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Tale # 108
Dept: Management Score: 9
Jul 14th 2007 Submitted by Jim Armbruster
“A new way to boost morale”
A donut I was working for an internet company some time back that had ridiculous expectations of its staff. We'd work an average of 60 hour weeks, paid for 40 but we were all relatively young and were somehow convinced that was what people did.

The owner was the type that you just knew woke up and while looking in the mirror kept trying to convince himself that he as a good person.

He kept the clients and communication with them so TIGHT that I'd be told, in passing, about critical details only days before MAJOR things were to be acted on. This, set me up for failure time and time again as the only Senior Project Manager.

Eventually, I was fired. The following Monday that owner thought it best to buy himself a Ferrari. I can only imagine the contempt that my fellow co-workers must have had. LINK
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Tale # 122
Dept: Management Score: 9
Sep 24th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“Give with one hand...”
A donut I used to work for an engineering firm that had to downsize during the post-2001 economic downturn. There was much hand-wringing and apologizing for it, but in the end about 15% of the staff were given a month's notice. About two weeks into this month, the CEO cheerily sent out an e-mail saying that they were thinking about hiring someone full-time to set up a permanent coffee/sandwich stall in the lobby. One of the outgoing staffers decided to hit 'reply to all' and wrote a very lengthy, expletive-filled diatribe about how insulting it was to be fired to make way for a sandwich stall. LINK
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Tale # 127
Dept: Management Score: 9
Nov 19th 2007 Submitted by Murchadh Ruisia
“Lies and Deceit”
A donut I worked for nearly 20 years as an emergency planner for a Scottish local authority.

On Wednesday 15 February 2006, I was invited to a meeting with my line manager at 1400 hours in his office. He advised me that our departmental director had identified the production of a generic major incident plan as a priority and she wanted it completed within three months. He said that I was to move into an empty office across from his own and we would work on it together. I was extremely surprised by this instruction, especially as it meant that that I would be unable to discharge other duties that fell to me in my position, not only in respect of my employing authority, but also under a service level agreement for the local health service.

I suspected that I was being set up for disciplinary action. My managers would have expected me to fight tooth and nail to remain in the Emergency Centre. I raised no objection to his proposal and his demeanour immediately confirmed that my acquiescence was unexpected. I asked him what was going to happen to the Emergency Centre and he said that his emergency planning assistant Jim (false name) would be there. The meeting went on much longer than I felt the discussion warranted but we were on reasonably amicable terms. Before leaving his office I suggested that he ring Jim and advise him what had been decided.

He agreed to this and I walked back to my office. When I got there shortly after 1600 hours, Jim was not there and I assumed that he had left just before I came back. About ten minutes later my manager phoned and told me that Jim had reported some problem at home to Personnel and had been allowed to go home early.

When I got to my office shortly before 0900 hours on Thursday 16 February, Jim was already there. He seemed to be very tense and he told me it was time to “put our cards on the table”. He said that he had been told to lie to me about the events of yesterday afternoon but that he was going to tell me all about it. He also said that he expected me to be straight with him. He told me that a clerical officer from Personnel had telephoned him just after I had left the office to meet my manager and told him to go home. This was on my manager's instructions, she said. Jim then told me that my manager had phoned him at home that evening and told him to tell me that he had asked to be allowed to go home. Jim also said that my manager had told him that I had said that he was not competent to do the work that I was going to be leaving behind. I was absolutely shocked. I never said this. I assured Jim that I have the highest regard for his ability and had never made a secret of that fact. Jim then went on to say that he had come in to work that day prepared to “rip my arms off and beat me to death with the stumps”, if I hadn’t persuaded him that I had not made any such statement about his competence.

I feel that my manager put me at considerable risk when he lied to Jim. He had told me himself that Jim had a problem with “anger management” and I consider that it was at the very least irresponsible, to put me in such a position.

My manager came to the Emergency Centre around 1000 hours that day with a technician from IT, to take away my PC and office chair. I confronted him about the false statement he had made to Jim. He told me that he had sent Jim home to protect him from me in case I had become angry at being required to move from my office. I was absolutely dumbfounded, I assured him that I don’t go around assaulting people and in any case, I can’t imagine someone as young, fit and strong as Jim (who used to be on a Royal Navy Field Gun Team), needing any protection from me. As far as Jim's competence is concerned, he stated that Jim had misunderstood the definition of 'competence' that he, my manager, had been using during their telephone conversation.

Mealy-mouthed, or what?

I no longer work with these people.

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Tale # 142
Dept: All-Staff Score: 9
Mar 9th 2008 Submitted by Anonymous
“How 'bout a raise?”
A donut I worked for a small company that eventually got bought out by a large corporation. It was a shock to most of us and all were worried about losing the close, family like group we had for years. We were assured by the (newly wealthy) original owners that nothing would change and we'd all continue to live on in happy bliss.

During the first year, very little changed. We did begin to receive more mass emails from the upper management of the new corporation, often with a lot of blah, blah, blah, rah, rah, rah rant that didn't actually say much of anything. Grumbling among our group began, but no one really said much of anything, mainly fearing being laid off by the new management.

In the fall of that year, the new young president of the monster corporation sent out one such email. It touted how successful the company was, with profits exceeding expectations. An old timer with the company who was known for his unconventional antics decided to reply:

"Great news! Thanks for the email. Since we are doing so well, how 'bout a raise?"

Unfortunately, an assistant who screened the president's email caught it and sent it to our local management level. Everyone was extremely upset, and I as this man's supervisor, was directed to have a stern talk with him and write him up. I did follow up with an email and later a phone call that said:

"Excellent job! It's what we are all thinking and we appreciate you taking the initiative". LINK
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Tale # 143
Dept: All-Staff Score: 9
Mar 10th 2008 Submitted by Anonymous
“How would you like to be fired like this?”
A donut At one major multinational communications company that is Canadian based, they called my whole department including the department head in to a conference room, where a phone was set up without any other personnel from the company were present.

The phone rang and the department head answered it. He was told to put the call on speaker phone and in in a one minute statement the voice at the other end told us we were all layed off immediately with one weeks severance per yaer of service and to clean out our dseks and leave. That was it! NICE COMPANY! LINK
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