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Tale # 534
Dept: All-Staff Score: 12
Apr 9th 2011 Submitted by Anonymous
“Efficiency?”
A donut I've been working for my company for 3 years. We recently underwent a "restructure", which as far as most of us are concerned means an excuse to dump staff.

As part of this restructure, a lot of admin jobs came up, including my own. Now I like to think I'd done pretty darn well at my job, and it requires a little more technical knowledge than a regular admin job, due to it involving asbestos knowledge.

But still, I had to apply for my own job, along with many other admin staff. I was informed that my interview would involve a manager and a HR representative. When I went to the interview, I found that it actually consisted of *six* managers. This threw me straight away, and I was a bit nervous throughout the interview, but felt confident that since I knew so much about the job, I'd be fine.

I was informed less than a week later that I hadn't got my own job, and what was more I had to train the clueless girl that did get it how to do my job! Nice going... LINK
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Tale # 541
Dept: All-Staff Score: 12
Aug 5th 2011 Submitted by Dinae G.
“Brown Shirt Day”
A donut My most embarrasing day at the job was when I crashed into the clear glass doors of my office, while I was holding my mocha. Plus it was my birthday, that day, and I was wearing all white.
Every single person in the office laughed. Even though I was the boss of everybody there.
On my next birthday, just when I got to the office; one of the employees came up to me, holding a mocha, and spilled it on my shirt.
Suddenly all the employees jumped out from their cubicles and yelled, “HAPPY BROWN SHIRT DAY!!!”
Every single person was wearing brown stained shirts.
Now they do this every year, and I gave them all promotions.

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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 # 169
Dept: All-Staff Score: 10
May 17th 2009 Submitted by Killer Bees
“The Idiot Go-Between Supervisor”
A donut I worked in credit card dispute resolutions for a mid sized bank. Customers would complain about an unknown charge on their credit cards and it was my job to investigate and report back to them. This usually took about 30 days. I was at the behest of the credit card providers, not the bank's rules, hence the 30 day turn around time.

Our team was running smoothly until they appointed a new Team Leader and shunted our much beloved usual team leader sideways. This woman was a nightmare. She would hold weekly meetings and tell us all the new procedures that would be implemented, most of which ran contrary to the smooth operation of the team. She was clearly a corporate climber and had a nasty attitude to boot. She would always ask for questions or comments, but she'd trained everyone to be so scared of her reaction that nobody would put up their hands. At the end of the meetings, she would say, "Good work, Team. You're all STARS!!!!"

Upper management wanted to save costs, so they did a review of everyone's job. We were all on contracts so we were cheap fodder anyway. I liked my job until her underling/moron lackey/team leader wannabe was appointed to do an audit of my job. I tried to explain to him over many meetings why some months had a lot of disputes resolved and other months didn't. He JUST.DID.NOT.GET the concept that the disputes were clocked at 30 days from the day I received them, not 30 days from the 1st of each month.

Each meeting with him would find me getting frustrated constantly having to justify my work ethic (which is quite substantial) and him not understanding my plain English explanations.

In the end, it was decided that I wasn't good enough at my job and my contract wasn't renewed. I heard they ended up giving my job to a girl who was completely lazy and spent most of her time on the phone to her boyfriend. Meanwhile, my perfect turn around record was reduced to at least 280 disputes outstanding longer than 90 days! What happened then? The credit card providers ended up following their rules and denying anything older than 30 days and the bank wearing the costs of the dispute as they tried to keep their customers happy.

I went on to greener pastures and lived a happy corporate life. I ended up finding out from old work colleagues that the corporate climbing Team Leader lost her job in the downsize. LINK
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Tale # 217
Dept: All-Staff Score: 10
Jul 8th 2009 Submitted by Anonymous
“My door is better than your door”
A donut I worked for a small stand-alone operation within a large multi-national corporation. Our 1,000 square foot front office building had 10 people working in it with our GM's office in the corner.

The GM was in over his head in every way except when it came to whom he made friends with at Corporate. Eventually his friendships paid off and he got promoted to Vice President. Now a big shot, he needed special treatment. No longer could he walk in the front door with all of the "little people." He had carpenters cut a hole in the side of the building and put in a door so he could have his own private entrance to his office. LINK
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