Am I right to leave my company in this way?
March 15, 2013 9:03 AM Subscribe
I am planning on leaving my company in late spring to go to grad school in the fall. Am I employing the ethically right approach here?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have been working for the Acme Company as a salaried, at-will employee for several years and on my current client (Global) for a little bit over a year. This year, I applied, was accepted and am planning on attending graduate school in a totally unrelated field. My plan all along has been to leave Acme at the end of May, travel for a bit and start grad school in the fall.
In early February -- at which point I hadn't heard back from any schools -- I was basically reassigned to the Widget Co business (with a really rough commute), a new client of Acme's, as their one-person on-site analyst. They theoretically phrased my reassignment as an "offer," but it was really clear that I was being expected to take on the Widget business (and it would have looked strange not to jump at this new, higher-responsibility quasi-promotion). Widget had signed a contract with Acme effective 1/1, including an on-site, which Acme hadn't provided resulting in pressure from Widget. When they found me internally there was a huge sigh of relief; I am transitioning over from the Global business to Widget this month, effective 4/1.
However, I've subsequently been accepted to grad school and fully plan on going. Since they've moved me over to Widget, Acme has already started recruiting for my current position at Global with some pretty compelling candidates. I haven't mentioned my imminent departure to Acme/Widget because my suspicion is that if I did, they would just let me go and fill my position with someone new -- after all, if you knew that the person you'd just tapped to fill this position was leaving in two months, wouldn't you find somebody else instead? And I could really use the couple of months' savings to pay for my summer travel.
So my current plan is to get set up on the Widget business, work there for a couple of months, give two weeks' notice mid-May and then depart at the end of the month.
My gut feeling is that this is ethically totally fine -- Acme is a big public corporation, and they don't (and haven't) hesitated to let people or whole divisions go, and I'm on at-will employment. They haven't hesitated to move me around to new clients, frequent travel to which severely impacted my quality of life, so I shouldn't hesitate to leave as well with the courtesy two weeks' notice.
Is that right? I'm asking so that people can either confirm this feeling: that's totally OK! Or tell me why this is unethical and what I should do instead (longer notice?) I want to do the "right thing," but also the right thing for me.