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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 # 142
Dept: All-Staff Score: 8
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 # 126
Dept: All-Staff Score: 7
Nov 14th 2007 Submitted by Web Girl
“Just your average evil small business...”
A donut I was desperate for a job and started working at a place that SEEMED ok at first, but I soon discovered that almost every 3 months exactly they would either fire someone or force someone to quit...often for no reason at all excepted they didn't think the person was a "team player."

The first person to leave was a guy who was there only a couple weeks. He quit claiming issues related to his wife but I think he hated the job.

The next person to go was a temp who ran off to Greece as a college exchange student. Lucky her. She didn't really like the place either.

The next person to go was a guy who was there to replace the other guy who quit...he was fired for not being a "team player" because he stopped working hard after he realized he was being force to do the work of 3 people for 1/2 the pay of one person.

The next person to go was a girl who was hired around the same time as the guy who was supposed to replace the other guy. She quit, claiming she needed to move to stay closer to her boyfriend, but I knew she hated working at our company and thought the company was evil and unfair.

The next person to go was a crazy creepy, bossy person who nobody liked anyway...Again they didn't like her attitude so she was fired.

The next person to go was a guy they hired to replace the girl who quit and the guy who was fired. They claimed he just "didn't get it" and fired him for not being fast or smart enough to work 2 jobs for very poor pay.

The next person to go was again the person who was hired to replace the guy who was hired to replace the first guy. He quit saying the company was unethical, didn't treat their employees right, lied to their customers and were stingy and rude (all of these things turned out to be true).

The next person to go was actually the first person they hired. They forced her to quit, threatening to fire her if she didn't leave. They also claimed she wasn't a "team player" and wasn't there for the right reasons. They said they'd give her a good reference if she quit and when she did leave I overheard them in their office give her a bad reference when someone had just called in to ask them for a job verification for her.

The next person to go was the person they hired to replace the person they hired first as well as the person that they fired who was replacing the other guys who were fired. She quit in anger because they didn't pay her the benefits and pay they had promised and were making her work three jobs at once and would yell at her and treat her poorly.

Finally I quit just before they had announced they were going to lay me off and take the company in a "new direction"

This all happened in the period of 12 months. They started with 3 employees, expanded at one point to 7, and then ended up with zero and had to go out of business after firing 3 people, having 3 walk out on them and 4 quit out of anger or threats of being fired by the company. All this happened because the company didn't want to treat their employees and customers right.

Man was it a trip just sitting back in my office watching all of the fights and firings unfold. And man I feared for my job everyday I was there. Out of respect for my fellow employees I held a F*ck (insert company name here) party where I brought everyone together to celebrate not having to work for the evil company anymore. People who had never worked at the company at the same time got to meet for the first time and everyone had a blast! LINK
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Tale # 154
Dept: All-Staff Score: 7
Jul 2nd 2008 Submitted by Kay
“Paying for the privilege of being a slave”
A donut I had a blip in my career when, for some bizarre reason, I decided to become a chef. (Never again - despite my love of cooking it's a job for sadists or masochists.)

I enrolled on a full-time college course for a year to get the basic training. Everything was going well, and all that was required to complete the course was a three week work-placement at an establishment with recognised high standards.

I was "lucky" enough to be accepted by [an international oil company - can't name names here but if you think of crustaceans and sea you might guess]. Their HQ is on The Strand in central London. All very prestigious and I was looking forward to the experience and to learning some new things.

I knew they wouldn't pay me for my placement, but I did think that they might refund my fares. (Travel in London is very expensive and travelling at peak rates costs substantially more than after the rush hour.) Nope, they didn't want to do that. Maybe I wouldn't turn up. I suggested that if I didn't turn up, then they needn't refund the fares. But no, I had to turn up at 7am every morning at my own expense, which was a big drain on our then very limited budget.

Still, I thought it would be worth it as I would learn a lot from the experience.

Yes, I did learn a lot.

I learned how to behave like a whipped dog with all the bullying that went on. To be fair, the more senior chefs were nice guys and were above that sort of behaviour. But the lower ranking ones, those with even one little rank above a trainee, mostly behaved like megalomaniacs. (There were exceptions, of course - two of them were really nice guys.)

I also learned how to cook 1,600 sausages in an hour every day.

And finally, I learned that no matter how well I did on my work placement they would never employ me because they always hired staff via an agency. LINK
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Tale # 114
Dept: All-Staff Score: 5
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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