Man, some of your bosses make my shitty boss look like an angel in comparison!
I worked retail. My first store manager didn’t really want me to get the promotion I got, (when he “welcomed me to the team” it was less than enthusiastic), but he got a promotion of his own and was transferred to a larger store, (store manager is store manager, yes, but it’s considered a promotion to head a larger store). I never thought I’d miss him, but the new guy….ugh.
Where shall I start…he started by promoting people who were under-qualified because “the’d been grooming her for the position.” I found out later she was sleeping with him, (maybe it was part of the “grooming?”). I mean, the lady was suddenly my boss, but she didn’t even know how to do basic floor skills like printing signs, (the lady she was chosen over had been there since the store opened four years before and was absolutely a hard worker deserving of the promotion).
He also blamed me that my department, (Jewelry) wasn’t doing well. Um, the economy took a nose-dive, and our neighborhood was hit very hard. When people are losing their homes, I am pretty sure jewelry isn’t going to be high on their priority list. As he was telling me what a terrible job I was doing, I had people from other stores coming in to shop and telling me how great my department looked compared to the one at their store. We also had other stores referring their customers to us because we could size watches that they lacked the skill to size at their store, (though to be fair, I was trained by the previous head of the department).
I wasn’t the only one in his targets…bascially he and his second-in-command had it in for all the people who had been there longest and wanted to do a complete change of department heads. They started keeping track of every little thing we did “wrong” and using it to put us on “probabtion” in an effort to get to quit or fire us. I got blamed for ONE box of fashion jewelry backstock being a tangled mess. Um, it was my rule that the CLEARANCE jewelry be laid flat in a box and the layers separated by paper to avoid tangling; do you really think *I* was responsible for that? I didn’t even know it was there, because it was in a closed box under a cabinet…I guess I was supposed to check all of our backstock every day to make sure that didn’t happen? But whatever…just one of the dumb things they used against us. Oh, AND they pulled me in the office to put me on “probation” the week before the wedding, (and yes, they all knew I was getting married and when). It’s like, really?! You couldn’t have waited until I got back to do this?!
On the plus side, it was the push I needed to get out of my retail rut and go back to school. I gave up my position and went to a regular, part-time associate so I could go to school. I worked the first three quarters of my one-year program, but my last quarter I had several classes plus my externship, and I asked to take the quarter off. I was told they didn’t allow that. BS! I had been there for SIX YEARS at that point, I know da** well several college students took time off for school and worked on their breaks and during the summer. I even called coporate HR about it and they told me “it was at the discretion of the store manager.” Lovely. I wanted to take TEN WEEKS off, not six months. So, I quit. The best part was that he didn’t even talk to me himself…he made one of the brand new managers that didn’t know me do it after he’d left for the night. She was apologetic and basically told me she thought it was stupid, but that it wasn’t her decision.
Oh, and also, he was sleeping with a couple other women after the first. He was a married man. He wasn’t funny, attractive, or even particularly nice. He also had no authority to promote people other than to the level he promoted the first woman to, (which basically amounts to an assistant assistant store manager…anything higher than that has to come from corporate). So I don’t know what those women saw in him….but to each their own.
I miss my coworkers and the discount, but as long as he’s there, I won’t return. I also had a coworker who quit, but went back as a holiday temp (for the extra cash and the discount), and one of the other managers begged her to come back. The coworker said she wouldn’t even consider it while he was still store manager. Last time I shopped there I heard him over the PA, so I know he’s still there. Yucky. I don’t even enjoy shopping there much because of him.