So yesterday I gave my CEO my notice to leave. I did buy myself some time -- I'm not quitting in two weeks; I will stay until sometime in June. I know the economy's terrible and usually you should wait until you have something else lined up, but the situation at my work has escalated out of control. I basically knew that unlike I go into "lame duck" mode, the next few weeks will be unbearable. Now that they know I'm leaving, I will be able to refuse to do certain things/interact with certain horrible individuals. I'm not super-worried; I know that I will be able to get another job (I work in a pretty in-demand field). I just want the right opportunity this time. Things I have learned from my God-awful job: 1) Never accept a position lower what you're looking for, because you'll just resent it later. I'd wanted a director position, but foolishly took on a mid-level position because they promised me it was "basically the same thing" and that they don't work by "title distinctions" at my hospital. 2) Ask questions to see if people will actually follow through with their promises. For example, when I started my job, they told me flat-out that I would lead a department. One of the things I should have asked was seating arrangements... Instead of having my own office or cubicle, I was forced to share an office as the CFO (in a much smaller, shabbier desk like some office secretary)! Another example is that my boss promised that I would "build up a department." I was not savvy enough at the time to ask about funding/personnel during the interview. Instead of letting me hire any staff at all or even a part-time assistant (as all other managers have), I was forced to work with free interns and volunteers (some of whom were very unreliable in quality). 3) Ask for the job description in writing. At my work, they basically treat me as the help desk person (since I have no staff and all). I was promised that this would not be the case, but it totally was, because I don't have a good title and I DON'T have an office and I don't have additional staff as promised. 4) Document everything. When I complained that the workload was unmanageable, my boss blamed me by saying I was "too good" at my job and I needed to set more clear expectations. When I tried doing just that (by telling an employee that it would take me 2-3 days to finish her report), I got yelled at and was told that I needed to finish it *immediately.* 5) For the love of God, don't agree to a part-time position if you suspect the job is actually full-time. I work 40+ hours a week as a "part-time" employee. Is it legal? Probably not. The workload is actually like 60 hours a week, but I don't document all the hours I work for fear of retaliation. 6) If you get screwed over with promotions, bonuses, and performance reviews, it's not gonna get better. I stuck around thinking I'd "finally get my day," and I never did. I brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for my work, and though they praise me verbally and with "Yay! GREAT job!" emails, it never translates to anything tangible. Just leave, and leave ASAP.