[quote]Steel Nation wrote:
I lie my ass off and keep it positive. It’s about the next job and why it’s better for you, not about what you didn’t like about the one you’re leaving.[/quote]
*Disclaimer: I have only done this once, in fact am literally going through it NOW, and have no idea what the next 20-30 years hold for me.
With that said, my feelings are generally aligned with Steel Nation here; I have just resigned my current position for another which is, frankly, a better opportunity, and in the meeting where I informed my current employer it was all about the greatness of the new place. Didn’t give much vibe that I was a little disgruntled here and that I’m pretty happy to be moving on.
With that said, if you have a mixture of positive/negative feelings towards your present employer, or care about at least SOME people there and want to see them succeed, it seems that an exit interview where you politely state a couple of key points is in-bounds, as long as you can keep the tone very professional and not turn it into a hatchet job on Person X, Y, and Z that you dislike. But if you can point out a weakness that they might be able to address in the future, I could see your soon-to-be-ex-employer being grateful for the input, and doing them a solid (if you think it will be interpreted that way) could be useful in the future.