16 Things That Office Workers Aren’t Supposed To Know

“At a previous job we had an HR manager get fired right after returning from maternity leave. She was replaced by the guy that she trained to fill in for her while she was gone. She sent a company wide email with the pay rate of everyone from the plant manager on down. It was a s@#t show. A lot of pay rates were wildly different in management/supervision and maintenance. There were talks of workstop strikes and slowdowns, even threats of unionizing. I believe that this one act lead to the eventual closure of the plant. It was a crazy time.”


“Someone has been stealing things from everyone’s desks in our office. I setup a teddy cam on someone’s desk (with their permission) to find out who was doing it. Turns out it’s the owner of the company.”


“Everyone’s passwords. We store them in cleartext. It’s horrifying.

Edit: it’s not seeing the passwords themselves that is awful you donkeys, it’s the fact that is a security timebomb”


“One of our guys took a work van to rob a bank. He got arrested and after 5 years of ‘working somewhere else’ he came back to work for us.”


“That at my “zero drug tolerance” workplace the CEOs executive assistant and the head of HR do coke on weekends together. So I know when they’re not going out that weekend there’ll be a workplace drug test the end of the next week.”



“We’ve had a salary/wage increase freeze for over two years due to our ‘dire financial issues’, but our President still took his raise. He now makes over a million a year. There are only 30 employees in the company.”


“Former job. They’d falsify DOT records, so managers would get a nice bonus at the end of the year for not having any incidents.”


“I know how much everybody in the IT is getting paid. From that I can safely say that:

1) new people with no skill nor experience get a lot more money than people who have been working here for years and know our product in and out


2) that I am one of those who get paid the less. Raises are opposed against because “everybody gets the same, no matter the experience” (complete lie, see above).

The result is that I am now actively searching for a higher paid job.”


“From my last job…

“Under no circumstances are you even to look at what’s going on in the other half of the plant.”

What was going on? They were building an automated side. Got replaced by a robot a year later.”


“My first internship I had a very restricted laptop that frequently needed the admin password to do anything. My boss kept it on a sticky note. In a meeting I memorised it. I never needed him to authorize something and my efficiency went through the roof.”


“Not really something I’m not meant to know but more something the public aren’t meant to know about an old place of work: the vegetarian roasts aren’t vegetarian.”


“The bedbugs in the hotel beds are not isolated to one room anymore.”


“My office purposily messes up people’s wages to see if A) they’re honest about receiving extra or B) they can save money by not paying it all. It’s such a scum thing to do just glad it never happened to me.”


“Not my current job, but when I worked in logistics my boss, head of outbound operations didn’t have a high school diploma and and the job required a college degree. She lied on her resume to get the job.

She was an amazing boss, though. She didn’t micromanage, she called me on my s@#t and screw-ups when they occurred but was never mean or “power-trippy” about it. She offered suggestions to increase efficiency, but they weren’t required, we just had to test them out, keep what worked, discard what didn’t.

Somehow, she always was able to make me feel proud of a job well done, while still making determined to do better. Probably the best boss I’ve worked for to date. And that includes 6 years of self-employment.

She was fired a few months after I left for lying on her resume.”

“My boss is faking a recovery program, hit her ex husband with a car, and is never going to change or get fired because she’s the owner’s daughter who “can’t do anything about her.””


“I know the key code to a store room I’m not really supposed to. I use it for naps.”


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