Doesn’t Suffer Fools

| Working | July 22, 2014

(My first job out of college was great until a new CEO is hired. Suddenly our department of engineers and programmers gets a new manager who knows nothing technical but is a crony of the new CEO. He quickly manages to either insult or infuriate all of us but me… except perhaps that accounting tells me I am at the top of my pay grade and not to expect a raise for 5 years. At the end of March that year, I get a call from old friends which leads to a cross-country flight over the weekend to interview with a new company that offers me $10,000/year more. Naturally I accept. The following Monday, I go to my boss’ office and, since he isn’t there, I leave my two-week notice on his desk. Not long after, he’s visiting me.)

Boss: *with a dark grin* “Funny.”

Me: “What?”

Boss: “This. Your two week’s notice letter. It’s a joke, right?”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Boss: “It’s an April Fool’s joke, right?”

Me: “No. Wow! I didn’t realize what today was. I’d have probably given it to you tomorrow if I was aware.”

Boss: “So… you’re really leaving?”

Me: “Yes. I’ve been given a much better offer.”

Boss: *pauses to think* “Could we make a counter-offer?”

Me: “Not really.”

(It was a shame to leave that job, though. The owner of the company quickly saw through the bad CEO and fired him and his cronies.)

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