A few weeks ago, I got a job at a 3 year old IT startup, specializing in consulting. I already know that it's not a place I want to stay for very long. Since I only started recently, I am still in the 3 months probation period.

When I applied, it was for a junior web developer job posting. On my first workday, I found out that both my title and day-to-day work had changed to something unrelated to web development. I feel like I didn't get the job I applied for.

The work environment is horrible. It's an open office environment. All the offices have a speaker and loud EDM music plays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. On Fridays, the music is so loud that it feels like working at a night club. My colleagues seem to enjoy this atmosphere and deem it necessary to keep the atmosphere nice. If no music is playing, people even ask "Why is it so quiet here? Are we the quietest office in town or what?"

I tried to ask whether the music can be lowered or turned off. Since it's a bluetooth speaker and everybody can control it, somebody started the music back up again after a few minutes of silence. I also tried to cancel out the noise using headphones, but it doesn't work since I have the luck of sitting right next to the speaker.

Thirdly, I feel like I don't fit in socially. My colleagues come from a very different background, and I really have trouble adapting.

I want to quit this company and find another job, but I feel guilty about it too. I am currently still in the onboarding process and every day I get taught new things about the work. If I leave now I feel like I will throw all the work done by my colleagues into the water. But the environment itself throws all of my work into the water, since I cannot concentrate properly at all.

What would you recommend me to do? Should I quit now or try to stay somehow? I am in my mid-twenties and therefore I have no idea how this incident will affect my future. I therefore really need your advice!

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    It's one month. You could just completely omit that job on your CV. Nobody will ask about one month... Mar 18, 2021 at 19:02
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    You sound miserable there, and it doesn't sound like they are very accommodating. Start looking around for a new job before you quit. Don't feel guilty. Mar 18, 2021 at 19:09
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    If it is a bad fit, less harm for everyone to admit it after 1 month vs 1 year
    – Pete W
    Mar 18, 2021 at 19:27
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    @Audio-Engineer: it's not about hiding it, you want your CV to provide maximum signal to potential employers on why they should hire you, and that sort of inconsequential position just wastes space.
    – scrwtp
    Mar 18, 2021 at 20:28
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    Probation periods is not only for the employee. What most companies don't realize is that they are on probation, too.
    – Fildor
    Mar 19, 2021 at 12:06

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Is leaving a company after 1 month ok?

Depends on the circumstances but in this case the answer is yes. There appears to be a cultural disconnect and these are very hard to fix. That's what probation is for: you can try it on for size and if it's not a fit there is a relatively easy way out.

It also means that you did NOT do your homework when interviewing. The purpose of the interview process is to determine if there is a good fit. This is clearly not a fit, so the interview process failed (for both parties). There is a lesson to be learned here: you don't want to end up in the same situation again. You should analyze your approach to interviewing and assess what needs to be changed. What question should you have asked, what data collected and what research done, that would have prevented this outcome in the first place.

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    This is a good answer, however I would not be so quick to put all the blame on the OP for the interview, I don't think I would have thought about asking "Will you change my title on the the first day?" or "Do you play loud EDM music at the workplace?".. This startup seems unusual in its ways of doing things
    – Kaddath
    Mar 19, 2021 at 9:48
  • @Kaddath - an interview should be a two-way thing. OP should have asked all sorts of questions that he probably didn't, should have visited the 'office/workplace', which would have prompted at least one question. Simply having the job spec changed should be enough - and put on c.v. 'I stayed for only one month because the environment was intolerable and I was not allowed to do the job I applied for'. Reading that, as prospective employer, would encourage me to consider him as a candidate - one with principles.
    – Tim
    Mar 19, 2021 at 10:56
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    @Tim yes I agree, the music thing could have been found out by the OP (even if in my case I would bother to visit the workplace only if I plan to stay quite long in the company or it's close to my place, but that is not precised in the question). But I think a honest recruiter should definetly ask "You don't mind working with music?". The title change, on the other side, couldn't really be foreseen. That's a two way blame IMO
    – Kaddath
    Mar 19, 2021 at 11:04
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    I agree with @Kaddath , even if you do visit the workplace, it's still very possible you overlook things that you will notice when working there for a full day. But that's exactly what a probation period is for isn't it? At least from the employee's perspective. Personally I've never visited the workplace during the interview phase, and I would never think about asking about music, unless maybe if it's a construction site. Perhaps this is location dependent?
    – Berend
    Mar 19, 2021 at 11:39
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    @Kaddath blaming is pointless and not my intent. Instead I'm focusing on "what can be done differently next time to avoid repeating a mistake". The OP can only change their own actions. What the company does or not do is their own problem. More often than not candidates focus more on impressing the employer than asking detailed, hard, and potentially controversial questions. That's a very natural thing to do, but it's not the best way to approach an interview. Landing the wrong job is a worse outcome than not landing the job.
    – Hilmar
    Mar 19, 2021 at 12:13

As has been noted in the comments, leaving is fine. Just don't mention it on your resume. Chances are people won't even ask what you did for the month or two gap on your resume but if they do you can just say that you took some much needed time off, wanted to pursue some personal projects, whatever.

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    Better stick to the truth. There is really no reason to lie about the gap if asked about it.
    – Michael
    Mar 19, 2021 at 7:44
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    @Michael - there's no compelling reason to tell the truth, either. I've done exactly the same thing - left a month to the day after starting, because the job was dire (I'd jumped there due to redundancy, and something better came up). It doesn't exist on my CV because it could give the impression of flakiness, (although all my other jobs have lasted > 7y)
    – SiHa
    Mar 19, 2021 at 9:17
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    @SiHa: I’d also leave it out of the CV (simply because it doesn’t add any value) but if asked about it, I don’t see any way for the truth to hurt you. At the same time, lying could backfire if the interviewer/recruiter somehow found out about it in their background research or because they know people at your former short-term employment.
    – Michael
    Mar 19, 2021 at 10:00
  • @Michael -Yeah, I suppose omission != lying. If directly asked, I'd probably fess up.
    – SiHa
    Mar 19, 2021 at 10:01
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    @Michael Ditching a job after 4-6 weeks would seriously make me consider dropping a candidate right there. If you're looking for a reason. Obviously the circumstances matter, but however it reflects on the employer, it doesn't look good from any angle on the candidate.
    – J...
    Mar 19, 2021 at 11:28

When starting a new job you get probation time. This is mutual! At least in my country during probation (usually three month) both parties can terminate the employment agreement within one weeks notice (or even sooner if both agree).

Think of it not only as time where the company can evaluate you, but also the other way around! You are evaluating the workplace to see if it is a job you like!

The only reason to stay is, if it is a very good opportunity such that it completely outweighs the downsides and it is really difficult for you to get a similar chance at some other company. From what and how you tell the story, I doubt that this is the case. Hence it seems pretty clear to me what you should be doing.

Good luck!


(Shrug ...) I think I'd do exactly the same thing. "I prefer classical music, myself." If you want to listen to music, that's what headphones are for.

You've obviously accidentally landed into "a weird situation," and no, you don't need to put up with it. Just find the most-gracious way that you can think of to say to them: "See ya!" Another good job will come along very soon enough.


Yes, leaving a company after 1 month is ok.

If you're going to quit, the sooner you do it the better. Nobody will notice or care about a one month "gap" in your CV. If you quit after such a short period of time then your justification is more believable. If you wait for six months then it starts to look like you are unreliable.

This particular employer lied to you about the job description and therefore does not even deserve the courtesy of being given notice. Unless you are desperate for income then I would quit immediately. There is no future at a company that has LIED to you and has a party atmosphere in the office. Best of luck to you.

Note: This is not legal advice.


Leaving after one month is exactly what probabition is there for. Both you and the company are on probation, and the company failed.

Just follow the recommended steps: Find a new job, sign a legally binding contract, and then you give notice. You don't want to be without income if you can help it. (That's assuming the company isn't so bad that you want to leave right now even if it costs you money).

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