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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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Tale # 124
Dept: Management Score: 8
Oct 18th 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“The Playground Dynamic”
A donut I am employed with a credit union whose management sector, with exception of it's president, is comprised of high school graduates, some whose extended education is limited to a few real estate-related classes.

The new president, whose appointment began on 1/01/07, immediately appointed 4 assistant vice presidents despite the fact we are a medium-sized institution. In the months which followed his appointment he terminated several people, almost all of who either made suggestions to improve how we do business or who questioned some of his directives. One of his first casualties was demoting our former, well-season Marketing Director to the position of marketing coordinator and though he attempted to reduce her salary, he failed to do so due to the intercession of some members of the Board of Directors. He later removed the director from her exempt status, forcing her to clock-in and placed her immediately under the supervision of the former Director of Lending, who made no secret over the years of his contempt for her.

The Director of Marketing was terminated in July 2007, and repled by a Marketing Committee. The Committe is comprised of the former Director of Lending, now the Assistant Vice President of Operations, the Branch Manager, the Lead Consumer Loan Officer, the Loan Manager, The VP of Operations, and a member services representative. None of these people have any experience in marketing development. With the exception of the member service representative, all the others have been cited for everything from sexual harassment to mistreatment of employees and failure to complete assigned tasks.

The President who orchestrated these changes, was selected by the Board of Directors because of his "past" experience in the banking industry though it has been more than 16 years since he last worked for a bank. During the 16 year interim, he served as our VP of Operations, and during that period, developed a reputation for laziness, ineptitude, while periodic accusations of favoritism, sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior were brought to the attention of our VP of Human Resources who coincidentally is his friend.

On 1/04/07, he promised employees of the company that there employment would be secure and that it was his intent to work hard and elevate company morale. Since then, he has terminated many employees, including one who asked that he prove his statements that she made disparaging remarks about the company and his leadership abilities.

Recently, it was discovered that 4 years ago he ordered the repossession of a vehicle, whose payments were 3 months delinquent. The owner and our former member, had suffered some personal problems, but in an agreement made between himself and our former collections supervisor, he agreed to specially structured payment plan which would ideally make him current. The vehicle which we financed was a BMW. Our president who was then the AVP of Operations, collects BMW's, owning approximately 7 of these vehicles. He along with the owner of the collection company we contract,
rescinded the agreement which would have allowed the member to become current and soon thereafter, ordered repossession of the vehicle. Ownership was afterwards transferred to our President's name, becoming an addition to his stable of cars.

The saga continues.
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Tale # 126
Dept: All-Staff Score: 8
Nov 14th 2007 Submitted by Web Girl
“Just your average evil small business...”
A donut I was desperate for a job and started working at a place that SEEMED ok at first, but I soon discovered that almost every 3 months exactly they would either fire someone or force someone to quit...often for no reason at all excepted they didn't think the person was a "team player."

The first person to leave was a guy who was there only a couple weeks. He quit claiming issues related to his wife but I think he hated the job.

The next person to go was a temp who ran off to Greece as a college exchange student. Lucky her. She didn't really like the place either.

The next person to go was a guy who was there to replace the other guy who quit...he was fired for not being a "team player" because he stopped working hard after he realized he was being force to do the work of 3 people for 1/2 the pay of one person.

The next person to go was a girl who was hired around the same time as the guy who was supposed to replace the other guy. She quit, claiming she needed to move to stay closer to her boyfriend, but I knew she hated working at our company and thought the company was evil and unfair.

The next person to go was a crazy creepy, bossy person who nobody liked anyway...Again they didn't like her attitude so she was fired.

The next person to go was a guy they hired to replace the girl who quit and the guy who was fired. They claimed he just "didn't get it" and fired him for not being fast or smart enough to work 2 jobs for very poor pay.

The next person to go was again the person who was hired to replace the guy who was hired to replace the first guy. He quit saying the company was unethical, didn't treat their employees right, lied to their customers and were stingy and rude (all of these things turned out to be true).

The next person to go was actually the first person they hired. They forced her to quit, threatening to fire her if she didn't leave. They also claimed she wasn't a "team player" and wasn't there for the right reasons. They said they'd give her a good reference if she quit and when she did leave I overheard them in their office give her a bad reference when someone had just called in to ask them for a job verification for her.

The next person to go was the person they hired to replace the person they hired first as well as the person that they fired who was replacing the other guys who were fired. She quit in anger because they didn't pay her the benefits and pay they had promised and were making her work three jobs at once and would yell at her and treat her poorly.

Finally I quit just before they had announced they were going to lay me off and take the company in a "new direction"

This all happened in the period of 12 months. They started with 3 employees, expanded at one point to 7, and then ended up with zero and had to go out of business after firing 3 people, having 3 walk out on them and 4 quit out of anger or threats of being fired by the company. All this happened because the company didn't want to treat their employees and customers right.

Man was it a trip just sitting back in my office watching all of the fights and firings unfold. And man I feared for my job everyday I was there. Out of respect for my fellow employees I held a F*ck (insert company name here) party where I brought everyone together to celebrate not having to work for the evil company anymore. People who had never worked at the company at the same time got to meet for the first time and everyone had a blast! LINK
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Tale # 144
Dept: All-Staff Score: 8
Apr 28th 2008 Submitted by William
“No Health Insurance For You”
A donut I worked at an Italian Restaurant chain located in the Silicon Valley, a small company with about 4 locations in the West Valley, the North Valley, and an office on Stevens Creek blvd.

They worked my quite hard and would often seat my tables 15 minutes before my shift started, created an environment that forced the "long term employees" to do their side work off the clock (the short term employees where the ones who did not work of the clock to get their side work done), and made it impossible to take a mid shift break by asking you to do task as you tried to eat (long term employees learned to leave the building during a mid shift break).

I had worked a location for the required 3 months and became eligible to get health insurance but before this event occurred they learned that I am a "Type 1 Diabetic" despite my efforts to hide it from them, I have learned the hard way to keep this information to myself.

One day before I was able to qualify for health insurance I was informed that "things where not working out" and that I was going to be let go BUT if I like I can work at the Formal Restaurant located in the North Valley which I accepted being that any job is better than no job.

I then went to work at the Formal Restaurant and after two weeks there I went the main office and asked about getting health insurance. I was told by an office worker that "since I am working at a different restaurant that my 3 month waiting period had started over from and that I would need to wait another three months to qualify.

The office is one large room and all of the woman in the office stopped what they where doing as soon as they heard my question and I told them my name, and they had the look of "I know and you know this is BS but what are you going to do" on there faces as I was informed of this policy. As I walked out the door I heard something about "get another job" from the women in the office.

Needles to say I did. LINK
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Tale # 151
Dept: All-Staff Score: 8
Jun 27th 2008 Submitted by Anonymous
“Don't go on that project management course”
A donut About six months after starting my job I decided to see if I could get work to pay for some training courses. I sent an email requesting I go to a project management course. I was working as an editor and writer so I was very persuasive and the company said yes. Off I went and it wasn't very useful but I now had something else to put on my C.V.

Fast-forward two years and I'm writing an educational book for kids. I write 8000 words in three days. It's wrong because the brief is wrong. I rewrite over three days and cut it down to 4000 words. It's still wrong because the new brief is wrong. I rewrite again over three days and bring it down to 1500 words.

Few days later and I get called into office and grilled over why this 1500 words took 9 work days. Grilled by the guy who gave the bad brief two times. I'm sick of this behaviour from him so for the first time ever I tell the truth: it took 9 days because your briefings were wrong each time.

Fast-forward another two weeks and I'm called into a meeting to discuss my "performance". The HR person says "We sent you to a Project management course when you started here because you weren't managing your projects. Nothing has changed and we think you shouldn't work here any longer."

I quit during that meeting. Soon after some of my friends there were fired in the same way: any course you went to was used as evidence you were not performing.

Later we found the boss and two others had accepted jobs at a rival company and were gutting the whole place so they could put in an ultra low bid for it. Which they did and won. The entire place got sold off, many people were fired and that company lost massive sales.

The only justice in here? The evil HR lady lost her job too. One of my friends said she was crying in the carpark when he left after being fired. LINK
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