I started working for an hardware startup last year as a contractor developer.
The company was quite at an early stage and their product wasn't up to scratch yet but after being assured by the CEO the product will be ready in a couple of months I accepted to join them full time.
Fast forward 3 months and the product development hasn't moved much partly due to lack of engineering force in our team (and an over abundance of marketing employees IMO).
As a software developer I'm spending my time working on their site without any clear direction whatsoever and asked to work over time to do prototypes and impromptu projects to wow investors.
I'm offered shares of the company which I refuse as I start to doubt some management choices.
New projects are rarely planned ahead and mostly end with accusations from the CEO to his employers for not pulling their weight. Three people get fired and one person leaves the company.
Needless to say, the projects were all abandoned.
Finally, one year after being hired, I decide to give one month notice to my boss. This was met with a peaceful proposal of remaining in the team part-time to allow me doing other work as well, at least for an initial period. I accept but, unfortunately, this was never formalised into a contract.
Three weeks later (just before starting my part time) the offer gets scrapped, for two days I'm almost lured in to going back full time, but in the end I prefer to leave the company.
When I give my second notice the CEO is accusing me of jeopardising them, of being dishonest and personally betraying him.
I have already taken commitments for this month outside this company. Still my boss says that we're not leaving in good terms and that I won't get any reference.
It's the first time something like this happened to me in 8 years of work.
What shall I do?
edit: I thought I'd clarify my question. As he never accepted my notice I am afraid he won't let me work part time this month. What can I do in this case, where I don't have a formal agreement?
I'm not worried about bad references as I got good ones from my previous employers.