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Old 04-16-17, 08:31 PM   #1
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worst job you ever had?

some of you know maybe you all do that im kinda crazy well i was on wrong meds and ended up homeless. the only job i could find was paying less then minimum wage. it was moving furniture from estate sales i also had to go to auctions and hold the stuff for the buyers to see im very shy many times id just vomit because i was so nerves it was trully aweful but it got me off the streets but i think they took advantage of me paying me less then minimum wage. so how about you?
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I never had a bad job, just some bad employers.
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Worst were various jobs between college semesters or breaks to raise money for next year's tuition.
  • Telemarketing for a dating service, back in the 1980s. I quit after the second day. Utterly pointless, soul-sapping work.
  • Next worst was selling Medicare supplemental insurance door to door. At the time, 30 years ago, it seemed awful and exploitative. However now that I've been handling the administrative stuff on my mom's behalf due to her disabilities, and navigating various bureaucracies, I understand the value of those supplemental policies. There's a lot not covered by Medicare and some folks qualify for supplements with premiums subsidized by state and federal government programs, so the beneficiaries aren't paying premiums out of pocket. And her agent is a really decent and helpful fellow, so it's changed my perspective on a job I once hated.

Physically hardest was working on a freight dock, loading and unloading trucks.
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I've had some bad summer jobs while in school, one I stuck with and one I didn't: Worst was tying fiberglass insulation to the side of a steam plant 60 ft in the air at Camp Lejeune NC. As well as having no safety harness and having to climb up and work on shaky scaffolding, we had to wear long sleeves and pants to keep the fiberglass off your skin in the heat of summer. Great paying job....I lasted 1 day. The other was working as a clerk at a convenience store on the graveyard shift where there were bullet holes on the gas pump control panel behind the register from a robbery / murder the summer before. I stuck that one out.
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I never had a bad job, just some bad employers.
Agreed. My job was well understood, my skills and knowledge well honed.

The managers I worked for over the years varied from benevolent teachers, to outright liars and cheats. Why would I change jobs you would ask... I worked in high tech... and mergers and acquisitions were quite common. .. which meant change... usually of some personel, but quite often, changes in projects, and those sort of changes often meant whole divisions were cut, with little regard for the people involved.

I have worked with brilliant engineers and scientists, who too have had the rug pulled out from beneath them by "beancounters."

Thus I have little regard for "bottom line, next quarter" thinking. People that cannot "see" beyond the next quarter, should not be in management... and indeed liars and cheats, have managed. Our own POTUS is a clear example.
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Physically hardest, was working in a paper mill in New Hampshire, in my 20s. Great pay, but long hours of hard work. I did it almost 2 weeks, and fizzled out, but wished I'd been able to make it a career.
Nastiest was a temp job in Toledo, Ohio, at a collection site for hazardous waste. Anything from old paint to combustible fuels, cleaners, and a lot of unknown substances, had to be opened and dumped into big vats. I'm still not sure what they did with that mess, I finished one day, & got away from there. Especially when it only paid minimum wage. 🙄😜
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Back in the 80s I ended up working graveyards at a convenience store in one of Tucson's bad neighborhoods. I know. Tucson's bad 'hood doesn't compare to NYC or Chicago. I know this because people from those 'hoods told me so.

The thing is I wasn't prepared for it. The violence, threats of violence, anger and hatred. Every week I had people arrested for fighting, stealing, etc. The little kids looked at me with fear because I was the bad guy. I sent their fathers to jail. It was that kind of neighborhood.

The good side was I learned another aspect to behavior and dealing with people. I had to learn that old John Wayne concept, "Never apologize, it's a sign of weakness." That wasn't normal for me. And after a couple of years people learned to respect me. That I was consistent in what I did. I would talk with them when I could and tell them that under certain conditions I was calling the police. No matter what. But after four years I was very glad to see the last of that job.
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Agreed. My job was well understood, my skills and knowledge well honed.

The managers I worked for over the years varied from benevolent teachers, to outright liars and cheats. Why would I change jobs you would ask... I worked in high tech... and mergers and acquisitions were quite common. .. which meant change... usually of some personel, but quite often, changes in projects, and those sort of changes often meant whole divisions were cut, with little regard for the people involved.

I have worked with brilliant engineers and scientists, who too have had the rug pulled out from beneath them by "beancounters."

Thus I have little regard for "bottom line, next quarter" thinking. People that cannot "see" beyond the next quarter, should not be in management... and indeed liars and cheats, have managed. Our own POTUS is a clear example.


I met a real life major corporation beancounter once, that one time was enough for me, since he read me a ten minute riot act over a twenty cent misquote on just a one single item transaction. At times, they have their place, but as you have indicated, many of them have a "short term" thought process.
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I agree a good manager can make a bad job bearable. I've had some retail jobs like that. The worst situation I can think of was my last position. Bad commute, stifling office environment and inadequate training. I might have persevered except for my manager. He was a complete jerk. We called his office the "tool shed". He came from a project management background and you got the feeling you were just a component and never a person. He also had a knack for calling you into his office just to repeat some project management mantra that had nothing to do with anything we were working on.
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Old 04-17-17, 08:46 AM   #10
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Post office CCA- city carrier assistant. Basically a mailman who is a non career and waiting your turn till you are next on the list to be hired as regular.

Sadistic managers who work you till you drop dead, 6-7 days per week going full speed without breaks to make deadlines. They work thru intimdation to motivate.

The work was OK, but 7 days per week I had nothing left in the legs on my one day off. And I was lucky to have one day off according to mgt.
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Old 04-17-17, 08:55 AM   #11
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I never had a bad job, just some bad employers.
Same here. Enjoyed all my jobs. There was, however, one particular job where the employer was a total and complete jerk. He was unhappy at home so he took it out on the employees. Last I heard his wife was on her third affair.
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Honestly, I think the first job I ever had was likely my worst. I was the after school dish "ring" for an all you could eat restaurant. They were open all day, from early breakfast. I was the only dish washer, and the two waitresses that worked day shift used to love to stop up the sink for kicks watching me unstop it, which involved a hand in the grease trap most times.


Aside from that, the worst I have ever known of was the guy that had to mop out the spank rooms at the adult novelty store, a family acquaintance was the manager there . They must have paid that guy well.
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I never had a bad job, just some bad employers.
Ditto. I used to get so pissed over leadership that I was so far ahead in level of education -and- experience, and of course they never like to hear from a subordinate that they're doing something wrong, oh no!

Kaizen, LEAN, and all of the other effed-up management techniques have ruined millions of decent middle-class jobs.

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Temp Recruiter. I had a job at a contract employment company recruiting technical people for petrochem projects. It's a purely sales job, one that I was not suited for at all. The thing is; there were a small number of contracts and a small number of desirable employees but a huge number of recruiting firms all looking for the business. The parties all knew how to play us for more money. a real grind-house.
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Back in the 80s I ended up working graveyards at a convenience store in one of Tucson's bad neighborhoods. I know. Tucson's bad 'hood doesn't compare to NYC or Chicago. I know this because people from those 'hoods told me so.

The thing is I wasn't prepared for it. The violence, threats of violence, anger and hatred. Every week I had people arrested for fighting, stealing, etc. The little kids looked at me with fear because I was the bad guy. I sent their fathers to jail. It was that kind of neighborhood.

The good side was I learned another aspect to behavior and dealing with people. I had to learn that old John Wayne concept, "Never apologize, it's a sign of weakness." That wasn't normal for me. And after a couple of years people learned to respect me. That I was consistent in what I did. I would talk with them when I could and tell them that under certain conditions I was calling the police. No matter what. But after four years I was very glad to see the last of that job.
Yup, I've seen that job change guys who work too long at our corner convenience store. This neighborhood isn't the worst in the city but it's declined from solid middle class to borderline poverty as the traditional nearby jobs disappeared from the military base and aircraft manufacturers.

Occasionally I stop in the store for a beer, maybe once or twice a month, when I don't feel like a trip to the grocery store for good beer. Every year or two there's a turnover. I see the fresh faced, friendly young fellows from Pakistan, India, Nepal, etc., go from smiling and chatty to sour and taciturn over the course of a year or two before they move on.

I don't hang around long enough to see much, but nearly every time I am in there some customer is giving them a hard time. At best, it's dickering around over trying to decide on lotto tickets, as if it mattered. Other times it's guys trying to get a paycheck cashed when the store no longer cashes checks for a particular contractor who's notorious for bouncing checks. Or drunks hitting up every customer for spare change, then arguing with the clerks who ask them to stop harassing customers, or demanding another quart of canned poison when they can barely stand up or walk.

I've kept up with a couple of the former clerks via Facebook. One of 'em, a fellow from Nepal by way of Philadelphia, joined the US Army. So I enjoyed following his updates on boot camp, training, etc. He was one of the older guys, late 20s or early 30s, much calmer and more mature than others, and didn't seem so burnt out from the convenience store.
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I don't think there is any job out there I want to do 40 hrs per week. So I do 2 jobs 20 hrs each, this way I can detest them not as much each week. Its like taking in half a cup of poison to a full cup.
I've been working over 30 years. Had office, labor you name it. It all gets to you physically or mentally or changes your outlook on humans.

Sure I miss out on a 401k and benefits but thats what my inheritance is for. I don't have a great mental make up thats for sure but doing what I am doing keeps my sanity.
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Worked at a small plastic salvage outfit many, many years ago. Was inherently unsafe work and guy who ran the place was not one to worry details too much. In the couple of years I worked there, four out of the seven people who worked there were killed. That was horrible, of course. But I kind of liked the work. It was exciting.

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Mine weren't the job as a whole, but parts of it.
A couple of summers during college I sprayed for mosquitos at night. We'd drive around in pickup trucks listening to the radio while trying to follow the usually poorly drawn maps while holding an average speed of 10 MPH. This was about 1980 when pagers were advanced telecommunications, and mine started going off like crazy one night. When one of the day crew bosses wanted to talk to me I knew something was up after they told me I wasn't in trouble. Someone along the route had called in a death threat against me, his room mate was a Viet Nam vet that had been exposed to Agent Orange and they were convinced the spray (Malathion) was going to hurt him. The cops had been called etc and when I went by their house I could see someone standing out there with an angry German Shepard but nothing bad happened to me.
The other thing was going back to the office after the flood waters had drained enough to start cleaning up the mess. What a combination of depressing sights, smells and pathogens.
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I once worked with a guy who would say "Its not as bad as working in the veal factory". He had worked in a factory farm in Wisconsin where calves were force fed milk and his job was squeegee, 8 hours a day squeegeeing diarrhea.
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My worst job was at an auto dealer, specifically a Ford quicklane which I worked at for a short while before getting back to more detailed tech work. 17 out of 21 meal times per week on the clock. lunch breaks often not possible, constant hurried customers, new cars brought in right until closing unless you want execs including in some cases allegedly Bill Ford to call the owner *****ing, flat rate hours, some warranty work which doesn't hardly pay a thing, and designs which get ever harder to work on without the flat rate pay specs rising to the occasion.

Now that I live in the desert again, away from rusted out pieces of ****, I will never ever consider working at a dealer again. They offer the mechanics crap half sized warranty pay, and offer customers horrible prices and mechanics that are eager to gouge customers who come in with vehicles that are out of warranty. Dealers, like the manufacturers that supply them, are straight up evil.

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Post office CCA- city carrier assistant. Basically a mailman who is a non career and waiting your turn till you are next on the list to be hired as regular.

Sadistic managers who work you till you drop dead, 6-7 days per week going full speed without breaks to make deadlines. They work thru intimdation to motivate.
26 years ago my mom and little brother walked in on a postal worker in a post office shooting the people who had abused him. Decades later I ended up working on LLV's through an aftermarket shop with a contract with the postal service, and ended up hearing directly from old timers who had been there since the 80's that it became a much better place to work with them gone. Consequently I have little doubt that the postal service could be the worst job someone ever held.
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I worked the orchards one summer in HS. Prunes and almonds. Started at 6. Moved sprinkler pipes until 10 or so then cut suckers. Minimum wage. I took the job even though I had qualified as a lifeguard that spring. Couldn't get enough hours at the pool so I made more money in the orchard. Had to quit once football practice started so I missed harvest, when you could actually make decent money.
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Honestly, I think the first job I ever had was likely my worst. I was the after school dish "ring" for an all you could eat restaurant. They were open all day, from early breakfast. I was the only dish washer, and the two waitresses that worked day shift used to love to stop up the sink for kicks watching me unstop it, which involved a hand in the grease trap most times.
That reminds me...the first job I had in HS was a dishwasher in a fancy French restaurant. It wasn't a bad job. Got a lot of free food, but hard work once the first round of dinners' dishes started coming back. I had to quit after a little while since it interfered with my HS work. Earned enough money to buy a Gibson guitar though.
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Selling encyclopedias, the company would give you "leads" that they generated trough various means. Like offering a free gift, or you won a contest you didn't enter. Most of the leads that the beginners(summer job) got where in the ghetto, low income areas, projects, etc. Those folks weren't about to spend "$800 dollars for just books". Then the senior sales guys would take you out for "training" to a wealthy neighbor hood, Mercedes and a BMW in the driveway, where the guy would just wright a check for the full amount because the books would look nice on his new book shelf. Then they tell you how easy it is to sell them. Didn't make a lot of money that summer.
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