Who here has experienced a toxic work environment? What exactly made it toxic? Did you leave? Is the new workplace better?

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I think it’s more toxic traits within people that generate a toxic working culture (especially if there are multiple people with one or more toxic traits in one focused environment)

Toxic traits:
- slagging off team members for wanting to get things done (when the other members are lazy)
- palming off someone else’s projects and hard earned work as your own and then the stealer getting a promotion out of it.
- carrot and stick (eg, promising a promotion to make you work harder but nothing comes out at the end of it)
- gossip and backstabbing (saying one thing to face and meaning something negative)

For gods sake, we are not in a playground anymore! We all work hard enough without having to deal with workplace politics / drama.

I’ve left companies before due to these reasons and never looked back


People expecting for you to put your life on pause in order to meet company goals and deadlines.

People who are notoriously bad at communicating effectively.

People who don’t have an ounce of moral code and gaslight you.

Sexists. Ageists.

People who don’t listen to your concerns or ideas just because you’re a newbie, but then wonder why so many problems arise down the road that could’ve been entirely avoided if they just, like, listened to you.

I was new to tech and dealt with all of it. I was eventually laid off due to downsizing, but I can tell you now that I focus hardcore on company culture and environment when interviewing at companies now. My new workplace is amazing.


SAME. I did NOT accept the highest offer. I accepted the position where the team seemed like the best fit.


I had a boss who had an unhealthy relationship with his job and seemed to have OCD. Most things would be a fire drill and he used to get his subordinates to coerce people from other teams to do things his way. I hated working for him. Now I try to ask around about potential would-be bosses before applying to a job.


I used to work in a very well known TV/Media company I won’t post the name but many people who knew me thought I was crazy to leave and while I started as a happy employee I left because of numerous toxic behaviors.

1- Constant “boys club” mentality
2- HR was a joke, no one took any complaints seriously, tried to brush things off by offering additional days off, early dismissal, pizza lunches…
3. Managers screaming at assistants like children because they were getting chewed out by their superiors.
4. Aside from myself (hispanic ) and a colleague (black) who were at supervisory level, management had issues with us interviewing and pushing to hire candidates with the actual skills for the job because they were too “urban” - (I literally lost my sh*t with that one)
5. The time a coworker of mine, who is hispanic, made a complaint with a GSM and was told “well if you don’t like it here, I have friends over at Univision, if you would feel more comfortable there……I’m sorry what??? After a while more things started becoming very noticeable and I had to leave before I was fired for shooting off at the mouth. i left immediately, and took a pay cut at the time at a new place but I love it, In my position I deal with most of the employees and I get along with everyone, for the most part, we have a great life/work balance, the company strives to put what’s best for the employees first, I mean we are the ones who keep the business going? we have a Diversity and Inclusion committee, we have free subscription to headspace and an employee support program. You do not have to settle for a toxic work environment…ever!


Wild! None of that was okay. It's great to know your new work environment values mental health through their initiatives.

1st job was a govt lab where I was the only female on my team, was in a cube farm no where near my coworkers, and my team lead hated the job and everything about it and made my life miserable. My first week on the job I had a meeting with my director and he called me a flight risk. I ate lunch at my desk every day just so I could leave earlier as they were very strict on 8 hour desk time. Also had an hour commute one way in city traffic. I have since worked for two other companies and have had much better experiences team-wise, so glad I left that first environment as soon as possible.


That's awesome! I'm glad your following experiences were much better.


I work for Amazon web Services as a Data Center Technician and I am the only female in my pod. The techs do not engage me in activities, they do not inform me on important changes and they do not like to help me when it comes to answering questions. One thing I’ve done to try to move past it is I looked for other female techs in AWS. Now I have a support group who helps me when it comes to answering questions and working on challenging tickets. It’s really discouraging but you must remember you are in this field for a reason and you belong! That’s what I tell myself everyday. I am my own cheerleader.


Toxic: coworkers avoiding training new team members, not sharing knowledge.
Team member complaining to manager when a teammate expresses an idea that is different from theirs (yes this happened).
Manager basically telling team member with different idea to stay in her own lane.
Manager pretending to be pro diversity


Yes. I’ve been on the receiving end of sexism, ageism, sexual harassment, micromanagers, and superiority complex’s. Challenging any of those issues directly with the offender or HR usually causes more issue than it solves so I just keep taking it whenever it happens which honestly should make my therapist tax deductible. Biggest issue in current role is no respect for boundaries. Even today for example I had PTO, but was called, texted, emailed, and team messaged by my manager to work on something and was made to feel quite guilty for my delay to respond. I ended up working on 3 projects today so I am revoking this as a full PTO day because I was forced to do work all AM. This is not the first time either and the manager before this did the same things. I don’t blame them for this because saying no is a death sentence. I tried to establish boundaries once directly at 6:30 on a Friday and was reamed out. Needless to say retention isn’t great.


I agree with you! Right now being pursued by Meta, LinkedIn, and Google so hopefully one of those will be better employee experience wise 🤞🏻


My last client when I was a consultant was absolutely horrible and a huge factor as to why I left.

No one ever turned their cameras on in meetings (I know zoom fatigue is real but even in 1:1s), they “billed their time” towards projects to determine project budgets but were capped at reporting 40 hours and consistently billed 60+, the lead would tell leadership one thing and do something entirely different and never shared any risks or issues that came up, so I had to instead.

Absolutely hated that place and now that I left my company (and the horrid client), it’s even more obvious how horrible they were. (Disclaimer: I loved my consulting firm but I had been looking for a change for a while and this was the final push I needed — especially when the client told me he wanted to extend me a year lol).

The past 2 months, our team lost 2 people as they quit. I was held responsible for adding their workload to my already full plate (it was somehow expected of me to do this?). I was told I would get a promo and raise for my efforts as I was literally now doing 2 other people’s jobs on top of mine, but when it came time to discuss, nothing was mentioned.

I then told my manager that I cannot continue with current workload and they needed to find backfill for 2 open headcount, and was told I’d need to manage as there isn’t any plans for backfill…

Then, on top of this, I have a coworker who constantly (2 yrs) takes credit for the work I’ve done in various projects that they have not even invested one minute on. I only come to learn of this through loyal coworkers on other teams who tell me.. when I talk to him about this, he tells me I’m being passive-aggressive and sensitive.

when I bring this up to manager, she tells me I’m not “business mature” as I need to learn to get along with difficult coworkers… (what?!)

Needless to say, I am searching for a new job.

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