I noticed there is not a topic on here which deals with resignation.

so what’s the best way to say goodbye?

What are peoples experiences with the resignation process at different company’s?


‘change of scenery’ nice way to leave it

the mark of deez=666
Very appropriate analogy, made me realize I used the
“it’s not you it’s me” approach with out realizing it.

I think there comes a point where you learn all you can learn in a spot, or another opportunity presents itself where you can grow. I think just be honest and straight forward. You can’t control how your boss will respond, but you can deliver it in a way you will be happy with. If he’s cool, he will understand the situation, even if he is bummed to see you go.

hire a marching band and lead them through the office as you distribute your resignation letter. a band with a great drum corps would really be snazzy.

All I can think about is the classic “Office Space” scene as he parks in the boss’ parking spot, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, with “Feels Good to be a Gangsta” blaring in the background!!

Go out in style. Just make sure you have a job already lined up because you will definitely lose a recommendation by doing it.

Go out in style. Just make sure you have a job already lined up because you will definitely lose a recommendation by doing it.

Burning bridges (so to speak) is never a good thing. It may feel good, and demonstrate your true feelings toward your employer, but that’s about it.

In 1984 my employer was a true martini-for-lunch type, he’d be fine in the morning but come back after lunch inebriated … forgotten project directions, surly attitude, short(er) temper. I had to leave.

I found a new position and then took two weeks of vacation prior to handing in my immediate resignation. Immediate as in, see you assh*le, you glorified draftsman! I’m outta here now … you jerk! Take this job and shove it, etc., etc., etc.

Bad move: The first day on the new job revealed, in explicit fashion, that the Design Manager was a true flaming assh*le; heavy-handed with his staff, and paranoid of their skills. The CEO, while affable, was basically a con man.

The lesson learned: I should have used my two weeks of “vacation” to go to work for the new firm as an evaluation period … then if things didn’t pan out (and they didn’t in a BIG way*) at least there would have been a job to fall back on.

  • The job only lasted eleven months (I had been with the previous firm for six years) when the company was sued by a British firm for patent infringement … and lost to the tune of US$21 million.

The salt in the wound: Six months after I left, the “glorified draftsman” was fired for being, well, an inebriated, surly, short tempered jerk. The junior designer, hired after me, was promoted to Manager.


That’s a h3ll of a story!

My wife’s aunt is a HR Manager for a pretty big company. She said short and sweet is best, do it in a letter. You don’t need to explain yourself, its none of their business why you are leaving, you should also state the date of your last day, two weeks notice is typically a rule of thumb. Then place the resignation letter in an envelope with the person’s name you will be giving it to and hand it over, and pretty much walk away to your desk, cube, or office. Pretty simple.

She said short and sweet is best, do it in a letter. … Pretty simple.

I agree.

The real lession learned: Always take high road and maintain a professional demeanor … even if they don’t deserve it.

ask them (your seniors) to have a small meeting with you…and tell them all what you didn’t like in their company

tell them what you capable of and tell them their way of working is useless…

in short kick them hard :smiley:

I resigned from a company once and made the mistake of telling them too much about my new employer (a start-up competitor).

As a going away present the @ssholes decided to not pay the last bill for my company credit card (which was in my name). It hit my credit rating and I spent the next six months writing letters to clear up the mess.

I had the last laugh because 9 months after I left that company the corporate mothership decided to blow-up the whole division and everyone was out of work (except me at the start-up company). I genuinely felt bad for (most) employees there because it wasn’t a bad place to work. I just wanted a more entrepreneurial atmosphere.

Life lesson: Resignations should be short and sweet with no details. Let the ex-company figure it out if they want.

This link is in addition to my advice above. It’s a “how to quit your job” article.

Remember, short and sweet is best. You’re better than they are.


here’s a fun way to resign:

DIY Yahoo resignation letter (madlibs style)


Good topic.

I recently handed my notice, which didn’t go down too well but I’ve so far managed to avoid telling them exactly what I think of them.

I was told it was out of order that I hadn’t come to the boss and discussed problems etc. but I agree with comments above that if you decide to leave it’s better to just do it than get involved in potentially dangerous discussions like that.

I was wondering about experiences with asking how much work you can show after they leave.

This will probably vary depending on quite a lot of factors but should be interesting anyhow.