We may be part of an ultra-cool team now, but just like all successful women, we’ve put a few bad bosses behind us. So, in honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re airing out some of the toughest, most challenging chiefs we’ve ever come across. Most of the time we remain positive and look at these experiences as “character building,” but, please join us in commiserating about these crazies for a sec.
“If you thought the boss in the Devil Wears Prada was bad, you should have seen what my first boss was like. Coffee and dry cleaning runs were the least of my worries. I was stuck in the office until 4am every Monday and Friday while she micromanaged the magazine, and not even safe at home where I’d receive phone calls for forgetting to pack a paper in her bag or something equally menial. I’m convinced she made it her mission to make me feel as stupid as possible, and she succeeded in doing so for quite some time, until I wised up and quit.”
“In my old work environment, cursing was common. Since the higher-ups did it often and always, it was like the more $#)$)(#! you used, the more street cred you gained in the company. Even today, when something goes awry, I really have to hold back from letting out a stream of inappropriate words.”
“My boss used to make me bend over backwards getting her dinner reservations at approximately six different uber-trendy restaurants for her/clients on a nightly basis only to ultimately end up at none of the places. (This is one of the only appropriate instances to share with the masses!!!)”
“I worked for many years in the music industry and had a boss who would often misspell the names of artists we were promoting. Pretty embarrassing to have her steering the ship….”
“You know the ep of the Spin Crowd on E! where Jonathan made the newbie get her lips done because he thinks she isn’t pretty enough? My ex-boss was also obsessed with appearances and only hired skinny, pretty girls. She constantly commented on everyone’s weight and berated one of my co-workers for ‘dressing like a middle-schooler.’”
GIRL TALK TIME: Have you ever had an out-there boss? What happened? We promise that your crazy manager from your company five years ago isn’t looking (and if you really want to get into what happened, just make your comment under an alias!).