The worst. job. EVER.



  • So tell me about the worst job ever.
    Was it the manager?
    Was it the environment?
    Was it something else?



  • @Katie Oh boy have you opened a big can of worms there. I'll start.



  • @ajstringham It's the IT career forum. Everyone's had a bad gig or two over the course of a career. :wink2:



  • I've really not had bad IT jobs. Had bad pre-IT jobs, but in IT it has been pretty decent. I guess working for a major grocery store chain ... that jobs sucked a lot. The culture of despair was unreal. No one was happy, everyone was just sad all day. And everyone quit the moment that they could.



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  • @scottalanmiller Some environments are better than others. I think I've been very lucky, also.



  • @scottalanmiller I've had some pretty bad jobs personally. Horrible infrastructure to horrendous working environments. Finally landed where I belong though. 🙂



  • /wtb RAM rants.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I've really not had bad IT jobs. Had bad pre-IT jobs, but in IT it has been pretty decent. I guess working for a major grocery store chain ... that jobs sucked a lot. The culture of despair was unreal. No one was happy, everyone was just sad all day. And everyone quit the moment that they could.

    same here. I was a janitor, painted houses (which i really liked), delivered pizzas....now fired clients?! o hyes



  • Been dishwasher, retirement home food service, fast food manager, pizza maker, restaurant crew chief, grocery store bag boy, cashier, hotel auditor....



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I've really not had bad IT jobs. Had bad pre-IT jobs, but in IT it has been pretty decent. I guess working for a major grocery store chain ... that jobs sucked a lot. The culture of despair was unreal. No one was happy, everyone was just sad all day. And everyone quit the moment that they could.

    How funny - my worse job was also a grocery one. The manager was racist and sexist, what makes it weird.. he was sexist against other men.



  • When I worked at Pizza Hut they actually had a policy that only women could be servers and only people who had worked as servers could be managers. Handy way of making a glass ceiling without directly saying that only women could get promotions.



  • @Katie I worked at a convenient store. The boss was unqualified and sexist, the hours were horrible, and the work was not challenging at all.



  • @Eric said:

    @Katie I worked at a convenient store. The boss was unqualified and sexist, the hours were horrible, and the work was not challenging at all.

    Sounds like an Inconvenient store to me. 😉


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    Banana Republic. I had a horrible manager who was mentally unstable, and was essentially emotionally abusing others. She played favorites, and figured out ways to sabotage others so that she could continue to get promotions. After I realized that I was assigned 30% of the closing shifts, which meant that I worked from 1pm-10pm 4 of my 5 scheduled days a week, I started looking for a new job. She's still working for the company, and to this day, it amazes me that she has a job.



  • @Eric There are necessary qualifications for managing a convenience store?



  • Worse job I had was the three days I spent at Best Buy before I walked off the job, telling a manager who cornered me in the warehouse and called me a liar, same yahoo who the night before allowed me to leave early due to an early appointment the next morning. Yeah, that went over really well. I've had some shady & down right mean bosses too. To this day I can't stand that place. Shady all around.

    So far, I've mowed yards, painted fences, roofed a house, delivered newspapers, worked in the education system (that really sucked), worked in produce at a grocery store, delivered newspapers again, worked for Wal-Mart (actually liked that job to some extent), worked for a IT service provider, worked in IT for a non-profit, worked for another IT service provider and now I'm doing software support / IT administration.



  • Bill your a seasoned fellow



  • @krisleslie Not as much as I would like to be. Hey BTW, I never heard back from you about that little moving problem. Did you finally get it all squared away?



  • Working in a school library was a nightmare. My supervisor was the Network Admin, but my position dwelled within the domain of the power-tripping librarian. Boss wouldn't stand up to her at all. It turns out that I was the third person in that position in as many years. I bumped into both of my predecessors afterwards, and they had the same experience as me. That job somehow damaged me. Since then, I've only stepped into a library twice in the last 14 years. I have an aunt that's a librarian, and I find my hackles raised any time I'm around her.



  • Hmm...a string on posts from A.J that were deleted. But what did they say? haha.

    I'm not sure I really have had a bad job so to speak.



  • @Chamele0n said:

    Hmm...a string on posts from A.J that were deleted. But what did they say? haha.

    Hrm, leave it at oversharing on a public forum. Better suited for talk over a beer.



  • I would probably say my current job, if we are talking IT jobs. To be fair I have only had two. I am "new" around 6 months but getting approval to buy minuscule things such as mice/keyboards/cords for users that obviously need them annoys me.

    The list goes on of course, but the crux of this job was starting as the first IT guy (never had any in their 40 year operation) and inheriting individual networks/ISPs/etc completely undocumented at 37 locations across the US. I have managed to wrangle a lot of that in, but that gives you an idea to their mindset. Technology is the last thing they think about even in 2014.



  • @Seth-Cooper said:

    I would probably say my current job, if we are talking IT jobs. To be fair I have only had two. I am "new" around 6 months but getting approval to buy minuscule things such as mice/keyboards/cords for users that obviously need them annoys me.

    The list goes on of course, but the crux of this job was starting as the first IT guy (never had any in their 40 year operation) and inheriting individual networks/ISPs/etc completely undocumented at 37 locations across the US. I have managed to wrangle a lot of that in, but that gives you an idea to their mindset. Technology is the last thing they think about even in 2014.

    That's actually a great place to grow, then. The challenge will be infusing the culture with the notion that technology can help them. if you an give them proof that it will help, you may be in a good position grow the department and your career.

    Most companies, except for the really small ones, have a purchase requisition process. The trick with those is to identify the items that you go through on a regular basis, then set up a Kanban system for them. That way, you'll only have to purchase them once in a while, have some on hand, and make the purchaser's life easier.



  • My fiancee is coming up on her last week at an office admin job with a psychotic boss. This is a small business with only 4 employees. Probably one of the most extreme examples of the B.S. she has to deal with is when verifying the deliveries before they get loaded on the truck. She is supposed to circle the quantities on the packing slip as the product is verified. Her boss gets upset if the circles touch/overlap the numbers or any of the text. He will also lecture her if the circles are "too big" or "too small" but won't specify what that means (he just says "you know, not too big, and not too small" ) Another employee told her the previous employee she replaced used to carry a washer in his pocket so he could draw a perfect circle every time.

    This is just one example of why it's her last week on the job 🙂



  • Worst job ever, I don't know but I had a weird one. I worked at a pet cemetery.
    When we had burials I had to dig the graves and load the body in the casket and prep it for the owner to have a last good-bye.
    We were contracted to pick up pets from ALL of the county animal shelters and vet practices in the lower half (of the lower half) of the state. This meant that after school everyday I had to move two full size capped bed pick-ups FULL of dead animals into the crematories. They burned 10K pounds at a time. Then after word I had to shovel out the dust remains and throw them away. Private cremations we arranged the deceased body at the front then carefully put the ashes in a machine that really pulverized them to dust and placed them in a nice box afterword.
    You wouldn't believe the money some people will lay out to take care of their pets when they are dead.
    Weirdest experience: I was digging a grave for a couple who's dog had passed. They were from the city of Detroit. As the owner was walking the female (pet owner) around the very nice cemetery and talking to her, the gentleman (probably in his 70's) was hanging around by me. I noticed that he was slack jawed staring at the tall pines surrounding the cemetery. I asked him something to the effect of Sir, are you ok? and he said "I've never seen woods before, I spent my entire life in the city"
    I was flabbergasted.



  • OMG. I'd rather work in a real cemetery than a pet one.


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