Should I bail out of my current job or stick it out?
February 15, 2013 12:59 PM Subscribe
New boss decides, retroactively, I have been doing a bad job. I'm starting to suspect I'm being targeted for firing. Should I bail out of my current job or stick it out?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The timeline looks like this:
1. Boss A says I'm doing a good job. Everything is fine.
2. Boss A leaves company.
3. Boss B swoops in as new boss. It becomes clear that Boss B muscled Boss A out of his position due to disagreements about how Boss A was running things.
4. Boss B says I'm doing a poor job.
5. Boss B tells me to document everything I do down to the most minute detail that anyone, even a new hire, could figure out how to pick it up right away.
Despite repeated attempts to meet the new demands of Boss B, asking for guidance or training etc., I still am receiving negative feedback from Boss B. It's hard for me to figure out exactly what Boss B wants, and the feedback I have gotten has been vague. He has also said he thinks I'm not experienced enough yet. A lot of this looks to me like the familiar "building a paper trail" that precedes firing an employee. Given that Boss A placed me into this position, and Boss B thinks that Boss A made a lot of mistakes, am I being paranoid in thinking that Boss B is trying to get rid of me?
FWIW, I'm not very happy with the company in general and have been looking for another position for a couple of months. I've had some offers – nothing appealing yet, but I'm confident I can land another job without too much trouble. There are some benefits to sticking it out a little longer, notably that I would get some useful experience in my field that I could then apply to my job search. I don't hate my job to the point that I'm ready to quit at a moment's notice, but I don't want to wait around for Boss B to fire me.