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There's the sad principle that no good deed ever goes unpunished :-( There are companies sadly that would lawyer up against you as soon as you say that you managed to access any data that you shouldn't have accessed. If you have the slightest inkling that your company is one of those, then you write them by registered mail to demand that they remove all your ...


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they will only provide the papers in-person, and not via e-mail, for some odd/nefarious reason). It doesn't matter. When they give it to you, just say that you need your lawyer to review it. And of course, do not sign it. Do not sign anything. Also, refuse any extension and refuse any exit interview. so my new job (was able to line one up with a cloud ...


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Are there any reasons why I should let the company know? Because you are a good person and a professional. And because if you were still with the company and another IT department head had left, you'd appreciate the same courtesy.


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Should I send a pre-emptive "farewell, and here's my reasons (because my boss is unethical)" e-mail to the teams that will be impacted in the new year? No. The people who know you and know your work already know the truth and won't be swayed by your boss' email. The people who don't know you and don't know your work won't be swayed by your email. ...


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You should always manage your own career. Do NOT try to manage the careers of others. Stay long enough to get your bonus(es). You've earned them. You do NOT owe your current employer anything beyond the 3-week notice. It was their job to retain you. They failed. When you put in your notice, if they are intelligent at all, they will reach out to anyone ...


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In my opinion you need not tell them and at the same time you should stop checking their data. You're no longer working for them and working for their direct competitor. So, if you inform them about this they may think you're accessing (or have accessed) their sensitive data. It can make a bad image about your current company as they'll think you're ...


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Don't try and fix anything - you've resigned, it's about to be in your past. Leave it there and focus on the future. Since you want to maintain a good relationship with this manager in the future, just have a nice relaxing chat with him. Maybe reminice about good times or wins you've had together over the last five years. Don't worry about "taking a hit&...


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Mind your own business and CYA Strictly speaking, if you accessed systems of your previous company, you have most likely broke the law. Situation is akin to selling someone a house with numerical lock code on doors. New owner may not change the combination, but that does not mean you have the right to enter your former home. You would have to consult legal ...


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The simplest solution would be to send a friendly email to ask them if every procedure which needs to be done for you leaving the company has been carried out an if everything is alright or if they need you for any further action. If possible attach your own personal checklist and mark the things which you can legitimately know to be done as "done"....


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Talk to a lawyer and/or union representative ASAP. I'm not familiar with Canadian law, but what your boss does might cross into libel or other types of defamation. It might also be actionable on other grounds. A letter from a lawyer can also make THE COMPANY send a retraction of those accusations to everyone, which is a million times more valuable than ...


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It's not possible to read your bosses mind, but it looks like he's retaining a staff member for some reason even though he has no work at the moment. This is often a budget concern. He may have a staff budget that he needs to use or may ultimately lose in the next budget allocation. Or you can just take it at face value that the project is not ready yet. If ...


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No company is going to "save your spot", but if you're a good employee, are productive, positive, have created goodwill, and are leaving on good terms then it makes sense to me that they might extend an open door to your return. Why not? This is going to vary by company but it doesn't strike me as unusual, unorthodox, or suspect.


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I think your post is quite long, so first I want to summarize it to the essentials. Soon you will leave your current employer for a position elsewhere. You have been told that soon some other employees will be laid off, some of them are friends of yours. By announcing/hinting early that you are leaving you can prevent that (some) of those other employees ...


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You are not a penetration tester and you have not been hired to test their systems. As of the time you left, you are a stranger to them. Look at how other companies have dealt with uninvited security analyses of their systems. Sometimes it works out fine. Sometimes lawyers get involved. Although in an ideal world, you should tell them immediately, we live in ...


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The workplace you describe has a number of serious problems. If things continue in this fashion, I would not be surprised if they found themselves at the wrong end of a discrimination lawsuit within the next few years. In fact, it's possible that you might have a claim against them for constructive dismissal, depending on the specific circumstances, exactly ...


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Are there any reasons why I should let the company know? Yes, you should let them know because you've done something that may or may not be illegal, more so you are now working to a direct competitor of that company which tends to make the situation problematic on few more levels. Are there any risks if I don't signal that to them? Certainly. If the ...


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I have had a similar experience, although the workplace I left wasn’t quite as toxic as the one you described. While I left because of the toxicity, I was really sad because before it went bad, it was a really great team to work on. My approach when talking with my direct manager and his boss was to only talk about the positive reasons for my departure. My ...


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This is general internship advice. I know nothing about law firms specifically. It would generally be bad form, and the company may hold it against you. But you're also an unpaid intern. Less than a week into said internship. If you quit gracefully then they probably won't hold it against you, and will have forgotten all about you within a couple of weeks. ...


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I'm also from one of the ex Yougoslav republics and I'm I a similar position as you; working for a local company owned by a foreign company (although not a USA one). Talking to my Serbian coworkers, it seems the Serbian work laws and customs are very similar to my country's. I can tell you that the USA manager has no say in when your holidays are. If a day ...


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First, look after yourself. If your colleagues are laid off, and then you give notice, there are two possibilities: Either your employer says "oh ____" and has to scramble to hire your colleagues back; at that point your ex-colleagues will have very strong cards in their hands and if they are clever, they will benefit (guys, feel free to post here :...


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Could I resign from this role during my probation? Yes you can, you are free to resign or quit whenever you want if you feel it's the best thing. If you are on probation then that would be ideal time to quit rather than wait more time and quit when on a more permanent position. This is one of the main purposes of probation periods, so you and the company ...


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You ask: Do they want me to leave? I ask: Does your decision depend on what they think? Why does it matter? To elaborate, if you feel your contributions are repeatedly getting neglected and you're being a subject of indirect discrimination (or negative favoritism), you should already look for a new job. Remember, do not wait until the company (or your boss)...


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So let me get this straight. You and your coworkers knew about this security flaw when you were still working for them, but nothing was ever done about it. Now you think that if you tell them now that you're gone and working for a competitor, that they will magically get their act together and fix this flaw. Your thinking doesn't make sense. If I were you, I ...


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Talk to HR. Make it clear that a) You get emails from the team where the team expresses understanding, and that while you won't actively push for a negative impression of the company in a team with an already high turnover rate, you also will not lie to you former team members b) That you are going to take a lawyer if things don't go reasonable HR is not ...


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If you tell them that you're planning to leave by a certain date, then that's the equivalent of a voluntary resignation. And if they fire you early, you may still be owed severance (or even owed unemployment benefits), but you may only be owed money for the period of time between the time you got fired and the actual time you said you'd leave, or perhaps, ...


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They don't save a spot but you can come back more easily. Google has it so that you can come back within a year, so the spot isn't guaranteed, but if they regretted you leaving you will have a very easy time returning. My prior organization would probably slot me into first place if they had a spot open and I wanted to return. Software development everywhere ...


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Should I send a pre-emptive "farewell, and here's my reasons It is better to not put any reasons for leaving when the actual reason is your boss/company. This won't do much good. As Stephan said, a positive generic feedback is the best option. However, if you want to convey your colleges of your contributions to the company, you can highlight some of ...


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I do not know the Serbian law but from my experience working in different countries usually companies could refuse to give you holidays. If your contract ends and you did not use them, they will simply pay them to you in your last salary. You should check your contract, but I imagine that this is something highly likely. It has happened to me, it sucks, but ...


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Yes, you can resign during your probation period. In doing so you can also ask if there is another suitable role you could fill. You can always ask - the worst case scenario is they say "no". If you decide to go this route, word your resignation to highlight how it is with great regret you feel compelled to resign, how you greatly admire the ...


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I wouldn't do this. You highly underestimate the probability that they will find some cause to fire you for. If they look hard enough, they will find one, or else they will simply make one up that will be hard for you to fight in court. Have you ever delivered something late? Has there ever been a single bug in your code? Have you ever disagreed with ...


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