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Tale # 552
Dept: I.T. Score: 70
Oct 24th 2013 Submitted by Anonymous
“This Will Teach Them All a Lesson”
A donut I worked for four years in one of the largest companies in the US witnessed or experienced my own version of just about every horror story written here but there was one that always stuck out as particularly cruel and horrible.

I worked on a production support team that was partner to a 5-man team that did bug fixes and programmed patches. The bug team consisted of several high-paid, long-time company people with masters degrees in vague things like "computer science". Most of them were actually pretty talented guys, but they had become extremely complacent and lazy.

Enter "contractor guy" from another country who was here on work visa. He was a genius, worked extremely hard, was very nice, pretty much never made a mistake and never said no to anything he was asked to do, even if it wasn't his job.

In about a year, this guy was doing all the work of the 4 of the 5 full time employees. They would come in late, leave early, defer any questions to him. They had an on-call rotation but if you paged one of the other dudes during their week, somehow contractor guy still ended up being the one staying up until 2am fixing the problem with you.

After about a year, management decided not to renew contractor guy's contract, to, and I quote "light a fire under the *** of his team, so they don't think they can just rely on one person". That'll show them, hold on to your 5 useless employees and fire the guy doing all the work. He ended up having to go back to his country and he even spent 3 months documenting everything he did. The other 5 dudes could not even be bothered to read what he'd wrote and learn what he did.

Not long after, I left this company and started my own business; I just could not be a part of something like that. LINK
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Tale # 133
Dept: I.T. Score: 32
Dec 30th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Computer work”
A donut My particular job was to move computers from cube to cube, among several large buildings for a financial company.

One day, in about my 3rd month on the job, I arrived with my cart to the cube on my work order for equipment removal. The cube in question had a lady sitting at her desk, typing away. I asked if she knew about the computer I was too pick up and showed her the work order. After reading the work order the look on her face was one of horror, sadness and anger. She broke out sobbing, gently folder her arms and resting her head on the desk. I immediately went to her manager 2 floors above to ask if he had given me the correct information, I felt there must have been a mistake.

His answer was that he had forgotten to tell this lady she was displaced. He picked up the phone and asked security to come walk her out IMMEDIATELY. Shrugging his shoulder he sort of laughed then reminded me he needed her equipment out ASAP so his unit would no longer be charged the monthly networking fee. After a silent, awkward pause, he asked me to close the door on my way to get her equipment. LINK
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Tale # 157
Dept: I.T. Score: 25
Oct 12th 2008 Submitted by Anonymous
“Suckered”
A donut I was independently developing an application for several months leading up to 9/11. It was the only application scheduled for completion during that several month time period. I was working 7 days a week, at least 12 hours a day. Then 9/11 came around, and they kept us at work saying, "what's the big deal?" I continued working.

During the week after 9/11 the company employees were in a panic. The CFO assured us our jobs are safe and there is no truth to the rumors.

By the time I finished testing my app and began to write docs for it, the CTO sternly asked me EVERY 30 MINUTES if I was done yet. "Are you done yet? Are you done yet?" I was proud of my work and told him I'll let him know the minute the docs are complete. He persisted asking me every 30 minutes.

Finally I told him it's complete. He immediately got up from his desk which was across from mine and walked out of the room. Ten minutes later I was called into the CFO's office and became the first employee of the company to be "laid off", and was given no severance. That was the beginning of the end, and the company soon folded during the post 9/11 IT slump. LINK
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Tale # 132
Dept: I.T. Score: 20
Dec 30th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“I smell pipe smoke”
A donut I used to work at a company that was growing rather fast. Because of this, when a new person started, the HR droid took a Polaroid snapshot and hung it on on poster with a diagram of the seating arrangement on the wall with your name underneath it.

This way if someone needed to talk to "joe smith" they could go to the poster and find your name and see what you looked like and where you sat.

Turn over was pretty high.

The guy that did the firing smoked a pipe. He would walk up to the poster with a piece of paper in his hand. You could seem him scanning the poster looking for a match on the name.

When he found the match, he would take down the photo and walk up and down the aisles till he found the person he was looking for.

He would then take him into a conference room and terminate him/her.

It became a sick joke: When you smell pipe smoke, keep your head down.
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Tale # 129
Dept: I.T. Score: 16
Dec 26th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Errant Boss”
A donut Earlier this year, a good friend recommended me to his boss to be hired as a freelance PHP developer.

I jumped at the chance. The pay was obscenely good, I could telecomute, and they even shipped me a company laptop.

I worked my butt off for three months, doing some of the best coding I had ever done. The boss was a great guy, it was cool working with my friend, and my bank account (and fiance!) was happy.

Suddenly, my friend called me to tell me to hold off on working, as something was going down. I halted work, and waited.

A week passed. My friend talked to me daily, telling me he could not get a hold of the boss for some reason. We were both a little worried, as paychecks were due and there was nothing from the boss.

Finally, after two weeks, the boss contacted us. We told him that we expected to get paid, and he said the company was in some financial trouble, asked us to be patient, and gave us the laptops as a down payment for the paychecks. We told him that was all well and good, but we would not continue work until we got paid.

A week later, my friend calls me to tell me the boss was now impatient at a mental hospital. He had been embezzling from the company, and most of what he had told us was completely bogus. We weren't even on the actual company payroll. He had tried to kill himself when everything hit the wall. So, he was resting comfortably in the loony bin while my friend and I were out almost a month's pay with no hope of ever getting it back. LINK
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