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Mike Bossy


I am officially unemployed for the first time in 10+ years and I love it!!!!

This morning I went into work to quit my job. I had a 9am meeting with one of the VPs who did his best to sell staying at the job. I wouldn't budge in the slightest. I let him know that no amount of money could convince me to stay as I just didn't believe in the leadership anymore. After he saw that the money ploy wouldn't work he tried the guilt trip. Unfortunately this is something I'm very succeptible to. I was raised to always "Do the right thing" and to "finish what you started" so this tactic almost worked. He almost had me conviced to stick around for 2 weeks to help out with the transition. That was until we started discussing messaging my departure to the rest of the team.

I was fully willing to come up with a neutral story that would be a minimum hit to morale for the rest of the team. Something along the lines of "John and management have different opionions on the direction of the company so John has decided to move on". Unfortunately this wasn't good enough and he tried to get me to agree to something including my "family situation" and basically separating my decision from the job altogether. This was not something I was comfortable with. In fact it pretty much opened my eyes to how much of a slime ball the VP was.

In response I packed up my things, sent a quick goodbye email to the team and simply walked out the front door. Most of you reading this don't understand how out of character this type of action is for me. I really am someone who doesn't make rash decisions, especially those affecting financial things like a job. But the fact that I had no problems walking out that door tells me that I made the right decision.

So begins the next phase of things. I'm going to take some time off and then check out my options. The Seattle tech job market is good right now and I have a lot of friends in the industry. I'm not worried about finding a job, but I do want to make sure I don't make the same mistakes twice.
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I wonder how long before someone else walks in to pick up where you left off [oh]

I do want to make sure I don't make the same mistakes twice

Hindsight is a wonderful thing - are you now aware of any warning signs when you were applying for the job?


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Some warning signs I've learned:

1. Be wary of any tech startup run be someone who can barely turn on a PC. This is fine if the startup has grown and they've brought in a CEO with more operational experience. But if he's the founder, watch out.

2. Beware of any company funded by a wealthy family member. Typically startups get funding by having a solid idea and business plan. Rich family members may just decide to give money to the startup without requiring any of this.

How to mitigate things:

1. Ask to see the business and marketing plans for the company before you are hired.

2. Give scenario based questions to the leadership team around topics you're interested in. In my case I should have asked engineering process questions around how they envisioned the engineering team working.

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Thanks for sharing. Asking scenario based questions is an interesting one - I was thinking about that a while ago. In a future interview i'd try this by explaining (in non-specific terms) something I didn't like about a previous project and see how they did it differently... but I got stuck on the problem that you could potentially do yourself damage if you didn't deliver it perfectly [oh]

I suppose it boils down to getting 'proof' that they know what they're doing. Do they have a solid business proposal and plan, do they have the technical knowledge (or have they hired a senior architect/PM who does) etc..etc..


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