmentalize as much as possible, and ignore things that don't directly concern you. Show up, do your job, go home, and don't stew over it in your off-time. That will sabotage your state of mind more quickly than anything else. If you are not being specifically targeted or harrassed, being mistreated, or asked to do anything illegal, unethical, or otherwise unsavory, perhaps the best that can be accomplished in the short term is to become invisible. There's nothing wrong with that strategy. A person who is employed is usually more employable than one who's not.

Good luck.

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I would...

by tech_gal In reply to Considerations

try to hang on until I get another job. I've got a difficult situation here. I've only been in this proffession for less than 3 years unless I count my internships. I bought a house a year ago, so I can't really move. Contract work won't help me much financially.

Pretty much, all I can do is suck in my ego and ignore everything around me no matter how difficult it is and wait patiently. Where I work may not be a life threatening, but will drive you nuts. I'm probably the only normal person there.

By the way, I've gone to an interview last week. And yes, I was asked why I wanted to leave so soon. I told them the truth without going overboard. Hopefully, I'll get a call for a second interview.

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That's probably for the best

by Salamander In reply to I would...

Yes, once you have the mortgage, you have to do what you have to do to meet that obligation. I know how that is.

Try to minimize the importance of work in your personal life as much as possible, keep looking, and be patient. Don't let the weasels get under your skin, and force you into doing anything that's your detriment (like bailing without having a job in hand). Pride and ego can cause some serious career errors. Sock away an emergency fund, in the meantime. Just try to go with it, roll with the punches, and realize that it's not forever.

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See following link..I feel your pain as I too put up with a lot of bullsh*t

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Would you quit even witho ...
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Nope!

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

It's not an adventure, it's a job. You have the chance to gain experience in many aspects of IT. They pay you and the checks don't bounce.
Cussing spitting and chewing on each other is a way of life at some companies. Look at it as a chance to practice tolerance and learn survival skills. Sure, look for work, but "they swear in the office" won't give you points in the old job interview.
It took me 2 years to get back in IT after the last layoff. Enjoy your house. leave the job at work. It's better than cleaning barns or working in a steel mill (circa 1900) Your life is not in danger, nor, it sound, is your virtue. If need be, join a gym and steam and shower before going home to leave the stink befind.

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We've been trained to become workaholic slaves

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Nope!

and not challenge those in authority, but what if those in authority abuse their positions and create a hostile work environment for their subordinates? Is a job really worth damaging one's health over? One of my coworkers told me a true story of a woman she knew who had to deal with so much bullcrap and stress from her boss that she had a stroke in the office and died in front of everyone, including him. Two days before her death, she told her boss that his stupidity and stress he is subjecting her to is going to kill her and that her blood will be on his hands and conscience. The problem I believe is that most managers fail to realize how much of a health hazard they are to their subordinates when they start to create an abusive and hostile environment to work in, not only physically but mentally. Constantly being chewed out and told your work quality sucks is taken more personally and does more damage to a person's pride and morale than the manager may think. Yes, incompetence exists, but if you are telling this person repeatedly that their work performance sucks, why are you continuing to employ them? The answer is because these control freak managers enjoy the power and get a kick out of tormenting their subordinated until a subordinate comes in one day with a loaded AK-47 and blows away every mother-f**ker that ever pissed him off in the office. This can happen and does happen. People will snap when pushed beyond the point where they cannot tolerate anymore bullsh*t from their superiors.

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YES!!!

by jmgarvin In reply to We've been trained to bec ...

The worst part of it is...we take it. We work the 16-18 hour days. We never see our family and friends. We work weekends. We don't take vacation. We work until we die in our office.

You know what? I dropped out of the rat race and I'm teaching! I love it. I have wonderful bosses and a great time teaching to highly intellegent and motivated individuals. I love imparting my knowledge to others. It is nice to be in a job where I am free to have fun and smile...not be in a dank IT dungeon run by trogladite bosses.

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