Please Share Your Crazy Boss Stories – and Laugh at Mine

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ha Ha! My boss calls herself “Mama Bear”. When she wants me to do something, she comes in and says “Mama Bear’s sad, she needs help”. I work for the government. IN HUMAN RESOURCES. NOT a daycare.

I could continue for hours with crazy stories… LOL.

Post # 4
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

 

missjz:  It’s very hard. She is a supervisor and yet, I am her only report. So it is just her and I in the HR Office. The whole situation is a mess. lol

Post # 5
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353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

The HR director at the previous law firm I worked at was incredibly vocal about her Christian views, which I wouldn’t have a problem with if she did so outside of work but I found some of the things that she said extremely inappropriate for the office. For instance, after the Supreme Court ruling that DOMA was unconstitutional, she went on a tirade with another member of staff about how “marriage isn’t a right” and that “animals aren’t allowed to get married and babies aren’t allowed to get married, so why should they (LGBT individuals) be allowed to get married?!” Regardless of your personal feelings, if you are in charge of human resources, you really can’t go around saying things like that. Even though I am heterosexual, I was offended enough to raise the issue with the managing partner. <br />

 

The firm also held a weekly Bible study during work hours. Everyone who attended got paid for the hour that they were in the study and then also got one hour paid for lunch like the rest of us. Essentially, they had a two hour paid lunch break. Again, I have no problem with someone engaging in Bible study (full disclosure: I am personally Catholic) but I found it a bit uncomfortable that every drawer in the office (including those belonging to Jewish people and atheists) had several copies of the Bible and books on salvation…

 

It’s not so much a crazy boss story as a “That law firm is begging for a lawsuit of some sort.”

Post # 6
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242 posts
Helper bee

Yes, crazy bosses….oh where to start! The boss I have now is a costume deisgner and I am a stitcher. So he designs what a garment is to look like and I make it happen. However, he has a history of designing something and then in the middle of me constructing it changing it so it will take me a lot longer to complete and make some of what i did basically wrong. He does work with me on figuring out solutions, it’s just annoying. Make a choice and stick with it!! He is also negative, and sometimes rude when talking about other people. It makes me mad but I try to rise above it, not get sucked in, and speak up when I am asked. It’s all I can do to stay positive, though it makes playing hooky pretty easy!

My other manager there has pretty much learned everything in life from TV and will tell us all about the shows she watched at work! She also will start to speak louder over other people talking if she feels strongly about something!!!

My previous boss was probably the worst. It was pretty sad, like an abusive relationship. One day I would do something and it would be great and he would compliment me on it. The next I would do the exact same thing and he would scream and yell and make me feel like a peice of sh*t on his shoe, in front of customers and staff. Everyone would get the same treatment. It was crazy. He did have a drinknig problem and was the managing partner so there wasn’t much anyone could do about it.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

I had a super weird boss that had absolutely no social skills. He was really into karaoke, I mean, like he keeps a flash drive on his key chain with every song he’s ever sang so that he has no repeats. 

After I left the job to move on to greener pastures, I asked him to please write me a letter of recommendation. He said he would, on the condition that I drove to some poedunk town in the middle of a corn field to watch him karaoke. Umm? Ok? I took some back up with me (another coworker from there plus a guy friend of mine).

He sang three songs that night, all completely monotonous while he stared off at the back wall of the bar. No one danced, no one clapped, no one really even reacted as he got up there and sang. It was incredibly awkward and weird. Needless to say, I got my letter and it helped me get my job… but… ugh, so weird!!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I can tell you that my current boss is awesome.  He’s only 6 years older than me (I’ll be 28 on Friday, he’s 34) so he “get’s it” luckily.

However an old supervisor…ugh.  She is 100% the reason I was laid off and it was because she didn’t like me and had nothing to do with my work.  She’s one of those women who get a bit of power and let it all go to their head.  It was very clear that she adored the guys in the office, and she tolerated the girls IF they kissed her ass, which I was not willing to do.  After months of her not speaking to me in person, only via email, and ignoring me in person during meetings, she finally had the chance to get rid of me and of course that’s what she did.  Since I didn’t have real proof of how she treated me, I had no case, and happily took my 5 months severage package and moved on. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I had a boss tell me that I couldn’t be sexually harassed by my employee (I was his manager). And told me: you get used to it, and it’s kind of nice with regards to his innapropriate comments and touching.

Ryansgirl:  The one I just mentioned also had me fired for no good reason but offered enough severnce that I couldn’t do anything about it!

Post # 10
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4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

 

robynrox47:  How sad and awful that bosses do that hey?  But it usually means bigger and better things for us 😉

Post # 11
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941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I worked at a small law firm with a completely bipolar managing partner. He would come in and go to his back office and close the door. Then come out and either (1) be happy and nice or (2) be a complete crazy man. One morning, I came in and sat at the receptionist desk in the front. He came out of his office 20 minutes later and yelled at me for 15 minutes for not coming back to his office to say “hello and good morning” which was the “polite” thing to do. He was insane. You could tell when he was off his meds, for sure! He eventually fired every single person in the office, including paralegals who worked for other attorneys and me (a new attorney by that point) and my uncle was a partner in the firm! Needless to say, the firm is defunct now. 

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