Can someone tell me how to handle a bad boss?

United States
March 1, 2007 3:42pm CST
I have a boss that really makes me mad. He lies a lot, steals your work and takes credit for it, claims he knows a lot more than he does, and the sad part is that he is in charge now! One thing that really ticked me off was when he sent me his resume to convert to PDF. (I didn't bother telling him that nobody wants your resume in PDF) While looking at his resume, it stated proficient in MS Word and Excel. Five minutes later he called to ask me how to underlind a word in MS Word!!! I thought I would scream! Am I over reacting because someone that makes 60K more than I do can't even paste a link in an email?!
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@g_aileen09 (1354)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
First, let me to ask you on how long have you been working with this boss of yours, how old is your boss compared to your age, and what is the nature of your company's business? For I believe that these three factors are among those that affect the behaviour of bosses. At any rate, allow me to give some inputs with the hope that these would at least be of help :) The boss is still the boss... no matter what you do. You applied for employment and you were hired because the company needs you. Besides, your boss today may have been one among those who were consulted on who among the applicants deserve to be hired, and they chose you. Ihis only means one thing: the management believe in your abilities. Prove to them then that you are indeed deserving by acting professionally. Professionally in the sense that whatever happens, you should not lose your composure, especially when talking with the boss. There are many types of bosses, and maybe, your boss is just the "do it for me" type. Which is fair enough. Know what? You may not get the credits on what you are doing today... but come to look at it as a way of helping the department inprove. Success of the boss is the success of the department. It is but right that he gets the credit first... becasue he is the head of the office. For sure, if you are the head of office yourself, you won't be wanting your staff to get the credit instead, or would you? It's just his leadership style that is not desirable.... but think positive that could also learn from it. And when the time comes that you get to be the boss future, you will already know the "dont's" of the trade, and be a good boss yourself. I hope this helps :) cheer up!!!
• United States
2 Mar 07
I have been with the company for 5 years and he was hired 3 years ago. I am venting here but I would never act less than professional in my work environment. My boss really likes me because I can hide my feelings. If he really knew how I felt....oh my. As far as getting credit for what I do and helping add to the sucess of the department, I am very much a team player and I work very hard to do my part but I have had bosses in the past that have no problem giving kudos to those that actually provide the data. They got credit for providing guidence and arranging the information into executive level reporting but this guy can't even do his own presentations. I do them and he puts his name on them. The only joy I get is knowing my name is in the properties if someone takes the time to look. It is a sad situation and I don't think I can continue to support him. I have had a few attractive job offers and I an seriously considering taking one of them. Thanks for responding!
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• United States
3 Mar 07
what country are you from G_A that is load of crap I am a manager at the company I worked for for 5 years if thats your management style it a load of horse dodo. If you are a manager you shoud check your subornates moral because some people thrive on being the best at what they do, and like their ideas recognized by their boss not their boss taking the credit for something that they created out their hard work and determination. I know if I was entry level and you were my boss....I would would request a transfer and also issue a complaint with hr as well...you have no concept of how people are and if you manage people then it going turn around and bite you where the sun doesn't shine.
• Philippines
5 Mar 07
Which reminds me of something. I also have an officemate who was asked by one of our bosses to submit a report on a certain area, the data and explanation came from me, and i sent it thru email.. know what happened next? He sent it to our boss, removing my name and placed his name instead. Only good thing about it is that.. our boss knows that this person could not compose a good communication, and he asked me if I was the one who did it and I said "yes". But you're right... people should be ashamed of themselves by taking credit that is not theirs. If you could find a better job, I wish you the best of luck. You could do better if you are happy with your work environment including the people you work with and for.
• United States
3 Mar 07
This job is like a relationship gone bad...you stay just because, but know there is something better for out there. I'm glad you decided to look for another job it sounds like this person is just out to make himself look good like the selfish side of a relationship. Don't be down hearted I'm sure you are very smart and can sell yourself on any job you try to obtain. Some manager need know how to manage people this one seems to know how to manage him self...you know what they say what goes around comes around you just won't be around to watch even though you wish you were..just wait he may one day be asking you for a job...
• United States
5 Mar 07
Thanks for all the positive feedback. I know that karma can be very ugly when it rears its head. I am sure this will all come back to haunt him in the end. That is the real justice. Thanks for responding!
• United States
1 Mar 07
You are definately not overreacting. Such a situation is enough to make anyone angry. I reccomend ig there is a person holding a position higher than that to report it to him and have him investigate. If not then simply report it to whoever you can who can make a difference (other emplyees, cusomers, whoever can help you in your cause)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I started to call our HR department but someone warned me against it because they had tried to consult HR on a similar issue and, even though they requested anonymity, they still told the manager what part of the department the complaint originated. Then it was easy enough for him to figure out who issued the complaint. I have a feeling this is not going to be an easy thing to resolve so I am planning to find another job. Thanks for responding! At least I know I am not overreacting.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
2 Mar 07
not to worry his stupidity will catch up with him sooner or later. as for you try not to get involved in his work. do not volunteer to do his work for him, as I can see he would be the type to get others to do it for him, and is stupid enough to not even check their work, his belief is I know enough that I have a lot of people that know more than I do But I know how do make them do my work for me. And as for him earning that amount of money, don't count your self short, the next time a position comes up apply for it, you never know, you might just get it but you will have to trust me on this they do not hand out these jobs, you have to prove your self. so as I said his job will catch up with him,so sit back and smile and wait in the weeds, he will soon be gone.
@anup12 (4180)
• India
2 Mar 07
I think there is many ways.One thing is that we should not react to boss's comments or should not take it seriously.That thing it is very much good if you do not react.
@lyzzard (16)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I have been going through almost the same thing at my office. I have a DM that takes credit for all of my work and makes me look like an idiot. Fortunately, for me the owner of the company realised this when he took credit for something he could not possibly have done. We had a meeting on Sat. afternoon where he (the owner) told me and the other manager (who was going through the same thing) that this guy is on his way out as soon as the owner gets back from vacation. In a way I kind of feel bad now, but he brought this on himself. If I were you, I wouldn't do anything to jepordise your job or to possibly create a hostile work enviornment for yourself. This boss sounds like an ego-maniac that will take everything you say and at some point use it against you, perhaps claim insubordination or try to paint you as someone who can't be a "team player". My advice would be to see if there is someone that is trustworthy in your HR dept. and try to resolve the issue. I totally understand how hard it is to deal with someone else taking credit for your hard work. It is just a kick in the gut for him to claim qualification on his resume that he does not posess. But, on the bright side if he is putting together a resume, he may be moving on! Best of luck to you!