- A boss that is "controlling," one who does not allow you to use your own ideas when given a project. When you are given an assignment or project to do, and you do it, then they tell you how they want it done or how it should have been done. One that is threatened by the level of respect you have in the workplace and your knowledge.
- My boss is very plastic, corrupt and employs all of his friends and relatives in the company. Now he wants me to train all the staff to change but theses bosses are doing all the criticism and they are not coordinating or helping the trainer.
- —Guest Eric Marudo
- Some people regard being promoted to management as an opportunity to indulge their own self-image needs by acting in a condescending and belittling manner toward their subordinates. Such people often attain their positions by means of sucking up and politicking, rather than qualifications and ability. They should not be put in management positions, and they should be removed from them if they are.
- —Guest Harris Silverman
What Makes a Bad Boss - Bad?
- Looking at a bigger picture... bad bosses are people who are in a dangerous spot. All the negative attributes of this person are just to make sure he gets to do what he wants to. More often I have seen that certain managers tend to prefer it this way and harbor "known Devils."
- I once worked in an organisation which had a very high turn over and never knew the reasons until I ran into some difficulties myself. At every turn, my boss blocked any opportunity for me to prosper. My boss also used to talk about me in a negative way and bad mouthed me to other members of the staff. People who did not know me would talk negatively of me and be rather vindictive. I had no one to support me, and in the end, I left. I bumped into an ex-colleague the other day and apparently my ex-boss has a history of getting others into trouble. Glad I went and I have not looked back.
- —Guest Greg
Bad Unfair Boss
- My boss is very unfair to me, I have been there 17 yrs. (part time); person #2 (3yrs.) (full time) when she works; person #3 (less than 1 yr. full time). I have been there the longest, a good worker, yet for the summer months, he cuts my hours and not the other 2 employees. I have asked him about it and just get the run around! I know for sure he pays one under the table, and probably the other also! I haven't had a raise in 3 years. I still make more than the other 2, but that's because I've been there the longest, so I have had more raises. So, just because I make more, he wants to cut my hours. I feel this is so unfair...and I am having a hard time dealing with it. Need anyone's help on this. I was only working 2 hours a day, 5 days a week, and now he has cut it to 1 day a week. When I asked him why he couldn't cut person#2's hours, he says, she won't work any less, and I said to him, who is boss here? No response. What do I do? He is a lousy boss with no balls....... (Comment from Susan: I suspect he is concerned about losing the full time employees since your schedule is very part time even in busy times. I'm sorry this affects your hours. Can't respond to the rest.)
Bad to the Bone Boss
- I have a boss who's bad to the bone. He has 6 parrots and sits on a throne. Every time I address him he refers to me as "drone."
- —Guest The Sizzler
I Agree With Northbrooke
- I agree with the person named Northbrooke. The criteria to pick most management is flawed, because a lot of bad managers are very good at hiring people that make them look good. When you are hiring a manager, try to look and see how many of his or her people have been promoted into better positions. Talk to peers in the same industry. If these managers are well respected by their peers, then they are respected by their employees. Look at the total picture and not just the numbers. Good managers produce good employees. Bad managers produce resentful and angry employees. A bit of advice for those people who have bosses that belittle them. The first time that you allow someone to talk down or belittle you without defending yourself, this sets the tone for your working relationship. They will continue to treat you this way until you stand up for yourself. Know what you bring to the table and know your rights and responsibilities.
- —Guest michelle
Why We Have Bad Bosses
- A bad boss generally is someone who, for whatever reason, does not know how or is unwilling to do their job. They always have a problem with how their employees do their jobs but can never give good advice on how said employee can improve or fix whatever they feel is wrong. These people have problems with anyone who knows more than they do. They are unwilling to teach their employees how to do their job properly for fear that the employees will do a better job than they will. Managers who manage in this fashion rarely succeed and often wonder why they stay stuck in the same rut year in and year out. This happens because the powers that be in upper management see that this manager cannot be taken from their current position because their unit or area will suffer. This manager complains to everyone about how they are being passed over for promotions, not realizing that their own insecure actions are the reason why they're being passed over. These managers always look good on paper.
- —Guest michelle
- Most times bad bosses are the last children of their parent.They did not have people at home to bully so they think they could use the employee as targets for their bad attitude. My CEO is a prototype of that, a bad leader but fair manager.
- —Guest Abigirl
- There are so many bad bosses out there, it's scary. So many managers surround themselves with brown nose flunkies because they fear people who are more intelligent than them; it's some primitive way of protecting their control. My last boss drove sales down by over 50% and still doesn't realize he is the problem. What's even more frightening is that the owner doesn't get it either. Stay alert about the management you choose to run your business, because I have watched many people live in denial all the way to brokeville.
- —Guest JOE
Boss Horror Stories
- I had a female boss one time who popped me in the chest with her finger and left a bruise. I had another one who was verbally abusive to me and told me one week after my mother died that I had one week to get my "@#$%" together or I would be fired.
- —Guest Guest RJ
Treating One Different Than Another
- I'm trying to keep a job, in spite of going to a chiropractor for therapy just to be able to work. When I was told I needed to make doctor appointments before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m., it meant to me that I was not to go for treatment when needed. I had other doctor appointments and none were open after 5 p.m. And then, the fact of having to travel through the rush hour traffic would cause me not to get to any scheduled appointment on time. I felt I was being abused by my boss who knew my situation up front.
- —Guest Ruth
Amazing How Many Bad Bosses There Are
- My last boss was awful. Never gave clear direction; when she did - would deny what she told you; took credit for others' work, never supported her staff; bad mouthed other members of the team behind their back, when she didn't like you - ignored you. And the worst - set people up to fail - deliberately. Drove 2 staff members to seek therapy. Awful, awful - my fondest hope is that she experiences someone just like herself as a future boss.
- —Guest sufferer106
The Worst Gossip
- My boss enjoyed being indiscreet and would often talk about another team member in an inappropriate manner. He would also say things like 'as individuals, you're all quite nice, but as a group I can't stand you!' and 'I find 1:1 discussions painful.' I think he got the message when I said he'd told me this several times and now I asked him what his comment has to do with the work topic or if this is a good time to close the meeting.
- —Guest Susan