Remember your last good boss? Yeah...us neither. But we bet you remember ALL of your awful bosses. Their bad behavior often remains unchecked for so long that all you can think of all day long is to quit in the most satisfying way possible.
And, yet, as bad as your boss probably is, it's nothing compared to these stories of horrible boss behavior. Plenty of people have had enough of it, and are sharing their worst boss stories from all over the world. So, remember, when you think your boss is the worst, there's always another one around the corner that has them beat. 😡
"I've had a couple that try to pressure you to work off the clock, without actually asking you to do so in order not to get sued. They suckered some people into doing it. If they complained after the fact, they got canned. And by that I mean they got all hours cut until they were forced to quit so they couldn't file for unemployment.
I just made it clear I wasn't playing their games in the first place. First time they tried me I was like, 'Isn't that working off the clock?' and they were like 'Ohhh no no, of course not! We're not asking that at all, just looking for volunteers!'
'I can't volunteer. Do you want me to stay, clocked in, or go home since my shift is over?'
'Oh well... I suppose you can go home. We'll figure it out.'
Needless to say, they did not like me much after that and made working there a living hell. Cut my hours to low numbers, but not all together. But I had already asked my old boss if they'd take me back, which they welcomed me back with open arms. Only reason I took the new job was they paid like, three bucks an hour more. But it's obviously not worth it if I'm expected to work for free."
"I was working at a small brewery/bar and caught the owner dipping into the tip jar at the end of big nights. It was a new place that just opened and was kind of struggling during the off-season. We literally had a staff of two bartenders and the owners (husband and wife), so the bar staff would pool and split that days tips.
Come to find out that he was taking a cut of the tips because 'he worked there too.' When I confronted him, I explained that its actually a violation of the F.L.S.A. In fact, it's even an exact example listed as illegal things to do with tips. He argued that it was his right as owner and fired me, so I reported him to Department of Labor."
"Had a job out of college selling advertising a yellow page company. A big part of the job was just renewing the old ads in the book and we had to call each business to have them renew their ad. But as the yellow pages book became more and more obsolete, more customers would cancel their ads. So the company changed the policy of having us call each business and instead put in a policy where any customer who didn't specifically call to cancel would be auto-renewed. Then they would purposefully send out the renewal notices late enough that the customers couldn't cancel in time to avoid the following years charges. If one of us did actually get a call from a customer looking to cancel and with time to legitimately do so and we actually cancelled them....fired."
"Growing up, my father always told me to save my pay stubs and time receipts. I ended up working a job in my early 20's at an airport moving cars. I get my paycheck one day and I realize that it's not right. So I do a little digging and a lot of math, and I figure out that the company was taking hours from me. I ask around and it turns out that they were taking hours from literally everyone at the job site. After doing more math, we figured out that over the six months we all worked together, the company had stolen a combined 400 hours from eight people."
"I worked as a bartender at a hibachi place and the owner was dirt cheap. A rat in the attic kept chewing through the Coca-Cola syrup containers and ate the syrup until it felt full. After throwing one box away—50 to 75 dollars in value—the owner decides that it was wasteful and he taped it up and continued to serve the rat infested Coke syrup. The very next day, I just walked out: no words, no goodbye, just quit."
"One time when I was a chef in college, I worked 14 days straight, with half of those days being 12-hour days. This all fell in one pay period too. It was rough but it was summer and I was gushing over the amount over overtime I was about to get. It came out to like over 70 hours overtime. I was supposed get almost an additional $1000 dollars on my paycheck. I calculated the math with tax and everything and couldn’t wait to pick up my paycheck the next week for that pay period.
I pick it up, and the paycheck is quite larger than I’m used to given I normally only worked 25 hours a week, but there is ZERO overtime on it. It was short almost a thousand bucks. I got to the HR office the next day (it was located at a different casino) and ask, and they go, 'yeah so in Nevada, you only qualify for overtime if you average 40 hours a week normally.'
That sounded like bullshit to me, but I asked my mom who used to run finances for our family business, and she says that IS in fact 100% bulls***. She pulled up the statute online and it clearly said if you exceed 8 hours in a day, you get overtime. It said nothing about a weekly average.
So I printed that b**** out and drove right back down to the HR office, and showed it to them. The lady at the desk who just told me that lie calls out the head of HR. She would frequent the different locations to check in with people and was always nice, but you could always tell she was shady as f***. They both seem to get very nervous and in a stuttering voice: 'Okay, we will reevaluate.'
I never heard anything or got any apology, but when the next paycheck came, the exact amount of overtime I calculated was put on that paycheck down to the penny.
I tell some of the other guys in the kitchen what happened, and apparently the family who owned the casino our restaurant was located in was known for pulling s*** like this. They make “accounting errors” knowing a lot of people who do direct deposit don’t even look at their paystubs. Funny how these accounting 'errors' always ended up in saving the company money, and never gave the employee extra cash lol. A server no more than a few months later had the same exact s*** happen to him. Rat b*******."
"I was a mechanic that found out that the company was not letting me fix customers cars that had oil leaks when the customers had paid for a 200k mile warranty. The manager would tell the service writer to say that the warranty company declined it and eventually started making me take a photo for him so that he could tell me that the leak wasn't bad enough to fix. The customer paid for a warranty and the company wasn't holding up their end of the deal because it was costing them money. They are one of the most profitable car dealerships in my town and now have 3 dealerships and are expanding."
"I worked for a company that managed parking meters. They would hand out tickets if you didn't pay or exceeded your time on the parking meters.
I worked in 'customer service.' This meant answering calls and letters from people who wanted to contest their ticket.
The problem was we could not help people who called in. We were advised to tell them they had to write a letter and that, only then, could we review their dispute.
The second problem was, not once were we able to approve a dispute. Every single dispute was refused. No matter the circumstances.
We would have older people call who went to a hospital for a procedure that lasted ten minutes longer then (sic) expected so they were issued a ticket. They would be on the phone crying that they were unable to pay for the ticket. Couldn't we have compassion? I do. But, I wasn't allowed to show any. They would ask to speak to a manager and my manager absolutely REFUSED to take any call. We were not allowed to send any calls to her.
The corrupt part: at the time I was working there, it was illegal to issue tickets for parking meters by privately owned companies, which this was. The management team was constantly going to court to fight this but it was still illegal. So, we had to tell every caller they had to pay their ticket, write in a worthless letter that would be rejected or pay a fine that was technically illegal (and of course couldn't say any of that).
"Worked in a restaurant that didn’t allow employees to work over 40 hours as they did not want to pay any overtime. Instead, if you wanted to work extra or if they asked you to work extra, they would delete hours off of your time card to keep it under 40. They always asked you when they did that in a kind of hush-hushed way so it wasn’t exactly without permission but I think it was bullshit all the same."
"Pad her lazy daughter's time clock. Her daughter worked maybe seven hours a week and somehow made more then (sic) anyone else there, and we all worked 35 to 40 hours a week. It was not just bulls*** but blatant bulls***. And the only reason we knew she made more is because her dumb a** would show off her check in front of us and brag about it."
"My coworkers always forge the signs on the financial reports (the document for the upper-ups). The admins know, the bosses know. If there are new projects, definitely there will be some percent cuts "for tax," and that "tax" went into those people's private pockets. They said that it's how things are (I work in a university funded by the government, in a corrupted country). My naive and fresh-from-university a** is really afraid. My idealism is not ready for this kind of reality."
"At the first company I worked for, the general manager had all his personal expenses paid by the company. His wife also had a company credit card and was paid a salary but she didn't work. The company paid for things like their groceries, house mortgage, car payments and family vacations. The kicker is he wasn't the owner of the company. He had a creative accountant that hid these expenses but the owners became suspicious and they hired an auditor. It took them about four years to figure it out. He was fired and his family fled the country so I am not sure what happened to him."
"A theater I used to work for forced employees in the snack bar to work overtime until the cleaning was complete. They would then go back and retroactively change timecards so that everyone clocked out right at 11:15 for closing, as closing was only supposed to take 30 minutes after the last showtime starts at 10:45. I was a weekend closer for a few years, and occasionally would be there until 1am+ on really busy nights when management wanted things detailed. All of those hours went into the nether. They'd hide the fact that you weren't getting overtime by lying on your pay stub.
They also used to fudge lunch breaks, saying that it was 'too busy' to send employees on their lunch at a proper time, so you'd occasionally show up to work and go on lunch 15-30 minutes after arriving, or you'd go on 'lunch' after 7.5 hours in your shift and just end 30 minutes early, but with an expectation that you'd hang around for 30 minutes until you your shift was over.
I do my best to avoid their theaters, despite them being everywhere."
"I work underground in the mines. One place started having, what the workers found out later, was asbestos type rock in the ore. The company took samples of it and then said it's kind of like asbestos, but it's not old enough to harm you. Later after a bit of more concern from the workers, it was found out that the sample they took came back as inconclusive due to something else. They lied and allowed their workforce exposure to asbestos. I quit after that and found work elsewhere."
"The president of a firm and the admin...were selling company bought office supplies and books online. Like for Christmas, our company bought a bunch of copies of a book for clients. They found about 20 leftover copies and sold them, as well as some electronic staplers, the digital mail/stamp thing, etc."
"The CEO was using company money to fund his lavish lifestyle. It went on for a long time because hey, there's a fine line between using a private jet because you need to travel to business meetings on time vs. using it for your own personal enjoyment. All the employees knew about it so it was no surprise when he was finally forced to step down by the shareholders once one of the larger ones complained about it publicly."
"I worked for IBM. I made 30k less than the opposite gender doing the same job. Additionally- My VP once yelled, like the screaming kind, at one of my co supervisors in a meeting for hiring a pregnant woman once he found out. Called him a fucking idiot because "Now they had to pay for her to go on a 2 month free vacation" and "it was a waste of everyones time to bother training her" and "we shouldn't even hire women if they plan on getting pregnant" and "how can we term her out before the baby is born without getting in trouble because we won't be able to after it's born." He was a joooy to work for. The real reason I left was because he was a lunatic and I couldn't take it anymore."
"I'm a lifeguard and I put my lunch with my name on it in the lifeguard station's fridge. When I went on my lunch breaks, my food would disappear. Thanks to some fellow guards and a video camera, I soon found out that the culprit was none other than my boss, who had been stealing my food for the past two weeks."
"My previous boss had a serious temper problem, so I was always scared of her. We had a bathroom at our store that she liked to keep to herself and didn't want to share with the customers, so she always had a sign to close it off saying it was 'broken.'"
"Working at a cafe, my boss would tell me he was running to the store and would come back an hour and a half later smelling like vodka and cigarettes. Turns out he had been leaving me there to do the work of two people while he was at the bar for an hour.This was after he made the schedule on a day-by-day basis and 'forgot' to give us our tips."
Recently, there was a caller on the phone saying my boss did not appear for an appointment they had that day. My boss was right next to me, so I handed him the phone and said it's for him. He took the phone, yelled at me, smashed the phone against the wall and ran out of the office."