(Closed) My BF's boss HUMILIATED him in front of his coworkers today…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

What an a**hole.

Yes, I’ve had bosses like that; most people I know have had bosses or superiors like that, people with inflated egos and no sense of decency, who take their bad moods out on other people. There was NO reason for him to say something so unprofessional and to say it in front of his co-workers. If he didn’t like the design, he could have just said so, in private.

I would go to HR. Did your Boyfriend or Best Friend save the chat?

Post # 5
8091 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@AquaGrey8962:  I agree with your Boyfriend or Best Friend that this is not something to go to HR over. You are absolutely right that the boss was an unprofessional dick but he probably did not violate any policies. It would reflect more negatively on your Boyfriend or Best Friend than on the boss if he were to take this to HR. Plus it would only make things worse with the boss. 

It sucks to have to work with assholes. His best bet is to keep doing his best and hopefully move to a different department or even company. There are books and websites with techniques on dealing with difficult people — maybe he could look into those in the meantime. 

What a lucky guy to have your support! I’m sure a BJ would be well received too… Tongue Out

Post # 6
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yikes, that’s awful! I don’t really have any advice except to say that I’m sorry your Boyfriend or Best Friend had/has to deal with this asshole on a regular basis. is he normally like this?

Post # 7
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

This sounds weird. Your boyfriend may not have been the only one getting his butt chewed out. He may have just assumed this? Maybe he should look for another job. There’s no reason he needs to be working in fear of being  fired.

Post # 8
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I re-read this a couple of times, and it sounds like the boss was ripping into your bf and his co-workers as a team. Not that this justifies his boss’s rude ad unprofessional behavior, but it doesn’t sound like he wasn’t targeting your bf specifically or that the boss invited the other two in there just to make a mockery of your bf. If you bf and those two work as a team they probably got yelled at like a team.

Your bf still has a right to be upset, whether it was directed at him or not. I think your bf was right not to take it to HR though because I highly dought they would do anything. The boss didn’t make any personal attacks on an individual. He just said he hated the design.

Sorry your bf is going through this. Boss’s can be real dicks sometimes. I’ve had a few of these kind of people.

Post # 9
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My Fiance had a boss like this a year ago, and honestly, him leaving that job was the best thing that ever happened for us.  I doubt he will get fired over this, as I agree with megz06’s reasoning above…but I think it’s always good to have a plan B in general, to plan for the worst (or if nothing else, to plan for him leaving for the sake of his mental health).

Post # 10
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My Fiance used to work as a graphic designer.  He’s strictly IT now but does freelance design, so he’s had bad experiences with bosses and clients too. Is this something that’s out of character for his boss?  Hopefully it will blow over, but if this is a regular thing, I hope he finds something different ASAP.


Post # 11
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ive had/have bosses like that.  It sucks – but he just needs to let it go and grow some thicker skin.

I’ve had bosses say things to me (definitely NOT constructive criticism) and then come back in apologize… and even the other bosses will apologize for the other’s behavior.  It sucks.


Post # 12
1069 posts
Bumble bee

His boss is a dick. I’m sorry he has to work with someone like that.

Unfortunately, I really don’t think that going to HR is the answer in this situation. Chances are they will say something to the boss and make it into an even bigger deal.

The fact that the other coworkers didn’t say anything shows that they know that the boss was in the wrong and just being an asshole.

My boss at my previous job was like that…. she would call people out on the dumbest things and in the rudest way. She commented on someone’s Pandora bracelet and asked them if they have it because they can’t afford Tiffany. This was in a meeting. She would call people out on work things too, she would say that what they did was stupid and then try to get everyone to agree with her. She was super high up in the company (in HR!!) and so no one wanted to disagree with her. You just have to suck it up when it happens, then brush it off when you leave.

Post # 13
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Sorry your Boyfriend or Best Friend has to deal with this, but I’ve found the most effective way to deal with this type of personality is to simply let them think they’re right.  For instance, if the boss says he doesn’t like something, ask him what he wants/likes and then suddenly he’s doing half of your work for you.  Or in @givemecouture:‘s situation with her boss, I’d see a perfect opportunity to cry poor and ask for a raise (especially since the boss is clearly able to afford tiffany’s and is doing well, she could definitely afford to give me a raise).  Pretty soon, people just start leaving you alone. 

Post # 14
4934 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wow, what a total d bag.

I have had many horrible bosses, co workers etc. The best revenge is to act like it doesn’t bother you and be super happy. Honestly, some people out there get off on treating other people like shit. Seeing you miserable is their crack. At first it may get worse, but after a while they’re going to see they can’t rustle your jimmies with high school grade BS, and they’ll crawl back under their bridge, or at the very least direct it at someone they think they can get a rise out of. 

Post # 15
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@AquaGrey8962:  what else did the boss say other than, “am I the only one who hates this design?”

My husband is a programmer (sort of–he’s a project manager now, but he still programs) for one of the major investment frims in NYC, and they are almost all guys and they are brutal with each other. Their bosses and the investment bankers are brutal, too.  If they hate something, they tell each other. When he works from home some days, I’ve heard conference calls that are exactly as you describe, but its just par for the course there. They are working with billions of dollars of trades per day, so if there is something designed on the trading applications that people don’t like, they don’t mince words.

i’ve told him before I would cry in that atmosphere, but the weird thing with tha all-guys group is that they don’t hold grudges. They’ll all be rude, saying something is shit and has to be redone….and then they’ll all go out for drinks afterward. 

So sometimes, guys just have their own way of communicating….maybe your Fiance will get used to it. I know that seems bad, but it genuinely doesnt seems to affect my husband. I’ve heard him say similar things to coworkers, too.

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