(Closed) What was your WORST job ever?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Talon I could not agree with you anymore.  Service industry is terrible people are SO RUDE to their servers.  People would be condescending, lie to our managers to get free meals, and think 10% tip was a good tip.  Maybe in some industries 10% is a good tip but when you work for less than minimum wage it is not.

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I was 13, I racked trawl for my Dad & uncle.

For those of you who do not know what that is.. I’ll try to explain.

My uncle and father work in the fishery. Every day, they would need trawl repaired & racked. The trawl are the lines that have hooks on them to catch the fish.

It would be my job to go through the whole bucket of line (about 3 hours per bucket), remove any old bait (usually, stinky old maggoty squid), repair and replace any damaged hooks & gangeons, and then re-wrack (coil) the line in a new bucket.

It was stinky and yucky. I would do it again if I had to, but I would perfer not… lol

For reference, this is what trawl lines are:

Post # 49
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My worst job was selling Aflac insurance.  I was a pretty poor student in college, and had a terrible gpa, so I was really nervous about being able to get a job because of it.  So I went to a career fair and basically I ended up taking the first job that was offered to me, without even thinking about whether or not I’d like it. 

You go through weeks of training, which is just sales training – they don’t train you on the product at all, you just learn that as you go.  You are trained to be sales robots.  They suck you in, telling you about all the potential, saying that only 5% of companies in town offer Aflac, so you have the opportunity to sell to 95% of businesses.  What they don’t tell you is that every single business has had a sales person stop in to see them, some of them many many times, and they hate you.  So many business owners look at sales people as lower than scum, and being treated like that all day every day really sucks the life out of you. 

Oh, and their policies are crap.  They’re so overpriced, with so many holes in what they cover.  The only thing I would recommend is the hospital insurance and short term disability for pregnant women, because you almost always will come out ahead (assuming you can get pregnant right away).  

Post # 50
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Sugar bee

@ArizonaGirl:  I worked one summer for CutCo (the knife company) only I wasn’t in sales. I was a recruiter so basically I would trick kids into coming in for a presentation.

I was really good at it, but i hated it. I would call random people and offer them an interview for a great position (or at least it sounded that way). When you got there it was a group presentation to get you to sell knives and then you had to list 10 people that you think might want a job…then I called those 10 people. everyday for 2 weeks.

I read from a script and wasn’t allowed to answer certain questions about the job. They begged me to stay because I had such good numbers but there was no way!!

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was a cashier at Wal-Mart the summer before college.

Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My first “real” job in high school.

It was at a fast-food-esqe pizza place. I was given two hours of training running the cash register, and then I was on my own. While I can pick things up fairly quickly, I was completely out of my element and there were multiple screens of food options/combinations that there was no way I could learn on the first day. And anytime I asked for assistance, I was told it’d be a little while, so a customer would eitehr get angry with me or I’d try to muddle my way through whatever it was they wanted.

I had to do an evaluation on myself after three months, and I had asked to get more than one shift a week. I was informed that “I will schedule you more shifts when you prove that you can handle them…” and then that my work ethic needed to improve. And that I shouldn’t be concerned about the fact that my fellow team members are standing around on their cell phones while I vacuum, sweep and mop, clean the bathrooms, etc. “Just worry about yourself, not what everyone else is doing” or not doing.

The real kicker was one day a lady and her three kids had come in to eat. I rang them up, she paid cash, and not even a minute later her littlest one got sick. She asked if she could have a refund since they hadn’t had a chance to sit down, so I asked the team leader how to issue a refund. He told me to give her the cash back, and that he’d take the transcation out of the computer later/mark it as refunded, but he was “too busy” at the moment (too busy eating a burnt pizza). I gave the lady her money back, and set the ticket to the side.

I was sent home early because it was slow, and a couple days later I got a call from the owner asking why x-amount of money was missing from my drawer. After explaining what had happened, he said that there was no way to prove this, so I needed to pay him back. I did, then put in my one-week notice.

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

call center. ughhh and i do staffing for a major retailer that has over 2000 stores. i take calls from all over the US to conduct phone interviews with people wanting to work here. doesnt sound so bad starting, but however you wouldnt think that people interviewong for a position would be so rude and so demeaning and just plain nasty. if youre doing a phone interview and i can hear you pee and you put me on hold to flush the toilet that i can hear. just call back when its a good time. ughhh i cant wait to get out of this job.

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Gosh, I have a few.  

  • Assistant Manager at a Ghetto Clothing Store.  And I only say ghetto because it was in the ghetto, and people were always coming in trying to “boost” literally whole racks of clothing.  We had no security, and I was expected to make stops.  Umm no! I will not approach a big scary man, running out the door with a freaking rack of clothes. Maybe I sucked in this regard, but I had my limits.
  • I did a ton of call center work in college.  Very depressing. People can be so mean when you call to sell them stuff.  I know its annoying, but once this little old lady got on the phone and told me that people like me were the scum of the earth & I should kill myself.  Chill lady. .  I just wanted to sell you an alarm system, you could have just said NO.
  • Oh and I won’t even go into detail, as to why the fast food gigs I had in highschool sucked.

So glad these places are behind me!

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

My worst job was working at a fast food restaurant during high school. I won’t say any names, but this was a place with religious roots, and some of the people I worked with were the most terrible humans I’d ever encountered.

I’m talking pretty bad stuff like hiring illegal immigrants and paying them under the table (most likely underpaid), pay discrepancies between men and women, and members of the team hooking up with each other despite being married. And I’m the bad person because I don’t identify myself as a Christian? Right, okay.

The pay was good at the time, it was above minimum wage, but I’m so glad I only had to tough it out for a year or so. I will never go back to working in food.

Post # 56
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Busy bee

Worst job, hands down, was as a telephone market researcher. It was a part time job I took to raise some money before I went off to college (my program was intense and we couldn’t have a job during the school year). It was horrible, and I am no where near that industry anymore!

Post # 57
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Busy bee

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@SincerelyShe:  In regards to the call centre job, when I was on the phones, I had a guy threaten to “kill me and burn my house down.”

Post # 58
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Busy bee

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@leisha606:  My Fiance used to work for Vector Marketing, which is the Canadian distributor for CutCo. Sounds like you had a VERY different recruiting process!

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hands down 100%, working at a discount retail store (Like TJ maxx, Marshalls, Homegoods). OMG that was the worst job ever! 

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

A cashier. 

It should have been a perfectly fine job but the company was so disorganized, I was never trained properly, I and all the other cashiers didn’t seem to have a clue what was going on, the computers were NEVER updated for sales so customers were constantly getting mad, and the company wanted us to do all sorts of stupid things while ringing up the stuff/collecting payments.

The company went under and it’s not closed. No suprise there Undecided 

Post # 61
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@prahajess:  

lol that is one of the funniest jobs I have ever heard of. How bizzare!

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