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Sociopath Boss Written by How Early Can I Retire? on 12/17/2013
My former boss, P, likes to manage by criticism. She will do all she can to make her staff feel stupid on a daily basis by nit picking. When it looks as though a staffer is about to be successful on a project, P finds fault with some small thing or diverts the staffer by throwing obstacles in front of them, usually in the form of busy work or some project that takes precedence.

P is threatened by and therefore hates another manager, who is male. She badmouths him, his department and even his wife to others. When the other manager was up for an award, P created a diversion so that he would not get as much attention as he might have otherwise. His wife was smart enough to figure it out. He's too decent a guy to pull a stunt like this.

When an important job became open, the other manager encouraged a candidate from his own apartment to apply. P, who was chairing the search committee, didn't like the guy, so she did everything she could to keep him from getting hired. As a result, a very weak candidate that P can manipulate got the job and is now making a mess of things. She not only dresses like a hooker but is rude to customers and just downright stupid. Needless to say, she is neither liked nor respected, but is beholden to P and does what P tells her to do.

P, meanwhile, is looking to advance her career but has had no luck so far. This is making her still more manipulative. Working for her was such hell, I quit.

But employees and the general public complain to me about the situation. I'm concerned that all the good work I did is becoming unraveled by P and her poor management. They say her superiors know she's a whack job but are waiting to get more on her so she can be fired. She has already sued one company, and they think she might sue again.

I'm glad I'm out of there, but I still have nightmares. It just feels good to vent.

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I put myself into this situation Written by Chicken on 11/23/2013I am a professional who has two years of experience in my industry, sadly over a year of it has been with my current employer. Here is my story.

Before coming on I had been warned that the company does not have the best reputation and knew multiple people, that I respected, that had quit. Alas, I only had one offer.

I applied because a friend said they needed an immediate hire. I applied and was immediately contacted and told how awesome my resume looked (later complained about my lack of experience later in the hiring process). I went in and during training I was up front with my future project manager that I had left my last job under less than desirable circumstances, then the fun began. The principle of the company called me up and indicated I misled them and they had found out that the last company I was looking for was looking for people(I was thrown under the buss). This appeared to be the first of many lies, the suggestion that they found out on their own and I had not been candid with my future project manager. He then threatened me as if I was a small child to think long and hard about my future with the company, the first of many threats. He called up my old supervisor who more or less said I was awesome but had a bad wrap that wasn't my fault so they hired me. After receiving this information he said I was in the clear...but threatened me again to make sure I got the message.

After a few weeks on the job I was nervous that no paper work had been sent for my employment. Eventually the principle called me up and I ended up having absolutely no leverage. I could not balk at the non compete they wanted me to sign or really insist on competitive pay as I had already put my job hunt to rest. It also became clear they had no intent of reimbursing me on my travel expenses as previously agreed, but never in writing. I thought I was being a team player by trying to help out on such short notice but alas I got burned. So, from the get go, the employee/employer relationship was poisoned. (It is my understanding that I am not alone in this).

I then worked for them for three months and informed them a month ahead of time I was going to take December off as I did not expect them to have work for me and wanted to spend time with my family. I was called three days before the beginning of December and asked if I could stay. I said I could not for the first two weeks but might be able to come back for the latter half of the month. The principle insisted he needed me and that he would make sure that I would have enough to work coming in to make it worth my while. On the third week of December I flew to the project and found out I was only needed on weekends. They could have worked me more but alas, meh. I ended up going home since it really was costing me more money to stay out there to work two days a week then being at home, so flying across the country to help out, at the expense of being away from my family, ended up being an absolute waste.

Next year they needed me to finish up the last project. I tried to negotiate higher pay and fail as they tell me I am replaceable. My supervisor is greeted with the same response as they want to cut her compensation for the next project they want her on. They end up not being able to come to an agreement and let her go...until the client she has been handling everything for finds out. The client still needs her services for the next three months and the principle receives multiple calls saying that under no circumstances are they to let her go without cause. I try to get them to put down on paper what the compensation agreement for the next project is as I am hearing different things from different people and, of course, this doesn't happen and make a big deal out of me not being a team player (I understand they do this for a lot of things, including complaints about shorted hours, the non compete after the fact, etc).

I go to the new project and work 70 to 90 hours a week for the first couple of months because they are short staffed. They finally bring on several other people who all make between 17% to 50% more than myself, and my old supervisor continues to make less than myself so I know they have no intention of raising my rate. I am told this new project will last two years, same as all of the new hires, but I tell the principle we both know that isn't happening and he admits that they will only need me for a few months. A few months later they have a shortage of work to the surprise of all their new hires. In the name of fairness we get an equal amount of work days despite the fact I have been with them longer and I cost substantially less. (Someone might of been told not to try to wrap their head around the pay difference). The new employees aren't great either. My current supervisor refers to one of the employees, who is making 17% more than me, as a shit employee who is only kept on because of his cheap rate (makes me feel just awesome). The ones making 50% more are arguably worse. One's performance (some of this is word of mouth) includes: smoking weed on the job, drinking on the job, billing more hours than worked, insubordination, going shirtless while on the job, and not following the federal and client regulations that we are payed to enforce. A senior project manager has even referred to him as the worst employee they have ever had. Now to be fair, it is my understanding the reason some of these people were brought on was because the client was already familiar with them and insisted on it so them acting unprofessional is less likely to alienate the client than actually getting rid of them, which is just awesome. My old supervisor has left at this point for greener pastures in a different industry at this point.

I leave for a few months as I am no longer getting enough work to make the money worth while. I come back and I am promised full time work through the end of the year (does not happen). I pretend I believe this because it makes my principle happy. Now every time I have left something screwy happens with my reimbursement check (Yay!) so, once again, I get that straightened out. I know they regularly short myself hours and have decided not to make it worth my while to call them on it. They also do this with their other employees and when called on it the principle sometimes accuses them of billing more hours than they worked and dishonesty. I am at the point that I just record how many hours I work and what they pay me so if I ever need legal leverage I will have it. And no, they do not follow the state's overtime laws.

I am told things are slow again and they need to send me to a different project which I agree too. Then, I get a call from a representative from a federal agency asking if I know what I am getting myself into. Apparently, at least as far as this person is concerned, the project in question has already broken a long list of federal laws/regulations and tells me that it is not in my best interest to be out there. I bring this up to the principle who tells me there is absolutely nothing weird about this project and tells me to trust him and I need to go out there to continue to build a relationship with company (I've been here a year, they know who I am)...I fake it. Despite him telling me absolutely nothing about the project except that it is completely normal and everything is on the up and up, everything I know about the project is from word of mouth, including senior project managers, who basically have nothing good to say about it. Despite the fact that my skill set is a dime a dozen according to the client we will be working for they are paying premium for our services as every person they have brought on, approximately 8 people, so far has been either been fired or quit.

So I go out there with what might be the least qualified team, or motivated team, that one could put together given the circumstances. The only other person who was truly qualified besides myself was replaced because she was taking it to seriously (this is opinion and as if actually doing our jobs when we are under a massive amount of federal scrutiny is a bad thing). Then of course a representative from a federal agency shows up. My supervisor acts like this is could have never been expected despite I more or less told him that this would likely happen (the representative had texted the person who took her job too seriously but we were unable to communicate this as we were told to have not any contact with the federal agencies. He also texted about how unqualified the people that were being sent out there were). Everyone freaks out as the man in question says he is coming back the next day. Despite this, no plan on how handle the situation is made, or at least communicated to the people who were going to actually have to deal with him. He comes out and my current supervisor tells me to show him around, until the principle finds out. Despite having a legal right to see what was going on and the power to make our lives and the clients lives miserable the principle calls me up and tells me to keep him away from the project (and on the bright side is fine with me telling him that those were my orders since this man has the power to effectively revoke my approval for any up coming projects). I end up getting permission from the client so were in the clear.

I show him around but he is not pleased about the level of unprofessionalism he had been greeted with. He indicates that he will try to use his powers to try to limit the future work for the company I work for and the client as he feels he is being messed with (ignoring the fact that he thinks multiple federal laws have already been broken). He also makes it clear that he knows that some of the permit(s) that we applied for did not have accurate information for our qualifications (At least one was out of date but had been "updated" and signed in person's name).

My supervisor is now unhappy with me and gives me a long (hour +)speech about protecting our employer from themselves (I've done this but not against direct orders). He says that I should have called him to make the final call and not the person that actually pays me and not making this call is due to my lack of experience. I end up telling the project manager I am considering going home because this is an incredibly crappy team and I question my supervisor's leadership skills. Issues with my supervisor in three weeks out there: telling me to disobey direct orders from someone above both of us since his judgement call got him in trouble, lying to the face of a representative of a federal agency and appearing to encourage me to also lie, giving me instructions that are not his call to make (ended up calling the project manager who told him to stop), asking me to submit to him my reports (unprecedented and looks very fishy, once again called up the project manager and said this was not happening, the project manager said they had not asked for this and to continue as previously instructed), distracted people from actually doing their jobs for hours on end. He successfully alienated myself, the representative of a federal agency, and even when new people came out, the clients people, they ended up calling the person who did her job to well, despite she was four hours away, for her expertise instead of him, who was on site with them, as they had apparently decided he did not know what he was talking about. Perhaps the most annoying, and possibly related to distracting employees for hours on end, was his constant need for attention. He seemed to want to eat of with everyone at the end of every day and even on weekends wanted would try to organize hiking expeditions and going to the movies. It got old really fast.

Now I am back on the old project. It is my understanding the company is in the red, rumor has it the powers that be are contacting potential clients about their lack of ethics, and my colleagues are trying to make sure that those with the most marketable skill sets for upcoming projects are also on the competitors bids so our company does not have an advantage at getting the contract since they want to be with a company with a better reputation, pay, and does not regularly short them hours.

On some level my situation is of my own making as I am still with them but I have been unable to find work else where. Things are incredibly slow and despite being under paid and regularly having my hours shorted I am doing better than most in this industry (those who aren't working). Still my moral is low and it is hard faking stupidity on a regular basis (though I am treated better than most employees if your not counting pay).

I will likely be laid off in the next few weeks, likely for my own good, as all of the bids the company is putting out keep falling through (can't imagine why).
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Absentee Owner Written by Invisible on 11/18/2013Now, instead of being gone from the office 3 days a week, my boss comes in when no one's here to sign letters and leave tapes. So all those "Get with me about such&such" are just so much wasted directions I have to listen to!Add a Reply
     
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The Director of Production Operations at Evoke Productions is a HORRIBLE communicator!! Written by Disgruntled Evokian Associate on 11/13/2013Have you ever met someone at first and think they've got it together? Well this is what you think when you first come in contact with [initials removed]. She's well versed in the corporate jargon (for the most part) and will tell you what you want to hear until the cows come home. But soon after, you begin to realize that when hard, detailed answers are required, she will string these corporate buzz words together to form a non-cohesive sentence. About mid-way through her babbling, you feel your brain cells pop like a bag of Orville Reddenbacher. To attempt to clarify what she just said by summing up the ridiculous rant is only to have her look at you in a dumbfounded manner as if it was you who was the idiot. With ZERO production experience other than her 2 years in a backwards run studio, she doesn't offer up any real world solutions but instead, deflects upper management issues upon us associates. She's a master manipulator that uses the art of corporate bs (crafted by her childlike mentor [initials removed]) by nodding and pacifying her way into your naive heart in hopes of having you believe she cares about the issue at hand, your professional future or even that you are a human being. Never trust this woman. She doesn't care about anything or anyone but moving up in the corporate ladder. I hope someone figures her out.

OK I feel better...until tomorrow. : /
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I'm SO BUSY (With my Iphone and my feet on my desk) Written by notyourmomsHR on 11/11/2013My boss sucks. He is a horrible human being and a huge moron. Not only do I have to deal with him but I also have to deal with all of the huge morons that I'm forced to hire because of his questionable connections with all kinds of shady characters.

I'm pretty sure he just sits in his office all day and plays with himself. Literally every time I walk in there he has his feet up on his desk and his iphone out, probably texting dick pics to all of his besties or posting selfies on his Facebook page. But he definitely has time to tell you about HOW BUSY HE IS! Can I file this for him because he's SO BUSY?! Can I call and make a doctor's appointment for him because he's just WAY TOO BUSY?! Yes, that appointment needs to be moved because he's SO BUSY! He literally just walks around all day and intimidates people into working by standing behind them and sometimes publicly yelling at them in front of everyone else in their department. Sometimes he'll even bring someone into his office and yell at them while banging his fist on the desk. He has great communication skills. Really knows how to get his point across with as little tact as possible.

The best part is that he knows very little about the industry that we're in and the job that the rest of us do and that he's supposed to do. It is absolute craziness. Don't even THINK about telling him that he's wrong about something. NOPE! Not possible! He purposefully never puts anything in writing because then he might actually be held responsible for the ridiculous incompetence he demonstrates on a daily basis. He'll just reply verbally to your emails then conveniently forget what he told you when you act on his verbal direction. Oh, you have no idea what I'm talking about? Shocking!

I was never supposed to even work for this asshole! I was supposed to be "on the same level" as him and have the same amount of influence. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA good one!

Get. Me. Out. Of. Here.
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Bass Pro Shops - BASS PRO SHOPS ARIZONA Written by betterthanbasspro on 11/04/2013The management at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa AZ has got to be the sorriest group of "humans" that has ever stepped foot on Earth!!!This company has seriously failed at providing an educated management staff to support and guide its employees. Each and every one of them has displayed a lack of common sense that even a newborn would possess. Not one of them can give a straight forward response to a question or take ownership of the decision that THEY made (instead they pawn it off on someone else who is not there to defend themselves). There is one in particular whom I refer to as Miss Piggy ( if you ever read this you will know I am talking about you!!!!). She will harass the only employees who exceed her communication, organization, and merchandising skills and nitpick at every little insignificant thing they do just to make herself look good. Unfortunately for her, everyone KNOWS that she does this! It's absolutely pathetic! (EVERYONE HATES YOU AND YOUR FAT FACE!!!!!). This lady is new to the management position here and she has already secured her reputation of being the BIG FAT SNAKE of the management team. Congratulations B***CH!Add a Reply
     
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Keating of Chicago - unprofessional Written by keating on 10/11/2013I worked for Keating of Chicago and this is by far the worst company to ever work for or be a customer of. I have never been more disrespected in the work place in my life. The daughter is an absolute back stabber who thinks she is amazing and everyone else is garbage. She treats everyone as they are illiterate and dumb. Everyone in this company is out to get you, and you will be sabotaged from day one. The biggest 2 face of the entire company is a woman named Pat, she will act as if she's your best friend to get your entire life story just to use it against you. She talks the most about everyone ans seems to hate her job and everyone there but will act as fake as a $2 dollar bill to them. Nothing you do is right in this company and u can't succeed here when everyone wants u to fail. Nobody works together just against everyone. They even go as far as putting customers on hold just to call them names and talk about how stupid they are.the daughter needs to get an awakening the hard way because not even her fiance can stand her. She will dis respect her mother right in front of everyone on a daily basis... And the receptionist that will train you Read 1 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by Ex-Keating on 02/13/2014:
Stay away Son is a want-to-be Police office that could not pass the psych exam. So he polices the office and put blue flashing lights on his car. He screams and insults everyone. He is a child. The daughter is a forty year old baby. Who stomps around the office talking in this weird baby voice all day. Then acts like a psycho the other half. She is in charge of customer service and does not know how to train people. THe mother is racist and so are her children.. They think they are better than everyone because the were handed a company that was created by the grandfather, which they are running into the ground. The whole family needs to be institutionalized. They are unfit for the outside world. Stay away they drain the life out of good hard working people.

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Keating of Chicago - Spoiled arrogant bosses Written by Hardest shipper and receiver on 09/06/2013I worked for KEATING OF CHICAGO. A co-worker have me a heads up so this is my story. I was working for shipping and receiving little that I knew when I started that I was working for the anti-crises the mother to the children. I busted my ass for this place giving up my lunches so I can get there stupid orders out without any training I leaned the whole system but that wasn't good enough. Well I learned quickly that once I made a mistake that I was going to be yelled at in front of people and made to look like I was stupid in front of people if it wasn't for a co-worker who worked in the office and had my back and let me know that I need to just swallow there igeronance and just do my job and not take it to heart. The son is a lazy spoiled brat who just wants someone to do all of his work. The daughter is a pre moddanna who thinks she is gods gift and the mother the queen B who is the most raicist person on the planet they all think they can treat people like crab and talk to people the way they want well they have a ruined awaking cz they ran into someone who's not going to take there crap everyone who's worked for this company has hated it cause these people do not know how to run a company and deal with customers. They act nice to your face but once u walk away they had mouth u so bad but little do they know without there staff they would be lost they over price the merchandise and there pots and griddles are garbage there pots are always coming back defective. If u ever work for there shipping department be aware that ur going to bust your ass for little pay cause the mother is so cheap u work for little pay and basically run the warehouse cause the son is to busy cleaning his car and acting like he is still a cop which by the way he got fired from cause he's a duache ill killed my self for this company and as a temp and they had no intention of hiring me permint Read 1 Replies   |   Add a Reply
     
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Posted by keating on 10/11/2013:
So trueeeee! Worst company ever and people should know what they are getting into beforehand

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Career is over Written by Deadat43 on 09/04/2013At the ripe old age of 43, my career is over. I worked at a Ivy league university in upstate NY as a biological research technician for 12 years for the same principal investigator. His field of expertise was folate and one carbon metabolism and the development of neural tube defects. I will not write his name but anyone with a high school education could look up this person and find out everything they want to know. When I first started in his lab, I had just ended a 6 year relationship and moved across the country to take the job. I still owned a home in another state that I was trying to sell, so money was really tight. At first, when I met my boss he was very distant and rather rude. I was a little nervous because I really needed this job and could not afford to move again. I was emotionally exhausted as well as financially. So I chalked it up to being tired and stressed and just did my best. Things in his lab seemed to be out of control. There were some severe personality issues with some of his workers. He confided in me that one of his students was insane and the other technician was a simple minded person with no problem solving skills. At first, I thought how nice of him to warn me but a part of me was shocked that he would say such negative things about his employees and students. As time went along, I found my own way in his lab, but things always seemed to be in a state of chaos. Someone was always mad at someone else. Slowly, I made friends with everyone or at least found some common ground to which we could relate on. The 'crazy' graduate student was not really crazy she was labeled that way by the boss because she did something he did not like. I was not employed there at the time so I could not make a decision on what happened. One day the boss called down to the lab and asked me to meet with him, so I grabbed my notebook and proceeded to his office. He just wanted to chat about my progress and how I was doing. He basically again stated that the other technician was stupid and jealous of me and the other graduate student was crazy and said she hated me. I was dumbfounded because the 'crazy' graduate student and I were actually good friends outside of work and the other technician had no reason to be jealous. This bothered me but I still kept working and just thought it was a personality clash between the graduate student and the boss. I should have started paying more attention but I did not. The crazy graduated student left and I thought that may be things would get better but they did not. In fact they started to get worse for the other technician. She started getting picked on by the boss. He would make derogatory statements behind her back like she was stupid. I did not get it, something seemed wrong with a boss that would come down to the lab when the other technician was not there and proceed to talk badly about her behind her back with me and graduate students. I felt bad for this technician, I just did not know what to do.
After the other technician left because she could no longer take the hot seat. He targeted me. He mobbed me, made fun of me behind my back with graduate students and other technicians, marginalized me and the final straw was to hire a graduate student I had trained to be my boss. I still held my head up high and never reacted to any of his taunts. I finally told someone that I thought he was a sociopathic bully and I so much stated loud enough for the world to hear. It was then he rendered the final blow to my career and basically let my employment end. I think he would have killed me if he thought he could get away with it. However he has continued to assault my character even after I am gone. I should have left 7 years ago but did not and I regret it so much now, guess I will not have much to regret much longer. Without a place to live or food in my belly I will soon succumb to the elements and die. I don't care really. I don't trust humans much anymore after some of the things he did. I will not raise a finger to hurt him, I would rather just die. Oh by the way, he was named department chair and oh the chaos is now on a global scale and the department is imploding with jealousy between workers etc. One person even committed suicide after she was let go from her job. This man manipulates other people to go after his targets. He particularly likes young women because they are so easy to manipulate into a mobbing frenzy. He is the person behind all of the cat fights that have been going on in his lab and in the department.
The only thing the university has done was to give a survey to the employees to find out why they would leave their job for another if they could. It was supposed to be anonymous but of course it wasn't and was used as a tool to go after people. This man should be stopped but I think the University will probably give him what he wants. He wants to be Dean! God help everyone at this university if it is to be!
This is important for other women. Do not be tricked into cat fighting with other ladies. Please. It is a trick used by people to create chaos. I am not a big feminist but if women would stop infighting and seriously help each other they could do and go and be anything.
I will tell the rest of the story, but at the present I find myself unemployed and on my last dime. I am selling or giving away most of my worldly property because I can not find a job and when I do get an interview, it goes great until they check my references. I will tell more later if there is a later for me. I just wanted someone to hear some of the story, that is not all of the story. There is so much more but at least I told some of it. He can't do anything to me anymore, I have lost everything. I am done. Best wishes to everyone. Peace.
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Posted by innerwinner on 11/14/2013:
Your article reinforces my opinion that only deeply disturbed people are able to survive academia. Contrary though to your experience, I usually find women to be the bullies, like mine who is also a bimbo, but perhaps your former boss acquires his bulliness trait from his effemininity. You have touched on a possibility that my boss is talking bad about me behind my back as some of my co-workers just look at me so oddly. Please don't die but find strength and a cause to devote your good talents to.

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Untitled Written by anonymous on 08/13/2013when I first started at a local restaurant,I was hired as cashier. Everything went good until I made a mistake while typing in a customers order,the manager (who shall remain nameless) pulled me off the cashier and told me that I had to ask the other cashier questions and practice using the register. It gets worse when the manager called me to the back and told me "I don't have to have you working here" and held up a bunch of applications from other applicants saying "I could've hired someone else and given them the job" since the manager told me that she wasn't going to be at work that day,id figure id go in to work just to be on the safe side; however,being on the safe side didn't work out because I called my boss to see what day to come in and work she told me "we won't be needing you anymore,I told you not to come in to work when I wasn't there and you went in any way" long story short,I shouldn't have tried to earn brownie points or gotten on the boss' good side when your the new girl on the fast food block.Add a Reply
     
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