Sometimes a job is so daunting and soul-crushing that quitting is the only reasonable option. And in one of those times, the reason why people decided to quit is due to the idiotic decisions made by the employers who couldn’t care less about their workers: Examples include laying off half the company with no forewarning or replacing the whole accounting department in secret.
Here are some of the bad decisions which led to everybody in a firm quitting together that we collected for your reading pleasure. I guess, this is one way for everyone to connect over something, albeit it is a rather negative means.
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#1 They laid off half the company with no warning. This included a gentleman who was less than a year from retirement and had been there for 35+ years. The company was shocked when half the remaining people abandoned ship shortly thereafter
#2 Turned out our owner was keeping the social security money taken from our paychecks. And yes, he was caught
#3 The owner died and his idiot son took over and decided that the company didn’t make him enough money and started to implement “cost cutting” measures like turning off the A/C in the building
#4 Word slipped out that the whole accounting department was being replaced so they all resigned all at once
#5 I worked for a company that had gone through a restructure, we put so much work into salvaging our company (and jobs). After announcing the “restructure complete!” (Think GWB on an aircraft carrier deck) the CEO hired his wife as the second highest paid person in the company. She had previously been a nursing assistant and was a complete loser. She was having people with PhD and MBA degrees reporting in to her saying things like “This is what a budget looks like.” and my all-time favorite “no, marketing does not necessarily mean TV commercials.” Like, what the f**k? At the time she was making ten times what I was making and I was doing work she didn’t even remotely understand. It was such a farce. Half the engineering team and a huge portion of sales simply quit. She was trying to explain why not getting a bonus was, in and of itself, a bonus. The top 3 salespeople simply walked out of the meeting, cleaned their desks and left. I knew then we were screwed and quit a couple of weeks later
#6 I was hired by the new owners to replace the existing manager. I was under the impression that he was moving on to another job somewhere. So after about 4 days I ask him where he’s headed and if he’s excited. He just looks blankly at me and says “I’m not going anywhere. I’m just training you as the assistant manager, right?”. The look I gave him must have been a great tip off because he got up and walked into one of the new owners offices. After about 30 seconds they were screaming at each other, then he just storms out of the office, grabs his stuff, give me the finger, and leaves. Over the next few days I’m trying to calm things with the employees. They’re not faulting me, but now have a very bad taste in their mouths about the new ownership. Over about a 7-10 day time period my team shrank from 15 people down to 3. I hobbled along with that the best I could while we tried to hire new people, but the new owners were offering so little we had trouble finding people. After 3 months or so of that I started to get fed up and overwhelmed and when the owners started to get on me about missed deadlines I had had it. We were still only at 5 people, 2 of which were brand new and still training. They didn’t allow me to refuse work or push deadlines out, they expected the same output as a 15 person team. So after my third day in a row of being berated for missing a deadline that was impossible to make, I quit
#7 The company consistently outpaced competing firms and found itself emerging as one of the industry leading agencies. This was also a California tech firm, so shorts, flip flops, beers at lunch, getting high on the roof were all rather common. But we were rapidly growing, and the atmosphere/location made us a hot ticket for talent. Anyway, CFO and CMO cashed out and the CEO decided to totally remodel the company by making it far more corporate. On top of all of this, they implemented unattainable goals and removed our work from home policy. The final straw was they removed our rather generous vacation policy and replaced it with “Unlimited Vacation” which was a facade for “you can take as much vacation as you want if we approve it.” Like 1/4th of the company quit and immediately landed at better jobs. Also profit tanked
#8 They called everyone into a major company meeting and informed us we were all (except for sales and managers) being offshored to India and the Philippines. They had a plan for us training our replacements that, strangely, didn’t account for pre-schedule turnover. People started finding jobs literally the next week and the hemorrhaging never stopped
#9 I did landscape construction. The cheap a*s owner kept taking bigger and bigger projects while never hiring more help. We were all overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious as hell. One of our foreman quit and I followed suit a few days later. Two more guys quit the next day. He was down to three guys for the obscene amount of work he wanted to do. Of course everything gets way behind schedule but he’s convinced it’s not his fault at all. He went out of business less than a year later
#10 Worked at a data-company. The guys in the sales department f**ked around all day. They’d literally be in the parking lot drinking beer and racing RC cars. When it came to handling accounts/clients, they frequently gave away free accounts in order to “retain” customers (and make their own sales numbers look good), and somehow they got away with it. Meanwhile, there were dozens of programmers and database nerds working tirelessly behind the scenes to integrate a bunch of complicated data and make it easy to access via the website. Yearly holiday announcements come around, and upper management decides to send the entire sales team to Hawaii for an all-expense-paid vacation. When the furious developers asked why they were just taking the sales team, the confused CEO literally said “Well.. I mean… I guess we could ask the sales team to pick one person from each department who helped them the most this year, and take them too…” The programmers/engineers/database people were livid, and walked out in droves. Gee, I wonder why the company tanked
#11 New management. In a month, four kitchen staff quit, leaving me to be the only original kitchen staff hire from the previous manager. She completely changed the vibe of the work place. No one was happy. No one felt like talking or listening to music or being friendly. It was robotic
#12 Canceled all raises and bonuses for everyone except the CEO, his wife (financial and HR), and his son (utterly useless IT) in a year where we have record profits and brought in almost double the clients on top of announcing they aren’t looking to hire more people when we were already overwhelmed. Good part about it was when the majority of us quit they lost almost every single client shortly afterwards to their competitors and the company is now defunct
#13 Oh f**king boy I worked at Buffalo Wild Wings for a few years as a line cook. Two different stores, same f**king pay. It was the type of work where you ask for a raise and they scoff and say “yeah, me too.” Anyways, I had been pretty dead set on quitting sooner or later, our kitchen was very small. Most people ended up closing 4-5 days a week with doubles on the weekends, while still attending school full time as it was a college town. On SUPER BOWL F**KING SUNDAY, a useless coworker who ducked out in the bathroom most the shift finally stops showing, and in response the managerial staff delegated closing to my pal J. Dude was a f**king delight to be around, hands down the best coworker ever. J had told them that due to being a full time student, he no longer wanted to be first in last out (4pm-12am, 1am on the weekends). They basically told him to go f**k himself, and that they don’t have any more shifts for him. Immediately, me and one other cook walked to the office and quit on the spot. Buffalo wild wings lost 4 cooks on Super Bowl Sunday, leaving them with 7 full time students on the schedule. It was a managerial s**t show
#14 I was working for a very large IT company, before the tech bubble burst we had a meeting with our “new director and the VP” They were tired of people complaining about things that should be changed at the job and how they managed people. So they sat around 200 of us down in our auditorium, and the director said she didn’t want to hear anymore complaints on how she was running things and if we didn’t like then there was the door and that there was no way we’d leave such a great job. Well there was a mass exodus and probably close to 50 people left within 2 months. She and the VP were “re-orged” and given 0 reports, they were gone after a round of layoffs happened shortly after
#15 I worked at McDonald’s back in high school. I was taking off for college at the end of the summer and put my 2 week notice in so I could get August off and actually enjoy it before I had to move away for school. The Store Manager decided to just not put me on the schedule any more, which I discovered on the last weekend I was in to work. So instead of having those two weeks, I was just done. I decided, at lunch rush that day, that if they weren’t going to honor the notice, I wasn’t going to honor the 8 hour shift. At about noonish, right after the breakfast crew had left, I was done. The thing was, most of the crew that day were also going off to college and saw what the manager had done. So they f**ked off with me. In the middle of lunch rush, the store was down to the old-a*s lady who worked drive-thru, and the manager on duty. That’s it. The rest of us walked out. 2 cashiers, 3 grill workers
#16 I used to work at a McDonald’s, and we had a terrible manager who hated a lot of people working there. Everyone else hated him too, but no one wanted to call him out on his s**t and quit. I was the first to do it, because I requested 2 weeks off in August of that year, about 3 months in advance (my family likes to plan our summer vacations early-on). When August came around he had my schedule set up for all of August off except for those specific 2 weeks. There was no way that he could have misinterpreted my request. When I got my schedule, I stormed into the restaurant, called him out on everything, and then quit on the spot. About 2 weeks after that, I heard from one of my work friends that 5 other people had enough and quit as well. I kind of felt good to be the first
#17 Restructure of the way we’re paid. What I used to do involved about 40% client interaction, 20% team/coworker interaction, and 40% paperwork and case coordination stuff. Based on what we do that means only 40% of the time is technically billable, and there are really sticky rules for what is and isn’t billable. So, logically, we were being paid on a salary model. Cue management saying we can only make money for the time we have that is actually billable. 1/4th of the department quit. Two of us on the same day
#18 A well known colleague committed suicide and we were told by management via a brief side note in an email about stats at the end of the day. It caused a lot of upset in the office and quite a few people didn’t return after this
#19 Worked at a Wendy’s and one of the regional managers started running a store because they couldn’t/wouldn’t find new managers to replace the old ones. Well anyways this guy practically ran the place into the ground. Before he started running the store most everyone liked working there as it was a good environment. A few months after, a couple of people quit because of him. And one day I roll in at 9 to help open the store and he comes out to my car as soon as I park (I was 15 minutes early and usually just sat in my car until 9) and tells me, “hey I need to to start early because the three openers just quit on me”. We manage to get the store open and had a number of people from other stores help run the place until the people from the next shift came in. A couple days later I hear the full story of what happened from a coworker. The regional manager is supposed to be at the store at 7 or so, and the openers 30 minutes later. He didn’t actually show up until 8:30. So when the openers, already pissed at being at work really early and not being on the clock, saw the regional manager roll in and knew it was gonna be an awful shift all decided that they were done with him and just quit right there. So at least 6 people quit because of him by the time I left the place. Probably more left after me