Should I tell my boss I’m interviewing and will eventually leave for geo relocation purposes?

Uber / Eng Bouncer ✌️
Jul 7, 2018 18 Comments

DS1, TC: ~150k

Hey friends, been at uber in SF for a few years now and I’ve decided to move cities for personal reasons. The city I’ve decided to move to has a big tech scene with the large companies having offices there, but Uber doesn’t have one. So I’m interviewing for the other large companies there and planning on leaving Uber/SF but it could take a few months.

I’m considering telling my boss about this decision early for a few reasons:
1. I respect/appreciate him and it could help him plan ownership and transitions across the team better for the next few months. Would make my leaving on better terms with him.
2. I don’t have much to lose. If he fires me on the spot, maybe I’d get severance and then can have some free time to relax, work on side projects, and study for my interviews for new jobs.
3. It would potentially lead to me having an easier time at work in the next few months. Knowing that I’m leaving soon, he’d give me less ownership on long term projects and more short term work. Would allow me to focus more on interviews vs working like a dog for a job I’m on the tail end of.

The things I’m worried about:
- he could be upset and assign *more* work to me and try to reap as much value out of me while I’m still here. I think it’s unlikely but still possible. If he did this I’d probably have to quit since I’m just not willing to work high hours anymore at this point.
- could lead to some ill-will. Really don’t want this since I actually have a good relationship with him and want to stay in touch for the future.

Thoughts? Anyone else have experience with doing something like this? Do you think it’s a good idea? Telling a manager that I’m planning on leaving, but only in a few months.


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TOP 18 Comments
  • StubHub soclueless
    Don't do it. Transparency is a 2-way street. It's extremely unlikely that your manager would've informed you in advance about an office move or a reorg that may have led to termination.
    Jul 7, 2018 1
  • Amazon LHRSEA
    Don't. I did this with my old company after many years there. Once they know you are leaving, expect the broader org fangs to emerge. People will want your headcount, salary for budget, projects. Any plans to include you in critical decisions coming up will be scrapped. Promo potential, even if in the works, will dissolve. Sure, they want you not to screw them so you can bleed hard to properly transition your work but if you think they're going to give you the warm and fuzzy and embrace your departure you're fooling yourself.
    Jul 7, 2018 0
  • Nordstrom / Eng ufos
    Terrible idea. Kindly revert back on this plan and do the needful.
    Jul 7, 2018 0
  • Uber LITeko
    Depends on your relationship with him. If it’s great, be honest. He is a human who should understand your situation. Maybe even help you. Happened with me at my last job.
    Jul 7, 2018 0
  • Uber Lalu
    As someone who was in your shoes until recently, every single of your worries will come true. You are overvaluing your manager s convenience over your personal well being. Watch out for yourself. Bosses change, re orgs happen and then this disclosure policy of yours will cost you dearly. This bridge is not worth saving at the expense of yourself.
    Jul 7, 2018 1
  • Facebook eHIW74
    Do this and the blind community will not respect you.
    Jul 7, 2018 0
  • Square / Eng nom🍔
    Even if your manager is an awesome person (I had a few who were), his priorities are:

    1. Himself, his career and convinience.
    2. The company
    3. The team as a whole
    4. His individual team members

    In fact, even if you like and trust him, and especially if you do, don't put him in a position where he needs to choose between you and the company.

    At most, to be kind, give a long notice (4-6 weeks) and offer to help with the transition, train new team members etc.
    Jul 7, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng Bouncer ✌️
      Well said, nom. Thanks for your honest input. After reading some of these responses I’m more inclined to give a long notice like 4-6 weeks and potentially quit my job before even having the next one lined up. Cheers!
      Jul 8, 2018
  • Twitter / Other Tweeple
    It’s not a bad idea at all, and one with benefits for you as well. But be sure that you will be leaving soon. Like, 12 weeks of notice doesn’t help too much. 6 does.
    Jul 7, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng Bouncer ✌️
      That’s kinda what I was thinking. I’m in the midst of an interview now that could lead to me leaving in something like 6 weeks
      Jul 8, 2018
  • Indeed / Eng LadyMorgan
    Probably dont maybe hint by asking about any more offices they may be opening or remote work
    Jul 7, 2018 0
  • YAPC
    Don't do it.

    >> It would potentially lead to me having an easier time at work in the next few months.

    This is not true. If you notify him, he will be thinking that you are just sitting(back) your last days, nevertheless how hard you will end up working.

    Also Uber is not that small company that will stop operating if you just "suddenly" leave.
    Jul 7, 2018 0
  • Tinder / Eng

    Tinder Eng

    Im a cat! Meow 🐈
    I'm curious what city are you going to? Boston?
    Jul 11, 2018 1
  • Dont take decision emotionally. If your manager gets a chance to fire you, he wouldn’t tell u in advance. Think practically and resign 2 weeks before your last day. Rest depends on you. Good luck!
    Jul 8, 2018 0
  • NAVEX Global HollaBackG
    I wouldn’t say anything. You have to look out for #1, and the company might lay you off soon if they know you are planning on leaving.
    Jul 7, 2018 0