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Tale # 217
Dept: All-Staff Score: 9
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: 9
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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Tale # 106
Dept: All-Staff Score: 8
Apr 18th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“"Dont be so thin skinned"”
A donut In my office there is a person who worked for the boss for about 10 years. This person has a habit of having screaming fits. If you try to explain a situation to her, and she jumps ahead of you, thinking she knows what you are about to say. She will cut you off, and never allow you to complete a sentence to explain that the issue she thought you were heading for it not the actual issue. Just last week she had a screaming temper tantrum in the hallway that was heard all over the building.

She has referred to her superiors as "idiots who know nothing," bullied her coworkers, and was actually listed as the sole reason one of her employees needed mental health leave.

Now reports are that major CEO's and customers are thinking about canning the main supervisor because he won't address issues that are specifically in this person's control. However, he continues to defend her.

The main supervisor responds to every complaint about her by telling the reporting employee, "You just need to be less thin-skinned."

Last week, I was told to stop coddling customers, after this woman complained that I was too easy on them. The most fascinating part, we'd just come out of a meeting where the boss had specifically stated that we needed to focus all our energy on customer recruitment and retention. LINK
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Tale # 116
Dept: Sales & Marketing Score: 8
Sep 5th 2007 Submitted by Zchidzo
“Cheat me out of pay, will you?”
A donut I worked as a business to consumer telemarketer for a health magazine a few years back. It was my first job as a telemarketer, and I didn't really like the product, which was basically bogus.
This of course affected my sales, and after a few months I started looking for a new job.
I found one with a business to business telemarketing company.
i then went to my boss and explained that I was quitting, and told him that I would stay on for another two weeks if he wanted me to, something I didn't have to do, as there had never been a contract.
He told me that he didn't think that would be necessary, and so I left.
I started work at the new place selling real products, and liked it a lot better, and my sales grew... But I was owed money from my old work. Money I needed to pay rent.
I called them three or four times, and the boss kept explaining that he had just wired the money, that it was in the mail, and a lot of other excuses. Now it wasn't a lot of money but I really needed it.
In the end I had to go there, on an afternoon when I knew the team leader was a rather sweet old lady who wouldn't hurt a fly. How she became a telemarketer team leader I'll never understand.
And explain to this elderly woman, whom I quite liked, that I still knew the codes to get into the building, and I still knew the work schedule, and knew when only one person was at work, and if I didn't get payed very soon, I might come by and pick up my pay in whatever I found lying around their office.
Im a pretty big guy.
Next day the money came.
I can't believe I had to resort to threats, threats I would never carry out BTW, to get paid. LINK
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Tale # 121
Dept: All-Staff Score: 8
Sep 24th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“The Watchtower”
A donut I used to work in an office estate out in the middle of nowhere- we were ferried in by minicab from the train station at nine, taken back at six- you were otherwise trapped. My job was the 'change request manager'. Every week I would have a meeting where all the problems with the program we were working on would be presented and I had to approve or deny funding for the fix. Since the project had gone over budget well before I even began working, I was under instruction to always decline the fix- my job was to tell people no.

The company was crazy about buzzwords. We didn't have problem solvers, we had 'solution architects'. The architecture metaphor was well and truly out of hand, instead of saying they had a fix, they said they had a 'solution blueprint'. Once I was asked to fix something, and I sarcastically said: "Well I'll just load up AutoCAD, lay out the foundation for the solutions building with some answer-concrete, and then maybe write up some budget cladding on top of it?" This suggestion was met with enthusiastic agreement.

There were two people whose sole job was to make life working in the office estate more bearable. Every year they came up with a campaign to make people feel better about their jobs. One year it was giving to the Cancer Research Fund. They installed a projector screen in the lobby and looped an ad for the Cancer Research Fund on it 24/7- we were constantly subjected to images of children looking in the mirror to see their mother fading away behind them while sad music played. Work had quite literally become as 'fun as cancer'. LINK
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