Resignation wasn’t just the submission of resignation letter. I wasn’t sure whether it was the norm, but I went through a few rounds of interviews for my resignation process in year 2005.
After the talk with my immediate supervisor CK, I went through another two more rounds of “interviews” with his superiors. The next one in line was our technical director, Mr C.
Mr C was in our division for just a few months, but already I had a very bad impression about him. And I believed the feeling was mutual. Maybe next time I will talk about our unpleasant encounters. But let’s just say that one of many things that I didn’t like about him was the insincere “aura” that he emitted. If you had ever met such a person, you would know what I mean. If you don’t, then congratulations and hoped you will never meet such a person.
So Mr C was supposed to find out why I resigned. I told him my reasons, and also told him quite frankly that I felt that I wasn’t really able to fulfill my potential in this company. Perhaps I shouldn’t be too forthright. But Mr C’s immediately reaction irked me. He smirked in a very condescending way, and said he didn’t quite agree with me. Of course, like I said, he never thought highly about me and I didn’t think he was competent either (at least not in a technical sense). That interview left a bad taste in my mouth and I couldn’t quite remember the details of the rest of the interview.
Two days later, I was told that the Division Manager Mr G wished to see me. Mr G was the immediate superior of Mr C. So again, I reiterated my reasons for resignation. But Mr G was very different from Mr C. He recognized my contributions to the company and offered me a new proposal. He understood that I planned to startup a company, and proposed that I could continue to stay in the company while developing my product in my free time with the division’s resources at my disposal. If my product’s sales was good then I can consider to quit. If the sales wasn’t good then at least I still have the company to fall back on.
I declined Mr G’s offer. I wanted to resign in order to focus on my startup because I knew the progress of my product development would be very slow if I continued to have a day job. Of course Mr G’s offer was the risk-free way, but I would rather take a risk than making a half-hearted effort. And seriously, with the amount of workload I had in my ex-company, there wasn’t really much “free time” for me to do my own product development.
And so, the adventure began.