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Tale # 162
Dept: All-Staff Score: 10
Mar 25th 2009 Submitted by Nosucker
“My accountant needs to do your taxes”
A donut Right out of college I was hired by an arrogant blow-hard of a boss. It was a small company... just him, me a part-time assistant and four freelancers. I had worked there for two years, getting regular paychecks -- everything was pretty normal. Then one day, the guy calls me into his office. It seemed that though he had been withholding taxes and Social Security from my wages, he wasn't actually sending that money in to the IRS. He had talked to his accountant and the scheme they worked out was to make me an independent contractor, retroactively to my start date. To do that, he needed his accountant to do my taxes.

Sure thing. I walked and my first call was to the IRS. LINK
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Tale # 142
Dept: All-Staff Score: 9
Mar 9th 2008 Submitted by Anonymous
“How 'bout a raise?”
A donut I worked for a small company that eventually got bought out by a large corporation. It was a shock to most of us and all were worried about losing the close, family like group we had for years. We were assured by the (newly wealthy) original owners that nothing would change and we'd all continue to live on in happy bliss.

During the first year, very little changed. We did begin to receive more mass emails from the upper management of the new corporation, often with a lot of blah, blah, blah, rah, rah, rah rant that didn't actually say much of anything. Grumbling among our group began, but no one really said much of anything, mainly fearing being laid off by the new management.

In the fall of that year, the new young president of the monster corporation sent out one such email. It touted how successful the company was, with profits exceeding expectations. An old timer with the company who was known for his unconventional antics decided to reply:

"Great news! Thanks for the email. Since we are doing so well, how 'bout a raise?"

Unfortunately, an assistant who screened the president's email caught it and sent it to our local management level. Everyone was extremely upset, and I as this man's supervisor, was directed to have a stern talk with him and write him up. I did follow up with an email and later a phone call that said:

"Excellent job! It's what we are all thinking and we appreciate you taking the initiative". LINK
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Tale # 143
Dept: All-Staff Score: 9
Mar 10th 2008 Submitted by Anonymous
“How would you like to be fired like this?”
A donut At one major multinational communications company that is Canadian based, they called my whole department including the department head in to a conference room, where a phone was set up without any other personnel from the company were present.

The phone rang and the department head answered it. He was told to put the call on speaker phone and in in a one minute statement the voice at the other end told us we were all layed off immediately with one weeks severance per yaer of service and to clean out our dseks and leave. That was it! NICE COMPANY! LINK
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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 # 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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