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Worst Job You Ever Had?  
User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4381 times:

So, what's the absolute worst job you ever had?

71 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4380 times:

Still being relatively young I'd say working at a car dealership detailing cars for a summer.

It was hot as hell and the gross stuff you have to clean was mind boggling.


User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4367 times:

I have been in my only Job for the past 13 years. I like it.

PIA777



GO CUBS!!
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4317 times:

Its been 13 yrs in my job till date & I enjoy every night & they pay me for enjoying myself  Smile

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

Worst I ever had was working as a Security Officer. Worst assignment was corporate security-sitting at a desk for most of the shift and doing nothing more than accepting deliveries and maintaining visitor logs most of the time. Working security at the foundry was actually nicer as I was a patrol officer and got to walk a long beat.


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10337 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4219 times:

Working as a clerk in the USPS.

Sorting mail. Frequently starting at 4 AM. Other days, working a split shift from 6 AM to 7 PM, with an hour or two break in the middle.

Christmas-time was the absolute worst.

The goddamn mail never stops. I was there 6 months and I thought I was going to go crazy. I don't know how people do it for 30 years.

But I DO know why the people who work there are the way they are. They're a rather tough, hard drinking crowd.......but I don't blame them one bit.



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4210 times:



Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 5):
Christmas-time was the absolute worst.

The goddamn mail never stops. I was there 6 months and I thought I was going to go crazy. I don't know how people do it for 30 years.

Heh. My friend worked at the Springfield bulk mail center for a summer and says the same exact thing, and he worked for xmas because they begged him to and says that to this day he now understands why some people there just loose it. (granted, thats really not good)



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

Cart attendant at Target

People would just walk into the bathroom nonchalantly while I was cleaning them and put a sign on the doors for all the world to see in big bold letters. You seriously had to be either blind or not understand a word of English in order to be stupid enough to barge in there.

Also the GSTLs were kinda full of themselves and did nothing but stand around. The most productive thing I've seen them do in my time there was seeing my least favorite one smoke a cigarette. Other than that it was just them having nothing better to do than harass me.

Lastly I can't believe some people would seriously be THAT stupid in order to pick up a gas grill with their Honda Civic with at least three kids in the backseat and expect ME to wedge it into their car when it is THAT full. I'm sorry, but some average Joes/Joannes these days seriously could not be much dumber and really makes me believe mankind is screwed.


User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4195 times:

My worst job was my first one. I lasted 3 days.
I got a job at Dunkin Doughnuts working the back room where the doughnuts are made. I was the clean up boy. Each morning the room was littered floor to ceiling in flour dust and there were roaches crawling everywhere in that place! It was hotter than hell in there and the work never seemed to end. I was 16 and quit after three days.

My second worst job was at a greeting card factory. It was run like what you would imagine a Russian factory to work like back in the communist days. Employees couldn't talk to each other, all employees had to wear these stupid gray jumpsuits. If you were one minute late for work they'd dock you an entire hours pay. I worked in the warehouse and it was ok but the warehouse manager was a complete asshole. All he would ever talk about is how worthless kids are today and we''ll never amount to anything. Funny thing was this is the job I took after Dunkin' Doughnuts. I began to have second thoughts about the concept of working for a living. My parents told me that work is not susposed to be enjoyable, that's why they call it WORK!


User currently offlineFlexo From St. Helena, joined Mar 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

Night shifts at a gas station.

A shift lasted 10 hours and it was boring as hell. I fought constantly against sleep. Plus, after midnight for safety reasons customers weren't allowed in any more so you had to bring everything to the little window to give it to them.

The pay was also horrible.


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4184 times:
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Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 1):
Still being relatively young I'd say working at a car dealership detailing cars for a summer.

That is a great job!

The worst job I ever had was when I was a Warranty Claims Analyst for Ford Motor Company. That job sucked and was really boring. I walked out one day. I shoved my stuff in my brief case and walked away. My boss said "if you just leave we can't give you a good reference". I told her I was not going to even put it on my resume. I got a job teaching high school auto shop 8 days later. I have been doing that for 8 years now.

The second worst was my internship (paid) at Enetrprise Rent-A-Car's national reservation center. Enterprise was a fine company to work for and the people there were great, but the abuse from customers was enough to drive me crazy. I have always been nice to CSRs ever since. I had to right a journal entry daily and then a big paper on the experience when it was over. I wrote a lot of bad stuff about how much I hated the job. My professor liked my honesty in the paper. He told me that everyone always had nothing but good things to say about their internship and he knew a lot of people were lying.



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User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 672 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4184 times:

Loan Officer for a Mortgage company.

Mind you, I grew up on a farm, and worked on several others. I've had some distgusting jobs in my life, but never one that made me feel so dirty.



"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
User currently offlineTripleboom From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 278 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4180 times:

#1 - A brief foray into the wonderful world of detasseling corn. After about three days I found out I was allergic to corn silk. Not a particularly good way to find out you have an allergy.

#2 - Working for a debt collection company. My title was the incredibly innocuous "Recovery Specialist." Nothing like calling people who haven't paid their Verizon bill for the past 12 months and hoping that maybe, just maybe, today's the day! Miserable.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20340 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4174 times:

Resident in Pediatrics. 80 hours per week. 27-hour shifts. 4 days off per month.

I love what I do. I love being a pediatrician and I would never choose another job over it.

But I did NOT love how much I had to do it.

Quoting Tripleboom (Reply 12):
#1 - A brief foray into the wonderful world of detasseling corn. After about three days I found out I was allergic to corn silk. Not a particularly good way to find out you have an allergy.

Oh NOOOOOoooo...  boggled 


User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

My worst, was also my first... A dishwasher in a 4 star restaurant. Just seeing how much food is wasted in a place like that was disgusting.


Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
User currently offlineTripleboom From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 278 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4159 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 13):
Oh NOOOOOoooo... boggled

You're telling me! Technically I made it two and a half days. I collapsed in my row about a mile and a half from the end. Fortunately the head honcho of our crew came down my row to chew my butt for going so slowly. Somehow I don't miss Iowa that much anymore  Silly


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4149 times:
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Quoting EasternSon (Reply 11):
Loan Officer for a Mortgage company.

Is the company you worked for still in business? I dated a woman that was a loan officer and she had no soul. I know the company she worked for is long gone. In fact the company even had their office building, in metro Detroit, foreclosed on!

Quoting Don81603 (Reply 14):
A dishwasher in a 4 star restaurant. Just seeing how much food is wasted in a place like that was disgusting.

I have a friend who had a job like that. He used to eat a lot of leftovers. He always said that was the best part of the job.



My mug slaketh over on Falstaff N503
User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4145 times:

Hands down ..Carrying bricks up a scaffolding by hand with those brick carrying things (see pic). We built 4 large warehouses over the summer , and I went up and down those scaffolds 50 times a day. Of course I was 16 years old and in the best shape ever .. absolutely ripped by the end of that long hot AZ summer.
Big version: Width: 200 Height: 200 File size: 20kb


We did not have concrete pumpers then so we would carry up 2-3 loads of bricks , then push 2-3 wheel barrels of concrete up the scaffold ramps. The walls were about 25-30 feet high so by the end of the day you were pretty worn out.

Basically you did sort of a Donkeykong routine criss crossing up the scaffolding which was actually two 2 X 8's laid flat. You had to carry one load of bricks in each hand in order to keep good balance .

I am not sure if any of you guys have seen Mexicans lay brick ? Well let me tell you they are the best masons in the world ... and can lay 12 bricks so fast its unbelievable. You basically had to almost run to keep up with them. If you fell behind they would yell .. Gringo andale ! andale ! pinche gringo ! because the concrete would be drying and it was a problem.

Other Shit jobs :
House painting ( horrible beyond words)
Steel fabrication shop, welding and cutting , running huge band saw's all night long cutting 4ft lengths of 2" square tube as fast as possible loud,dirty and aggravating.
Landscaping
Stripping .... aircraft with the old stripper that would burn your skin terribly. Stripped mostly 727's but also some DC-8'S , DC-9'S.. just a terrible job.



You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
User currently offlineOhTheDrama747 From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4133 times:

Hmm...

1st is where I lasted a week. It was Abbey and they were taken over by Santander. The job basically was keying stuff all day long. They didn't mention this in the interview.

I knew I would be generally miserable if I stayed so I told one of them I was going out for fresh air and went straight to the train to get home. I wrote an e-mail to the agency saying I wasn't going back. I'll always deal with a company direct now if possible, agencys suck.

2nd was working as a call handler at Barclays Stockbrokers. Luckily this happened before all the market mayhem just now. But it was just hellish, because some people who had a portfolio of a couple of thousand thought they were Gods gift. Call centres in general are just miserable places to work, 6/10 customers are horrible. And in this instance most people who worked there sucked too. I'm still friends with two though, which is nice.

[Edited 2008-10-03 13:35:31]

User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4118 times:
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Quoting AGM100 (Reply 17):
Stripping .... aircraft with the old stripper that would burn your skin terribly. Stripped mostly 727's but also some DC-8'S , DC-9'S.. just a terrible job.

I've stripped cars, but not for a living, and that sucked. I would hate to have to do something as big as a 727.



My mug slaketh over on Falstaff N503
User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 672 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4114 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 16):
Is the company you worked for still in business?

No, actually, it was so poorly run and so shady that it actually closed before the heyday was over. It shut down about three months after I left, without having paid me commission for about half a dozen loans I had closed.

The owner was the most deceitful son of a bitch I've ever met. Karma got him though - he's dead.

I did my job as scrupulously as I could, but just about everyone else in the office would lie through their teeth to borrowers. It was common practice to ad a point or a point-and-a-half to a loan shortly beore closing, betting that the borrower wouldn't walk away from the closing table. I'd go into more detail, but I shouldn't. Some of it was illegal.

I love sales, but the "one night stand" type of selling always bothered me.



"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4103 times:
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Quoting EasternSon (Reply 20):
I'd go into more detail, but I shouldn't. Some of it was illegal.

We need more people to step up and say what really went on. The BS a lot of the media push that it was all borrowers that bought homes they couldn't afford was only half the story.

In Detroit there were companies that bought off appraisers so they could over value the property to make it look like it was going to be easy to refi before the rate adjusted. That type of activity got me and many other people in my neighborhood. My income went up a lot so I was able to deal with the higher rate and have kept my home. a couple of hundred homes in my neighborhood are now vacant. They aren't he McMansions that some people bought and couldn't afford these are all 40-60 year old homes in the 600-1100 square foot range. Even at the peak of the market they sold for around $80,000 $100,000. Today they sell at $30,000-$70,000. I owe $87,000 and it is now worth around $62,000. I bought it at $93,000 and was told by two appraisers (both have since lost their licenses) that it was worth $115,000 in 2004.



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User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4105 times:

A prestigious law firm that recruited me after law school.
I thought it was going to be the greatest thing---visibilty, excellent pay, and a lot of great clients.
Turns out is was nothing more than a mill to get as many billable hours on invoices as possible.
I lasted about a year----I quite while I was on vacation.
Never spoke to a single person from the firm since the day I left.

Oddly, I still get an employee invitation to their X-Mas party each year in the mail.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4105 times:

All of my previous jobs has taught me many lessons but my worse was 7-11 and Target. They both work you like slaves and both don't care about their employees. I spent 1 day doing all three shifts w/o getting a break. Also, they used me for doing their dirty work. I was forced to sell to drunks and after a while, I refused too.

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4103 times:

Well, being only 18, I've been through four jobs (including my current at UPS).

In order of the worst to the best, one being worst, four being best:
1. Wal-Mart
2. Best Buy
3. UPS
4. Coles Bookstores

Wal-Mart and Best Buy were absolutely the WORST retail shops to work in, especially if you were not fully sales-oriented. What I despised most was working Boxing Day at these goddamn places. You couldn't move around, it was so crowded. Plus, the managers at these big-box retailer stores act like they're kings, when in reality they are just power-tripping assholes.

UPS is alright, it's not bad but it isn't the job I'd keep for the rest of my life. It's decent cash, but at the same time it's hard work, loading trailers, stacking, etc.

Nik



I need a drink.
25 Falstaff : I don't even like going to those places the day after Christmas, so it must really suck to work there. Drunks are great customers we will buy just ab
26 StasisLAX : My worst job was working graveyard shift as an order entry phone representative at a well-known cable TV shopping network near Philadelphia. This was
27 AGM100 : This stripper was bad , if you were not waring your coverall's the wind would blow it back on you and it would feel like bee stings. Amazing how our
28 JCS17 : My first ever summer job was pretty bad. I was 16 and worked for a small deli in an office park in Atlanta with a lazy, fat 33 year old drop out bossi
29 LTBEWR : I had a couple of bad jobs, especially in the spring of 1973 and 1976-1977. In May part time and June full time 6 days a week in 1973, just after I go
30 Post contains images DocLightning : Ah-HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Mexican swearing is so hilarious. I was raised as a Spaniard, so our lexicon is completely different, but on the few occasions t
31 ShyFlyer : I did a similar job at Wal-Mart. It wasn't the fact that I worked outdoors in all types of weather. It even didn't matter that the job was very monot
32 MD11Engineer : I've been working on several occasions as a labourer on construction sites. The trick is that the skilled tadesmen get paid e.g. per square meter pav
33 HAWK21M : Probably because of the location of the work regds MEL
34 JakeOrion : Honestly, the actual job wasn't that bad, but as you two pointed out, management. Like you both, I was also a cart attendant for Target. And, like yo
35 Babybus : I worked for WH Smith for a summer as a student. That was really awful. It was so bad that my dad decided to bail me out after a few weeks as I looked
36 Post contains links KLM672 : I did a post on this a little while back. My experiences are copied/pasted below. The link is here if anyone is interested: http://www.airliners.net/a
37 Sunshine79 : The worst job I had was a prop outside a bar. From 11pm-2am for €15. It was January, freezing cold, and I had to get a taxi home, which cost €8. N
38 JAL : I would say working for Tim Hortons!
39 MWHCVT : I would say that the worst job i've ever had was working in telesales attempting to sell cell/mobile phone insurance, did it 1.5 days at which point I
40 Falstaff : I would be a a big fat ass if I worked there. I love their donuts. A prop? What is that? Did you hold a sign or something?
41 AGM100 : Hands down the best people to work with , Once you earned there respect you became gringo... if they called you gringo you knew you were OK. If they
42 Fbgdavidson : Wow, some of you had pretty bad jobs! When I was 16 a good friend of mine got a job at McDonalds, and I knew a few of my friends from the village who
43 MD11Engineer : In Germany play along until you've got the contact details, then report them to the federal communications authority (Bundesnetzagentur), since unsol
44 MWHCVT : Well there you go, i've been an A.net paid up member for less that 6 hours and i've gone and learned something new, I actually upon leaving the compa
45 57AZ : That's why I loved working as conductor for the railroad. Once the train was out of the yard/station, I was the boss. Even with railroad officers on
46 AGM100 : Aa yes the old VTO wire harness and cross feed valves.... what a system !
47 P3Orion : I was a sandwich dork for Subway for 6 miserable weeks. Taking orders from brain dead customers was, at the very least, annoying. I can't tell you how
48 Dragon-wings : You guys should suggest some of these jobs to the Dirty Jobs TV show. My worst job was installing underground sprinkler systems.
49 Gosimeon : I'm only 20, and am in college so haven't had any "career" jobs now. In order, from worst to best: Conlon Sports: local sports shop, now shut down. Ow
50 Dougloid : Tell me about it. I graduated with my LLm at age 48, little knowing that gray haired guys are not front office material. So when an offer came along
51 Type-Rated : You know after reading these posts and talking to people who have been there, you get the feeling that retail managers are complete a**holes. Maybe it
52 ShyFlyer : It is. Wal-Mart goes one step further: brainwashing to ensure complete and total devotion to the company.
53 Bongodog1964 : I can't believe that a thread about your worst job ever, can be started by someone with the user name "Armitage Shanks" and after 52 posts no one has
54 MCOflyer : Some are not but the majority are full of it. I do think its a requirement for hiring. Hunter
55 Post contains links Dougloid : You think Wally World is bad with the brainwashing?! Check out these dufuses (dufae? dufi? my Latin's a little weak) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col
56 Bok269 : bok269's law of carryouts: The larger the carry-out, the smaller the vehicle. I.e., the customer that just brought a 12 foot high mirror will ask you
57 Dazed767 : Theme parks blow. Did the photographer thing at Sea World for 3 1/2 years (tried to leave for about 3 years of it lol). Can you imagine trying to stop
58 Type-Rated : Ah, the photography thing. A few years ago when I was in Seattle, I went to the Space Needle. Just before getting into the elevator to the top they st
59 Post contains images PROSA : I spent about two weeks one winter when I was 19 or 20 working as an evening shift security guard in a parking garage. It was in a declining downtown
60 DocLightning : Corollary: The more fragile and the more disastrous the result of breakage (i.e. millions of razor-sharp shards of glass) the worse the stress that t
61 PROSA : That's up there with "Do you have the phone number for 1-800-FLOWERS?"
62 Sunshine79 : Not quite. A prop stands outside of a bar enticing customers to go in. I was crap and was too busy trying to keep warm.
63 EISHN : Only ever had one proper job. I couldn't wait to start, and then couldn't wait to quite. I got hired as a waiter in The West County Hotel (owned by th
64 Iowaman : Worked at Best Buy for 6 months, basically sucked the whole time. A bunch of ego-high school drop out managers who think you are there to be their b!t
65 Dan2002 : I used to work as a laborer in a wastewater treatment plant. I wouldn't say it was the worst job overall, but I did have to do some of the worst jobs
66 Post contains images STLGph :
67 Bok269 : Yesterday I was helping a guy bring four mirrors out to his car. He leads me over to a GMC Safari (read: Astrovan) and opens up the rear doors (poppi
68 ShyFlyer : Boy, that must have been one crappy job. When you quit, did you tell your boss that you weren't going to "take this crap any more?" Sorry, someone ha
69 Dougloid : I forgot, I hadn't told what the worst job I ever had was. It was as a human forklift in a paper mill in upstate New York for $2.70 an hour back in 19
70 WrenchBender : Hired as a day labourer at an egg farm, shovelling shit out of the pits under the hen batteries. I lasted 2 days, it took me a month to get my sense o
71 Dougloid : I'm not surprised. There's an egg production facility south of here and when the wind's right the smell will choke you. It's kind of like having a di
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