Be nice. Or else.
I can see that in terms of struggling with workflows, work style, etc., but not so much in this case. If someone is hurling veiled insults and generally being rude, they know what they are doing. I have to image it's rare that you can speak up in this situation and have a positive outcome.
I'm definitely not saying he should've just weathered it and hoped for the best, clearly the situation sucked. But walking out without any kind of notice is a pretty big deal. It's also hard to say how things would've gone with that boss, since it seems that conversation never happened. I've worked with people like that before, and though a "conversation" made things more awkward, it also meant less abuse and rudeness. Bad bosses happen, I'm just not sure walking out was the best decision.
That's true. To me, if the boss is acting in a way that makes someone feel like they need to just get up, leave, and never come back, it's a valid response.
You can say 'he should have had a conversation' or 'the boss never should have acted like that' - it's just a matter of where you place the accountability. Who knows what it felt like to be in his shoes, though. It's hard to know the right way to react unless you're faced with it. Feel bad for him though, sounds like a horrible overall experience.
it's a valid course of action, but I think the extent of the author's actions is what's up for debate here.
There were a lot of options - boss, HR, recruitment agency that could have possibly resolved his grievances. In this case, I'm not sure where the accountability is placed matters. Most people are just commenting about what would have been best for the author.
if the boss truly was that belittling, i'm sure Apple has a very large and accessible HR department. just one of the many ways that this situation could have been handled better.
shame to let one man get under your skin enough to ruin a dream job.
Be nice. Or else.
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