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.


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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, 2017 at 15:39
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    @Hawk66 - If the only options are ultimatum or just quit... yes just quit Sep 15, 2017 at 15:40
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    Most unreasonable ultimatums result in you "quitting" in a manner of speaking too...
    – enderland
    Sep 15, 2017 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. Sep 15, 2017 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? Sep 15, 2017 at 16:12

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