- * Being told our group was in a "startup" mode and a huge red flag at any established company, especially with a paltry sum of shares barely above $5k.
- * The first week I was there I was told the Tier 2 customer care person was leaving and that I'd be taking over their duties in addition to mine - a position that consumed >55 hours/week, but was not told this at the interview and was completely different than the job description I was given.
- * When I asked about a product roadmap, I was told not to worry about it and to focus on the next six months of work (which didn't matter since the product was obviously not going anywhere and was severely underfunded while architected around a third-party solution that was insanely expensive).
- * Complete disorganization to the point where development was accused of slipping but there was no product feature backlog nor user acceptance testing, despite being called an "Agile" development environment; just trying to put together a backlog and some processes that remotely resembled a proper development environment was a 60 hour/week job and they wanted to scale!
- * A micro-manager who gave ZERO positive feedback about ANYTHING, claimed that they were not, who would change their mind on a whim (too much this time, too little next time, too little the following time, etc. etc.) and throw everyone under the bus, indicating a lack of empathy and self-awareness; also the first time I had ever worked somewhere where my office mates had thrown some item at a desk or on the floor out of frustration.
- * Horrendously long commute which would've been tolerable if it was a good job with good treatment.
The last day I showed up to work, I was thrown under the bus by the manager in front of our VP and the rest of the team for a lie to cover up the manager's incompetence. I went home, got up the next day, went to my doctor for a note to get the rest of the week off, and marched in on the following Monday to the reception desk with a letter of resignation and dropping off all of the company equipment. Didn't even talk to my manager, and didn't answer any of the manager's phone calls or e-mails, nor anyone else on the team after the day I got thrown under the bus. I, quite literally, disappeared.
Why did I quit like this, especially without another source of income or health care coverage? Because leaving a gaping hole with a giant question mark in my wake was the only bit of power I had left to send a message for all of the misrepresentation, incompetence, unreasonable expectations and malice of the team that I had experienced . My mental and physical health has improved substantially since quitting, and so has the relationship with my loved ones. That team was screwed either way, but royally so with some of their deadlines that I had left the gaping hole in their roster for. I would've loved to have worked for another part of the company and was more than qualified to do so, but corporate rules prevent changes in position for the first year, and I had no expectation of a good review despite having been a high performing employee at other companies.
In the end, these issues point directly to the utter contempt that technology employers have for their employees, particularly their low-to-mid-tier individual contributors. What else should they expect when they themselves give no notice to employees when they terminate them? What else should they expect when they treat their employees like trash, expect them to work startup hours while receiving established company pay and bonuses, change job descriptions at a whim, and don't have the decency to form any kind of coherent team environment or structure?
The real message to HR departments and upper management on this phenomenon is this: if employees are quitting without notice more frequently, your problem is with your current corporate structure, management, and business, not with the employee that quits without notice, and you ignore this problem at your own peril.