Recently I have taken a position in Finance that I did not have much experience in. I had informed the company that I did not have a background in finance other than some classes in college. They had assured me that it was okay because they would teach me everything I needed to know. After doing a project for them for the interview and their confidence in teaching me I took the position.

Knowing I did not have much experience I went into my first day ready to learn everything I possibly could. I had tried to be as proactive as I possibly could. I spent my time looking at videos that were suggested , asking for work , various projects and anything I could get my hands on. Without much guidance I began to notice how much coworkers would converse with one another . Being nervous about being qualified for the position I was timid. Soon after I have received insults, derogatory remarks and I have objects thrown at me daily. Trying to just fit in I thought I would outlast the hazing but after awhile it has not stopped. Constantly being asked if I'm applying for other jobs or if the hazing is too much.

While I tried to focus on work I had received little to no guidance, direction or even what to study up on or even talked about work on most days. Eventually I had been handed my own project that was shown to me once or twice which I feel is very intricate. Now that the project is mine I am completely responsible for it but I don't feel completely comfortable with it and I am expected to be. I don't feel comfortable asking questions as it seems to be frowned upon with noticeable distaste. Whenever a task comes across my desk I need to ask for help. I do not foresee a future in the position because I have absolutely no idea how to do the job. I can work with the projects that have been handed to me but I am expected to enhance them and I don't know how to approach that. I have informed my boss about this but I feel as though I'm still in a limbo where they don't know what to do with me.

So my question is should I try to "fake it until I make it" or is this a toxic work environment? I would feel down on myself to miss out on the great experience and pay.

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    having "have objects thrown at me daily" sounds pretty toxic to me. – Dan Pichelman Dec 23 '16 at 17:25
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    What, exactly, is the "great experience" that you're gaining in an office where bullying is rife, you're not learning anything, and you have no managerial support? – PeteCon Dec 23 '16 at 17:34
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    Pro tip: "toxic environment" and "great experience" are mutually exclusive. – Philip Kendall Dec 23 '16 at 17:34
  • I think he means experience in the sense of learning new things. – Juha Untinen Dec 23 '16 at 18:00
  • Sounds like a stereotypical "banker bro" environment... – John Feltz Dec 23 '16 at 18:38

Being insulted and having things at you are a clear sign of a toxic work environment. Unless you like to work with assholes (from this question, it seems you don't) or you want to receive training in how to become an asshole (I sure hope you don't) there is nothing for you there. You'll just be miserable until you leave.

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Some signs that everyone should know if they are thinking about quitting their present job as referred from business insider.

You're bored all the time.    
Your skills aren't being tapped.    
Your employer's goals and your personal mission don't match up.        
You've got the boss from hell.    
You feel like you can't ever win.    
You're not growing.    
You always watch what you say.    
Your company isn't invested in you.    
You worry about money — all the time.    
It looks like layoffs are coming.    
You can't picture yourself at your company in a year.    
You've got serious trust issues.    
You're burnt out.    
You dread Mondays.    
You can't laugh out loud at work.

Most of these signs are present there in your case so I would suggest leave to a better job where you can feel satisfied and see yourself happy. For more detailed explanation visit business insider

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  • Any reason for downvotes ? – Black Mamba Dec 25 '16 at 8:30
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    I was not the downvoter but I guess it could be because you have clearly copied content from elsewhere without attribution. – Masked Man Dec 25 '16 at 9:13
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    "Elsewhere" being Business Insider in this case... – Philip Kendall Dec 25 '16 at 9:17
  • I've referred to the link now – Black Mamba Dec 25 '16 at 15:38

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