Co-Workers from Hell

Everyone has that co-worker they can't stand. Read and share your stories here!
Games - How I left a job I loved By Diana

I landed this nice job after looking for so long and I was so happy to see my boss was such a kind hard working man that I tought I would definetly get along just fine. Even my supervisor was nice and even if we had bumps on the road he helped me a lot. But then... She appeared and what I tought was a nice working environment turned out to be a den of wolves, her being the leader.

She is the art director and even if she was kind supperficially, little by little I realized she was a though cookie. Never letting us do our job properly because she made a big fuzz if we wanted to improve or correct work that she made and was not workable in our deparment, always trying to tell us how to do things despite accepting not knowing how to do our job. Some times she just dissapeared from the office when some how the boss didnt agree with her and then she returned to work with no problems at all and to continue trying to control everything in the office.

It was so bad that our boss will accept her nonsense juat to keep her shut uo. Anw, our boss hired another person to jouin our little team, and it wasn't a team player... Enough said things went from bad to worse, even if we were producing a massive amount of work and never ever myself said anything to upset my boss... Actually he never talked to me, just to my supervisor... It was never enough. One day she decided to make a bigger fuzz and kinda let me know to follow her orders and do my job the way she pleases, that the boss was ok with all that... That we were compromising the game with our changes (it wasn't). Next day... Our team left and not in a quiet matter... It was awful... But it was just enough abuse, my boss called me angered after telling him of my 2 weeks notice and well... It didn't went well. Told me I never talked and was the worst kind of person for talking in a corner and not talking with anybody else despite de fact I was always open and made lots of friends there... He just shouted at me telling me to shut up over and over... Then he protected the new guy with no experience and that refused since the beggining to talk to his team but talked to everybody else refarding his concerns. Anw... The place was always getting and losing people, in the little time I ws there I saw at last a while department leave and other layoff for then find cheaper juniors to do the job. Payment was late, just now it started to get better, i was paid 1.5 months late twice, money was always late at least for a week,no medical, broken promises, even christmas payment came on the 23rd... No christmas bonus nor a thank you nor anything.

After I was yelled by my boss on the phone I realized it was the best decision I made and even if I have nothing right now I feel excited for all the new possibilities. There were so many things happening there and now that I left keep wondering how I was so stupid to endure that just becase I liked to draw when I can do it anywhere else... I endured because of a paycheck I was not even sure will come on time... I was just giving this place the benefit of the doubt and wanted to show my boss how grateful I was with him for opening the doors for me... Not worth it and definetly was never more than a tool for this company. That's life and man... It openend my eyes so much. I don't wish that company harm at all, but all the luck in the world if they are going to keep moving in that road, lots of my ex coworkers were such sweet kids, and those are the ones I will miss. Bye bye job that I used to love, the ride was bumpy but amazing.

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Unnamed - Every day is a challenge. By LivinginHellinCanada

I have been with this company for a very long time. At some point we needed to expand and more people were hired. This person seemed to be nice in the beginning. Telling us how they needed a stable job, so what went from part-time became full time.

But once they were in the true colors started to show. The rude fowl mouth. The personal attacks on the staff they didn't like because they couldn't bully them into taking their abuse. The staff turn over is horrible for this size company.

The language in the office sunk to lows that are unheard of in any place of business. The f word is common place along with the C word. Degrading employees and attacks one people who just walk in our front doors.

This person is a completely different person when the board is present in the building, but as soon as they leave this person is like, thank god they are gone. Now forget what they told you to do and this is the way I am doing it.. f# them.

They haven't got a clue that she completely disrespects their position and direction and does exactly the opposite.

We've lost customers due to the abuse this person has given them. And the complaints that are sent in are just ignored and swept under the table.

I can't say anything because, although I have worked here for years they only believe that person's manipulative lies and completely disregard me.

The worst part is when that person does get caught doing something so bad, this monster turns the board on one another (instigate fights between the members) to distract them from actually seeing what they themselves are doing in the company.

This person shops all day long online, their family members are calling anywhere from 5 - 50 times a day. And they watch the board's calendars and then plans their days for booking doctors appointments or shopping adventures while the board members are away so that they don't even know how much time this person actually misses.

One year two ladies in the office kept track and this person in total hours missed at work owed the company 48 days of missed time that they were paid for. How rediculous is that?

We do alot of inside sales and customer support here, and this person will walk into our offices and tell us to tell the person on the phone to just F off and hang up on them. We don't and then this person is furious with us for not doing what they told us to do.

This person has called us into their office and shown staff discusting pornographic videos on the work computers. Because the board is blind to this and won't believe anyone when a complaint is made, they (the bad employee in a position of management) gets away with it.

I am waiting for the day this person steals from the company or does something so bad, that the board has no other recourse but to fire this discusting human being.

And this person will sue... because that's what this person does. Suing everyone and stealing from everyone they can get away with it from. But I will be ready to stand up, and so will a few others.

Since this person has come into this company, we have had the highest staff turn over, because no one can work with this person for very long. This person has attacked individual staff members repeatedly over the years and threatened that she will get them fired.

Surviving in this stressful enviroment has been the most taxing life experience to date in my life.

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State job - Why hiring friends can be bad for work morale By Sfbayarea

I started working as a HC professional for state over a year ago. Since then it has been difficult to even get close to transitioning to a horrible/closed minded work culture. My coworker who has seniority was hired as "lead" and got her friend to be part of our team. 1st month, her friend already went on a 10day vacay! Since then, every other month this past year she has gone on vacay for a week or two. The lead calls in randomly, went on a 14day vacay and the other continues to go on vacay. I called in sick when i had the flu for 2days, vacay most 3days.. the new girl says how difficult it is covering for me?! Lol hilarious. I found out today they are hiring friend & the continuous vacay employee has been encouraging already to take vacation. Yet another hire based on friendship, than qualifications/merrit; i was hoping for someone outside the company, fresh eyes not blinded from the current culture. I used to ride share w/them but realized it wasn't for me, i got tired of hearing very bad gossip about others..imagine what they say to me! I work hard, always take initiative..but i am no longer growing/learning in this environment and unhappy. The lead wants to increase workload by 50%-work she will not do but delegate, i already eat lunch/straight back to work and no breaks! I always do the hard work and my boss gives our lead praise/credit..amazing! I am normally a very happy, outgoing individual but these women are draining. I never realized how important work culture was until i worked with these people. I hope we all find a better environment for all those w/similar situations.

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Rude, cliquey co-workers By mrsgiraffe

I worked for about five years for the same company in retail. On my very first shift, I was struggling to get all of my duties done as I was new. My manager said to me, ‘Well, I guess you'll be working late then.' She and 5 other co-workers left the store. I stayed back nearly two hours to complete duties that I had little idea how to do, with no one to ask. The next week my manager ripped into me about how bad my work was that night. I later found out it was against company policy for a manager to leave me in that position.

All my co-workers seemed really cliquey, and didn't talk to me unless I spoke to them. One girl would usually start whispering to the others when I entered the room or walk past her. I had to call in sick one morning because I had glandular fever, and she began yelling at me, and saying I had to come in for the set up.

For a time, I tried to make a lot more effort. I wondered if I had come across as rude somehow, and rubbed them up the wrong way. Each morning, I would pretend I had to go get something from where they were working and chatting so I would have the opportunity to say hello. They seemed pleasant when I did this, but right after our greeting, they went straight back to their conversation.

The manager invited me to a work dinner, and I was excited because it seemed like my efforts to get to know the team was paying off. When I arrived at the dinner, I sat next to one girl and we happily chatted for a few minutes, before another girl arrived, sat next to me on the other side and joined in the conversation. This lasted a few minutes before the conversation became purely about things they had done together, and it got to the point where I could no longer contribute or feel interested in talking to them. This lasted for nearly half an hour before we ordered out food. I felt rather foolish sitting in silence while everyone at the table was chatting to one another. After this, I switched seats with one of the girls, feeling as though I would have a better chance at conversation with somebody else. The guy I tried to talk to after this was not interested in chatting, and would respond to my questions with one word answers. It was such a relief to go home that night. On Facebook, one of the girls had posted a status about what a great night it was, and tagged literally everyone at the dinner except me.

I didn't get invited to another work dinner; not that I would have really wanted to go anyway. They used the work whiteboard to write down who was bringing what dish to a work party. Only me and another girl renowned for not working hard were not invited.

One manager who was often given the task of giving me constructive feedback would often tell me that the other managers thought I was really quiet and stand-offish. I felt very hurt by these comments. How did they not realise I was making every attempt to get along with my co-workers? This manager would also say, ‘Everyone here has been complaining about you!' She never specified which co-workers, or what they were complaining about.

On my last shift, a couple of co-workers wished me well and hugged me. A few months later on Facebook, I saw another girl had been given a cake and a huge card on her last day. She had worked there six months. I had worked there for five years. That really annoyed me.

I'm annoyed at myself for not moving on from this job quicker, and it's been on my mind lately. I should have left the job after the first shift, but I thought if I stuck it out, it would get better. It never did. Anybody else have a similar experience?

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Network Operation Center - Oh you enjoy your new job? Let me spend every moment complaining about it to you! By Ayashi

Recently--by that I mean May of 2014--I landed a job at a relatively well-to-do NOC. It is very low-visibility and offers four day work-weeks. Call volume is almost non-existent and as the rule tends to fly with NOCs, when nothing happens, you are doing your job perfectly.

Keep in mind I had just left a nightmare job doing tech-ops for a gigantic miserable corporation filled with half-witted middle management and close to 70 phone calls a day, from end users and 'others' alike. Let me also state that I had to commute by train from a ghetto in Chicago to the financial district, and I was being paid roughly $17,000 less than I am now.

Let's fast forward. I love my boss, and I love my boss's boss. They both work by example, have our backs, and are readily available to help us through anything be it personal or technical. I have never had such a luxury. My team consists of 7 people, and since one person can run the NOC we really only see our colleagues maybe twice a week for a few hours.

I never in my wildest dreams would've found that to be an eternity of atrocious madness until I found myself working next to a guy my age (32) who has a double master's in business (he enjoys telling people this) and is an immigrant from Bulgaria. He enjoys making fun of 'Murica which I personally don't mind as I am native to the UK. Anyway, he was the first person charged with training me in. I was with him clock-in to clock-out for two weeks, learning about how he hates his wife, how he loves money, wants more money, doesn't get enough money, hates his job (my job, our job), and hates that he doesn't have enough to do.

Realizing he was toxic within seconds I reasonably shut my mouth and simply stared at him as if waiting for the punchline (you should try it), he eventually said "I'm going to start my own business, maybe trading, I want to be my own boss man, have millions." That's when I laughed as authentically as my lying arse could. He took it well. Nevertheless, it persisted, badly. He miscalculated his income and ended up not being able to pay his federal taxes because his dead-beat wife spent 3 grand to go to London to attend a "success seminar" only to return bewildered and none the wiser (he and her are the PERFECT suckers, naive as a newborn.)

He actually asked me for money that day. A week and a half after I started. Before I received my first paycheck. I asked if he was joking and he said he wasn't, that his wife spent all his money and now he can't afford to send his son to daycare (his wife has no job, why does he send his son to daycare?) I told him absolutely not, and after hours of listening to him cry about his misfortunes and how the job I am trying to enjoy is the cause of it all he hit rock bottom--he got scammed into a ponzi scheme. I was the one who alerted him of it because like the naive dotard he is, he tried to scam ME into it. He next got a part time job at Uber where he would come to work talking about all these "irritating b*tches whining about everything and only caring about money." I saw my opening and shot true, "Wow that sounds identical to the hopeless guy who sits next to me at work!" Surprisingly, he laughed.

I should also add that he comes in late, sometimes up to two hours, and leaves early every day. VPNs in on his phone and clocks in and out so his punches appear legit. He hates himself and this job that much apparently. I didn't rat on him, I don't care because I've successfully trained my brain into mentally transforming him into an irrelevant cartoon-like essence that just happens to be within proximity and emits sounds now and again. Anyway he finally had enough money to pay his taxes and guess what he does? He spends 1500 dollars on a gigantic cappuccino machine and had to file for an extension, followed by asking me again for money.

After another hilarious rejection he began trying to sell me things. Shoes (his son's shoes, I don't have a child), a bondi-blue iMac mouse he said was a collector's item that I could "flip" for "thousands" (why didn't he?) A broken tablet that has a huge crack on it and doesn't appear to have functioning internet capabilities, covered in oil stains--he tried to sell me that one for two hundred dollars. What prompted me to actually compose this was today he asked if I'd like a cheap place to live close to work, which of course I am, and he tried to sell me his guest room, in his house, with his family occupying it. He somehow is my age, has a double masters in business, and has accumulated all the stupidity possible in a human being while I have been present on this rotting earth the same amount of time but only have a simple B.S and a bit of common sense. I love my job but he makes the two days I see him absolutely dreadful unless I tune him out completely.

I am not lying, he tried to sell me his son's shoes. His current endeavor is day-trading on his craiglist-bought-laptop. Before he left today he asked if I would "give" him my Microsoft Windows license and he would "give" me something worth as much in return. I said "what this time? Half of a rotary phone? F*ck off."

For the very first time, he very much f*cked off. I couldn't think as slow as this train wreck if I tried, but I just cannot take my eyes away from the tragedy that is his toxic co-worker complex. Oh well, maybe this will be fun to read for someone.

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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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