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Tale # 124
Dept: Management Score: 9
Oct 18th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“The Playground Dynamic”
A donut I am employed with a credit union whose management sector, with exception of it's president, is comprised of high school graduates, some whose extended education is limited to a few real estate-related classes.

The new president, whose appointment began on 1/01/07, immediately appointed 4 assistant vice presidents despite the fact we are a medium-sized institution. In the months which followed his appointment he terminated several people, almost all of who either made suggestions to improve how we do business or who questioned some of his directives. One of his first casualties was demoting our former, well-season Marketing Director to the position of marketing coordinator and though he attempted to reduce her salary, he failed to do so due to the intercession of some members of the Board of Directors. He later removed the director from her exempt status, forcing her to clock-in and placed her immediately under the supervision of the former Director of Lending, who made no secret over the years of his contempt for her.

The Director of Marketing was terminated in July 2007, and repled by a Marketing Committee. The Committe is comprised of the former Director of Lending, now the Assistant Vice President of Operations, the Branch Manager, the Lead Consumer Loan Officer, the Loan Manager, The VP of Operations, and a member services representative. None of these people have any experience in marketing development. With the exception of the member service representative, all the others have been cited for everything from sexual harassment to mistreatment of employees and failure to complete assigned tasks.

The President who orchestrated these changes, was selected by the Board of Directors because of his "past" experience in the banking industry though it has been more than 16 years since he last worked for a bank. During the 16 year interim, he served as our VP of Operations, and during that period, developed a reputation for laziness, ineptitude, while periodic accusations of favoritism, sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior were brought to the attention of our VP of Human Resources who coincidentally is his friend.

On 1/04/07, he promised employees of the company that there employment would be secure and that it was his intent to work hard and elevate company morale. Since then, he has terminated many employees, including one who asked that he prove his statements that she made disparaging remarks about the company and his leadership abilities.

Recently, it was discovered that 4 years ago he ordered the repossession of a vehicle, whose payments were 3 months delinquent. The owner and our former member, had suffered some personal problems, but in an agreement made between himself and our former collections supervisor, he agreed to specially structured payment plan which would ideally make him current. The vehicle which we financed was a BMW. Our president who was then the AVP of Operations, collects BMW's, owning approximately 7 of these vehicles. He along with the owner of the collection company we contract,
rescinded the agreement which would have allowed the member to become current and soon thereafter, ordered repossession of the vehicle. Ownership was afterwards transferred to our President's name, becoming an addition to his stable of cars.

The saga continues.
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Tale # 122
Dept: Management Score: 8
Sep 24th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Give with one hand...”
A donut I used to work for an engineering firm that had to downsize during the post-2001 economic downturn. There was much hand-wringing and apologizing for it, but in the end about 15% of the staff were given a month's notice. About two weeks into this month, the CEO cheerily sent out an e-mail saying that they were thinking about hiring someone full-time to set up a permanent coffee/sandwich stall in the lobby. One of the outgoing staffers decided to hit 'reply to all' and wrote a very lengthy, expletive-filled diatribe about how insulting it was to be fired to make way for a sandwich stall. LINK
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Tale # 121
Dept: All-Staff Score: 7
Sep 24th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“The Watchtower”
A donut I used to work in an office estate out in the middle of nowhere- we were ferried in by minicab from the train station at nine, taken back at six- you were otherwise trapped. My job was the 'change request manager'. Every week I would have a meeting where all the problems with the program we were working on would be presented and I had to approve or deny funding for the fix. Since the project had gone over budget well before I even began working, I was under instruction to always decline the fix- my job was to tell people no.

The company was crazy about buzzwords. We didn't have problem solvers, we had 'solution architects'. The architecture metaphor was well and truly out of hand, instead of saying they had a fix, they said they had a 'solution blueprint'. Once I was asked to fix something, and I sarcastically said: "Well I'll just load up AutoCAD, lay out the foundation for the solutions building with some answer-concrete, and then maybe write up some budget cladding on top of it?" This suggestion was met with enthusiastic agreement.

There were two people whose sole job was to make life working in the office estate more bearable. Every year they came up with a campaign to make people feel better about their jobs. One year it was giving to the Cancer Research Fund. They installed a projector screen in the lobby and looped an ad for the Cancer Research Fund on it 24/7- we were constantly subjected to images of children looking in the mirror to see their mother fading away behind them while sad music played. Work had quite literally become as 'fun as cancer'. LINK
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Tale # 120
Dept: All-Staff Score: 11
Sep 24th 2007 Submitted by He who must not be named
“Inter-company wars”
A donut I used to work for a company that bid on construction tenders, usually worth between 30 and 300 million pounds. For one such bid, for a new school, we made sure to hire an architect with an extensive background in schools. One part of the bid involved this architect answered some questions from the council in a live interview format. He completely flubbed the interview, and seemed unable to answer very simple questions about school-building that even I knew the answer to. We lost the bid right after the interview, and had a sort of post-failure analysis meeting. I was a bit amazed at how badly our man had performed, but the older hands were completely unfazed:

"He probably got a call from one of the competitors in the night, offering him a few hundred grand to intentionally fail the interview, then a position with them if they got the bid. We'll probably do the same thing at the next round of bidding." LINK
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Tale # 116
Dept: Sales & Marketing Score: 7
Sep 5th 2007 Submitted by Zchidzo
“Cheat me out of pay, will you?”
A donut I worked as a business to consumer telemarketer for a health magazine a few years back. It was my first job as a telemarketer, and I didn't really like the product, which was basically bogus.
This of course affected my sales, and after a few months I started looking for a new job.
I found one with a business to business telemarketing company.
i then went to my boss and explained that I was quitting, and told him that I would stay on for another two weeks if he wanted me to, something I didn't have to do, as there had never been a contract.
He told me that he didn't think that would be necessary, and so I left.
I started work at the new place selling real products, and liked it a lot better, and my sales grew... But I was owed money from my old work. Money I needed to pay rent.
I called them three or four times, and the boss kept explaining that he had just wired the money, that it was in the mail, and a lot of other excuses. Now it wasn't a lot of money but I really needed it.
In the end I had to go there, on an afternoon when I knew the team leader was a rather sweet old lady who wouldn't hurt a fly. How she became a telemarketer team leader I'll never understand.
And explain to this elderly woman, whom I quite liked, that I still knew the codes to get into the building, and I still knew the work schedule, and knew when only one person was at work, and if I didn't get payed very soon, I might come by and pick up my pay in whatever I found lying around their office.
Im a pretty big guy.
Next day the money came.
I can't believe I had to resort to threats, threats I would never carry out BTW, to get paid. LINK
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