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Tale # 104
Dept: Management Score: 158
Jan 23rd 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“A Short Six Weeks”
A donut I was assigned the project of assessing a new market in Asia. I created a scope of work, work-back schedule, and deadline for launch: six weeks. The CEO signed off on this.

One week later, he called me urgently from this country to "send what I had." I explained I was still researching and working on copy: all I had were some early Word documents. He wanted them anyway. So I sent them.

The CEO returned a week early and called all management into the boardroom, including me. He then proceeded for the next three hours to humiliate me for my shoddy work. LINK
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Tale # 88
Dept: Management Score: 107
Jul 29th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“What goes around”
A donut My first job was as for a moving company. The previous owners had left the books in a mess, so the new owner, a former attorney, hired me to straighten things out. He also hired a CPA and a new dispatcher who I will call Tim.

Tim decided to help me out by making some collection calls. One woman owed $800 from two years before. Tim made many calls and even rang her doorbell to collect the money. Then, all proud of himself, he went to the new owner to report his success. The owner took the cash from Tim and put it directly in his pocket, without so much as a thankyou.

The owner continued to pocket money, then several of our paychecks bounced. I called it quits and so did Tim and the CPA.

Four years later, I heard that the (former attorney) owner was being sued by many employees and that he was probably going to jail for tax evasion. LINK
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Tale # 33
Dept: Management Score: 99
Dec 12th 2005 Submitted by Anonymous
“And They Wonder Why They Were Losing Money”
A donut Right out of college I got hired into a smallish software company as a sort of assistant-to-the-development-manager. It was my job to help streamline processes, write documentation guidelines, create a documentation website to contain and keep updated by developers all software process docs, requirement docs, etc. My boss (the manager of software development) had been hired just months before me.

Turns out before that, there was NO manager. Everyone reported to the micro-managing CEO directly. There were no requirements processes, it was all very ad hoc. This caused them to be eternally late delivering software and in turn lose money.

After only 4 months on the job and promises from the CEO that we would be profitable, there were layoffs for not being profitable.

Two of those laid off?

Myself and the Development manager. Nothing like a company going back to what was making them lose money. LINK
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Tale # 65
Dept: Management Score: 45
Feb 6th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“Slippery Promotions”
A donut My boss was given a temporary promotion and needed to choose one of us little people to cover his job for a few months.

Unfortunately, my boss (by all accounts and I'm not being paranoid here) doesn't particularly care for me, so it didn't come as a big shock that although I was senior enough to have walked into his temporarily vacated position, there was an invitation for ALL the little people to apply.

Though I was also in school at the time and didn't even want the position, I applied anyway perceiving that in some way it was expected of me.
Well, an even littler little person got the job over me and is STILL, after several months, afraid to give me any directives. LINK
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Tale # 160
Dept: Management Score: 17
Jan 27th 2009 Submitted by Anonymous
“The Mystery Task”
A donut I think this story is best told in dialogue format. Here's how the conversation between my boss and myself just went:

Me: "Here are the contracts for you to sign."
Boss: "Great. Hey, when are you leaving today?"
Me: (smiling) "Whenever I'm done."
Boss: "When is that?"
Me: "Well, whenever I'm finished with whatever task you're about to give me."
Boss: "Well, when would you be leaving if I didn't give you anything?"
Me: "Uh...probably at 5, so I can finish my homework."
Boss: "Well, then come see me before you go, because I have some stuff for you to do."
Me: "Um, why don't you give it to me now so I can finish it early?"
Boss: "I don't know what it is yet."

All I can figure is that he needs the time between now and then to invent something for me to do, just so I don't get to go home. LINK
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