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Employee walks away from long-term job after being denied a management role for being 'generic'

The employee ended a long and loyal tenure and found themself a job with a 50% pay increase and 'a much better work/life balance.'

Employee walks away from long-term job after being denied a management role for being 'generic'
Representative Cover Image Source: (L) Pexels | RDNE Stock project; (R) Reddit | u/PO-1135809

Employees leave their jobs for a variety of reasons. Most of the time, people look for better pay and better working hours. But sometimes, it can also be because they experience no growth in their industry. u/PO-1135809 had such a story to share about how they were denied a promotion with the most absurd reasoning from their employer, despite having worked for them for six years and being in the industry for 20 years. The post titled - "Walked away from a 20-year career" has gained 4.2K upvotes on the platform with 201 comments.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | SHVETS production
Representative Image Source: Pexels | SHVETS production

The employee begins by sharing that the reason they were denied a promotion to a management role was because their employer viewed them to be "generic." The seniors tried to soften the blow by saying they were grateful for all the work that the employee had done at the company and knew they were capable of the managerial position. The employee reveals, "This happened after I was assaulted by a co-worker a week earlier and they swept it under the rug, saying for me to 'get over it.'"

Seeing how things were going, the employee decided to shift to a remote position that offered a 50% increase in their salary and better working hours. They write, "My recruiter even encouraged me to travel and enjoy life while working. He said, 'As long as you have internet, we couldn't care less where you are. Does the moon have WiFi?'" The employee expressed excitement to join their new job and couldn't wait to leave their dead-end job without any notice.

In an edit to the post, the employee mentions that they planned to make their resignation as "generic" as they could to mock the employer. They write, "It's actually going to be an email that says 'I resign in the most generic way possible.'" They also mention how they are certain that their manager might have seen their LinkedIn update. The employee clarified that their new job was to provide support for sales at a company.

The employee had to ensure that they were available to answer questions about their products and made sure that everybody was trained and updated. Soon, they relented and sent an email to the former employer about their resignation and left early. The former employer tried to reach out, but they blocked them. They conclude, saying, "Now I have two weeks off before starting the new job."


Image Source: Reddit/u/mshelbz
Image Source: Reddit/u/mshelbz

People on the platform chimed in with their hilarious suggestions in the comment section. u/Steal_Your_face55 said, "Congrats!! Make sure you thank them for all they did and let them know you appreciated how capable they were, but you found the culture too generic." u/Odd-Gear9622 said, "Congratulations! Personally, I'd just ghost them. Let them figure out what happened while they scramble to cope with their actions."

u/ApocalypsePopcorn commented, "I really wanna see somebody ask their boss conversationally how much notice they typically provide people when firing them, then when the boss says it's on the spot, tell them that's how much notice they're getting." 

Editor's note: This article was originally published on October 3, 2023. It has since been updated.

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