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Title: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on July 09, 2012, 10:13:42 AM
I have mentioned a few times (mostly in the Completely Random Thoughts thread, because I don't know where else to put it) how dumb my boss is. Since the stupidity never ends, I thought it might be fun to make a thread where we could all talk about the dumb things our bosses/supervisors/employers do. There is no doubt that I will be adding to it regularly.

So I get back into work today after being out for over a week and he's all excited to tell me about his latest news. First, though, a little history: About a month or so ago he told me that he was going to buy a dog from a pet shop (I can't remember if his wife had a specific breed in mind at the time or if it was just "tiny teacup dog"). I told him to be careful because teacup dogs have health problems and pet shops are notorious for getting these teacup dogs from unscrupulous breeders just to make a buck. I guess he listened to me (sort of) because they did not get a dog from a pet shop.

BUT! Today he showed me a picture of his new dog. It's a little tiny Yorkie and they took a picture of it next to a sippy cup for scale (it is slightly smaller than the cup). He is all excited because when his wife was trying to find a dog to buy she kept finding breeders who wanted $1200-$1500 per pup and now he wants to buy a female Yorkie and breed this little tiny dog to her and rake in the cash when it comes time to sell the puppies.

This is the best part. Because he refused to spend so much money on a dog, his wife found one from some guy in Queens whose dog had puppies and he sold it to them for $600. No papers or pedigree. So this boob for which I work thinks he's going to be able to charge $1500 for a pedigree-less dog's puppies -- a dog for which he paid $600. And I am sitting in his office doing my best to keep a straight face. I told him the dogs would need papers to get that kind of money and he's like, How do I get papers for my dog? And I am like, Oh god get me the fuck away from this dumbass before I lose my mind. I managed to control my initial impulse and I told him without papers he might be able to find some idiot to throw away six hundred bucks on a paperless puppy (except without the idiot part) and he was like, Hell no, I'm asking at least $1200.

I am sitting here at my desk laughing about it right now because it's like he got the dog and saw dollar signs and is all excited because the dogs will be doing all the work for him and he can just sit back and make money.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Thrifty on July 10, 2012, 09:36:54 AM
I work, on and off, in the technical support field.  Right now I'm getting some education and trying to break into programming.

At my previous job, we had a process called a tech refresh.  This means that after 4 or 5 years, your computer is computer is basically obsolete and it needs to be replaced with a newer one.  For desktops, this was easy.  We just configured a new desktop that had the same programs as the user's current desktop, transferred files over, and swapped them out.

For laptops this was different.  If you had a laptop, you were still due a new laptop every 4-5 years, but you had to ask for it.  We couldn't just give it to you.  You couldn't just say "Thanks for the offer, but my current laptop is okay."  You had to get a new laptop, but you also had to ask for it.  So it created this idiotic mind game where I would basically have to trick people into asking for a new laptop so that I could complete this assignment.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Thrifty on July 10, 2012, 09:45:02 AM
Here's another story from my last place of employment.

There was a woman who had to take some sort of test for a professional certification.  Normally for this kind of test, you go to a testing center in your area and take the test there.  The certifying organization, in this case, had some sort of special process by which you could take the test from a remote site provided:

a) You had a webcam that could pivot (so, like, a webcam built into a laptop would not work but one that sat on top of a monitor and plugged into a USB port would).
b) You installed remote monitoring software that let them look through that camera into the room where you were.

So this woman wanted to take her test at the office.  This requires us to overcome a few hurdles.  First off, we can't install software unless it goes through testing and is packaged.  Secondly, remote monitoring software requires special reconfiguration of the corporate firewall.  This is not an easy task.  It might be easy technologically (I dunno, I've never been in charge of a corporate network firewall), but it sure isn't easy getting through the corporate red tape to get it implemented.

Normally, when a user makes a request like this, I politely point out that it violates a couple of company rules, and that it's far too technologically difficult to get around those rules, and suggest the user find another way.  In THIS case, the user happened to be close friends with my boss's boss, who kept hammering me and ordering me to find a way to get this done.

This woman was, I dunno, not a mean person, but she was a royal pain in the ass.  Whenever she wanted something, she was VERY insistent that she get it immediately, and that it was super important.  She didn't have a lot of patience, and she had no qualms about going to her buddy, my boss's boss.

So that whole thing with the webcam and the certification test was a big mess.  I won in the end though.  She and the boss's boss gave up and she just went to a testing center, like she should have in the first place.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 10, 2012, 04:03:28 PM
Since I used to breed Siberian Huskies, I know for a fact he won't get 4 digit figures for any dog without AKC papers But might swing close to $600 If he got the dog registered through the CKC like I did my male and female Huskies but even then I didn't get more than $100-$150 because I didn't get them their shots as I left that up to the new owners to take care of..

..And my new job of 4+ months is getting more stressful as I am being bounced around from 2nd shift to 1st shift then back to 2nd shift for 'training' and still have no real ending time for when I get to go home each day; it's 'when ever the work is done' type thing and even though I get paid overtime each day I go over 8 hours, it really sux not having set hours :-\
Not sure what my boss has planned for me but I don't hear a lot about working a weekend shift like I used to when I volunteered for it and others think it won't happen this year or ever..
I would like to know something soon as I want to start planning my vacation for December :-[
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on July 10, 2012, 06:00:46 PM
My dumb boss is retiring!  Supposedly his last day is July 16th.  The clerk put a sticky note on my case asking me if I wanted to give them some money to help pay for a going away present.  I chortled and threw that right in the trash.  They're giving this dumbshit $20,000 to retire.  Idiots!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 10, 2012, 09:36:50 PM
That mail scum! :angry:
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: CJones on July 10, 2012, 11:50:12 PM
A few years ago, someone got a really nasty browser-hijack on our second register computer. I've dealt with those things before, so I know how to deal with them. Plus I have a degree in CS. Unfortunately I didn't have time to fix it that day, so I left a note on a full size sheet of paper taped over the monitor, saying, in no uncertain terms "DO NOT TOUCH THIS COMPUTER!"

Well, I had the next day off. When I got back, I discovered my boss (who has zero computer savvy) had taken it upon himself to have one of the other employees attempt to fix it. You see, he caught me watching YouTube once (on a different computer, and something everyone does) and therefore didn't trust me, the guy with the CS degree, to fix the damn thing.

Well, the other guy did a system restore, but not to the most recent restore point;  to the factory settings  :grr:

I took me the better part of a week to track down drivers for all the hardware, and reinstall every piece of software.

Best parts are, a few months later, that employee got fired for texting while at work, and then that same computer experienced a file system corruption. I had to re-format the hard drive, and then reinstall everything. AGAIN!!

EDIT: That wasn't an exaggeration when I said he has zero computer savvy. In six years, I've never seen him so much as touch a keyboard. He doesn't even know his own password. But I do, and it has admin access. If I felt so inclined, I could lock them out of their own system. And believe me, I've been tempted to do so.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on July 11, 2012, 12:32:23 AM
How is anyone able to function at all in a place of business with zero computer knowledge?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 11, 2012, 02:14:53 AM
In six years, I've never seen him so much as touch a keyboard. He doesn't even know his own password. But I do, and it has admin access. If I felt so inclined, I could lock them out of their own system. And believe me, I've been tempted to do so.

 :D


(http://i.imgur.com/qllmK.jpg)

"I'll set the building on fire."
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Thrifty on July 11, 2012, 08:23:38 AM
This thread actually gave me a nightmare that I was back working at my old job again.

The weird thing about my relationship with my previous employer was that I would probably go back again if the job were offered to me, and it just might be come September.  I worked as a contractor.  They bring you on as a contractor for 1 year.  If they want, they can renew you for another year after that time is up, and again for a third year after that.  Which is what happened to me.  I started September 29th, 2008 and my last day was September 30th 2011.  They can restart the cycle after 1 year not working for them.  I saw it happen with a couple guys.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: gbeenie on July 11, 2012, 09:18:34 AM
I work, on and off, in the technical support field.  Right now I'm getting some education and trying to break into programming.

At my previous job, we had a process called a tech refresh.  This means that after 4 or 5 years, your computer is computer is basically obsolete and it needs to be replaced with a newer one.  For desktops, this was easy.  We just configured a new desktop that had the same programs as the user's current desktop, transferred files over, and swapped them out.

For laptops this was different.  If you had a laptop, you were still due a new laptop every 4-5 years, but you had to ask for it.  We couldn't just give it to you.  You couldn't just say "Thanks for the offer, but my current laptop is okay."  You had to get a new laptop, but you also had to ask for it.  So it created this idiotic mind game where I would basically have to trick people into asking for a new laptop so that I could complete this assignment.


Is it wrong to think a little psychological warfare might help break up the monotony of the workday?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Thrifty on July 11, 2012, 11:35:31 AM
I work, on and off, in the technical support field.  Right now I'm getting some education and trying to break into programming.

At my previous job, we had a process called a tech refresh.  This means that after 4 or 5 years, your computer is computer is basically obsolete and it needs to be replaced with a newer one.  For desktops, this was easy.  We just configured a new desktop that had the same programs as the user's current desktop, transferred files over, and swapped them out.

For laptops this was different.  If you had a laptop, you were still due a new laptop every 4-5 years, but you had to ask for it.  We couldn't just give it to you.  You couldn't just say "Thanks for the offer, but my current laptop is okay."  You had to get a new laptop, but you also had to ask for it.  So it created this idiotic mind game where I would basically have to trick people into asking for a new laptop so that I could complete this assignment.


Is it wrong to think a little psychological warfare might help break up the monotony of the workday?
Well when you put it that way, I suppose it makes their motivations a little more clear.  Perhaps the evil you can understand is better than the random evil you cannot.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: gbeenie on July 14, 2012, 12:22:55 PM
Do it in my stead, man, as the language barrier here makes fucking with my coworkers a virtual impossibility.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on July 20, 2012, 12:21:39 PM
4 days with a new boss!  Everything is falling back into place after 4 years of idiocy!  It is amazing how much he screwed our office up.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on July 20, 2012, 01:58:14 PM
The 2nd shift team lead and the boss had a big falling out yesterday and now the entire department is having a big meeting on Monday..
Lotta 'he said she said' immature BS going on around here and it's finnaly coming to a head.

Man I wish I could get my business back to being self-sufficient again so I wouldn't have to be around this type of shit ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on July 26, 2012, 08:08:26 AM
There's something I've been thinking about lately, and I have plenty of time until it becomes an issue but it's something that's been on my mind.

Every year my department has a small pot-luck get-together for the holidays. When we were up on the 38th floor we always had it in the department itself, and it was nice because we could set it up and eat and then kind of nibble on it through the day. It was like one long party all day long. But then they moved us to a new space and made a rule that we're not allowed to eat in the department. So last year the holiday party was held in a conference room down the hall, where we couldn't set up until noon and had to be out by 2:00.

By default (because everyone who had previously planned the party has been fired), I wound up being the party planner. I hate party planning. I suck at it and I get worked up and it's just something really stressful that I do not enjoy at all. I spent the whole day organizing the damn thing, making sure everyone who brought stuff in had room for it in the refrigerator and then making sure we had all the necessary utensils/plates/napkins/etc. I ran between my desk and the conference room, and then while it was going on I had to sit there and baby sit the food while other people came in and out and then I had to clean it all up. And I really really hated it.

So now I know I'm going to get stuck with it again this year, and I'm wondering how bad it would be if I just told my boss I didn't want to do it. I think it would be great if we just totally skipped it and went out for drinks together after work, but of course going out for drinks together after work is why half the department was fired in the first place. So I'm just really not sure what to do. I'd really like to schedule vacation time and just be out around Christmas, but a lot of my time is gone because of the house, etc.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: CJones on July 26, 2012, 10:10:24 AM
Here's a favorite story from the job I just lost.

It was a pack and mail store, so we bought boxes wholesale and sold them retail. Once my boss got an email from someone claiming to be in Colorado (we're in Virginia), who wanted something like 1500 boxes. It would have come to roughly $20,000 with shipping. He was all ready to rent a cargo container, buy the boxes, and ship them by freight. He even talked to the guy on the phone.

Within the same week, he got another email from someone claiming to be a priest in Singapore who wanted 25,000 copies of a picture of a heart. He asked me to calculate how long it would take to make that many copies. He was thinking a few hours. Turned out it was more like a few days. That's assuming the copier ran 24 hours a day non-stop, and we never needed it for anything else. It would have broken down long before then.

He was really excited about both of these projects, but I knew there was something fishy going on, so I did a little research. Turned out they were both the same variety of a common scam. Red flags include people wanting absurd quantities of something, being really far away, and the thing they want being something they could easily obtain locally. So I tried to explain this to him, but all he could see were dollar signs. He was like, here take my phone and talk to him yourself (the guy in Colorado), you'll see he's legit. Then came the one and only time I lost my cool with him. I told him, in no uncertain terms "George, you cannot possibly be this stupid"... He did not take that well.

I finally had to go to his wife, explain it to her, and she in turn convinced him not to go through with either one.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on July 26, 2012, 10:29:55 AM
Wow. Just the Colorado story alone sounded fishy to me, right off the bat. I don't know why anyone several states away would order that many boxes if they could just buy them locally. It's not like Virginia is the only place you can buy cardboard boxes.

And then you said Singapore and I was like, Oh. Okay.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: goflyblind on July 26, 2012, 11:19:54 AM
Quote
Measuring the boss from hell
Almost everyone has experienced a boss from hell at one point or another in their careers, but how many of us could quantify just how unpleasant the experience is? Thanks to some hard-working psychologists, that's now possible—at least for some forms of unpleasantry. A team has spent four years immersed in the study of workplace arrogance, and emerged with what they term the "Workplace Arrogance Scale," or WARS. In a recent review, they've looked back on what they've learned about arrogance, and the results are pretty ugly.
...
The authors found that arrogance not only created a poisonous atmosphere at the workplace, but it actively hindered the ability to get projects done: "These results highlight an interesting paradox: Employees who act superior in actuality have inferior performance." The authors suggest this creates a vicious cycle, where failures fuel a greater sense of personal inadequacy, and thus more arrogant behavior. The failures themselves are ascribed to an arrogant person's inability to seriously consider advice from other members of the team: "A weak learning orientation also causes people to identify others to blame when setbacks or failures are experienced, instead of revising performance strategies or uncovering why problems occurred."

Typically, these sorts of vicious cycles can be hard to break, but that may not be the case with arrogance. "Fortunately arrogance is a cluster of changeable behaviors, driven by relatively malleable beliefs," the authors note. But doing so would necessarily involve identifying the problem and intervening, and the earlier the better. Of course, judging by the AIG example given earlier, there are probably some workplace environments where arrogance may not be considered a negative personality trait.
http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/07/measuring-the-boss-from-hell/
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on July 26, 2012, 07:46:59 PM
Yeah, in the post office arrogance is a positive personality trait...gets you promoted.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: gbeenie on July 26, 2012, 09:52:16 PM
Just to show a tiny microcosm of how the Telugu film business works:

Our next new movie is titled July. When does it open? August 8.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Tripe on July 27, 2012, 09:22:28 AM
But but, curry in the staff canteen!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 01, 2012, 08:40:07 PM
Found out tonight that my work hours will be changing yet again..
Starting Monday, I will be working 6pm till 2:30am (or after) to see how well my training is coming along for my eventual move to the weekend shift where I will basically be working by myself (which is cool with me)..

The team lead decided he wanted me to stay over tonight and the rest of the week for 'further training' (and so he could do less work) and I told him that I will start that tomorrow if need be but not tonight (cause I've been fighting a stomach bug since Monday and still working my full shift)..

I'm mixed on this because yes I will be away from a lot of the BS that goes on during the day and evenings but will be working half of 2nd shift and half of 3rd shift now with no change in pay   ???

Guess we'll see how it goes. :-\
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 02, 2012, 06:10:31 AM
For once, my boss did something right. He's out on vacation all this week.  8)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Thrifty on August 02, 2012, 06:23:23 AM
Don't even get me started on that time I worked at Gizomonic Institute.  My boss was just nuts.  I got along pretty well with the janitor, but he just disappeared one day and I haven't seen him since.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 02, 2012, 06:47:55 AM
Did I hear you mention once that your boss wanted to take out all of your internal organs and replace them with a radiator?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 10, 2012, 09:29:40 AM
Had to work till 4am this morning cause of management dropping the ball on having some preventative maintenance done on our drill bit coating machines which put everything behind schedule and I have to come in regular 2nd shift hours today cause 3rd shift doesn't work tonight and there must be at least 2 people on hand in the event of an accident..

I'm sure I was supposed to fill in a couple log sheets before leaving but I was already tired as hell and I'll fill those in when I go back to work in a bit while hearing about it from the ornery old guys on first shift.. ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Bob on August 11, 2012, 06:18:44 AM
Oh what fun that sounds like.   You would think they would know what to do when things happen..........but apparently not.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 11, 2012, 06:48:40 AM
Oh what fun that sounds like.   You would think they would know what to do when things happen..........but apparently not.
Oh, and I was told last night that I will be starting full 3rd shift hours on Sunday night (10pm - 6:30am) ...
Never worked 3rd shift before but I guess it's to see what I know and what I can do on my own in preperation for moving to a new weekend shift but still not sure I'm gonna like working 3rd shift hours  :-\
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Bob on August 11, 2012, 09:12:32 AM
At least when you get off work you can enjoy the morning (cooler) parts of the sun and beer.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 11, 2012, 09:31:19 AM
At least when you get off work you can enjoy the morning (cooler) parts of the sun and beer.
And there will be little in the way of drama and supervisor/manager BS too :o
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on August 12, 2012, 06:32:09 PM
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Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 12, 2012, 06:34:17 PM
Oh wow. That's just the epitome of cleverness.

I think I'm Facebook friends with maybe two people I work with. I would never in a million years be a friend or a fan of my employer or supervisor.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 13, 2012, 04:23:13 AM
Finished my first ever 3rd shift at work last night and I am friggin tired  :-[

Then I go back in this evening from 6:30pm - 2:30am the next 4 days, then full time 3rd shift next week for an unknown length of time..

All these shift changes are really starting to wear on me..
JUST PUT ME ON THE FUCKIN WEEKEND SHIFT ALREADY AND LEAVE ME THERE FOR FRIGS SAKES!!! :angry:
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on August 13, 2012, 08:16:24 PM
I love getting asked dumb questions, and then when I could give two shits about answering them then I am the asshole!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Artie on August 13, 2012, 08:55:38 PM
Oh wow. That's just the epitome of cleverness.

I think I'm Facebook friends with maybe two people I work with. I would never in a million years be a friend or a fan of my employer or supervisor.


I am the boss where I work and I would never want to be Facebook friends with anyone I work with, just too potentially problematic. 
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 16, 2012, 08:36:45 AM
So today is supposed to be my Friday but was asked to come in 4:30pm - 10:30pm tomorrow to help cover for a 1st shift guy taking a vacation day so it will be all overtime and another short weekend for me.. :-\

I also put in for another Quality Coordinator position that was posted on the company website but not on the job-openings board to see if I have a shot at that position.. It's apparently for a new line of engine parts we will be coating for GM by next year (lifters, rocker arms, and other engine parts).
I originally put in for that position but was passed by and the job given to another guy off the street but I was talked into accepting my current coating tech position (since I guess I impressed them enough that they wanted to hire me anyway)  and now that another opening has cropped up, I would think I have a pretty good shot at it BUT..

There tends to not be much promotion from within but a lot of hiring from outside from what I've seen as of late..
Example: There was a 3rd shift maintenance position that was open and a couple coworkers put in for it. The question was asked "If you don't get this job, will you still do a good job for us?" which basically told them they were out of the running before they came in for the interview and sure enough, they hired a military veteran who was a helicopter mechanic in some branch of the service that started this week.
The company is big on hiring military veterans and they must get some kind of kick-back from the government for each one they hire but I'm not content to be a simple coating tech my entire career there. I think my 2 college degrees should count for something! I would think they could hire another military veteran to fill my spot should I be allowed to take that Quality Coordinator job..

All in all, I'm not keeping my hopes up for getting this position :-[
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Bob on August 16, 2012, 08:41:20 AM
Yeah, new positions at current employees are always an interesting pattern.   I've always found it best not to anticipate that many things so when they do happen, that is a nice feeling.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 16, 2012, 08:50:50 AM
If/when I get interviewed and they ask me that question about still doing a good job for them if I don't get the position, my response will be of course I will but I am not content to remain in my current position my entire career here..
I may even throw them a question "so are you saying there is little hope for advancement with this company since there is such a big push for hiring other military veterans off the street?" To see there response..

I don't want to seem to blunt about it but I'm not just gonna keep putting in for position after position (that I feel I'm qualified for of course) only to be turned down each time!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 21, 2012, 07:18:01 AM
My boss just called me. "I was just trying to do something in Lotus Notes and I cut it out by using ctrl + c and I didn't want to do that. How do I put it back?"

I shit you not. I had to walk him through the ctrl + z feature.

I cannot stop laughing.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Bob on August 21, 2012, 07:25:54 AM
Too bad.........this was your chance to ask for $100,000 to try and build him a time machine.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 21, 2012, 07:27:29 AM
He's sure to ask me again next week.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bigheadtodd82 on August 21, 2012, 07:31:19 AM
Have you had any user ask where the "any key" is yet? I have....... true story:(
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 22, 2012, 07:49:32 AM
My boss just asked me if we got "Augustses" meter reads for our copiers here.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bigheadtodd82 on August 22, 2012, 08:02:11 AM
I would send them back the spellcheck result on that, just to be sassy >:D
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on August 22, 2012, 08:06:00 AM
The law firm where I work very much frowns on sassy.  :-X
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 22, 2012, 01:10:23 PM
The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America


This could get interesting
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: goflyblind on August 22, 2012, 01:41:40 PM
The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America

congress?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2012, 01:44:35 PM
The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America


This could get interesting

Hawaiian shirt day will be making a come back!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on August 22, 2012, 01:57:23 PM
The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America


This could get interesting

Hawaiian shirt day will be making a come back!

I will keep you all posted. Let's just say, our new CEO is none to pleased with this development
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Zombie Monty on August 22, 2012, 04:23:10 PM
The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America


This could get interesting

You work for Dish Network?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Tripe on August 22, 2012, 05:55:24 PM
She does.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on August 22, 2012, 06:04:09 PM
The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America


This could get interesting

You work for Dish Network?
Yup! She's my personal rep too  ;D
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 17, 2012, 01:46:11 PM
So my boss is in a meeting in his office and he calls me because he can't figure out how to take a screen shot of something with a drop-down menu.

Him: If I use Snag It I have to move the mouse and then the drop down menu goes away.
Me: What about doing control plus print screen?
Him: Okay, how does that work?
Me: .....
Me: .....
Me: Control? And then Print Screen?

In the end I had to get up and do it for him because he still couldn't figure it out. This man is in charge of the Duplicating center for one of the biggest law firms in the country.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 18, 2012, 09:58:50 PM
So yesterday, the 'brain-dead' marine on 1st shift screwed up an important load of drill bits..
They were supposed to be coated a copper color and he coated them carbide instead!

The idiot's been here almost 15 years and has made several similar mistakes which has cost the company tens of thousands of dollars, yet he still has a job! ???

It seems the more you fuck up, the more secure your job is here ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: ScottotD on September 18, 2012, 11:57:52 PM
I say you test that theory!

The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America


This could get interesting

Hawaiian shirt day will be making a come back!

I will keep you all posted. Let's just say, our new CEO is none to pleased with this development

Updates?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on September 19, 2012, 11:58:45 AM
I say you test that theory!

The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America


This could get interesting

Hawaiian shirt day will be making a come back!

I will keep you all posted. Let's just say, our new CEO is none to pleased with this development

Updates?

They cancelled mandatory OT....which I never had to do anyway. So not much
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Lembach on September 19, 2012, 04:26:00 PM
The company I work for has been voted the worst company to work for in America


This could get interesting

Hawaiian shirt day will be making a come back!

I will keep you all posted. Let's just say, our new CEO is none to pleased with this development

This brings me great joy.  ;D
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 19, 2012, 05:07:11 PM
I come in to an email saying I'm not putting certain parts on the right shelves yet I've been doing this job now for over 6 months and never had this problem before ..
Yet there are no specifics as to exactly what the issue was ::) OH OK! Thanks for the useless repremand morons!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 25, 2012, 11:27:42 AM
Just got this IM from my boss: "When you are back from lunch can you show me how to use the P Touch labeler?"
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 25, 2012, 11:37:09 AM
Just got this IM from my boss: "When you are back from lunch can you show me how to use the P Touch labeler?"
P touch ... Sounds kinky to me :o
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 25, 2012, 12:37:28 PM
Just got this IM from my boss: "When you are back from lunch can you show me how to use the P Touch labeler?"
P touch ... Sounds kinky to me :o

(http://www.imagesupply.com/productcart/pc/catalog/1750big.jpg)

Also, I just came back to my desk and found a cabinet door open. This is the man who is picky about everything in his office, down to the placement of the chairs in front of his desk, but he routinely comes into my space and leaves doors and drawers open and drops trash on the floor. So I have to clean up after him.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 25, 2012, 12:39:28 PM
RVR is a closet Lexopolymerphile...
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 25, 2012, 12:56:45 PM
Just got this IM from my boss: "When you are back from lunch can you show me how to use the P Touch labeler?"
P touch ... Sounds kinky to me :o

(http://www.imagesupply.com/productcart/pc/catalog/1750big.jpg)

Also, I just came back to my desk and found a cabinet door open. This is the man who is picky about everything in his office, down to the placement of the chairs in front of his desk, but he routinely comes into my space and leaves doors and drawers open and drops trash on the floor. So I have to clean up after him.

He drops trash on the floor?

On my floor, yes. Not his. Just like small, random bits of paper and things like that. Once a rubber band broke on him and he just dropped it on the floor and walked out.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 25, 2012, 12:56:58 PM
Jees! What a slob >:(
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on September 25, 2012, 01:17:49 PM
How do you show someone how to use a labeler?  You just punch buttons and it spits a label out.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 25, 2012, 01:18:52 PM
That's basically what I had to show him, but he also couldn't figure out how to get the caps lock off and I had to show him that.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on September 25, 2012, 01:21:37 PM
Couldn't you tele-commute this stuff to him?  Like a series of screen shots or pictures of you step by step using simple implements.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Tripe on September 25, 2012, 01:22:12 PM
That's basically what I had to show him, but he also couldn't figure out how to get the caps lock off and I had to show him that.

John, chapter 11, verse 35
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 25, 2012, 01:23:59 PM
Couldn't you tele-commute this stuff to him?  Like a series of screen shots or pictures of you step by step using simple implements.

I am not quite sure that would work. Just recently I tried to tell him how to get a screen shot of something and I wasn't able to walk him through it. I had to go in his office and actually do it for him.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RoninFox on September 25, 2012, 01:33:15 PM
Our "Shipping and Warehouse Coordinator" just implemented a brand new book full of proceedures for us to follow, finally showing all of us how much of an idiot she is. It doesn't affect me much, but my coworker who pulls orders for the assemblers is pretty much crippled by them. His productivity dropped to about 10% of normal because of all the unnecessary steps he has to take now. For example, if an order calls for parts to out together, say, 14 finished machines, he has to stage each assembly separately, as in on a minimum of 14 pallets. Last night he had an order like that. This is a small facility, and these were small machines. The parts would have fit on one or two pallets, and any assembler here can be trusted to know what to do with them. We did not even have room to move that order to the assembler, he does not have the floor space for it.

He usually pulls 10 orders minimum in a night. Last night he pulled 1, and I had to help him for about 3 hours of it. Shit will hit the fan tonight.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 25, 2012, 02:34:17 PM
but he also couldn't figure out how to get the caps lock off and I had to show him that.
Now why would you go and do a thing like that?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on September 25, 2012, 03:17:27 PM
I got the job at the local medical office I've been wanting!  Yay!

So glad to leave Best Western.  I really enjoyed the front desk work, but they had me driving more and more because they couldn't keep their other drivers.  And they would put me in housekeeping when they were short.

Maybe if they treated their employees better people would stay.  I've seen housekeepers cry, the owner would curse them out.  And I was cursed out for something I didn't do once.  I was at lunch and another worker made a mistake on my account.  Partly my fault because I didn't sign off.

The truth came out later about who did it.  But any apologies?  No sir.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 25, 2012, 04:42:39 PM
Couldn't you tele-commute this stuff to him?  Like a series of screen shots or pictures of you step by step using simple implements.

I am not quite sure that would work. Just recently I tried to tell him how to get a screen shot of something and I wasn't able to walk him through it. I had to go in his office and actually do it for him.

What the fuck is this guy's job? Is he any good at it?  Because he sounds like he might actually be legally retarded.

He is the manager of duplicating and the mailroom for the law firm. He got his job because the former manager was fired for being a drunk on the job, and he keeps his job by playing ball and kissing TREMENDOUS amounts of ass. If you've ever heard "Dogs" by Pink Floyd, that pretty much describes him to a tee.

We have an ongoing joke in the department that he buys these expensive copiers but he has no idea how to work them (he stopped being a copy operator when the machines started getting more involved). I don't even work on the copiers but I am pretty sure I know more about operating them than he does.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RoninFox on September 25, 2012, 07:39:45 PM
Sounds like we might need to launch a duplication investigation.

(http://needcoffee.cachefly.net/needcoffee/uploads/2011/08/ll-cool-j-toys-150x150.jpg)

Are you disrespecting my duplication investigation?

I'm talkin' dupin!  DUPIN!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 26, 2012, 09:05:57 AM
Ya see, ya see!  Your dupin minds!  Dupin!  Dupin!

Wait, what were we talking about?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 28, 2012, 07:21:30 AM
The most complicated piece of office equipment ever? The Brother P Touch.

I just got a call from the duplicating supervisor who is with my boss today in the Firm's satellite office, asking me if I know how to set the P Touch to print out ten labels at a time, so he doesn't have to keep pushing the print button. Because I guess that's a hard thing to do .
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on September 28, 2012, 08:21:02 AM
Last night the first shift guy who's been working for the company for 22+ years, didn't properly put a coating target in the coating machine causing the water pressure to blow out not only the target itself but also the confinement ring and insulators around the confinement ring that prevent a direct electrical short while the coating process is running..

This caused around 5 hours of downtime to repair and completely threw out my schedule for the night, which was a good thing cause I was able to go home on time last night! ;D

Most that will probably happen to him is a slap on the wrist ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on September 28, 2012, 01:27:19 PM
The most complicated piece of office equipment ever? The Brother P Touch.

I just got a call from the duplicating supervisor who is with my boss today in the Firm's satellite office, asking me if I know how to set the P Touch to print out ten labels at a time, so he doesn't have to keep pushing the print button. Because I guess that's a hard thing to do .

This is on par with Post Office stupidity.  The only difference is when I get asked questions like this I get to laugh and make sarcastic comments and say, "Sorry, they don't pay me to do that."
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on September 28, 2012, 02:59:15 PM
I wish I could do that and not get written up/fired for it. I mean it was ten labels. It's not like he had to print out a hundred.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on October 03, 2012, 09:13:47 AM
So my boss gets this email from the Firm's London office asking for binding supplies, and it came from the all-purpose UK email address and was signed by a guy named Mohamed and copied someone named Clive. I have no idea who these guys are but the upshot is that the email came from someone named Mohamed.

My boss answered the email back and copied me (because I'm actually the one who orders the stuff): "Clive, we will order this and send it over to you." And I'm like, You dummy, it's signed Mohamed, not Clive. Clive was copied. But I didn't say anything.

So today I had to email the London office because the sizes they gave me were wrong, and I replied to the email chain and started it off with "Hi Mohamed". And I copied my boss. So my boss just called me. "Who's Mohamed?" All snarky, like I fucked up and he was calling to set me straight.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA

And I had the marvelous pleasure of pointing out his mistake. It was just wonderful, a real delight to hear the "oh" when he realized that he made the mistake and not me.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on October 19, 2012, 06:58:40 AM
Quote
NEW WORKPLACE VOCABULARY

BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.

CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.

PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a Cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.

MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.

SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.

STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiney.

SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because the magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.

IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The J-Lo and Ben wedding (or not) was a prime example.

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organisational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message “404 Not Found,” meaning that the requested document could not be located.

OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realise that you've just made a BIG mistake.

WOOF'S: Well-off Older Folks.

CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously farting while passing through a Cube Farm.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on November 20, 2012, 06:33:06 PM
Work load is getting backed up here at work due to piss poor planning..
Started on Friday when a coworker screwed up a load and then the machine was taken out of service for upgrades and won't be back up till after Thanksgiving..
Then the larger coating machine was taken down for quarterly pm's and isn't running right - even had a $20000 part rushed in and that didn't work!
Now they're posting weekend work but I will be nowhere to be found! ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on December 04, 2012, 03:00:20 PM
And the problems continue..
Ran out of work yesterday so they sent us home early, now the boss calls and wants me to work 7pm - 3:30am playing catch-up now that the machines are back up after being off and on last week into the weekend..
.. Not to mention I was denied for a 2nd time on that Quality Coordinator position after nearly 3 months of waiting :angry:

These constant work hour fluctuations are getting old but I have only a week and a half to get through before my 3 week vacation, then my resume will be floating again in the hope of finding a better job!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on December 04, 2012, 09:09:15 PM
Complete waste of time having me come in from 7pm - 3:30am tonight..
A part for one of the machines was supposed to be here by 10pm.. 12am: Nothing! ::)
There's nothing to do and I'm not leaving early either cause I'm already short 1 hour this week I need to make that up somewhere..
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 03, 2013, 11:44:31 AM
I just had to show my boss how to unmerge cells in an Excel document.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 10, 2013, 01:46:54 PM
I just had to show my boss how to sort an Excel spreadsheet. Again.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 10, 2013, 02:57:37 PM
I just had to show my boss how to unmerge cells in an Excel document.

I don't think I can do this. But I can use google.

Or the help menu, that's what it's there for.  But I'll admit sometimes it's faster to use Google than the help menu on some programs.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 10, 2013, 03:59:13 PM
I just had to show my boss how to unmerge cells in an Excel document.

I don't think I can do this. But I can use google.

Okay, but have you used Excel every day for the past ten years?

Also, he locked himself out of his office this morning. I had to let him in.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 10, 2013, 10:08:28 PM
So I decide to browse around the local job listings online and discover my company has posted Yet Another Quality Coordinator position, yet it's not listed on the company website..
This is the third time this position has been listed and Both previous jobs were filled by people hired from outside the company and not within >:(

So, I submit my application along with my resume for this one as I have for the last 2 times I've applied for the job and we'll see what their excuse is this time for not promoting me.. ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 10, 2013, 10:34:12 PM
Perhaps.. Too much T & T (Tacos and Tequila) :-X
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 11, 2013, 06:05:16 AM
There's something I've been thinking about lately, and I have plenty of time until it becomes an issue but it's something that's been on my mind.

Every year my department has a small pot-luck get-together for the holidays. When we were up on the 38th floor we always had it in the department itself, and it was nice because we could set it up and eat and then kind of nibble on it through the day. It was like one long party all day long. But then they moved us to a new space and made a rule that we're not allowed to eat in the department. So last year the holiday party was held in a conference room down the hall, where we couldn't set up until noon and had to be out by 2:00.

By default (because everyone who had previously planned the party has been fired), I wound up being the party planner. I hate party planning. I suck at it and I get worked up and it's just something really stressful that I do not enjoy at all. I spent the whole day organizing the damn thing, making sure everyone who brought stuff in had room for it in the refrigerator and then making sure we had all the necessary utensils/plates/napkins/etc. I ran between my desk and the conference room, and then while it was going on I had to sit there and baby sit the food while other people came in and out and then I had to clean it all up. And I really really hated it.

So now I know I'm going to get stuck with it again this year, and I'm wondering how bad it would be if I just told my boss I didn't want to do it. I think it would be great if we just totally skipped it and went out for drinks together after work, but of course going out for drinks together after work is why half the department was fired in the first place. So I'm just really not sure what to do. I'd really like to schedule vacation time and just be out around Christmas, but a lot of my time is gone because of the house, etc.

By the way, good news on this front. We didn't have the Christmas party and no one even mentioned it. I was so relieved. We didn't even decorate the department, and about three days before Christmas my boss's boss comes down and wants to know why we haven't decorated, so since my boss is such a kiss ass he goes out and buys some decorations to put up, two days before Christmas. And then he wants me to help him and I was like, You're on your own, dude.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 11, 2013, 08:27:00 AM
So I decide to browse around the local job listings online and discover my company has posted Yet Another Quality Coordinator position, yet it's not listed on the company website..
This is the third time this position has been listed and Both previous jobs were filled by people hired from outside the company and not within >:(

So, I submit my application along with my resume for this one as I have for the last 2 times I've applied for the job and we'll see what their excuse is this time for not promoting me.. ::)
Oh I forgot to mention that I went ahead and put in my vacation request before I left for my vacation back on Dec. 14 for the end of this year like I did this past time (in the event I'm still working for this company) and my boss came up to me yesterday saying he can't give me every Christmas off because others may want that time..

There are only 3 others I have to contend with on vacation requests so I responded by stating the facts:
One guy who's been there 22+ years took something like half the year off; most of which was unscheduled by the way, and he still has a job..
The second guy who's been there 14 and a 1/2 years (as he likes to brag about constantly) takes his time randomly throughout the year (some scheduled and some unscheduled) so again he's no threat to that time frame..
The third guy (my team lead) takes his time off around September when hunting season starts around here so again, no threat to that time frame..

The only other person who might have been an issue is no longer with the company because he was deployed to Afghanistan already.

And his response was that if no one wanted that time frame, then it was mine ::)
Even If One of them wants it, they won't have the time available to take it without taking Unpaid so my theory is that if it's not approved that I could still take it and Still have a job upon my return because several others have done this same thing and are Still Employed here!

There's some Very bizarre shit goes on around here and I'm not kidding!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on January 11, 2013, 11:44:20 AM
Ah, you private sector workers get everything!  If I don't come to work, I shit you not, the Postmaster comes to my door and sends my mom too.  This has happened once when I slept through my alarm.  That was a fun day!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 14, 2013, 11:19:20 AM
I just had to show my boss how to take a screen shot. Again.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: goflyblind on January 14, 2013, 11:23:21 AM
please tell me you made him use his cell phone.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 14, 2013, 11:59:40 AM
please tell me you made him use his cell phone.

oh my god
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 16, 2013, 09:08:25 AM
I just had to show my boss how to view an Excel document in full size.

Maybe he should take an Excel class or something?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 16, 2013, 09:34:30 AM
Or learn to use google.

I think it's just laziness on his part. Why use Google when you have someone at your beck and call who knows way more about Excel than you ever will sitting right outside your office? It just kind of amazes me how shameless he is about his ignorance of a computer program he uses every goddamn day.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 16, 2013, 12:20:15 PM
So 9 drill bits got coated wrong cause they were mixed up in another order and the manager is blaming me (I guess because this has happened to 1 or 2 others in the past) even though the order cards were left at the inspection table and not brought back (or maybe produced afterwards) to us for proper instructions..
My name is nowhere on the 'new' cards yet I'm still being blamed ::)

Looking for other jobs online already and there's not a whole lot to choose from unfortunately :-[
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 16, 2013, 12:48:31 PM
Also, +1 for using "beck and call" correctly, rather than "beckon call."
People do that? Lord.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on January 16, 2013, 01:03:36 PM
Stuff that's spoken quickly can translate funny when people write it out. For years I wrote "For all intensive purposes", because that's kinda what I thought I was saying.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on January 16, 2013, 01:07:19 PM
My wife thought that when I first met her. It was a source of much hilarity.

Oddly, she doesn't really like that story when I tell it now.

This actually made me put my head down on my desk and laugh.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on January 17, 2013, 12:41:43 PM
It's funny how I am looking for a new place of employment, and yet when I make a mistake at my current one it upsets me so much I cried for an hour (and got very close to burning myself....something I have not felt the need to do in months)



Work is stupid
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 18, 2013, 12:53:54 PM
Came in early to work to check my emails and was told the senior coating tech ruined an entire load of drill bits cause he setup the coating machine wrong, AND he still has a job! ::)
This load is estimated to be worth $20000 to $30000 Dollars

Yet I get bitched at for a couple drill bits.. Kudos Dumbass!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Bob on January 18, 2013, 01:01:06 PM
Maybe they are planning on killing him and do not want to bring attention to his mistake.   And they plan on letting you live.........or pin the murder on you.  Either way!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 18, 2013, 04:13:10 PM
Now they're just gonna re-coat the whole load and not tell the customer ..
Unbelievable!! ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 18, 2013, 04:27:18 PM
Now they're just gonna re-coat the whole load and not tell the customer ..
Unbelievable!! ::)

Well, it's not like they have to be a certain size or sharpness...  Right?  ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 18, 2013, 04:35:08 PM
I guess not but seeing them cover up this huge mistake and yet they make me look like an ass for coating a few by mistake really bothers me >:(
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 18, 2013, 05:00:26 PM
 Actually I was being sarcastic, won't the double coating make them too large?  Or if they remove the incorrect coating and re-coat won't that ruin any sharp edges?  They are drill bits, right?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 18, 2013, 05:04:22 PM
Yeah they're all drill bits. Not sure if it'll be too thick or not but the talk here is if they find out, we could lose them as a customer and they're one of the largest customers we have :o
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 18, 2013, 05:09:26 PM
Yeah they're all drill bits. Not sure if it'll be too thick or not but the talk here is if they find out, we could lose them as a customer and they're one of the largest customers we have :o

That's the other thing I was going to say, is it worth it to lose them as a customer if they find out.  If they are going to double coat both layers better be the exact same color, or they will know as soon as they start to wear out during use.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 18, 2013, 05:15:45 PM
I'm just observing this
It was supposed to be coated a copper color but were coated a carbide instead so now they're coating over the carbide with the copper coating..
We'll find out next week
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 18, 2013, 05:27:30 PM
I'm just observing this
It was supposed to be coated a copper color but were coated a carbide instead so now they're coating over the carbide with the copper coating..
We'll find out next week

Wow, so, they are not going to tell the customer about the carbide coating?  Hope they are not being used where carbide would be an issue....

You are looking for other jobs, right?  I smell a goodbye from a customer and hello lawsuit....
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: CJones on January 18, 2013, 07:38:34 PM
I've complained about my boss before, but of the 10 or so co-workers I've worked with over the years, there was only one that I had a problem with.

I was gone for about 3 months starting November before last, which my boss knew about in advance. I had trained 3 new employees to run the store while I was gone. When I got back, only one was left, and she had taken it upon herself to completely rearrange everything to her liking. Which included, but not limited to, moving inventory around without updating the computer, failing to keep the rates current (which meant we were undercharging customers), and instigating all new pointless policies without telling me, then fussing at me for not doing them. She even had the gall to lower my security clearance to the minimum possible. She didn't trust me with "her" store, or something. Despite my having worked there nearly ten times longer than her.

I'm the freaking admin BTW. I keep a backdoor password for exactly this sort of thing. I was sorely tempted to bust her down to level 1 (in fact, the owner told me to do exactly that), but I didn't because I know that you need to have at least mid level clearance to effectively run that store. Something no one else seems to get.

Fortunately she quit (without any prior notification, I might add) of her own volition. Unfortunately, the last couple months have been a disaster. The owner had to have emergency triple bypass surgery, and I spent two weeks in the hospital (plus a third week at home incapacitated) due to Pancreatitis. With both of us out of commission, there was no way to run the store. They had been on the verge of bankruptcy for a while, and that was the final straw.

RIP The Village Mailbox, my job for the last six years. And somebody's job for a good 15 years before that. Here I come unemployment :(
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Tripe on January 18, 2013, 08:08:36 PM
Yeah that sucks, sorry to hear that.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 18, 2013, 09:47:29 PM
I'm just observing this
It was supposed to be coated a copper color but were coated a carbide instead so now they're coating over the carbide with the copper coating..
We'll find out next week

Wow, so, they are not going to tell the customer about the carbide coating?  Hope they are not being used where carbide would be an issue....

You are looking for other jobs, right?  I smell a goodbye from a customer and hello lawsuit....
Now that I'm home I can show you..

Here's what it looked like after being coated wrong in carbide..
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/IMG-20130118-00002.jpg)

And here's what it looks like after being coated over in the copper coating..
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/IMG-20130118-00003.jpg)

I don't think this is gonna fly at all! ::)

And Yes I am looking for another job.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 18, 2013, 10:25:06 PM
Oh, and this is not the first time he's done this..
I've been there over 10 months now and he's done this 3 times since I've been there.. He's been working for the company for over 22 years so there's no telling how many times he's screwed up and how much money he's cost the company.. And he's Still Employed! ???
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: gbeenie on January 19, 2013, 08:07:18 PM
Gad my former boss is an idiot. Although I don't work there anymore, I still do consulting for them from time to time, and I promised to help him with the forthcoming digital upgrade. So, I'm there for the first time in two months, for an unbelievably minor problem (that my better-and-more-experienced-than-I replacement could have doped out with me in a manner of minutes; calling me in wasn't his idea), when I get a glimpse at the (as-yet uninstalled) digital equipment. The owner had bought THE EXACT BRAND OF SERVER I SPECIFICALLY TOLD HIM NOT TO BUY; and, to make matters worse, he bought their absolute lowest-end server, which will only play MPEG films (that's the format 90+% of south Indian films use), and cannot, under any circumstances, be upgraded to play DCI-compliant files (that's the standard all American films and virtually all Bollywood films use). Will it ever occur to him that the money he failed to spend on a proper digital server is almost-certainly going to end up costing him big-time? Yeah, I'm not about to take THAT bet.

Luckily, none of this is really my problem anymore; I guess being officially disabled DOES have its upside, after all.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on January 23, 2013, 07:21:06 AM
Oh, and this is not the first time he's done this..
I've been there over 10 months now and he's done this 3 times since I've been there.. He's been working for the company for over 22 years so there's no telling how many times he's screwed up and how much money he's cost the company.. And he's Still Employed! ???
So far nothing has been said about that screwed up load of drill bits and we haven't heard anything from the customer so far..

But the moron decides to start a war with us on 2nd shift pointing out our faults and issues in a poor attempt of trying to get the focus off of his mistake, and then conveniently takes the day off today.. What a spineless piece of shit this dumb ass is ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on February 06, 2013, 04:02:36 PM
I won't go into the whole story, but its been almost 3 years since I was fired unfairly from the library.  They used some lame excuse then hired three part timers at minimum wage (I also had insurance, so they didin't have to pay that anymore)

They gave the debt program I ran to another worker.  The debt programs generates a lot of income for the library.  You wouldn't believe how much some people owe.  Some are in the thousands, the most one person owed when I was there was over $2000.  I was good at the debt program.   Anyway, the worker couldn't handle it on her own, I did it by myself for seven years.  My old boss who fired me finally got two of the part-timers to help her.  They still couldn't handle it.  I know this because my best friend still works there.  I was in the library today and my old boss if asked if I could come with her to the meeting room.  I went, I had a pretty good idea what she wanted to ask.

She wanted to know if I could come in in my free time and help them figure it out.

Now, since my best friend still works there, I knew that they were talking about it, but I still couldn't believe she had the balls, she has totally fucked up the library since she's been running it.  I had no training in the debt program, I figured it out myself.  It's fairly easy.  When I left everything was in great shape, unlike the shambles I inherited.

Anyway, I told her I could come in on Wednesdays, when did she want to discuss the payment for my services?  I asked knowing that she wants me to volunteer.   The ex-boss told me there was no money in the budget to pay me.  I told her that if she hadn't fired me she would have the money plus more that I would have generated from the set-off debt program and walked out.

Makes me feel pretty good.  My friend had also said that they were going to talk about asking me if I could post books on Ebay for free for them, evidently I'm the only person they know who uses Ebay.  All the volunteers are a bunch of nosy old  biddies that don't know crap about computers.  But I guess they won't be asking me about that now.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on February 06, 2013, 04:52:21 PM
Sweet, sweet vindication.  :)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on February 07, 2013, 07:54:19 AM
I just got an IM from my boss: "Remind me at some point today we need to talk about your review goals."

 :o

In the ten years I've been here, this is the first time he's ever mentioned talking about "review goals" outside of my review. And given the fact that I'm actively seeking new employment and don't plan to be here for my annual review in July, I find this absolutely hilarious.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 07, 2013, 08:10:26 AM
I just got an IM from my boss: "Remind me at some point today we need to talk about your review goals."

 :o

In the ten years I've been here, this is the first time he's ever mentioned talking about "review goals" outside of my review. And given the fact that I'm actively seeking new employment and don't plan to be here for my annual review in July, I find this absolutely hilarious.
I'd tell him my review goals include the NC mountains :D :D
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on February 07, 2013, 08:49:36 AM
What does that even mean? "Review goals"?

It means talk about the "goals" that were set for me in my last annual review (in July). For example, a possible review goal for my boss would be, "Learn how to use the basics of a fucking Excel spreadsheet." Although probably with less cursing.

I'll be honest, I can't even remember what my review goals were from last year's review. Keep on keepin' on, I guess.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 07, 2013, 08:52:53 AM
What does that even mean? "Review goals"?

It's annual review BS.

What are your goals?  How do your goals align with the mission statement?  How will you achieve these goals?  Rate your performance on last years goals...


GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: jasimon1 on February 07, 2013, 09:00:05 AM
Our goals this year were set as a group. Everyone had the same top 5 goals and you had one individual goals. The top 5 all had to do with things that were completely out of our hands (sales performance when we're not the ones doing the sales, etc.) Then, everyone was given the same score based on how the team did but we were asked to write justification for how we contributed to that score. I refused since 1) most of the time, I didn't contribute, thus how do you justify something you didn't do and 2) the only reason for the justifications is so that your manager can see what you did and give thier score based on it. So since my manager can't change my score even if I put "sold office supplies on the black market" under the profit goal, why waste my time writing anything?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on February 07, 2013, 08:04:22 PM
One year in college when I worked at Burger King during my review the manager told me my goals were to: 

1.  Shave
2.  Show up on time
3.  We couldn't think of a third one.

I made $4.95 an hour.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on February 08, 2013, 08:07:20 AM
I can say my career goal would be to become self employed again, but for now I'll just settle for getting a transfer out of my current department :-[
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: anais.butterfly on February 08, 2013, 10:19:06 AM
One year in college when I worked at Burger King during my review the manager told me my goals were to: 

1.  Shave
2.  Show up on time
3.  We couldn't think of a third one.

I made $4.95 an hour.

How DARE anyone tell you to shave!!! VIVA Los Bardas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




I just realized the folly of randomly looking up the word "beard" in a Spanish dictionary....it could have turned out rather interesting is what I am saying
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 01, 2013, 04:11:50 PM
Review is done and now I'm waiting on lunch..

Overall it went better than expected but a raise won't come till later (April 1).
So yeah I had some small issues that were brought up and I'm sure that will go against me but it seems the manager thinks pretty highly of me (that was a surprise). I need more training on stuff and he knows I want to move up into management but reality seems to reflect he wants to keep me where I am because I help produce the numbers needed for orders.
I dunno.. I came out of there thinking I may still have a career there but am optamistic that it is just what I want to hear but in reality I think I won't get very far there :-[
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: jasimon1 on March 01, 2013, 06:00:59 PM
I just got another form letter that pretty much says we're sorry that a crappy company bought the great company you used to work for. I know you used to have an actual career path but we took away the 7 levels you had and made them two. Since you're already in the top spot, you can either go to another group/company or move to Cincinnati and become a sales person if you would like a promotion. Every time they send me one of these and reaffirm that I'm in a completely dead end job it just crushes me for about a month. And perfect timing since my boss is coming into town on Monday and I have my review on Tuesday. Let's all hope I don't completely go off on her and quit.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 08, 2013, 09:41:22 AM
The company has hired another new guy off the street this week. He's in his early 20's. The company Completely passed over the 58 year old temporary guy for a 7th time now, and he just fell ill on Wednesday with something (not sure what yet but it sounds serious).
Then last night the team lead about passed out from a serious dizzy spell and left around 10:30pm leaving me by myself to run 2 machines and build 2 carbide loads. I didn't get home till after 2am with a massive stress headache (which I still have today).. :-[

Only bright spots I see are it's Friday and I don't (think) I have to work this weekend, and I am scheduled for an interview with the Components manager for their tech job today; basically a side-step position from the Tools dept. to the Components dept..
I've already told the wife that if I don't get this job, I plan on leaving the company by June, probably take a trip to Mexico around my birthday and just go back to self-employment for the rest of the year then look for something else (if needed) in 2014. :-\
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 12, 2013, 09:54:34 PM
More BS from my job.. ::)

So one of the coating machines keeps 'falling out' (basically shutting down due to some unknown error and not finishing a coating process) and even though it's been doing this more frequently the last 2 weeks, the senior maintenance tech seems to think it's operator error even though there's been no problems on our part prepping the machine for the next coating order..

Well last night it fell out again twice for some unknown reason and this time I did the change over and some minor things were found (old but usable targets, coating build up on igniters, etc) even though this has been an acceptable norm in the past, they decide to blame me for the recent fall out so one of the other coworkers preps it for the same coating recipe..

Guess What?? It fell out Yet Again!
So now one of the maintenance techs had to come in and work on it and again has no clue whats going on..

I had better not get a write-up for this because I will dispute it! >:(
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 18, 2013, 04:56:12 PM
Another ramble if you will..

The boss called me Saturday around 1pm and asked me to call him back.. I waited till 2 to return his call and he didn't answer so I left him a message that I was real busy working on taxes (which I was at the time)..
He calls me back at around 5:30pm but left no message so I didn't call back.
So I come in today and get a talking to that I should have called him back cause he needed me to come in to get some orders built but never mentioned that in the message (not that I would have gone in anyway)..
So now my hours have changed from 4pm-12:30am (which I hardly ever got out on time) to 2pm-10:30pm. Great! You're doing me a favor with this! But I can tell the team lead is not happy about it cause he has to work 4-12:30am now and seems to not want to talk to me much today.
Great.. So the boss has created some tension between the coworkers. Just what I need to add to my stress level here ::)

Still no word on that other job, nor any raise :-[
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Bob on March 18, 2013, 05:36:41 PM
Sounds like fun......ugh
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 18, 2013, 07:54:01 PM
I was right.. The team lead and I had a 'discussion' and seems I'm not to far off on my assumptions :-[

Just another day in paradise
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on March 26, 2013, 06:56:37 AM
Yesterday afternoon my boss says to me, "I am dragging this afternoon, I'm so tired. My sister came over last night and I didn't get to bed until midnight, so I'm running on like six hours of sleep." I was like, oh my god, you are such a trooper.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Kete on March 26, 2013, 08:32:25 AM
Yesterday afternoon my boss says to me, "I am dragging this afternoon, I'm so tired. My sister came over last night and I didn't get to bed until midnight, so I'm running on like six hours of sleep." I was like, oh my god, you are such a trooper.

I take it he's not a gamer.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 26, 2013, 08:44:18 AM
My boss has told us several times we won't get paid if we work past our scheduled hours, but that's hardly ever affected us (coating techs) until yesterday when he mentioned this yet again and I spoke up that this doesn't include us right? and he said it includes Everybody unless there's an emergency situation.. Yet I had to work Sunday over 6 hours ???
Him just saying that is illegal!
I worked over 6 minutes last night and I had best get paid for it or I'll make a phone call to the Department of Labor and let them pay a visit to investigate any unethical work practices :o
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on March 27, 2013, 04:42:20 PM
Welp.. I didn't get that job. That's #4 that I've been turned down for yet I'm given 'words of encouragement' that something may come down the line later this year or early next year..
They've already hired someone else off the street and they've already had their drug screening and paperwork processed!

AND I have to work Saturday! :angry:

To say I'm Majorly pissed off right now is an understatement!
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on March 28, 2013, 03:41:00 PM
Don't go Postal.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on March 28, 2013, 03:52:22 PM
Don't go Postal.
Funny you say that, I just went to a "group orientation" for the post office earlier today.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: bta on March 28, 2013, 06:04:13 PM
Don't go Postal.
Funny you say that, I just went to a "group orientation" for the post office earlier today.

What position?
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on March 28, 2013, 10:17:58 PM
Don't go Postal.
Funny you say that, I just went to a "group orientation" for the post office earlier today.

What position?
Male Mail processing clerk.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on April 02, 2013, 06:15:53 PM
So the wst shift guy (the one that's been here 22 years er so) has called out twice this week so far and now the manager is moving me to 1st shift (5am - 1:30pm) starting Monday..
This would seem like a good move but working with some of the people on 1st shift is more annoying than anything; as in a lot of coworkers with egos, not to mention managment and engineers getting in the way..
I'm committed to leaving here by the end of May-as soon as I confirm my vacation to Mexico in June, then this will not be of any further concern to me 8)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on April 02, 2013, 06:20:32 PM
That should say 1st shift guy ::)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Bob on April 02, 2013, 07:15:30 PM
Oh.....I thought you meant the West Shift Guy
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on April 02, 2013, 09:25:57 PM
Oh.....I thought you meant the West Shift Guy
Oh you.. :D

Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: wurwolf on April 05, 2013, 05:34:15 AM
Yesterday my boss told me that when he first started working here (he was a teenager, he is definitely a company man) he got his first paycheck and couldn't believe how low it was, so he went to the head of HR and asked if they could stop taking out taxes.

So he was pretty much a dumbass from the get go.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on April 05, 2013, 04:28:13 PM
Got a call from the manager before 1pm 'needing' me to come in eaely so I got in by 1:30 and discovered the team lead on my shift called in so I'm running things tonight..
Sounds like he had a bit of a nervous breakdown due to shit going array last night (blast machine went down, orders screwed up, and other stuff) and didn't get to leave till after 3am..
The manager and I looked at tonights schedule and I told him flat out that there was no way a couple orders were gonna make it in tonight so then the schedule board changes from 5 orders to 3 and one of those doesn't have to make it in till Saturday-if the team lead shows up cause he's scheduled to come in Saturday)..
I know he's trying to name for himself but it's just not worth the effort at this place, and I think he's learning that the hard way. :o
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on April 10, 2013, 01:01:55 PM
Had a meeting with my boss this afternoon.. What a complete waste of time! ::)

It seemed like another performance review and asked me dumb questions like "Do I like my job?" I didn't respond with the most 'upbeat' of answers., Just that I expected to have been given more of an opportunity to show my knowledge in Quality Assurance by now..
"Well, why aren't you cross-training?" he asks.. "Because there's only 8 hours in a shift and you don't want us to work overtime!"  I responded bluntly.. "And we're non-stop trying to build coating orders and set up the machine for the next order!" And his response was "Ask me and I would authorize it." ??? I call Bullshit here cause I've asked him on a couple different occasions and he told me straight up that there wasn't time..

So when it was all said and done, I was given a 60 cent raise ($15.60 per hour now). woopie...
He even said, "You don't seem too thrilled about that." My response: "I was making $16.10 per hour at my old QA job back in 2006. Thanks."

I'm sure that sealed my fate there saying that but I don't give a rats ass cause my last day is May 31 anyway and I'm off to Mexico for month and got enough saved up to carry me into next year. 8)
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: RVR II on April 27, 2013, 10:40:58 AM
So now I'm being moved back to 2nd shift hours again (4pm till whenever) starting Monday and I had to work today (Saturday 5pm till 1:30pm) and the manager calls me 3 times wanting an update on things then comes in wondering why I am some 2 1/2 hours behind the schedule written on the board..
I told him I came into nothing being prepped for this morning and he had 2 orders scheduled to be in and running by 7am ???
It takes an average of 5 hours to build 1 Fricken Load of drill bits (fixtured properly for coating) yet he still said I should have had 1 carousel in and running by the time he came in.. I didn't even get a lunch; just a quick 10 minute break!
A Bronze load has not run since Wednesday and I had to rebuild that load for a 5th time today and yet again it fell out - too many arcs causing a dead short somewhere inside the vessel so that was a waste of half the damn day right there ::)
Even had another guy come in for 4 hours to help me out which I needed..

5 weeks to go and I'm gone! >:(
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 27, 2013, 11:14:09 AM
Workers are dropping out of the library like crazy.  My friend keeps me up to date.  They cut all the 30 hour workers down to 28 because of Obama's healthcare plan.  Evidently if you hire enough employees that work 30 or more hours a week the employer must pay healthcare.  Two have quit.  Two are pregnant.  Three are looking.  My friend is talking about quitting.  But she's been talking about quitting for years...I don't think she'll ever quit.

They're just sick of the dumbass boss and all her changes.  I know the reason K hangs in.  With all her health problems she needs the insurance.  I know if she went for disability she could easily get it.  She is currently one of the 5 full time employees in the system (6 branch locations).  I know if they cut her back she would quit for sure.

So, with the two that quit DA boss has hired 2 part timers at 20 hours each.  So that makes it even harder on the good employees that she has.  I don't know why and how she was hired, but she's screwing them over big time.  I won't even go into the new system she signed up for.  Its free.  Yes free, with no customer support.  You get what you pay for.  And that's what she got...nothing.  Dumb ass.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Space version 2.0 on October 01, 2013, 05:11:27 PM
Got pulled into the manager's office as soon as I got into my day job today (grocery chain called Price Chopper). Apparently I've been getting overpaid for the past 6 months since I've still been getting the extra dollar an hour for overnights even though I switched to days there so I could do overnights at the post office way back in April.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on October 01, 2013, 06:31:26 PM
So you're the reason they stopped doing double coupons!!!

My latest dumb employers moment... the continuing wonders of outsourcing... Our division takes over an unhappy client from another division that has basically shit the bed. Client isn't happy, turns out they've been grossly mismanaged for years and years, almost all the local employees jumped ship, contract renewal in jeopardy... it's a hot fucking mess. The company, of course refusing to gainfully employ Americans, brings on four fellows from South America. I'm sure all of them are decent, hard working people... Except we're specifically told to never give them anything important to do. Yes, instead of hiring a single local resource that we and the client share a primary speaking language with... which is what we asked for...  They hire four bodies and then order us to sit them on the bench and give them menial busy work... And when there isn't enough menial busy work for them to fill their timesheets, we are told to take time out of our already busy schedules to create meaningless busywork... So the hiring of four additional offshore employees has very tangibly reduced the level of service we can provide this client... a client that is already pissed.... but I'll be goddamned if some mid-level executive somewhere didn't get a gold star on his bonus check for keeping payroll down.
Title: Re: The Dumb Boss/Employers Thread
Post by: Nunyerbiz on October 01, 2013, 09:15:29 PM
It's what happens when almost every decision looks no further down the road then the bottom line for the next quarter.

This one is a particularly insane, Dilbert-esque example... worse I've seen so far.... and I've seen plenty of fails in the name of trimming payroll. But it will get better, as I'm pretty sure we'll be in a position to get some of our more experienced Spanish speakers to give these guys some legit training once some of the current project loads die down... But yea, to make the customer 'happy' they threw bodies at the problem. Bodies that the customer can't see in person and for now, can't see any benefits gained. Nobody is pleased with the current situation... the wonders of bureaucracy.