Quitting a job before even starting it

Chase bitconfuse
Jul 5 9 Comments

I've interned at JPM Chase, and have signed a contract as a grad software eng for 2 years. Recently, I've been contacted by a recruiter from one of the 3 companies I want to eventually end up working for (non-FAANG).

Obviously, I'd still have to pass their very tough interviews, but if I do I'd be offered a job with 2.5x the salary of my upcoming job, which I would be very inclined to accept.

Would it be possible? I don't have access to my current contract, but I assume it's pretty standard where if I quit I just pay back the signing/relocation bonus. The tough bit is my new job starts in September so if I do get the other offer, I'd probably have to quit this job before even starting it.

If so, how is it traditionally done? Just email the company and say "Hey, I have accepted a different offer and will quit"?

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TOP 9 Comments
  • First get that second conract executed then quit.
    Jul 5 2
    • Chase bitconfuse
      OP
      do people generally do this, or would I be a special kind of asshole?
      Jul 5
    • You have no obligation to start a job even after you sign it. If they get angry with you then they don't understand how offers work.
      Jul 5
  • Amazon DHJH32
    If this is your first job out of college, try talking to your JPMC hiring manager first. "My cohort peers are getting offers of $X but I'm at $Y, what can you do?". If they aren't willing to pay market rate, do your own math and figure if staying or leaving is the better option.

    You won't be burning a bridge if you give them a chance to make it right.
    Jul 6 2
    • Chase / Eng kidintech
      JPMC pays very well for my location and fresh out of undergrad, and I make more than most of my cohort or at least comparable. The other job is Two Sigma though.
      Jul 6
    • Amazon DHJH32
      At the end it's whatever is best for you, optimize on TC if Two Sigma is a better fit for you. Having an honest conversation with your manager will keep from burning bridges.
      Jul 6
  • Intel / Eng NerdyTurd
    If it is a smart contract then you are toasted, but otherwise just say hey I got a different offer for such and such numbers and it makes sense for me to take it
    Jul 6 2
    • Chase / Eng kidintech
      can you please explain? smart contract how, and toasted how
      Jul 6
    • Lol we donโ€™t have slavery in America they canโ€™t force you to work for them
      Jul 6