25 Nightmare Boss Stories You Can Relate To

We all have our own nightmare boss stories. Which, frankly, is sad, considering management can make or break a company. Love them or hate them, management is a crucial part of any company. They ensure things are running smoothly and help the company grow. At least, that’s what they should be doing. Bad managers tend to have big egos. They’re abusive, manipulative, incompetent, and focus more on themselves than others. Nightmare bosses, on the other hand, take this to a whole new level, treating their employees like animals and committing borderline illegal behavior. In short, they induce life-altering levels of stress. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of these appalling stories. So, we ask you, can you top any of these 25 Nightmare Boss Stories?


Home micro-management

work from home set upSource: https://www.themuse.com/

One employee was given permission to work from home 1 day a week. Little did she know, there was a catch. She was reprimanded for stepping away from her computer at home and was told she’d lose her at-home privileges if she didn’t inform the boss when she had to walk the dog or make a cup of tea.


Talk to the hand

talk to the handSource: https://www.themuse.com/

One employee had her boss put their hand inches from her face to silence them…in the middle of a meeting in front of everyone…while answering a question that was addressed to her.



sick grandmaSource: https://www.quickbase.com/

When one employee asked for time off as her grandmother was dying, she was told to stay and finish the day because, “she’s not dead yet, so I don’t have to grant your leave.” She quit immediately.


Internship from hell

bad bossSource: https://www.themuse.com/

One manager refused to learn her intern’s name. She didn’t even attempt, and in fact, just called her “intern” whenever she needed to get her attention. She also tried to pressure her to drink at off-site team locations and told in depth stories about her sexual exploits.


Bathroom monitor

need to peeSource: https://www.themuse.com/

One employee recounts working in a busy call center type of environment. They were so busy that management actually had bathroom request buttons installed on employee computers. Anytime someone had to use the bathroom, they had to press the button and hope their request was granted. Many times, it was declined.

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