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Old 11-22-2019, 09:08 PM
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Iíd say my current manager is pretty bad. Micromanages people to death, has made people cry, gets in peopleís faces when things donít go his way. Heís also the manager of the building we work in, and itís in horrible condition. He refuses to maintain anything, and doesnít even clear the parking lot when it snows. 90% of the time itís a sheet of ice. Weíve had delivery people trip and fall. One girl who works here got stuck leaving the other day because there was a foot of snow at the end of the parking lot.
His task manager is his inbox. If he wants something done, instead of asking the question himself, he has other people ask the question for him. All via email. If you donít respond, he calls you a few minutes later and says ďdid you see that email I just sent?Ē

The most hilarious thing recently was a multi-day project I worked on for him. Basically gathering information he requested, etc. Nothing difficult or out of the ordinary. I donít mind doing things for him normally, but this time he really showed his true colors. He comes into my office while Iím eating lunch, and tells me Iím not involved in the project and questions whether I know what Iím doing. Keep in mind I answered every question he asked, and completed everything he asked me to do, correctly and in a timely fashion.

In the end, I found out why he got pissy. Basically he requested some big change (I wonít go into details for obvious reasons) and ended up forfeiting a huge discount for the company. So what he does is try to make someone into the scapegoat.

Iíve worked other similar jobs with similar managers, but this one takes the cake for sure.

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My current one- He made a $10 million mistake.... Then again, I think he will be my former boss sometime soon.
Old 11-22-2019, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by BadgerS View Post
My current one- He made a $10 million mistake.... Then again, I think he will be my former boss sometimes soon.
Ouch.
Old 11-22-2019, 09:23 PM
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I had a manager that tried to harass me so I would quit.
He sent a registered letter to me, AT THE COMPANY! Claiming I had a bad attitude.
I happened to notice it was dated a month earlier (he had the wrong month on it) when I pointed it out he got very red faced and said he could change it but he really looked stupid.
He held up my X-mas bonus passed Jan 15th but it appeared on my check stub.
I told foreman in casual conversation that I had to file amended tax return. He ask why, I told him I didn't receive the money stated.
The manager came to my job site and tossed the check on my tailgate.
They ended up firing him on a Saturday.
Find a way to screw with him! It was fun.
Old 11-22-2019, 09:26 PM
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Old 11-22-2019, 09:26 PM
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Almost 30 years ago I got a job working for a maintenance shop fixing stuff. The boss was a really nice guy but could not manage. Guys who work in the trades are sometimes a little rough around the edges. One day, the boss comes into the shop to scold one of the guys for not doing something - I can't remember what. The mechanic tells the boss to never come into the shop again. The boss laughs like they're best friends. The mechanic tells the boss to get out now and picks up a chair. The boss laughs like they're best friends joking around. The chair goes airborne and the boss barely makes it out of the shop as the chair slams against the wall where the boss was standing.

Nobody got fired. Nobody got disciplined. The boss never came into the shop again.
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Originally Posted by Stim View Post
I had a manager that tried to harass me so I would quit.
He sent a registered letter to me, AT THE COMPANY! Claiming I had a bad attitude.
I happened to notice it was dated a month earlier (he had the wrong month on it) when I pointed it out he got very red faced and said he could change it but he really looked stupid.
He held up my X-mas bonus passed Jan 15th but it appeared on my check stub.
I told foreman in casual conversation that I had to file amended tax return. He ask why, I told him I didn't receive the money stated.
The manager came to my job site and tossed the check on my tailgate.
They ended up firing him on a Saturday.
Find a way to screw with him! It was fun.
Glad to hear he got what he deserved. Acting like a dick and micromanaging is one thing, but messing with an employeeís pay is an entirely different level of being a poor manager.
Old 11-22-2019, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by maintenanceguy View Post
Almost 30 years ago I got a job working for a maintenance shop fixing stuff. The boss was a really nice guy but could not manage. Guys who work in the trades are sometimes a little rough around the edges. One day, the boss comes into the shop to scold one of the guys for not doing something - I can't remember what. The mechanic tells the boss to never come into the shop again. The boss laughs like they're best friends. The mechanic tells the boss to get out now and picks up a chair. The boss laughs like they're best friends joking around. The chair goes airborne and the boss barely makes it out of the shop as the chair slams against the wall where the boss was standing.

Nobody got fired. Nobody got disciplined. The boss never came into the shop again.
I worked for a guy who was a contractor for decades before starting his own company. I worked alongside him in the office, and outside the office was basically an assembly line for the parts he was making.

It was hilarious watching him go from a relatively quiet guy sitting at a desk (micromanaged way too much though) to a shop foreman screaming at the top of his lungs because someone wasnít making a part properly. He would literally just get up and go into the shop and start yelling. It was hysterical. Total toxic work environment though so I had to get out.
Old 11-22-2019, 09:33 PM
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I was managing the technical side of an equipment manufacturing place. The owner got me there on a visa with which I was not allowed to work for any other company. I had 3 guys working for me who each made more than me.
Then during my annual review, when I told him I needed an increase, he looked at me and told me: "We are already paying you more than you are worth to us."
I walked out of the meeting, married my g/f, and had another job, all within 3 months.
When I quit, he came to me later with a Post-It note and told me to please write the number on it I would need to stay there. I told him a Post-It note wasn't big enough.
Old 11-22-2019, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by berrie View Post
I was managing the technical side of an equipment manufacturing place. The owner got me there on a visa with which I was not allowed to work for any other company. I had 3 guys working for me who each made more than me.
Then during my annual review, when I told him I needed an increase, he looked at me and told me: "We are already paying you more than you are worth to us."
I walked out of the meeting, married my g/f, and had another job, all within 3 months.
When I quit, he came to me later with a Post-It note and told me to please write the number on it I would need to stay there. I told him a Post-It note wasn't big enough.
I got ripped off on my performance review. Havenít even received a COL adjustment in years let alone a raise. I kept asking and was eventually given a partial COL adjustment LOL. All with offers sitting in my inbox for 20-40k more, most of which I showed them during the review.

Turns out the owner of the company wanted to give me a much larger raise, but the manager from hell is the one who blocked it. The manager then gave himself a nice big raise instead.

Last week was the best - he told me I wasnít involved enough, then left early for the day. He works the least out of anyone and probably makes the most money.
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I worked for a guy that would lie about what he had for breakfast! Corporate Aircraft Engine Business, he came to the back of the shop one day and said we have to get this engine out today, customer needs to be back up in the air this week. In casual conversation later that day, customers chief pilot tells me the airplane is undergoing paint and interior for 45 days. The reason for getting the engine out the door was to make month end numbers!!
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Originally Posted by CORALREEFER View Post
I worked for a guy that would lie about what he had for breakfast! Corporate Aircraft Engine Business, he came to the back of the shop one day and said we have to get this engine out today, customer needs to be back up in the air this week. In casual conversation later that day, customers chief pilot tells me the airplane is undergoing paint and interior for 45 days. The reason for getting the engine out the door was to make month end numbers!!
Sounds like his bonus was on the line.
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I have seen and been associated with lots of really bad managers, some I was determined to outlast, and I did just that, couldn't wait to see the back end of them.

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Old 11-22-2019, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Misterfu02 View Post
Iíd say my current manager is pretty bad. Micromanages people to death, has made people cry, gets in peopleís faces when things donít go his way. Heís also the manager of the building we work in, and itís in horrible condition. He refuses to maintain anything, and doesnít even clear the parking lot when it snows. 90% of the time itís a sheet of ice. Weíve had delivery people trip and fall. One girl who works here got stuck leaving the other day because there was a foot of snow at the end of the parking lot.
His task manager is his inbox. If he wants something done, instead of asking the question himself, he has other people ask the question for him. All via email. If you donít respond, he calls you a few minutes later and says ďdid you see that email I just sent?Ē

The most hilarious thing recently was a multi-day project I worked on for him. Basically gathering information he requested, etc. Nothing difficult or out of the ordinary. I donít mind doing things for him normally, but this time he really showed his true colors. He comes into my office while Iím eating lunch, and tells me Iím not involved in the project and questions whether I know what Iím doing. Keep in mind I answered every question he asked, and completed everything he asked me to do, correctly and in a timely fashion.

In the end, I found out why he got pissy. Basically he requested some big change (I wonít go into details for obvious reasons) and ended up forfeiting a huge discount for the company. So what he does is try to make someone into the scapegoat.

Iíve worked other similar jobs with similar managers, but this one takes the cake for sure.
Email him about the parking lot conditions and tell him that someone is going to slip and fall and get hurt because the parking lot and sidewalk are not being cleared off. When someone slips on the ice and gets hurt they, and their attorney will thank you. The boss not so much.
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Eh, if in go down the commercial fisherman rabbit trail it will enter the realm of almost unbelievable. Thankfully fishing is going through a big transition and those who are left are either highly competent or on tv and easy to avoid.

Interned for a year in a hospital, was assigned it as no choice. Boss was a recovering alcoholic and could not be fired due to it "hindering his recovery". He still had a gambling addiction, and at one point had done about half the women in the department. Two of the most heinous people in the department had affairs with him and were un touchable and behaved as such. I fished on a boat with a captain doing hard drugs with 3 exes, who sold his fish to a cult owned cannery that was going bankrupt...... Still a better work situation than that hospital was. 6 students in a teaching hospital in 6 years, 5 left the profession for good after a year there.

Was a good thing, learned a lot to side step in future employment.
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My worst boss was when I first sold my business and went to work for the Govt.

My direct supervisor would never give an answer to a question posed. You could ask point blank, "Do I go left or right?" and she'd say, "I don't know, let me get back to you." Only to follow up a week later with the same question and get the same BS answer.

I just started putting all requests in e-mail with the words, "Time is of the essence." If I didn't get a response within 72 hours I took my own path and never looked back. The first and only time she came to me with, "Why did you do X?" My response was, "I couldn't wait for you." Then I asked if she trusted herself, I got an odd look and she said, "Of course." "Good then, trust that you hired the right person and that I won't let you down."

We never had another problem. I bugged me that she kept getting promoted off of the work of those below her.

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Back in the 70's I worked for a furniture company that had multiple plants around the Eastern and central U.S.. I had worked in several of those plants and in 74 the company asked me to transfer to their plant in Northern Indiana. I went to see the facility, and when the president of that facility took me to the plant and introduced me to the manager he seemed to be a nice guy. When the president left us to get to know each other the guy looked at me and said, "We don't need you here, we don't want you her, and you aren't going to come here". I said well now that we understand each other lets see the plant before I go back. Most of my work life was spent in very high end solid wood furniture manufacturing, this plant was low end crap, vinyl covered flakeboard with V-grouve construction, I had no desire at all to work there. When I expressed my opinion to the corporate office, they really pressured me to take the job, that that plant was losing money and they would have to close it so I took it. Every minute of every day was miserable working for this asshat. He complained about everything I did, he tried mental abuse, like saying the employees were complaining about my body odor and other crap. Never the less we were able to substantially increase production to a profitable level. I worked there for a little over a year when I discovered something. The plant employees were 80% undocumented Hispanic and were paid with a check which they couldn't cash and this asshat was cashing their checks for them and taking 20%. I complained to local management about this to no avail so I told them to stick it and quit.

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