Once I had this [insert insult word of choice here] boss that was a serious chauvinistic sociopath!
Even considering that I have joined company as a junior specialist at the time, he thought that my duties should also involve making coffee, cleaning desks after board meetings, being his PA, printing out his itineraries for the business trips, building excel pivot charts for his reports (that he had to make!) doing a lot of tedious manual tasks that other people didn’t want, switching off the coffee machine before leaving work and I was even asked to clean the kitchen cupboards once!
Note again, this was not an office admin, support, PA or secretary role at all, well at least when he interviewed me. But this fine gentleman felt that I should do all these tasks because I was the only young girl in that company at the time, and this is what young girls do!
To add more to the mix – he was treating me as if I was a small child or slightly retarded person. Talking to me slowly because I am a foreigner (and foreigners think slower, right?), calling me a gypsy, because I am from post soviet country (not really sure how this is relevant), joking inappropriately because he could and generally aiming to treat me as a second class citizen.
For some reason this little man thought that the fact that I was managing a cash box was something worth putting on my CV and when I have asked for a raise he added 0.5% to my annual pay and thought I should be really grateful. 0.5% per year is rather taking a piss, not a raise.
But please do not think that I was living a totally miserable office life. Not at all. I learned a very valuable lesson of taking no shit in life!
Well it might have taken me a little while to develop a skill, and I might have bursted into tears once in his office, because he gave me a totally irrelevant task (building pretty complex macros in excel for his reports) with deadline “yesterday” and when I didn’t finish it, he started giving out to me in the nastiest possible way. But this was a breakthrough!
Since I have stopped doing things I don’t want and don’t see any value in doing in the light of my career progression and took initiative in doing things I want to do, the petty man was no longer my manager, staff for all this extra job was hired and I made it from junior staff to a manager in two years with a pretty decent pay rise of 40% and had few different directors I was reporting to who were really great. Then I left the job.
And soon I am leaving yet again for a very serious and well paid job that I would have never got if I would have listened to that [insert insult word of choice here] boss and would have made coffee’s, did PA tasks, cleaned cupboards and made sure that everyone is happy.
The moral of the story is: if you are a young professional – ALWAYS KNOW YOUR VALUE, know what you are there for, take no shit, keep on learning, sell your skills but not your soul and never ever let your boss to bring you down, devalue you or treat you in any way that makes you feel bad! Be fair to yourself! If you are any good at what you do – there are plenty of opportunities and you do not have to accept sick attitude from anyone ever.
I really hope that this will inspire at least one person to quit the job where they are not treated right!