I got an offer in a corporate role and turned in my two week notice at EY. Everything was fine: HR treated me well and wished me luck in the next chapter of my career.
However, on my LAST DAY at EY, the new company rescinded their offer for reasons that I won’t get into here but were ridiculous (even the third-party recruiter agreed it was ridiculous). So not knowing if I was going to find something else sooner or later, I called HR at EY and told them what had happened and expressed interest in coming back.
As there were no guarantees, I continued to interview for other roles. Within a couple business days, EY called and said there was interest in having me return, and at that point I already had a couple of interviews. Lo and behold, one of those interviews resulted in an offer within a week’s time!
After accepting the new offer, I informed EY that I would, in fact, not be returning (again, this is one week after my last day). This time HR was not so receptive and hit me with a “we’ve been working so hard to have you back. Why would you accept another offer? Why would you be looking?” The questions were asked as if EY was somehow entitled to have my labor. I informed her that it was a good offer with a good company and that’s the direction I wanted to head. She kept pressing and I had enough. I replied, “I’m sending my stuff back today. Goodbye,” and hung up.
Remember everyone … you’re a free agent and nobody owns you or is entitled to your labor. Act like it.
Anonymous former EY employee
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