Bosses From Hell

Read stories about bosses as bad if not more horrible than yours.
Coffee shop - Slave in a county without slavery By Batista slave

When I interviewed for my current job I made several important things clear. First I had previous long standing commitments on Sunday and could not work then and a second which is relevant to this was that once something was given I expected it to be held to, at a previous job I had been told I'd receive a raise of pay that never came, and my boss agreed.

Recently, about a month ago, my boss started trying to force me into working Sundays and ignoring other commitments and even more recently has started making last minute changes to my schedule and in a field where employees aren't usually on call is making me be on call. For a lot of people this wouldn't be that big of a deal because hey they get some extra hours for pay but, to expect a post time employee only making minimum wage to do that seems absurd. I've had to cancel plans for my time off over it.

Also my boss requires that I answer any and all text messages sent by her even when I'm on my time away from work in addition to unpaid training I must do at home.

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Our Beginning - WARNING: This Employer May Be Detrimental to Your Health! By The HR General

I was hired at Our Beginning, a childcare center (though she would call it a "children's school") run by P.J. Things went pretty well for the first three or four months--but after that, it seemed I could do no right!

She failed to communicate her expectations to me, and then would scold me for not meeting the expectations she'd failed to communicate.

She made promises to me, and to other employees, that she followed through on either very late, or not at all. For example, it took more than a year for the company to get an electronic time clock, after her promises to me that it would happen in just a few months. It took 6 months for me to get a proper desk for my office... then she took it away from me and gave it to the new Admissions Coordinator... then she berated me for not having an organized work space!

She played favorites, and compared me unfavorably to the previous Office Manager and several other employees (almost all of whom have since quit).

She did not respect my time outside of work; she called me at home before and after work hours, and on weekends, usually about trivial matters that could have waited until I came back to work. She would often call with something else she needed to have done before I went home for the day... just as I was getting ready to go home for the day. This resulted in my working 50-60 hours per week, at a rate that worked out, per hour, to only 1 or 2 cents above the state minimum wage, if my weekly 40-hour rate was divided by hours actually worked.

And, in the 16 months I worked there, I had only two full vacation days, plus 4 days of bereavement leave. (I was promised more, plus comp time I was owed, but somehow P.J. never thought it was a good time for me to take it!) And I was "punished" for taking the bereavement leave... I had to work a 15-hour shift with no lunch to get everything done she said I had to get done before I left!

The job itself also deteriorated over time... instead of playing to my strengths, it emphasized my weaknesses. (She would promise me writing projects, but other than the occasional bone or two thrown at me, those never materialized. I gave her, not just second, but third, fourth, and even fifth chances, to keep her promises.) I was forced into a customer-service position in the company's front office, with lots of noise and constant interruptions, even though I had no experience, or desire to work in, customer service, and was originally hired to do a completely different type of position! She admitted I might do better in a different type of work environment, but refused to change the work environment, or the hours, to accommodate me.

You can imagine what a toll all this took on my physical and mental health, over time. I ended up having a severe flare-up of an already-existing health condition due to all the stress and overwork, and a doctor finally told me I would either need to consistently limit my work hours to 40 per week or less, or quit the job. My repeated requests for a part-time work schedule, to both take care of my health and to have a better work-life balance, fell on selectively-deaf ears.

I'm pretty patient, and I think I was more than forgiving in P.J.'s case, but I'm not Mother Teresa--and there are limits to the amount of suffering my doctor would have advised I tolerate! His exact words to me were that my work situation "was not sustainable and was bad for my health," and that he felt it "would be unhealthy for anyone," not just for me.

It's probably also worth noting that 6 employees in my last 6 months with the company--myself included--either walked off the job or quit without notice, and of those 6, 4 cited health reasons as their reason for quitting. That right there tells me I'm not the one with the problem!

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Your current or former employer. - draining By peon

micromanager: wants me to ask questions, when i do get them thrown back into my face ; response is what would you do? make up your mind. new girl is an ass kisser. boss buying her tires, eating lunches on the company, coming in late, always sick, having saturdays off. she cannot do any wrong. i ask to leave a 1/2 hr early to buy office supplies and get the third degree. tired of doing stuff on my own time. tired of the unfairness of it all, but then life isn't fair. stand up for myself and get chastised for it. ask for help and get nothing.

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Consolidated Divisions Inc. - What a shithole! By JustcallmeDave

No vacation time, no sick time and upper management are the slimiest human beings this world has to offer. This company treats office staff like gold but craps on the people doing the actual work.

The owner and VP are the most egotistical scumbags I've ever met and the way they treat people makes everyone cringe. They truly believe that they are better based on their bank accounts but as soon as they turn their backs everyone talks about how much they truly suck. Management overall is a bunch of retards that surely don't deserve the positions they hold. In fact, the higher the manager, the less competent they are.

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Federal Government - ATO - Toxic Boss By Out of there

Although I needed my job, I have left it, due to a section supervisor who is a tyrant and a control freak.

Although all the people working in the section have been in the workforce for over twenty years, she goes out of her way on a daily basis to make them feel like children again.
She hounds people relentlessly over the tiniest things, and is constantly ordering them around. She habitually talks down to people, and never misses an opportunity to demoralise them.

People have to keep their email in tray open at all times, ready to read every message as soon as it arrives. To ensure this is done, she not only makes her way around the section looking directly over everyone's shoulder (watch out if she catches you out not reading your emails at the same time you are trying to get your work done), you will be subjected to a quiz at the daily "team huddle". If you can't recall at will the details of every single email received since the last "huddle", you will be called on to provide an immediate explanation as to why. That you were concentrating on getting work done is not considered an excuse.

The "huddle" (meeting) itself is conducted with her completely in control of the proceedings. She can speak whenever she likes, but no-one else can say a word until she tells them they can do so. If anyone dares speak without her say so, they will be subjected to a tirade in front of the rest of the staff.

With the monthly "feedback", she could give Cecil B. De Mille a run for his money when it comes to fault finding. She zeroes in on anything wrong that she can find, harps relentlessly on it, and calls on you to justify yourself for not measuring up to her expectations, and will keep hounding you until you do.

She can see nothing wrong with expecting people to produce more and more work in the same amount of time, and if you succeed in doing so, she will then use it as a weapon against the rest of the staff, expecting them to do the same.

Although she sits at her own desk doing very little in the way of work, she is constantly pre-occupied with what other people in the section are doing, and is obsessed with "catching them out". if she thinks they are doing something they shouldn't. Despite producing large volumes of high quality work, I have had to put up with her galloping up to my desk, standing right behind me, looking over my shoulder at my desk for violations. Any suggestion that she shouldn't do this only makes her do it all the more.

She also keeps close tabs on people's attendance. One time someone came back about five minutes late from lunch, and without seeking an explanation as to why they were late, she proceeded to rant and rave at them as if they had gone missing for a week.

Recently, it was decided that a lot of the City based staff should be re-located to the suburban office of Parramatta. At the same time, redundancy packages were being offered to staff who wanted them. Eight people in my section took the redundancy packages and left, seven of them because they couldn't stand her any more.

I feel sorry for anyone else brought in to take our place, because they will surely be subjected to more of what made us leave. I am told by others who have known her a lot longer than I have that she has always been like that.

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Private Estate - It's a MADHOUSE ! ! By Gong insane gardener

I work as an Estate Gardener in NC. I have May years experience in horticulture and and very qualified for my position. The place I work is a large 25 acre estate owned by one of the mos wealthy and influencial families in the US.
My managers is you can call them that are a male in his mid 60's who was a truck driver before somehow becoming and Estate Manager and his female spouse close to 60 years of age. Neither have little experience or qualifications to run a large estate garden such as this.
First let me say the way things are run her defies logic.
The male manager is over several of us and we each have sections of the property and gardens we are responsible for.
He usually shows up around lunchtime each day and either leaves 2-3 hours later or doesn't show up at all. He talks down to all of is and uses every opportunity to cut hours or find an excuse to shave our paychecks. He is unprofessional and the King of the bullshitters ! When he is at work he spends most of his day eating and playing Candy Crush on his phone or IPad provided to him by the owner. He never lifts a finger to help and he and his wife constantly argue in front of us. They both leave together allot I the van also provided by the owner as well as fuel and insurance. The reason is usually to go plant shopping if a reason is given at all. They go to garden centers hours away and eat lunch at expensive restaurants all paid for with the owners credit cards. More often than not they return with no plants or maybe 1 or 2 at the most. They are both salaried employees and bring home $2000 per week between the both of them. We as employees are required to work hourly and refused salary. They also have hired their son-in-law who is paid a higher hourly wage and has received raises where we have received no increase in pay. There is also 1 employee who I a close friend of theirs who is given preferential treatment and monies. We as emplyoyees are not given any voice and anyone who has ever spoken up has been quickly terminated or driven out. The situation is worse because the co manager the wife is a hateful cold hearted witch. She talks down to all of is and had little to no knowledge herself. She instructs us to install plant material in the wrong locations such as plants that require full sun planted in full sun and vise versa. We are railroaded if we make the slightest objection. The wife is supposed to work a 30 hour work week and rarely makes 10 hours a week. She and her husband use their payed work hours to run personal errands and go to ea extravegant meals. They constantly gloat about how they spend hundreds of dollars on meals. They have had at least 8 weeks of paid vacations this years alone and are paid regardless if they show up or not.
We on the other hand at required to work hourly and are not provided with any sick or vacation days.
We are required to preform our tasks using methods outdated by decades. We are not permitted to use any modern means of weed control or any gardening task. It is like working on the 1800's. There is no scheduling or planning of any kind and we only get out assignments at the last minute the day of.
We are not told if we are able to work the days prior or following holidays until a few days prior making it impossible to plan anything.
They on the other hand are paid regardless.
The owner of the property a very well known woman in business and politics is aware of all these things but does nothing to rectify the situation. The male manager is very sexist and makes lewd and peverted comments all the time. He asked one female employee to pose nude for him. She was in her mid 20's at the time and he was 60. Despite all these things he continues to follow the same patterns. He and his wife are horrible people and treat us with no respect. It is the worst situation I have ever been in during my career. We are forced to work in inbearable heat on the summertime with barely any breaks and freezing temps in the winter. They spend the majority of their time in the heated and air conditioned office as does thier female friend employee.
The female employee is also their spy and reports everything she hears or sees to them. She often baits us and then tells them things that have been said and omits her own comments.
I would leave today if I could find another job but it is difficult to find a good paying job in my field. I feel at times I am working with mentally ill people who should be institutionalized.

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KNAB 1140 AM - 104.1 FM - KNAB's biggest problem is Bette Bailey By

PROS: KNAB features lots of on-air work, production, and firsthand radio experience... more than you could ever hope to find at a major-market (big city) station. Amazingly, none of the paychecks ever bounced.

CONS: The most abusive, and pervasively negative job I have ever held! The owner, Bette Bailey, treats her employees like absolute dirt... She screams maniacally at us and berates us for even the smallest infractions. Also, she is breaking some of the most fundamental employment laws in existence:

She makes us work more than 70-hours a week, with NO overtime pay (despite ALWAYS making us work overtime!!!) This is no joke... I was working 12-hour days Monday-Friday, 8-hours on Saturday and 5-hours on Sunday, and that was a typical work week! (There were times she made me work 17-hours in one day!)

The earnings statement attached to our paychecks (where our tax deductions should be listed) is literally a blank page.

The salary is a pittance compared to the work she makes you do: I started at $1,200.00 per month, and this was full-time! Also, she once waited nearly three months (to save money) before hiring another employee.

Bette Bailey would routinely accuse her employees of things that never happened, while also blaming us for her own mistakes. While she made us work every weekend and holiday, she herself took weekends and holidays off! Finally, there is absolutely no advancement of any kind at this company. Bette Bailey is a tyrant, and I sincerely hope she falls on her sword one day... I hope her deliberate dismissal of basic employment laws is finally exposed.

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Branch Banking and Trust - BB&T - Incompetent Senior VP By Disgruntled

Branch banking and Trust is looking for an SAP Security Administrator. The only advice I can offer is to run away as fast as you can. You will report to Cecilia Tomory who is not very technical in SAP but thinks she knows it all and even when things are shown to her that prove her wrong, she ignores them. When shown a reply from OSS which corresponded to what an employee had advised to do was shown to her she said it does not matter, they are wrong like you are. And do not go to her manager since they both came from Bank of America and are old friends. Some poor fool already took the SAP Security Manager position which I am sure will just be a vehicle for Cecilia to impose her stupidity and lack of good judgment on and the person will probably just be a puppet with no input.

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Physician, Private Practice - ER Bound By Office Mgr.

He's insane. Belittles staff and demeans patients. We rarely have clients appear for follow-up visits. He walks around in his boxer briefs and keeps a loaded gun in his office (which he's waved around at the tenants downstairs when negotiations about a lease broke down). Law Enforcement was called. He has thrown items at me, called me a stupid B and the C-word. He requires me to send flowers to his latest conquest and rates them on a scale of 1-10 to me in my office. EVERYONE is terrifed of him. He will not allow his staff to leave the office for breaks or lunch, so meals must be eaten at the desk (in case he needs to chew your a$$ out about something). I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I'm currently on a 10 day stress leave, ordered by a cardiologist for severe chest pain. I need a job to survive. I'm scared.

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Sociopath Boss By How Early Can I Retire?

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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