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Tale # 60
Dept: Management Score: 214
Jan 21st 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“Nutbag the Incredible”
A donut I worked for a software company's technical training department. We were talented people who knew our jobs and were mostly directed by the departmental secretary/admin, who scheduled classes and told us where we needed to be, on what date, to deliver which class.

Unfortunately, above her, two staffing levels above the trainers, we had Nutbag the Incredible. He was into the Vision Thing in a big way but rarely came down to Earth to consider the practical implications of what he said.

For example, when we moved into a new building he told us we'd be working in cubicles with no dividers between them--the better to foster "collaboration." Even he, he said, would be in such a cube, not in one of the offices along the walls.

We all looked at him with complete horror and told him that our jobs didn't want or need his "forced collaboration". He didn't listen, but our friend, the departmental admin, was careful to get us all regular cubes after all.

After telling us for the better part of the week how much he hated offices and would enjoy working in a cube, he conspicuously set up all his stuff in a cube then began moving things surreptitiously into an office and doing all his work from in there. He never even noticed when someone took the chair out of "his" cube.

He almost never inquired into what any of us were doing, and never told us what he was allegedly doing to manage us. Except at the annual users conference when he'd give a big speech to our team about his latest Vision Thing for our team.

He eventually left the company when word got around that he'd been banging a female consultant in "after-hours strategy sessions" that none of us had understood the need for. LINK
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Tale # 32
Dept: All-Staff Score: 210
Dec 12th 2005 Submitted by Anonymous
“Charity begins in the office...”
A donut Working recently on a large IT project in the UK I started as a lonely temp with 7 others, one of being a friend who I had worked with before and had recommended I work there (curse him).

The induction was hell. The normal corporate "lets all get to know a little more about each other in the most embarrassing way possible." After a few months we all settled in and being a new department ideas where banded around on how to make the job more "fun" and "colleague incentives." A "Dress Down Friday" was chosen, with a "charity donation" of 1 pound per week.

A few weeks later I asked the newly-assigned ‘Charity Donation Treasurer’ (a perky 19 year old girl), "Where is the money going to?" Her response was: “I've decided it should go to breast cancer, as my aunt had it.”

Now don’t get me wrong: this is a very worthy cause and affects a lot of women; my family have been affected by cancer, as have most people I know.

But....

I asked, “Has this been agreed by everyone? There are other charities and maybe we could split donations among a few different ones.” In a tongue-in-cheek tone I added, “It's not really charity if its enforced.”

“No, its my choice,” she said, hands on hips and voice a bit too loud.

At this point a team leader walked past and asked if there was a problem.

To which she said (again loudly) “[Craig] thinks it's wrong to give the charity money to Breast Cancer and he's not willing to donate.”

“Is this true?” I was asked by a second team leader who had now joined in.

"Well, sort of," I stumbled, “I just think if I'm going to donate, I should be able to choose where my donation is going.”

At this point I was taken off to a small room by both the team leaders and told to stop upsetting my team-mates. I was also given a verbal warning.

I have since left, but that’s a different story.... LINK
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Tale # 50
Dept: I.T. Score: 207
Jan 3rd 2006 Submitted by Marxllw
“Crying Teamleader”
A donut A small team of developers were working on a huge project for a multinational automobile manufacturer. The specs for the onlone application where detailed on a napkin. When changes were needed, additional napkins were added.

This project was fairly high pressured, especially for the young female teamleader. She was getting a lot of pressure from the bulling male graphic teamleader, and this actually brought her to tears in front of her stressed team.

I found an opportunity to console her and mentioned that although things were hard for her, it was not good for team morale that she cry in front of the team. I also mentioned that it must be hard being bullied by male peers and difficult working in this environment as a woman.

She tried to get me fired for this, saying that I had said women were not good managers. She failed at this, but thereafter would always find "issues" with the application I was developing. I must have rewritten that application five times before I found another job. LINK
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Tale # 40
Dept: Human Resources Score: 185
Dec 13th 2005 Submitted by Daniel
“Superannuation-schmation”
A donut Under Australian law companies must contribute 9% of their employees' salary into their superannuation plan (or pension). [Kevin] worked for a big corporation known for hiring 15-18 year olds, earning $9,000 over a year and a half.

When he quit he expected to have $800 accumulated superannuation. But he discovered he in fact had $35.

Turns out there is an exemption in the law if an employee is under 18 or earns less than $450 per month.

But Kevin wasn't just underpaid. To be deducted from his superannuation was a $30 administration fee and $75 "overpay." How he could have been overpaid $75 when his total benefit was $35 remains a mystery. LINK
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Tale # 94
Dept: Management Score: 185
Sep 18th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“Pay Cuts For (Almost) Everybody”
A donut The large newspaper where I worked recently imposed a ten percent paycut on all management positions, due to severe economic constraints. This coming after three years of no raises.

Meanwhile, the publisher/owner (who inherited the position), has been spending more time traveling, skiing, and boating with his mistress (who is on the company payroll) than running the business.

Following the pay cuts, he gave himself a $1,000 a week raise on top of his already huge salary. I left without notice. LINK
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