Exposing cruel and unusual workplaces since 2005.

It's not enough that you show up and perform the duties for which you were retained; oh no. They want you to become a full participating member of their freaky culture cult.

You're meant to buy their bizarre idea of what's good (unpaid overtime) and bad (questioning management decisions). Their warped standard of normality. And not only that: you're meant to believe it's for your own good. Oh yes, the company is this way because it cares about you and wants to help you achieve your full career potential. You're the company's greatest resource! Its chief competitive edge! And don't let the fact that they make you bring your own coffee cup tell you any different.

Tales of Corporate Oppression exists to collect and honor stories of everyday greed, stupidity, valor, triumph, despair, courage, frustration, betrayal, pettiness, vengeance, love, and lust that form the human fabric of workplaces.

How It Works

Submit a tale and it goes to one of our editors. Once approved, it is viewable by the general public, who can rate it as good or dull. Popular tales rise to the top.

Why It's Here

This web site was created by Max Barry, who spent the best years of his life in the bowels of Hewlett-Packard and now writes thinly-veiled fictional accounts of it. His latest novel is Company. He works from home, but enforces a strict dress policy, requires that his desk be kept tidy at all times, and asks that he limit personal calls to less than two minutes.