People Describe Their Most Abusive Jobs And Toxic Work Environments

Let's be honest: who really has their dream job? Most of us are just working for the weekend, and even if the job is satisfactory on a daily basis there are always things that could improve. The commute could be less than ideal; the pay rate might be miniscule. Other times, though, the problems are more intrinsic. Some work environments are just toxic, negative spaces that promote bad energy and abusive situations. Employees suffering from employer abuse turn to Reddit for venting purposes. Their horrible stories about bad bosses will make you reconsider your desire to ever enter the corporate world. 

It might be time to start fighting the stigma that comes with living in your parents' basement. After all, hiding down there indefinitely has to to be healthier than working in a place that treats you like garbage.

  • A Shady Employer Doled Out Raises Despite Having No Payroll Authority

    From Redditor /u/Douche_of_York:

    I got another job offer for a position that paid about 50% more than what I was currently making. My supervisor made a counteroffer that more than matched it - I just had to jump through some paperwork formalities. That paperwork gets dragged out for about two months, when I'm told that the supervisor didn't have the authority to make that kind of counteroffer. Instead I was told 10%, take it or leave it. I had the offer in writing but it wasn't an official document - fighting it would have been a long uphill battle. I took the 10%, found another job, and left without helping train a replacement with no f*cks given. New job was even higher than the original offer, so it all worked out.

  • Thanks For Answering The Call Of Duty, Now Good Luck Finding A Job

    From Redditor /u/Hemwick_Witcher:

    I got activated and sent to war. When I came home, my employer said I no longer had a job. I called the head of the department of the Soldiers and Sailors Act. And was informed that activated reservist get fired all the time and there is nothing they could do about it. The biggest offenders where the large contractors that build all of the military assets, jets, ships rockets etc. My employer was a small electronics company with a lot of government contracts. The Colonel at the SSA asked me the name of my company that had fired me. I told the Colonel. The response was, 'Hmm, they have a lot of government contracts. I'll give the CEO a call and let them know that they have fired one of our reservists for answering the call, and we are going to review their government contracts.'

    I was back to work the next day and the Human Relations manager and my supervisor where in a lot of trouble. The CEO was pissed that those two knuckleheads had jeopardized the main source of income for the entire company over a mid level employee.

    It was all a bluff, but fun to watch. I quit for a better job a year later. That company folded a few years later. Not because of me but because they kept too many knuckle heads on the payroll.

  • You've Used Up All Of Your Zero Sick Days

    From Redditor /u/musiccolorthoughts:  

    This just happened to me Monday. No joke. Today was supposed to be my last day. I worked three hours of my shift Monday when I threw up and had a fever. I went to my boss letting him know I needed to leave (major health code violation if I didn't since it's a restaurant.) He got angry and told me to grab all my stuff and get out.

    I figured it was just a tantrum and showed up Tuesday for my shift. I will never forget the look of disgust this man I respected gave me when he saw me. He shook his head and said no while looking at me like I'm the f*cking devil because I dared leave. 1.5 years with the company, part of the original team, one of the first people he told about his plans to propose to his girlfriend, pretty much like family, none of that meant anything to him.

  • Be Careful When You're Following The Law — It Might Cost You Your Job

    From Redditor /u/RedditWhileWorking23

    Working at Wendy's. Fire Dept came by and said our fryer was a fire hazard because of the extremely frayed cords. Got large grip tool and pulled the plug while wearing thick ass rubber gloves. Gave the paper to me (shift lead and highest ranking) that basically said it was fire hazard and it needed to be repaired or replaced. Put an orange sticker over the plug and basically made it very obvious.

    Unfortunately, we only had two fryers, and the other was used for chicken only and we weren't allowed to fry fries in this one. So, the guy leaves and I get to work and hang signs saying blah blah blah no fries today, sorry.

    About three hours later night manager comes in and flips. Says that I needed to plug the fryer in ASAP. Told me to rip the orange security tape off, grab the frayed plug, and ignore the safety dept and just plug it back in.

    I told her no, that I wouldn't do it. MY NAME was on the sheet signing. It was MY ass if they came back and saw that we didn't get it fixed. Not only that, but it was a FIRE HAZARD. AND this [woman] wanted me to bare-hand it when the other guy used a special tool and rubber gloves for it.

    I told her no. She sent me home and tried to bully others into plugging it in. I told them not to and that it was dangerous and breaking a law by doing it. I tried to explain that by doing it, they could face lawsuits and whatnot, because cameras and I sure as hell wasn't taking the fall for that.

    Big fight with the manager and finally she just grabs it and plugs it in. She tells me not to bother coming back since I was starting a fight and riling people up. I go outside and call the fire dept and get in touch with the marshal and tell him everything. Watched them pull up before I left. I mean, I guess I got her back, but I still lost my job.

  • If You're Gonna Be Late, Might As Well Go All The Way And Just Not Go In To Work At All

    From Redditor /u/EKeebler

    One spring morning my city was hit with a freak snowstorm right before morning rush hour. Several inches of wet snow fell quickly and snarled traffic all over town. At the major insurance company I worked for at the time, about a third of the staff said screw it and just stayed home. The rest of us all arrived for work anywhere from one to three hours late.

    In the days following the storm, all the people who stayed home were stressed about how the company would deal with the unexcused absences. They were all hoping they would catch a break and be allowed to use a vacation day instead of being docked a day's pay and getting dinged on their next performance review.

    When the next payday came around, we got a memo with our stubs explaining that all the employees who stayed home would be given an excused absence and paid in full, while the rest of us were docked for the time we were late for work.

  • No Holiday Pay For You, Thanks Anyway For Trying To Overachieve

    Redditor /u/cait_Cat

    My employer has closed due to snow/ice combos twice in the last three or four years. The first time, I was still in overachiever mode. It was also the first shift they were open for after being closed for Christmas.I also lived an hour away. My car was covered in about an inch of ice, but I spent all day (I worked nights) chipping the ice off, clearing the driveway. I left two hours early, stressed about losing my holiday pay, still showed up an hour late. Company decided to close for the next day at 4 am, sent us all home. Everyone who called in got the day approved and full pay. Everyone who came in late not only lost their holiday pay, but also the time they were late. Ended up costing me 25 hours of pay...