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Direct Logistics - The most incompetent place I've ever worked. Written by meowmeowkitten123 on 10/14/2014I have been working for a month at this job and I absolutely hate it. I have worked all manner of jobs and never had a problem with them unless it involved heavy manual labor since I'm a skinny girl with no muscle mass. My best friend owns the company and needed someone to handle his accounts receivables, I needed a job so I accepted. The salary and hours are great but the people I work with are so incompetent that it drives me crazy. I work for a transportation brokerage firm and there are 3 separate but interrelated companies; one for trucks/rail, one for air freight, and the third for maritime freight. My friend owns the division that is in charge of trucks/rail and his business partner owns the other two divisions. Immediately after being hired it was decided I would do accounts receivable for all 3 companies. I was fine with this, until I realized that 2 of the companies already have their own account receivable already set up. That wouldn't be a huge problem on it's own except that they have 4 people doing one job. One person enters the checks into the computer, a different person actually looks up the invoices and related paperwork when needed, a third person is in charge of submitting invoices and filing them away, and then there is the fourth person who is in charge of talking to our customers and helps supervise the other 3 people. All of these people have normal jobs with the company as well so oftentimes my requests for help with things are just set aside and forgotten about, so I have to ask several times to get anything done.

Just as an example, this happens several times a day to me when I am at work: Quickbooks will show that there is an account that owes us several thousand dollars and is months past due. I call the company to remind them that there is an outstanding invoice and ask when they will be remitting payment to settle the outstanding debt. The company becomes irate telling me how they already sent us a check and the check was cashed or that it was paid via wire transfer. I then have to go Person #1 and ask them why the payment was never entered into the system. They then ask Person #2 to find the receipt or check stub who then gives it to Person #3 to decide if that was what was needed. If it is, they will then give it to Person #4 to be entered into the computer system or it is given back to Person #1 so that the proper paperwork can be found. After all that, I am then given the paperwork so I can call the company back and straighten everything out with them.

This is in addition to the many accounts that are listed that are currently in bankruptcy court, or the accounts that have already been closed out by the company owners but were never updated, or the accounts that are waiting on paperwork to authorize payment but the paperwork was lost long ago and so they will never pay. Every single day I mark off the same accounts and tell my bosses to take them out of the system, each time they say they will and sure enough a week later everything is still exactly the same.

I also work next to a girl who spends half her day on Facebook and texting her friends while my boss constantly yells at her to do work. All I hear all day is him asking if she has gotten this or that completed and her saying that she is too busy to be able to do everything that she is supposed to do. I have offered to help multiple times but I'm not allowed because the girl thinks I will steal her job if I know how to do it.

I've never had a job where I wasn't allowed to help out and make things more efficient and better for everyone just because of insecurity and jealousy. I've also never had a job where the bosses were so concerned about not giving an employee too much work at once that they end up becoming completely inefficient. When I asked today if I could just have full access to accounts receivable and just do everything on my own, I was told I would be getting an assistant soon to do that for me. Except I don't need an assistant, I just need to be able to get things done.

I told my boss I wanted a new job and he promised me that I'll be getting a big raise soon and that basically he will compensate me monetarily for staying. At least I am very good at my job which is why my boss is willing to pay me a lot more just so I can stay; I've already collected almost a half million dollars in revenue that was owed between all 3 companies and have managed to get the books of 2 of the companies balanced out.

I just wish my coworkers weren't so incompetent. They're very nice people, they just need to understand that instead of having everyone help it's better to just leave one person in charge. It would also really help if they understood record keeping as well. I just hate that literally half of each work day is spent fixing the mistakes of others. It all just seems so very inefficient and it's very frustrating on top of that.

Grrrrrrr. That pretty much sums it up lol :)

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Your current or former employer. - Idiot advanced Written by Schmoopie on 08/25/2014Why would you take someone who flunked out of art school and put them in charge of payroll? That really shows a stick to it ness when she attempted college for two semesters and one month at art school that ended up with one crappg painting that we all get to stare at? Oh that's right she shows major cleavage is probably screwing one of the bosses. She lost a stapler and spent half an hour roaming the halls accusing everyone of stealing it -- did she check her own purse?Add a Reply
Women in workplace Written by Female Fed on 08/09/201315 years in private sector and 15 years in public sector. I am intelligent, w/advanced degree, thin, well dressed and reasonably attractive. I am DONE with women in the workplace. It pains me to say it since I grew up in the 60s and 70s and was a feninist. I am sick of their, whining, jealousy, stupidity, unprofessionalism, backstabbing, etc. Give me a male, even if he is a sexist.Read 2 Replies   |   Add a Reply
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Posted by Really2?! on 08/13/2013:
I see. Interesting post. Hmmm, I agree to an extent but however in most cases, it is funny to me how some people can make comments concerning other people in work situations as though they are the victims in the midst of the situations and are actually the very culprits who causes hostility, chaos and havoc in job environments with lies, jealousy and hate. Then sit back and take no responsibility for it...Sad and Miserable people is what they are called, because happy people who are content with their lives do not constantly keep up nonsense and BS on jobs and then blame it on other people...

Posted by PeonWithATude on 08/15/2013:
Not sure I really understand your complaint .... of course it was as general statement without any facts. In fact it was an "opinion" that the females were jealous. What did they say, when did they say it? Have you ever been around a man who said a derogatory comment about ANY other person in the office, well I have, and it was negative, so was he "jealous" possibly not but he did mean to insinuate that that person did not know what they were doing, so that is possibly a way to make them more superior or was the statement the truth? So, my point is that both male and females in the office make "comments" about co-workers, most of the time behind their backs, and believe me I have a lot of complaints about my co-workers, but I am not naive to think that what I am saying about them, they are probably saying the same about me. The main issue is that the statements should be work related and if they are justified then why is the supervisor not addressing the issues? In general, there is so much "favoritism" in a work place and do we not all say it is who you know? Well if those two statements are true then possibly your co-workers are not jealous but actually stating facts. Obviously, you do not think very highly of these people and are making judgments, what motivates your statements?

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We didn't do anything wrong! Written by wage slave on 04/27/2013My friend and I ran for union office last year because the old president never came to work. No communication came from the union and most people felt they were paying for nothing. We won and the old president and his friends have made my life a living hell since. During our first officers meeting 2 of his friends yelled at us for running. They insisted that we sign off on the books for our tax returns without an audit. The other officers were so nasty they refused to give us grievance forms or letterhead. When I printed papers I was working on they would grab them and look at them.

The old president sent out letters to our national office saying how incompetent we are. 1 of the current officer sent out a letter maligning us but it had so many spelling mistakes in it, it was laughable. She was one of the 2 officers who yelled at us. These 2 sweethearts have refused to represent anyone or give their time to any project. I am tired of fighting these idiots. They are tearing this Union apart and no one seems to care.
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Posted by walking by on 04/29/2013:
I care! I know what it feels like to be let down by a local that is supposed to represent you. Unfortunately years ago some dunderheads took this particular local private and it became their own personal club. Long ago both sides ignored the importance of the Weingarten Rights, they reduced themselves to a so/so bargaining unit and would only investigate anti union actions. Would not help or represent me while i was on industrial and short time disability. Their reasoning: My automatic union dues withdrawal had stopped during work injury pay. Had no control over that. Parted ways with them years ago.

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I hate my co-worker Written by pittsburger83 on 12/21/2012I just started my job 3 months ago. At first everything was great. Good money, close to future looked bright. Until the co-worker from hell decided she wanted to make my life miserable. Every day she talks to me like I'm an idiot and double checks everything I do. I have been trying to tolerate her, but that was until yesterday. I sat down with my boss and he advised that she told him I don't know what I'm doing, when in fact I've been doing my job just fine. I know more about computer programs than this old bitch does. For goodness sakes, they use Corel Word Perfect which is older than dirt!!!!!!! I'm tired of her and tired of her shit. I'll be damned if I lose my job over her!!!Read 1 Replies   |   Add a Reply
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Posted by tired of jerks at work on 12/23/2012:
I found slashing tires a great eye opener..they kind of get the hint that if someone goes to that extreme all sort of things can happen from there...stand your ground

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My boss isn't so bad, but my coworkers...... Written by Forkeh on 06/16/2012Okay, so I work in a restaurant. My boss really isn't so bad. He's kind of a nice guy. He works hard. My only real complaint is that he won't stand up to problem employees, because we've had ex employees sue in the past; he's a bit gun shy with the firing.

This is a problem because we have a handful of absolutely incompetent workers. I hate it. These people can't do the simplest damned task. It's not like their jobs are hard; no brain power required to mop a floor. It's not like their shifts are long, maybe 5 hours? But I've spent the last two years at this damned job cleaning up their messes. It's gotten even worse since I was promoted to supervisor, because it's not directly my problem. One of them has a real problem with female authority (I'm a woman). I get so much freakin' lip from that girl, it's ridiculous. Don't start cursing under your breath about how much of a bitch I am (yes I can hear you) when I'm just telling you to do your job! You don't get paid to stand around. You work in a restaurant, you have to clean, get over it! Jesus.

I've absolutely had it with this damned job, and my useless crew. Where are all the people who want a job and put in at least a minimalist effort? I know minimum wage sucks for the crew, but damn, what happened to work ethic? You take a job, you do your job, regardless of what you're paid. Don't like it, quit!!!!!!!!!!!

And oh jeeze, some of I guess you'd call them? Other supervisors. Talk about leading by example. All day standing around doing nothing, when you could be helping with something. Playing with your phone? Give me a break! And then you have the audacity to chew me out, for things that didn't get done on my shift (I close almost every shift), are you really serious? I'm sorry, even when my crew isn't being incompetent, are we really supposed to get all of the food prep and cleaning done, as well as work through the busiest parts of the day....really? What exactly is it that your opening crew does, besides set up and serve the few customers that trickle in?

Maybe if we got a bit more help, more would get done. Asshats.
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Posted by Forkeh on 06/16/2012:
Edit: It's *now* directly my problem.

Posted by labtech on 07/17/2012:
This seems to be a common problem. The incompetent/lazy ones get by with the bare minimum of work, and depending on their connections/the fear of management that they will sue, they just get kept on. I'm sorry you're stuck. Document everything. Hope that you can write a report to upper, upper management detailing the problems and get something done. Don't be surprised if this backfires on you and YOU get fired, though. There is NO work ethic anymore, but there are a lot of kiddies with cell phones to play with all day.

Posted by Forkeh on 10/06/2012:
Yeah it was an angry rant. I made typos. There's not much upper management to speak of. Just a General Manager and the Owner. Small business. As I said the Manager is really gun shy, but the Owner won't stand for crap. Unfortunately everyone is on their best behavior when he's around....but he's gone 90% of the time. It's good to be the king I guess.

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WORST CO-WORKERS EVER. Written by ihatemyjob12 on 05/12/2012Okay, so I work at a fast food restaurant.. Yeah, I'm sure you can already see where this is going.. I have the MOST annoying co-workers and assistant managers!! One of my co-workers has recently become a team leader and she takes things way to seriously. Things have really gone over her head.. The other day, my operator took a few team leaders to another store location to see how their drive thru runs. AS SOON AS SHE GOT BACK, she kept saying well, this store does this, this way. Its so annoying... And sometimes, I think she really thinks I'm the ONLY employee there.. Off of her. Theres this other girl.. Just a normal worker... SHE COMPLAINS SO MUCH. And she has this real whiney, raspy voice.. The other day she came up to our manager and said "can iplease go home, I have a headache" Oh. and she started crying.. But then, I saw her talking to someone for like 30 minutes. SHE IS NEVER ACTUALLY WORKING.. Shes always disappearing and its SO ANNOYING.. Bitch cries too much!!! Add a Reply
I don't understand Written by lame reason on 04/17/2012I was fired because a coworker said I poured my perfume to have another coworker have an asthma attack. Read 1 Replies   |   Add a Reply
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Posted by Anon on 04/18/2012:
Could you expand on that story a little? I also had a coworker with asthma and she could be a manipulative pain and very good at spreading rumors. No perfume, no fragrance and when we moved into a new office no carpet. Thanks to her we had to stand and walk on unfinished cement floor.

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I get it. Written by Office Drone on 03/20/2012Dearest Co-Worker, I get it. I really do. Turning forty is a terrifying milestone. Especially for a single mom. Who knows, when I go through it in fifteen years, maybe I’ll be the same way. So I get that’s why you’re doing this. Why the sudden new wardrobe. And the new hair. And the new way of speaking. (all of which I’m sure your tween age daughter just loves) Most of all I get the new group of girlfriends made up entirely of the college interns. I do get that in order to fit in with the new group, you suddenly feel the need to go out of your way to treat me like crap. I even get why, when I walked up to give you some work information, you felt the need to tell me that you couldn’t ‘take’ me to the ‘kids’ movie next weekend. That may be I could go with your daughter and her little friends. And why as I walked away, you giggled hysterically. I get it. Can’t wait until you do.

I would like to mention a few things before I officially end this ‘relationship’. One, you look and sound ridiculous. You are almost forty. It comes after thirty nine. Deal with it. And not even teenagers dress like that to go to work. The interns don’t. Should have been your first clue. Two, your new ‘friends’ talk about you constantly behind your back. They roll their eyes when you try to speak like them. They take pictures of your ‘cool new outfits’ to trade and laugh over them later. You are their joke. Three, you trying to make me look or sound young or immature is weird considering I am a couple years older than your new group of friends. The movie that you can’t ‘take me to’? They are wildly excited about going to see it and have invited me to go with them. Twice. And I may go. And finally, they are interns. Unpaid, temporary interns. They’ll be gone by June. Just in time for your birthday.

But I would like to remind you that you pushed this friendship. You’ve been insisting on us having a ‘relationship’ outside of work for over a year. Pressing me to go to the bars, clubs, even though it’s really not fun for me. So I’m not really devastated that this friendship is ending. I get it.

Oh and P.S. speaking of clubs. The new one you’re so excited about taking everyone to? (except me of course) The one that’s so packed with so cute single guys? It’s a club for gay men. And your friends know it. Have fun!
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Posted by Mrs_Anonymous on 03/21/2012:
Sounds like some of the people on the TV show, How Do I Look, particularly the one where the mom dressed up all in pink, complete with tu-tu. And this from a woman close to or over 40. Yikes! I like the zinger at the end, though, that she doesn't even get that the new club is actually a gay bar. ;-)

Posted by dizzblnd on 04/28/2012:
I just turned 40. I haven't changed.. I don't act a day older then 25. I have seen women in my workplace go through that midlife crisis. It is very sad to have to watch then embarrass themselves like that. I hope, for the sake of your friendship (if you still want it) that she will soon grow out of this phase, grow up (mentally and emotionally) and realize that she's being mocked, ask for your forgiveness.

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How i became a supervisor with no power Written by crazy times on 01/05/2012I took this job as a machine shop supervisor and agreed to teach and mentor this 20 something year old kid. its been nothing but nightmare. this kid is typical next generation douche. he keeps screwing off I caught him on cameras the boss dismisses it making my job difficult. because I cannot do anything with this punk. I always get a excuse for every time I see screwing off or distracting other employees standing there talking. I will walk around him and the other employee but he does not take himself to his machine like he should or would kind makes you feel he can is untouchable. my boss does not stand by me and that is not helping me do my job. so being frustrated to the point I want to punch this kid just for the sake of getting no relief. this kid has made me a fool hand fulls of times..its like the boss is afraid of letting him go..because finding a replacement not in the cards because of help or hiring expensive because of demand is high and I hear that all the time..I even considered leaving my job due to his punk ass but I have a good thing going with my work schedule where I can drop and pick up my little kid. I bet many out there have experienced this type of b s. we hired another same aged kid only older and these guys seem to want to get paid for not knowing anything or seem entitled. this kid says when he gets a raise he wants a dollar. I tried to tell him knowledge is power that is only way to get better pay. yet he shrugs it off as if I am lame. lol I recently caught him on my laptop webcam screwing off with the other employee and me working around him again..yet he says he was teaching my worker about a part of the equipment when I know that's just is b s its an excuse to get away when he is caught. frankly if my boss doesn't stand by me I am going to flip out. my boss says did you ask him what he was doing? the video is self explaining even with bad sound I said I did not need to I knew what he was doing..and that he was screwing off and there was nothing I could do about it unless I tell him to go work in a stern way. this loser told me awhile back he used to work for a toy store and explained to me how he made a fool of his boss at that job I feel he thinks I am that same boss lol these young kids nowadays are nuts Read 1 Replies   |   Add a Reply
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Posted by BonusOnus on 02/15/2012:
You need to tell your boss that you need to have supervisory power over the young kid. If the boss won't grant it to you, request that you transfer the kid to another supervisor (if there is another one). The other thing is that it's possible that the kid is connected somehow. He might be the owner's son or nephew or your manager's friend's son. Do you know enough about the young kid? Some intelligence work, such as asking how he got the job, might provide some valuable insight.

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