I started working for a terrible boss about 3 months ago and have since asked to be transferred to a different department. Unfortunately, the move has not happened yet and as each day passes, she’s making my life more and more miserable. Her creativity in how to be a bitch is actually rather impressive. In a moment of utter frustration (and fantasy), I drafted my resignation letter to the CEO while laughing maniacally inside. Now if I only had the balls to eat instant ramen for 3 months straight while I looked for another job. Letter below for you enjoyment.
Dear Mr. XXX,
You obviously don’t know me but I have been working here at XXX for the past 2 years and have decided that if I must go, I might as well go spectacularly. That is, in part, a reason for this letter. The larger issue that I hope you will take to heart is how employees are treated here under your stewardship. I do not write this intending to burn bridges, but if they must burn, then so be it.
Overall, I think that XXX has been a relatively nice place of employment. It has its flaws, but what organization doesn’t? And for the most part, my time here has been an enjoyable one. I have met and worked with a lot of wonderful and talented people, many of whom I can now consider close friends. However, in the past couple of months I have worked under a certain manager who has had the impressive skill of making me reconsider my life’s course.
I am in no way a hasty or emotional person. In fact, I think most people would say that I’m almost devoid of that particular side of humanity. Thus, it is with the utmost mental clarity that I tell you that she might possible be the worst person I have ever had the unfortunate fate of meeting in a workplace environment.
She insults my intelligence, my person, and my work. She has deleted my work in front of me and told me to my face that what I spent time on was worthless and that she needed to do everything herself. Yes, my work was subpar, but is it any wonder with such a toxic manager abusing her authority? I have given it a thorough reflection and have come to the conclusion that I do not have the mental fortitude to withstand her incessant attacks and my work suffered greatly under her “guidance.” But the reason for this letter is not to give you a detailed account of the sling and arrows I endured. That would take too long and be too reminiscent of a historical account of the inquisition. Nor is it my goal to inform you that just as my predecessor before me, so too do I wave the white flag of surrender in the face of such daunting bitchery.
Mine is a nobler goal in hoping that you can change this organization for the better so that you can retain people like me. I think I have a lot of talent and I believe I can give a lot to the organization. Everything in my history, including my Ivy League pedigree, attests to this fact. I did not want to leave, but the structure of the company did not allow me to stay.
Once I realized that I could not handle the abuse, I very quickly asked for a transfer out. There was no place for me within my division so I looked elsewhere. Unfortunately, and idiotically, a transfer to another division required a sign off with an endorsement from my current manager. Talk about not making sense. Any and all doors close when the hiring managers in the other buildings see a manager bashing an employee regardless of reason or it if is even deserved. The fact is that this perspective employee comes with baggage and there are plenty of other who don’t. The reason for rejecting me is pretty simple.
During the process, I was also told by HR to apply to a single position at a time for reasons including “for purposes of ensuring that both your manager and HR are aligned with any applicable and transferrable skills at the right time.” This logic is flawed on two major fronts. If my manager’s treatment of me can best be described by a medieval depiction of Hell and has told me to my face that the work I produce is worthless, what makes her insight into my skills worthwhile? Furthermore, my HR manager has no idea what I do or what my performance is outside of what she hears from said manager. It’s pretty obvious that they will be aligned and that alignment will not be in my favor. The second issue is that the statement placed no consideration for the desperation that I was feeling to get out. Things got worse daily, and since I’m looking regardless, what does it matter if it’s one of ten different positions?
If an employee does poorly, he or she can be fired or disciplined. If a manager manages poorly, there are no repercussions and the employee either needs to grin and bear it or leave the company altogether. I have spoken to many people, including those in very senior roles and they have all advised that I find employment elsewhere. They too saw no way around this ridiculous system.
Is that really the only choice? Why is it that mangers are not held to high standards for developing those under them? Why are they not held accountable for doing a terrible job? Every year there is a review from the top down, but never one from the bottom up. Those are all pertinent questions to aks, and you also need to wonder how much talent you have lost over the years because of situations like mine. This is a common problem among all large scale organizations where the employment base is so broad. Those at the apex are so far removed from the daily grind of those at the bottom that they don’t see these issues. But know that the issues are there and good, hardworking employees leave while their cancerous bosses remain.
If you do decide to ask questions, I have no doubt that you will receive some rather unfavorable stories about me from the party in question. Some may be made up and some taken out of context. Some may even be true because I did lash out immaturely during the height of my frustration. Regardless of what you may hear or conclude, know that I am not writing to sway your opinion of me. All I hope for is that you will at least think about holding members of this company accountable for the abuses that they commit while wearing the mantle of management. I also hope that you will think about a way to change the system so that those unfortunate enough to run into such abuses do not suffer for them.