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Continuing on from my previous rant.

Two weeks after my raise, I submitted my resignation. As per all employee contracts with this fashion company, we still had to work for two months after resignation. A miserable and unmotivated two months in the dead of Finnish Winter. At least my pay was higher now.

In an effort to find cheap labor, management made the decision to hire two fresh junior devs. Was I a bit insulted that two junior devs were what they equated my efforts as? A little. Did I care at that point? Not at all. I got along well with the new junior devs, they even gave me a bottle of Jaeger as thank you for helping them. Unfortunately, they were out of their element and the new CTO lacked the willingness to coach them. A few months after leaving the company, I audited their website to see it running slow as shit and most of my efforts / optimizations gutted.

The marketing manager of that company and I had become good friends during the year. He was actually job hunting long before I was. Shortly after I had left, we had lunch together and he told me he had resigned and the entire marketing team as well the day after (total of 6 people, so within a year ~14 left this start-up). I might do a side story on his resignation at some point, it's pure entertainment.

I'm pretty sure that wraps up the fashion company arc. I still keep in contact with many of my former co-workers and they're all doing a lot better. As for me, my next rant will be about shame and how a company burned 240,000€ in three months.

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  • 0
    You still had to work two months after resignation?? That's legal in your Country?

    Can you elaborate more on this?
  • 8
    @Vip3rDev in Holland (as AFAIK most of the EU) most contracts have a clause built in that requires you to hand in your resignation 2 months before you want to quit. This allows the company time to find a replacement and to the handovers.
    I guess that is what OP meant?
  • 5
    @Vip3rDev Yes, in Finland you have an agreed upon notice period when becoming employed. This fashion company had a ridiculously high two months period because the management were insecure cucks. I was actually able to negotiate out of it sooner because I began showing up later and later and leaving earlier and earlier daily. Doesn't make sense to keep an unmotivated person on payroll does it? Rather than confront me on it, they offered to pay me off to leave earlier along with holiday pay. Because they were insecure cucks.
  • 1
    @Lucky-Loek gotcha. Never hear of it being 2 months in size, that's a lot!

    For me in Canada, it's two weeks.
  • 4
    I'd like to amend my previous claim of 2 months resignation notice. It was actually 3 months for developers. But vastly shortened after expressing my lack of enthusiasm.
  • 0
    Gotcha just from how it sounded I thought you had to keep doing things for them 2 months after resignation which sounded crazy to me. Once your gone, your gone.
  • 0
    @Lucky-Loek Exactly, yes. I was essentially trying to line up my resignation notice period with the start of the new year and holidays (2019).
  • 2
    In Norway the standard contract is also mutual three months notice period, usually starting from the first of the following month. This means that resigning on the first of a month actually leaves you with an actual period of 4 months.

    I'm lucky also, as my current employer is willing to let me go after only about one month as a compensation for being demoted to help desk due to organizational changes and outsourcing.
  • 2
    @RagingCodeChimp
    You might or might not want to have this:
  • 1
    @scor thanks 😁 didn't notice the points 🎉
  • 1
    Most consulting companies in India have made it 3 months now. And negotiation doesn't help most of the times. It used to two months a while back. This is a new strategy devised by some HR to make it near impossible for the employees to seek an opportunity somewhere else. No company wants to wait 3 months before their recruit shows up.
  • 0
    @Vip3rDev in Finland two weeks is the "normal" notice if you've been an employee for less than 6 months I think. 4 weeks after that. 2 months is relatively insane even in Finland, though legal.
  • 1
    3 months notice period here in central europe too. Allows the company to slowly steer the business away from you, get a replacement, for you to take remaining vacation days, etc...

    Also, when you're leaving on friendly terms, you can help with hand-off to the new guy.
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