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Dealing with a bad boss: Nutty horror stories

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OK, who here has a terrible boss?

Today, I want to talk about them, because if you have one, you think about them every single day you go to work.

What makes a bad boss?

Maybe they’re overbearing and rude. Maybe they dismiss every idea you have.

Or maybe they’re the spineless boss that meekly says, “Sorry, I can’t give you a raise…that’s all the wiggle room I have…” If he can’t stand up for himself, how will he ever stand up for you?

Just try to imagine the look on someone’s face on a Sunday afternoon as they think about going back to work for their boss the next day. I can see them in my mind, drinking at a Sunday brunch and complaining about something their boss did. Their friends, who’ve heard this 50 times, roll their eyes and try to change the subject. It’s hilarious…as long as it’s someone else. That last line is also my life philosophy.

A bad boss means that every day — for 8+ hours/day, 2,000+ hours/year — some of us are walking around on pins and needles, dreading seeing our boss. It’s like walking around with a 50lb weight on your shoulders that you can’t take off…because it’s also secretly keeping you alive (aka giving you a paycheck).

Now here’s the interesting part.

Of all the people who have bad bosses, how many leave to find another job? Maybe 1 in 100? Why does everyone else stay? You’re not a slave. You can leave whenever you want.

There’s a lot of boo-hoo, woe-is-me, waa-the-economy-is-so-bad. Actually, no, it’s not. Top performers can get a job in days in this economy. (In fact, we’re hiring for lots of positions.)

If you have a bad boss, it’s not your fault — but it is your responsibility to do something about it. Once you’ve admitted that your boss is bad and you want out, you have 3 options:

  1. Try to change your boss (unlikely)
  2. Find another job (hmm, if only there were some way to find your Dream Job)
  3. Do nothing and complain (I’ll see you in hell)

It’s just like being in a bad relationship. You can blame it on them all you want…but ultimately, it’s your decision to stay or leave.

One of the skills that few people talk about is knowing when to quit. Seth Godin writes about this in The Dip, where he says:

“…What really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly, while staying focused and motivated when it really counts.

Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt — until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons.”

For all the people who complain about a bad boss, how many of them spotted the telltale signs — years ago? And did nothing?

Ultimately, it comes down to this: You don’t have to accept a bad boss. It’s not “normal” or part of paying your dues. Nobody should have to sigh and say, “Another Monday…back to the grind.”

I actually think a lot of us are in this situation — a lot more than we want to admit. So I want open up the conversation around this.

What’s your boss horror story?

Do you have a bad boss? Did you finally escape? I want you to share your boss horror stories in the comments.

Beyond pure curiosity, I want to start a conversation about this. What made them so bad? And as you write this, notice how it makes you feel.

Share your boss horror story in the comments below. Don’t worry about naming any names or revealing yourself. You can keep it completely anonymous.

This isn’t just for employees, either. If you’ve been a boss, flip it. What’s your employee horror story?

I’m excited to read yours.

P.S. It’s fun to commiserate about horrible bosses. But I’m more interested in understanding what we can do about it.

Recently, I heard one of the most fascinating boss horror stories of all time. It came from a guest in my Brain Trust program, Kevin Hillstrom. Today, Kevin is the CEO of a successful business, MineThatData (and an amazing strategist). But early in his career, he was an awkward junior analyst — with ZERO communication and business skills.

One day, he was sitting in his cubicle and overheard his boss saying horrible things about him behind closed doors.

Instead of complaining about how bad his boss was, he took a totally different perspective — one that changed his entire career.

Check out Kevin’s story here:

Enjoy!

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Celina
Celina
5 months 23 days ago
Oh man, bad boss? I once had a boss that threw a complete fit because I accidentally broke a coffee pot in the pantry. The best part was that it wasn’t even her’s… and the person that did own the coffee pot was okay with it since I told him that I’ll buy him a new one. She threw a massive fit anyway, about work reputations and how I tarnished her work reputation nonetheless. Two weeks later, when I was invited to her room for my quarter review and she continued to act very dramatic about the coffee pot, I… Read more »
Preety
Preety
5 months 22 days ago

Really!! Kindly visit my blog http://www.newseveryhour.com

Tina
Tina
5 months 23 days ago
My boss wasn’t evil, just offered no leadership and ran the business poorly. There was never any money for raises, or to hire necessary staff, or sometimes even to pay our vendors. I stuck it out for more then seven years, until a couple months ago when I decided it was simply time to go. I didn’t have another job lined up, but I gave my month’s notice and left anyway. It felt good to leave on my own terms, when things were going well in my department. What I’ve realized in the time since is that you don’t have… Read more »
Leander
Leander
5 months 23 days ago
Yeah, that is often a problem. Most people here whine and complain about one specific problem boss that will raise your blood pressure to dangerous level. All people do that to occasionally, and often without realising it. There are certainly sociopaths out there, but they are not that common. But a leaderless, directionless company that is just drifting? Very very common case. The problem is that the bosses THINK they know what they want, but they don’t really, and they don’t give clear directions. Often because they only have a vague fuzzy dream about what they want. And when they… Read more »
Joshua
Joshua
5 months 23 days ago
I had a bad boss at my last job which I had worked at for over 10 years. The problem began when I applied for the job after writing a 5-year plan for the company which was accepted. I had assumed that since I wrote the plan that the position would be executing that I had a fair shot. She got the job, and I congratulated her on it. She got wind that I had applied and that’s when the issues started. My reviews went from 8 years of stellar to crap. then the case building began to get rid… Read more »
Nadia
Nadia
5 months 23 days ago
I have a horrible bos… right now! I haven’t worked for the company too long. I am already looking for a way out. My boss exaggerates and lies a lot and has no integrity. It started at the hiring interview. I was promised the world! Everything I could ever dream of. This is my first job out of university so needless to say that I was not that experenced dealing with higher-ups. He told me the company is a great place to work for, has great structure and potential. Gave me a terrible salary saying he will review it in… Read more »
Noel
Noel
5 months 23 days ago
My bad boss was this douche named John. About 3 months of working with this “B+” Player…the guy literally didn’t know how to project plan, never had a successful development cycle the whole time. That and he was just rude and never cared about company priorities, just “his” priorities. Oh that and he constantly brown-nosed to the execs while simultaneously treating the rest of the devs like sub-par people. I did my best to coach the guy as I was much more familiar on how to efficiently run a Scrum Development process, suggested a lot of ways to improve our… Read more »
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
5 months 23 days ago
My last job had a boss that was nutso. He seemed to be afraid of doing actual work, despite the fact that he was running a department. When you met with him, he would go off on long story telling tangents about how great he was or how he did amazing things 20 years ago under the guise of “teaching” you. He also frequently badmouthed coworkers to me and undermined their accomplishments while publicly praising them. Friday mornings were spent in a conference room, where he would share news from other departments and ramble on about how they were all… Read more »
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
5 months 23 days ago

So, umm, can we remove the picture from this post? I didn’t realize you use disqus comments and would prefer not to have that attached.

Kathi
Kathi
5 months 23 days ago
Yep, had a few of those…. #1. Set up timebombs on the system (we were IT) when he thought his job was in jeopardy. If he didn’t sign on for two weeks they would start going off. I let the company know when I put in my resignation. They offered me his position 6 months later when he resigned….. but there were other issues there so I politely declined. (There was no proof on timebombs as he had removed them.) #2. Had to be “right”, and never accepted input and was know for yelling across the cube farm “Last time… Read more »
Andrea Sachs
Andrea Sachs
5 months 23 days ago
In my first office job, I had a boss I liken as a male version of The Devil Wears Prada. I started working for him in the first place because at the time I needed a job, and got the interview because he happens to be my great-uncle by marriage. I say “got the interview” because I still had to interview and prove myself to stay. He was fond of referring to past employees as those who “couldn’t survive,” ergo those of us currently employed were surviving (at least temporarily). He had decades of experience in building companies, government proposals… Read more »
Joe Shoemaker
Joe Shoemaker
5 months 23 days ago
My former boss was truly nutty. He didn’t stop at throwing me under the bus and criticizing my work in front of my clients. (Whom privately apologized to me for HIS behavior!) One night he took me to dinner and waited until one glass of wine was consumed when he asked me, “what’s it going to take to get you to convert to my religion?” I was floored. It felt like an ultimatum and all I could say was “do you realize how umcomfortable this question is for me?” His response? “Just imagine how uncomfortable I am asking!” Oi vey.… Read more »
Amanda
Amanda
5 months 23 days ago
Oh man — I’ve got one. I got a job offer from this place in December. They told me my start date was Jan. 1. So I gave my other job 2 weeks notice and quit in time to start the new job at the start of the year Well, as it turns out, the boss wasn’t so sure she wanted to bring me…So my start date was Jan 1. It dragged out to the middle of February. Keep in mind that I quit my old job and thought I was starting a new one, so I spent a whole… Read more »
Ben
Ben
5 months 23 days ago

Wow, this has got to be one of the worst I’ve ever heard. So how did it resolve?

Carolynn
Carolynn
5 months 23 days ago

End thread. Go home, everyone.

Ursula
Ursula
5 months 23 days ago
I worked for a sociopath named Matthew. He did the usual- presented my work to his superiors as his own, micromanaged, bullied, belittled, and muddied the waters. I would cry on my drive in, because I didn’t know what freakish passive-aggressive unpleasantness he would have in store for me. He tried to take disciplinary action toward me for going to medical appointments that he had previously approved. He wrote me up for taking a half-day off to go to a friend’s funeral in another state. I was out for a medical issue for a week, and he demanded my coworker… Read more »
JP
5 months 23 days ago
I had a boss who was a single woman in her mid 40s. She had a crush on me. I was in a position where I had to be supervised by her next to her in clinic. Whenever she was supervising me, she would stare at me with eyes full of sexual desire. I felt very uncomfortable and kept my professional distance. She Became angry that I was not reciprocating her feelings and started becoming very emotional over petty things towards me from then on. She would behave in ways to outwardly hurt my feelings. She would belittle me in… Read more »
arinn
5 months 23 days ago
i was working for a woman who ran her own small, home-based business – she made bath & beauty products. it was crystal clear that she didn’t feel comfortable having us workers (there were 3 of us) in her home, but she didn’t want to spend the extra money for an office space. once, she came into our work area (the living room) and said accused us of messing with her toothbrush. why? “because it’s wet.” another time, she came out from the bathroom and asked “who put a pad in the trash?” she shamed the coworker who had gotten… Read more »
Ben
Ben
5 months 23 days ago
I had a boss who would yell at me every time I made some minor mistake. And since he micromanaged me, every little detail that wasn’t perfect was a “mistake” and I got yelled at. For example, if I entered the wrong number in the spreadsheet, I would get yelled at if he just happened to be looking over my shoulder before I could even get a chance to correct it. The worst part? I was the only one who got yelled at all the time and he treated all of my coworkers like normal people. On top of that,… Read more »
Jules
Jules
5 months 23 days ago
OMG…I had a terrible, horrible boss. She didn’t know shite about anything in the field that I was in, expected me to do all of the things that I had no authority to do, wouldn’t pay for me to get training so that I could have the authtority to do the things that she needed me to do, had no idea how to properly cite sources, and then she took my name off a paper that I’d written and published it without listing me as an author. I quit after a little more than a year, when it became obvious… Read more »
Twinkle
Twinkle
5 months 23 days ago

Hi Ramit,

All is good but would you not stick your crossed leg in the face of your guests please? It looks really odd and gave an impression that you are showing “I am the boss in the room” kind of attitude.

Cheers,
Your fan

Rachel
Rachel
5 months 23 days ago
I worked at a bed and breakfast in Missouri and had the worst boss! A husband and wife owned the business. The wife Kate had mental disorders (split personality, etc) and was seeing a psychiatrist but refused to take medication for her illnesses. I decided that I was not going to put up with her verbally abusive comments any longer and found a new job in my major, working as a food scientist (LOVE the new job btw!). I gave her my notice and continued to come to work for the remaining days. One morning, Kate walks into the kitchen… Read more »
Rosie
Rosie
5 months 23 days ago

Bad boss.. Having to ask for your wages at the end of the week/month.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 23 days ago
Definitely keeping this one anonymous. I’ll call my boss Bob. Bob was never around except when he was screaming at people. No exaggeration. He’d close his door and you’d hear him go off like a fire engine on some poor bastard trapped in the man’s office. Interestingly, he never screamed at me and even seemed to like me for some reason. 99% of other people weren’t so lucky. Bob was also a married man having a pretty open affair with one of my coworkers. She’d sit in his lap at company events and no one else would bat an eye.… Read more »
Still Pissed Off
Still Pissed Off
5 months 23 days ago
I had a pretty terrible boss, but didn’t realize how bad he was until about 1 year in. During a semi-annual review, he told how great of a job I did, but said he wanted to see more hours out of me. I was working a 9-5 job and he said he wanted to see me coming in early and staying late. When I asked if there was something I wasn’t getting done, he said no you’re an excellent worker I just want more hours out of you. He even ended up telling me I wasn’t getting as much of… Read more »
Pix
Pix
5 months 23 days ago

My boss has checked out. She comes to work maybe 2 days a week. She has no idea the work load we are under and doesn’t try to distribute it evenly even after several conversations. she doesn’t want to be here and now neither does anyone on our team.

Stephen Huneycutt
Stephen Huneycutt
5 months 23 days ago
I was the 1st full time employee of a startup 5 years ago. I was star struck by the owner who sold his previous company for $60M. He had a $1B sale in the works for the $60M company but 9/11 happened and all his orders dried up while the paperwork was being finalized. This guy was a genius but had absolutely no social skills. Classic eccentric scientist vibe. The lack of social skills actually helped him during negotiations as he didn’t even acknowledge the behavior going on across the table and just stayed the course. He hired me for… Read more »
Carolynn
Carolynn
5 months 23 days ago

I really identify with your last paragraph. Now I look back on problem situations and problem people earlier in my career and am amazed I didn’t react faster when the writing first appeared on the wall. As you get more experience (and wisdom), I think you develop a sharper nose for bullshit and a quicker trigger finger.

Sarah
Sarah
5 months 23 days ago
My last boss was the worst! It went much further then the fact that she was extremely moody, rude and gave me no direction. She was having an affair with the COO of the company and felt a huge sense of entitlement. She would show up late everyday, pawn all the work off on me and would continue to get raises while I got nothing. She would go off on other employees and complain about them so much they would get fired because the entire executive staff would back her. I couldn’t help but show her a little attitude every… Read more »
Carla Cravens
5 months 23 days ago
My boss have me work on a test project without giving my any direction. He reviewed the plans then mentioned how he has an idea in his head of how he wants it to look but this is nothing like that. Instead of giving me some direction or even telling me what he didn’t like about. Instead he asked me what kind of designer am I and why I wasted time on something he can’t present to the client. So I’m expected to read his mind and design something that has not even been discussed with me. Really was rude… Read more »
Scott
Scott
5 months 23 days ago
Seven years ago, I hit the reset button and started in a new exiting field. I took a new job, with a young company. They had all I was looking for at the time. As expected the company grew, and the guy I had started out working with…became my boss. He had no supervisory experience or training, and an inferiority complex. Having been in many different positions in the past, I thought I could help him grow into a decent boss. Decisions were made as a result of paranoia, every single thing was about proving what a great supervisor he… Read more »
Mikayla
Mikayla
5 months 23 days ago
I freelance in TV. A lot of skills are transferable from project to project, but every time you start a new show, there is a slightly new culture you have to adapt to. That’s fine, and I will take feedback on my performance, no problem. Buuut…on one pilot I was working, my show runner went email thread crazy nitpicking the most minute detail of my work: formatting of words and font on a slate of an internal export. It wasn’t just one email directed to me. It was one email at a time about each aspect of the slate over… Read more »
Ames
Ames
5 months 23 days ago

My boss does not know the business he is in. I’ve been doing this for several years. I know what I’m talking about. He clearly does not.

He is a BS talk pro who signs clients we won’t be able to help, throws tantrums when things don’t go his way, has my colleague book his wife’s personal travels.

Why do I stay? Because I need to pay rent. But I’m actively looking and sending resumes.

Sara
Sara
5 months 23 days ago
I had a boss in 2009 when I worked part-time as a Marketing Assistant. Upon hire, I was told that in 1 year or less I would be hired full-time with benefits (really good ones too!) and a pay raise of at least 25% after 6 months evaluation period. Excited by the prospects, I certainly did my best to make the department shine. About 3 months after I was hired, the company hired someone who was absolutely horrible about hitting on the women. He hit on me many, many times, with very sexual innuendos, both direct and indirect. It made… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 23 days ago
I literally just quit my job two days ago after working there for only 2 months due to the biggest douche bag, ass hole that I have ever worked for. In the 2 months that I worked there I witnessed him make a girl cry because he put her on the spot for some role playing and when she said it made her feel uncomfortable, he told her “that she needs to get her shit together and that 2016 is going to be different than 2015”. If you didn’t do things the right way, without proper instruction from him mind… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 23 days ago
The worst boss I ever had was the paralegal manager at my first law firm. Her position had a major structural problem: she was required to both manage paralegals and do as many billable hours as us. Her solution was to claim our work as her own, write down our hours, and pump herself up. At one point, she wrote off the 100 hours I’d put into a project, claimed the 100 hours for herself, and then put me on the watch list for being short in my hours. My job was on the line, and I didn’t have another… Read more »
Darren Hough
Darren Hough
5 months 23 days ago

Bad boss story? How about being called “boy” on a daily basis by the owner of Design Science in Philadelphia?

Madison
Madison
5 months 23 days ago
I’ve had several. Boss #1 required that I *memorize the sound of her footsteps* so that I could have the key to her PRIVATE bathroom held out for her to literally snatch from my hand as she walked by without a word. She also required 10 full calorie Pepsi’s and 10 Poland Springs bottled waters in her office mini fridge, and only ate sliced green honeydew melon and green grapes that HAD to be purchase from Grand Central Market. My time served before escape: 2 months. Boss #2 told me that I personally hurt her feelings and showed poor judgement… Read more »
Shingo Tanishima
Shingo Tanishima
5 months 23 days ago
I had a boss who didn’t empathize or understand emotion because he was very process driven. He would keep tabs on me when I didn’t follow company processes and procedures in spite of the fact that I did my job well. I ultimately got written up with a final warning…but he never gave me earlier informal talks that this was bothering him. The day he lost me as an employee was when he ignored my request for a stretch assignment outside his department because his idea of a stretch assignment was giving me another program in his department. At that… Read more »
Jimta
Jimta
5 months 23 days ago
I had a terrible boss. The day he met me, he was questioning me about things beyond my control (excess material that was being stored on the receiving dock and in trailers). When I said the front office supply chain continued to order material that we didn’t need, he held that against me. My job was to store and disperse materials, but all of the blunders fell on my shoulders. I could not please this man, no matter what I did. He never valued my opinion or asked for my side of any story. He was on a mission to… Read more »
Ray
Ray
5 months 23 days ago
I’ve was extremely fortunate to work with a few outstanding bosses–who coached me along the way, gave me challenging opportunities, and made sure that I was well cared for financially. I left my previous company eight years ago after 20+ years of service, thanks to a horrible new hire to replace my previous boss. Our division was historically understaffed and I developed a plan to grow our team and easily justified the costs based on the extra sales generated by the expanded team. My boss insisted upon presenting the plan to executive staff himself, which seemed a bit strange but… Read more »
Chris
Chris
5 months 23 days ago
Terrible boss: – micromanager: insisted on changing my decisions, even in domains where she had no knowledge – hypercritical: called my creative work “tired” though I did a superior job on a ridiculously small budget; recommended me for a zero-percent raise – liar: accused me of insulting a client–never happened – credit-grabber: her idea of praise was saying “gold star for you!”; claimed my research as her own – jealous: refused to allow me to talk directly to technical people in other departments–insisted on being the go-between in all such conversations; tried to exchange my nice desk for a crappy… Read more »
Michelle Welcher
Michelle Welcher
5 months 23 days ago
I have the ultimate in bad bosses. I had been a principal until last year when my superintendent pulled me into his office and told me he was letting me go. It wasn’t until early this year I found out the true story of why I was let go. My daughter shows cattle in jackpots and FFA. I support FFA ( Future Farmers of America) with all that I have. I had been appointed (during my last year as a prinipcal) as a parent to a State Ag Education committee which I was excited about . This superintendent was upset… Read more »
Deena
5 months 23 days ago
I’ve had a number of abusive bosses. I finally figured out that I was unconsciously choosing jobs with the same exact type of boss — with the same personality type as an abusive relative of mine. The realization helped me get out of the cycle, and that was the last time I worked for an abusive boss. The most obnoxious thing a boss said to me (he wasn’t one of the abusive ones — he just had no idea how to manage) was when I was pregnant with my first child. He said: “You’re not going to come back to… Read more »
Scott
Scott
5 months 23 days ago
My boss’s boss thought I was a different employee for about 6 months. We looked alike, had a similar haircut, same body types, etc. The problem was that this employee liked to skip out on department meetings. After a number of meetings, my boss called me into his office because his boss wasn’t happy that I was skipping out on all the meetings. I had to prove that I was physically at these meetings and that it was my coworker that was playing hookie. The director didn’t believe me at first, but she eventually realized who we were. Lesson learned:… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
5 months 23 days ago

My boss would disgustingly flirt with the office manager in front of everyone. He would be unpredictably abusive one minute, and gift you a nice bottle of wine from his $50,000 collection the next. He would sneak up behind you like a vampire while you were working. He was eventually caught videotaping his employees in the bathroom, forced to resign from his professorship, and kicked out of the national board of which he had been the president. He then killed himself before he could be properly tried in court.

Pam
5 months 23 days ago
My boss sat in her office with the door closed, watching TV on her computer. She was unapologetic. “I’m a sacred cow,” she proclaimed. “They can’t do anything to me. I’m a cancer survivor.” That much was true. She had overcome a bout of breast cancer five years before, and she never let anyone forget it. If anyone disagreed with her, asked her for more work, asked her to explain her lack of productivity, her answer was always the same. “I’m a survivor, you know. Anything…*anyTHING* might set off a relapse. And then I’ll die. And it will be your… Read more »
Ha!
Ha!
5 months 23 days ago

My last boss not only unfriended me on LinkedIn, he blocked me. And on all social media, too. Pretty funny!

Ha!
Ha!
5 months 23 days ago
I fled my last company because of the two people in charge – the president and the COO. The president was a childish emotion-driven lazy idiot who landed in the position because he married well, and managed to stay on as president after his wife divorced him, after which women became The Enemy. Among other things, he loved to “lead” through intimidation, literally brandishing a makeshift bayonet at subordinates. The COO was the president’s best friend from college, and the most manipulative, paranoid person I’ve ever met in my life. He loved to play management games, pit people against each… Read more »
Crystal
5 months 23 days ago
My boss was laid off. And so was her boss. And pretty much everyone else on my team… Except for me and one other. My superiors’ positions were considered irrelevant, and so I was left For Six Months without any formal leadership. Sounds like an opportunity, right? But it’s a hard fact to face: force of personality will only get you so far when the ground is infertile. Then a new VP of Marketing was hired, and I’d had high hopes that she would galvanize us and breathe new life into the company. Throw me a life raft! I’ve been… Read more »
Unlucky Worker
Unlucky Worker
5 months 23 days ago
Horror Story 1-I began working as a cold caller for a tech company after the financial crisis. As many here know, cold calling can be brutal. But that wasn’t my biggest worry. The owner of the company would often yell at me and tell me my problem was “I didn’t have confidence.” Stayed at this miserable place for 5 years, yes 5 years. As it as getting more unbearable I took a part time contract job and was trying to figure out how to leave. I was called into the office and told I would be given a different assignment.… Read more »
Kayla
Kayla
5 months 23 days ago
Such an awesome topic!! As much as I agree you should walk away from bad bosses there are times when you can’t. I’ve had loads of bad bosses that I think I’ve developed some good skills in managing them. The first was in my first job in advertising, I needed the experience so had to stay for a year. Another was a few years ago, I think the guy had mental health problems but I need the visa sponsorship so I had to stay and now I have a really nice boss who’s completely incompetent but I have to stay… Read more »
Unlucky Worker
Unlucky Worker
5 months 23 days ago
Horror Story #2 After my nightmare time in the tech industry I took 2 short term contracts. Then found a job in the music industry. Thought it would be great. But my immediate supervisor was difficult to deal with he discriminated against me because of my race–and this will shock people, because I was part white. He also looked down upon me because as a native English speaker, I could speak much clearer than him. He would curse during work hours and talk about his visits to Tijuana brothels. He would also drag his feet during work hours then pour… Read more »
Marcus
Marcus
5 months 23 days ago
I was selected as the interim manager for my team. During this time the director decided he should mentor me. Which meant, being micromanaged while doing his work. Then during one of our mentoring sessions I was instructed to better prioritize my work and learn to tell people no. While interviewing for the position, I was asked to provide an honest assessment of my teams strengths and weaknesses. I gave a detailed summary on each of them. I was then cut off and told we were out of time. The director decided not to fill the position and to leave… Read more »
Amanda
Amanda
5 months 23 days ago
I’m a lawyer, so I’ve had multiple bad bosses. One was from when I was a law clerk. He was a misogynist in the very literal sense. He treated women employees like crap. He would demean us and our work and never gave one word of praise. He went through 14 assistants in one year–all women. However, I never once heard him say anything remotely insulting about a male employee. I quit that as soon as I had an excuse (finals…even though I quit in April). My next job was at a law firm once I’d graduated. I worked at… Read more »
Abby
Abby
5 months 23 days ago
My current boss’ “badness” is a large part of why there is an incredible offer on the table for me, but also the reason it might be taken back. Stealing away 8 hours a day of excitement and interesting activity is pretty horrible, in my book. So I think this counts as a genuine ‘horrible boss’ story. I still am unsure as to my next course of action. I recently began a new job, and I had the pleasure of watching my new boss communicate terribly with the team and make a string of bad managerial decisions–resulting, of course, in… Read more »
Diane
Diane
5 months 23 days ago
My current boss told me “We all need to be a little more paranoid around here”. He is not only paranoid but superstitious – always knocking on wood or – when no wood can be located – his head! (seems appropriate). He argued against paying overtime for his three employees and hired an attorney to verify that it was required – money better spent paying his employees the overtime due. I inquired about bereavement pay for the week I took off when my son died suddenly. He said “you have PTO don’t you?” Well yes, but I kind of hoped… Read more »
Dan
Dan
5 months 23 days ago
Years ago I worked in a burger restaurant. My boss (the owner) was the cheapest bastard ever. He screamed at me in front of an entire restaurant of customers for making a salad too big. On my first day. One time he berated me for putting an extra tomato on a burger… that was for his own mother! Seriously. Employees got no free food or even any discount. I could go on. Turned out he had horrible chronic back pain and no medication would work. The doctors finally suggested he try “herbal” remedies as a last resort (before they were… Read more »
Eve
Eve
5 months 23 days ago
I currently have an awful boss–technically she’s my advisor in an academic program. She’s the type of person who tells you to do one thing, and then when you do it, she criticizes you for it, talks down at you like you’re an idiot, and says you should have done the other thing. When you need to discuss something with her, she avoids you and keeps saying she’s too busy, but then as soon as you take matters into your own hands, she suddenly has all the time in the world to track you down and criticize what you’re doing… Read more »
Emm
5 months 23 days ago
My current employer I can’t really say necessarily that’s he’s a “bad boss” since he is genuinely a good person who puts trust in his employees and cares about their well being. The reason I am commenting is because he does have his flaws. He often talks too much which results in over promising and under delivering constantly. He does have good intentions and would love to deliver on all those promises but he never really has the time to follow through with them. He often promises for “big changes”, “great things will come to you in the future (with… Read more »
Lauretta Zucchetti
5 months 23 days ago
Ah! The memories of that one-really-bad-boss I had make me cringe even now, 15 years later! The man had no integrity, was a penny-pincher and he would use the most insignificant excuse to not give raises when they were due. He manipulated people left and right (I reported directly to him–he was the President) and witnessed all of his games. Oh, he also had no loyalty to his employees so he’d sell you before taking any responsibility or blame. I used to cry like a baby on Sunday night at the thought of having to return there. Anyhow, I got… Read more »
Karl
Karl
5 months 23 days ago

I wasn’t so much as one bad boss but two. I was traveling and needed money so I started work at an apple packaging plant. The job was hell to begin with but there were two supervisors where one would come and tell me I am doing the job wrong or inefficiently and make me change and then the other would come along and tell me that way was incorrect, yell at me and make me change to that method. This happened a couple times that day. I quit the next day as I never went back.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 23 days ago
When I worked as a waiter, the guy who managed the restaurant had no clue how to actually manage anyone. He did not like anyone standing around doing nothing, which is perfectly reasonable, except that he was actually incapable of assigning real tasks. So on slow days, when there were few or no customers, it was actually much more stressful than on busy days because he expected you to always be doing something but wouldn’t tell you what to do. So conversations with him would go something like this, “Waiter, you can’t stand around.” “Ok, what should I do?” “Do… Read more »
Melissa
Melissa
5 months 23 days ago
I was a 20 something female working for a major networking company (the golden child of the tech industry at the time) in corporate communications. My boss was promoted and a new manager came in below her; however my former boss remained a strong mentor that I had a great personal relationship with as well. New manager HATED this and actually requested that I never go to mentor about an issue, but instead talk to new manager first and foremost. She also told me that I intimidated the older male coworker on the team. My language was “too strong” and… Read more »
Eric S. Mueller
5 months 23 days ago
My current boss is the type who keeps all the projects at his level and parcels out tasks. When he does put you in charge of something, he doesn’t give you the empowerment to carry it out. Shows up at meetings takes over, undermines the path you’re trying to take to accomplish what he told you to do. People call you after the meeting to say they’re sorry for the way he treats you. And of course, all the work you do on the tasks he parcels out go to him getting awards, since his name is on everything. You… Read more »
Claire
Claire
5 months 23 days ago
My previous employer was a know-it-all who refuses opinions and plays the blame game all day long. To top it off, she always uses a condescending tone to let us know how bad we, Gen Y are, in comparison to her generation, the baby boomers. She always criticises us for one thing or another, whether we did it correctly or not. The whole office were extremely demotivated. I had my last straw when she started calling me names ‘lousy’, ‘disrespectful’ and ‘calculative’ in a period of 2 days. She even said she’ll rather die than have a daughter like one… Read more »
tim
tim
5 months 23 days ago
the owner of the restaurant I managed was a heavy drinker. we had a massive St. Patricks day event a few years back and he and his wife were pounding screwdrivers starting about noon. Finally about 2 am, we were legally obligated to shut everything down, 18 hours after my shift started. my wife (who was there volunteering) was going to help them get in a cab. She calls me panicked a few minutes later because they are raging, blackout drunk and are in their truck insisting on driving home. They slammed their doors on her repeatedly as she tried… Read more »
Johnny Long
Johnny Long
5 months 23 days ago

Boss is a power tripping maniac. She’s about a 7 so I made the call to pound her out in the office. B size knockers but a brown bag nonetheless. Anyways, after smashing her a few times, all is well. Also, its great way to round out the day.

Walt
5 months 23 days ago

As a boss, my worst employee was having someone who was consistently arriving late, and almost always left early. This is ok if you have proven yourself, but that never happened in this case. and the person was <1 year on the payroll. I hated that I was turning into a clock watcher.

Kate
Kate
5 months 23 days ago
I’ve had several bad bosses, but the one who was hands-down the worst ever boss was my chief, while I was stationed in the U.S. Navy. Part of my job, as an instructor in a certain unnamed rate, was to hold classes for those who were going to be stationed overseas at various duty stations. As part of my duties, I had to be evaluated at regular intervals by more senior instructors. After one particular evaluation, my boss found out that I had aced the eval. He then called me over to his desk and casually told me that the… Read more »
AA
AA
5 months 23 days ago
I had several bad bosses, some had redeeming strengths and I tried to learn from them, so I’ll start with the worst. Obese self entitled A-hole is an Austrian creative director with zero talent who got his way around life bullying everyone. He would tear up submissions of ideas and throw them back in my face, throw pencils at me and swear alot and kept saying those ideas were not going to win awards. I looked him up on the internet and realised that he never won an award himself and he was using us young creatives to win awards… Read more »
Jon
Jon
5 months 23 days ago
A neurotic, sociopathic, micromanager scientist boss forced me out after voicing my concern of using aborted human fetal tissue from 10 weeks to 20 weeks old. After finding out I was looking at another position internally, he moved my computer to a common area and password protected it, turned over all my animal studies to another post doc, and removed my name as second author from the paper in Nature we had been working on for a year on a gene I discovered as part of the cancer pathway. I was let go by email and he had locked himself… Read more »
Meghan
Meghan
5 months 23 days ago
I am presently working for my horrible boss. The primary issue comes down to the fact that I’m 99.99% sure he’s a narcissist. He takes credit from other people, talks to hear himself talk, micro-manages, fails at the vast majority of his basic tasks (responding to email, taking care of paperwork), takes bigger projects from others to shine in the glory instead of empowering those under him, and had absurd childish outbursts (I mean absurd!). Oh but you’d better not address those outbursts because you’ll be apologizing for things you never did or said in order to save your hide… Read more »
Amelia
Amelia
5 months 23 days ago

I asked to go home early on a Friday because I needed a personal day (afternoon really). It was my father’s birthday and he had passed away 2 months earlier.

My boss’ response was: “Aw, really? We need to get you back on track. You’re staying in the office.”

Definitely got the hell out of there.

CM
CM
5 months 23 days ago
My horrible boss, fits many of the recurring themes: she’s a bully, sabatoges the work of others, publicly belittles all workers, assumes any ‘sick’ person is trying to pull the wool over her eyes, comes to work sick herself (and infects many, ironically we’re in the health field), is more concerned that I might stay 15minutes overtime rather than finish a project, does the work she herself has tasked to others incorrectly and then blames others for why its wrong, continues to brag of things she did 20+ years ago in the guise of ‘teaching’, unwilling to admit any fault… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 23 days ago
I learned the hard way on this one. Boss: Emotionally manipulative. Leadership skills and management skills severely lacking. Withholds information, expects mind-reading and likes to bark “well just figure it out”. Really good at diffusing situations, to the point of it being frightening. Refuses to accept (or take) responsibility for anything. (News flash: if you’re a general contractor, *you are where the buck stops*.) Constantly re-historicizing. Blows off clients, appointments, his email, his voicemail. Temper tantrums. Doesn’t like to be contradicted. Ever read any descriptions of gaslighting? Yeah, those apply too. It’s sickening. Hired me based on a pack of… Read more »
Vojislav Milanovic
5 months 23 days ago
I worked for 3 years on my previous job and things started happening. I was denied previously approved raise in order to help the company stay afloat. It was a temp 3 month measure which stretched to 2 years. Overtime became unbearable and kept accumulating. During April on my last year there I had 80 hours of overtime for which I was offered a week off (and took it) to find out that week was put under my annual leave. When I investigated the matter I found Chrismass leave was also taken of annual leave. Anyways I arranged the meeting… Read more »
Allen
5 months 23 days ago
My boss was a rich man that wanted to start a business in my industry. He enticed me to quit my job and start a new company for him, and offered me 3x my salary to convince me to leave. Things went well for about 2 years – we did about 2 million in sales over that time period with almost no investment. After that, it started going downhill. He was constantly taking operating cash out of the business to fund his other ventures. He gave his wife company credit cards, and she spent tens of thousands of dollars at… Read more »
Akash
Akash
5 months 23 days ago

Wow!
What a great advertisement for Dale Carnegie systems…! 🙂
No, really, Dale Carnegie changed my whole perspective on human relations, and I’m quite appreciative of Mr Sethi’s acknowledging that these systems are useful.

Markus
Markus
5 months 23 days ago
I worked at a non-profit, which does not have much money. The boss was stealing some of it, but in a very insidious way. She liked to employ her husband for things around the office and then pay him in cash, but with horrendous amounts. For instance the office building has a small garden shed and he fixed it up. She hires him, pays cash, he gets paid a couple of hundred Euros per hour for a Saturdays work, the board of directors never sees the details . Not much, only a bit here and there but not acceptable. The… Read more »
mej
mej
5 months 23 days ago
Had a boss who was making our department one of the most hated in the company. We are already a cost center so I saw this as an issue. Spoke with the lead sales guy and got great feedback from him on how our dept could improve. Apparently he was impressed w my reaching out proactively to fix an issue that he mentioned this to the CEO. That’s when the problems began. My boss became extremely jealous and sought to undercut me at every angle just because she and her comrade perceived my actions as undercutting her. she seemed to… Read more »
Markus
Markus
5 months 23 days ago

One boss we had was a total d1ck. We had a party at the office every time he went on a business trip.

He was fired be the board and left for another company. A few years later we saw the new company he worked for had sued him for more than a million euros and…won! They won! It was truly amazing to see everyone’s hatred for the guy vindicated.

Sadly, the new company is bankrupt now, mostly because he screwed up.

Junhey
Junhey
5 months 23 days ago

Wel i would say that im still in this terrible boss story nighmare. And im working on a business. To quit this year. My boss has terrible behavior. She spy on my on the Job and on my personal life. She does not want me to quit my job. So she can practice her evil pleasure of bulling. If i Do she will tell everyone of her connections to block my way. So i would be out of Job. This is just my actual situation. But hopefully i will be free.

Dorie
Dorie
5 months 23 days ago
There was a project I had been pushing for approval to move forward on for 3+ years that would have significantly improved working processes across all groups in the organization but I was always denied due to the time and resource it would take to implement. 6 weeks before my maternity leave, I was told I would not be permitted to take my maternity leave if the project wasn’t completed, but I was not going to be given any additional resource to complete the project, nothing would be taken off my plate to allow me to complete it myself and… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 22 days ago
[FROM $12/HR TO $100/HR] — tl;dr: Basically, the GM didn’t have a clue what was going on but was the GM because his brother owned the place and gave him a job. I fixed it by bypassing the GM, talking directly to the owner, and finding out what problems he needed solved. Then I repackaged the most successful projects and pitched them to similar businesses for $100/hr using strategies learned in Earn1k. — Where do I start? I had a boss once who was the general manager of the business, and brother of the owner. The owner was never around,… Read more »
Good Boss
Good Boss
5 months 22 days ago
Well most employees don’t ever find out what the break is in a relationship and never look to themselves for solutions to “bad bosses”. As a boss I’ve had a good “performers” but they had issues with me because their prior bosses was afraid of them and let them do whatever they wanted and talk to them any kind of way. Or they weren’t good with change because they were complacent. Or they hoarded information ( How can I assist i you misdirect or don’t communicate and only complain. )To them was a bad boss….. to the rest of the… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 22 days ago

My boss isn’t horrible, but he’s a crappy mentor and I feel like I’m not learning anything from him. I work in management consulting, where there’s huge emphasis on professional development, and I feel kind of duped that on this case I haven’t had many opportunities to progress in my learning.

We’re also working really short hours (for consulting), and everyone is telling me to enjoy it, but honestly I would love to work longer if it translated into me actually learning something valuable.

Someone
Someone
5 months 22 days ago
I was to drive my boss around for the day while she went shopping. Be nice, personable, non-invasive, and always waiting at the curb when she came out. Not a problem. At the end of the day, she reached into her purse and realized her make up kit was missing. No problem. I had a list of all her makeup brands and colors and could fix it with a trip to Sephora. And then she told me that she’d put the two diamond bracelets on loan from the jewelers in the make up bag. $15,000 worth of bracelets. Frantic calling… Read more »
Liz
Liz
5 months 15 days ago

Hahaha. This one is awesome (horribly so, of course). I’ve been around people like that and it’s such a surreal experience, I’ve sometimes wondered if others can even relate. Nice to meet ya.

Ghaz
Ghaz
5 months 22 days ago

My boss and I love each other, but I just wish she would pay me $.

stace
stace
5 months 22 days ago
1. Night job during uni processing health insurance – female boss threatened to put us over her knee and spank us if we made a mistake (imagine a man saying that). She spoke like I was her 3 year old. I quit despite the awesome pay and flexibility with uni as I started hearing her patronising tone in my sleep. 2. Owner of bakery – fired me but she had bad breath and just didn’t like me as I had dyed hair and had funny party stories and the other staff went to Christian youth group. A customer would order… Read more »
Disappointed
Disappointed
5 months 22 days ago
I have spent the last year working for an online start-up. I’m one of their first employees. For the first 6 months I worked 60 hour weeks and did everything they asked of me. They promoted me several times and made me a ton of promises about future promotions, bonuses, corporate retreats, etc. They paid me a higher salary than I have ever earned before. It was like a freaking miracle – I honestly thought I had found my dream job. And then it all changed one day. I don’t know what happened. I didn’t make any major mistakes and… Read more »
Meg Survil
Meg Survil
5 months 22 days ago
I’ve had 4 horrible bosses in the past 8 years, all at the same company, where I work an average of 60 hrs a week. Two years ago, the company got purchased and I thought, “FINALLY!!” Well, after the first six months, the new owner (bad boss #3) seemed to have a complete change of personality and I was beginning to take steps to look for something else. Jan 5th, bad boss #3 was forcibly retired. I thought, “FINALLY” because the new boss had come and asked his General Manager (me) what was wrong with the company, and I told… Read more »
Marlena
5 months 22 days ago
Great post, I enjoyed it. It rings true for many people! I had a bad boss who had narcissistic personality traits. She would control me and make me feel bad when I’d do the smallest mistake. The worst thing she did? She allowed an employee (my colleague) to be abusive at work, so I would walk around him like on eggshells. Saturdays and Sundays were torture, I would start thinking at Monday morning early on. I’m in therapy because of that job. I quit when I noticed that my anxiety was too high for me to handle. I’m now working… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 22 days ago
One of my past bosses must have been at least a sociopath. She screamed at me often, talked bad about me behind my back, strung me along and tried to slap me across the face because she was upset that my shift was over and hers just started. If I hadn’t backed away, she would have slapped me several times. It seems like one of my past bosses is truly at least a sociopath since she physically assaulted me at work. She was manipulative so she was able to easily turn people to her side, like our HR rep, who… Read more »
Steve
Steve
5 months 22 days ago
I’ve had all sorts of degenerate bosses over the years, and most recently escaped from a troika of loser bosses. These three winners, shit on all my proposals, repeatedly undermined me when disciplining subordinates, repeatedly assigned me tedious tasks well below my skill level, and finally attempted to liquidate me and my team during a surprise “inspection” at 4am (we worked overnights). Instead of packing my bags and heading for greener pastures following the 4am raid, I instead went looking for scalps. I put together a list of all our outstanding OSHA violations, inspected areas of our operations under my… Read more »
Steve
Steve
5 months 22 days ago
LESSONS LEARNED: 1. The actual technical crap we do at work often takes a back seat to politics. Management’s alleged commitment to ‘boosting shareholder value’ is all to often a great big lie sold to the worker bees. In the boardroom, soothing the fragile ego of some jerkoff VP trumps the shareholders 1b. Office politics are important, and exclaiming ‘this is bullshit’ whenever they rear their ugly head isn’t a viable solution. 2. Even if you out maneuver, eviserate, and neutralize your crappy bosses, you’re still a loser with a crappy job and second rate bosses who are now mortal… Read more »
AL
AL
5 months 22 days ago
This happened way back in 1999. I had joined a reputed IT company after college and was very excited to be working there. However my excitement soon faded as the person I reported to was a nut job. He wanted me to tell him what I did all the time. He used to actually hit my hand when I did not understand something. The last straw was when he told me I was spending too much time in the bathroom and that I should log the time I go in and the time taken there. Get this, he told me… Read more »
Allen
Allen
5 months 21 days ago
When I was very young I worked as a clerk for a small engineering firm. The engineers were nice and normal (for engineers) but not the owner. He was kinda nuts. Still, his eccentricities could be ignored for the most part, except when any of us pointed out any errors he made (which we had to do, or else the client might notice them). He would lose it. Sometimes he would scream- not necessarily at us, but if it was the same person who consistently was pointing out errors then yes, at us. Sometimes he would snatch the document out… Read more »
Nate
Nate
5 months 21 days ago
I’ve worked at 7 organizations in my life and I’ve had a lot of mediocre bosses, but I would only describe one as bad. I was a freshman in college at the time and working at a grocery store. One of the managers I worked for was both a pathological liar and the most bipolar person I have ever met. To top it off he was somewhat incompetent as well. When he was in a good mood life was great and you got to listen to his ridiculously unbelievable stories and just roll with it, but when he was mad… Read more »
Naomi
Naomi
5 months 20 days ago
My boss was running a successful business from her home and wanted to start an alternative newspaper. I was hired on to help design the new paper. It seemed like a near-perfect job initially. My quirky boss and my new co-worker were really interesting. We soon discovered, however, that my boss and I didn’t speak the same design language (clean and simple design meant very different things to each of us) and we both got increasingly frustrated over the next few weeks as I learned how eccentric she actually was. She rarely left the house and had extreme mood swings.… Read more »
Materialist
5 months 18 days ago

Great post and nice comments above. I’ve had so may bad experiences in the past its shocking. Decided in 2001 to never work for anyone else again and haven’t looked back. I left a professional buying position to become a dog walker. My friends thought I was crazy, until a built the biggest company in London and was earning twice as much as my previously salary and only working 11-3.

Amy
5 months 18 days ago
A few years ago, the company I was at had massive layoffs and I found myself suddenly without a job. Eager to get back on the horse, I shortly thereafter landed what I thought would be a dream job…until day 1, when I heard my boss (and the CEO of the company) verbally berate two people on two different phone calls, then throw a book across his office. “I’ll just keep my head down and do good work” I thought. Yeah, right — dealing with a psychopath is impossible even if you do the best work ever. It took him… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months 15 days ago
I worked as a VP at an agency for a long time. My boss was 6’5″ and used his size and booming voice to intimidate people and constantly stir up drama. There was once a stretch of about 6 months where I swear he set the personal goal of making at least one employee a week break down into tears As in, if he didn’t succeed the first time, he’d come back for round two (let’s hear it for determination). He also used to pit employees against each other. We were on salary, and one February he tried to short… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
5 months 15 days ago
I once worked for a City Ward Councillor in our Nations Capital. I was a junior assistant, quite young, and had been interviewed for the job through an employment agency. Primarily, I was to answer phones, help with public meeting set up’s and tear downs, collect phone messages etc. Nothing too difficult. The job description itself could be completed with one’s eyes closed, but the energy in the office would have crippled the calmest, most centred of individuals. One example in particular, a public student came to interview the Councillor on her job. The student also asked if the Councillor… Read more »
david
david
5 months 13 days ago

I once worked at a place where I was underpaid and was working 2 positions for that pay. Not only that, I was also gossiped about and under appreciated. I worked there for a long time. One day I sat my boss down and asked for a ridiculous raise and he laughed and said I can’t do that so then I laughed and then quit. I went on and started a catering company and am on my way to getting paid to travel.

Jax
Jax
5 months 8 days ago
I once worked for a boss who moved into a stable department that had functioned well for years and decided that uprooting everything was the way to make her mark and shine in the eyes of those higher up than her. Through a combination of political manoeuvres she systematically made everyone’s jobs worse and worse by giving them more to do, making the jobs that we had to do harder and harder until eventually they just couldn’t be done in the times allocated or to the standard of perfection required. All this was accompanied by constant put downs, an attitude… Read more »
Kate
Kate
5 months 5 days ago
My first PhD advisor was a new faculty member intent on tenure, and he took out his anxiety by sitting next to me during all of my scientific experiments and micromanaging my work. After about a year of this, during a period of a few weeks when the experiments weren’t going as planned, he sat me down and told me that not all people were meant to get PhDs, but if I really wanted to stick it out he wouldn’t kick me out. I thought, ‘What’s the point of having a PhD advisor (or any boss) if he or she… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
5 months 4 days ago
My boss is actually pretty good, but my one complaint is that he measures value based on age and credentials. I’m young and don’t have a MBA, therefore I’m not worth the (reasonable) salary for which I made a case. After explaining the value I bring to the company (I even calculated how I cut out frivolous expenses worth $20,000 more dollars than my own salary), my boss tells me, “I didn’t make that much money when I was your age.” He was my age 20 years ago. He worked in a completely difference industry. Regardless of both factors, what… Read more »
Tim @ Logbook Loans
5 months 1 day ago

The issue I have is that I did have a nutty boss and complete relate, however since I have now been in the company for 7 years I have now been promoted…. I just hope my staff don’t think I am now the nutty boss!

Lexi
Lexi
4 months 25 days ago

Not my boss so much, but I feel this way about some of my students. Haha! I work as an aide in an emotional disability classroom in a public school and there are five boys 10-12 yrs. old. They complain about doing schoolwork several times a day, wanting to play computer games and watch youtube instead. They even through stuff around the room and rip up their papers. It’s very frustrating at times.

Nat
Nat
4 months 24 days ago

My boss does not know how to lead. Everything either gets done by him, because he says he doesn’t trust anyone else to do it correctly. But I think its more based on he doesnt know how to do it so can’t ask someone to do it because he can’t give instructions or hide his mistakes. He never gives any feedback and is always lacking in being present when we need him.

Jenn
Jenn
3 months 9 days ago
I started working at a movie theater the summer after I graduated from high school. The general manager was a nightmare to work under–constantly late, always taking smoke breaks, cell phone always glued to his ear, etc. That was back when film was beginning to be phased out of theaters, and he and the assistant manager would take care of building the prints for movies every Thursday night. They came in drunk one Thursday, and built one of the prints with a reel in the middle backwards. So halfway through the movie, boom! No sound, and the picture is upside-down… Read more »
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