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When do I tell my employer I'm leaving for b-school?

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New post 17 Apr 2018, 13:18
Hi all-
I've seen a few similar posts to this but each person has their own situation. Here's mine.

I've been at my current company for a year. The company has no idea I was applying to business school. I got recommendations from a former employer. I highly despise my current supervisor but I have a good relationship with the Senior Vice President (my boss' boss). I do not know how my current boss will react to the news that I'm leaving. She thinks I do good work, but, again, I highly despise her.

I am debating how much time to give leave notice. I checked the company employee handbook and there isn't anything specifically in there about how much notice to give. Technically I'm an at-will employee. I've known for months I got into business school but they have no way of finding out. I'm hearing from some people to give as much notice as possible (the most I would give is one month notice) so as "not to burn a bridge" and give time to transition. Others have said that two weeks notice is standard and there's no reason to give more/ or that I won't need a reference later on so it wouldn't matter. I don't necessarily buy that I won't need a reference later on but am unsure how the hiring process works for internships and post- MBAs. (disclaimer: I do not plan on returning to the company but don't want to burn a bridge). I'm worried about being "pushed out". A coworker on my time gave her two weeks notice and was pushed out later that week (I think she was on bad terms with management). At my company, it takes a while to fill positions - they wait for the "right person" or don't fill the position at all.

Bottom line is I would like to give more than two weeks but I don't want to risk losing the pay. I also don't want to burn a bridge, even though two weeks is standard. They would have to assume I just found out.

Any advice given my current situation? Maybe 3 weeks is the sweet spot? FYI - I'd like to stop working early June, so I'd give my notice sometime in May. PLEASE HELP! Feedback appreciated.
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businessfanatic20 wrote:
Hi all-
I've seen a few similar posts to this but each person has their own situation. Here's mine.

I've been at my current company for a year. The company has no idea I was applying to business school. I got recommendations from a former employer. I highly despise my current supervisor but I have a good relationship with the Senior Vice President (my boss' boss). I do not know how my current boss will react to the news that I'm leaving. She thinks I do good work, but, again, I highly despise her.

I am debating how much time to give leave notice. I checked the company employee handbook and there isn't anything specifically in there about how much notice to give. Technically I'm an at-will employee. I've known for months I got into business school but they have no way of finding out. I'm hearing from some people to give as much notice as possible (the most I would give is one month notice) so as "not to burn a bridge" and give time to transition. Others have said that two weeks notice is standard and there's no reason to give more/ or that I won't need a reference later on so it wouldn't matter. I don't necessarily buy that I won't need a reference later on but am unsure how the hiring process works for internships and post- MBAs. (disclaimer: I do not plan on returning to the company but don't want to burn a bridge). I'm worried about being "pushed out". A coworker on my time gave her two weeks notice and was pushed out later that week (I think she was on bad terms with management). At my company, it takes a while to fill positions - they wait for the "right person" or don't fill the position at all.

Bottom line is I would like to give more than two weeks but I don't want to risk losing the pay. I also don't want to burn a bridge, even though two weeks is standard. They would have to assume I just found out.

Any advice given my current situation? Maybe 3 weeks is the sweet spot? FYI - I'd like to stop working early June, so I'd give my notice sometime in May. PLEASE HELP! Feedback appreciated.
Thanks :)


I've already put in my notice with a final end date in july, but I've had close contact with my managers throughout the whole process and knew I'd likely be leaving months ago. My advise, which probably isn't helpful, is to give as much notice as you feel comfortable. I know I will not be fired before my end date, so I was comfortable with letting them know and letting me onboard my own replacement. If I worked in a larger org where losing a single guy wasn't such a big deal, I'd probably hold out for 2/3 weeks to avoid the chance I was fired/asked to leave prematurely. You don't have much of an obligation to them to give any more, and as long as you do it respectfully, it shouldn't burn any bridges.
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Hey businessfanatic20 ,

Welcome to GMATClub :)

I will share my experience here.

I got my admit on 1st Dec but I didn't disclose anything until my yearly bonus was finalized and I was given the confirmation letter.

When I received my letter from my manager, I told him I am resigning the very next day!

Then I served my notice period and received my entire bonus amount.

if you are in a similar situation, wait for your bonus(after all it is very important when we are going back to school) and then resign.

Else you can resign as soon as possible and enjoy your Pre MBA days.

All the best :)
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