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Godwin's Lawyer tells us: "I once worked with a lad who believed 'Frankenstein' was based on a true story, and that the book was written by Shirley Bassey." Tell us about your workplace dopes.

(, Thu 3 Mar 2011, 15:34)
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Small companies, Small brains
Its pretty obvious that youre going to come up against a fair few morons when working in PR, Marketing etc . However, I can generally handle the PR bitches ok. Its the people at the top that youve got to watch out for. Let me take you back through some highlights of moronery in my professional career.

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My first job was in a Family-run online gift retailer. Some highlights of that position included

- Being given an official warning for asking how we were going to get paid over Christmas

Let me elaborate on that a little.

We were all gathered to the customer services area one afternoon and told, with the air of someone giving a great gift, that we were to work longer days and weekends to cope with the increase in customer service calls over Christmas. No matter what your job, you were to do customer services. Not only that, but (if the company can afford it) wed get Christmas bonuses to pay for it!

The rest of my colleagues seemed a bit too slow to put the pieces of this statement together. They basically wanted us to...

Work longer hours which meant driving in the snow/ice in the dark each day was a bit of a death-defying adventure 45 mins journey each way turned into an hour and a half some days.

Give up our weekends the only Christmas shopping days left.

Give up our normal tasks to take on full time customer service.

All this and they couldnt promise to pay us for it!

I thought I must have missed something. I asked a couple of colleagues over lunch who generally didnt know/hadnt asked and were just going to go with the flow (morons).

Turns out my boss was eavesdropping and when I arrived the next morning, I was pulled into a full disciplinary meeting because I had asked about how I was to be paid for my work.

- When a family member couldnt be arsed to do his job, I had to do it for him with no extra pay while he still received his pay check.

I was given the excuse what can I do, its family?

My next job in a small, yet international, design company run by a handful of exquisitely pretentious morons was roughly the same.

It took them 8 months from my start date to provide me with suitable equipment to do my job. I had to bring it in from home. This included computer, software, camera etc.

9 months after my start date they let me go. Never mind the fact that Id made them over 40k over those 9 months (they only paid me 18), dedicated hours of my life out of work hours, used my own equipment came in every day - no sick days - and did my job well.

Its true Im still bitter about it, it only happened in January. Ive learned some valuable lessons about small companies now. Mainly to avoid them like the plague as theyre all run by incapable idiots who think they can get away with anything.
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