Next week I'll have a talk to my manager, saying that I intend to quit my job due to various reasons ('politics', not able to get a fair, interesting task, which has severe impact on my (technical) skills as a developer - although I've tried to search for compromises for almost a year now).

In my absence I was assigned to a special 'political' dev-project, which now is the 'smoking' gun for me for leaving the company if I get not unassigned. To be clear, this is just the tip of the iceberg and not the only reason for quitting.

Is it tactful to say that I leave the company if I get not unassigned of this project and if we find not a compromise that I get also the chance to get a fair task, evolving my career and skills in the midterm ?

Or should I just say I'm quitting and again give an overview about the reasons and just see if he / the organisation is more willing to search a compromise this time?

I have no intention of any confrontation, I just want to make sure the manager / company understands the reasons for my decision.


Is it tactful to say that I leave the company if I get not unassigned of this project?

No it is not tactful to issue an ultimatum to your employer about your assigned tasks.

It is reasonable to have a discussion about your career and skills development with your supervisor. But as soon as you start throwing ultimatums around it stops being a reasonable discussion.

  • I had these discussions several times, with no interest from the other side. So your recommendation would be to just quit then ? – Marco Sep 15 '17 at 15:39
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    @Hawk66 - If the only options are ultimatum or just quit... yes just quit – IDrinkandIKnowThings Sep 15 '17 at 15:40
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    Most unreasonable ultimatums result in you "quitting" in a manner of speaking too... – enderland Sep 15 '17 at 15:45
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    @hawk66 - Try asking what they want to see from you to make your goals happen. If all you do is demand its not really a negotiation or discussion its just a demand. – IDrinkandIKnowThings Sep 15 '17 at 16:02
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    @Hawk66 - So if I understand you right you gave your reasonable demands in a friendly discussion of what you expect your company to do for their junior employee and they have not fallen all over themselves to make your life better? – IDrinkandIKnowThings Sep 15 '17 at 16:12

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