Co-Workers from Hell

Everyone has that co-worker they can't stand. Read and share your stories here!
Symphony Orchestra Admin office - She has no internal dialogue, and that's just the tip of the iceburg. By GRUMBLEgrumbleGrUmBle

She sits across from me and her computer screen covers her mouth from my angle- SO I never see her mouth moving, but it never stops talking. She thinks outloud, she talks her way through every piece of data entry: "Now move the mouse over here, push this little square, and that pops up, and now where do I go? Oh, here is the little button, and then hit tab..............."
WHEN her computer doesn't go fast enough, she BANGS KEYS.
WHEN she opens the mail every day and stamps everything "RECEIVED (date)", she might as well be playing the drums. If a letter is erroneously returned and she knows it, she still stamps it- rendering it impossible to slip back into the mail box.
WHEN we received our first Christmas card of the year, she stapled a slip of paper to the front, covering the pretty snowflake-- The paper had a list of all the office staff, and a space for each to initial that we've read the card. Inside, it said "Merry Christmas" and was signed by our insurance rep.
WHEN she doesn't understand how to do something, she immediately apologizes for "being such an idiot, and so stupid", and immediately acts super defensive as you try to explain the answer.
IT TAKES HER DAYS to return a short list of phone calls, but she gets extremely defensive if you ask if she's called someone back, and never lets you take on any of the call-backs, insulted you're moving in on her job.
NO ONE OVERSEES HER WORK- but I am directly affected by the quality of it.
(I'm only beginning)

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department of education - special education By kelly987

I have to share an office with the worst lady ever!! She throws out my work, damages it, has tantrums at her desk where she throws her stuff around, sent me an email with job ads. Almost the whole office has issues with her. I went to 5 different people in management all did nothing and made me have mediation with her and she denied everything but suggested I be removed from my position. Managemnt and her both attacked me and I have been told to move offices and was also told off. She was told that im sure no one thinks that about you. But only becuse she flirts with mangemnt and buys them gifts and kisses ass. And she has done this to 3 others who were in my position before.

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Direct Logistics - The most incompetent place I've ever worked. By meowmeowkitten123

I 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 By Schmoopie

Why 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?

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Women in workplace By Female Fed

15 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.

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By Really2?!:

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...



By PeonWithATude:

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! By wage slave

My 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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By walking by:

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 By pittsburger83

I just started my job 3 months ago. At first everything was great. Good money, close to home...my 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!!!

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By tired of jerks at work :

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...... By Forkeh

Okay, 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 my....er...equals 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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By Forkeh:

Edit: It's *now* directly my problem.



By labtech:

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.



By Forkeh:

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. By ihatemyjob12

Okay, 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!!!

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I don't understand By lame reason

I was fired because a coworker said I poured my perfume to have another coworker have an asthma attack.

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By Anon:

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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