I got a startup job out of college and immediately realized I hated it. 3 of their best engineers quit one-after-the-other right after I joined. I knew it was gonna suck, but I decided to stick it out to get the holy “year of experience” ASAP.
I was planning on quitting immediately once I hit my year but I was so used to going against what my needs were that I stayed. I told my manager that I didn’t enjoy the work and suggested ways for it to improve, and told him I would probably quit soon if the couldn’t be met, as an act of good faith. I took time off to go to a conference and the day I got back they fired me. I guess they thought I was interviewing at other places and wanted to fire me before I hopped so it wouldn’t look bad on them. In retrospect, they started peppering “performance” issues throughout my stay there to cover their ass. Lot of manipulation and lying. It was just overall a shitty place to work. I naively gave them the benefit of the doubt and they abused it.
I’m just wondering what I should do now. I am so burned out and now I have nothing but a black mark on my resume, I wasted a year of my life. I had requiters from FB/Uber/Google/etc contacting me but they will probably reference check, notice I got fired and pass.
I don’t really know what to do now. I was planning on taking a long break to recover from this shitty job but now it seems like I gotta get another job asap. :/