Exposing cruel and unusual workplaces since 2005.
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Tale # 17
Dept: I.T. Score: 5877
Dec 1st 2005 Submitted by Anonymous
“The Audit”
A donut I once got talking to a guy whose job it was to go into a company, sit alongside the Systems Administrator for two weeks, and write a professional audit on his processes and practices.

Naturally the sys admin would be on his best behavior, showing off all the clever things he did to keep the company's computer network ticking over.

At the end of the two weeks, the sys admin would be fired. There was never any audit: this was just the method the company used to replace their IT people without disruption, making sure the new guy was trained up and the old guy didn't cause any damage before he left. LINK
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Tale # 57
Dept: I.T. Score: 822
Jan 11th 2006 Submitted by Nathan Davies
“Shooting Up”
A donut Once I got a rather strange call from my boss asking if I had noticed "anything unusual" the day before. He said he had found a used syringe in one of the offices and they had already called the police and blocked access to the room. My boss started to interrogate me and my co-workers, apparently assuming that one of us had been doing drugs in there.

When I finally got access to the room, I saw that the "syringe" had a web address on the side. It was CPU thermal paste. A support person had been in the room the day before and hadn't disposed of the thermal paste needle.

It's funny how paranoid everyone is. Even when the news got out that it was thermal paste, some people still remained suspicious. LINK
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Tale # 74
Dept: I.T. Score: 326
Feb 15th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“Homeless for Helpdesk”
A donut Working on the helpdesk in a four-man IT department, I discovered how abused entry-level workers are. On Saturdays I had to work until 11 p.m., spend an hour commuting home, sleep for 3 hours, then return to work for 6 a.m.

I decided that on those days it was more efficient to sleep in my car at a local truck stop. However, this meant I was constantly tired, and I finally snapped and was kicked out of my parents' house. With nowhere to live, broke, and earning $9 an hour, I sold my car and began squatting at a nearby warehouse.

Finally I was pulled into a meeting with two managers who informed me of their disatisfaction with my appearance and smell. I explained my sad story to them. They listened to this and decided that I was unable to meet the requirements for the position, so they fired me. LINK
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Tale # 83
Dept: I.T. Score: 257
May 10th 2006 Submitted by Anonymous
“A Blessing”
A donut I worked for a non-profit company that refurbished computers for resale to underpriveledged familes. The computers were sold for the same price Microsoft charged for software licenses.

Soon after my employment started, I realised I was quite a bit more competent than all their employees. As is my nature, I stepped in and developed efficient new routines for almost all aspects of their business.

Nearing the end of my contract they were so thrilled with my work they wrote a letter saying, "We are blessed to have you in our company." As anyone would be, I was touched.

A few weeks later, they emailed me to say they'd received a CD for Microsoft Office in their mailslot, and asked if I knew anything about it. I didn't have any idea.

A few months later, the new company I was working for did a background check on me and found the non-profit had informed the police that I had defrauded them of their software and stolen from them. They had even submitted a restraining order against me. LINK
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Tale # 50
Dept: I.T. Score: 216
Jan 3rd 2006 Submitted by Marxllw
“Crying Teamleader”
A donut A small team of developers were working on a huge project for a multinational automobile manufacturer. The specs for the onlone application where detailed on a napkin. When changes were needed, additional napkins were added.

This project was fairly high pressured, especially for the young female teamleader. She was getting a lot of pressure from the bulling male graphic teamleader, and this actually brought her to tears in front of her stressed team.

I found an opportunity to console her and mentioned that although things were hard for her, it was not good for team morale that she cry in front of the team. I also mentioned that it must be hard being bullied by male peers and difficult working in this environment as a woman.

She tried to get me fired for this, saying that I had said women were not good managers. She failed at this, but thereafter would always find "issues" with the application I was developing. I must have rewritten that application five times before I found another job. LINK
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