Thursday, June 21, 2012

Office Talk: The worst boss you've ever had

horrible bosses
the devil wears prada
My second job out of college was working as a jr. copywriter for a boutique advertising agency (which might explain why I like Peggy so much). It was a teeny tiny place run by a charismatic guy who also liked to write. I was living in L.A. at the time, doing something completely different, but was so excited about this opportunity and impressed by my new boss, I packed up my small car with whatever I could squeeze in and moved to San Francisco. At first, we got along smashingly. We'd toss around our ideas. He'd ask for my input on how something should be done. Sometimes we'd walk next door to Whole Foods and grab bagels together. Then a few months into working there, I started noticing his mood swings.

His bad moods went from "having a case of the Mondays" to unprofessionally aggressive. One time, to show he was upset, he punched the wall as he was walking out of my office and yelled out the F-bomb. On really bad days, he'd spend the entire day in his office just steeping in his foul mood with the door closed, while everyone else tiptoed around outside, bracing themselves for when they had to go in to ask him a question.

The last straw for me happened when we were driving back from a client meeting. He asked if I had included something in a project, and I said I was certain of it. Then he said in a cold, intense voice that still gives me chills, "If you didn't, I swear, you better not be in the office when I find out." How crazy is that? As soon as we got back to the office I walked out because episodes of Unsolved Mysteries started flashing through my head. He apologized that night, but it was never the same between us again. 

I feel like everyone I know has had at least one bad boss. Who was the worst one you've ever had? Were they too controlling, creepy, or just plain crazy? 

(Photos from The Devil Wears Prada)


a.mae.zed said...

Oh my--that is horrible! I worked for as a nanny for a family in Menlo Park and the mother was so nice when I first started and then she became increasingly mean. I would say more, but because they are former co-founders of a big internet t.v. episode website and now the husband works for a former vice president of the U.S. I don't want to get myself in trouble. I have wanted to blog about it soo many times because she was nutty! However, now the universe supplied me with a way to put it out there, but in a secret lil' comments page on a blog they will never read... I hope.

Sobrina Tung said...

Whoa! I think I know who you're talking about and that sounds crazy! I'm sorry you had to deal with such nuts :(

ami said...

That's awful! What a crazy. Glad you are no longer there!

I worked in TV before moving to photography, and I used to reference The Devil Wears Prada all the time! hahaha Let's just say I've worked for some very... interesting Miranda-like people. :)

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