My head was filled with excitement when i’ve gotten an email from the CEO himself and asked me to go for an interview. All i could ever think at that moment was to ace the interview no matter what. We managed to schedule an interview the following week. I swear, it was the longest week ever for me. So a week went by and finally, it’s the interview day. The first person that interviewed me is the Head of PR. He’s a really cool dude, telling me all about the company. Before i even stepped my foot in this company, i’ve looked up on this particular company as i’ve always wonder what would it be if i were to work inside. Surprisingly, i passed the interview and i was being called back for second interview, but this time with the CEO of the company. I was slotted into client servicing team and the person liaising with the client would be the CEO himself and it would be fair for him to have a little chat with me.
The CEO was a really nice guy. I’ve met him before in my University as he came before for a talk. At the talk, he was telling us how nice of the employees who worked under him as the whole team was a group of young people. That caught my attention. Fast forward a year later, here i am, interviewing for this job. I got the job eventually, and all in my head, i was thinking how cool is the CEO….until i stepped foot into the company.
He wasn’t really a nice guy after all. He picked on every single one of us, including my colleagues, basically insulting them whenever possible and eventually, my turn to get the insult. His words is as sharp as a knife, piercing through your achy, fragile heart. On my first day, the client servicing team was called for a meeting with him. For something that can be discussed within 1o minutes can be dragged until 45 minutes at least. At the end of my first day, i’ve wondered :
a) Who on bloody earth calls your employees stay until late night even though there is nothing to be done. According to him, staying late is productive, which i find it funny.
b) Who would, in any circumstances, pull people down or even demotivate your employee to pursue something which will benefit them in the future.
c) Why lash out instead of telling them so that they can improve?
I looked up to him as a leader but not what i was expecting ever since i joined the company. I love what i am doing but to have a leader that doesn’t support you in whatever you’re doing and to have no trust, it was really sad. I go home filled with anger and disappointment, knowing that i would need to go back and face the same thing all over again the next day. Most importantly, i go to the office filled with uncertainty. I am uncertain when he will rant, i am uncertain when i can even go home, i am uncertain of so many other things. That is the time i know, i had to leave. There is no point staying where all you ever get is misery. As much as i need to work and get money, i would not strain my mental health for this. I wrote my resignation letter and eventually i gave it to the CEO. My friend send me this quote, which i find it very true :
“No reason to stay is a good reason to leave”
You leave because there is no good reason to stay. No doubt i would learn a lot of things in that company but under someone who does not take care of their employees, i do not think it would be nice for anyone to stay to be honest. I am writing this not because i am complaining or talking bad about the company. I just think that if you want someone to stay and to succeed with the company and growing together, a leader should understand what is happening with everyone and not strain them with things unnecessary. A leader should also trust someone with their capabilities and not oppress or doubt their skills, stating that they do not know the current trends and what the people wants. There is a reason why they are being hired, which is to do their jobs and i am pretty sure they know well of what is the current trends and i believe they know what to do. Leaving the company is the best decision ever made. What a rocky start to my 2018, but i believe there is better opportunities outside.
Do you agree with me with this? Let me know in the comments.