What would make you leave your job?

I am considering leaving my job, just want to know how others would value the following issues:

1: Uncreative thinking:
Your entire company is engineers. They do not speak or talk the way you would interpreted things. They dis-like differences and any ideas that requires more work.

2: Boss is uncreative and offensive:
A: Your boss comments you that your voice is like a little kid and your appearance is too young.
B: You are following rules to brand the office by painting the wall in Corporation company color, and after your boss approved the move. He comments it making the fengshui bad now the brand color is applied to the wall. That the co-workers are getting sick because of my decision.
C: A robotic style of working. You boss expects you to answer e-mail 24/7 included 4am in the morning.

3: Bad co-workers:
A: Your co-worker intentionally gives his stuff absolutely last minute of the day, so that you may spend overnight to do your part to finish a presentation.
B: Your co-worker makes fun of you because you are Chinese, but been living oversea.
C: Your co-workers makes fun of you body.
D: Your co-workers makes fun of your voice.
E: Your co-workers makes fun of the way your dresses.

4: Better offers elsewhere:
30% raise in salary offer from a smaller firm, friends works there. But it might be grass is greener on other side situation.

5: Bad for resume:
This firm is well-known, and I only worked here for 8 months.

Advice is needed. Thanks in advance.

If you are unhappy there and have better paying offers elsewhere then why stay? I don’t know the whole situation, but it sounds like an unpleasant place to work. The culture of a company is a huge factor in any job you take. It sounds like the current culture is both harmful to your mental state and towards your creativity. Make sure you would fit well at the next place and if it seems like the right move then go for it.

Good luck on this.

One of the major reason why I am staying is that I felt one must stay in a company for at least 2 years before leaving, and I am only here for 8 months.

The perceived creative culture does exist in their western office locations, it’s just not here.

I’m not sure if the 2 year rule is all that applicable anymore. Also it may look good on a resume to stay longer, but what does your portfolio show from staying in a miserable work environment? I’d say go to the job that you’ll be happier and more productive at.

No way! If you’ve got a solid offer from another company, it doesn’t matter. Sometimes you aren’t a good fit at one company, but a perfect fit at another. It takes a few months to find out, usually, and you move on. Its not a big deal.

By the sounds of it, you are located somewhere other than North America or Europe, - Asia?

Perhaps the situation might be different over there. From my experience working over there, the culture and standards are a bit different, maybe the 2 year thing is as well. I don’t know.

In general, it is hard to judge a situation like this as we only have your side of the story, but it does seem that you have already made up your mind and are obviously not happy. If you can move on, and a happy, do so.

Best of luck,


Your actual life is more important than one resume line. What good is it if you’re just trying to get your 2 years in if you end up going postal after 1 year and ending up on the evening news, lol. Don’t work anywhere that makes you miserable unless you have absolutely no other options. If you see a good opportunity, take it. I’d value someone that does that more than someone who stayed in a bad fit just because of “tradition”. I take effective but non-traditional over non-effect but traditional any day.


I would bail on them if you have another opportunity.

Doesn’t your company have a Human Resources department? If you actually care about this job and actually want to stay there, which I think you would be crazy to do, then I would talk to HR about your issues. Some of the stuff you mentioned would almost be grounds for lawsuit in the US.

Thanks for all the advices.
Yes, I am extremely unhappy here. I wish I could have said more about it, but I don’t want to b!tch too much.
People in Asia has their way of working and I must either learn to adopt or go else where.
Yes, some of the stuff my co-workers said to me could be grounded for lawsuit, however in Asia, it is very normal that people take ones appearance and make joke out of it.
I guess I am staying so far for integrity & Resume. As I felt they’ve invested on me, and they will have a hard time to maintain the design part if I am gone.

I admire your views, definitely a different culture over there.
To keep from being used, I’d look at it from 2 sides. How quick or willing would they be to just let you go if another candidate they liked better showed up? Use that as a guide for whether you should stay or pursue a better option if you have it. Most companies would have no problem just giving you a weeks notice before firing you, I’ve heard some places do it on the spot and won’t even let you get your things. If you show complete loyalty to a company that doesn’t respect you or show any loyalty to you, you’re going to be the sucker and the one losing out in the end. Find a nice place to work, life is too short to deal with jerks feeling miserable most of the day.

I wouldn’t say quit outright without having a new job to go to beforehand because we all know how scare ID jobs are these days, but I will say that you definitely need to GET OUT of this place. Don’t sell your talent and yourself short and accept treatment that is degrading to you when the job just isn’t fulfilling to begin with. I learned that lesson the hard way myself.

I have worked in two professional jobs that I eventually saw little potential for growth or advancement in. To top it off, I felt as if my skills weren’t being utilized and they were sticking me with tasks that weren’t even design related to fill out my time and justify me being on the payroll. It didn’t necessarily start out that way, but over time I realized that these jobs were going nowhere and I was REALLY unhappy with what I was doing. About a year and a half into both of them I felt as if it just wasn’t what I wanted to do, but I told myself “suck it up, you have a design job instead of working at Home Depot and living with Mom or Dad.” I shouldn’t have allowed myself to get into that situation.

Early on at both jobs I had gotten calls from recruiters I had previously spoke with telling me about seemingly BETTER job opportunities, but I decided that it wasn’t worth it to risk developing a negative reputation for leaving a job after about a year or year and a half. After I got laid off this spring I realized that was a big mistake. There is not much loyalty out there these days. If you find a better opportunity SEIZE IT! Make sure YOU are happy first and foremost, worry about how it may look on your resume later.

I have actually been laid-off twice in my seven some years design career. Previous job that I liked, the company folded.
Laid offs is an American way of working, they called it efficiency, the CEO gotta to meet their yearly bonus afterall.
As a result, my resume is full of 1-2 years jobs, I don’t sway around, but I probably got some of the worst laid-off experience ever since I wasn’t American citizen and I do not get any unemployment benifits.

I am very lucky and blessed with skills, there seems to be better opportunities around the corner every time when a door is closed. Over the years, I’ve completely change my point of view of laid-off. I now see it a way of taking a small break and treating myself better. In fact, the only small breaks I ever taken was between jobs.

Back to the current job topic. I agree that I shouldn’t let traditional engineers treats me in such miserable way. It isn’t all a fight here, as long as I am here, I gotta take it as a lesson to learn. After all, this world is full of people who are completely different than designer, seeking a harmony to live in between would be a better solution. I appreciates all of the advices on switching job, that gave me the strength to start looking, instead just letting company owner approaching me.

Thank you so much, again.