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Companies From Hell? Do You Work For One?

Companies From Hell? Do You Work For One?

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We could use your opinions, experiences, and senses of humor and satire.

We need you to tell us about your interviewing, or working experiences, with companies from hell.

Back in March, Forbes published a story called “Ten Signs You’re Interviewing With The Wrong Companies.”

It was a serious list for serious job-seekers and advised interviewees to run for the doors if the company had certain policies. Those run-for-the-doors policies included prohibitions against employees moonlighting, progressive discipline and payroll deductions where a company can dock your pay for expenses they don’t like.

The article by Forbes contributor Liz Ryan cited a story from a woman who worked for an accounting firm in Chicago who had her pay docked for ordering $120 worth of pizza for the team. Turns out that the boss had told her to order the pizza and then nearly had a heart attack when he learned that pizza for the team cost $120. The boss yelled, “I’m going to take $120 out of your paycheck!”

Ryan’s article continued, “Any company that wants to take money out of your paycheck (for a piece of equipment that breaks while you’re using it, e.g.) is not a place you want to work for.”

So we at ABQ Free Press figured we’d ask you what you think are signs that you’re interviewing with the wrong company, or that you’re working for a lousy company and need to head for the exits real fast.

We came up with some examples, but know our ideas pale in comparison to the vast experiences you have had, or the satire that is waiting to burst out.

Here’s some of our examples that you’re interviewing with a bad company, or are working for one:

  • The male boss asks you if his blond hair dye looks real.
  • The male interviewer never takes of his mirrored sunglasses during the interview.
  • When you ask for a copy of the company’s handbook you’re told you’ll have to file a Freedom of Information request.
  • Your prospective supervisor emphasizes the small amount of work you’ll be expected to do in return for absolutely loyalty to him or her.

So tell us about your interviewing, or working experiences, with companies from hell. Leave your stuff in the comments section below, and if we get enough answers, we’ll publish the list.

Remember, have fun with this.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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  • Joyce
    May 24, 2017, 1:02 pm

    I had a supervisor tell me that if I insisted on being "ethical" I would never make it there. I am still working there but not for her anymore, and am 3 steps higher in a different department than when I worked for her.

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