- My boss is a franchise part owner - uses company credit cards for ALL her personal expenses, pays herself a lease payment for company vehicles and office, and lies about what she told you. She sits with her feet on the desk and picks her teeth while on the phone. spends most all day on personal calls laughing with friends, and belittles all office employees. If I could find another job at a comparable salary, I'd quit without any notice.
- —Guest badeconomy
When a Boss Undervalues You
- I was made redundant last year from a job that I adored - writing for a living. I ended up working from home and loved every minute of it. The boss was a pain in the arse, but I could cope with him. I now have a new job, which I started mid year, didn't want, and absolutely hate; nothing matches the job I had. I am undervalued here, given a few menial tasks to do, and little responsibility. Since joining the family run company, I have had 4 panic attacks and I dread Monday- Friday. My husband loathes his job and because we are both going through a bad time, we have been stressed out together and this has caused rifts in our relationship. Nothing is worth that! I have given myself until the end of the year to find another job or leave anyway. We are going to downsize our living conditions fairly soon and get out of the rat race using the money from the house to start up a company of our own.
- This guy is sooooo bad it warrants reprisal. Legal action. On any given day, up to 3 workers are on the brink of walking out, but they can't; they are heavily dependent on the salary - it's a peripheral area. He fully understands this and sees it as a license to exercise his torture. His number 1 priority is finding flaws in peoples' efforts. He exists to criticise and undermine, especially those who demonstrate skill or ability. He ridicules all but his 3 ass kissers behind their backs. He owns the business. All of the bother stems from his own personal incompetence, his terror that it is being noticed, and a desperation to take the focus off of him.
- —Guest Jimmo
Learn Living With Bad Boss
- I agree with your opinions. I have experienced the same. But the easy way to deal with a bad boss is by doing his expectations to satisfy him. But, improve your professionalism through education to bring you to his same or better rank at work. This is the best way to shame the devil! I have done it in the police force and now he is three ranks below mine. In fact, he salutes me whenever he meets me or wants to speak to me. Thanks to God.
- —Guest puppy
- Management who blatantly show favoritism for employees in front of others who are at the same level of management. Refers to that employee as stellar and special. These types of comments leave others cold and create negative drama in the work place. You can think it but it should never be voiced.
- It's terrible when your MD micromanages you! I'm in the HR department, but he can sack a driver or any other employee without any hint at a fair hearing at a disciplinary committee, for instance. The MD has so much empowered a corrupt General Manager who has made the whole company suffer!
- —Guest Kenyan_guy
My Boss is Not Doing Anything
- My boss is very technically sound - very technically savvy - but he is not doing anything in the office. My boss sits all day and plays games and watches movies. One time I went to my boss's office and asked about something...he had to remove his earphones so he may hear me. Accidentally, the earphone was unplugged from the computer and all I could hear were guns being fired and people on dialogues - movie it was! It was not really encouraging knowing that you are working your ass off for the whole duration of 8 hours work when your boss, in the highest office, does such things. Worst, people directly under him know what is going on. This will be a welcome addition to attrition rates...
- —Guest Onesimus
- The problem is that companies like management on power trips, and like all people in power, they love to torture employees.
- —Guest Ken
Bad Bosses All Around
- My boss at my last company thought she knew more than I did - in fact she thought she knew more than PhD Engineers; she lied constantly about receiving things that were due; did not support staff members who were literally brow beaten by the Head of the department and laughed like a hyena. One of the worst bosses I have ever had but she did teach me what NOT to do as a manager. All of her direct reports came to me for support - not her. Saving grace is that now - she has no direct reports - someone finally recognized that this idiot has no business guiding careers.
- —Guest Laura McDonald
Worst of All
- My boss is the living definition of a bad boss. She has EXTREME mood swings. one moment she will be sighing 50 times a second and saying all of these depressing things, then suddenly she will jump in joy and run around shouting like a 5 year old. Can you imagine working with someone like that? Oh, also she smokes and I HATE it! She comes into the office smelling like she showered in a bathtub of cigarettes, EWW! please. Also she clips her nails on the office floor while walking, WTF? She leaves her lunch leftovers on the table and never cleans it. Sometimes, it will go on for a week and she won't even touch anything on the table. She also favors another employee over me. She LOVES him and does whatever he asks, also gives him so many days off while I have to go to work even on Saturdays. I got yelled at for asking for a day off, WTF. Also she will blame me for everything, even if it's her favorite employee's mistake. Wow, I get paid miserably for what I do and I am being yelled at. I get unfair treatment.
- —Guest Lizz
- Also, there is such a thing as COLI--which is also referred to as "dead peasant" life insurance. Some companies can and have taken out life insurance on their employees. Even after you quit the company, if you die, they can cash in on the policy. Some suits were filed against Winn-Dixie and Walmart for this practice. (Walmart claims it no longer does this.) I find that to be the ultimate in employee abuse--especially when the working environment has safety issues and the corporate office will not correct them. (Incidentally, my last job--which didn't pay anywhere near industry standard--did offer to let their lawyers write your will for free. Pretty suspicious.)
Bad Boss--Worse Organization
- "They may feel their behavior has been condoned - and even encouraged - within your organization." With my last employer, women, across different job titles, were routinely paid a lower salary than men for the same work. Men were hired and promoted faster. Women were often sexually harassed. After 3 years, it was directly affecting my job. I went to the GM and he defended the harassers. They changed my job so that my life would be endangered and offered me a 25 cent/hour raise--which was bad even by their standards. By that time we had complained to OSHA (with no result) about dangerous working conditions; I went to the EEOC and the state agency that would handle equal pay/rights and absolutely nothing happened. I followed all rules and told HR. HR not only did not do anything but lied to at least one state agency in hearings and submitted documents without my knowledge. Don't work for a political donor corporation and expect anyone to enforce the law. Get out while you can. (Susan says, I am so sorry to hear about these troubles, all of which sound illegal and wrong. I hope your workplace now is better.)
Jobs for Friends and Family
- My boss has consistently employed family and friends of people on staff, including finding work for her own daughter when she is short of funds. We work in a local authority school! I want to make the authority aware of it but am not sure how to go about it.
Family Issue Resignation
- I only wish I could apologize to my old owners for resigning for a family issue. Now I am being bad mouthed by them for resigning to care for my MOM who is sick. I though having heart in family was a good reason to leave. You only have one MOM, they did not understand. I did enjoy the leadership of my previous new owners who took over in Feburary of this year. They chose to ignore my personal matter for resigning and bad mouth me .
- —Guest Griggs
- I resigned from a job of over thirteen years experience and I resigned because of two stupid directors who were trying to micromanage a team of seasoned teachers when they were trying to make a name for themselves. This private school is well known, but owners never saw the beauty of "let teaching be." The owners were great people; the directors hired were stupid and unknowledgable.
- —Guest gforce1