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Tale # 114
Dept: All-Staff Score: 4
Aug 24th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Ultimate Disappointment!”
A donut I got hired at one of those companies that sells electronics for waaay too much money to suckers that are either dumb enough or rich enough to buy it by the ****load.

I worked as a customer service rep...you know the person who answers the phone and says "Thank you for calling Ul****te El*******cs...This is Amanda, how may I help you?" *mind you this has become ingrained in my head and I even say it when I answer my own phone*

This particular company happened to have a very good benefits plan, which kicked in after 60 days of employment... I was nearing that 60 days *approx. a week and a half before* working 40+ hours a week, when they cut my hours down to 15+ a week siting budget cuts from corporate, which I kinda believe because they were firing all sales people who did NOT make the company at least 1 million US dollars a year! *ridiculous*

They then refused to give me time off for my cousins wedding, for which I had put the request in about 2 months in advance...I mean how hard is is to find someone to cover you when you only work 15 hours a week. *lol*

I finally ended up quitting when I was written up for something that the other 2 C.S.R.'s should have taught me during training but utterly and completely did NOT do. It was such a big thing that I know I would have remembered, took written note of and double checked a couple of times...I think I was doomed at this company from the moment I walked in and asked for an application. Too bad because I love electronics and this was a dream job. LINK
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Tale # 108
Dept: Management Score: 8
Jul 14th 2007 Submitted by Jim Armbruster
“A new way to boost morale”
A donut I was working for an internet company some time back that had ridiculous expectations of its staff. We'd work an average of 60 hour weeks, paid for 40 but we were all relatively young and were somehow convinced that was what people did.

The owner was the type that you just knew woke up and while looking in the mirror kept trying to convince himself that he as a good person.

He kept the clients and communication with them so TIGHT that I'd be told, in passing, about critical details only days before MAJOR things were to be acted on. This, set me up for failure time and time again as the only Senior Project Manager.

Eventually, I was fired. The following Monday that owner thought it best to buy himself a Ferrari. I can only imagine the contempt that my fellow co-workers must have had. LINK
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Tale # 107
Dept: Management Score: 11
Apr 20th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Once Upon A Midnight Bonus”
A donut The service company I work for has several interlocking policies which combine to make the office staff miserable.

You can't take vacation unless the office is in total compliance. Total compliance is impossible to achieve, by design. If you reach the end of the year without taking vacation, you lose it. Recently, due to excessive cashing out, a new policy was instituted. You are no longer allowed to cash out your vacation. HQ is said to be very surprised at the increase in office staff turnover.

Corporate takes 10 percent off the top of your location profit and loss statement. Unless you are shown to be making a profit at the end of the year after the cut to HQ, no Christmas bonuses. Due to the nature of our business, we often have unplanned overtime circa the end of the year. One year we were already promised Christmas bonuses when -- you guessed it -- December's P&L came in and the bonuses went away. Merry Christmas.

The senior manager in the office decides who gets the Christmas bonus. They are usually very bitter and disillusioned. My first year: I got $150 bonus in cash. My second year: I got a $30 gift certificate to Honeybaked Ham. Found out the manager had dipped into their own wallet for it. My third year: a cocoa mug. My fourth year: nothing. My fifth year: almost certainly nothing.

HQ takes about thirty-five days to pay expense reports. Expenses are routinely challenged and audited. After twenty years of stellar service with the company, an office manager was accused of defalcation because she attached the wrong receipt to a $25 expense report. Senior managers are therefore very unwilling to throw down their own money on behalf of the company. We lost a million-dollar client bid because none of the three managers present were willing to pay for the client lunch.

Our workplace violence prevention policy appears to be taking the office staff out every few months to a nationwide chain of arcade/restaurants. Anyone seen to have played a shooting game is counseled by HR. Really.

Recently a new change was instituted. HQ would no longer pay for food expenses not associated with travel (such as meetings, training, etc.) but would pay for coffee service. We immediately changed to a brutally expensive coffee service. So we snack on wafers and crackers from home while drinking premium java. Who knew? The driver: a salesperson who is no longer with us, who became very cranky when deprived of her caffeine. She is now much happier and sells coffee systems.
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Tale # 106
Dept: All-Staff Score: 8
Apr 18th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“"Dont be so thin skinned"”
A donut In my office there is a person who worked for the boss for about 10 years. This person has a habit of having screaming fits. If you try to explain a situation to her, and she jumps ahead of you, thinking she knows what you are about to say. She will cut you off, and never allow you to complete a sentence to explain that the issue she thought you were heading for it not the actual issue. Just last week she had a screaming temper tantrum in the hallway that was heard all over the building.

She has referred to her superiors as "idiots who know nothing," bullied her coworkers, and was actually listed as the sole reason one of her employees needed mental health leave.

Now reports are that major CEO's and customers are thinking about canning the main supervisor because he won't address issues that are specifically in this person's control. However, he continues to defend her.

The main supervisor responds to every complaint about her by telling the reporting employee, "You just need to be less thin-skinned."

Last week, I was told to stop coddling customers, after this woman complained that I was too easy on them. The most fascinating part, we'd just come out of a meeting where the boss had specifically stated that we needed to focus all our energy on customer recruitment and retention. LINK
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Tale # 105
Dept: Sales & Marketing Score: 281
Apr 8th 2007 Submitted by Steve
“The New Buzzword”
A donut Some co-workers at a Fortune 200 company I used to work for were standing around talking one day about the stupid corporate buzzwords we used to hear at sales and marketing meetings ("synergy" and "zeitgeist" come to mind), when my next door cube neighbor came up with an idea. She and her husband both worked at the company in different departments. She said they wanted to introduce the word "beneful" as a new buzzword and see if it would stick.

In case you don't know, Beneful is the name of a dog food.

So she and her husband started inserting the word into conversations during these meetings. Darned if it didn't work. She said she heard several other people start using it who weren't in on the joke. LINK
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