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Why I Finally Quit

One employee explains what drove him to resign.

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This story appears in the January 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Why did a bright, 28-year-old employee with a degree from a top university and a ton of high-level computer experience bail on the company he really believed in? Employee X explains what drove him to resign.

My first day on the job, I was wide-eyed, enthusiastic and completely on board with the spirit of the company. Nevermind that I was getting paid about $20,000 below market rate with pretty pathetic benefits while working up to 60 hours a week in a high-stress work environment. I was part of a team that would create something revolutionary . . . right? And don't forget about those stock options--they'll make us rich.

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