Skip Out Or Stick With It?


Cheap vs Frugal…

Grace has been consulting for a new media company for the past year and has really been instrumental in helping to establish their niche in the marketplace.  At first, the gig was really exciting for her – not only was she managing the existing artists and talent who create content for the company, for an additional bonus, she was also responsible for scouting and bringing in new talent and partnerships. Everything was great, until some bad blood with the higher ups started to trickle down…

Cut to – a few months ago when the dynamics of the company really started to shift.  Grace found herself left out of a couple strategy meetings between a new client she was bringing in and the top execs of the company.  Petty arguments, back stabbing and people spinning their wheels seemed to become the average day at the office – a toxic culture that Grace wanted no part of.

Yesterday, Grace reached her limit, and she almost quit on the spot. But she decided to take a moment and really think things through.  The problem is, the company owes her a chunk of money for a deal that is still in the works – but it could take months to close.  Should Grace stick it out to guarantee her bonus?  Or risk her bonus by skipping out in exchange for saving her sanity – and her soul? What would you do?

Tell us what you think!


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3 Responses to “Skip Out Or Stick With It?”

  1. louie says:

    A bit of advice here…..Don’t ever leave a position until you have another one secured and ready to start with. This takes priority over a bonus for sure. Also the scenario painted in her story is a little dubious. Is it something she’s done to facilitate an attitude change with her exec. team? Rarely is this type of scenario a one sided affair.

  2. Molly says:

    Agree with Louie. Start looking for a new job, but don’t leave this one until you have a signed contract/letter of employment with the new company. This will enable Grace to not have to take the first offer and to make sure she doesn’t go from the frying pan into the fire. It’s easier to get a job when you have one.
    Also, by the time she finds a new one, the bonus money may already be given to her.
    That said, she also needs to start making sure that everything said to her in reference to that bonus is written down. If her boss says, “you get $XXX. when account is signed, she’s got to send her boss an email saying, “As per our conversation earlier today, I’m going to get $XXX. when that account comes in”. and then make sure she gets a response from the boss.

    If she gets a new job before her commission is due, she has to clear it with HR that she’ll get it. If she doesn’t, then contact the Better Business Bureau, the Labor Relations Board, and/or take them to small claims court if it’s less than $5000.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I was in a similar position many years ago. And never saw the bonus even though it was in writing etc etc etc. She can fight for it if it’s worth it. They’re betting it’s not. She should be sweet as pie and at the stinky office use all her available resources and contacts to find a new job. NOW.

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