Leaving Microsoft for Google/Uber/Tower. Manager not allowing resignation

Jul 26, 2019 237 Comments

So I decided to leave Microsoft. I have offers from Uber, Google and Tower Research and I told my manager that I'll be leaving for Google.
Because of the competitor policy my manager is not filling my resignation as in Microsoft India manager has to fill in the resignation to HR and he does not want me to be walked out immediately.
Not only this he has also made me on call for next one week and expecting me to complete the feature work and do proper transition simultaneously. What should I do in this case, he is behaving so weirdly. Also I want to be walked out asap from Microsoft IDC to spend some time with family and friends.
Please suggest what should I do.


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TOP 237 Comments
  • HealthChannels / Project txdi
    Why did you tell him you were leaving for Google? I just resign, I never tell my employer why I am leaving. It is none of his business.
    Jul 26, 2019 31
    • Microsoft oh snap!
      We’re not on the same page. The manager doesn’t have discretion here. He’s breaking the rules/company policy to get his way and most likely because he’s a douche. Report to HR and make sure to CC the management chain in the US if Hr in India is so corrupt and subservient.
      Jul 28, 2019
    • Juniper scandeep
      Wow Cisco. Hope karma comes back to haunt you when it’s time for you to find another job.
      Jul 28, 2019
  • Lol just cc the HR and email saying that you are going to competitor. HR would walk you out.
    Jul 26, 2019 20
    • Amazon аlv
      You join the special club of this guy:
      Jul 28, 2019
    • SAP own
      Ha..ha, thanks, Uber, some profile names are self-fulfilling, I guess. 😉

      Oh, and, btw: I'm not a guy 😉
      Jul 28, 2019
  • PayPal stripesuck
    Just don’t show up.
    Jul 26, 2019 5
    • Amazon tYds04
      What're they gonna do? Fire you?
      Jul 28, 2019
    • He will owe backwages based on contract
      Jul 28, 2019
  • Microsoft oh snap!
    I left MSFT 3 months ago. You need to go to HRWEB and fill out the “leaving Microsoft” form. Make sure to mention that you’re going to Google and that’s it. You’ll be escorted out by the end or the day. The only way your manager can keep you working during the notice period is by breaking protocol and hiding the fact that you have given notice and intend to leave for a competitor. If you fill out the “living Microsoft” form Microsoft HR gets notified immediately and it’s beyond manager powers and even his HR friends because now there’s an official record that’s going to be there forever. My manager tried the same kind of trick with me and this got me off the hook.
    Jul 28, 2019 0
  • New / Finance gAKq67
    They don’t own you
    Jul 26, 2019 2
    • EPAM Systems ExplodingBanana
      In India maybe they do
      Jul 28, 2019
    • New / Eng QTdN03
      Is India an “against your will” employment state?
      Jul 28, 2019
  • Cisco


    Show him the middle finger and walk out. And start your new job ASAP before he can find ways to fuck it up for you
    Jul 26, 2019 2
    • Microsoft bpFu23
      Just a word of caution to OP. Never(or as much as possible) burn bridges. ESP when you are parting ways. First, it’s uncool... but more importantly... you can’t foresee the future... you never know when or who would come to your aid when you are in a shitstorm, not to mention your career growth possibilities.

      Try to think of the patience and time taken to resolve amicably as an investment... it may or may not yield results... but when it does, it’s usually to your career advantage.

      In conclusion... just a hypothetical situation... let’s say you piss off your Manager, and in say, 2 years, he joins your new company as your bosses peer, or your own boss... while legally there may not be much to do, there will always be a rift or lack of trust.

      Just my 2c.
      Jul 28, 2019
    • I’ve burned bridges in the past. Sometimes the situation merits it. Nothing is more important than your own happiness.
      Jul 28, 2019
  • New / Finance gAKq67
    I would just email my resignation and walk out and leave my badge behind
    Jul 26, 2019 1
    • Qualcomm NqAf57
      The OP isn't in the USA. Unlike the USA, other parts of the world, such as India and Europe, have employment contracts that are legal documents stipulating certain acceptable methods for terminating said contract. Walking out isn't generally one of them.
      Jul 28, 2019
  • Microsoft CaughtOnce
    You are an at will employee.
    The employer can fire you whenever they want and you can stop showing up for work whenever you want.
    There won't be any legal repercussions if you just leave.
    Jul 26, 2019 7
    • Microsoft / Eng

      Microsoft Eng

      Samsung Electronics
      Data and Applied scientist in Microsoft
      You still can leave but won't get experience/relieving letter.
      Jul 28, 2019
    • DigitalOcean / Eng howdoyouDO
      "At will employment" is a US-only concept. Most other countries have a mandatory notice period set in law, which serves both the employer and the employee. Your employer can't just tell you at 4:55pm that you are fired and shouldn't show up to work tomorrow. They need to continue paying your salary for another month. Whether you actually need to come in is left at their discretion. The flip side is that you can't just rage-quit. You need to show up for another month and pass on your work to your backfill. Your next employer obviously knows about this law and that you won't actually join for a month after you were hired, and they are usually OK with this, because they know that they are equally protected and you won't just disappear one day.
      Jul 28, 2019
  • Walmart 🌲50
    @OP, If you got into Tower Research, why did you choose Google? Did Google beat the offer from Tower Research? What's your yoe and what are the offers?
    Jul 28, 2019 4
    • Google burnItDown
      No, but your question tells me you’re somehow unable to believe that the OP picked G over tower research despite probably being offered lower money.

      Like somehow money’s the first factor for taking a decision
      Jul 28, 2019
    • Walmart 🌲50
      I don't think there are first or second factors, it's a combination of several. But I agree money is not the only factor. Getting into Tower is more difficult than getting into Google. So in addition to paying well, working for Tower is a badge of honor in itself. At least it used to be. On the negative side, wlb is pretty poor, and HFT might not be everyone's dream JD.
      Jul 29, 2019
  • Careem boxboxbox
    Use the terms in your contract . They can't over rule that in any case
    Jul 26, 2019 2
    • Microsoft / Product

      Microsoft Product

      Bain & Company
      Is a company decision to waive notice if he's going to a competitor.
      Jul 28, 2019
    • Palo Alto Networks Clowns
      I have seen people saying they go to competitor to get 2 free weeks even if they didn’t. So manager should use discretion. Also, if different BU, it may not matter. Furthermore, who truly believe it helps ? I mean the employee should have prep 2 weeks earlier (or more) for his exit.
      Jul 28, 2019


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