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What Makes a Manager a Bad Boss?

By April 1, 2014

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Bad bosses are a perennially popular topic on this site. I think that the topic of a bad boss resonates with everyone because we've all had one at one time or another during our working lives.

I ran a poll in the past that asked what you would do if you had a bad boss. The majority of readers said they would talk with their boss. I lauded everyone's courage, but your responses also made me think. Here are my thoughts about how to deal with a bad boss.

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Comments
April 23, 2006 at 3:39 pm
(1) GG says:

The manager is not qualified for the position, and has less experience than some (all) of his direct reports.

April 24, 2006 at 5:07 pm
(2) rachel says:

Let me add from my own experience:
Brings up past transgressions months later.
Does not have a clue as to the definition of performance versus behavior.
Can’t deal with intelligent employees who disagree or have their own thoughts/opinions.
Is dishonest.
Overbearing in expectations
Does not communicate expectations or goals.
Ignores people and/or plays favorites with staff – superstar today, black hole the next.
Loves brownnosers and tattletales
Lack of integrity, breaks promises
Complains and does not solve problems
Can’t handle the truth or perceptions about the organization
Uses people without reward or recognition

September 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm
(3) mary says:

I work for a big company and i have a real drama supervisor her employers dont mean squt i am a lead went to complain about how she yells at me in front of employeses. The manager told me i was a nobody and that my job was just to order material. My supervisior complains to me about what i am doing wrong she has her favorites and people are tiered, I wanted to quit my job, But i am a dam good lead i take care of the people,.Should i go to hr and asked to be moved. I am bilingual and most of the employees are spanish. I always tell them to go to her and they said she doesnt care.She never include me in anything she goes to another supervisor and they talke always with the f work.

October 16, 2011 at 8:55 am
(4) natalie says:

i have a boss just like this…and when ppl resign even with proper notice they do not get their last paycheck…..i wanna go how should i do it

April 27, 2006 at 7:54 am
(5) kollette says:

A bad boss is one who feels he can wait to the last minute to present you with projects and assignments because you always get it done.

April 27, 2006 at 8:15 am
(6) Miu says:

A bad boss is one who does not have the courage to deal with a difficult situation despite knowing that it is the right thing to do.

April 27, 2006 at 12:23 pm
(7) Tasha says:

A bad boss is someone (or an organization) who does not know that his staff is his greatest asset. Happy staff = happy customers.

April 29, 2006 at 6:17 pm
(8) Haneefah says:

1) Does not know her job description; Not qualified for the position at ALL, and will take the credit although they do nothing but create chaos.

2) Can’t deal with intelligent employees who disagree or have their own thoughts/opinions.

3) Is dishonest/lies.

3) Does not communicate expectations or goals. Generally communicates through others during interviews(with the interviewee present)or in front of other staff members.

5) Lack of integrity, breaks promises

5) Constantly Complains and does not solve problems. Actually CREATES the problems

5) Makes negative comments about the agency/organization

6) Uses people without reward or recognition, but again will take the credit for work done

7) Makes racial comments about staff or interviewees

May 8, 2006 at 9:55 am
(9) Joel says:

I can relate this to my present “boss”. She possesses all of these negative traits.
1. Takes credit for good things employees do, but redirects blame when something goes wrong.
2. When something goes wrong, blames people and makes them look bad when they should step back and look at the process to see where it failed.
3. Does not communicate goals, timelines or expectations. Expects employees to read their mind.
4. Uses disciplinary procedures too often and alienates employees. Most of the time, simple positive communication will correct the problem.
5. Plays favorites. Certain employees get away with murder, while others get written up for every little infraction.

May 12, 2006 at 4:58 am
(10) Marshall W. says:

1. Discrimination and favoritism.

2. Looks at job performance alone.

3. Unapproachable.

4. Indecisive in goal setting.

5. Always searching for faults and never commending a good job done.

May 14, 2006 at 7:23 pm
(11) Joel says:

A bad boss is one who when on the phone, makes her statement Loudly, rudely and slams the phone down on you when she is finished without allowing you to explain or defend yourself.

May 14, 2006 at 7:29 pm
(12) Cindy says:

A Bad Boss: Someone who creates chaos and animosities weekly among staff, who exhibits extreme lack of self control consistently when angry, who bullies the employees in every way listed in the books, has a new target constantly (whether current employee or ex-employee) and uses defamation of these people constantly, but is allowed to continue with this unprofessionalism and mismanagement – so continues. Actually that makes HER boss the ‘BAD BOSS’….

May 14, 2006 at 7:34 pm
(13) Joanne says:

A Bad Boss is one who allows (and thus encourages) Bullying in the Workplace!

May 14, 2006 at 11:52 pm
(14) JC says:

A bad boss–someone who cannot manage himself, much less a company. Someone who hands you everyone’s jobs plus his because he needs to take a month and half off to vacation. Of course, you will go on doing everyone’s jobs after he finally shows up again and the company degenerates into sheer idiocy once more.
Someone known to his entire staff as a doper and a drunk. Someone who bills the customers for bogus expenses and never collects so he stiffs the staff on pay. Need I continue?

May 17, 2006 at 7:21 am
(15) Anna says:

thank god I’m not alone! Introducing my male boss:
“Women are the only mammal that bleeds once a month and survives”
Only wants to hire women if “they are past child-bearing age”
“I want full control of this tender”, “drop everything and work on the tender, I must see it 1st before it’s sent out”, “Too busy to look at the tender, just send it how it is. If we don’t get it it’s your fault”.
“I used to be a white van man and now I’ve got an MBA” Have you? why don’t you try to use it?
sexist, neanderthal, emotionally dead, discusses intimate details discussed between him & his wife, insincere, LIES to high heaven, eternally shifts blame, changes track constantly, needs several years intensive therapy. No wonder our staff losses are sky high.

July 28, 2006 at 1:34 pm
(16) TERESA says:

A bad boss is one who is moe interested in personal power than in getting the job done well. this person does not have a vison for the company other than personal gain and the projects and their results show this attitude. a very successful corp has leadership that is smat and wise and with integrity.

August 17, 2006 at 3:18 pm
(17) Steven says:

At my previous job, I had a lot of what you’ve already mentioned, plus some others.
1. Bring disciplinary action for things that happened months ago (so you can’t remember the details of the incident, if there even was one.)
2. Be as vauge as possible, so when employees ask about advancement and promotion they can be denied based on their failure to complete an uncommunicated objective.
3. Loves the brownnosers, especially other managers who work just like her: slowly and inneffectively.
4. Ignores employees until they make a mistake, then they pounce.
5. Procrastinates, is generally unreliable (employees like to have more than six hours notice concerning next weeks work schedule. We do not prefer the company over our friends and family.)
6. Uses employees as pawns in power struggles with other managers.

August 27, 2006 at 2:36 pm
(18) Donald Kluege says:

A bad boss is a person that practices NEPOTISM rather than promoting a person on value added to the organization it is on friendship or being a relative. The boss is usually unqualified. I worked at this company for over 38 years.

August 29, 2006 at 7:09 pm
(19) shadow says:

A bad boss/manager:

- takes news that is given to them by a brownnoser, without going back to confirm the truth of the story with the other staff member(s) involved.

- encourages tattletales

- Is fake/dishonest

- speaks down on employees

- Favours some staff over others

- Thinks she is right about everything

- harsh and demeaning tone of voice (no friendliness in the voice whatsoever)

-DOES NOT CARE TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO CREATE A FRIENDLY, PEACEFUL, WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR STAFF

September 4, 2006 at 11:58 pm
(20) hd says:

This boss curses every vulgar word from the time he arrives until leaves, intimidates everyone, loves slamming his office door, only because he has removed everyone elses off the hinges…he’s the worst I’ve ever seem.

September 12, 2006 at 9:47 am
(21) Pat says:

One that sets an incompetent employee on a pedestal and covers for that employee when his/her work is wrong.

One that takes credit for all the work done, although the subordinates are the ones that actually did the work.

One that has been placed in a supervisory position, yet cannot make a simple decision.

October 24, 2006 at 12:40 pm
(22) Waddee says:

Someone who puts on a front, acting like they care about your pay increase and position. In actuality, they want to fire your superior, although his performance is very good, just because he does not like his personality. I said, “Give me a pay increase on my merit alone, not because you expect more from my unrealistic work load as it is.

December 10, 2006 at 5:10 pm
(23) Craig says:

There is a good book out on this subject written by Jerome Alexander, “160 Degrees of Deviation: The Case for the Corporate Cynic.” He details several of his own experiences with bad and horrific bosses. More importantly he gives his theories on how the get into positions of power.

December 23, 2006 at 6:26 pm
(24) Owen says:

A bad boss is a person who has been given more authority, control, and influence over others than their skills, education, and training would otherwise allow.

A bad boss is absent of the ability to lead by example. He/She cannot or will not accept constructive feedback, ideas, suggestions, recomendations, or solutions other than their own.

November 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm
(25) Pat says:

Owen has it all on target. Thanks for the astute comments.

January 7, 2007 at 4:21 am
(26) Chris says:

A bad boss:
Does not praise for good work
Is more worried about how the department looks to other departments than how this affects staff
Is unable to understand about emotions and feelings: how the way that they deal with someone affects that person
Plays favourites to the detriment of the department, ruining any teamwork there may have been
Uses discipline and not understanding as the first resort

January 9, 2007 at 10:44 am
(27) Mary O'Reilly says:

A bad boss is one who is always trying to please those above him/her at the expense of their own team.
A bad boss is one who does not support his team externally, e.g., someone external to the department points the finger at one of the team and the boss agrees with the complainer!

January 9, 2007 at 8:23 pm
(28) Ryan says:

A bad boss shows no passion and provides little to no direction to his employees. It hinders my development and forces me to seek other managers for feedback.

January 18, 2007 at 4:33 am
(29) Radhika Batra says:

A Bad boss is one who was always ready to listen the employees advice but when its come to implementation part results are totally different that hasn’t been decided earlier…Here there is a saying listen to all but do what ur mind suggest not keeping other thing into consideration.

February 19, 2007 at 9:03 am
(30) Karen Patterson says:

A bad boss is one who gets annoyed when you ask questions and refers you to the company Intranet every time you ask a question. A bad boss is also one who works in a position that is supposed to be highly ethical but always bad-mouths others behind their backs to her staff. A bad boss is also one who insults her staff members (my boss actually told me she could never see me being a mother, and she was not kidding).

February 19, 2007 at 11:49 am
(31) Bill says:

A bad boss is one who limits the organization by preventing innovation because of their inability to comprehend the benefits that technology brings to the workplace. Also, if they didn’t think of the innovative way to improve a process, product, or even working condition, it is not worthwhile and what results is a tirade of reasons why this will not work (including reasons that conflict with the reasons why the old technology, process, etc. makes more sense).
A bad boss cares less about improving an employees performance through training if they happen to need but do not obtain that training themselves.
I have had many superb managers but only a few that I would consider bad. Morale suffers from the effect of a bad boss while it thrives under a great or even a good boss. Understanding that the people under you depend on you for guidance, advice, and direction does not mean you must be a dictator!
I have always worked to improve the understanding of those around me and by helping my peers I help myself.

March 9, 2007 at 4:55 pm
(32) D says:

#10(Cindy)-Do we work for the same company? Ha!

A “bad boss” is one who constantly tries to be your best friend and gets mad when you don’t reciprocate. I will be friendly, professional, and do the girl chatting on occasion but knowing about torrid, adulterous affairs is not my cup of tea! Word of advice: Don’t ever tell your boss you feel uncomfortable knowing so much. I learned the hard way. Now my work is scrutinized on an hourly basis and I’m constantly being reprimanded for things that make no sense even though I’ve been told on numerous occasions by my “bad boss” that she’s not a micro-manager. Give me a break!

March 23, 2007 at 1:00 pm
(33) Tonja says:

What can I say. The above comments pretty much sum up my work place. supervisor: favorites who report on what is said on breaks,put downs,PMD used for retalations,and more.Management said they back their leaders not matter what. Very high turnover of employees. coporate Hr been contacted numerous times by exit interviews,(these were stopped—mmm too many bad interview for the plant?) emloyees called HR, spouses calls, and yet no questions or interviews. Ask questions and you are written up. Well at least the ones who are not on the “Special List.” Group trying to info. together to do something, but we sure are afraid of losing our jobs. Pray for us.They get wind and since we are a state of employment at will, we can be fired with no explanation. We are on a “list” who are watched for everything we do. We just want to do our job, do it well, and enjoy coming to work. Any advice is appreciated.
Thanks Tonja

June 23, 2007 at 11:30 pm
(34) C says:

My boss hates all young women and the men who talk to the young women. She will also do anything she can to prove you wrong and when you find she is incorrect she says she was just joking. Acts very pleasantly around her bosses but when she is alone with you she has the nerve to call the thinnest girl at work fat.

July 2, 2007 at 10:34 pm
(35) Willie says:

I have been in the work force, for over 30 years, and I can validate every statement referring to bad managers.
Hence, also,stated, by the majority of the company employees observations.
To eliminate, the bad management, it has to come from the higher management direction. If, the problems are ignored and never addressed, by the upper management. The whole concept is moot!!!

July 31, 2007 at 12:41 pm
(36) Sherleen says:

All of what has been said, but the bad boss basically has little or integrity, spine, respectability and will marginalize staff (especially when the person[s] show potential to outgrow him/her. The bad boss will go as far as creating situations and blaming staff in that person’s absence to put him/herself in favor with everyone else. The bad boss is desperate and miserable.

July 31, 2007 at 10:37 pm
(37) Carole says:

A bad boss is everything so far that had been said. My boss told me that I should use products on my face in order to look more polished. She belittles others in order to make herself look good and when she does not meet her goals and gets called on it she places the blame on her staff then makes us go out and do the work needed to try to reach her goals. She is rarley in the office and then says she observes how little you do and cuts your hours. I have only had one other bad boss before and I would take that boss over this one any day. My current boss is in way over her head as a manager but is a suck-up and a brown-noser to her boss. She plays favorites with some staff for a while then turns around and treats them like dirt and other staff members are her pets. One never knows what will set her off next, be it a heater, a pen holder, health problems, etc. Because of the way she deals with things I have no respect for her at all and neither do any of the other staff members.
A bad boss has many traits and I think we have seen them all in these postings.

August 6, 2007 at 3:40 pm
(38) Brenda says:

Bad Managers who decide the success and duration of your employment based on how much of your personal life “the more drama the better” you are willing to share so that she can go and gossip about it to everyone else.
And if you don’t, you will be her worst enemy, and then wait until she is alone in the office, and sabbotage your work and blame it on you.

August 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm
(39) Brenda says:

A bad boss is one that turns the table on you when you disagree or have a solution they did not come up with. Later, they use your solution and make it theirs. They tend to keep employees and managers under them that cannot do the job just because they use them as the office snitch. They give other more qualified employees or managers extra duties because they can do the work and the department seems to be running smoothly so the upper manager still looks good while others are being used. This on-going continued behavior causes animosity and deception and eventully will turn on the upper manager. It’s unfortunate that it takes so long and so many good people leave first.

October 11, 2007 at 9:04 pm
(40) Anon says:

A bad boss is someone who manipulates every conversation to fit his perception of events or to cover his mistakes. When called on his distorted perception of reality he threatens his employees with their jobs or accuses them of being insubordinate/argumentative.

Changes his employees work performance standards on a day to day basis, as to never allow them to know whether or not work will be considered acceptable. Loyalty, personal behavior, and competence challenged in front of subordinates when work not considered acceptable.

So much more besides what’s listed above…too bad because the job would be enjoyable if it wasn’t for this horrid person.

October 15, 2007 at 5:22 pm
(41) Celia says:

A bad boss is someone who puts you down at any opportunity and who nit piks.

There is no praise or support for long hours and effort that you put in.
The praise is only given in front of his own boss or a peer so that he looks good. Everything he does is so that he looks good.

He is unclear on his instructions and changes his mind at the last minute making your ideas into his own to present to his own boss.

You ask a question about your work to clarify what is involved but he takes over and even takes the work off you completely to make himself look good.

Even temps comment to you on how they could n’t put up with his style of management.

Surely that is a bad boss?

October 18, 2007 at 12:24 pm
(42) Rose says:

A bad management is who believes the first story they hear and never investigates to get the full picture or ask the person who is being discredited. Only believes that shining star employee that no one likes or trust.

November 13, 2007 at 8:57 pm
(43) John says:

WOW… sounds like everyone here works for the same person I do.

November 16, 2007 at 8:26 am
(44) Paul says:

A bad boss has high turn over, and breaks his promises. Or keeps ‘forgetting’ promises made – as he say.

December 7, 2007 at 2:01 pm
(45) John says:

It’s not just the bad boss. Employees more often than not have bad attitudes that have nothing to do with their boss.

They don’t make themselves indispensable to their employer. They whine, they complain, they wonder why they got canned. They think the company is lucky to have them.

December 21, 2007 at 11:36 am
(46) Patty says:

1. Gives no direction or job expectations and then gives a bad review.
2. Sends an employee for classes, puts a title on the employee’s business card,allows the employee to perform in a capacity for over a year and then says during the review “that’s not your job!” and gives more of a bad review.
4. Hires under the pretense of being an assistant to the company, but in reality is a personal assistant to the boss and family!
5. Who uses staff for personal tasks, ie, bill paying, home and auto repairs, returning items to stores WITHOUT a receipt and expects a full refund; then tells the employee they are doing a poor job.
6. Acts like a spoiled child.

January 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm
(47) Kevin says:

Screaming at employees, in front of other employees!!

Lacking the ability to do the job they are asking you to do, then telling you you are not doing it right.

January 29, 2008 at 9:40 am
(48) ShareMyStaff says:

Working for bad bosses causes their high performing and highly intelligent employees to ultimately seek other places of employment.

What happens is the insecure, fearful, and possibly incompetent “bad boss” actually becomes intimidated by any subordinate who sees straight through their “I know what I’m doing” facade. Once this type of boss recognizes how talented, innovative, creative, and proficient the employee is, they go into attack mode, abusing their authority in order to “keep subordinates in their place.” This is their attempt to lower the confidence of the employee and find minute flaws in that person as their sick effort to even convince themselves that they are smarter than their subordinate.

Since this subordinate is a potential threat and most certainly could do the boss’ job with ease and much better, they are put under a microscope, given negative evaluations, and eventually forced to leave the organization because typically the boss’ boss allows it and that’s the unfortunate, sad part about the whole ordeal. Good people cannot work under those kinds of conditions.

Micromanagers and controlling, power abusers should be made to take responsibility for their lack luster management style and either receive proper training on how to be an effective leader or not be allowed to lead.

June 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(49) ian says:

I had that experience every year. Especially mid year its salary increase. I always work hard but i always get bad reviews. Are they trying to demoralize me. How did you deal with it.. This boss has break my spirit. I feel like not working today.and i dont. Want to work overtime anymore. Its utseless.

January 29, 2008 at 7:22 pm
(50) Confidental says:

A bad boss is one that gathers the group that you supervise and talks about you behind your back to those individuals. After the conversation relays informatin to you that u later find out was not exactly what was said. then writes you up and tells you they will be monitoring your supervisor skills, requests that you make suggestins to help yourself then refuses to allow you to follow through on the things that you are requesting. Ignores you when you report that subordinates are insubordinate and refuse to do what they are asked and will not help address the situation after you have repeatley tried and have been unsucessful. After you make a decision if the individual that you supervise doesn’t like your answer they go to the bad boss and they over ride you all the time. Honestly believes that they are not replaceable is never willing to keep up with advances in technology or make changes to provide a better atmosphere for clients or employees. THAT IS A BAD BAD BAD BAD BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 20, 2008 at 6:46 am
(51) Pam says:

My current experience with my Bad Boss includes all of the characteristics included in these comments as well as her incessant efforts to keep workers at odds with each other. I am wondering could this also be a means of avoiding embezzlement detection?

April 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm
(52) Evan says:

A bad boss is one that does not acknowledge nor keep up with their responsibility to continue learning!

April 28, 2008 at 9:59 pm
(53) ellymay says:

A BAD BOSS, IS ONE WHO ENTERS A NEW SITUATION WHERE ALL THE PLAYERS ARE MATURE, DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS, WHO HAVE LIVED COOPERATIVELY, PRODUCTIVELY, AND EVEN THRIVED, WITH LITTLE OR NO SUPERVISION,FOR AT LEAST 4 YEARS…AND SPENDS EACH MEETING TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY, TO REDUCE A GREAT MORALE, TO AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS MORE AKIN TO THAT OF A FUNERAL, BY DRYLY AND REPEATEDLY ESPOUSING HIS PAST GREATNESS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND CHANGING THE SUBJECT TO HIMSELF AND HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, IN THE MIDST OF OUR HAVING FUN. IN 2 MONTHS HE HAS SINGLE-HANDEDLY CHANGED AN ENVIRONMENT OF MUTUAL RESPECT,WARMTH, ENTHUSIASM, OPEN COMMUNICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM, TO SOME PATHETIC FORUM FOR HIS OWN SELF AGGRANDISEMENT. WE KNOW, WHO THE BOSS IS. THE BOSS NEEDS TO SPEND SOME TIME GETTING TO KNOW US…OUR WANTS…ACCOMPLISHMENTS…VISION FOR THE PROGRAM…NOT RAM HIS PERSONNA AND WILL DOWN OUR THROATS AT EVERY GATHERING, BECAUSE HE IS INSECURE IN HIS NEW ROLE, AND HAS A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE, TO WHOM HE CAN PROCLAIM HIS SELF-PERCEIVED GREATNESS, IN ORDER TO CONVINCE US, AND HIMSELF OF HIS GREAT VALUE TO US.WE ARE NOT CHILDREN…THIS PLACE DID AMAZING STUFF BEFORE HE CAME ABOARD.HE HAS MADE SOME GOOD CONTRIBUTIONS AT THIS EARLY STAGE…BUT PRESERVING OUR MORALE IS NOT AMOUNG THEM…SO FAR,HE HAS CONVINCED ME ONLY THAT HE IS SIMPLY NOT UP TO IT.MY SAVING GRACE IS THAT MOST OF MY TIME IS SPENT AT ANOTHER SITE.OTHERWISE, I WOULD SWITCH TO A SITE WHERE I FEEL APPRECIATED.

June 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm
(54) idoru says:

1. Resistant to change.
2. Believes his/her position of authority makes him/her the smartest person in the room.
3. Confrontational communication style.
4. Doesn’t know how to capitalize on the skills of his/her staff.
5. Fear of criticism from superiors.
6. Mental health issues
7. Dishonest about her/his agenda.
8. Dislikes her/his employees.

June 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm
(55) JustQuitYAY says:

I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and I quit working for this horrible boss. I wasn’t perfect, either, but generally I’ve always been a good employee and I just couldn’t make this whacko happy. Here’s a summary from this experience:

1. Always takes the other person’s side if you have a disagreement with someone, without getting your side first.

2. Punishes you for not doing something you were never told to do in the first place.

3. Humiliates you in meetings in front of your coworkers and degrades you in private meetings.

4. Tells you to do one thing then a minute later tells you to do the opposite, then later criticizes you for making up your own mind.

5. Tells you to go to her when you have a problem but never solves the problem or even returns the phonecall or e-mail.

6. Doesn’t return e-mails or phone calls

7. Won’t give you data to help you in your job, including goals, targets, or monthly accomplishments… then tells you that you suck.

8. If you raise a question in a meeting you get a slap-down even though it’s something that really needed to be asked.

9. She always has to know your schedule but she never tells you hers, or has her assistants publish it… then bitches you out for calling her when she’s swamped with meetings or something.

10. Sweet as pie one minute and a snapping vicious harpie the next, then a minute later sweet as pie again.

June 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm
(56) Dawn says:

A Bad Boss is one who expects you to take responsibility for a position but does not give you the authority to do so.

June 30, 2008 at 10:51 am
(57) Marie Waller says:

My Boss is a Pastor and it’s all about him, not all about the church. Whatever he can do to make himself look good to the point of trying to out do past pastors by listing his accomplishments for everyone to see.

July 14, 2008 at 8:45 pm
(58) MK says:

Rewards bad behavior. Doesn’t reward those that get the job done. Lies and hides thngs from everyone on team.

July 23, 2008 at 4:56 am
(59) Marie says:

My personal experience with a bad boss:

1. She never recognizes your contributions to the company when you consistently exceed goals and and expectations.

2. She questions all of your whereabouts in the course of the workday. If you should happen to go to the restroom or get a drink of water, she questions other employees as to where you could possibly be.

3. You’re penalized for clocking in one minute late.

4. She criticizes and complains about your work performance in the presence of other employees.

5. She goes off half-cocked making false accusations about your work performance without looking at the weekly reports that records employee productivity.

6. She uses the staff meetings to promote herself in the presence of her own boss while shifting blame for any mishaps to staff members.

7. In the staff meetings when her boss is not present, she takes the opportunity to going to a hour long tirade where she speaks in a condescending tone to her staff but never fails to mention her everlasting perfection.

8. She plays favorites by promoting employees who suck up and are not the most qualified. She allows allows these same employees to work overtime while others are denied the opportunity to do so.

9. She entertains gossips and hearsay from her henchmen as the gospel truth.

10. She is unable to effectively communicate department tasks and basic job-related skills without the help of her boss or her henchmen.

11. She demands status reports that records our workday down to the minute but doesn’t even bother to read them because it’s more work than she can handle.

12. She invades your space by looking through your desk in your absence. In fact, the only time that she goes into your cubicle is when you’re not around.

13. She’s dishonest.

July 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm
(60) Cougar says:

A bad boss who does not train well or share knowledge and then berates you for not having the knowledge.

Another example is one who gives cash awards to employees because they know they need money and they feel sorry for them.

July 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm
(61) Hourly Wage Toad says:

A boss that micromanages your every move. I had a boss who actually asked an employee why she had to pee so often (the woman took diurectics) and then went so far as to go into the bathroom and peek under the stall doors to see who was in there. I caught her doing that once.

July 30, 2008 at 10:09 am
(62) Scott says:

Incapable of giving praise for some success without immediatly adding how poorly you are doing in another area.

September 17, 2008 at 9:50 am
(63) Christie says:

I thought my manager was just lazy but found that he does not have the social skills to be a manager. He is scared of his employees and managers and hides in his office. He does not feel it is his job to tell his employees what to do so they do whatever they want. It is just unbelievable and I am looking for a new job along with several others. He is every lazy persons dream manager.

September 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm
(64) Alden says:

Bad Boss:

1. Doesn’t allow employees to access company intranet
2. Forbids employees to contact corporate office
3. Doesn’t believe in teamwork
4. Doesn’t want employees to talk to each other
5. Strips forwarded email of headers and footers so employee can’t respond to originator
6. Changes work priorities often
7. Never finishes project
8. Demands that all work goes through him
9. Doesn’t allow one employee to ask another employee for something work-related that they need
10. Forbids interaction with all other company offices
11. Insists on handing out paychecks/stubs (doesn’t want them sent to employee’s home)
12. Refuses to throw things away
13. Insists on approving all communication to outside entities

And so much more . . .

Man, I work for a psycho!

October 2, 2008 at 10:17 am
(65) Adam West says:

I am in the boat of changes things on a whim, nit picky even at concept stages of a project, doesnt recognize hard work, acts like they know what they are talking about when they fail at every basic concept you would learn within the first year of college in the field, yet insist on having things there way because they are always right…

November 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(66) Skipper says:

I worked for a guy who made all kinds of promises about my potential with the company. Then, there’s no money for new projects and all raises are put off. He is running up his company Amex bill with vacations and food bills. We all joked that he ate the salary increases. The last straw was him calling on the first day my vacation chewing me out for expense over runs (he approved, but forgot) and now could not buy his new Lexus. And the worst part – he was a consultant who rabidly criticized his best client for doing the same thing!

December 12, 2008 at 8:11 am
(67) joyce says:

My bad boss is someone who can NEVER be pleased. Cites “issues” and when resolved just looks for more. Micro-managesand harrasses people and when I finally brought this to HR’s attention, I was terminated. My bad boss is truly the BOSS FROM HELL. She is a person who clearly has psychological problems and we all pay the price for it, and me I paid with my job. On the list of signs you have a bad boss, she or the VP of Operations have ALL those signs. I pray for those left behind.

December 20, 2008 at 12:49 am
(68) winney the pooh says:

i am a nurse assistant. my manager is a director of nursing, but i can’t think of one good reason to why she chose to be. she has no consideration for the residents, let alone her employees. she believes there is no such thing as teamwork. she has never one day worked as a cna or a nurse. she went straight through school to get her degree as a DON. just the other day, my whole shift was told we are not to be seen walking around and taking care of our patients together. but i thought to myself, “isnt the biggest issue with health care fields teamwork?” she doesnt feel we should be in rooms together taking care of people if they are not more than one assist. but what we have tried to explain to her is, our residents like to see us helping eachother out and getting along. not only that we get the work done in half the time working as a team. i don’t know what the big issue is about because we never do anything wrong and we get our work done. if i was a manager i would be proud to have a shift with such good teamwork. i guess she wants us to feel the same way she feels. she doesnt like her work and she doesnt want anyone else to enjoy their 8 hours!

January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(69) Edna says:

My current supervisor is considered a “great manager” by upper manager because she is so well organized and gets things done. But I think she is incompetent in so many ways.

1. She accuses people of making mistakes that they didn’t make. And then when they tell her they didn’t do it, she makes a face and growls.

2. If she tells you something one time, she expects you to remember it. If you need to be shown something again, she says “I already told you how to do it!”

3. She gets almost all of the credit for the department being run so well, but I think much of that is due to a very talented worker in the department. I think he might do more work than she does and he’s been there longer.

4. She brings up mistakes that people made days, weeks and even months ago.

5. She has no patience.

6. She encourages tattletales and plays favorites.

7. She takes personal phone calls all the time.

8. She has very poor customer service skills, even though we work in customer service.

9. She often exaggerates things.

February 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm
(70) Dannie says:

I have seen some of the same unlikable qualities in a boss that all of the fellow contributors have described, but I have a couple new complaints to share.
My boss was exremely thrifty. All his meals were paid for by drug reps. He never paid for a meal. Even the company Christmas parties were paid for by drug companies. Oh,yes did I mention that we even have to rewash plastic disposable cups? When drug companies announced that they would not be giving out free pens and paper, he made the office staff horde as many of each item that each drug rep would give to us. Each staff member was personaly told not to share any of these items with any patient that asked for a pen or tablet.
The worst insult to an employee is sexual advances. I guess by now that you may have figured out that the boss was a physician. He kissed me while he was treating me as a patient. He is no longer my employeer or my family physician. Sexual advances are absolutely uncalled for.

March 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm
(71) Steve Smith says:

I have had my selection of both good and bad direct report bosses. the number one bad boss characteristic has to be micromanagement.

Micromanagement says to an employee I don’t trust that you are doing a good job, you will never do a good job and only I know what needs to be done.

In reality,
1. Micromanagers rarely know what the requirements are
2. Do not accept solutions from others
3. Refuse to consider their direct reports as anything other than inferior
4. Change their behavior

because micromanagers trust no one but themselves, they only trust those who “ape” their solutions back to them. Micromanagers need political allies because somewhere buried deep in their subconscious, their inferiority complex lurks.
Micromanagers love and support suck-ups because suck-ups appear to be “supportive” to micromanagers because they are simply agreeing with everything a micromanager says.
Micromanagers thrive in organizations which self-perpetuate and support such conduct. Micromanagers are rarely alone, their bosses undoubtably praise their “attention to detail.”
Micromanagers love the sound of their own voice and love to potificate upon every little detail no matter how minute. Sing their praises and they will sing yours.

If you try to innovate, suggest, resist or “challenge” any of the direction they provide to you, micromanagers will do everything they can to oppress your conduct, pull you down and keep you in your place. Micromanagers know you are under them and there is nothing they like to do more then remind you of how inadequate you are.

March 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(72) BOKO D. MAJINGE... (UDSM) says:

A bad boss has no sory!!
…He regards employees as expenses.
…He is too rational than normal(being a slave of his pfofessional principles or code of ethics).
…He expect no mistakes.

March 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm
(73) barney says:

nightmares,anger,feeling low,lacking direction everything that a boss brings to the table and more,if being a boss is all these things then the failure at times is ours.we go to work too earn the dollars not to make friends with people who suck up,snitch,and smile in your face but they are the puppet of the puppet master.do a lot to enjoy your day but say little to let anyone into your circle of true friends if it becomes difficult keep smiling pretend all is ok and leave it’s not a cowards way out it’s keeping your sanity in check

March 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(74) Trapped and depressed says:

I’ve read some of the comments people left and even though I know I’m not alone in this I’m still really depressed about my situation at work.
We’ve had a problem with employee’s calling in sick too often. It finally came to a point when one day everyone called in sick. I was the only person who showed up for work. The next day the manager called everyone in her office and yelled at all of us. She yelled that our jobs are not secure and if we didn’t need our jobs we can leave. She says she even dares us to find a better boss and work environment than this place. This went on for about 20 minutes. Everyone heard her yelling at us. She even singed out me and another employee. Saying how we are hardly ever out. She made us very uncomfortable. But then says we should work as a team. Does she realize she just separated us as a team by saying we were hardly ever out while telling the rest of them they were out all the time? If there is a problem with people calling in sick too often then I feel she should address them and not try to put a wedge between us by yelling at us like we were children and threating our jobs. She then wrote up one employee for being out that day and told her to take a leave of absence if she is not feeling well. This person is her most dependable employee. She is an older woman who unfortunatly is having health issues and is sick a lot. She comes in sick all the time and we were worried about her. Her blood pressure was up so high oneday but said she couldn’t leave to go to the ER because the manager would yell at her and make her stay anyway. When this employee’s mom we dying in the hospital and she told our manager she had to leave because her mom was dying, the manager asked her can’t she tend to that after work?
She’s the type of manager who will not handle a problem before it get’s out of control. She will not address any issues until her boss tells her to handle it. Then when she trys to handle it she yells at us and tells us our jobs are not secure and we can leave.
It’s gotten to the point that most of us are depressed and some are very angry. There are no jobs out there right now and we feel trapped. Every Sunday I get very depressed and can’t do anything but sleep all day. I didn’t feel up to food shopping so we had fast food for dinner. I can’t take anymore I want so much to leave but can’t right now. I’m having health issues also and for some reason even if I just catch a cold I run a high fever and then it turns into broncitis and I’m out from work at least 3 days. I have to choose between going to the doctor or keeping my job. I don’t feel well and just want to feel better. I’m tired and depressed, I just want out but there are no jobs right now.

June 21, 2011 at 9:26 am
(75) Aditya says:

Try working in Govt. job, any type, at least you will have a union to protect you against the bad behavior of bosses.
However you have to maintain your performance

April 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm
(76) Susan Heathfield says:

Dear Trapped and Depressed and for anyone else who is feeling hopeless,

Remember that the only thing you control in your world is your reaction to the events around you. If you are in an untenable work situation with a boss who behaves in so many ways described in these comments, it is best to leave.

Because the economic situation makes job searching difficult right now and probably for the next couple of years, work on your own reactions and feelings. The situation is not about you. It is about the fact that you have a boss who does not know how to work effectively with people. Making yourself sick is allowing the boss to win. If the boss harangues you, use that voice in your head to repeat some affirming statement about how great you are. Tune the boss out.

I know these things are easier said than done. Have you reached out to coworkers to commiserate? Use of so much sick time is generally a sign of a toxic workplace. Can you talk to HR or your boss’s boss? (Do this with the knowledge that this will infuriate your boss.)

You might try telling her politely and privately how her words make you feel.
No matter what you decide to try, freshen up your resume and quietly job search. These articles will help you keep the fact that you are looking from your employer:
Confidential Job Searching Tips

Stealth Job Search.

Job Searching While Employed.

Read my articles for more thoughts on dealing with a bad boss.

Best wishes that you can solve your situations. A bad boss is one of life’s saddest situations.

Regards,

Susan

May 2, 2009 at 12:26 am
(77) Jessica says:

Oh where do I start??? He is inconsistent. One day he is happy, the next day he is angry and takes everything out of you. He is so insecure that he has to say to me “I am your boss. I deserve respect!”. He never praises staff or thanks them for their hard work. Actually the only time he communicates with his staff by sending them emails & telling them what they’ve done wrong. He never thinks to investigate & understand that maybe it wasn’t us who made the mistake. He belittles you in front of staff members & even in front of customers. He’ll send an email to me saying ‘Why the hell do these mistakes keep happening. What is the problem? Fix it now’ & ccs a customer into the email. I barely ever make mistakes & he’s the one who has to get his staff members to write emails for him because he cannot pull a few words together. He never acknowledges my hard work & lets certain staff members do absolutely nothing and get away with it. This is while I do their work for them. He considers team work and attitude to be more important that productivity. He compares staff members to a cancer cell or says he will not tolerate cancer in this team. He constantly says I’ll sack all 5 of you & hire five new staff. Since we’re in a recession, he says it is an employer’s market out there & he can choose whatever staff we want.
He spends all day talking rubbish to people and then complains that he has too much work to do. Then he complains that his staff members once spent ten minutes talking (which wasn’t the case). He fails to tell his staff that he isn’t coming into work. He puts his out of office assistant on from home yet can’t even send an email to his staff & tell them that he won’t be coming in that day. We only find out that he’s away when we send him an email. He’s the biggest hyprocrite ever. If there wasn’t a recession right now then I wouldn’t be working for him. He is completely out of his league & incompetent.

May 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm
(78) joan says:

A bad boss is one who dumps all the work and datelines on you then dumps mindless photocopying work on your desk then goes off to chit chat with her friends and relatives on the phone. After that tells everybody she did the work. Tells everybody to follow the rules but changes the rules and breaks them herself. Reduces everybody else’s benefit so that she can seem like she herself is better than everybody else. Makes you do her work so that she can go home faster which means you end up having to stay back till the cows come home trying to finish your own work. Forever having sick children, husband or relatives to look after but went you call her on the phone there is a lot of laughter and music in the background and then next day comes with a lot of food she had spent the whole time cooking.

May 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm
(79) Vickie says:

The manager is drunk on the job and sleeps on the job. The manager also stays out of work drunk. The manager throws things when in a drunken state.

May 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm
(80) Vickie says:

This is it people! Read below.

When this is fully implemented in companies we will be less likely to encounter distractions – bad bosses!

I love this! The sooner, the better!

Work performance when teleworking can be measured using what is called a telework plan. A telework plan captures all the tasks an employee has been assigned to perform while teleworking. The supervisor and teleworker must discuss and agree upon the specific tasks and any expectations about the assignments, required products, and deadlines. The telework plan should be in alignment with an employee’s performance goals and objectives as denoted on their annual performance plan.

“If it’s done in the right manner and we have the right measures in place, telework should increase productivity [within the agency],”

Teleworking is simply working at an alternate location. Employees who telework are completing agency assignments in their home or at a convenient telework center. As a result, they are less likely to encounter distractions. Fewer distractions for these employees allow them to focus more time and undivided attention on completing their work.

However, there are some managers who are still leery of teleworking. Such managers express concerns and fears that employees are likely to accomplish less or nothing while teleworking because a manager is not present to physically manage them as they work.

Mgrs or supervisors who question the merits of teleworking would do well to reframe their way of thinking. Employees must also be fully aware of their responsibilities when teleworking.

May 21, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(81) Vickie says:

Here is the solution to a bad boss!

Time to get ready bosses!

It will be the rule for every company in the future.

Work performance when teleworking can be measured using what is called a telework plan. A telework plan captures all the tasks an employee has been assigned to perform while teleworking. The supervisor and teleworker must discuss and agree upon the specific tasks and any expectations about the assignments, required products, and deadlines. The telework plan should be in alignment with an employee’s performance goals and objectives as denoted on their annual performance plan.

“If it’s done in the right manner and we have the right measures in place, telework should increase productivity [within the agency],”

Teleworking is simply working at an alternate location. He said that employees who telework are completing agency assignments in their home or at a convenient telework center. As a result, they are less likely to encounter distractions. Fewer distractions for these employees allow them to focus more time and undivided attention on completing their work.

However, there are some managers who are still leery of teleworking. Such managers express concerns and fears that employees are likely to accomplish less or nothing while teleworking because a manager is not present to physically manage them as they work.

Those managers or supervisors who question the merits of teleworking would do well to reframe their way of thinking. Employees must also be fully aware of their responsibilities when teleworking.

May 26, 2009 at 9:07 am
(82) Gee says:

The worst boss is all of the things that are mentioned to vote on and then some. The absolute worst bosses are those that buy the corporate line as there own philosophy with the sole intent of asskissing those supervisors above him or her. These are the worst because they are ruthless and will “shark” you behind your back and sometimes, if they believe their position is strong enough, infront of your face. These kind will have their plans well-thought through and yyou will never see the broadside coming until you are demoted, fired, or ostricized.

May 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm
(83) Frustrated_In_Bama says:

A “Bad Boss” is:
1. Informed by the wrong staff
2. Insecure in his own position
3. Witholds information from select staff
4. Knowingly and willingly allows co-workers to lie to cover their short commings
5. Misses deadlines and makes excuses
6. Got the promotion because of a friend
7. Has been terminated from multiple projects
8. Uses intimidation to cover his own shortcommings
9. Fails to utilize staff to their potential and capitalize on experience and talents

June 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm
(84) Tom says:

A bad boss is someone who wants you to take on a portion of their responsibilites telling you you’re the first person they thought of because of all your good qualities. But there’s no additional compensation along with the additional responsibilities. A bad boss wants a qualified employee to train an unqualified employee to do a job that is considered a promotion instead of promoting the qualified employee in order to keep the qualified employee in their current job so the work still gets done and the boss looks good to her superiors. How do some people sleep at night?

July 16, 2009 at 12:39 pm
(85) AC says:

A bad boss possesses a combination of traits that individually contain little bearing pressure but when combined force subordinates to to exert their force outward on the front door. For some reason my manager’s boss doesn’t seem to realize that the subordinate is not only incompetent but lacks the skills necessary to lead a team of reports. I’m taking my new job with pride. As a result, my old company I’m leaving is paying 200% of my annual income so that I can have a positive reference. I would have retired at my current company but Corporate America promotes career suicide when a subordinate speaks.

July 20, 2009 at 1:39 pm
(86) k says:

1-Burned out
2-Bad mouths employees to other employees and worst, does the same with customers
3-Gives no organized directions
4-Only focuses on the negative and doesn’t give any positive feed back for a good job. A pat on the back once in awhile goes a long way.
5-Plays favorites between employees

August 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(87) jta says:

Look at management in total – if all bosses are bad, chances are the company and HR dept are at the heart of the issue. Take some serious time to find another job – pick a culture that’s right for you. Life is too short to be miserable and bad days have a way to spill over to the family. You will be a changed person when you make a move – the best option you have to exercise in extreme cases is to move on.

June 21, 2011 at 9:21 am
(88) Aditya says:

You are 100% right

August 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm
(89) Al says:

I read most of the comments on this subject. I just want to agree with most and add working for a family owned business puts one in the position to come in contact with family members who would never be hired in the outsode world yet they become the boss (bad boss).

August 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm
(90) Tina says:

Bad bosses come under such a huge umbrella its difficult to categorize just one- unqualified is typically ranked highest. I have had every crazy boss you can imagine- Quick examples:

Eg 1Worked for one company for five plus years:- Promised a well deserved promotion in an email. Got pregnant that year and the promotion was refused until 6 months after a return from only 12 weeks maternity- not to mention a lot of my projects panned out in my absence for the company giving great gains. The very day I was handed the promotion I also handed in my notice.

Eg 2
The very next position had great pay great responsibilty but soon turned into the longest nightmare of my life. The day I got the position the manager asked- (now I’m not due to start the job for another month) if I could just run a personal errand for her if I had the time. I thought sure I just signed a lovely new contract why not? I should haved turned and ran posthaste!!!!! I spent the next three years jumping through hoops to keep a narcissistic maniac happy- including babysitting her kids!!!! Oh and I also worked for free in her other business- outside my remit!

Eg3. The perfect position or so I thought. I ended up taking on more than I could handle because we had staff out on extended leave -illness and the like. We were told there is not to be any leave also but it appeared to only apply to me. I only stayed because of the economic downturn- got so stressed and began to get really ill myself. Was often given extremely large projects that typically are handled by a team but because I displayed the aptitude for it I accomplished it but at the expense of my own health. I often had to fudge credentials at my boss’s urging for company personnel to get certain proposals. I never felt good about it and I’m glad to be gone working at a new career:)

I now realise that a bad boss becomes a bad boss because we allow them too. Set your limits early on how you should talk to me- what my limits are and what lines I will not croos. I am no ones gopher, rug or the like- I have much to contribute and much to bring to the table but I will not go outside the employee manager boundaries and no I am not your best friend!

August 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm
(91) catlady3 says:

Learn from my mistakes. Don’t expect your boss to be your friend. Don’t expect your co-workers to keep your confidences. Keep your private life private. Do your job, not everyone else’s. I loved my last job. I was doing the work for myself and my immediate superior. When he retired I did his job and mine for a year. It took that long to replace him. His replacement treated me like dirt under his feet and refused to listen to me at all. I left before I made a fool or myself or killed him. Whichever came first. It’s a shame. I loved the job and was good at it. I just hit limit.

August 10, 2009 at 9:19 pm
(92) Cee Cee says:

I have a bad boss.

She belittles me or puts me down everyday. I make one small mistake and you would have thought I took her business down the drain. I’ve actually become depressed working for my boss. I have been looking for another job but it’s very tough in this job market!

She talks negative about her staff to other staff members (when that staff member knows she has probably talked about him or her).

She never says anything to uplift her staff or encourage them.

August 11, 2009 at 1:44 am
(93) abigail stardust says:

The boss I dislike is the one who saves up every mistake you make until your annual performance appraisal. I believe a performance appraisal should contain no surprises because two way communication sorted stuff out when it happened

August 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(94) Karen says:

A bad boss is one that keeps telling you he is going to promote you, even has you shift your workload and take on a whole new project, only to fire you for no just cause other then downsizing. And you know that it was planned all along, because you get to see the numbers and you noticed that your salary wasn’t in the next year budget. Yes this happened to me.

August 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm
(95) inez says:

My boss threaten me because i have tried to extended my leave on hoiliday, so my boss threaten me that if i cannot make it to work or into the country my job is going to someone else.

August 14, 2009 at 5:55 am
(96) darkstar says:

- Micromanagers. Face it guys, unless you’re doing the job, don’t try to tell people how to do it, because 99% of the time you don’t really know what’s going on and will waste people’s time and piss them off. LEARN to telll people clearly WHAT you want delivered, DON’T tell people HOW to deliver it.

- Have a woman at my company (a boss of sorts, but not my direct report) who lies and bullshits about others’ performance in order to try to protect herself. Super sensitive to questions or constructive criticism. Demanding and rude.

August 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm
(97) diana says:

Stupid companies encourage employees to take the courses for retail management and their managers know nothing about management, they think a manager should control and treat employees as…. They dont know that the employees are the mirror. My ex managers in a huge corporate were controlling. They liked to humiliate employees. Anyway I quit, they were miserable ppl, so they wanted to make eveybody miserable…

September 1, 2009 at 10:48 am
(98) ep says:

I worked for a woman who was vulgar, literally screamed at me while standing in the hallway for everyone to hear for being late for a meeting by 2 minutes, would tell me my work was incorrect but not tell me what was wrong, broke rules that everyone else in the department were expected to follow – eg listening to phone messages using speaker, having her cell phone ring repeatedly during the day, taking personal calls and talking in a loud voice so everyone could hear her personal business, and last but not least, exhibited poor personal hygiene and behavior then made jokes about it! The VP saw all of this but looked the other way. The last straw was when she lied about things I was saying. I luckily found a new job and left.

September 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm
(99) benniec says:

First I must say I love this topic as it provides a vent for hard working, success driven, and from what I have read employees who care about their company. What these companies don’t care to notice is the effect ultimately this has on there customers as employee moral is crucial to the service their customers receive. The practice of favortism is so detrimental as some employees, mainly the ones who brownnose, run the boss’s errands, etc, get away with way more than other employees who choose to remain neutral. My boss covers up, doctors attendence records, approves time off even if the favored employee does not have the approved PTO to be authorized per the company handbook. Blatantly disregards the hand book and company policies as well. I have even so much looked into the legality of such abuses and unfortunately favortism is not illegal and often the higher ups are well aware of the various issues and allow it to continue. I can specualte as to why quite possibly they are worried about lawsuits from the tyrannical boss if disciplinary action is taken for something again which is not illegal. At a former job I worked for a man who was a racist, chauvinist, and eventually said the wrong thing to a new girl in the office which resulted in his termination. So all in all, keep you head up as these type of bosses eventually take care of themselves.

September 18, 2009 at 7:57 am
(100) grace says:

my boss has yet to pay me my last pay. I quit last month. So how? Seems all staff who quit even with proper notice never get their last pay.

September 28, 2009 at 4:05 am
(101) CarolWlce says:

My boss is the Gen. Mgr. of the family owned business.
There was no written personnel policy; he ruled according to the current issue at hand. Had me do his hiring & firing; employee warnings & anything negative related to employees. I was signing documents, that in my estimation was wrong. I told him to hire someone else & staged job actions for eighteen months before resigning. I was compramising too many of my convictions & it made me ill. He refused to fire me, because he didn’t want to pay for unemployment. This was my first time quitting a job. I need income but not at the expense of my health.

October 5, 2009 at 11:01 pm
(102) Tara says:

Bad Boss
1. Doesn’t allow workers to exceed potential due to micromanaging on only aspects of the job they like.
2. Plays favorites not with the most talented worker but the worker who kisses ass and tells her about her sexcapades
3. Ego – always mentions age and years on the job as to belittle
4. Makes digs
5. Major mood swings
6. Insecurity
7.Gossip Hound and needs popularity to make her feel important.
8. Has no communication skills
9. Uses ideas as own and hids worker from upper staff
10. Enjoys playing workers against each other

October 8, 2009 at 4:06 am
(103) Mulch says:

Section 1 – Workload, time keeping and delegation

(section 1a) – If your team is overworked don’t necessarily turn down more if it comes your way.’
(section 1b) – ‘If anything can be done by anyone else, it will.’
(section 1c) – ‘If at once you don’t succeed, blame the failure on someone else (especially if they are either “empire building” or on “a fishing expedition”.)
(section 1d) – ‘Lunch must be taken at the same time each day.’
(section 1e) – ‘Emails should take at least 30 minutes to compose, regardless of their length.’

Section 2 – Technology

(section 2a) – ‘If there is no fathomable reason for having not met a deadline, it is because Microsoft Outlook/Email has been down.’

Section 3 – Meetings and discussions

(section 3a) – ‘Attend and arrange as many meetings as possible. But don’t forget to protest at the number of them in your diary.’
(section 3b) – ‘Any discussion must be dominated through loud nonsense.’
(section 3c) – ‘Reluctance or refusal to listen should be disguised with persistent hums of agreement.’
(section 3d) – ‘In order to not look foolish, seek agreement at whatever cost, even if it involves self-contradiction.’

Section 4 – Leadership and teamwork

(section 4a) – ‘If there is a problem in the office, loudly announce your helpful solution. It will always be gratefully received.’
(section 4b) – ‘Conversations between colleagues are there for you to interrupt.’
(section 4c) – ‘If you need to speak to a colleague while they are busy on the telephone this should not stop you.’
(section 4d) – ‘It’s your team – it’s your success.’

Section 5 – Morale and informality

(section 5a) – ‘If someone is on leave use the questioning phrase “Who signed his/her leave card?” it is both original and consistently amusing.’
(section 5b) – ‘Hot drinks should be referred to as one of the following – “a brew”, “an intravenous”, “a whatsname” or “a dooberry”.’
(section 5c) – ‘If you have met someone at least once you should greet them loudly with “Hello mate” when answering a phone call from them.’
(section 5d) – ‘Loud cackling is preferable to subtle and considered laughter.’
(section 5e) – ‘Your opinions on colleagues’ personal matters are always welcome.’

Section 6 – Health and Health Advice

(section 6a) – ‘if its a cough, it might be cancer’
(section 6b) – ‘every possible illness has been contracted, and it was awful’

Section 7 – The Law of 3′s

(section 7a) – ‘three exclamations of MMMMM must be followed by a raucous laugh’
(section 7b) – ‘three cups of tea must be consumed within the first hour of work’
(section 7a) – ‘three times you must repeat yourself (twice in utterance)’

October 20, 2009 at 7:40 pm
(104) sharon says:

my former boss (first job) is the worst boss i have ever had. she works very hard for the company even to the extent of bringing her notebook for her holidays with her kids and in the hospital when her dad was sick. she expects everyone to be like her and if you are not, she makes life difficult for you. when my dad was sick and went home on time everyday, she questioned me (on time, not early) and told me that as HR, i am expected to be around in the office in case any of the pple needed my help. everytime she sends me or any of my colleageus (her staff) and email, she will call us on the phone and tell us to read it and do it even before we have the chance to open our emails.

November 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(105) Sally says:

I have a boss who has an “open door” policy. This policy is used to have other employees come in and complain about other employees. They can say whatever they want. They can put this person’s mannerisms down, their personality, their clothes, the sound of their voice, you name it. The manager then calls whatever employee is flavor of the month and tells him or her what was said and then that employee is encouraged to confront the other employee’s. Needless to say this office is rampant with office bully’s and that situation is never addressed. The fault is always on the person that is being talked about at the time. From what I can tell the bullies get together and pick a target and then they all go in separately and make their complaints. If any of the targets try to confront their bullies the situation get very loud and the bully turns the situation around to make the targeted person look even worse. Example: If the targeted employee asks the bully; why did you say such and such. If there is a problem then we need to discuss it. The bully will respond with; I am done discussing it, I don’t have the energy to discuss it anymore. I told you I am done discussing it, I am not going to discuss it anymore….(and the bully gets louder and more emotionally stressed, hysterics, etc.,) On top of all of that if you are unlucky enough to be the target of these bullies you cannot get any work done. Your work is micromanaged, everything you manage to get done is overcriticized and if anyone from outside the office comes to ask for the targeted person that outsider gets an earful of how unrealiable, unorganized, etc, etc. the targeted person is. This situation has been going on for years. There have been at least 5-6 people bullied at seperate times and so far 5 of these people have quit and moved to other jobs to get away from the bullies. The bullies remain. Is there anyway to change this? It is time to take this office back!!!!!!!

November 18, 2009 at 2:32 pm
(106) Pete Curnutt says:

Informative and well written – just how i like them!

November 26, 2009 at 7:53 am
(107) Michiel Webb says:

Here is some of the bad experience I had in the last two years and what I noticed. As I think it does compare with the above mentioned.

1) Rewards are supposed to be given to those with great work ethics. Or those who bust their rumps. However where I worked, it was first of all due to popularity. Awards were given to those who hardly done anything, or are given to those who likes to hide all day. The ones who work hard day after day get dumped on.

2) I was always scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays well every weekends. I was told that that a co worker was needed for moving nets Saturdays. But that however had nothing to do with me. The worker always got Sundays off. I was stuck every single sunday helping one other lonely worker clean 9 locker rooms in 4 hours time sometimes 3. As well as keep up with bathrooms, and change garbage.

3)When I called in sick, it wasn’t always being sick. The doctors sent in a note stating no heavy lifting till further notice, and the boss made me do the lifting still. So it was about here in November I went to see the physician again. After I seen the physician I had a note saying no work for 1 week or until I seen a specialist. I called work for that reason to let them know when the date was for the physician.

When I got back from the specialist I found my phone was temporarily disconnected. I could not call out, but people could call in. So I had my father call the work place and leave a message for them to call me back. But they never called me the following Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
When I went back into work Sat, with the note in hands, they pulled me into the office, and claimed I hadn’t called or showed in 3 days but Friday I was already terminated. Of course they do this when i was clocked in for 4 hours.They also said the doctors note was irrelevant or didn’t matter. Then they claimed they talked with Human Resources when later I found out at that time, he was on vacation.

December 5, 2009 at 6:25 am
(108) Aimee says:

I had to deal w/ many bad bosses.

They Discriminate, show personal favorite to certain employees

A screamer, winer, always saying that they are right
and your in the wrong

Bully, 2 faced saids one thing to your face and talks about you behind their back

Miserable and makes the whole company miserable
(misery loves company)

Lies and take credit for your work

My advice for dealing with bad bosses is QUIT!

Always making you the “bad employee” and they are the victim

Demanding Demanding Demanding for no reason at all
and makes you do work that doesn’t need to be done

Thinks Highly of himself or herself

small minded

Fake

Makes jokes at other people expense

Mocks certain employees

Twist words around so that they can make you feel small

When your dealing with a bad boss it can effect your health!

Basically you try and fail and there is no way of coming around to it!

December 9, 2009 at 8:09 pm
(109) Shawna says:

My boss tells me that I’m supposed to be the team leader, but doesn’t include me in discussions with my “team”. She wants me to lead, but when I do, she tells me that she didn’t want “my help”, she wanted the individual to take the lead. Just a few days ago she told me that she was disappointed that I didn’t take the lead on one project that she had assigned to two of my team members. I am frustrated, tired, and am beginning to care about my job less and less each day. I can’t seem to do the right thing, no matter what I do.

December 15, 2009 at 1:38 am
(110) JohniLouise says:

The Supervisor doesn’t show up for his shift.
Instead he calls in less than an hour before and tells you to do it when you’ve already been there all day. 50 shifts worth in 90 days.

Also, a poor Supervisor thinks that being a Supervisor means to “baby sit” and feels that you should show up and simply know what you are supposed to do.

More Fun (not) he/ she hired you to do his job.
Pawing task including training new hires and you don’t get paid for doing so.

Is always late. Always messing up payroll and still for some reason the Corp/ Company won’t get rid of them.

Can we say “Really Bad Business”

January 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm
(111) ju says:

I think one of the worst things, at least from what I’ve seen at my job, is that the two-faced, lying, clique-ish, passive-aggressive, credit stealing, favorites playing jerks in power promote people just like them. I’ve seen them rig the system to make sure their barely qualified favorite–who is just as nasty as they are–got a promotion.

January 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(112) GT says:

Most importantly; the lack of leadership and business ethics to include what is not learned on the job experience as opposed to a having a Masters Degree. Lack of accountability; selfish and has a cocky attitude of “cross the line and you will know my wrath”. Known for having office affairs with female workers under him; terminated from previous job for mis-managing department which he does here as well.

January 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(113) JP says:

All the above. In 30 years of working in corporate America I have seen every one of these time and time again.

January 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(114) Nina says:

A bad boss is someone who cheats on thier husband and flaunts it in the office and lies contantly

February 8, 2010 at 8:08 am
(115) Hammerman says:

all of these comments sounds like what I used to deal with while serving in the Navy, and now that I have come back into civilian life, things are no different than what I dealt with before. can I suggest going into business for yourself or becoming Independent contractors, there are many companies out there that want Independent contractors to work for them. you run your own show. the company is just there for guidance. you are the captain of the ship.

February 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(116) S says:

I live in an area hit by the recent winter storm. I have had an issue in the past with tardiness, but within the last year have not had one incident. For 3 days after we returned to work I was late, however I called each time. I left my home 20 minutes earlier than normal each day, but the first day I was the first time I had been out and the roads were not cleared as well as I thought they would have been. The second day I ran off the road and got stuck and the third day the car in front of me did the same, and only one lane was cleared so I could not get around. Each day I was less than 10 minutes late, yet my boss has informed me that if it happens one more time, ever, for as long as I work here I will be terminated. He is skipping over 10 disciplinary actions in our personnel policy and truly, not putting a deadline on it is unfair. I could handle if it happened again within the next 6 months or 1 year, but I have 24 years to go before I can retire, so basically he’s saying if I am 1 minute late again one time within the next 24 years I’m fired. I wish I could find another job, I really hate this boss, and there is no one I can go to because he’s a “favorite”.

March 1, 2010 at 2:05 am
(117) Dion says:

I recently stopped working with a real bully of a manager. Some people should be in prison, not with the general public but you can’t put someone behind bars for violent behaviour, passive aggression, no communication except for criticism, ignoring you completely when speaking, singling you out to everyone and making you feel bad. I felt sick every morning going to that job.

I celebrated when they made me redundant. Life can begin again.

March 12, 2010 at 9:56 am
(118) Sherry0565 says:

I work in the Medical field, so Confidentiality is a MUST. (HIPPA regulations) In fact, everyone must sign a statement yearly that they agree to abide by these regulations. I have been there for 18 years, and 2 people have been terminated, no questions asked, for breeching confidentiality.
This does not seem to apply to My Manager. She will spend 20 mins in her office, reprimanding someone…and then as soon as they are out of ear shot, she blabs EVERY detail to any and all other employees that are around. This also includes Private problems that co-workers have gone to her about. She openly talks about employees when they aren’t around (and not in a GOOD way), calles them names, and criticizes their performance.
She prides herself on having an “Open Door Policy”, and wonders why no one comes to her when they have a problem???

March 24, 2010 at 6:35 am
(119) julieconstantinou says:

i recently left a job which i enjoyed for over 5 yrs.a new boss started and it was quite clear although i was told i was the best worker there that she liked to rub me up the wrong way i had a chance to tell my overall boss but i gave up due to the fact that she made her teamleader tell a lie about me it was so obvious he lied and she admitted she made him.cowardly i say she said i had some sort of terrets she rubbed her nose when she walked passed me slandered my name and made up stories about me she used to wind me up gave me a work load that two people would find hard to complete let alone 1 she started going on about you wont get any holiday time off you want to put in for she told me that some collegues complained about her and put a letter in addressed to the store manager about she hides letters wrote to him she asked me i said nothing to do with me i think she was just winding me up then she said you need to wite to the boss if you want time off i thought theres no point but then i did i phoned the store manager to see if he recieved my letter he said i get a lot of letters she knew what she was doing she didnt care about keeping on slackers she said i won last time when 2 girls put in a grievence against me as if to say i can get rid of you any time i want and dont bother saying anything amongst other things 1 minute she was nice to me just to cover her self i think things need to change and there should be a person in store you can discuss differences with as i dont see why you have to bow down to a boss that is difficult and can take a hardworker and there carrer away from them.

May 21, 2010 at 12:04 am
(120) Strider says:

When a manager breaks his own rules, he undermines his own authority. When a manager delegates a task, it’s not his anymore; he shouldn’t try to take the task back, but guide the subordinate through it.

May 31, 2010 at 12:25 am
(121) Andrew P says:

1. A bad boss is the one who thinks communication skills are the only best things in the world of business and he has it alone.

2. The one who wants more than a dozen solutions from his staff for a technical problem and never accepts any of them and suggests his own to implement.

3. Who thinks his only duty is to schedule work for his staff and technical difficulties are his staff’s problems and he has nothing to do it.

4. Who talks about his Bungalow and new car and his trips to foreign countries.

5. Who never misses to tell his staff how close he is with the company directors and other people in high positions.

6. Always tells how stupid was the person he recently interviewed.

7. Reads some management books and use the same tricks on his staff without thinking. Always uses his staff as guniea pigs for his latest management tricks.

8. Always talks about his previous companies, how people use to listen to him and used to respect him because of his talent and hard work.

9. Takes credit for staff’s achievement and blame the staff for the inefficiency if something goes wrong.

10. He is not happy with anybody’s performance and thinks that why is the company paying such a good salary to these staff members.

June 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm
(122) Joe says:

A bad boss is one that cannot communicate with a variety of people in the workplace who may not respond well to one particular style. Cannot accept any other leadership styles, other than their own as being effective. Will listen to rumors from employees, take them as truth and base decisions on employee performance on them, rather than actual facts.

June 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(123) ginger says:

It’s been about 2 hours since I told my boss that things just weren’t working out and that I was quitting. My former employer owns her own business and I was hired as her assistant. I accumulated a grand total of 25 hours working for this woman. I’ve worked for more than 30 years in an office environment and have worked for many boss types. While this current boss was not the worst, I quickly realized what I had gotten myself into and got out pronto. I’m lucky I could do this. I didn’t really need the job but was bored to tears, know I’m a great assistant but recognized that she was a micro manager among other things.

Specifically, what really led to my leaving are the following:

1. On my first day I felt threatened (in an earlier post I read “cross the line and you will know my wrath”.) I’m a professional and all she had to say was “my calendar is my ultimate concern” instead I got, “forget to put this on my calendar and you will be fired.” Like I would forget.

2. Given that this was considered a training period I did nothing but obey – oh, great one, when she told me exactly where to stand while she attempted to unjam the printer. With years of office experience I know how to clear a jam and of course she did not.

3. My real pet peeve is a business owner who will not properly maintain their equipment. “I want it done now but you have to first jiggle this and then feed it one at a time.” Please.

4. It was impossible to get a straight answer out of her. Again, training periods are for asking questions. Before she would answer my questions on one file she had something “more important” for me to do and of course later, what about that file. “Well, didn’t we already discuss that?”

5. This too from an earlier post – “LEARN to telll people clearly WHAT you want delivered, DON’T tell people HOW to deliver it.” You quizzed me, tested me, interviewed me and ultimately hired me, now trust that I can do my job and you do yours.

Years ago I did in fact run away crying but returned for more of the same. It took a while, and it may take you a while too, but I’m so happy that I recognized what kind of situation I was in and got out asap.

June 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm
(124) Charley says:

Personal experience with this one. She’d worked there for a while as a regular employee, and still was one when I started working there. She turned 18, and less than a month later (“coincidentally”?), she was promoted to Assistant Manager.

Since then, she’s abused her power. She had friends who had gotten hired, and she became friends with one of the other AMs (who is a good one), so I think it’s not surprising that she started playing favorites — a lot. We have kind of an unwritten “policy” that if we’re not doing so great on labor and it won’t hinder us to do so, to let someone go home early (probably not an uncommon practice). This particular AM would let her friends go home early because they “didn’t feel good” or “wanted to party” or “just wanted to go home”. Usually, these people had to close. She would then tell the midshift workers (who weren’t supposed to close) that she needed them to close. Managers can’t force employees to work shifts that aren’t theirs, but she would constantly threaten to fire people that would argue the case with her.

Eventually we figured out that only the General Manager or the Restaurant Manager could fire people, so we informed her of that, but she continued with the threats anyway, so we just didn’t listen.

She’s the kind of person who waits until five minutes before you’re supposed to leave to give you a list of things to do before you leave, then come to you five minutes later and tell you, “It’s time for you to leave, so why don’t you have your stuff done?”

Alternately, she’ll do the same, then five minutes later say, “Okay, you can go home.” Then, just as you’re about to leave (after you’ve already clocked out), she’ll ask you why the entire list didn’t get done. (When a manager tells you to go home here, you go home, regardless of anything else.) Then she’ll threaten to either write you up or fire you.

The second we close and the doors are locked, she’ll open one of them and her boyfriend will come in, which, again, is against company policy.

But strangely, with all the above-mentioned things she does, she never holds grudges, and seemingly forgets she yelled at you yesterday. Granted, no one ever brings it up to her, but she never brings it up either, and she’s always nice and friendly. She’s not a bad or mean person, by any measure; she’s just not cut out for a manager position.

July 2, 2010 at 12:21 am
(125) Exboss says:

Alot of these testimonials are unforgivable from a boss to their employees. I can’t believe the amount of unprofessional behavior in the workplace and I apologize for all the bad managers out there. I have always tried to be fair to my staff and create teamwork, however on behalf of “some” of the complaints….Behind the scenes I have fought for employees and lost or followed policy against my better judgement to keep my job…Sometimes, it’s not the boss..it’s the company or the upper management forcing their own beliefs down your throat. I have been in corporate meetings and had to bite my tongue at the ridiculous directives they have been forced down our throats. Employees are people and not numbers forced into a matrix or bottom line, todays companies have forgotten the basic morals and ethics of an era gone by. My point is unless you are harrassed or threatened or ethics violated, which you should try to resolve with your immediate supervisor/manager and if not resolved then take to a higher level. Just remember, that bosses can get nutty when placed in a role or situation that goes against their own ethics. I have seen alot of injustice, discrimination and harrassment over the years…I took one employer to the EEOC because it didn’t just effect me, it effected my staff. I just resigned in the middle of a recession, I agonized over this decision for months, however I worked for years not watching my children grow up or be apart of their activities/sports, home when they were sick. We as managers lose alot and give up alot with no thank you and are replaced without a second thought. Probably not a wise choice to quit, however there is still the hope of quality of life and I’m a believer. Signed, “left the bad bosses”

August 16, 2010 at 12:43 am
(126) Dreading Work says:

Condescending; very negative (initially assumes workers are “cheats,” talks about the company that just hired him in a negative light, and everything is a problem and goes from there), divisive (tells employees in one-on-ones that their co-workers have told him “things” and tries to get employees to give him the scoop on others), wants to know what everyone is saying about him and subjects related to him-doesn’t want you to break confidentiality but expects you to break it with others; braggart- talks about his degree and certificates and big (former) responsibilities but initial performance is less than expected based on his proclaimed experience. Says he’s not a micro-manager (sure…); interrupts me at meetings and tells the group what he believes I’m trying to say….I could go on. He’s been with us less than a month.

October 3, 2010 at 9:39 am
(127) Mehboob Alam kHan says:

people try take crdit of o,thers hard work. When Employees hard work not paid off, there is reason, some one in not acknowledge you hard work,
This is very common in most companies new comer on high post try to show present staff is dishonor, rubber, not good for company, not capable to mange etc.
If any company executive boss will hear and believe, what he listen is right, that make junior staff bad guys is eye of big boss,
In my company I work as admin, we did hard work to improve company in general, company is Iso 9001-2008 certified ,over all business volume increase and try to manage time is proper way for good production,
Try to buy raw material on market price, finish all kind of corruption, thing start moving in good way, company image improve, my boss start think to extend business .
Suddenly big boss acknowledge the burden of over work on me , he think in positive way , reduce my resposibities to improve my performance , introduce new staff and department to be professional and make a well organized company .

In this period boss close friends, and relative start taking part in business matters, and a dissatisfaction created among staff, people in charge gone on back seat, so that unfortunate moment makes me bad is my big boss eye,

Thus a passion of development for big business die down, when we reduce to a circle , our hard work gone in drain , we been disgrace , now a days a team which work hard to develop business did side line ,
A team which took many months and year to learn and become useful for company , with all progress and achievement , their participation been marginalize ,
What this company will develop,
Now business is down, we are waiting for some miracle happened, that all happened due to disinformation.

Mehboob
cyclon256@yahoo.com

October 9, 2010 at 10:55 am
(128) 1Scrtdry says:

A bad boss:

Micro-Manager
Incompetent
Dis-organized
Has sole say in how the task is done
Late for work and meetings
Doesn’t set good examples as a boss or to the team
They’re RIGHT, everyone else is WRONG
Arrogant
Self-Centered

October 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(129) Elizabeth says:

BAD BOSS:

- expects you to read her mind.

- schedules a personal, non-emergent surgery when new staff is recently hired and haven’t been fully oriented.

- allows some staff members to go home on time on a regular basis while others are working over-time.

- is computer illiterate and makes little effort to remedy this.

- coddles underperformers and does their work for them.

- gives the silent treatment as punishment.

- does nothing to empower her staff.

- became a manager only for the reason she didn’t want another person to do it.

- carried out an online affair on Facebook at work while she was married, closed her door, accepting phone calls, emails, etc.

- never gives out praise for a job well done, unless in front of a superior who has commented on the quality of the staff’s performance.

- does not communicate changes in the department flow, only expecting staff to notice whenever they happen to.

- has her husband come in to work to help her with the computer even though he doesn’t work here and will see patient files at the hospital.

November 8, 2010 at 7:24 am
(130) rosie says:

One word … “ARROGANT”

November 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(131) laura says:

Are some of you my co workers,, cuz you all mention the action of my two bosses, boss man. boss woman, twice as bad, boss man is the main boss, but since boss woman is put in control, they are has bad as each other, if woman gets mad at a worker we have to wonder if we are next just because,she has her targets mostly me, cant defend myself cuz to them I have attitude when I do, my son passed away in april, came back 2 weeks later and boss woman tell me the first thing out of her mouth, me not saying anything to her, she says.. its going to take time, just concentrate on your work and you have to get on with your life, what kind of boss is that?

December 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(132) Ali says:

A bad boss is a boss that gossips!!!

December 15, 2010 at 3:28 am
(133) Anne says:

Bad Boss:

Moody…one day nice, next day nasty
Sarcastic…we never know if he’s joking or serious
Unavailable…Works with office door shut most days
Demands loyalty…taking a concern above him is deadly
Brings up past errors if you bring a concern to him
Teases people on tender topics
Passive-Aggressive….doesn’t tell you he’s upset until he blows up
Wants to be viewed as smartest person in department
Doesn’t do performance reviews on time, if at all
Mentions much more of what you do wrong than what you do right or extra well
Loves to be sarcastic and promote himself
Plays favorites
Says he’ll be direct with you but isn’t, uses sarcasim
Spends tons of time on personal cell phone
Makes fun of you in front of others for your mistakes
Doesn’t answer phone, then doesn’t check voice mail
Spends a lot of time outside smoking with friends
Doesn’t tell his direct reports if he’s going on vacation/going to be gone for a day or more
Rarely meets a deadline but insists you do
Rarely says thank you

The saddest part is that he used to be my best boss ever, but not for the past few years. Now I’m quietly looking to transfer within the company. I’m not the only person feeling this, I know of 5 senior people quietly looking.

December 30, 2010 at 12:54 am
(134) Ela says:

Farts during lunch in front of you…Yells at you…

January 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm
(135) SUSIEQ says:

My boss had a list of “tricks” he pulled to run off anyone he felt was a threat to his job. I swear I think he had them numbered and would check daily and say “I think today we’ll try #19.” I know that he used EXACTLY the same tricks with others who he ran out of the company as well. The worst one was when he offered a “clerk” $25 if she would cross the office from one corner to the other ON TOP of the partitions. THIS WAS A BIG GIRL, and he had her climb on top of the supports RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY CUBE WHEN I HAD A MAJOR DEADLINE TO COMPLETE. He had the whole clerical staff cheering her on – GO SUSAN GO – GO SUSAN GO.

I GOT OUT OF THERE IN A HURRY!

February 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(136) Lou says:

One that is technically your manager, but is so busy working on side projects that he’s never actually there to be a manager. My boss is a nice enough person, but took the position because his position was being eliminated. He now is continuing with the job duties that he used to do, and seems to be angry that he’s expected to do tasks that are in his job description as manager. He rarely comes by to check things out and discuss anything with us, and has changed policies multiple times without letting us know. He also seems to dislike confrontation and will avoid it at all costs, and so problems between or with workers are often not only allowed to continue but grow. He also took away some of my job duties, and has discouraged me from finding ways to grow in my job.

I suspect that given the current state of the economy, that this has become more common.

February 5, 2011 at 12:21 am
(137) zuzu says:

They created a new position to help take some of the load off my boss. Problem is, my boss is a control freak and likes what he’s doing so he won’t give me anything to do. I hear him on the phone with clients solving their issues when he should be delegating them to me. Like I said, he’s been in the position for ten years and doesn’t want to share his work with me, so now I’m getting laid off for lack of work.

February 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm
(138) Anonymous says:

My idea of a “bad boss” is when management fires any good employee over small,petty bulls**t.

March 13, 2011 at 5:14 am
(139) C*THRU*U says:

BAD BOSS- WHEN HE IS SLEEPING WITH AND EMPLYEE(WHICH HE IS NOT MARRIED TO)BUT IS MARRIED. AND EVERY TIME SOMEONE HAS SOME TYPE OF DISAGREEMENT WITH HIS YOUNG FLUSSIE, HE TAKES HER SIDE AND NEVER GIVES THE OTHER PERSON A CHANCE TO TELL THEIR SIDE. IT IS ALWAYS WHAT SHE SAID HAPPENED. TO ME HE IS ALWAYS THINKING WITH THE HEAD IN HIS PANTS. I AM IN A LEADER SHIP ROLE AND HE RIDES ME FOR THE SMALLEST THINGS,LIKE WRITTING MY PEOPLE FOR THE WRONG THINGS THEY DO. BUT HIS LITTLE FLUSSIE IS CONSTANTLY DO THINGS AND NEVER GETS HELD RESPONSIBLE…….GO F**KING FIGURE THAT ONE. THESE LOUSY NO GOOD BOSSES NEED TO TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR BECAUSE BABY WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND,AND WHATS DONE IN THE DARK WILL COME TO LIGHT………TAKE THAT LOUSY ASS BOSSES YOUR DAY WILL COME ,AND YOU WILL ANWSER TO THE BIG BOSS UPSTAIRS

March 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm
(140) Fred Arshoff says:

I had a boss that really peeved me off by demanding to much puncality like if he told you to do something and it took a minute longer then it should he gave you an argument that your late. Also if forms from the IT department where late in coming he would yell & holler to no end saying he has a job to do and can’t be slowed down due to others. Several of us thought we where in the military being so punctail.

March 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm
(141) MarkStringer says:

I worked for a boss who owned the company for 8 years, He stabbed me in the back. I made a police report against my him for all the illegal activities and did alot of damage back to him.

He even has his own blog on good managment.

April 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm
(142) Can't Retire Soon Enough says:

What makes a bad boss?

Makes disparaging remarks to employees, denies all
Bashes everyone – men/women, superiors, clients, employees (especially in front of other employees), and even the company they work for.
Is routinely absent from work without letting anyone know, or else waltzes in late in the afternoon – they’re not accountable like everyone else.
Hires incompetent people, then favors these people over more competent, better skilled, or long-time employees.
Has no respect for employee time.
Manipulates the workplace with veiled termination threats.
Dishonest – steals from the company – a few were embezzlers.
Has outbursts (tantrums) throwing things and screaming. Will then hole up in their offices or else apologize profusely – til the next crazy outburst.
Macromanages/Micromanages – Little to no involvement, or way too much involvement with employee matters – fun to get one that alternates between both.
Does bizarre or irrational things that are really hard to explain.

The hallmark of every bad boss: hires an assistant who is utterly clueless, useless, hated by remaining staff but there for no other reason than he/she sucks up to the bad boss. (we had one that actually started dressing, talking, and even laughing, like the boss – yes, pretty darn strange, to say the least).

The one thing all of these bad bosses had in common is that they were disgruntled and hated the companies they worked for. They couldn’t very well take it out on their superiors and risk getting fired, so they would do the next best thing: take out on their staff/individual employees. They didn’t care if they got sued either because they knew it would be the company getting sued and not them, and anyway, the company would go to great lengths to protect them so it didn’t matter. They would still be free and clear to do as they darn well pleased, until the next lawsuit or EEOC claim. Sadout to say, but that is what’s really going on there today.

April 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm
(143) rama says:

A bad boss is a boss who does not inspire the employees who report to him.
A bad boss is a boss who tells to someone else something which he is supposed to be telling to you. And that too in front of you. :)

April 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm
(144) Angry employee says:

My boss has very poor hygeine in a very professional environment, she is obese, showers only twice a week, has dandruff, smells, especially at certain times of the month. She picks her nose and is beyond moody during her girl times. She changes the rules all the time. She licks her knife at business luncheons, she is so embarassing. She plagiarises my work, she spends most of her time visiting with others, she cannot provide direction becasue she doesn’t have a clue but she has no problem telling me that it is my job to be informed and to assist her. I am not an assistant. Most times people claim they have a bad boss because they feel that they could do a better job or that their boss was promoted unfairly while part of that may be true, it is only amplified by her incompetence.

May 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm
(145) All the Wiser says:

Even if your boss is the biggest loser jerk who ever lived, you likely will not be able to sue your employer. They can harrass/abuse you as much as they want and there really is no law to deter them from doing so; and even if there were, that law would probably be as useless/ineffectual as everything else supposedly in place to protect employees in the workplace today. Good luck getting a lawyer to take your case, most of them won’t be bothered. The labor commission is not likely to act either,regardless of how well you’ve documented abuses in the workplace or whether or not you are in a so-called protected class. Believe me, I’ve been there, done that. Bottom line is nobody gives a flying rat’s butt and you won’t get unemployment or a dime. I don’t know where folks get the idea you can just sue people at will. It takes money and years of litigation to get anywhere and there’s always the chance they will appeal, even if you do win, costing you tons more money. And don’t assume there’s any such thing as justice – justice is whatever the judge feels like on the day it’s dispensed. If you really want to get back at your idiot boss and clueless company, slam them online where people are disposed/prepared to hear you out, as well as agree with you. You’d be amazed at the number of companies I turn my back on as a consumer when I hear about stuff like this going on.

May 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm
(146) GG says:

The manager supports bad employee behavior even when he/she knows it’s wrong.
The manager does not thank or appreciate employees for their work.
The manager does not value the contributions of employees.
The manager goes out of his/her way to exclude staff from being recognized (yes, this really does happen).
The manager makes assumptions about staff which are totally off, wrongly affecting his/her judgment.

June 21, 2011 at 9:40 am
(147) Aditya says:

-A bad boss will take every steps so that you can develp your skill
- He will try to limit your contacts
-He will check how much time you are taking in rest room
-Will over load you.
-Will make your Appraisal not good.
-Will go to attend training programs marked for you, though he/she is supposed not to work.

-Will 100% belive in ” its a manager’s job to get work done anyhow”

August 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm
(148) Joe says:

The worst thing a bad boss can do is withhold feedback in an attempt to solve/correct the problem/issue in favor of punitive and retaliatory behaviors. It speaks to the insecurity that boss has in dealing with the hard issues and says volumes about their entire world view. How can you respect someone who looks to blame and scapegoat instead of rationally problem solve?

September 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(149) bobber says:

Your best bet with terrible bosses is to follow them like darlings, while looking for work…then when you have secured the new work….leave immediately. Walk in say you quit and walk out.

There is NO LEGAL requirement for 2 weeks notice…it’s just a nicety. Many people think there is, and in free nations there is not. Short of some iron clad contract, and all you have to do to end that is show up drunk a couple days.

By leaving him in a lurch, you will hurt him seriously in the company. He/she will look bad for driving an employee out suddenly and “out of the blue” and also…you’ll be creating endless work for him as he searches for new employees.

As he/she is up having chest pains, you sip a glass of wine and toast your new job!

September 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm
(150) jay snyder says:

while i was being hopitalized my boss sent me a nasty email basically threating my job and calling me lazy
after much discussions with my wife we made a choice for me to leave the job.
when i met with my boss he realized he made a mistake writing and sending that email and that he was not thinking
all it did was make my condition worse in the hospital.
now i had to sign a standard release
do i have any recourse legally?

September 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm
(151) PJ says:

My bad bosses…

Chastises whole group instead of those specifically responsible for errors.

Demands you be on time so they don’t have to be on time.

Steals from the company (time, materials, resources)

Encourages tattle-tails and gossip.

Dishonest…lie to your face and place you on probation for insubordination when bringing it to the attention of their superior.

September 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm
(152) PJ says:

Worst boss ever…

Offered me work at headquarters instead of my normal position after recovery from my lung cancer operation to “ease me back” into working after 3 months off.

Told me my first day back the reason he wanted me working at headquarters instead of my normal position was to “evaluate my performance” because he said he noticed a decline before I left for sick leave, even though he never mentioned a decline in performance during my review 1 month before I told them I had cancer and left for surgery, gave me the largest allowable raise before I told them I had cancer, received “Quality Employee of the Month” award before I told them I had cancer, and received the largest allowable bonus before I told them I had cancer.

Given strenuous tasks involving carrying equipment up and down stairs I never would have had to do at my normal position while at headquarters and not fully physically recovered.

Determined the technician who assisted me at the plant I worked wasn’t necessary when it was time for me to return to my normal duties.

Put me on probation for insubordination when I called a meeting with his supervisor to call attention to what I felt was unfair treatment upon my return.

Refused to see any progress in my “behavior” during probation period picking at any little item he could use as an example.

Fired for “violence in the workplace” because I told a co-worker in normal conversation I felt I was going to be fired that week at my next probation meeting and said, “I’m so glad I’m a Christian or I could have killed “name withheld” for the way I was treated since my return from lung cancer surgery. Yeah, poor choice of words, but not in anger or threat. I was actually relieved and looking forward to being let go that week.

October 7, 2011 at 6:30 am
(153) Erin says:

A bad boss is one who is:

Unnecessarily condescending to employees

Thinks that the only ideas that are worth considering are her own

Attempts to bully employees

Passively threatens your job (repeatedly)

Only hears the response “Yes Ma’am” and gets upset, if not condescending and rude, if you attempt to stand up for yourself in even the slightest manner

Threatens suspension, cut in pay and/or a cut in hours for a mistake which no one is completely sure if you or another employee made, but blames it entirely on you….waiting to see how this follows up tomorrow!

November 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm
(154) Chad Firkins says:

A good boss, in most scenarios is two things: a good person, and a well-educated one. A good boss is a rare find. Most bosses are neither of the right moral fibre, nor are they technically qualified to carry out the job. Mediocrity and muddling through is what most staff will experience during their careers. Though some management is effectively redundant (the once a year visit), most staff will experience poor or middling management daily. The most common type of poor management I have come across is of the bureaucratized form. This is, in a nutshell, management by email, usually remotely, by people who have no idea as to how things work on the ground. Managers frequently cannot think clearly, logically, and deeply about genuinely difficult problems. They then blame other people for their lack of prowess. They assume that everything can be done in five minutes. They are extremely lazy intellectually. They use stupid buzzwords all the time. They ignore or secretly despise intelligent staff beneath them (this is much more common than most people realise I fear). They bully in subtle ways. They listen to other idiots and choose to believe things that a madman would dismiss out of hand. Their general standard of education, typically at the hands of the state is poor. Though there are some remarkable managers who may not be among the greatest essayists ever recorded, far too many middle managers are routinely sloppy in their communication. Bad managers hide behind email of course. Taking email away from many managers would be relieving them of their shield. As many have noted above, a bad boss needs their own bad boss in order to flower. In my office, the bad boss was chosen by another bad boss for the following reasons: one, she was female (women will often choose other women rather than the best person for the job), and two, they both smoked. That was it. It’s a billion dollar operation and this is how recruitment works here.

December 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm
(155) kira says:

Dates employees and starts drinking non stop!!!

December 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm
(156) Joshua says:

Okay, so i work at a privately owned company. I am the online and shipping manager for the company. I have years experience (schooling and real world) dealing with online e-commerce and brick and click businesses. My boss will listen in on phone calls that I have with customers and will talk over me to speak to the customer, then tell me to hang up the phone. He has on multiple occasions made us look like complete idiots in front of customers. He alienates all the employees. My mother works for the company, and he speaks to her like a dog sometimes. I have complained about this more than one time, it still happens. He is condescending to most of us and plays favorites. He will have employees spy or “check on us” and then constantly tell him what we are doing at all times. He tells us that we are not allowed to do anything on the clock except do HIS work and his work only (by this, i mean move his house for no extra pay and uses us to run his ‘private’ errands. If we so much as step out from those boundaries, we are told that we can let the door hit us on the ass. He also has committed business fraud by avoiding taxes and tells us that we have to do that too. We all need our jobs, but it is unbearable every day of the week.

December 26, 2011 at 10:22 am
(157) Andy says:

A bad manager:

1. Changes rules and expectations constantly.

2. Is 10-20 minutes late everyday, but yells at anyone who is 5 minutes late.

3. Withholds information necessary to perform the job.

4. Is emotionally immature: has tantrums when things don’t go his/her way. Yells and screams at employees.

5. Withholds praise and ignores accomplishments.

6. Yells at you for something you might have done. Example. I had a boss say “we know you would have done this so….” Wow, are you a mind reader?

7. Complains about other co-workers to you.

8. Nit picks over the most trivial details

9. Believes gossiping co-worker and disciplines you without getting your side of the story first.

10. Makes fun of employees.

11. Plays favorites. Example:
My manager had a favorite who could do no wrong. One day that favorite received a serious customer complaint and she completely ignored it. Had it been anyone else, they would have been written up.

12. Expects you to do the work of 2-3 people.

January 8, 2012 at 3:32 am
(158) Ten dollar jobs review says:

This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am really pleassant to read everthing at one place.

January 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm
(159) Mandy says:

Your boss posts on facebook when she fires someone.

January 12, 2012 at 1:36 am
(160) Lira says:

A bad boss:

-Treat you like a slave not an employee.
-Doesn’t give motivation and recognition.
-Always shouting and behaving like unprofessional.
-Never admits his mistakes.
-Thinks that he is always right and feels his great superiority.

January 20, 2012 at 4:30 am
(161) blillulu11 says:

I have a HUGE problem… Not only is my boss a “micro-manager, he is a bully also. Whwn I first started I was the best thing that ever happened. Then I began to notice little by little, rule changes. One day I am told to do something, the next day I am asked why I am doing that. So I will stop doing whatever that is and the next day get blasted for not doing it. He is never wrong – to the point of ruining a job and dismanting my work to prove that point. Everything is micro-managed to the point of lunacy. If you do something a certain way, he will redo it (wasting time) just to prove some point when the end result is exactly the same. Sarchastic comments peppered in the conversation are a staple here. It DOES NOT get better. You only get frustrated,depressed and bitter. Get out while you can. NO job is worth a bullying/micro-managing boss!!!!

February 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm
(162) alute55 says:

Bad Boss.
I work in a 3 person office, my bad boss:

hires a friend’s daughter to work as a medical receptionist. New employee has never worked in a medical office before.
new employee and boss play on twitter, facebook, have extensive personal calls. Boss tells new employee evrything about my personal and work personal file. I found oud out and spoke to my boss. Boss reported me to our Dr. She and our Dr. planned to ‘write me up’ I found out boss told new employee and other people in building about this plan, before I was told by our Dr. that I was going to be written up. I have been with Dr. 5 yrs, am a multitasker and have worn several hats in our company for 5 years. anything boss doesn’t want to do she dumps on me. Boss has told new employee that if she doesn’t like some of her tasks that she just neeeds to dump it on me. (Have you considered leaving?)

February 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm
(163) Fred Arshoff says:

I had a boss who was too time sensitive; if he figured the task should take X amount of time and you took an extra minute, he wrote it up. Those remarks always went into your year end evals from him. People can get distracted with phone calls, or asked to help a co-worker.

February 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm
(164) lisa says:

A bad bully boss is one who assigns you the toughest assignment investigating 7 rapes in a nursing home, and then tries to fire you for pursuing findings that the nursing home out of compliance and advocating for the victims. The bad bully boss is the one who tells you to make his work “go away” because he doesn’t want to do the work, asks you to look the other way, and says that he is tired of having the nursing home’s attorney call him. When you write the report he snipes, “What are you writing, War and Peace?” The bad bully boss then attempts to fire you for standing up for what is right. The bad bully boss denies you jury duty leave in violation of the collective bargaining agreement because he doesn’t consider jury duty “work.” The bad bully boss calls himself “Teflon man” because nothing sticks to him. He rewards people who do drive-by surveys and never have findings, who don’t follow procedures, surrounds himself with brown-nosers, and professional loafers who don’t ever do any work or have any work ethics ~ in other words people who are just like him.

February 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm
(165) Sarah Matthews says:

Hi,
My bad boss is the worst boss I have ever had. I work at a national charity in the UK. I work in the cafe and I am the cook, so I also do the ordering, cooking and have to decide on what to cook. I am the only paid employee in the cafe. I have 4 volunteers, 2 have learning difficulties and the other 2 are only in 2 days a week for very little hours at a time. I have 2 weeks of holidays to take before the end of March this year, 2012, and I have also been picked to volunteer for the Olympics and so need a day off at the end of this month for training. I applied for that day off and was asked who was covering for me? I am the kitchen manager and as far as she is concerned I HAVE to find someone to cover me for that day, which is impossible. I really don’t know what to do as I also feel I am being taken for granted and walked on. She has a habit of having tantrums so there is another problem. I have a contract but that was from when I was part time and the only thing I have to say that I am full time is a letter that says that my wage will now reflect my role and that I have more holiday days and what my hours are.

February 12, 2012 at 9:43 am
(166) C says:

My manager discusses my work performance with peers and colleagues of lesser levels openly and loudly in the work place.

February 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm
(167) Bobby says:

I had a great boss: Considerate, helpful, a good listener, believes in teamwork concept and personal creativity, professional image, doesn’t micro-manage, takes on additional responsibilities to relieve his employees of beauractic minutiae, rewards his staff, gives kudos where appropriate, conveys his thanks for our support, will not support a program or task that places an immense burden on his people, supports justified grievances, promotes camaraderie through socials, respects the individual, never swears, good control of emotional situations, a very caring person; the best manager I have had the opportunity of working for and I’ve had many exposures in my 45 year working career. We have reorganized and I now have a new boss that SUCKS! An image builder at the expense of the staff. Gets the job done in a suffocating micro-management atmosphere!

February 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm
(168) Hirsch Leah says:

A bad boss or supervisor, in my opininon, is the following: lies about her job that she has been a manager, or a supervisor, is very self aware of herself, is always an introverted person. She wants to stand out from the crowd by undergoing breast enlargement surgery (I’m the boss). I don’t care, speaks loudly with everyone, has got preferences, cannot work properly with the team. If meets a weaker person, denigrates him/her, but still has the job, she’s the boss and what happens later??After several months, some people will bear it and keep their head under the water, some people will walk out straight away without complaining, and if there’s a brave person, he or she will say to her:”you should start with the man in the mirror, oh yeah!

February 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm
(169) JC says:

The manager refuses to enforce rules, hold people accountable who goof off or don’t actually do work, all in the name of “avoiding unionization” by “keeping morale up.” This includes endless “coachings” to ask the employees “what else they need to do their job” and endless trips back to training for obvious performance issues, destruction of equipment, violations of the code of conduct, and aversion to work. Morale is much worse because those who are good employees begin to dislike the company as nobody has their feet held to the fire for being lazy. It also breeds inequity when employees are not punished or terminated for non performance, damages, destruction or gross violations of company policy when any employees finally is dealt with. Basically, managers who coddle out of fear of employees are making the situation worse. Typically HR assists in this coddling mentality, which can lead a manager to feel sterile and adopt these philosophies in some cases.

February 25, 2012 at 9:49 am
(170) TC says:

I have a manager, if you can call her that, who is probably one of the most inappropriate acting “bosses” that I’ve ever had. She openly discusses private HR issues with other employees, discusses the actions and work performance of employees in front of other employees, will reprimand an employee if it means covering her own butt. Worst of all, she is a company gossip and relies entirely on one of her flying monkeys to run into her office and tell her everything people are doing in the office that is wrong. The moment the said flying monkey gets up from her desk and runs into the boss’s office, it means she is getting the low down on what someone else has done. Then the “boss” runs into the president’s office and tells him what’s what. She’s pulled that stunt on me and others before. And then she and the flying monkey gossip about everything under the sun, and the flying monkey is allowed to get away with murder while the rest of us have to live under a microscope. I am a good worker but I also have my faults, yet I do my job and do it to the best of my ability. I was recently sent a box of chocolates by a customer who was thrilled with how I dealt with him, for God’s sake! That was so nice and so unexpected! But, my so called boss and ownership cannot acknowledge me, or anyone else for that matter. We are simply drones. And yes, I know how lucky I am to have a job, but man, I’ll tell ya, if I win the lottery, I will walk out of there with no notice and won’t even bat an eye doing it.

February 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(171) Joe says:

I have a boss that has told my entire team that if he is going down, he is taking some of us with him. Is this an illegal threat? If it is, how long do I have to report this?

February 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(172) gloria says:

My boss actually gossips about other employees. He cannot stand anybody being more intelligent or having any other ideas. Recently he introduced 1:1 weekly meeting where he gets all and I get nothing. Very often he uses ideas from the 1:1 as his own. I have recently stopped to volunteer any information – will see how this is going to work.

February 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm
(173) Anonymous says:

My manager complains about the divisional director (her boss) to those whom she supervises. She requires that she be copied on every email sent to anyone in another division or her boss. She gossips about everyone she supervises and many of her colleagues, as well.

What’s worst of all is that she was being bullied by our previous boss, and I helped pull the team together so that we could go forward as a team and expose the bullying. I then encouraged her to take on the vacated supervisory role and recommended her for the job to the divisional director.

Two of my colleagues are about to give notice, and I hope to follow shortly thereafter in their footsteps.

February 28, 2012 at 12:03 am
(174) Anonymous says:

1. Does not know how to do their own job or that of their subordinates

2. Is a brown-noser and phony

3. Due to high insecurity and low self esteem must try to control everyone else, even those they do not manage

4. Manipulates and fires others in order to get ahead

5. Praises self often (definite red flags for insecurity and incompetence)

6. Level of incompetency is so high they can only point out what others do wrong since they don’t know how to do any real work themselves. (Criticizing work they do not know how to do themselves)

*What’s worst than this bad boss are those who allow her to work at this place and keep her title. They are the culprits to all of the suffering employees who have to deal with bad bosses because they allow these bad bosses to keep their jobs! Why, I do not know and that is the vicious cycle of having a JOB, which someone told me long ago stands for (Journey of broke)!

March 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm
(175) Betsy says:

A bad boss uses company money (not their company) to pay for personal expenses, and they also increase their annual PTO by changing their vacation calendars (after taking the vacation), to necessary time off for business, training or just deleting the day off out of the calendar completely.

He/she will expect you to carry out numerous personal tasks, including making doctors appointments, travel arrangements for boss’s relatives, shopping, warding off collection agents, etc.

He/she will take your ideas, presentations, proposals an/or great money saving solutions, and present them to upper echelons as their own creation.

He/she will not approve any relevant-to-job training or education (even though benefits lists it as available to anyone).

He/she might on occasion ask you to spy on other employees.

Frequently a bad boss will give you a large project to complete at 4:45 pm the day before it is due, or worse, Friday night for Monday morning.

He/she will forget to complete a project of their own (at a much senior level than you have access to), and then blithely claim loudly they thought you were “taking care” of it for them.

Really bad bosses expect you to transfer the main phone line to your company cell phone {during lunch and after hours}, so you personally are effectively available to answer any and all calls regardless of the time of day.

Sometimes, on a whim, they will request you to investigate an inordinate amount of days off, investigating a ridiculously expensive outing for the senior employees (which you both know will never be approved by upper echelons).

Extremely bad bosses “lend you out” to other management for special projects their own assistants can’t seem to manage to cope with, even though you are already swamped with ongoing tasks, responsibilities and deadlines.

Reading the other postings makes me wonder if these numerous, spend happy, gluttonous, ineffective, micro management bosses and managers are half the problems of the shrinking economy right now.

March 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(176) fed up of the damn targets says:

Bad boss =

works in a people facing role within a charity sector and puts the ‘numbers/targets’ first – often at the detriment of the parties involved.

favours certain members of staff and leaves the others out in the cold

has less experience/knowledge than the people they directly manage and then if you have a problem you get told to read a book about it to work it out for yourself

praises technical work by purely commenting on grammar and spelling and not content (related to lack of knowledge)

blames the member of staff for their poor judgement – doesn’t listen to previous information/predictions given

ignores new ideas and then ‘thinks’ them up as their own idea later on
- has a philosophy of ‘this is how we’ve always done things around here’

The list could massively go on – this is related to one manager who I currently have to endure. Leaving is not an option due to the recession so I’m stuck with this stupidity or as I’m usually told ‘its my problem that I feel these issues’

March 8, 2012 at 5:17 am
(177) Alexis says:

I feel that a bad boss is a person who railroads people in reviews. Someone who does not intervene in office conflicts. A boss who discusses issues with an employee in front of other staff and customers and refuses to discuss things in a more private setting when asked to do so. A manager who makes racist statements or overtly sexual comments and laughs it off. A boss who plays favorites and gives preferential treatment to a family member who also works for the same under them. A manager who defends and backs up her middle management without investigating situations and turns a blind eye to inappropriate behavior displayed by middle management.
Managers who are promoted within an organization who have NO leadership training, skills or desire to learn how to inspire their team.

March 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm
(178) Shawn says:

One who constantly takes credit for the work done by others. My boss would take a 30 page document that was written by someone else and supposedly add value by putting shadows around the images and take credit for it.

March 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm
(179) Janie says:

I have a boss. HE is a male chauvinist but he denies this when his previous boss told him, but he is. He dismisses anything that either my coworker or I tell him. He laughs and makes light of it. I don’t want to get him in any trouble however, his disrespect makes the 6 male coworkers disrespectful as well. I have put up with it for almost 6 years. We finally had enough today and I went to HR and she went to a boss above him. We have others that are witness to this. He lets the male workers sleep at their desk, come in when they please, and allows us to be treated rudely and he also does this as well. This is a government job and I believe the two of us are the only ones with work ethic. We both believe in being a good steward of taxpayers’ money. They don’t appear to have any and neither does he. I hope he is demoted. I hate to see anyone lose their job, but if it happened, they all deserve it or maybe an attitude adjustment at the least. In order to be respected and obtain loyalty, you have to earn it and treat others as you want to be treated. He needs to have required management classes.

March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm
(180) Tom says:

My boss is a know-it-all always wanting to have teaching moments whenever a question is asked of her. That response makes us feel like little children. The boss is condescending of those who have no degrees from college. The boss is condescending of those who have life experience, no degree or are working on getting that degree in Psychology. Having lived the life of a using drug addict for 38 years, and being put down as someone who does not know a thing in the field of addiction, this is quite ignorant of the boss to say the least.
Calling on the corporate compliance/integrity line, and getting reamed by the boss for doing so, was the last straw for me. I called the integrity line back and reported my boss for retaliation. Now the boss wants to have another meeting. I called HR. The HR rep for my unit is going to be present during our meeting. I need HR there because I do not feel safe from verbal abuse when alone with my boss. Egotistical, arrogant, grandiose is my boss.

March 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(181) David Pettison says:

Bad bosses can be found anywhere: i.e. private industry, non for profit and government. The kind that I’ve experienced over the years are typically found at mid level management (i.e. first line supervisors). Micro-managing, bullying and game playing is/was always the norm. They treat grown ups who happend to be their subordinates like children and mindless idiots. These people have control and trust issues, lack self confidence and are basically weak. They plot subordinates against one another and pick favorites who have no problem kissing up to get in good with these mental cases to keep the negative focus off of them. The rest of us suffer under the wrath of these sickos. They single out certain employees to target for repeated bad treatment, and seem to enjoy frustrating, confusing and picking on us. In their mind, the bucks stops with them, and they’re right because upper management is either oblivious or looks the other way. They may actually be bullying employees with the cooperation of upper management. The best option is to leave as soon as possible, because it’s not worth having these crazy bosses drive you insane like them. In the end, it’s the organization, taxpayers and customers who really suffer from these ego-tripping, insane managers.

March 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm
(182) Lauri says:

A manager who discusses a coworker with other coworkers, or discusses with those they supervise, other supervisors. They cross the line between supervisor and friend, respect and a whole range of other things…

April 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(183) Anne-Marie says:

I’ve had the experience where two of my bosses (the associate director and the group director), in the same position, didn’t give clear direction, changed their minds frequently and would spend a half hour to an hour talking about how a task should have taken 5 minutes. Additionally, the associate director would have staff rewrite and rewrite drafts of emails over and over. Then, when the director reviewed the “final” email, she didn’t like what the associate director had finally approved. Staff would spent hours drafting emails; as a result, the entire staff had to work until midnight every night. Other teams couldn’t understand why the team I was on worked 14-15 hour days. Staff turnover was high as a result either voluntarily or non-voluntarily.

April 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm
(184) jane says:

A bad boss is someone who demonstrates in this manner:
picks employees brains and takes credit for the work,
has her favourite staff to whom she gives special tasks then says how good they are in front of you, likes telltales, has all the time in the world for some staff but not others, tries to bring employees from her old workplace and tries to get rid of staff so that she can have her favourite posse around her.

April 30, 2012 at 5:21 am
(185) Kev says:

A bad boss holds the annual performance appraisal over your head all year making notes about what goals you met and didn’t meet instead of focusing on the work and working as a team. Bad bosses use Cognos reports to rate their employee’s “productivity score” and have it emailed to them automatically every morning. Time clock obsessed bosses and bosses who watch how long you take on your lunch hour. Authoritarian bosses who think their role in life is to teach you “personal growth” and how to “get along with others” rather than focusing on the work at hand and competence for the job.

May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(186) chief wiggum says:

A bad boss is someone who owns a company but has no management skills.

May 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm
(187) Professionalism Minimized says:

Bad bosses are a detriment to organizations. They minimize superior work while gloating about their own work. Engage in “obvious” favoritism – often choosing slackers that the good workers cover for & do the work they can’t keep up with. Slackers promoted. They lie or engage in “mobbing” them against you. Their style is “management by fear” – I work in an organization where you constantly feel threatened, intimidated, never allowed to answer questions when asked (they always have the answer), violate Federal employment laws (EEOC/FMLA/ADA). Threaten termination if employees won’t sign paperwork they want you to sign. Cause a number of employees to have substantial, documented health problems and then try to terminate them. They glorify themselves as being productive and achieving department goals – when, in fact, it’s the employees who went above & beyond to make the department look good. Steal others’ ideas as their own. Always looking for something wrong – but never say “thanks for the great job working on time-sensitve projects”. Bad mouth employees who have left, give bad references. Force employees to resign (constant turnover in department I work in because they’re abusing employees). HR, Senior management has not/will not do anything to discipline these evil supervisors/managers. Falsify timesheets, time earned of their favorites in the office so certain people will have additional leave time – other folks with genuine medical issues are not given extra time – have to take leave with no pay once any rightfully earned leave exhausted. Ask employees to falsify documents on a routine basis. Terminate employees on a whim with no notice. There’s plenty more! These are the types of folks who have “absolutely no place” in management or a supervisory position. If the organization operated with integrity, they would show these people the door (and don’t let it hit them in the butt on the way out).

May 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm
(188) left in 1995 says:

I once worked for a well known pool supply company in Chatsworth, CA as a database administrator. My hours were 8:00 am to 5:30 pm with a half hour lunch. My boss would refuse to let me take a whole hour, even though I worked these hours each day. When I first started the job, I took a 1 hour lunch and I was told that a half-hour of my time was to be donated to the company everyday. So from December to June, I donated my time every day. The worst thing about this lady is that she would come in drunk each day, sometimes battered (physically bruised) and angry because of her lifestyle. Once a week we would receive our backup tapes from an offsite server location, brought in by a courier. My job was to load the additional data to the local server. There was always three tapes, and each tape took 2 hours to load. The tapes would arrive between 8 and 8:30 and this supervisor would hold the tapes until 5:00PM then slap them on my desk. If one tape failed I would have to start all over again. She would threaten to dock my pay if I wanted to move my car from the alley to the front of the building. For my safety, I didn’t want to be going into the alley at 11 PM. Working from 8:00 AM to 11 PM with a half hour lunch and only two 15-minutes breaks is a violation of labor laws. I commuted all the way from Palmdale, and this was not a short distance even if I wasn’t tired from the long hours. The VP of Operations knew all of this and he did nothing. I found another job, and when I gave my two weeks notice, my supervisor stated that I was not to leave the premises until all of the work that was brought into my office was done. I’m grateful, that I was able to leave that awful job, that day, and I never looked back. Saved by the Grace of God, for he got me home safely on many a weary night.

May 27, 2012 at 11:06 am
(189) J says:

Characteristics of a bad boss:
1. One who doesn’t communicate.
2. One who doesn’t include you as part of the team.
3. One who selects only specific employees with whom to share certain details of a project.
4. One who is not in touch with what is really going on within his/her department, or denies what is REALLY going on.
5. One who comes in mid-morning and stays for only 6 hours.
6. One who harasses those who take the initiative to get projects done on time, get certifications, are present every day. With never a “job well done.” While those who come in 45 minutes late, take 2-hour lunches, leave 30 minutes early, and do minimal work get a “pat on the back.”
7. One who tells their employee they don’t know what they’re talking about after being asked a specific question and answered after extensive research. And being told that they have no idea how to do their job, even when, just months prior, they were told they were an excellent employee.
8. One who is not truthful with all of their employees and tries to encourage this type of behavior.
9. One who is gender-biased.
10. One who can’t admit when they’re wrong.

May 28, 2012 at 9:04 am
(190) Marcy says:

I don’t respect a manager who can’t train me, or do what I do, for lack of knowledge of the job. It makes it even harder when they don’t want to. It is above them. They don’t engage in the day to day activities of the department, but would rather sit in their office making charts and graphs, thinking they are contributing. Have you ever heard a manager say this? “I didn’t have this problem when you walked in my office, and I won’t have it when you leave.” Great stuff. Sounds like an excuse to cover the fact that they have no idea what they are doing. Blah!!

June 19, 2012 at 6:42 am
(191) glory says:

A bad boss is someone who never sees any good thing that you do. He or she is selective in whatever she or he does, no pack at your back, no respect for you, demeans you and says all bad things about you during your absence. A bad boss never appreciates whatever you do and always speaks in harsh words.

June 29, 2012 at 11:26 pm
(192) NYC baby says:

MY CURRENT BOSS:

1) Can not communicate well
2) Unable to read professional emails
3) Makes you look bad, by making themselves look good
4) Unable to make decisions
5) Unable to write proper emails
6) Slow learner
7) Low computer skills
8) Uses a motion and rips the paper in front of you as a threat
9) Performs a procedure and still does not know after 1 year
10) Have trained her in the work many times
11) Gets mad when you suggest ideas
12)Taking personal calls for hours and talks loudly and does not close the office door
13) micro-manages
14) Suggests to cc her in all emails, but does not do the same
15) Asks you to work on a project but does not send you the email, you do the work, she sends it to Senior managers and takes all the credit
16) Unable to write process documents and asks you to write it, sends to Senior management that she did it, and does not give you any credit
17) Coughs all the time like she has pneumonia, chronic disease
18) Looks at your sticky notes on your desk before every one gets in the office and tells you to do those things that you listed for yourself
19) Sits next to you at meetings and asks you non-meeting related questions
20) Asks dumb unrelated questions at meetings
21) Does not know how to prioritize
22) Does not know how to manage
23) Gets easily offended
24) You are in a meeting with a higher manager and your own manager always pops in to the office all the time
25) Follows you everywhere
26) While talking to you, stands half a foot away only

Do you have a manager like this?

July 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(193) Lulu Tutu says:

Ok.

1) Makes me into a scape goat/ is in general dishonest
2) Doesn’t admit when she’s wrong
3) Threatens to terminate me directly after good/excellent work performance
4) Changes her expectations of me from day to day
5) Repremands me for conforming to her expectations
6) Makes me into the rule-enforcer and then tells me I have poor management skills
7) Is in general contradictory
8) Tells me to have more positive energy and then tells me I have too much when my energy remains consistent

Stupid girl. I deal with this shit everyday.

July 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm
(194) Chi Lafrancois says:

I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.

I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

July 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(195) Just Me says:

My motto on horrible managers/bosses: You can shine that apple all you want, it’s still rotten underneath and nothing, and I mean nothing, you do is going to change that fact.

Odds are you’ll lose your job, and the rotten apple will stay spoiling all the others, not YOUR job to weed them out, that is their bosses’ job, remember that.

Your job is to do your job to the best of your ability and if you have no support and a crappy boss/manager,, it really is time to just find another job and/or as a stepping stone to leaving your foot in the door, request a nonpaid personal leave of absence to take care of pressing personal business (come up with good excuse) and come back after taking a “break” with a new strategy and hopefully a new position or boss.

In other words, always keep yourself squeaky clean, and if possible, leave the door open for re-employment. If asked why resigning, simply state personal reasons, but leave the door open in case you need to re-enter in future (you may).

The odds are HR (and others) know why you’re leaving but won’t openly express or acknowledge it (for various reasons). It gets complicated, that’s why sometimes, it’s best to just move on.

In the case of legit/valid harassment, discrimination, illegal activity (not simply crappy boss, no laws against that) document, document, document, quietly of course. Do not collude. Do tell offender FIRST time you are uncomfortable with the treatment and you have been offended by it, to please stop immediately. You must say this and if it doesn’t stop after your first request, THEN go to HR with your documentation and witnesses.

July 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(196) Michele says:

My boss is a lovely person, but she never, ever makes time for me. She simply doesn’t show up to meetings. She does this to lots of people, but since our schedules don’t overlap very much, it is especially pronounced with me. It ends up making me feel unimportant and demoralized. She doesn’t even acknowledge it when she’s blown me off.

July 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(197) WH says:

I work for a top sales performer turned manager. While this looks good on paper, with little to no management training it can be a disaster. Sales reps are primarily motivated by money (not atta boys) upon being promoted to management they often get jealous when their subordinates start making more than they do. They also tend to swindle their employees if they’re the used car sales type (mine is). Then they start getting vindictive and playing favorites with leads. In a straight commission environment this can make veteran top sellers go broke in a matter of months, if not weeks. It’s a very common theme in sales environments. Bad sales managers usually cover up their flaws by doctoring reports and swindling upper management. It’s screwed up but it’s how sales reps have to deal with bad managers. Ultimately either the manager is creatively exposed by the reps or the reps are forced to “exit” the company.

July 30, 2012 at 5:09 am
(198) Kanchana says:

Never takes my suggestions no matter how good they are. I am currently on medical leave & my boss is insincere about his concern for me. He has never called, only texts once in 2 weeks to ask how I am doing, blamed me for the stocktake failure even though the responsibility was somebody else’s; I just helped him. Never speaks to me at work about anything. When I do talk to him about something, he says he doesn’t care – it is his department. I thought caring was part of his job. Speaks better to managers of same level & jokes with them, but rarely speaks to me. Doesn’t discuss anything with me nor want to take my suggestion, but when he needs help, I am expected to help. Took him 10 days to come visit me at home when I had an accident. His excuse-busy. He never called me when I had the accident to ask how I was, only after I asked why he never called. He did claim that he knew how I felt, blah, blah, blah. Never replies to texts. He claims that he cares about me & yet told me that if I needed somebody to talk to, not contact him – that son of a b****. I feel so unimportant at work…he never helps unless it helps him in some way.

August 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm
(199) Emily says:

A bad boss does the following:

1) Talks down to employees when customers are present.
2) Is unapproachable
3) The boss asks you to ask them if you ever have questions, and when you do ask, they get mad because you interrupted their phone call with their great aunt Sally.
4) Has to be reminded to pay you
5) Blames you for things that they are responsible for, too.
6) Shows favoritism to certain co-workers possibly because they bring in more income

August 17, 2012 at 8:46 am
(200) Linda Ann says:

In my past 30 year career I have had great bosses except for the one I currently report to. Unfortunately he is the CEO which has made it very difficult. He is a very charming person until I reported to him. He will not communicate with me, does not listen to me nor allow me to give my professional opinion, rarely answers my e-mails, cancels or postpones our monthly one half hour meetings, criticizes me in front of physicians and staff, does not tell the truth, nit picks, won’t allow me to go to my professional seminars, and on and on. I am trying so hard to establish some type of rapport by working with our HR department, to no avail. Lucky for me, I plan to retire in the next 2 years or I would have to find another job. Too bad this is a supposidly christian facility but lacks christian ethics and fails to set an example.

August 20, 2012 at 11:05 am
(201) Bill G says:

My Boss has a few flaws, however, the biggest one is running a restaurant/bar and being intoxicated while “working” then yelling at staff for whatever. She will go out during her shift, drink, and then come back and work the bar or the kitchen causing more issues that were not even there. Or partying at least once per week at night and then showing up 2 1/2 hours late the next day when she was to open the restaurant causing service issues.

September 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm
(202) originalsbykaty says:

I can soooo relate to this. My boss is gone downstairs drinking 1 – 1/2 hours a day and yet I, who get there at 7:30 and am there til 5 everyday, am worthless and incompetent. And his buddies, who drink with him, will keep their jobs, but I feel daily that I’m about to lose mine because my work “just isn’t good enough” – I see people who have been there 6 years making mistakes and they are ok because they are drinking (ON TH JOB) buddies.

November 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm
(203) doug says:

Does all of the above, but also talks to you about things a boss has no business to. IE: Sick time when your Grandma dies. Unreal.

Also, one that doesn’t take the time to read emails, forgets everything and then blames it on you when there is a misunderstanding. How can this happen in the real world?

December 7, 2012 at 11:26 am
(204) Aws says:

A manager brought up how to me when I got in trouble, when they get in trouble they are fined. But brought up how I got a spouse and I can count on that to help out ( yep time to go) or get rid of the manager. This is not my 1st problem with this one. Manager also says where most people can hear, I’m going to write you up.

December 14, 2012 at 10:54 am
(205) Jeannie says:

My bad boss yells at me for going on break when he told me to, makes me come back, belittles me in front of staff and customers. He also changes the schedule in the morning before the rest of the crew gets in when they believed they were to and berates the ones he changed to the other employees for being “late”. He accuses us of stealing everything right down to disposable cleaning cloths when he himself is doing most of the high cost theft through eating like a full grown elephant. Should a day be requested off, like in my case because I had jury duty, or my son had to go to a heart doctor or at fourteen weeks pregnant still haven’t seen my obgyn, he’ll change the schedule so that you work the whole 8-6 day and every day except Sunday for three months and then tell you you should schedule appointments on your day off.

January 16, 2013 at 11:28 am
(206) cat says:

My boss loves to bully. She’ll talk about sex toy parties with another co-worker and make fun of me when I don’t join in the conversation. She enjoys belittling, and putting me down to make herself look big. I feel like I’m in a bad High School movie. When the other co worker sees that I’m not comfortable, boss just makes fun, and says she doesn’t care.

January 18, 2013 at 5:28 am
(207) Miguel Sobrevilla says:

I managed interns. I’d rather hear it from them, not you. “You’re cool”, I liked that, even though I was their age. Go cut out some ginger bread men.

January 29, 2013 at 10:09 am
(208) Kathleen Dearing says:

Thanks for giving me a chance to share my thoughts.
A bad boss (and I ‘ve worked for my fair share of them) is someone whom their co-workers cannot trust. The bad boss thinks only of themselves – they demand loyalty but do not reciprocate. Once trust is destroyed, it is very hard – if not impossible – to rebuild it.
It’s interesting to see what others’ thoughts and experiences are. Some workplaces sound like war zones! Any bad boss who reads those posts should be ashamed, if they have sufficient insight to be so.

February 4, 2013 at 10:07 am
(209) Larry says:

A bad boss has favorites and is in a clique with certain employees. This boss lets their “friends” do nothing while others are expected to get their work done and pick up the slack of the clique members. While the boss is smart he/she is completely blind where these employees are concerned. If you say something about this you are labeled a complainer and told you are never happy.

February 8, 2013 at 8:32 am
(210) front desk says:

My boss is evil, and by evil I mean she really may have been the spawn of Satan. It doesn’t even start when she walks in the door for work, instead it’s constant texting, calling, emailing. When she gets in the door, it’s WW3 from the get go. The whole staff is fearful of her. I decided to talk to her about screaming at me, and told her that I am too sensitive of a person to respond well to that management style. She informed me that she was raised not to care about other peoples’ feelings, so she doesn’t and that’s just the kind of “bitch” that she is. I love my actual job, I just can’t stand being treated like that. However, I can’t leave because I’ll look like a job hopper. I’m counting down my days until about the one year mark so I can make an escape. The woman could literally drive someone to suicide, hope it’s not me!

February 15, 2013 at 6:54 am
(211) merkwurd says:

What Makes a Manager a Bad Boss?

1. She / he does things he forbids you to do or not leading by example.

Real life example: Tells you not to take holidays during this busy period while disappearing himself under the false pretence to work from another office, while he is in fact having holidays with his family.

2. Hiring former colleagues who appear to be friends in order to build a team where the majority of members like him/her. Of course favoring his friends in every aspect of day to day work. Or Cronyism.

Real life example: Out of 7 team members, this incompetent manager hired 4 of his former colleagues who appear to be his friends. He then rewards them constantly and in return has approval from the team majority.

3. Is insecure and intolerant of different ideas than his/her.

Real life example: Menacing you when you propose different ways or ideas to do business. Can’t take any challenge.

4. Aggressive and authoritarian. The way he tells things or writes to the team are aggressive (orders rather than tasks).

5. Fear of being overcome (due to his insecurity and consciousness of his incompetence).

Real life example: You go to senior management to ask for something for advice or talk. He immediately comes to you asking why you didn’t consult him, ask him. He “reminds” you strongly he is your manager. Even though as usual he wasn’t here when you needed him.

6. Rewards long hours rather than smart work. Judging on appearance his direct reports. He will think that ones who stay long after normal work hours are good workers while most of the time, these types of employees stay long to show off or because they are not competent enough to finish tasks during normal hours.

7. Is always hiding, dissimilating. From you and from his management. Keeping a close barrier between the flow of communication between upper management and employees.

8. Not acting but telling you that he did. Therefore all problems remain unsolved, nothing progresses and upper management aren’t aware of what’s hindering the business and are surprised to hear about it because some middle manager never passed the information.

9. Is mainly involved in self appraisal, politics and petty activities rather than his job. Basically covering his ass and working on his career while teams struggle due to his lack of concern.

The list is too long. I had the bad luck to work with one of these pitiful figures. A dishonest, insecure, aggressive, corrupted prick who surrounded himself with former colleagues and friends in order to hide the ugly truth of his total inability to lead a team.

I do not wish that to anyone, but if you recognize some of the 9 points above, don’t hesitate to talk to HR and upper management before making the decision to leave if nothing can be done.

February 25, 2013 at 2:26 am
(212) asianboy says:

Whew, somewhat relieved this is a common problem(s), but deep down, I feel sorry for all of you same like me for having a bad boss.

Pretty much what I wanted to say is already summed up by all of the comments here.

A bad boss is insecure, will never be confident enough to take on her/his own position. This feeds up to her micromanagement approach to the team working for her. Bad boss can cause a team member to have brain pressure and having to get hospitalised for 2 months. Due to the micromanagement she imposes on everyone and dishonesty when taking all credit for projects well-done, and breeding weaker staff, false-praising the weaker members in fear they would leave, does not hire ladies, intelligent can arrive at the most common sense solution, look “out” and LEAVE !

February 27, 2013 at 10:09 am
(213) Alice says:

Hi all

I am a documentary filmmaker looking to speak to people who work with a bully or a ‘psycho boss’. If this is you please email me your story to alicecarder (at) btinternet (dot) (com)

Many Thanks in advance!

Alice

February 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm
(214) dani cali says:

What makes a bad boss?

1 he delegates from Starbucks
2 he stares at your crotch when he speaks to you
3 he micro manages to the point you feel you can’t sharpen a pencil without his approval or guidance
4 he abuses company time, gives himself loads of time off, but you aren’t able to take any
5 he blames you for his mistakes or other problems that aren’t your fault
6 he is snide if you dont flirt with him back
7 he treats women like sex objects or secretaries
8 he patronises you regularly
9 he says inappropriate personal things
10 he touches you
11 he enjoys creating conflict
12 he makes the mess, you clean it
13 he creates work
14 his ego is huge
15 he pesters you all day long
16 he phones you at home after work or weekends with some task or plan for Monday
17 he puts off giving you a pay rise
18 he causes you to have nightmares about him or work
19 he causes you to dread coming to work
20 you want to quit, every day you swear you will

March 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(215) HAYZOO CREESTO says:

The worst are people who just offload their own stress onto those working for them. They are like pouty babies who want to be soothed.

March 21, 2013 at 9:26 am
(216) cece says:

When A boss who says to you — you intimidate me; when you can’t get a straight answer to your questions; when your boss takes your ideas for their own; when I boss tries to change your sales target in order for you not to receive your last day of sales month; I could go on and on.

April 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm
(217) Lynn says:

Wow, reading all of these other comments hits the nail on the head for me. My ‘so called’ manager has NO business being in charge of anything. She has NO listening skills, talks over you when you try to speak, argues with you, talks DOWN to you, encourages brown nosing and takes the word of the suck ups versus the word of the employee that the suck up is giving info about. Several have gone to HR about her, but NOTHING happens, except the employee gets treated worse. I used to love my job and my company, but since this poor excuse of a manager has taken over, I HATE it!

April 17, 2013 at 3:46 am
(218) Genie says:

Let me share my role here. I’m a Client Service Manager – randomly I’m a sales person. But our company broke into two teams, had a boss (GM) that always told me that I’m a threat to another colleague due to my performance. Because of this he decided to promote her to a Senior level which the entire company doesn’t see she’s worth the promotion – maybe because my boss shows favouritism. Worst, I’m going to report to her as my boss. What should I do? My future boss doesn’t seem to like me or be able to support me for my career achievements.

May 4, 2013 at 1:25 am
(219) Phil says:

This is a problem with our hierarchical culture (Western and USA culture) whereby we ALLOW bad managers to continue in their jobs damaging people, careers, shareholders, and our nation’s economy. Not everyone can be an astronaut and similarly few can be good managers. Let’s winnow out the managers who can’t deal with people and put them back into roles where they can contribute. Let’s also recognize that good management is mostly about managing people – not just projects and schedules.
Let’s start by stopping the leader worship and by starting to give credit where and when credit is due – to anyone who does their job well – including management.

May 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm
(220) Alana says:

Stereotypes – Germans are superior and must be excused for mistakes and addressed formally
Unreasonable – you have to stay in one office but your computer is in another. Damned if you leave to use it, damned if you don’t. You MUST work for everyone at the office. If you do and you prioritize, he can’t get your attention, he tells you to forget them or takes you away. They ask him, he asks you. It’s okay, but you can’t ask them to ask him and don’t inform him.

Makes innuendos – you do something for one of his male superiors on request, you’re his baby.

Stands too close and talks too low

Uses romance to make a good impression.

Tells you about his wife and drops in to tell you he’s going home to her, as if the fact that his wife shares your ethnicity means something to you.

Never admits that he is wrong, looks for new faults

Prejudges – Listens to others and approaches you in a hostile, accusatory manner.

Questions your intelligence

Talks down to non-German, dances about and mocks them in the hallway.

Says your work has deteriorated but refuses to show how to improve.

Supports bullies.

Upset if you know something that he doesn’t.

Can’t make eye contact if not reprimanding or insulting you

Threatens to fire you

Glares

Blames you when others mess up

May 14, 2013 at 9:23 pm
(221) evaporcupine says:

A bad boss is my current boss. A manager who refuses to communicate and arrogantly tries to hide their own social phobias and fear of losing their own position by pretending to be aloof and totally unresponsive. She hordes information and is jealous when you show any initiative. She cancels meetings you have set up to gather the analysis you need to do your job. She intentionally does not invite you to other meetings that she knows are covering the things you have been working on for a month or more. She blocks you from doing the very tasks she assigns you. She allows you to spend a month trying to finish something she has learned is not needed at a meeting she did not tell you about. Yep. That is a bad boss.

May 23, 2013 at 8:27 am
(222) Donna Rogers says:

A new boss who sends reminders to complete work that I have finished a month ago.

June 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm
(223) Miss D says:

MY boss drives me crazy every single day. Today he allows a co-worker to call me crazy, she is not even full time, she works on the black market and he pays her cash. She does have her own rules and she is her ex-sister. She can do whatever she wants. This is not fair. She does have huge, huge ego.
Boss says inappropriate personal things, like you are both too old and you are both set up that way. I am not old. He couch you step by step. I work there 5 years, he treat as an object not as a person. They both, boss and she, like to create conflict at work and both enjoyed that.
I wish I can quit, every day :( I am unhappy there

June 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm
(224) tangerine says:

I hate when a boss complains to someone higher up, instead of telling their employee directly what they think they are doing wrong. If a manager has a problem with how an employee is working than it’s their responsibility to communicate that, instead of blindsiding the employee.

June 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm
(225) LN says:

Scheduling after hour work meetings at the last minute. It really peeves me. Do they not think I have a life outside of work?

June 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm
(226) FE says:

My boss has lately been singling me out and picking on me mercilessly and holding me to a completely different standard than the rest of the staff at work. I’m not sure why this is but he’s been nit-picking, micro-managing, relentlessly criticizing me, following me around, hovering, watching everything I do and driving me, frankly, crazy. I am so damned angry all the time at his behavior and I do not know what to do about it. I do not want to leave my job because I cannot afford to do so, but he’s constantly on my case and making me crazy. I’m at my wits end trying to figure out how to deal with this and if anyone’s got advice to share, I am very eager to find out what to do in order to ease relationships to where the tension can be defused.

July 16, 2013 at 9:58 am
(227) Sol says:

What makes a bad boss a bad boss is when he/she openly displays favoritism and job support at a higher level and leaves his/her junior level doing the work of senior-level with no assistance then writes up junior for poor performance over and over and over. Replaces or fires junior level. Then steps in to rescue poorer performing senior-level manager who can’t do the job of the junior level! Is this discrimination?

July 19, 2013 at 10:10 am
(228) Anon says:

I completely agree with FE from June 27, 2013. My ex-boss was running a family business and held recruited staff to a very different standard to family employees. The way he treated me also made me very angry.

Micro-managing was my ex-boss’s speciality in two respects, but not in the way you might expect. When I met his overly high expectations, committing long hours and specialised knowledge to written specifications, I was criticised.

This was either done by phone, as he was never in the office, or by family members, who he inherently trusted, despite performing little to no work themselves. He also asked his family staff to watch me, so lack of trust to ‘outsiders’ was an issue,

I stayed far longer than I should have, as previous employees had lasted a matter of weeks, days or even hours in one case.

After I left the workplace, he agreed to provide a phone reference for me. I thought we’d mended fences, until a job agency advised me that he’d told them to ‘watch out for me’ and that I ‘couldn’t be trusted’.

I became unemployed for 12 months and have since returned to study despite being highly qualified, skilled, experienced, and with a great track record just prior. I’m sure you can imagine how that makes me feel.

In summary, I believe my manager’s biggest flaw was his distancing from the organisation as a whole. If he’d been in the office, he’d see I was working hard, that I was trustworthy, and he would be able to provide timely feedback to my concerns, as well as address issues with me face-to-face, as they occurred.

Having provided this feedback, I believe my manager was incapable of positive change, incapable of taking personal responsibility for his own mistakes, and incapable of basic human respect. I treated my employment as a lesson in ‘how not to be a manager’.

July 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm
(229) ali says:

The perfect manager is the one who is free most of the time! He should make the tasks clear and make the employees feel responsible and equally important right from the start, meaning that he will have little to do and a lot to observe for future plans and improvements. and there will be fewer misunderstandings between the manager and the employees who now have the feeling that they matter instead of being forced to do a task.

July 27, 2013 at 7:47 am
(230) Donna says:

A bad boss:

- talks about your colleagues to you and says inappropriate things, like he is planning to fire them. Then, you find out he is talking about you behind his back.
- I am single and “older than 30″. He has made slurs about me being lesbian. (I’m straight) and a crazy cat lady.
- he refuses to confront team members when they have done things that they need to be spoken to about (ie. stolen accounts from other reps OR received major complaints from clients)
- he assigns “homework” for meetings then doesn’t actually follow up with it, or worse – he tells us he assigned us something when he didn’t and gets mad at us.
- he suggests a new project every week and gets everyone worried, then
forgets about it.
- he talks about how worried he is that he will lose HIS job.

July 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm
(231) Charles says:

Got one right now.
A bad boss is one who bad mouths his new boss to his (already) abusive supervisors. One who took a demotion if it got him out from under his new boss to work for another one. When that new boss was indicted for fraud, our bad boss was left with a demotion under a new boss who still expects him to perform as a manager even though his pay rate is now less. We are a closed Union shop. He doesn’t like that.

July 31, 2013 at 3:41 am
(232) Simon says:

It is interesting to read the Defence Force report [1] into bullying. Their training inculcates them with a model of discipline which is harsh by civilian standards.

Ex defence force personnel are considered good management material because of their perceived ‘self discipline’. They gravitate towards leadership positions.

When I was in the civil service in Canberra we would often see them gain promotion fairly swiftly. But their treatment of staff would cause. worker dissatisfaction. They would be advised to moderate their approach after numerable complaints. Those that could adapt would succeed but those who felt foresaken by management would leave.

I work in a fairly isolated section whose management contains a considerable number of ex defence force personnel. Because they have the numbers it really is an oppressive workplace. Coersion by means of punishment for trivial mishaps is common. No one is courageous enough to challenge their authority.

I have unsuccessfully searched for research into a link between defence training and management bullying.

[1] http://www.defence.gov.au/publications/lcireport.pdf

August 8, 2013 at 11:37 pm
(233) jj says:

My boss sabotages staffs’ work/programs, steals credits and pits staff. He asked everyone to sacrifice when staff is short while he himself works less and less and does only a few things that part-time staff does for less than $10 dollars an hour. Staff to whom he gives favors does dirty work for home to mistreat certain staff. He certainly managers/directs management above him and blocking/manipulating information both upwards and downwards. He even lies about a staff’s performance when given evaluations.

August 10, 2013 at 10:08 am
(234) KM says:

I have a boss that puts down your ideas and sabotages your successes. If you correct a problem, he will punish you for it and make you feel like you are a horrible person. He will ask for your ideas and assign the responsibility to someone else in the group. Some other characteristics are listed below:

1. Does not trust or empower subordinates in their jobs.

2. Projects are constantly in a state of rework because no one questions or cares about the quality. There is no objectivity or leadership. People who question anything are punished or made to feel as a non team player.

3. Never any positive feed back, only negative.
4. One way communication
5. Favoritism and inconsistent policies
6. Failure to admit mistakes or apologize for wrong doing
7. Lack of respect for subordinates and their abilities.
8. Micromanagement. Tell subordinates how to do their jobs when he has no experience in area. End result…failure and rework.
9. Lies about project and misrepresents information presented to management.
10. Does not care about anyone but himself.
11. Creates a hostile work environment based on mis trust and petty competitiveness.
12. Rewards people who display abusive behavior.

August 12, 2013 at 10:23 am
(235) Steven says:

My family owns a landscaping business and my DAD is my boss. I would rather be treated like shit by some boss I’m not related to than my own dad. He is a workaholic, it could be raining and he still wants us out mowing, or he’s bitching at us for something we can’t control, then he doesn’t treat me like his son anymore, he yells and tells me what to do like I’m retarded and just one of his workers now. All my family ever talks about is the business all day, all night, and it’s a bunch of gossip and shit talking. I’m about tired of my life, no matter how much effort I put into my job it’s never enough; they’re never impressed.

August 13, 2013 at 12:01 am
(236) Harry says:

I can agree with most of the above comments. I had a bad boss. She was wicked. I inherited her because of a merger. She was from the parent company and thought that I was a threat. She lied about me to the new bosses, she gave me bad performance reviews, she manipulated everything in her control to make you look bad. She also did it to other employees who she felt could have taken her position. The sad part is while this happening you don’t know until its too late. However she eventually left the company after being demoted for her behavior. She caused a few persons their jobs before going. My problem is, even though her bosses got complaints, they kept her on for a long time. That part I don’t understand. Why do they keep their jobs so long and why do the other bosses believe their lies.

August 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm
(237) ACV says:

Makes bad decisions that complicate the employee’s ability to perform a job efficiently.

September 5, 2013 at 10:45 am
(238) Nora says:

I work for the worst boss ever and he is the HR manager. He belittles staff, threatens staff with, “I’m watching you”, can’t keep staff, hires the pretty young things who soon bail, has been caught having an affair in his office with a woman from another department, plays on the computer most of the day (I know because he will holler, “you gotta see this”), has also been caught inappropriately padding expenses regarding travel for work, and on and on. The CEO was called by coworkers one day because he was yelling and screaming so at me. The problem is, it is a pretty well accepted notion that the reason he is still here is because the two of them have the goods on each other. I had this position long before he arrived and am going on twenty years and am trying to stick it out. Don’t know that it’s worth it.

September 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(239) John says:

I work in the public sector and my line manager is the most lazy, useless waste of skin I’ve ever known. If he does start a job it rarely gets finished – he leaves it for someone else to find out it needs finishing but doesn’t tell them. He doesn’t provide any guidance or challenge poor working practices, mainly because staff know how rubbish he is himself and so half the staff do what the hell they want. He even admits himself that he is a bad manager and that all he’s interested in is picking up the salary. But does anything get done about it when I report him? No. Even playing games on his ipad in work time, spending hours colour coding his emails and generally just slacking seems to be not enough to be put on the P45 list.

September 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm
(240) N/A says:

Horrible experience with a “Bad Boss”.
1. Showing no respect to the position/work or self
2. Doing drugs at work in car/bath room (selling drugs to some employees)
3. Sleeping with many of the employees (at the same time) playing mind games with them and she has a spouse at another job. She even makes friends with employees to sleep with their spouse or father or their children while smiling in their faces like she has done nothing wrong.
4. Sending improper text messages to other employees of (at the same time) herself.
5. Acts like a porn star (anything that is done, is in a sexual manner)
6. Does not call out sick in proper manner, sends a text to the other boss hours later after shift started. Writes up others if they have no doctor note but that is done all the time.
7. Brings personal life to work
6. Causes drama for other employees
She wonders why many employees have no respect for her as a manager.

September 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm
(241) peace says:

I work in the care sector and my boss covers up bad practice. The staff run the place and eat the service users’ food, the service waits on the staff, and nobody cares. I’m off with stress as I can’t watch this poor standard of care.

October 17, 2013 at 12:46 am
(242) bong says:

First, let me say that good bosses are born not made. No amount of education or certificate in some workshop or seminar is going to make a bad boss become a good boss. A lot of bosses get there because of their height and fill the part by how they look. That is just reality.

Fortunately for me, I had good bosses and had no problems professionally until my last position. I am in software development field. I have had projects where budget were in the millions. I got good promotions and great raises throughout my career. Now, the problem. I used to have my own office but now I am in a cubicle. So during work hours I would sometimes be reading a magazine or cruising the net which my supervisor’s boss have observed and wondering why I am getting a promotion. Software development is 90% thinking and 10% coding. There are times when you are stumped and just have to step back and clear your mind which I have done throughout my career. The only difference is that I was in an office by myself and now the overheads can walk by you and see what you are doing and have these misguided perceptions. My supervisor who knows what my job entails have talk to me and I told him not to worry about it. If it becomes a problem for him I will just quit.

October 18, 2013 at 3:55 am
(243) LOL says:

Give your bosses’ email addresses so we the internet can send some emails regarding how they perform as a manager in real world not their own.

October 23, 2013 at 8:48 am
(244) tiffany says:

I have a horrible boss. All she does is nitpick and complain about every little detail and no matter how good the job was done, it wasn’t good enough in her eyes. She constantly swears and bitches about whatever she can think of and lies and makes stuff up. She has no respect for ANY of her employees. Nobody at my job likes her because of her attitude. It was so bad one time she actually almost made me cry. Now, thats bad. I’m 30 years old, she doesn’t give you gratitude for anything. If it’s not done her way, it’s the wrong way. The only people she’s somwhat nice to are the cutomers only for the simple fact that they got money. Other than that, no one that works there really wants her there anymore because of how she is. I don’t know what else to do, I don’t wanna lose my job, but she’s honestly outta hand and I’ve only been there 3 months. Thank you for listening.

October 31, 2013 at 1:41 am
(245) Alex says:

A bad boss I am experiencing has:
No education
no understanding on the word professionalism
Think that by dressing the part he is the part, looks down on others by what shoes they wear.
Lets brown nosers come in late then complains about them but then promotes them for management positions that are available.
Plays the race card,
Hires people who are related to someone he knows or hires friends of friends, gets upset when others in the organization question who he hires.
Lies about someone’s (brown nosers) qualities to promote them,

Constantly bad mouths his boss’s position because he wants that position and constantly tells his brown nosers that once he is in that position he will make them managers and they will rule the world.

Admits that he constantly plays DUMB and that it works, gives brown nosers free reign to come in when they want, not come in when they want, but when someone requests a day off a month in advanced and one of his brown nosers calls in sick, he chooses to talk about the good employee and how they always request days off and it’s not fair.

Doesn’t like or feels threatened by intelligent employees who think on their own and know how to use systems and software he doesn’t understand.

Oh makes comments about peoples’ kids, his boss called in sick to take care of a personal matter, he tells the staff, “you know his son is autistic you know” and gives a wink.

October 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm
(246) Ashley says:

I agree with all of those things! But also a bad boss can not hold water! I recently sent an email to my manager informing her I would be putting my two weeks in and would like to speak with her privately. Not only did she not respond to the email BUT she decided to take it upon herself to let the entire staff know I put in my two weeks notice.

I was livid! Here I am concerned she didn’t receive my email but she did and decided: 1. not to respond and 2. to tell the staff my personal information!

P.S. the email stated the reason I am sending it to her in an email is because of the lack of privacy in the office.

November 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm
(247) cindy says:

I worked for a company for the last 8 years. The first year I was suspended for 19 days all together. I have also been written up a lot and some stuff was made up. My general manager started hiring in all her family and friends and then she wouldn’t speak to me. I got a promotion and then a demotion for no reason just so her friends would be by her side, this happened several times. The last demotion was recent. I had no notice until I noticed my general manager’s nephew’s girlfriend’s mother was training for my job. So, since I didn’t act mad, she cut my hours to two days a week 4 hours a day. Today, on a Saturday, I called to say, I’m a little late. I’m heading in and a girl who is equal to me said on the phone that I did a no-call no-show. Then told another employee she knew she wasn’t allowed to do that and discussed what kind of reaction I had. Who should I call who can help me? Is this considered favoritism and discrimination, bully boss as well?

November 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(248) Susan Heathfield says:

Hi, you can certainly talk with an employment law attorney and your state department of labor. But, the only thing that you make it sound like you are being discriminated against is that your General Manager hires friends and family. It also sounds as if you are not the best employee. I don’t know what else to suggest. Even when people hire friends and family, they usually try to retain their good employees, too. In your shoes, I’d be conducting a secret job search. Maybe a fresh start would work for you. I’d also suggest not quitting until you have a new job in this job market. jobsearch.about.com

November 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm
(249) Teacher says:

My boss has suddenly become very critical of my work. She has made special rules that only apply to me. The extra rules make it harder to do my job. She makes jokes at staff meetings about older workers. She has told me that she will stop giving me reprimands and critical observation remarks if I will retire at the end of this school year. Twenty-five years of hard work and now, I have to deal with this incompetent boss. Actually, I would like to retire but I’ve spent so much time and effort, due to her harassment, that I haven’t had time to start cleaning out my classroom and I may need to postpone my retirement for another year.

December 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm
(250) Susan Heathfield says:

Sounds to me like you may have an age discrimination lawsuit if you document carefully, try to find witnesses and talk with your state department of labor. Then, you can decide if you want to pursue it.

December 20, 2013 at 3:14 am
(251) Cat says:

Cover-ups all their mistakes.

Directs you but when they are incorrect they blame you.

Favorites staff members who act as their proxies.

Gangs up with other managers to make it difficult for the people they do not like or want there.

Tells you one thing and does another- double standards.

Pulls their shirts up during a company party to show their tits… power play. If you did it then you would get criticized but not them- only they have a right to act immature and risky…

Always wants fun and laughs to make the workplace a dysfunctional family.

They generally work in the Government sector.

They are narcissistic.

January 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm
(252) Bradley C. Hamel says:

It’s hard to find educated people about this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

January 30, 2014 at 9:36 am
(253) NS Iyer says:

I joined my company in july 2010. My boss and I were the first to bring a new transition offshore from UK to India. Meanwhile when my boss and I were in London, he hired another person, and started showing nepotism. He promoted that person and got himself promoted.

Meanwhile our team expanded from 2 to 42 and he hired all the persons for my team without asking me to help hire. He created a bad perception on the onshore clients. When he promoted another guy, I was completely shattered. The reason behind is my boss also asked me to apply. I never knew it was an eyewash. He assigned me two team members on the insistence of the onshore head. I had to become a dummy team leader whereas my boss would make all the decisions.

in the final Performance appraisal he rated my team members badly against which my team members turned against me.

My boss again humiliated me by hiring a new manager and asked me to report to him.

The new manager was egoist, dictatorial and could not understand my feelings.

Finally one fine day when I suffered an injury to my leg and was working from home the new manager wanted the time sheet. I had to do my month end deliverables and the new manager was shooting emails to me pointing out that I could not become a manager and he had come in place of me.

The coming of the new manager and the new colleague reduced my efficiency and I was unable to give the time report

I resigned as I can not take the humiliation anymore. All my juniors got promoted and I am in this company for the past 3.5 years.

February 5, 2014 at 12:26 am
(254) Fed up says:

Bad boss – avoids addressing bad behaviour in their leadership team. Rewards bullies and justifies others’ bad behaviour as, we must understand that x had a bad upbringing etc. Holds you accountable for others’ work. Overbooks you and refuses to let you reschedule tasks to make way for their new tasks – you just must deliver. Mocks and talks badly about their team leaders and staff under them. Is known in the wider organisation for their strange behaviour

February 11, 2014 at 9:55 pm
(255) Tia says:

…someome that does not have the courage to support an employee that takes appropriate action although that action may cause controversy. I personally consider this type of manager/supervisor as being “weak minded” and administration can easily control this type of person for their own benefit.

February 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm
(256) blackbutterfly says:

I describe my bad manager as a crazy manipulate person, making up stories that aren’t true. He’s tricky, he has a fake attitude towards us, when you do a little mistake he would say bad in front of you until you cry, he wants you to feel badly about yourself. His mean for the way you walk, your body weight and while his body is more skinnier, he looks like he has anemia.

February 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm
(257) Kay says:

Boss has personal issues that he brings to work. Has alcohol at office. Drinks it. Angry, impatient. Fails/refuses to communicate. Accuses employees for problems that arise due to his own lack of communication and following procedures. Becomes angry at employees for things they were never taught, trained, or asked to do. Expects employees to resolve conflicts with customers that he started. Bullies, railroads, yells at employees. Makes sexual comments. Does not schedule anything and uses employee’s computers while they are on the clock and gets angry at them for talking while he impedes their only work (which is done on the computer). If our work begins from a computer, how can he expect us to have anything to do when he is using it?

March 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm
(258) Maryanne says:

Rachel’s list is similar to mine:

Plays favorites
Yells at me in front of my teammates
Yells at me–is this acceptable?
Will cut you off in mid-sentence when she disagrees.
Doesn’t listen if you disagree with her.
Decisions are based on personality rather than principles and what is best for the organization.
Can’t see two feet in front her when brown-nosers and manipulators are stroking her ego or reducing her loneliness
Keeps saying at perception is reality. This means she’ll change her personality for about a week and then the old, true self pops up again.

March 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm
(259) Susan Heathfield says:

In my world, it is never okay for a boss or manager to yell at reporting staff members. Yelling isn’t appropriate at work – if anywhere.

March 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm
(260) Fed Up ... To The Breaking Point says:

A bad boss is someone who goes by instructions of other managers who do not like you and encourages them to write you up on their suggestions alone – They set you up in a training room to take some further training in new areas, and writes you up because you are now playing on a computer instead of working on the floor – They give you specific instructions to relay to others in a department, and attempt to write you up because others insist that you were giving them instructions and they did not like it, so they insist that you were screaming, ordering around people and cursing? Really? They write you up on “lies” Really? They say you are doing a great job, and then blocked a request to move to another store, and say that you are a problematic person? I am in total disbelief as to how well trained some managers are in “mean managerial tactics”, and what they won’t stop at to stumble good workers – They never have anything positive to say about you after completing your work and the work of others who have left their work for you to do – They are a snake in the grass!

March 25, 2014 at 8:43 pm
(261) Observant and Ready to Move On says:

A bad boss is someone who can’t see why they have a revolving door in their department. In their minds, it is always the people who have left that were the problem……

April 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm
(262) Ava says:

From past experiences, I had bosses that did the following:
- Yell at everyone in the office and say we were incompetent.
- Smoke around the entire office.
- Make lots of sexual comments about his employees and clients out loud in the office.
- Say that we were worthless, cheap, stupid, good for nothing, that he was smarter than everyone in the office.
- Make us work weekends without getting paid. As well as ovetime without getting paid.
- Make the women do labor work because they did not want to pay new workers.
- Make fun of us in front of his clients saying that he had the dumbest team in the world working for him.
- Assigning impossible tasks to complete within an hour and then yell at you when it wasn’t finished.
- When the team got together to discuss this, he would say he isn’t going to change so we had to change for him, and if we didn’t like it, we could leave. That he could get someone better anyway

Those are just a few I could think of. That was def one of the most terrible jobs I have worked in. I am happy I am not there anymore and I am somewhere that appreciates my hard work and if there are any issues we talk and solve the problem.

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