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Posted: 6/21/2011 2:59:32 PM EDT
My best boss was a fellow Christian from my old church. I've screwed up a few times, and he speaks to you like a dissapointed father, rather than an angry "BOSS!" I actually felt bad for letting him down (though it wasn't entirely my fault...but there were things I could have done to mitigate it.) He didn't pay me much, his business was barely hanging on, so I had no issue with that. He respected me, helped me out quite a bit, and overall just a pleasure to work with! My closest friend used to work for him as well, and only has the best things to say about the guy. He was an African who had lived in England for a years, and then later moved to the USA.



Another awesome boss (or bosses), were my shift supervisors at this one security job I had. On off hours, we were totally allowed to do whatever we wanted while in between scheduled patrols (one patrol per hour). We could bring in laptops, play computer games, read, study, watch movies (as long as there is no nudity)... just no sleeping. I worked full time, and went to school full time. It was this job that allowed me to enjoy my actual free time, because I did almost all my studying/homework at work. But yeah, frequently the supervisors would come in, and see us on our laptops/portable dvd players and not even say a word about it. One of the supervisors was a fellow gamer and nerd, and he was really cool to talk to. Really into sci-fi and stuff.



Well I'm sure I've had a "worst boss" but... for the most part, most of my bosses were generally agreeable. Really my worst boss, could likely only be described as "average boss, even tempered, not great, not bad".


So anyways.



Describe the best/coolest bosses you've had. Describe why they were so cool/awesome. Was it that they paid you way over what you felt you were worth? Was it that they had a laid back attitude towards work, and let you goof around when things were going slow? Was it that they were simply understanding when mistakes are made? Was it that they were just really good at training you? Or was it just plain getting along with them, as if they really were a friend.



Also... describe your worst bosses. Why were they bad? Did they frequently ask you to take unecessary risks to your life/health/wellbeing? Did they cheat you out of hours you worked? Did they make advances on your wife at the company picnic? Did they frequently ask you to break the law? etc...
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 3:06:08 PM EDT
[#1]
I might have the worst...
working on post
In my first year of employment.





1.) The 2nd week of employment  (probably working the hardest I ever had in my life) he threatened to fire me because others thought I wasnt friendly enough....   I convinced him to give me a chance.
2.) When I told him I had bought my first home... when he found out where, he told me it wasnt going to work out and I was going to be fired...  His reason "well we had an employeee who lived in xxxx and she never made it in on time and always wanted to leave early"   I had to convince him to give me a chance





3.)  When I told him my wife was going to have her child on a friday so I was requesting without pay that friday and monday off..    his response  "Do you have a special relationship with your wife?  In my day, we got the call that the baby was born, went to the hospital, looked at the baby and went back to work"     I got the two days non paid





4.) When my grandfather died, I asked for a non paid day off.  His response  "Were you close to your grandfather?"  I had to convince him I had a "special relationship."
Lastly the man always talked to me about pornographic things in his office, while he would talk to my counterpart about religion.
It was a workplace of fear, backstabbing, rumors and everyone being afraid to be the first person to leave at the end of the day and the last person to show up.   4 miserable years of my life.



 
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 8:32:48 PM EDT
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I might have the worst...



working on post





In my first year of employment.



1.) The 2nd week of employment  (probably working the hardest I ever had in my life) he threatened to fire me because others thought I wasnt friendly enough....   I convinced him to give me a chance.





2.) When I told him I had bought my first home... when he found out where, he told me it wasnt going to work out and I was going to be fired...  His reason "well we had an employeee who lived in xxxx and she never made it in on time and always wanted to leave early"   I had to convince me to give me a chance



3.)  When I told him my wife was going to have her child on a friday so I was requesting without pay that friday and monday off..    his response  "Do you have a special relationship with your wife?  In my day, we got the call that the baby was born, went to the hospital, looked at the baby and went back to work"     I got the two days non paid



4.) When my grandfather died, I asked for a non paid day off.  His response  "Were you close to your grandfather?"  I had to convince him I had a "special relationship."





Lastly the man always talked to me about pornographic things in his office, while he would talk to my counterpart about religion.





It was a workplace of fear, backstabbing, rumors and everyone being afraid to be the first person to leave at the end of the day and the last person to show up.   4 miserable years of my life.

Was he a self-proclaiming Christian?





 
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 8:37:06 PM EDT
[#3]



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I might have the worst...



working on post





In my first year of employment.



1.) The 2nd week of employment  (probably working the hardest I ever had in my life) he threatened to fire me because others thought I wasnt friendly enough....   I convinced him to give me a chance.





2.) When I told him I had bought my first home... when he found out where, he told me it wasnt going to work out and I was going to be fired...  His reason "well we had an employeee who lived in xxxx and she never made it in on time and always wanted to leave early"   I had to convince me to give me a chance



3.)  When I told him my wife was going to have her child on a friday so I was requesting without pay that friday and monday off..    his response  "Do you have a special relationship with your wife?  In my day, we got the call that the baby was born, went to the hospital, looked at the baby and went back to work"     I got the two days non paid



4.) When my grandfather died, I asked for a non paid day off.  His response  "Were you close to your grandfather?"  I had to convince him I had a "special relationship."





Lastly the man always talked to me about pornographic things in his office, while he would talk to my counterpart about religion.





It was a workplace of fear, backstabbing, rumors and everyone being afraid to be the first person to leave at the end of the day and the last person to show up.   4 miserable years of my life.

Was he a self-proclaiming Christian?



 
Yes he always talked about church and god, except when I was alone in his office where he would talk about getting handjobs at strip clubs etc.





 
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 8:39:51 PM EDT
[#4]
I was still in high school, had a boss at a fast food place that continually fucked up the schedule.  She decided the best way to handle that was to have people come in and wait by the time clock for a few hours to see if they were needed.  If they were, then they were supposed to clock in and start getting paid.  If not, then they could leave with no pay.  Yeah that didn't last long.  

My current boss took a couple years off to work a different job.  He now works a few hours a week.  He's easy to get along with.  
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 8:42:23 PM EDT
[#5]



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I might have the worst...



working on post





In my first year of employment.



1.) The 2nd week of employment  (probably working the hardest I ever had in my life) he threatened to fire me because others thought I wasnt friendly enough....   I convinced him to give me a chance.





2.) When I told him I had bought my first home... when he found out where, he told me it wasnt going to work out and I was going to be fired...  His reason "well we had an employeee who lived in xxxx and she never made it in on time and always wanted to leave early"   I had to convince me to give me a chance



3.)  When I told him my wife was going to have her child on a friday so I was requesting without pay that friday and monday off..    his response  "Do you have a special relationship with your wife?  In my day, we got the call that the baby was born, went to the hospital, looked at the baby and went back to work"     I got the two days non paid



4.) When my grandfather died, I asked for a non paid day off.  His response  "Were you close to your grandfather?"  I had to convince him I had a "special relationship."





Lastly the man always talked to me about pornographic things in his office, while he would talk to my counterpart about religion.





It was a workplace of fear, backstabbing, rumors and everyone being afraid to be the first person to leave at the end of the day and the last person to show up.   4 miserable years of my life.

Was he a self-proclaiming Christian?



 
Yes he always talked about church and god, except when I was alone in his office where he would talk about getting handjobs at strip clubs etc.



 


You was being groomed for some "special" work assignments.




 
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 8:44:41 PM EDT
[#6]



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I might have the worst...



working on post





In my first year of employment.



1.) The 2nd week of employment  (probably working the hardest I ever had in my life) he threatened to fire me because others thought I wasnt friendly enough....   I convinced him to give me a chance.





2.) When I told him I had bought my first home... when he found out where, he told me it wasnt going to work out and I was going to be fired...  His reason "well we had an employeee who lived in xxxx and she never made it in on time and always wanted to leave early"   I had to convince me to give me a chance



3.)  When I told him my wife was going to have her child on a friday so I was requesting without pay that friday and monday off..    his response  "Do you have a special relationship with your wife?  In my day, we got the call that the baby was born, went to the hospital, looked at the baby and went back to work"     I got the two days non paid



4.) When my grandfather died, I asked for a non paid day off.  His response  "Were you close to your grandfather?"  I had to convince him I had a "special relationship."





Lastly the man always talked to me about pornographic things in his office, while he would talk to my counterpart about religion.





It was a workplace of fear, backstabbing, rumors and everyone being afraid to be the first person to leave at the end of the day and the last person to show up.   4 miserable years of my life.

Was he a self-proclaiming Christian?



 
Yes he always talked about church and god, except when I was alone in his office where he would talk about getting handjobs at strip clubs etc.



 


You was being groomed for some "special" work assignments.


 
The guy was in his late 60's early 70's and looked damn near 90.





 
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 8:47:26 PM EDT
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I might have the worst...



working on post





In my first year of employment.



1.) The 2nd week of employment  (probably working the hardest I ever had in my life) he threatened to fire me because others thought I wasnt friendly enough....   I convinced him to give me a chance.





2.) When I told him I had bought my first home... when he found out where, he told me it wasnt going to work out and I was going to be fired...  His reason "well we had an employeee who lived in xxxx and she never made it in on time and always wanted to leave early"   I had to convince me to give me a chance



3.)  When I told him my wife was going to have her child on a friday so I was requesting without pay that friday and monday off..    his response  "Do you have a special relationship with your wife?  In my day, we got the call that the baby was born, went to the hospital, looked at the baby and went back to work"     I got the two days non paid



4.) When my grandfather died, I asked for a non paid day off.  His response  "Were you close to your grandfather?"  I had to convince him I had a "special relationship."





Lastly the man always talked to me about pornographic things in his office, while he would talk to my counterpart about religion.





It was a workplace of fear, backstabbing, rumors and everyone being afraid to be the first person to leave at the end of the day and the last person to show up.   4 miserable years of my life.

Was he a self-proclaiming Christian?



 
Yes he always talked about church and god, except when I was alone in his office where he would talk about getting handjobs at strip clubs etc.



 


You was being groomed for some "special" work assignments.


 
The guy was in his late 60's early 70's and looked damn near 90.



 


Ohhh....groomed for a bit part in a Lemon Party... even nastier!





 
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 8:47:29 PM EDT
[#8]
I have the best boss around! Myself!

It would be easy to say the worst boss was a sawed-off German guy with small-man's complex......but he taught me the meaning of being on someone else's time and the importance of never being late....ever. He taught me great work-ethics and how to be an effective apprentice electrician.
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 9:24:31 PM EDT
[#9]
I had a manager at the McDonald's I worked at throw hamburgers at me.

He was actually pretty cool to work with.  After closing him, me and a couple other closers would hit Waffle House for a late dinner/early breakfast and BS.

I miss the days of no responsibility.

Also had a boss at a security job bring in a TV and him and I would play Nintendo 64 for a couple of hours on the weekends when no one was around.  Before I started they used to play "Hide n Seek" in pool cars around the marshaling yard at night until one of the guys took out a fence.
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:20:44 PM EDT
[#10]



Quoted:





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I might have the worst...



working on post





In my first year of employment.



1.) The 2nd week of employment  (probably working the hardest I ever had in my life) he threatened to fire me because others thought I wasnt friendly enough....   I convinced him to give me a chance.





2.) When I told him I had bought my first home... when he found out where, he told me it wasnt going to work out and I was going to be fired...  His reason "well we had an employeee who lived in xxxx and she never made it in on time and always wanted to leave early"   I had to convince me to give me a chance



3.)  When I told him my wife was going to have her child on a friday so I was requesting without pay that friday and monday off..    his response  "Do you have a special relationship with your wife?  In my day, we got the call that the baby was born, went to the hospital, looked at the baby and went back to work"     I got the two days non paid



4.) When my grandfather died, I asked for a non paid day off.  His response  "Were you close to your grandfather?"  I had to convince him I had a "special relationship."





Lastly the man always talked to me about pornographic things in his office, while he would talk to my counterpart about religion.





It was a workplace of fear, backstabbing, rumors and everyone being afraid to be the first person to leave at the end of the day and the last person to show up.   4 miserable years of my life.

Was he a self-proclaiming Christian?



 
Yes he always talked about church and god, except when I was alone in his office where he would talk about getting handjobs at strip clubs etc.



 


I must admit... I've been to a strip club, but I sure don't brag about it. I'm rather ashamed of it to be honest.



But seeing as he is proud of that, and that he treated you like complete crap, trying to use workplace fear tactics... shows that he's a rotten human being, likely false Christian.



I'd question his humanity, not just his faith.
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:21:48 PM EDT
[#11]



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I was still in high school, had a boss at a fast food place that continually fucked up the schedule.  She decided the best way to handle that was to have people come in and wait by the time clock for a few hours to see if they were needed.  If they were, then they were supposed to clock in and start getting paid.  If not, then they could leave with no pay.  Yeah that didn't last long.  



My current boss took a couple years off to work a different job.  He now works a few hours a week.  He's easy to get along with.  

Fuck that! I'd tell the boss straight up... If you have me come in, your paying for at least two hours.





 
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:30:15 PM EDT
[#12]
Worst boss I've ever had was a Sonic franchise owner.  He ran the place with his current wife, whom he met when she worked for him and he cheated on his previous wife with her.  The guy has 7 kids, 5 from the first wife.  The current wife trusts no one, especially any of the 5 kids from the previous marriage (4 of them work there).  Her son (her oldest) is a fucking pedophile and her little angel.  Her youngest daughter (and the youngest of the guy's 7) somehow seems to be turning out to be a decent person.  Those two are the two most pathetic and hateful people I've ever had the fortune of meeting...and I worked for their sorry asses for 2 years.



My best boss would have to be my current boss.  Similar tastes in music (he often has his Pandora station playing at the pharmacy), we're both into guns/fishing/outdoors, the only problem is he is a Cowboys fan.  Boomer Sooner!  We never hang out outside of work, but it makes for some pretty good conversation when we're slow.
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:30:42 PM EDT
[#13]
The best boss I ever had was in Miami working construction. He was the owner of the company, he treated me like his son, payed me more than was fair and hooked me up with a company truck. He sent me to all sorts of training classes and really took care of me. I never had to pay for fuel when gas was well over $4/gal and he even brought over his extra supplies when we got hit with Katrina and then Wilma. At Christmas and Thanksgiving he would drop by just to bring us cookies or a pie.... he is a millionaire but very humble and a great man. I look up to him, I left a year and a half ago but we are still good friends.

Everyone thought I was his son since I rolled up to the site on my first day in his Denali
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 10:33:06 PM EDT
[#14]
best boss: TSgt I worked for at Dyess, good old boy from Alabama. Quiet, never really yelled, would do the whole disappointed fahter routine if you screwed up. He took care of his troops and always had our backs if he could. I looked up to him as somebody I wanted to be like


worst boss: picture Ned Flanders as a USAF MSgt, the guy looked exactly like him. Micro-managing prick to say the least. Cared nothing about his troops, never had our back. He'd go find a crack on a jet and wouldn't tell any of us about it, until it was almost too late, then would give us major hell for not finding it. I vow never to be like him. Part of the reason I PCS'd to Minot was to be rid of him. I left one Sq at Dyess to be rid of him, then the bastard ends up in the Sq I went to as well. I was so glad when I heard the prick retired.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 12:25:15 AM EDT
[#15]
I love the responses. Keep 'em coming!



I was originally gonna make this into a "Worst boss you ever had" ... but figured having something uplifting to counter it, would be great.



I LOVE The best boss responses. Really uplifting to see how awesome some bosses can be.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 12:27:55 AM EDT
[#16]



Quoted:


I have the best boss around! Myself!



It would be easy to say the worst boss was a sawed-off German guy with small-man's complex......but he taught me the meaning of being on someone else's time and the importance of never being late....ever. He taught me great work-ethics and how to be an effective apprentice electrician.


Currently, and even after I move to Phoenix (if everything works out that is), I  am/will continue to be my own boss...

Nothing is better than being able to set your own hours, work at your own damn pace, goof off if you feel like it (within reason of course, afterall... the only person's time your wasting is YOU), and also the idea of just making it on your own is a liberating feeling. Yes it sucks in some areas... your liable for things, and also your royally fucked if you get hurt on the job, and you get no benefits.

 
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 12:32:25 AM EDT
[#17]
So far my best was my last commander.  He treated everyone in his organization like a man: held them to the standard, and he was RELENTLESS about it.  He taught me the difference between being liked and respected; one is necessary as a leader.  He taught me that when you're relentless about meeting the standard, that is the best way to take care of troops.  After a while everyone things you calmed down and were cooler, but really, they were all just meeting the standards that were in place.  Our unit functioned like a well-oiled machine, and abosrbed hardships with ease.  

His teaching method was like putting me in the deep end, and saying "i hope you can swim".  Once I had that down, he would throw more at me, until I had it covered.  And the whole time I was there, he never let up.  There were moments when I cursed him and thought he was just being a dick, but I'm a much better leader now.  He always gave me just enough rope to hang myself.  He would fuck with me constantly, but NO ONE else in our unit could touch me.  And he ALWAYS backed me.  He said it was easier becuase I followed the standard when conflicts arose, but he would've had my back either way.  He is definitely the kind of officer I want to emulate.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 1:01:15 AM EDT
[#18]
Best Boss: 1st Sergeant Amos Williams way back in the day. Always was fair.

Worst Boss: I had a Senior Tech at ATT that acted as if he was my boss to point, I told him to fuck off and die.
3 weeks later, after I escaped to another group/shift, he got promoted and became my new boss. It only took me
3 months to find a new job and escape the biggest tampon sucking douche bag on the planet.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 1:20:36 AM EDT
[#19]
Best boss would either be my current (ish) one at the gunshop, or and old boss at barnes and noble.

Current boss was chief master sgt of the airforce way back when. Comes off as a grumpy old guy, but after a while you realize he's just a great guy to work with.

Barnes and noble was fun too. No responsibility, played online with the co workers, etc. Even had our own little pagan employees club. Hell, I found out I was working with a (very hot) extremely distant relative. (and I mean distand. 16 generations at least)

Worst. Walmart. Hands down
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 1:44:23 AM EDT
[#20]
I worked for my sister's fiancé at his landscaping business one summer.  When my paycheck bounced had a pretty good idea sense of where that relationship would go.  I think he is in jail now for tax evasion.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 1:54:55 AM EDT
[#21]
Worst boss I had could make any man scared buy his look alone.  After getting pissed and punching through 1/4" glass, he made a guy who did time in Iraq...FO (on his first day)!





That's how bad he was!!!  

 
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 2:38:24 AM EDT
[#22]
Worst boss I ever had was my first real boss in the army.  Borderline literate and completely ignorant on all levels.  That man positively shaped more people than anyone I have ever met, mainly because they all moved up and out to get away from him.  He also destroyed a lot of people too.  Its been years and I still get emails from people stating how happy they are to be away from him.





This guy left me and another guy exposed under sniper fire for almost 30 minutes after he was supposed to push his vehicle in front of us because he was arguing with one of his guys about retrieving some road cones placed 100m down the street.  He wasn't moving until his guy ran down, also under fire, and retrieved the cones.   He actually had the balls to tell his guy that it was his fault we were in a bad spot, which is what prompted him to just make the dash and get the damn cones.





My team leader focused and trained for months just to go to ranger school so he could pass this guy up.  It was his sole motivating factor, and it worked.  People who hated the army re-enlisted just to PCS somewhere else because of him.





My best boss?  I've had a string of 4-5 of them in a row.  Proficient, professional, and each able to teach me more than I knew I needed to learn.

Link Posted: 6/22/2011 2:41:29 AM EDT
[#23]
Yea ihad A bad boss when I was younger. But he died few years back unexpectedly. It was a great day
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 3:41:24 AM EDT
[#24]
Best boss would walk up, and hand you a $500 bonus, just because he thought you were Doing a good job.  Always threw great picnics and Christmas parties. Respectable man.

Worst boss screamed relentlessly for no reason. You could watch vendors souls leave their bodies as he attacked them. Made my life miserable for three years. I hated that man. He is pretty infamous in the retail world out here in phoenix.



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Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:19:13 AM EDT
[#25]
I just lost the best boss I ever had.





He knew what I did and he let me do it, praised me when I did good, told me when he expected more and was usually right. He was pissed off about all the same things that the long term employees were concerning the companys shortcomings.



He was offered roughly twice what he was making after getting pissed and putting his resume out.





Tom, We miss you man. Thanks for everything.
Worst boss?





Knew nothing about our corporate culture, nor did he care, He was going to be "The One" who would change everything. He knew nothing about what I did, (Tool&Die) yet never let that stop him from giving demands on how things should be done, how long they should take and who was the right man for the job.



After several donnybrooks with this dimwit I went to HR about him.





He found out and went Ballistic, Had me up to HR the next day totally disregarding the ongoing investigation I had opened and tried to have me fired.





HR was having none of it, dropped the investigation and told me to ignore him.





They left him go when the economy hit the bricks, only to rehire him as a contract employee 6mo later making about $5hr less than I was making.





He continued being a fuck up who thought he was hot shit and was devastated when they would not renew his contract.
John T.......Fuck you and everything you stand for.



.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:26:18 AM EDT
[#26]
Quoted:

Quoted:
I have the best boss around! Myself!

It would be easy to say the worst boss was a sawed-off German guy with small-man's complex......but he taught me the meaning of being on someone else's time and the importance of never being late....ever. He taught me great work-ethics and how to be an effective apprentice electrician.

Currently, and even after I move to Phoenix (if everything works out that is), I  am/will continue to be my own boss...
Nothing is better than being able to set your own hours, work at your own damn pace, goof off if you feel like it (within reason of course, afterall... the only person's time your wasting is YOU), and also the idea of just making it on your own is a liberating feeling. Yes it sucks in some areas... your liable for things, and also your royally fucked if you get hurt on the job, and you get no benefits.  


I am my only employee and carry workman's comp on myself since I am a Inc / S-corp. I also carry a million in liability and 2-mil max per incident with a $8K umbrella no-fault policy that will just toss cash at a claim. I love the freedom but hate the quarterly filings and paperwork / receipt keeping.

Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:34:34 AM EDT
[#27]
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best boss: TSgt I worked for at Dyess, good old boy from Alabama. Quiet, never really yelled, would do the whole disappointed fahter routine if you screwed up. He took care of his troops and always had our backs if he could. I looked up to him as somebody I wanted to be like


worst boss: picture Ned Flanders as a USAF MSgt, the guy looked exactly like him. Micro-managing prick to say the least. Cared nothing about his troops, never had our back. He'd go find a crack on a jet and wouldn't tell any of us about it, until it was almost too late, then would give us major hell for not finding it. I vow never to be like him. Part of the reason I PCS'd to Minot was to be rid of him. I left one Sq at Dyess to be rid of him, then the bastard ends up in the Sq I went to as well. I was so glad when I heard the prick retired.


I miss Minot, they are looking to be 17ft above flood stage this week.

Sorry for the hijack.


Worst was a woman whom would never let me clear my cases, always holding things up...mostly out of spite. Would lecture you about time management, then talk your ear off about absolute mundane shit for an hour. I got a couple promotions and she's my partner now.

Best was a supervisor who didn't care if I took a 5 hour lunch or did ritual human sacrifices at my desk as long as my work was done. Very low stress.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:40:35 AM EDT
[#28]
I'm dealing with my worst boss now. Actually, my boss AND my supervisor are both ignorant.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 4:52:11 AM EDT
[#29]
Worst: This guy with a clear mental issue wasn't even my boss, but pissed me off none the less.  He'd tell me to go do something and quit talking.  As I'd start heading off to get to work he'd get pissed that I was leaving him and not listening.  This was all in my first week of work even.  

Best:  This guy was a former Marine and he still had the whole mindset after being out a few years.  I even saw him buying ammo outside of work once!  Yeah, he would not let anyone goof off, but we would always get work done on time and he wouldn't make life Hell.  The place really went to shit after he transferred out

Link Posted: 6/22/2011 5:03:59 AM EDT
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Don Baker was running the Big A / Carquest / Autowise machine shop in Portland and gave a young kid a chance to learn the world of engine machining . I worked with him for his last few years at a few different shops until he retired . I'll miss ol' Don

And at the other end of the personality spectrum was Ken Tipton @ MTC Engineering


When I moved from Maine to Florida back in 88' , I was looking to get into the world of engine machining for motorcycles . I went expecting to go to school for it , but instead got the shaft on financing at the last moment .

After two years of regular machining jobs around the Orlando area , I landed a job at MTC Engineering in Cocoa . I was stoked

I worked there , off and on , for a little over three years . I enjoyed the hell out of it . Building drag-bike engines , machining cylinder heads , blocks , cranks , rods , pistons , clutches , etc , for some of the biggest names ( at the time ) in Prostar , IDBA and NHRA Pro Stock racing . It was cool as hell to have parts in our shop , working our magic on them  , and then seeing them later that weekend on TV setting records .

Trouble was my boss and his family .

Ken was a former hell-raising , hard partying racer from the 60's and a brilliant man with engines , especially forced-induction . His son Tony was an equally brilliant machinist / engineer and a wizard with nitro-methane and nitrous systems .

Ken lost his first wife to alcoholism and then " found God " . He turned into your textbook religious fanatic . Tony on the other hand , besides being a flamboyant homosexual , was twisted up in the world of illegal drugs and was stealing heavily to support his disgusting lifestyle .

Between the two of them , and the few he had working with us that were also part of his Church's  warped congregation , it was quite the circus at that shop . Never a dull moment .....one big fucking twisted soap-opera.

It was by far my most enjoyable and rewarding occupation , yet , at the same time being my most headache-filled , patience-trying- nightmare ever .

I try to look at events in my life and focus on what I've learned . . . what I can bank in knowledge  . MTC was definitely a screwy chapter  though .
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