People Who Quit Their Jobs This Year Share The Real Reason Why They Left​
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There are a lot of reasons to quit a job, especially during a pandemic. Not being appreciated, being overworked, burnout—even simple boredom.

Staying in a job you hate is soul-sucking, so it's no surprise that a lot of folks have decided to move on to bigger and better things recently.

Reddit user daraand asked:

"Why did you quit your job this year?"

Too Many Hours

72 hour weeks, was stressed out constantly. Kept getting passed over for promotions.


72 hours weeks

Bloody hell. This makes me appreciate some of the employment laws we have in place. Anything above 48 hours is illegal, regardless if it's on your contract or not. Your employer can ask but you're in no obligation to accept.

This is in the UK.


All Around Better

Found one that is Monday to Friday, same hours as my wife so we can carpool, and paid more for the starting wage than my last job did after working there for 2 years and getting a promotion. Win win win. Plus the actual work is more personally fulfilling. Goodbye retail!


Because Retail Sucks

Because working retail is crap and working retail during a pandemic is just life-draining.


So Tired

I was so tired of the politics, racism, and anger there. I just finished my second master’s degree and have decided after 20 years I’m switching careers and could not be more excited!!!


What's My Job Again?

  • Got taken off a team I started and was on for 4.5 years and moved to a newly created team with 0 notice.
  • New team is under a different director and also had other people pulled onto it.
  • "This team was put together to work on a project that's very close to the CEO" we kept getting told.
  • My experience is in a completely different tech stack. No idea why I was moved to this new team.
  • Spent a month doing courses and trainings to learn this new tech stack at the behest of my manager and our lead engineer.
  • Business kept changing their mind on what we were doing, so I had to keep changing what I was learning. (Flutter, Android, iOS, Kotlin, Spring) I was learning all of those from the ground up mostly. Nothing I was experienced in was useful on this new team.
  • Lead engineer submitted his 2 weeks. Was tired of dealing with our management chain.
  • After that, director pulls me into meeting. Says I'm not performing at the expected level. Why don't I have as many tickets done. etc etc. I explain that I've been doing courses and pair programming with our lead to learn the new code base. That I'm from a completely different tech stack. He doesn't believe me, says I should be learning outside of work hours. wtf.
  • That's not how our company culture is at all.
  • Lead engineer hears about this, pulls director into a meeting and yells at him for accusing me of not performing and lays out all the reasons as to why I am.
  • Director pulls me into a meeting the next day to say "I guess I didn't have the full story", doesn't even really apologize. Like bro, I f**king told you the full story...
  • I had a couple break downs during that whole week, so after that I took 2 weeks of vacation to think about sh*t and to de-stress.
  • Came back, finished a small project in 2 days and submitted my 2 weeks.

And that is how I came to quit a company I had worked at for nearly 7 years that I really enjoyed working at. And how a tool of a director lost a Senior & Staff engineer from his 5 person team in the span of a couple weeks. I hope it reflects poorly on him.


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Bad Management Has Consequences

Quit a job last year. The ceo/owner blatantly attempted to leverage Covid to permanently reduce salaries. Outright lied to our customers to get their business then dumped the responsibility of disappointing them on the teams assigned to do their implementations. Did other shady stupid s**t too.

Over about three weeks they lost 8 senior consultants and had to give the ones who stayed large incentives. Three of the ones who left were the entire leadership assigned to their largest customer. We loved our client and were very transparent with them before we last about what exactly had happened and why their project was going to miss all their deadlines. They used this to claw back much of what they paid. Many other customers did as well.

This year the company was acquired. They had been setting themselves for several years to be acquired, but we heard from friends who stayed that they were stuck taking far less than they could have because they had so royally screwed up last year.

Tl;dr idiot CEO assumed Covid would make his developers so thankful for their jobs he could cut their salaries. Backfired spectacularly ended up forced to sell his company for a lot less than he had been on track to sell it for.


Nothing But A Shade

They slowly sucked my soul everyday for 8.5 years until I was a shallow shade of myself


I feel that


Mental Health First

I was in middle management, desperately trying to keep my small team together with no help or support from the higher ups who were content on playing golf and smoking their cigars. My team was overworked, stressed, yelled at constantly by internal and external clients, and were given tools from 1998 to fix 2021 issues.

Luckily a former co-worker asked how things were going, I might have an opportunity for you...he's now my co-worker again, and I'm making 40% more than I was, no longer managing people, and back doing what I like doing: Learning new things and helping people.

Two things I learned:

Be nice to people because you never know what can happen down the road. They might call on you or you might need to call on them.

Mental health first. I had a mental breakdown and my former company said, "Are you quitting?" as their opening statement when I opened up to them. If you're not getting the support you need, go find it. I promise you, everything else will work out.


Overworked, Underappreciated

Worked so many hours, took so much on, and then was told I "wasn't engaged" so I found a job where they are thrilled to have me for 40 grand more a year. I feel like I've been de-programmed from a cult. I even have the energy to join a gym.

Took a few people to tell me I deserved my success before I started to believe it myself.


So Unprepared They Begged Me To Stay

I didn't have any opportunity for personal career development because the business refused to hire another developer for 2 years to help share the load.

I was constantly needed to help support legacy systems that were "going to be replaced soon" rather than allowed to work on anything new or things that would've helped me to improve.

After I gave my 2 weeks, they begged me to stay because they didn't have anyone left at the company who had looked at the legacy code base within the last 2+ years.


Even if you have to keep a job you hate because it pays the bills, there's no harm in shopping around while you work there. Submit a few resumés, you might get a great opportunity.

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