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Tale # 512
Dept: Management Score: 15
Nov 10th 2010 Submitted by Anonymous
“Last Laugh”
A donut I worked at a startup where I was largely left alone to get my work done, and things went along pretty well until the founder decided that I needed a manager and put me under the management of a loud, brash guy who did a lot of posturing and played a lot of power games but didn't seem to do much in the way of managing anybody. My work was unrelated to his area of expertise so fortunately we had very little to do with one another, but periodically he would come by to "check in," which generally consisted of standing outside my cubicle and insulting me and laughing at his own wit.

Our funding situation was touch-and-go, so it didn't surprise me too much when I got a call from him one day when I was working off-site. He said "I'm really sorry to have to tell you this, but our funding fell through and they're shutting us down. You can come in tomorrow and pack up your stuff." I reeled for a minute, asking the usual "How did this happen?" questions, and eventually he started laughing and shouted "April fools!" It was, in fact, the first day of April. Without thinking, I said "You're a dick," which only made him laugh harder.

A couple weeks later there was a round of layoffs, and he was replaced by a really nice guy who knew exactly what he was doing and was a great manager. A couple weeks after that, our funding fell through and they shut the company down.

I'm not entirely sure who had the last laugh... LINK
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Tale # 141
Dept: Management Score: 14
Mar 2nd 2008 Submitted by Anonymous
“Watch behind your back”
A donut A new district director was transfered in. All managers were warned that she would be insulted if anyone more than two pay grades lower than she tried to talk to her. As she stayed in her office and spoke to very few people, this did not present a problem.

Then came the day the headquarters executives would come to town. She determined that the most important thing done by her staff was the recruitment of minorities and handicapped people to entry level positions. She would put on a meeting for all employees at a hall to display the new employees to the hq execs.

Fate can be cruel. The managers warned all the minority and handicapped employees not to speak to the director under any circumstances. They were all quite a bit lower paid than the director and any attempt at conversation would be dealt with harshly.

The day and time of the presentation came and the employees filed into the hall. The hq execs, too, sat for the presentation. The director hurried to the meeting and excused herself from the rest of her staff and went to the ladies' room. Her staff went ahead and checked the stage. All the new employees were dutifully sitting at the curtain, so the director's staff sat down in the front rows.

The director entered from the center stage curtain. She walked to the podium and started her speech. The newly hired looked at each other. At first they seemed shocked, then confused as to what to do. Finally, they did as instructed, "Don't talk to the director."

The director finished her speech to polite applause. She turned around and walked back to the curtain. Her dress had been tucked into her pantyhose, revealing more of the director than anyone want to know. LINK
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Tale # 160
Dept: Management Score: 14
Jan 27th 2009 Submitted by Anonymous
“The Mystery Task”
A donut I think this story is best told in dialogue format. Here's how the conversation between my boss and myself just went:

Me: "Here are the contracts for you to sign."
Boss: "Great. Hey, when are you leaving today?"
Me: (smiling) "Whenever I'm done."
Boss: "When is that?"
Me: "Well, whenever I'm finished with whatever task you're about to give me."
Boss: "Well, when would you be leaving if I didn't give you anything?"
Me: "Uh...probably at 5, so I can finish my homework."
Boss: "Well, then come see me before you go, because I have some stuff for you to do."
Me: "Um, why don't you give it to me now so I can finish it early?"
Boss: "I don't know what it is yet."

All I can figure is that he needs the time between now and then to invent something for me to do, just so I don't get to go home. LINK
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Tale # 128
Dept: Management Score: 13
Nov 27th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Teambuilding Company - Tyrant President”
A donut I contracted with a teambuilding company - something like Outward Bound, but not at all as professional. This company solely focused on working with companies ranging from Fortune 500s to small local businesses. We would create 1/2 day to 3 days programs for these companies so that they could challenge their groups, sales forces, managers, etc. We would use group challenges and high ropes course events to build team communication, time management and stronger leadership. We helped to build better teams.

The President of the company that I contracted with was not a team player. His introductions to the groups would always include his tales of how he got started and how his employees and company rallyed around each other and made a wonderful team.

But the reality was much different. He hired young people and family members. He dictated his will. He failed to communicate clearly and expected you to know what he was thinking. For instance, an employee - his nephew - was instructed via notes on a napkin to build an outdoor ropes course. One of the challenge events was to be an 8 foot wall between two trees. The nephew went out, built the wall by himself using 2 x 8 boards. When he finished, the President (his Uncle) came out to the property looked at the wall and said "Hmmmmm... we need to raise this entire wall 5 more inches." The man was like the character Vizzini from The Princess Bride.

My personal story is when I was hired to Tech (gopher) for the President's own program. The event was to happen on a Friday in the mountains about 6 hours or more away from our office.

Communication failures - The President left no schedule or agenda so I had to pack his program by calling around to get ideas for what he might want. I found out that one event he wanted was a bosun's chair. I had no idea what that was, but found out that I would need to (1) find a large ditch on the property, (2) rig safely two cables across the ditch, and (3) secure a swing (the bosun's chair) to the cables so that the chair would become the way to transport people over the ditch.

Long story short... I was expected to pack for a program that I had no idea what it would entail, know about some items that I had no idea what they even were, know the layout of property that I had never been to, and make sure that the President was kept informed of all that was going on.

Once I got to the property, I scouted the area at night in the dark. Next morning, in sleet no less, I set everything that I could up except the bosun thing. Then with my hands numb, I went to ask the President when he would be leading his group out to the program. The reply was "We are going to stay in and continue working in the conference room. We will not be going outside." LINK
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Tale # 277
Dept: Operations Score: 13
Oct 22nd 2009 Submitted by Anonymous
“Outsourced”
A donut OK, Iíve been outsourced three times while working for a large international company. The first time I was struck by the fact that when I left there were three people replacing my job function.
The second- time several years later- I was outsourced and this time there were over five people in the same function. The third and final time was critical for me as I was too old to consider looking for work. Alas I was consumed by the outsource but allowed to continue to work at the same function with the appropriate reductions in pay and benefits.
But Walla! This time, being the most knowledgeable and senior I was able to divide up the work day with my other cohorts so that each of us only work two hours a day for the same pay! So next time youíre faced with outsourcing, consider infiltrating!
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