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Is Your Boss An Idiot?

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the i-know-i-am dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 235

Dracos writes "CNN Money is running an article entitled "Is Your Boss An Idiot?" Advice on how to cope with a PHB is prefaced with humorous, though suspiciously anecdotal, examples of how to identify one."

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FIRST POST! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838061)

readers demand to know: are slashdot editors idiots?




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Re:FIRST POST! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838082)

Sure he is

Re:FIRST POST! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838334)

you have to ask?

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838069)

fp

I work for myself (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838075)

So, Yes my boss is an idiot

Re:I work for myself (5, Funny)

arpy (587497) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838169)

So your boss doesn't realise that you're skiving off reading /.?

YOU ARE SO FIRED! (4, Funny)

YOU ARE SO FIRED! (635925) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838360)

I don't know how, but I'll find a way. Pack up your stuff, "boss", because as soon as I can find a way to acquire you, I will terminate you so quick you'll think you were in a seedy uptown clinic dodging a coathanger.

Whoops! That's a little tasteless. Sorry. You're still fired, though.

Oh my god, my boss _IS_ an idiot! (5, Funny)

Shayde (189538) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838076)

What a fool! Always late for meetings, never gives any supportive commentary, the pay sucks, the hours are long, and _HE_ gets all the glory for the crap I have to do all day long! What a bozo!

Waiddasec. I work for myself.

Is there a doctor in the house?

yea! (-1, Troll)

Zeppelingb (609128) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838077)

stupid Bill Gates....I mean... er...Gill Bates

I would answer this but... (2, Insightful)

thogard (43403) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838086)

If I tell the truth my boss will feel bad.
And he will tell his wife.
And then she will get on his case about how I'm a bad.

So the boss is just fine. Honest.

Re:I would answer this but... (2, Funny)

Channard (693317) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838335)

If I tell the truth my boss will feel bad. And he will tell his wife. And then she will get on his case about how I'm a bad.

And you just know if you do that she'll start hogging the duvet.

I'm "Self-Employed" (4, Funny)

Esion Modnar (632431) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838091)

So, the answer is "Yes."

Asinine article (3, Insightful)

rde (17364) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838096)

The highlight of this article, as far as I'm concerned, is the poll "Is your boss an idiot?" When I checked it a few hours ago, 51% said yes, 49% no. Now that the superior-to-all-bosses /. crew gets to vote, what are the odds that by the end of the day CNN will find that 90% of bosses are idiots?

As for the article, it's short, lightweight filler. It could've been funny if a little substance went into it. As it it's it's only a few apocryphal anecdotes, some of which shouldn't even be in there. IMO.

Disclosure: I'm a slasdot reader, so I voted 'yes'.

Re:Asinine article (1)

fshalor (133678) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838210)

That's because your boss's are voting NO... Cancels out, doesn't it.

I think in most of the Campus style CS repositories of jobs, boss's are just as overworked as the peons, but their boss's are the problem.
EG: "Why can't I use outlook express while I'm in Texas?"
CS: "Becasue that's bad, and opens us up to virii!"
EG: "But it's just outlook, it's safe. It's made by Microsoft! It said it's more secure than ever. You vaule your job, don't you."
CS: "Fine, use outlook. We'll open the port."
EG: "Whatever."
Wham! (This actually happened...a lot of us were under the impression that these ports were still being blocked. Then we found out otherwise. :) )

Re:Asinine article (5, Funny)

Dot.Com.CEO (624226) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838260)

I'm a slashdot reader too, so I sent them an email complaining of the lack of a CowboyNeal option.

Re:Asinine article (1)

Echnin (607099) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838300)

%51 for NO and 49% for YES now. Seems your theory is incorrect.

Re:Asinine article (2, Insightful)

BWJones (18351) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838438)

As for the article, it's short, lightweight filler.

This is Slashdot after all. If you look at the statistics and logs after a Slashdotting, (I've had two such instances on my servers) the vast majority of people only look at the most superficial information and rarely take time (interpreted from logs) to actually read the content. Furthermore, if there is linked material, almost nobody ever goes any deeper than the initial layer. It's very sad.

I agree - get out (4, Insightful)

Carmody (128723) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838097)

The danger with "idiot" bosses is that they often become "blame you" bosses when they are in danger of being discovered. It's like a form of Darwinism - idiots who take responsibility for mistakes tend not to survive, while idiots who blame others for mistakes tend to hang around to be an example for future idiot bosses.

I would take the articles advice and get out - as soon as possible. Even if things seem tolerable.

Re:I agree - get out (2, Insightful)

Technician (215283) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838328)

I've done that. The best part is instead of being worthless to the bad boss, I'm worth double + bennifits. Ditching the old boss & job was a great upward mobility move. Now I get stocks, health plan, retirement, profit sharing.... and a living wage.

A bad boss can make you miserable and create a low self esteem and depression. Move on and feel better, be productive, and get that promotion.

Re:I agree - get out (2, Interesting)

fishbot (301821) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838357)

> I would take the articles advice and get out - as soon as possible. Even if things seem tolerable.

Indeed. There is a very fine line between tolerance and acceptance. If you cross the line, you not only become part of the problem, you put up mental barriers to ever getting out of the situation.

There are guys who work for us who have done 24 hour shifts for no more than the measly salary already on offer, and they can't see that it may not be in their best interests to put up with it.

I intend to get out at the earliest opportunity...

I dislike (0)

Neuropol (665537) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838101)

when bosses or managing directors with power percenatges of ownership, hire friends with no experience to fill positions, and release qualified, validated personel. Although probably an isolated practice, having witnessed it, I am amazed that it's even legal.

heh .. my boss (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838103)

my boss is a complete fuckin idiot ... imagine explaining to a manager at a Consulting firm how client/server technology works. And thats just the beginning

Bob? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838367)

Bob? Is that you Bob?

You're FIRED!!!

that's easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838105)

yes

And now, for deep thoughts, with CNN..... (4, Insightful)

GrnArmadillo (697378) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838106)

Fun anecdotes to be sure, but the article has nothing more intelligent to say than (pretty closely paraphrased quote from the article) "If your boss sucks, get over it or get out of there." Anyone have mod points to rate the article "over-rated"? *mutters* Slow freakin' news day.....

RateMyBoss.com? (4, Interesting)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838107)



How about we make a site which lets people rate their boss, and if the boss gets enough bad ratings hopefully the higher ups will see the data and fire him.

Re:RateMyBoss.com? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838160)

What are you, 14?

Re:RateMyBoss.com? (4, Insightful)

Technician (215283) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838366)

Fireing your boss is simple. Find another job. He is no longer your boss. Maybe he someone else will take him on as boss. A company with very high turnover is not a place for a career.

With that in mind, most people should not have rated their boss as an idiot because as a good employee, you should have replaced the bad boss long ago. I had a bad boss. I ditched him 6 years ago. It's the shortest time I had a boss.

Re:RateMyBoss.com? (2, Funny)

GNU_Suit (123400) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838441)

I auctioned my old boss on eBay. I got $20, the high bidder got my old job.

Re:RateMyBoss.com? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838398)

This would lend itself to abuse fairly quickly. Imagine a 4- to 10-person team. Somone puts the boss up on RateMyBoss and then rates the boss negatively. The boss finds out about his or her neagtive rating and is now out for revenge, especially if the boss is an idiot.

Make the team smaller and you'll get people trying to get their colleagues in trouble by rating bosses negatively whether the bosses deserve it or not.

Re:RateMyBoss.com? (3, Funny)

ckd (72611) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838503)

How about we make a site which lets people rate their boss

Use the Slashdot moderation categories. Interesting or Funny bosses get kept; Overrated or Troll bosses get fired.

Re:RateMyBoss.com? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838512)

I think it is more likely that some companies will track down the Slashdot ID's of negative comments and fire those people. When in doubt, shoot the messenger.

This should have been a poll. (4, Funny)

JFMulder (59706) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838108)

Not a story. :)

Re:This should have been a poll. (0)

arose (644256) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838217)

If you had read the article you would have seen that there indeed is a pool.

Re:This should have been a poll. (4, Funny)

W32.Klez.A (656478) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838225)

does it have diving boards?

All bosses are idiots... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838112)

Why? It's the Peter Principle...

In companies, people get promoted on merit, status and capabilities, going further up in the company until... they reach a position that they're incompetent or ineffective in. Why? Because they will get promoted no further and it's incredibly hard to demote people without causing harm to the way the company structure works.

In theory you could increase productivity in a company by demoting everybody by one position. That way everybody is operating at the edge of their abilities, not way beyond them.

Re:All bosses are idiots... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838192)

There's a good article about it here [wikipedia.org] .

Re:All bosses are idiots... (3, Insightful)

mce (509) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838431)

While I would not ever dare to doubt the Peter Principle (I've seen it happen with my own eyes a few times already), I must say that your logic for deciding that all bosses are idiots is flawed. If we rely only on the Peter Principle to explain things, before being promoted for the last time (i.e. to his/her level of incompetence), someone who gets promoted at least once will at sometime definitely have served in a position for which he or she was competent. If that condition were to occur at the lowest hierarchical level only, no hierarchy would have more than 2 levels, which is known not to be the case. Ergo: either the Peter Principle does explain everything, in which case your logic is flawed as concluded above, or it doesn't, in which case it flawed in a different way.

Re:All bosses are idiots... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838520)

"If that condition were to occur at the lowest hierarchical level only, "

But it doesn't. The parent's logic is fine. Your statement is foggy at best.

(Diff AC)

Re:All bosses are idiots... (2, Interesting)

mce (509) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838551)

Of course competence does not only occur at lhe lowest level. That is my entire point! The one that invalidates the original poster's claim that all bosses are idiots.

one explanation (5, Funny)

Highlordexecutioner (203297) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838117)

Well, they give all managers lobotomies. How else would they be able to stand going to meetings for 7 hours a day.

Re:one explanation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838168)

I haven't seen a boss doing anything different for years. Maybe they have just nothing else to do.

Yeah, what about non-idiot bosses? (2, Insightful)

W32.Klez.A (656478) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838125)

I mean, everyone's always so negative around here. Is there anyone that really likes their bosses?

*crickets*

Re:Yeah, what about non-idiot bosses? (3, Interesting)

Skater (41976) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838218)

My current boss is great. She's sharp, knows the game, and is excellent to work for. It's a nice feeling.

I have had an idiot boss, too. Fortunately, he's no longer a boss due to an organizational change. There were moments that I just wanted to strangle the guy.

I've also had the in-betweens. These are bosses that are intelligent, but know nothing about your project. So, if you need help or advice on something, you're stuck.

The idiot boss is the most annoying, though.

--RJ

Re:Yeah, what about non-idiot bosses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838415)

I guess she's hot.

Re:Yeah, what about non-idiot bosses? (1)

CuteAlien (415982) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838494)

Similar for me. My current boss seems ok, and i had some that weren't. One of the worst examples was a boss which tried our new game in the release-week for the first time - lost against the ai and forced the programmers to make it easier, even thought everyone told him it was too weak already. I had sort of a sad smile on each article in a game magazine where they wondered about the weak ai :(. Thought last i heard of him was that he'd sold the company for enough money, so obviously he wasn't an idiot - just no good boss.

My boss is good. (4, Interesting)

Population (687281) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838271)

He understands basic logic (look, every one else's machine is doing what you're trying to do and doing it fine so the problem must be in your machine) even if he doesn't understand everything about computers.

But his boss is an idiot that buys every damn toy on the market and expect me to make it work just like the sales person said it would.

And my boss keeps giving me raises because I keep his boss off of his back.

ahem... (4, Funny)

InsaneCreator (209742) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838126)

Is Your Boss An Idiot?

Is that a rethorical question?

Re:ahem... (4, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838262)

Is that a rethorical question?

Don't you just hate those people who answer a question with a question?

Re:ahem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838278)

Was that a question or an observation?

Re:ahem... (4, Funny)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838295)

Don't you just hate those people who answer a question with a question?

Why would anybody do that?

Re:ahem... (1)

Alomex (148003) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838368)


Are you familiar with word tennis from "Guildernstern and Rosencrantz are dead" by Tom Stoppard?

p.s or was it "Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are dead?

Re:ahem... (1)

Fesh (112953) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838558)

Did you really think I wouldn't see through that transparent attempt to elicit a statement by getting the title wrong?

Re:ahem... (4, Funny)

bj8rn (583532) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838409)

Why would anybody do that?

Because it's impolite?

What's worse, idiot tech. boss or non-tech. idiot? (5, Interesting)

GuardianBob420 (309353) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838129)

Of all the annoying bosses I've had, the 'technical' bosses were the worst... Early in my career, I had a boss who would want to try and 'fugure out' my code. He would stay all night and call me at 4:00 am because my code was 'broken' and I had to fix it be the open of business THAT DAY... would turn out he had changed the code to see what it would do, broke it, deployed it to check if it was broke, and then couldn't remember what he had changed! Source control saved me many many hours of work during that stretch...

Re:What's worse, idiot tech. boss or non-tech. idi (1)

octothorpe99 (34654) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838156)

Wow.. i would think a quick word to the boss' boss would put a quick end to that.. I had that happen ONCE to a project teammember and the architect (fancy name for a tech manager) got "fire and brimstoned"

----
techie managers suck (not good enuf to do tech and not incompetent enuf to do management)

Tech boss - definately worse (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838407)

My bosses coded in assembler and qbasic (in the 70's/80s) and somewhere between the two of them I'm getting nailed. I was trying to load edi data into Oracle and I was looking for some internal people that could help, so I asked my bosses. One of them broke it down into assembler, the other one flowcharted in qbasic with goto's, and I had to listen to each manager for about 2 hours while they fleshed it out. All I wanted was a name of someone in the company that experienced this before, not their ancient and unimplementable or irrelevant solutions.
I'll take a non-tech manager anyday - at least they know that they don't know.

Too lightweight (0, Offtopic)

sane? (179855) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838130)

News for Nerds. Stuff that matters.

Yeah, right.

Since when has something as lightweight or obvious as this been worth an article? Why is it I seem to have to go elsewhere for stories that are actually interesting. How long are we going to have to wait before we can chose the stories that are run?

I don't know about BSD dying, a think Slashdot will go first.

Re:Too lightweight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838142)

(score: -898537698467495435, critical of slashdot)

Re:Too lightweight (1)

Dunark (621237) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838316)

Since when has something as lightweight or obvious as this been worth an article?

It's a long weekend and the clowns at SCO have taken a break from their FUD-generating, so the editors are getting desperate.

Re:Too lightweight (2, Offtopic)

sane? (179855) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838442)

Really ?

The countdown to the launch of the QinetiQ1 [qinetiq1.com] balloon altitude record has just started. Early on Tuesday a balloon the size of the Empire State Building will take off from the back of a trimaran warship [qinetiq.com] , carrying a ultra high altitude UAV [qinetiq.com] to fly and take its picture on the edge of space.

News: Check, they've been waiting on the right weather for two years
Nerds: Check, this is real science and technology
Rejected: Check, a slow news day eh?

And then we get a story like this ???

Too right I'm pissed

Why not change the tagline to "Funny Stuff and a Bit of Linux" - it'd be more accurate.

caveat (5, Insightful)

Lust (14189) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838143)

Most people, and therefore employees, are also idiots.

Re:caveat (1, Flamebait)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838380)

Amen. However if most people weren't stupid, it would be significantly harder to be successful. A moderately intelligent person can get ahead. If everyone was Einstein the market would be a bit harder to work in (at least for me).

lots of non-idiots (3, Interesting)

aNonMooseCowherd (169745) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838145)

I've never had or even seen an idiot boss. The closest thing I've seen is one boss (not mine) who thought that the only way to get people to do anything was to scream at them. People mostly just ignored him.

Yes (0)

spoonist (32012) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838159)

This guy [caldera.com] is my boss and DAMN he's an idiot!

(Unfortunately, it looks like someone has DoSed the site. Bummer.)

Re:Yes (1)

Chicane-UK (455253) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838288)

Unfortunately, it looks like someone has DoSed the site. Bummer.

Yeah.. real shame that.. ;)

No, never. (2, Insightful)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838162)

I've worked for many people and also for myself and my boss has never been an idiot. I would have been an idiot to work for an idiot, and the one time this almost happened (reorganization in the company I worked for), I quit and found another job.
It does not say much for someone who knowingly works for an idiot! Yes, tell me about job insecurity and so on, but if your boss really is a fool, your job ain't safe either.
Work for competent people. It's so much more fun, more secure, and generates more money.

I don't want to say anything bad about my boss... (0, Funny)

crow_t_robot (528562) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838170)

...because if he finds out that it is me, he will tell his wife and then she won't fuck me anymore :(

My name is Bill Gates and my boss is... (1, Funny)

titzandkunt (623280) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838172)

...SATAN!

I dare you to call him an idiot!

T&K.

So.... (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838244)

Your boss is vaporware?

Latest CNN news: (1)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838173)

Jeanne Sahadi fired over a dispute about calling her boss an idiot. Film at 11.

Idiotic bossen on slashdot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838182)

Can be found here! [slashdot.org] This is so funny i almost shat myself!

In a nutshell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838183)

Yes my boss is an idiot. However, he's a genius for figuring out a way to get into a nutshell

Re: Is your Boss and Idiot? (3, Funny)

daniel_yokomiso (641714) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838189)

I for one welcome our new idiot masters...
Wait I don't, but they're already here.

Let's get the anecdotes going (5, Funny)

hype7 (239530) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838196)

There was an office manager where I worked who had absolutely no idea. He just happened to be the brother-in-law of one of the Directors of the organisation (an ISP).

Other than having a propensity to open up every infected email he received (the best one was when he sent "I Love You" to all the employees), he did some other things that were pretty stupid. My favourite, however was when one of our bigger clients needed to talk to him about something. We looked all round the office, and couldn't find him, so we suggested to the client that they called him. The boss answered the phone, and they had a conversation about whatever it was that was required, though there was a really bad echo on the line. The disucssion was, however, suddenly punctuated by quite a loud "plop!", as if something was dropped into a bowl of water. It then dawned on the client why nobody could find him when we went looking.

He was on the crapper!

This guy had answered his mobile phone to one of our largest clients, while sitting on the john! The client had called the manager in front of us, and we wondered why he at first went bright red and then broke down in laughter.

He didn't tell us what had happened until later.

-- james

I know his name: Patrick Beaver!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838314)

At least us lowly programmers don't bring our keyboards to the John, so why are you clamoring that our code is crap?

Bodily functions (1)

SysKoll (48967) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838513)

Well, that's a common complain among helpdesk people. For the longest time, the internal travel reservation web site at a Large Computer Manufacturer had a list of dos and don'ts containing this little gem:

Don't call us while performing bodily functions. We can hear you flush.

It lasted until a higher management type made a reservation himself instead of bugging his secretary. The "unprofessional wording" was then quickly removed.

You know this web thing is not a geek-only affair anymore when management uses it. And then you wonder, is it really a victory?

-- SysKoll

/. now with SPAM (1, Funny)

WwWonka (545303) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838203)

Anyone else get the feeling that we have been secretly spammed by this article on /.?
I mean really, isn't this article the same annoying type link you get five or six times a day from your "too much time on their hands at work" friends?

Upcoming Slashdot articles:
Is your sex life in need of a jump start?
Mates that cheat, and the test to tell.
Your job, is it right for you?
The survey to know if your mom is REALLY your mom.
Find your soulmate at the zoo.

some advice... (5, Insightful)

Talia Starhawke (650311) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838211)

I don't work in too technical of a field (I'm a receptionist), but I still work with computers for at least 95% of my job. The other 5% is the customers that call me.

Anyway, compared to a lot of these comments, I feel quite lucky. My boss (her name is Kari), is very nice. She's not too nosy, trusts me to do my job correctly, and takes enough time off for her family that she doesn't mind when I take a "sick day" here or there. Others I've heard, aren't so lucky. I have a Worst Case Scenario Handbook for work (quite humorous), and it lists three different types of bosses in there. The Micromanager, The Workaholic, and The Buddy.

The Micromanager - I think everyone has had one, a boss that wants to be into absolutely everything you do, and is basically breathing down your neck 24/7. The advice the book gives is to flood this boss with information. Copy them on every e-mail, no matter how miniscule the subject matter.

The Workaholic - I've never had this type of boss, but this certainly seems like sound advice: put vacation pamphlets on their desk, tell them about your family, show them pictures of your kids, etc. This type of boss has lost touch with the real world, they say. Unless you bring him back to some degree, or show him you're not the same, and that you have a family (or computers) that need your love and attention, this boss will demand the same performance from you.

The Buddy - I've been accused of being this way in other positions. I like to get to know the people I work with, and I'm constantly giving them too much information about my personal life. I'm a bit nosy too, so I ask a lot about things that they did over the weekend. I'm a people-person, I can't help it! ;) The book recommends that you either avoid this boss at all costs or you "make up" a hobby that you can safely tell them about without divulging any information that is of any consequence.

My boss is the smartest guy in the world! (4, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838224)

He hired me.

Dilbert revisited? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838233)

This is the premise that Dilbert was created on. Most of the ideas based on "my boss is an idiot" for the comic strip were submitted from the real world. Nothing new here, move on...

what about bad employees? (4, Insightful)

jtauber (250659) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838251)

I've had some really good bosses and some so-so bosses. But if you ask them I'm sure they'd say they've had some really good staff and some really bad staff.

From my own experience I would say having a bad employee work for you is worse than working for a bad boss.

I've always thought people complaining about their bosses generally ends up sounding like teenagers complaining about their parents.

Many people's attitude changes onces they've had staff of their own.

Indeed... (4, Funny)

MoeMoe (659154) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838254)

You try dealing with a guy who seriously yelled at the entire IT department for keeping livestock on premises... He was refering to the server farm, and no I'm not kidding...

Re:Indeed... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838540)

I'd say:

"Well okay mister smart guy. Where in the hell do we get the servers from if we don't grow them?"

Yes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838257)

Yes, Bill Gates is an idiot!

can anyone do something fun with this? (1)

LennyDotCom (26658) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838298)

QUICK VOTE Is your boss an idiot?
Yes
No

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In all seriousness... (1)

Maul (83993) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838301)

While it may be difficult to call my current boss just an "idiot," he is still an asshole. On the other hand I know people who have nice bosses, but are still idiots.

Someone I know has a boss who treats everyone extremely well, but is out of the loop so much that his actions nearly caused the whole department to be laid off.

My boss is an opposite of an Idiot Boss (1)

COredneck (598733) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838307)

I had my share of many managers. The current one I work for is great.

Here are the reasons:

Doesn't care how I dress - my big thing, I like my jeans !

Doesn't care how I put in my hours

Does not micromanage The main thing she cares is the work gets done, all other items don't matter.

Firing the 'c' programmers... (4, Funny)

(H)elix1 (231155) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838332)

Was it SGI head honcho that wanted to fire all of its 'c' programmers, because they only wanted 'a' programmers on staff a few years back?

Frank's an idiot... (4, Funny)

jburroug (45317) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838337)

Ok I'm the IT Manager at an oncology/diagnostic imaging clinic and holy shit is my boss, the general manager (COO if you ask him) an idiot. Some examples include:

Asking a patient out on a date.

The patient he asked out didn't want to date him but did set him up with a friend of hers who just left her husband a few weeks prior, who also happened to be a patient at our other clinic across town. After going out with her he decided to hire her as our new receptionist. Ten minutes after the Doctor saw one of his other patients working the phones she was gone and Frank got an ass chewing.

He reportedly said, in the middle of a meeting with the doctor and a female employ: "Sometimes when I get home after a day like this it's just brain masturbation." There's nothing I can say to put this in context because there was no context, he apparently just blurted it out for no apparent reason.

He's a verbal train wreck in general. Last week he interupted a group us working by the MRI desk (not together, just happened that a lot us needed something from that area at the same time) and shouted "Hey if none of you have any work to do maybe I should dock your pay, har har har!" He then proceeded to hold us hostage for about 20 minutes while he told stupid stories about being a self made man, tried to sell my assistant some old suits he couldn't wear anymore and then told us all the story of how his father died of a heart attack at 52.

Fortunatly he didn't hire me and can't fire me. The Doctor/owner of the clinic hired me directly a few months ago and loves me because I'm finishing projects my predecessor spent the better part of a year fucking up.

Yes! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838341)

Yes, George Bush is an idiot!

No! (Re:Yes!) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838473)

No, he isn't.

I find their wording a bit disturbing... (5, Funny)

RevRa (1728) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838356)

"NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - You can't live with 'em. And you can't shoot 'em. "

Apparently they missed their own headlines a few days ago:

"Salvador Tapia returned to the Windy City Core Supply warehouse where he had been fired six months ago and killed six of his former co-workers, police said Wednesday."

Apparently, if you can't live with 'em, you can shoot 'em.

my COMPANY was idiotic (3, Interesting)

militantbob (666209) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838397)

Reuters. Midwest headquarters, Chicago. Stock trading workstations. Instead of taking a 14 dollar NIC off the shelf at the Radio Shack in the lobby of the building 3 blocks away, the company forced me to send the machine to London for NIC replacement. The customer lost his workstation for 3 weeks, during which time he was unable to conduct transactions on the Mercantile Exchange without calling a middleman and paying fees. Fees he had originally avoided by leasing one of our Globex machines. Fees I would have saved him by spending 14 dollars from my own pocket to have the machine fixed in under an hour, walking time to the store and back included. Not to mention the risk to his data during the trans-Atlantic flights, a risk I was not allowed to alleviate by tossing his drive in my machine back at the office and burning a couple CD's for him before shipping out the box. Which is why I quit.

That, and I taught my boss how to say a few bad words in his wife's native language (Polish), and it got him slapped so he quit talking to me in the smoking lounge.

My Boss reads Slashdot (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6838504)

He is the world's smartest, most capable boss. He is truly a genius and an inspired business leader


Oh and my review is coming up soon. I've working incredibly hard, so I'm sure I will get a good pay increase. Isn't that right of most noble lord of the workplace?

Another ad ... (1)

germann (463803) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838509)

Methinks there's little of the announced "Advice on how to cope with a PHB" to find in the article, apart from "Get over it or get out". We are informed however where to get more, as that grand insight is given by ... Kathleen Lundin, coauthor of "When Smart People Work for Dumb Bosses: How to Survive in a Crazy, Dysfunctional Workplace." That worth a posting on Slashdot ... ?

A better question... (0)

Thelonious Monk (667418) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838510)

I would like to know who IS my boss...!?!?

Just join the Army/Navy/Marines... (-1)

NoSuchGuy (308510) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838522)

...and your Boss is always an idiot!

NoSuchGuy

My boss (3, Funny)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838546)

The other day, the moron walked up to my desk, looked at me for a moment, and then said "uh...". He kept looking at me for a second, and then he walked into the bathroom.

Amazing.

sharktank.... (3, Informative)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 11 years ago | (#6838556)

For a daily dose of those needing a clue-stick:

http://www.computerworld.com/sharky [computerworld.com]

Bookmark it people! Put it on your daily reading list! A new story every day!
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