Here’s a Story of Bob, A True Bridge Burner.


Bob’s reputation at Company X was generally not positive.  One day, Bob transferred into another department of the same company.  However, as time passed, it showed that Bob was not fitting into the new department and tension rose between team members Tom and Sally.  He and the manager were also not getting along.  Bob took his complaints about the manager to the Human Resources department.  Nothing much transpired from that as from what I was told, HR took the manager’s side.

What was once a harmonious team soon turned into one of hostility.  Sally was getting anxiety and no longer looked forward going to work.  Eventually, Bob had found a job elsewhere.  But that was not before Bob started telling his manager’s manager how messed up the team was, had set him up for failure and threatened legal action because he wasn’t going to get some sort of bonus before leaving.  During Bob’s final days, the other team members were told to not talk to him by the manager, as anything they said could be used against them if any legal action took place.

Soon after that, Bob left and was placed on the do not rehire list.

A few months down the line, Tom had left the company for another to further his career elsewhere.

At the new company, Tom had become good teammates with Jane.  Even though things were going well for her, she left for a much better title and pay elsewhere.

Jane was now a bigwig and she had hiring power.  One day, she receives a resume submission from Bob for a position she posted online. She knew that Tom also worked at Company X and wondered if he knew Bob.  What a coincidence, it just so happened that Tom did in fact, work with Bob!  Jane asked if Bob was a good employee and if he really did the things listed on his resume.

Tom explained to Jane that Bob’s resume was embellished quite a bit, and that he pretty much left a path of destruction before he left Company X.  Not exactly a glowing endorsement.

There’s a lesson to be learned from this story.  Your reputation precedes you and will continue to do so long after you’ve left a company.  Don’t burn bridges with former employers. Although in this case, I think Bob blew up the bridge.

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