How much notice should I give?

Intel / Eng no_rsus
Sep 12 26 Comments

NEED SOME URGENT HELP ON THIS

I am starting a new job in slightly more than 3 weeks from now (probably first week of October). I am on H1B visa and my Visa is already transferred and approved.

When should I tell my current employer about leaving?

I am planning to travel overseas to get the most out of notice period.

Is 3 weeks too many and I should wait one more week or I can tell them now.

Concern I have is, will they put me on payroll for entire 3 weeks if I tell them today or tomorrow?


PS - I am joining a competitor.

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TOP 26 Comments
  • Microsoft oprota
    2 weeks is the standard
    Sep 12 3
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      Thanks
      Considering my tentative joining date as 7th October, I should inform them on 18th or 19th
      But what if I tell them tomorrow
      Will they allow me to be on payroll for 3 weeks.
      Btw I work at Microsoft as well.
      Sep 12
    • Microsoft oprota
      Yes 3 weeks is not too much and if you set your last date as 3 weeks from now, that should be fine too. Generally you got the right to decide the last date in these cases
      Sep 12
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      Thanks
      Have you or the people around you gave 3 weeks notice anytime?
      I want to know if people have done that
      Sep 12
  • Western Digital huntermind
    Can't you ask your new employer to start you a week early if your H1b transfer is already approved?
    Sep 12 2
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      Yes worst case thats the plan
      Sep 12
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      It will trim down my travel a bit
      Sep 12
  • NIO / Eng
    lostninja

    NIO Eng

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    Western Digital
    lostninjamore
    FYI, it’s perfectly fine not to tell your current employer about your new employer. That takes out the issue of you going to a competitor.
    Sep 12 3
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      I want to travel and I don’t have any reason for me to get my leaves approved immediately
      Sep 12
    • NIO / Eng
      lostninja

      NIO Eng

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      lostninjamore
      Sure but I meant is that you don’t have to name your next employer. You can always say I am going to a “different company” without naming which exact company.
      Sep 12
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      Makes sense
      Sep 12
  • Amazon / Eng
    Ummm...

    Amazon Eng

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    Qualcomm
    Ummm...more
    2 weeks is standard but ultimately it depends on if your Mgr is cool with keeping you around. Some companies might ask you to leave sooner if you're going to a competitor (I know it happens for people moving from Amazon to Google sometimes) so up to you decide.

    You're ALLOWED to leave whenever. I've done 1.5 weeks before and it wasn't a big deal. You just don't want to burn any bridges so you'll need to figure out what would work best for you.
    Sep 12 3
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      Cool
      Thanks
      Do they keep people on payroll if they ask me to leave immediately?
      Sep 12
    • Amazon / Eng
      Ummm...

      Amazon Eng

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      Qualcomm
      Ummm...more
      Probably not. You could just give them 2 or 3 weeks notice and not tell them where you're going. They can't force you to tell them.

      Ultimately, 3 weeks notice won't be that insane. Talk to someone there and see what they think. It depends on the culture at your company.
      Sep 12
    • I believe if we have a legit reason, 1 week is also okay. Quit on the same day without notice will not be advisable

      Last time i was laid off on the same day without notice. If employer can do that to us, why we cant do that as well.
      Sep 12
  • New / Data randomde
    Usually it's two weeks in USA unless you have unfinished tasks or projects that are dependant on you...so you can wait for another week and let them know that you are giving notice of two weeks
    Sep 12 3
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      Is 3 week not allowed in industry ?
      Sep 12
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      I don’t have much of the transition needed since I am ramping up on new project
      Sep 12
    • New / Data randomde
      I don't think they will ask you to leave and it all depends on the people you are working with. You don't have to tell the company details that you are going to join
      Sep 12
  • VeriSign / Eng XcuQ42
    Why does it matter if you are on payroll for the entire 3 weeks or not? You gave them plenty of time and if that is their choice then so be it. Use it to your advantage.
    Sep 12 2
    • Intel / Eng no_rsus
      OP
      I will loose the salary of 1 week and be unemployed for a week on H1B visa
      Sep 12
    • Goldman Sachs kach1947
      1 week without pay is fine. USCIS knows people switch jobs etc and 1 week gap won't hurt. Good luck.
      Sep 12
  • BMO hPnJ57
    Don't need to tell them where you're going
    Sep 12 0
  • Lyft !lyft
    2 weeks is standard in US unless you don't like the manager in which case give less.
    Sep 12 1
    • Amazon ps.ily
      That’s petty, best to stay professional at 2 weeks no matter how crappy your boss/company is.
      Sep 12
  • Microsoft aoaa
    It also depends on seniority.

    I'd say 2 wks is standard to early in career and first-level people managers. But if you're leading a big team or very senior or very specialized, it's courteous to give 3 or 4 weeks notice. Or maybe more. Depends on how hard it would be for your company to find a backfill.
    Sep 12 0