Not the movie, in real life!
Does anyone else have a horrible boss?
Mine has just had me in tears for the gazillionth time since I returned from maternity leave 6 months ago... And it's not me being hormonal it's her being a biatch.
So please make me feel better by telling me your horrible boss stories so that I don't feel quite so alone and helpless in this situation.
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23-01-2012 15:07 #1
23-01-2012 16:12 #2
I've always had issues with the assistant manager of places. They're always much bigger jerks than the bosses - the bosses I've had have been fair and just and reasonable... but the assistant managers always think they're god-like and are just egotistical jerks.
No stories... nothing so terrible I was in tears... they just made me feel like crap.
23-01-2012 16:20 #3
^^ Yeah I have found that the higher the boss, the more respectful they are. I have had bad experiences with supervisors & assistant managers...it's like they are on a huge power trip or something.
The worst experiences I have had, have been as a casual when in high school or uni (at places like Target/BiLo/Maccas). I was just treated appallingly.
23-01-2012 16:51 #4
We have a new manager after not having one for 5 months or so and all previous ones trusting my judgement. New one keeps asking why we are paying for the lawns and things to be done, and 2nd guessing all my actions, it's driving me nuts and i'm counting down to maternity leave.
New Regional manager kinda does the same thing, expects me not to know thigns when i've been doing them for the past 12 months! Last regional manager knew how much i do and how much the branch relies on me but the two current people have no idea.
Also had a assistant manager who would tell me to watch Maori people when they would come into the shop, one day she said it about my cousins, i turned around and said they wouldn't dare take anything cause i would kick their butt's so far and hard they wouldn't be sitting for a week. She looked at me funny till i explained they were my cousins and although i am white i am infact 1/4 maori, she didn't like me much after that.
23-01-2012 17:12 #5
ah mate, i have had some shocking bosses - varying from rude, sexist, incompetent, annoying.
when i was 18 I started work at crown casino I was an apprentice chef - the sous chef was a total pig. He would stop you from doing cooking and make you polish cultery all night. he would yell in your face. he would say 'you are a girl, don't try to be a chef. you don't belong here'. he would write notes in the staff reservation diary calling me a 'b1tch', 'cow', 'trouble maker', 'smart ***.' He told me he was going to 'break me' - I told him I was only here for 12mths (1 was a first yr apprentice) and I would then move onto a proper kitchen. That if i ended up qualified, working in a buffet that doesn't even cook anything at his age I may end up as bitter as him and abusing 19yr old girls too I would be loser'. I did go to the HR department but they bullied me and threaten I would lose my job as would my head cheaf and che de partie. I was young and dumb and kept my mouth shut. Eventaully my head chef moved me to a different outlet. (this was all because he tried to get me to sleep with him and I refused)
Other bosses I have had are just annoying, irritating, rude or incompetent.
My boss right now is ok, but moody and I am like her personal assistant for his whole life not just his work. I go to the shops for him, drop things of at his home, the other day I sat in the car with his two kids so his wife could run into the shops. But he is a reasonable boss, doesn't micro manage me which I would hate and pays me well.
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23-01-2012 17:34 #6
Button, I have worked in several establishments as a waitress (yes, I'm a job slût ), and have found chefs to be the absolute worst! Obviously you aren't like that, but I was wondering if you have come across lots of angry, degrading chefs in your time? Maybe it was just where I lived...they were awful!
23-01-2012 17:45 #7
yeh its kinda standard practise - the culture in hospitality is appalling. The kitchens with the best reputations and ones you really want to work in tend to have the rudest chefs. There is a lot of drug use and s3xual abuse too.
I have always had a thick skin and didn't mind too much the harshness of the industry - the chef (girls and guys) yell all the time- maybe not like gordan ramsay, but they yell and swear and carry on and its high pressure. If its a good kitchen with a good chef I was always kind alike 'yeh ill wear that' because you have respect for the chef IYKWIM. I works at some great fine dining restuarants and the chefs were full on - but they were actually really great at their job.
I worked in other places where the chef is all the above + incompetent or a sh1t chef. I worked at one place where I have no idea how he got the job, he was a joke and would yell and carry on. In the end I quit in the middle of service and told him he a was a sh1t chef.
The worst though was still crown, the s3xual harrasment from HEAPS of old, washed up chef working in a crap venue was just GROSS. I was 18/19 and these guys were like 45-ish and would try to feel you up in teh cool room, grab your bum, make rude comments, talk smutt in front of you.
I think it is changing though now in general. In general the public accepts the appalling conditions of hospitality. In my time I saw the shift from not caring about produce to caring about it. People are more about the brocolli and the happiness of the chicken then the ppl who produce the food. I think slowly this is changing and in the future good restuarants will be recognised by how well they treat their staff. La Moda in melbourne now, the staff do only 8hr shifts a day - no split shifts, 40hrs a week. They get paid for every hr they work and from what I have heard you would never hear Frank yell or abuse staff.
23-01-2012 18:04 #8
yeah mines a bit of an idiot - not passionate at all to be working with kids, but what can ya do
23-01-2012 18:25 #9
Yeah mine doesn't talk to me cos I'm a lesbian. In the whole year I have been there she has only spoken to me about 3 times. And she did my interview and as soon as I walked out I said to my DP at the time 'I didn't get that job, she didn't like me' I did get it but like I said has barely spoken to me
23-01-2012 18:28 #10
Oh, I'm so happy to see this thread. My boss is a tool! He gives next to no direction and then treats you like an idiot because you were not aware of his expectations, completely 'forgets' conversations have occured as and when it suits him (leading to me not getting the extra day of work that I was told I would be getting), he scarcely speaks to me, which is fine by me, and he is such a pig, he once commented that he should just hire post-menopausal staff so he didn't have to worry about the sanitary bins and he proof-reads things while he is in the toilet then hands it back to you.......and he doesn't know how to punctuate .
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