I have been working as a graphic/web designer at a small company (there are 6 people who work at the head office including myself) for three months. Due to its size, the company has no HR department.
It's my first full-time job out of school and I was really excited about it at first. Then, I had to learn the hard way that my boss is most likely bipolar and has serious control issues. He has mood swings and can be a mean bully.
The pay is poor and it is VERY difficult for me to muster the strength to come in to work everyday as my boss 1) micromanages the hell out of people 2) blames everyone for everything but himself 3) lectures people like there's no tomorrow and 4) has terrible design ideas but forces me to implement them with almost no creative control. Needless to say, there is a high turnover rate. The last designer left within a few weeks.
I spoke in confidence to the marketing girl (who is also planning to quit soon, though she will have to give her notice as she has a contract) and she told me that in the past, every single time (with one exception) an employee handed in their 2 weeks notice, they were dismissed the next day. She has also promised to be my reference should I need one for future employment purposes.
I am not on contract. I invoice my boss for the hours I work since I'm a "creative" and legally I can leave whenever I want. I am technically still under probation and my boss still hasn't even given me a key or a passcode for the office.
My dilemma is, should I just quit at the end of the month and give him no notice other than to say that I am leaving? Apparently one girl who was also not on contract like me has done this before and he didn't/couldn't do anything about it.
Should I give him one week notice at least, to maintain some semblance of professionalism? I am starting full-time art school in Feb and I have already worked a few days this week so one week notice is the most I can give. I am pretty positive he will be the biggest [Expletive Deleted] to me or will fire me as soon as I give my notice so I likely won't be permitted to finish out the week. I don't think I would be screwing them over that much. As long as he finds another person who can work with Joomla (since I redid the company website using Joomla as the CMS) the company will be fine.
I wanted the final paycheque but I am willing to forgo it if giving a week's notice is the right thing to do.