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Tale # 107
Dept: Management Score: 11
Apr 20th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Once Upon A Midnight Bonus”
A donut The service company I work for has several interlocking policies which combine to make the office staff miserable.

You can't take vacation unless the office is in total compliance. Total compliance is impossible to achieve, by design. If you reach the end of the year without taking vacation, you lose it. Recently, due to excessive cashing out, a new policy was instituted. You are no longer allowed to cash out your vacation. HQ is said to be very surprised at the increase in office staff turnover.

Corporate takes 10 percent off the top of your location profit and loss statement. Unless you are shown to be making a profit at the end of the year after the cut to HQ, no Christmas bonuses. Due to the nature of our business, we often have unplanned overtime circa the end of the year. One year we were already promised Christmas bonuses when -- you guessed it -- December's P&L came in and the bonuses went away. Merry Christmas.

The senior manager in the office decides who gets the Christmas bonus. They are usually very bitter and disillusioned. My first year: I got $150 bonus in cash. My second year: I got a $30 gift certificate to Honeybaked Ham. Found out the manager had dipped into their own wallet for it. My third year: a cocoa mug. My fourth year: nothing. My fifth year: almost certainly nothing.

HQ takes about thirty-five days to pay expense reports. Expenses are routinely challenged and audited. After twenty years of stellar service with the company, an office manager was accused of defalcation because she attached the wrong receipt to a $25 expense report. Senior managers are therefore very unwilling to throw down their own money on behalf of the company. We lost a million-dollar client bid because none of the three managers present were willing to pay for the client lunch.

Our workplace violence prevention policy appears to be taking the office staff out every few months to a nationwide chain of arcade/restaurants. Anyone seen to have played a shooting game is counseled by HR. Really.

Recently a new change was instituted. HQ would no longer pay for food expenses not associated with travel (such as meetings, training, etc.) but would pay for coffee service. We immediately changed to a brutally expensive coffee service. So we snack on wafers and crackers from home while drinking premium java. Who knew? The driver: a salesperson who is no longer with us, who became very cranky when deprived of her caffeine. She is now much happier and sells coffee systems.
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Tale # 226
Dept: I.T. Score: 11
Jul 25th 2009 Submitted by Anonymous
“lower cost nonsense”
A donut Taking a local admin position after being a consultant for 15+ years I spent the first three months making everything run correctly. Shortly after I showed in hard numbers that we could save 9k a year for 4 years if we virtualized. The answer was-sounds great but we don't have any money for the 2 servers. I was kind of boggled by this. 3 months later my boss asked if I had the stats on the servers I was talking about. 4 showed up the following week. It was end of fiscal year they needed to spend money..... LINK
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Tale # 271
Dept: Sales & Marketing Score: 11
Oct 18th 2009 Submitted by Anonymous
“Minority Report.”
A donut I got this internship in the Marketing Department of a very large corporate company. They told me that they didn't have the funds to pay me but were still willing to take me on as an unpaid intern. Since the economy is bad, I decided to take it anyway. The first week I was there was pretty great, everyone was congenial enough and it didn't seem like a big deal. One day my boss, who was a good friend of mine from before, asked me to lunch. She said she wanted to have a conversation with me. The conversation started off like this:

"So you might have noticed that you're the only person who looks like you at the company.."

She went on to tell me how the company was ridiculously conservative and didn't hire minorities. They also didn't ever promote women, and the one woman that they did promote never had her ideas accepted. She went on to tell me that in the many years the company has been running, out of 6 different very large buildings, I was the first minority to ever be hired. My entire department had betting pools on how long I would last.

The biggest part of all of this was this: I didn't realize I was the only minority there! It never even occurred to me! I grew up in a small town where I was always the only minority in sight so it was never a big deal. I'm pretty much white-kid, anyway.

So i tried to continue on for a month, but couldn't do it. It was affecting my mental health and finally decided to resign gracefully.

I just found out that another friend recently got my old position. She's making $12 an hour. She's white. LINK
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Tale # 217
Dept: All-Staff Score: 10
Jul 8th 2009 Submitted by Anonymous
“My door is better than your door”
A donut I worked for a small stand-alone operation within a large multi-national corporation. Our 1,000 square foot front office building had 10 people working in it with our GM's office in the corner.

The GM was in over his head in every way except when it came to whom he made friends with at Corporate. Eventually his friendships paid off and he got promoted to Vice President. Now a big shot, he needed special treatment. No longer could he walk in the front door with all of the "little people." He had carpenters cut a hole in the side of the building and put in a door so he could have his own private entrance to his office. LINK
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Tale # 509
Dept: Management Score: 10
Nov 3rd 2010 Submitted by D_M
“Fire! Ready! Aim! ”
A donut I worked at a small software development company. In order to get our product to it's target demographic we employed teams of independent contractors to represent the company and sell our software.

Because of this it was necessary to have a weekly conference call with as many of our contractors as possible to provide updates, selling tips, inform them of incentive bonuses and recognize successful agents.

The problem was that the executives who ran our company didn't know the first thing about the software development process nor were they big believers in communicating with their support staff.

This led to a weekly occurrence where the executives would announce launch dates within the month for new features or new software. Features and software our developers hadn't been aware of yet and thus hadn't begun programming.

Since these launch dates were typically within a matter of weeks we we're usually lucky to get an untested and buggy product up and running by our deadline.

Sadly it wasn't just the development team that got shafted by this. Every single employee was kept in the dark about these changes to policy until hours, sometimes days after they were announced to the field. This of course resulted in the most common answer to any agent or customer inquiry to be a simple "I don't know". LINK
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