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Never commenting boss
- I worked as a data clerk under a boss who probably thought that with exorbitant expectations rather than words or compliments he would motivate us to work. During a particular system failure which lasted for up to a week,we had a backload of about 1500 files. The fact that we handled about 200 files a day and the fact that he would be going for the quarterly presentation at the country office only 5 days later left him in a deep dilemma. We became concerned that he might not be presenting an up-to-date data base - a thing which was vital for his appraisal and promotion. He had clearly conceded defeat, but we didn't, we wanted to surprise him even though we knew he cared naught about anybody‘s welfare but his ‘carrier‘. We simply wanted to be thoughtful, for we were truly touched. We worked into the files every ounce of our energy. The next day, we were able to announce that in addition to the daily average of 200 files, we managed to clear 300 files out of the whole constituting the monstrous backload.
- —Guest Abdullahi
Married male owner and female coworker
- I am a top sales producer for 7 years, and I am amazed at how the owner's attitude towards me is changing. He supports another female (2 yrs) w/company. She is quite flirtatious with the boss, tells him how great he his, handsome, brings him snacks and goodies. She brags about herself, how terrific she is etc. and family all the time etc. She upsets the staff when the boss is out of the office. He doesn't believe the staff nor does he discuss the situation with the staff and her together. Recently, 10/7/13, during a sales meeting, he disrespects, berates and threatens me with a, "You and I will continue the conversation later!" during the sales meeting. . . . On 10/11/13, after all the staff leaves for the weekend, as I walk past his desk, he says to me, "So what, you mad?" I reply, "No". Good thing I informed his older sister of his behavior (first time i actually spoke to her in 7 years) and intend to ask her to attend a meeting with her brother and myself.
- —Guest guest serena
My boss sucks
- My Boss threatens to "knock people out when he can't get his own way". He is a serial adulterer and cheats on his family often. He fills his car with red agricultural diesel fuel then begs petrol receipts of his staff so he can claim his milage back. Unfortunately for him, he knows I know all of this so I have him backed into a corner with no escape but to leave me alone to do my job without his constant bullying. I only ever got any peace once I put my cards on the table and told him all I know and made sure he knew that if he messed with me again without just cause I would f#$k his life up. I didn't like having to say that, but iI'm afraid if I hadn't said that, I would still be living in fear of him ... now he lives in fear of me and im pretty much left alone .... RESULTS!!
- —Guest pip
Endless self promotion trash talker
- My horrible boss was a horrible person. He expended too much time and energy promoting himself as the know-it-all get anything done person. He was always making disparaging remarks about people behind their backs, calling people stupid and bragging about how brilliant he was. Even the smallest of mistakes made on any project (all of which he micromanaged) resulted in his personal kangaroo court where he would assign blame and punish. All done in the privacy of his torture chamber office where the door was always closed to create an environment of control and intimidation. His form of punishment was always the same - a humiliating verbal reprimand followed by threats of demotion and pay cut. He was chummy with the division manager so he was untouchable. He squandered corporate money on foolish projects. He never delivered to corporate the results he promised so when the hammer came down on him he in turn brought the hammer down on us.
How I quit
- Where to begin??? My boss was 6 years junior to me and has immense power at the office. When he hired me, I didn't have work experience in the particular field but he comforted me, "Hey, even I didn't know a thing about this field and look at me, it's not difficult, I can teach you everything," and it was my dream job with the highest pay I ever got. I didn't think and took the job. Well, two weeks into the job and I found out to my horror that he was a sick micromanager. I started keeping track of each and every reviewed doc and found that he was actually correcting his own previous corrections. Even worse, he ended up writing the exact same words I came up with in the first place, it drove me freaking nuts. I ended up working real late finishing all his jobs making him looking real good. But, within passage of time, he started tightening his grip over me and made me repeat the read and explain the meaning of one sentence over and over again until I agreed that what he said was right and I was completely wrong and a moron.
Most unprofessional boss
- I have worked at a doctor's office for over a year. He is a chiropractor and the owner. He is cheap and never wants to buy new toner or supplies. He said we can handle pee samples without gloves. He had an affair with the old nurse practicioner and when the office manager told his wife, they fired her. The new office manager is stuck up his butt and she is nuts. I don't get paid for hours I worked. They get shaved off my time sheet and I am sick of it. The DEA needs to get in there and see this joke of a pain clinic. They let the patients walk out with their "Perc 10's" even when their urine is positive for marijuana and cocaine. I plan to give my notice tomorrow since I have never been confronted that my job performance is poor, but at 7:45 they TEXT me and tell me I don't have to come in today. I was on my way out the door. Screw that. Who is so unprofessional that they can't even tell you the night before. They tell you in the morning when youre all ready for work via text..
- —Guest stupid job
Prisoner of Corporate USA
- I'm more than twice the age of my young female supervisor, she's 24 years old. I've worked at this company for over 9 years, never had any attendance problems. A month ago, she wrote me up for being late from lunch for 5 minutes. What did I do? I just laughed quietly inside, signed her write up happily, which really pissed her off more. I'm actively looking for another job, life's too short to deal with immature people. Carpe Diem.
- —Guest PrisonerOfCorporateUSA
Boss talks bad about everyone
- Boss talks bad about everyone. Talks bad about colleagues, talks bad about the boss, talks bad about the other departments, no one is free from the negative comments. It is a very negative environment and it's sad because the company could be a good place to work. The worst part is there's no one to go to because I don't want to get sacked like somebody said here in their comments.
- —Guest disappointment
- People of bad nature never be good - Husband, good father or Nice Boss. Most of the people love to enjoy power, like to perform like a 'Lord'. Good people can make things good. Some says bad team needs bad boss, I don't agree.
- —Guest Zahid Ali Khan
Teflon Don Evil to the Core
- My boss was condescending, discriminatory, and a sexual predator who preyed on young girls within his work place. I say "was" because when he discriminated against me I filed a complaint against him. Next thing I know I am sacked for who knows what, never given a reason. So now filing a law suit against my employer and enjoying my summer. I so hope his wife finds out about his philandering at work with the young girls and divorces him and takes him to the cleaners. This man is evil to the core and really thinks nothing can touch him but eventually something will stick. He has been written up for sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact but he is still working. He must have something really juicy on the Director is all I can say.
- —Guest Evil Boss is the Teflon Don
Bad HR Boss
- My last boss, an HR VP, is truly a bad boss. She is calculating, plays favorites and acts toward the staff with contempt. She is self-centered and vain and she doesn't believe that her behavior is unprofessional or unethical. Her inappropriate actions go far beyond the HR department. She uses her HR position to target employees in other departments as well, and has had employees written up, suspended or fired with very little authenticated evidence. (The organization is still dealing with lawsuits because of her actions.) However, she does not do the dirty work herself, but she directs her HR staff to administer the corrective action. When I could no longer manage her or act in the best interests of the organization and the employees due to her directives, I chose to leave. However, she is still at the company. As an HR professional, I will never work for or tolerate a bad boss in any aspect of my professional life again.
- —Guest HR Pro
- I work with several managers who micromanage on a daily basis. From the way in which you pour drinks, cook food and assemble burgers. I feel so over managed! Talking to someone else is a cause to be managed again... 'no talking' like the store is even busy at that moment. Panic stations at the ready when there's like 10 customers in the store... it isn't even a queue. Impatient behavior with food and just disrespectful attitude towards the employee work schedule. We don't have lives you see... we all want to spend our personal time waiting for the manager to put up the schedule despite Thursday supposing to be the day of it's completion and Sunday afternoon is the time it's out. Did I mention I hate my managers?? All except 2 managers I like who are fair and to be honest 1 is more fair than the other cause 1 just micromanages too.
- —Guest AnonUK
Too much personality for him
- My boss will walk into my office (his is around the corner down the hall, last office before exit) and will not even say hello. He leaves the building without telling me and I have to ask someone where he is and where he went. Sometimes I won't see him until the end of the day. Then, just as I'm about to leave, he will suddenly appear or call me and tell me all of the important things that have to get done. Sometimes he will actually ask me to do something so immediate that I don't get out of work for at least an additional hour or more...he could care less. He only pays attention when it suits him, such as if the pretty new girl needs him (I heard she balled her eyes out in a private meeting with him re: an upcoming job...she got the job and is late (45 minutes to one hour) every single day.) She has used up all of her accruals and then I hear she was given an eval rating of outstanding! Does absolutely no good to complain. I work in public service; no one cares about anyone but themselves.
- —Guest Guest Gracey
MicroManaging to Death
- My boss micromanages to death and has created an atmosphere of distrust. I'm not sure why my boss is doing this but it seems that my boss has singled me out as someone to relentlessly micromanage. My boss hovers and documents every single thing I do, watches the clock relentlessly, times my lunches and breaks and has everyone in the office keeping track of what I do as well. I can in no way trust anyone anymore and I feel like I am walking on eggshells at work on a daily basis. One mistake and I am in the doghouse with my boss. I feel so frustrated that I am being put under a microscope and expected to perform to a completely different standard than everyone else in our office. My boss's communication skills leave much to be desired as well. This person does not communicate when there is a problem but takes it to higher ups and the employee ends up being blindsided instead of being given direction to correct the problem, which would be a better solution all around.
- If your boss is less educated, less competetent less knowledgeable than you; and if you are a straight forward and honest person...then trust this is an ideal situation for a bad boss. The boss feels very insecure all the more, because, you are straight forward and putting things straight on to his / her face. The boss being less educated, and less competent, is very well assured that will never find a job outside the organisation he/she is working. Therefore, at all costs, her only objective would be to ruin your career. The following will be the objective of your boss 1. Check who are the people with whom you don't get along. Then, ask those people to review your work 2. Tell lies in appraisal meetings about you. 3. Throw carrots at the reviewers, so that they support all the white lies. Solution for such type of problem: Leave such kind of organisation. Trust in Goodness and laws of karma. The BOSS will reap what he/she SOWS.
- —Guest Hema