- I remember only ONE boss in my years of working that treated employees fairly and respectfully. Boy, do I miss her! With my curent job, I work under at least 3 (yep, THREE!) bosses. One of our supervisors is utilized as a "company tattletale" and reports to boss #2, who then reports to and is afraid of HER boss. Boss #1 is a troublemaker and thrives on drama...her aim is to get you in trouble, and she will lie and twist the truth until she gets you! Staff members have caught her spying, sneaking around, and going through paperwork when others aren't around. She constantly eavesdrops on conversations and tries to butt into personal business. Beware when she compliments you, because that's a clear signal that she's getting ready to tear you apart...and her sarcasm and vitriol is endless. I come home almost every day feeling smaller than a slug because of her. She in turn has a network of brown-nosers who report their fellow employees and get rewarded for it. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE!!!!!! (Yikes! Get out of there as soon as you have a new job.)
- —Guest FedUp
Worst Boss EVER!!!!!
- My Bosses are horrible people. They have no heart! They micromanage, humiliate, always complain about the way we handle our work loads and never give clear instructions. When they do, and we follow through, they always find something to complain about: "Good job on this but I am writing you up for missing this." Someone is always getting "disciplined." They are absolute control freak bullies and I hate working for them. I am making a career change by Fiscal year if the world doesn't end on May 21st... I guess we will see...
- —Guest Pushed to The Limit
Boss Is So Lame
- My boss never sets goals and never tracks our work. We have no deadlines, no accountability and no structure. People finish their projects (insurance company policy issuance) when they feel like it. He never tracks anything. It's embarrassing. and for those of us who give a damn, there is no reward or praise.
Romantic involvement with coworkers
- I like all the responses given. One specific case, which I have experienced in two of my jobs, and my daughter is currently experiencing in hers, is the boss who is having an affair with one of their subordinates. The affair is not what usually bothers other employees, but instead people are bothered that they and the employee involved with the boss are not treated equally. I think people who enter into such relationships significantly overestimate their ability to remain objective in the workplace after they become involved with one of their employees.
- —Guest Nancy
- I had a boss who loved to yell at me in public and in front of the residences in a skilled nursing home. She talked down to people and grabbed them. She had me so scared that I would feel like I was having a panic attack. Bosses seriously need to learn manners if they supervisor people and correct them in private, not in front of a room full of people. My bad boss also socialized with some of the employees after work, but the ones she didn't party with, she abused.
- —Guest Amy Sutton
- I'm a cook and the supervisors and management really don't care about or like the employees. If you want to make a complaint, management will tell you to your face that you're a liar. They will do anything to reprimand you so that you can't go to a different area. Supervisors told several employees that they're not getting hired because they don't like them. It's just sad that when some have complaints you gotta worry about them retaliating against you. Some people just take their management positions to heart. And it's not fair.
- —Guest marsha
- I bet you alot of these managers or supervisors were good or bad employees that got promoted to the point of incompetence... hence the term.
- —Guest Guest
Caught My Boss Forging My Signatures
- I recently caught my boss signing my name on petty cash invoices without my permission. She is forcing the staff to submit fraudulent paperwork to headquarters. I reported the incident and submitted evidence to her supervisor and he informed me that she written up for the incident but would not be terminated from her position because there was no money missing from the petty cash box. Shortly after I reported her, she began criticizing my work performance and bad mouthing me to my coworkers.
- —Guest In Pain
Ignorant boss / victim
- I have the worst boss ever. He's an uneducated, hillbilly, male chauvinist pig, rude, no social skills and down right gross to be around. He will not listen to anything I say as I am a woman and we do not know a thing. When he does listen he only hears what he wants to and then says I never told him the rest even though I did. He blames everything that goes wrong on me. I feel like I am sitting on a bomb -- it is just waiting to blow up! I hate him so much. I go home and just have to not think about the day! I have been actively looking for a new position for 1 year now as I deserve to be treated much nicer than he treats me. I pray in the morning to get through the day as I need my job to keep my house but lately that is barely getting me through the day. Say a kind word to someone who looks beaten down and believe me he/she will appreciate it and it will help them get through the day.
- —Guest Linda
Pray a Lot
- I have worked for some real terrors. I thought working for a fortune 500 company would expose me to the finest management possible. Hardly. Both male and female supervisors who had warped egos could wreak havoc on one's career. I managed to run through the minefields of psychotic managers with a few wounds and scars. I finally became a manager myself and enjoyed treating my team members as valued employees. I loved the experience but my kind and gentle approach caused me to take early "retirement". The good old boys didn't think I was mean or crazy enough. I feel badly for those I left behind.
- —Guest beenaboss
- Song Title: Sweetest Lemonade (Bad Boss, Block Negativity, Reach Your Peak) Subject: Soul song pokes fun at the bad boss and inspires the under-dog to strive to improve his or her position in life. Song suggests that the table could turn, making the boss the under-dog and the under-dog the top dog. Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYcHW1kuP-k
- —Guest majorshadow
- Sweetest Lemonade A song about dealing with a bad boss, improving your position in life and never settling URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYcHW1kuP-k
- —Guest majorshadow
Worst Boss Ever
- None of the above can match working for a sadistic and lecherous Colonel in the Army. I never figured out this character's claim to fame until I found out he was married to a Senator's daughter, and he had attended West Point. He had a receptionist, who was married to a lower-grade field officer. He was blatantly boincking her, and he constantly sexually harrassed all the junior officers' wives at battalion functions. I think the only limitation his superiors placed on him and his "sand box" was don't kill anyone. Well, just not any of your favorite brown nosers. The bright side was this was excellent management training for those interested in learning things which should not be done when "running" an organization. Come to think of it, maybe this was some pyschological clinical trial the Army was putting us through. That would not surprise me, either.
Mandatory Management Classes
- I along with all of you have had my fair share of disgusting bosses. I thought, or had hoped, that as we all evolved and our awareness increased, that things that were happening to me in the work place could not POSSIBLY be repeated all these years later. I am 45 years old and have been working since I was a teenager. With the exception of one time, I have been nothing but harrassed and bullied for years on end. The only "break" I recall ever catching is when I went in to management. I was a great and very fair boss too. I learned for so long what not to do - how could I not be? However, after moving to Northern AZ/Southern UT area, I realize that I had not seen ANYTHING YET! I took an assistant manager position at a really "fun place to work" (a river rafting company) and my manager completely trumped any bad boss I had EVER HAD!! It was/is the most scarring and emotionally debilitating employment situation I had ever had the misfortune of being involved in. MANDATORY MANAGEMENT CLASSES PEOPLE!
- —Guest Stacy In Northern AZ.
- When I started a goverment job, my new boss found out that I used to work in the private industry at a big corporation. She said that she'd read my file; she had a strange look on her face. I didn't think anything of it until she started to take credit for my work and give me bad reviews. Even though I got to work early and helped her with various projects, she said that she didn't like my personality, and didn't think I was good enough to do the job. She was rude, and abusive. Unfortunately, the government tolerates poor managers because they don't want to spend the money to train them. She seemed angry when I passed a civil service test and moved up a few grades. She told everyone in the office that "if she can't do the job, I'll make sure she's demoted". Fortunately, with no training or support, I taught myself the job. Barely surviving, but what can you do with a boss like this? (Susan says: keep learning, keep growing, maintain your positive spirits, transfer to another area when possible. Consider other employment, quietly, so as not to rock your current work situation. You would have to love your job a lot to stay in such a negative situation.)
- —Guest Barely Surviving