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I'm going to leave my current company soon - what's a good time to let the Manager know

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Mid-Level Software Engineer at Walmarta month ago

I'm going to leave my current company in a month as I have accepted an offer from another company and I'm currently working on the H1B transfer step. H1B transfer should take three weeks at the most. Recently my org had a restructuring and my manager has been changed leading to newer project and new team member and nowadays I spend most of my time onboarding myself onto the new project. I have couple of questions here:

  • What's the right time to inform the manager about my next move?
  • Should I give my 100% into the onboarding? I feel low-key guilty on adding more burden to the team by doing work which will add no value at the end.
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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a month ago

    What's the right time to inform the manager about my next move?

    In the US, it's employment at will so you have 0 obligations:

    • If your manager is okay: Give the standard 2 week notice
    • If your manager is incredible: Tell them now to be transparent - My manager at Robinhood was so good that I told her 2 months ahead of time I was leaving to start my own company
    • If your manager sucks: Tell them 1 week ahead of time so by the time they can retaliate, you're already out the door

    Should I give my 100% into the onboarding? I feel low-key guilty on adding more burden to the team by doing work which will add no value at the end.

    Nope, just do the bare minimum. It is indeed a waste of everyone's time to pretend like you're not leaving and are still grinding for a stellar performance review.

    I recommend this discussion too: "How can I gracefully leave my job?"

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    Eng @ Taro
    5 days ago

    I've given 1 month notice in the previous two jobs that I've left. I found that this gives enough time for your manager to go through all of the paperwork and meetings when someone leaves a company without feeling rushed. it also gives you enough time to wrap up any loose ends on projects and let your co-workers know that you are leaving.

    Should I give my 100% into the onboarding?

    It's not a good use of your time to continue the onboarding process. I would finish out your time by setting up meetings with your co-workers and letting them know that you're leaving so they know that everything's okay, and you are leaving on good terms. They might want to join you later on :)

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