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What’s the worst thing that has happened to you at work?

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Had an internship at one of the MBB’s, loved the work and all of the consultants but had a horrible boss (very smart, capable and analytical) but micromanaging and would push you to the limit (if I would go and talk to other people in the office, they would give me more work bc I clearly don’t have enough and they hated that I was chatty and got on with people well enough for them to tell me things), so 3 months into my internship I started having panic attacks, my thyroid was acting up (never had those issues before). The work consumed me and I was chasing perfection that they expected but could never reach.
One day I had enough and quit while crying. The boss told me I ruined my life bc I’ll never work with people so smart. I later found out from people still there that the boss was upset over me quitting bc I was really good and other people kept saying they miss working with me 💀 Needless to say, my panic attacks and thyroid problems went away 💕

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Yes, it was heartbreaking because it was literally my dream and I got in! And everyone was amazing, and liked me a lot except for my boss 😅 everytime he wouldn’t be around, I would be so much happier even if I worked for 12h. Everyone else was so supportive.

Cherry on cake was, last month I was there, a son of one of the board members from a big client was doing the exact same internship. But he played Candy Crush all day. My boss didn’t say anything to him. When I asked my boss if I can put his name as a reference he said: hmmm you can, but I will not lie for you and the reasons why you left. I never used his name, the brand name on the cv was enough.
Am sure the client’s son got a glowing recommendation.

It broke my heart but I still pursued consulting, al a smaller place with smaller egos.

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I was a clinical therapist working with mentally I’ll children and families, and I had a father in a family that was highly triggering to me of a trauma I had in my life, so much so that I started becoming fearful before sessions, and afterwards my PTSD would be so bad I would be shaking and hysterically crying beyond the point of consoling me. So I very calmly and professionally explained to my clinical supervisor and director that there is a conflict here that I worry will get in the way of me being able to help the child because of my inability to separate my trauma from the father. (For those who don’t know, a big part of a therapists job is to be able to recognize and separate your own stuff, and be self aware enough when your own shit gets in the way and can possibly be harmful to the client- hence why all therapists should be in therapy.) anyway, I presented the challenge to my clinical director and she refused to take me off the case. It was so awful. It was harmful for both me and the child, because eventually all I was doing was trying to protect myself from getting my PTSD triggered and multiple clinicians agreed with me that the case needed to be reassigned. I’ll never forget that. Turns out not that long later I was recruited into consulting and never looked back.

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I worked for a Japanese company in la. During a holiday party we had a bunch of people break in and hold us hostage. One of the floors in the building was even completely destroyed. Thankfully, the police were able to take control after a few hours.

Sadly, a few years later I was flying for work and my plane wasn’t able to land in dc bc of unspecified problems in the airport for like four hours. We almost ran out of gas. Never found out exactly what happened but I stay home for the holidays now.

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Yippie Kai yeh

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When I was miscarrying (I wasn't visibly pregnant), left work early without telling anyone because no one was in the office, my boss demands to know where I was (because she didn't trust me, she had random department members spy on me), and when I tell her that I'm miscarrying... She says "that's unfortunate you should go to the hospital but next time you leave work early, you need to tell your boss"

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Wow terrible

Getting written up for showing too much skin 🥲

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Tights/leggings are not appropriate pants for a professional setting. The KPMG dress code video on YouTube makes sense now lol

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Getting caught at partner’s office.😽

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Story time!

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Got so stressed and burned out I considered hurting myself so I’d get signed off work and my manager would leave me alone.

Dark time. Wife helped me through it. Never worked with the guy again and much more happy now.

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So you were actually the guy from office space

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In my very first job, I (woman) found out that a guy who was hired at the exact same time as me with nearly identical background (both straight out of masters programs, no FT work experience, but I came from a better school with better internships) was paid more than me. I was told upon receiving the offer that it was the set-rate for recent grads and not negotiable.

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I’m now at a small (very small so I don’t want to dox myself) boutique focused in that industry. This former employer is actually a client, but I have never worked on their projects.

And, agreed, the whole negotiation process is broken. My career center was also wildly unhelpful so I was pretty much flying blind as a new grad. I’ve learned a lot since then though. The latest trend seems to be along the lines of “maintaining internal equity” which feels a bit like the other side of the same coin.

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2008 was a the year that changed me.
I got blown up by an IED in southern Afghanistan right after my birthday. Every time we left the base during fighting season, at least 1 person was killed on our patrol, and that doesn’t count how many were injured. I don’t have enough time to say the rest, and thanks to my lovely imposter syndrome curtesy of 2 combat deployments to Afghanistan and 1 to Iraq, I feel like my experiences were nothing compared to others.

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Wow.

Having to call my lawyer and ask “Something totally ick is going on, and I’m worried if this gets out that my name ends up in the news with everyone else. How do I make sure that if the government comes in and sanctions this company that the evidence to clear my name is discoverable?”
(I did do the right thing and I’m quitting the job over the situation)

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Starting

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I had my worst months at my previous employer: I had to have a curettage while being pregnant (first trimester so nobody noticed it) that didn’t go well. I had strong bleedings, lots of pain and this whole situation was very traumatic for me. My former manager (micromanager, a narcissist, didn’t trust anybody but himself) kind of forced me to not go on sick leave (because “his” project was “the most important”) so I was flying around each week in this condition, having pain, bleedings and feeling miserable physically and psychologically. He knew I had a surgery but he didn’t know why. It just didn’t matter to him. After roundabout three months I had my second curettage to “fix” the mistakes of the first one and I took two days sick leave. I struggled for over 1.5 years with this and converted this trauma into tons of work/ promotions etc.

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Thank you. ❤️

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Boss telling my salary to my co-worker

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Well the other person whom he was telling to was a junior resource. So I don’t know why he would put me down in from of the other resource, I couldn’t react at that point as I was mostly shocked.

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I had a lead threaten to beat me up.

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Story time!

A coworker tried to kiss me at a bar. Then he asked me to go home with him. I was in a relationship and he was engaged. Then a year later, he drunkenly blew kisses toward me at a baseball game and my coworkers saw and freaked out. He then later tried to kiss another team member and my boss saw. He got fired the next day. I’m describing all of this a bit incorrectly because I think I blocked some of it out but he was super predatory and I felt gross for days.

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Thank you, M4! I’m just glad something finally happened. I was so dumbstruck with the first exchange that I didn’t say anything. I wish I did. I’m so glad things escalated to the point they did and that my then company’s HR department took swift action. I feel really bad for that guy’s then fiancé. I really hope they didn’t get married. I didn’t know her name but I did try really hard to find her somehow via social media so I could tell her about her significant other. I failed, unfortunately.

Boss demanded I complete a therapy session with him because his dad was a psychologist and wanted me less stressed at work while my wife was sick in the hospital.

Asked me to tell him my deepest fears and if I had any childhood trauma.

Kept telling him my darkest fear was to not perform at work … he kept saying I was just giving lip service and demanded I tell more… I found a new job shortly after…

What a sick POS

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Getting fired for reporting fraud / unethical behavior and being retaliated against

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Me too!

Double staffed on a project where I was asked to bill minimum of 17 hours per day for over a month.

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Dude that’s some awesome utilization! Take a month off after that?

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Accidentally turned on the camera in a 200+ meeting on a Friday when I looked like crap and was still in bed under the covers.

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Did anyone even see you though? Probably not

Accidentally placed client bank account information on a publicly accessible webserver.

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I wasn’t fired. Felt about 2” tall while it played out - it was my first out of town engagement. I do not work there - left in my 5th year. This was all back in early 2006.

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My direct boss telling me I need to work harder than the others because I come from another country. I was hoping she will follow it up with some constructive feedback but that was it!!! I still remember how I felt soon I realized what just happened there

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What company? Did you feel safe enough to raise the issue later? What was the aftermath, how did it affect you? I’m new and just had the respect and inclusion training, trying to gauge how much is just talk

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