Daily Workplace Stories


Operations Manager

I worked at a Y Combinator-funded tech startup and its two co-founders are simply bad. While the CEO is very talented technically, they both have poor communication skills. Their management style is one of extreme control when it comes to how they want their employees to do their jobs, while the co-founders have no professional experience, training, or education in this field. They demand superior performance by everyone, while paying $13 per hour in many cases, without offering any health or retirement benefits. There's a lot of employee turnover. It's not uncommon for new employees to leave or be fired within their first 3 months. And many people who've been here longer than that have quit.

Food & Hospitality

I made a chocolate high heel today, which took a few hours to perfect by airbrushing on different color cocoa butter. While the finished product looked great, it took too long to make. So back to the drawing board to try to develop a new product.

Security Consultant

Dear software developers, please take security seriously. I came across yet another application today that stores its passwords in plaintext. Stop doing that!

Buying Coordinator

I didn't sleep at all last night, maybe 30 minutes at most. I had to drive down to our warehouse in the morning and traffic sucked! Thankfully, I get to work from home when I get back. But now I have the worst headache ever. Ughhhh. Might be nap time...

Fixed Asset Analyst

This was my first job out of college. I got the job through a friend. It was in the accounting department at a F500 retail company. I studied finance, but had never worked in an accounting job before. While I really enjoyed the people I worked with, I really hated the job. Staring at a computer for 40 hours per week was a huge shock to me. I just hated it. And I also didn't enjoy the work, as it mostly dealt with categorizing items in an archaic software system. I was pulling my hair out after only a few months, and I quit after 6 months total.