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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 # 107
Dept: Management Score: 10
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 # 162
Dept: All-Staff Score: 10
Mar 25th 2009 Submitted by Nosucker
“My accountant needs to do your taxes”
A donut Right out of college I was hired by an arrogant blow-hard of a boss. It was a small company... just him, me a part-time assistant and four freelancers. I had worked there for two years, getting regular paychecks -- everything was pretty normal. Then one day, the guy calls me into his office. It seemed that though he had been withholding taxes and Social Security from my wages, he wasn't actually sending that money in to the IRS. He had talked to his accountant and the scheme they worked out was to make me an independent contractor, retroactively to my start date. To do that, he needed his accountant to do my taxes.

Sure thing. I walked and my first call was to the IRS. LINK
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Tale # 538
Dept: Sales & Marketing Score: 10
May 16th 2011 Submitted by Anonymous
“and they wonder what went wrong.”
A donut I used to work debt collection for a bank back in '04. No names but at the time they were globally number 3 and trying to be the biggest.

Anyway...a couple of months in and I realised that the bank was doing it's utmost to deliberately market credit cards with astronomically high interest rates, to people that had no hope in hell of ever paying them off, and hiding the rates under a mountain fo jargon and overly complicated 'explanations' in the terms & conditions.

Not only that, but as debt collectors we were told that although we could harass people as much as the law would allow, we also had to encourage them to settle for paying the minimum amount each month, which was set so it wouldn't even cover the interest. Thereby ensuring that the debt would keep mounting.

I asked my supervisor about this, who asked the vp...and eventually a departmental email came down explaining that the debts owing to us were as good as money. I.e the more people owed us, the more our bank was worth on the stock market and this meant that debts could be traded on the commodity markets making even more money.

To quote: "one dollar owing to us for one year equals 10,000 dollars on the markets. Us being owed money is as good as us being able to print money."

All of which was based on the premise that Joe Schmoe who didn't quite grasp the concept that 'nothing to pay for the first year' wasn't the same as 'free money' and didn't have any money anyway.. would eventually pay up his share of all this virtual money instead of defaulting.

I was also reprimanded for a poor attitude when I tried to point out the flaw in this grand plan, and told it was the industry-wise standard so I had better not question it.

I started looking for new job the day after and wasn't all surprised when the financial house of cards the banks had built imploded, collapsing Wall street etc. LINK
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