If you are anything like me, you’ve had your fair share of jobs. I began working at the age of fifteen and I have had seven eleven jobs since then! Currently, the career that I am in is perfect for me and my disposition and I feel so blessed and fortunate to have the position I have with the flexibility that my job entails. In any event, I wasn’t always so lucky. I’ve had jobs that the pressure was so intense and the work environment was so neurotic and dysfunctional, I never thought I would recover. But like with all things, we get through the madness and in the end, either leave or get fired in search of a new beginning. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.
Such is life, right?
But thinking of all of my past jobs got me to thinking about the absolute worst job I ever had. And I also posed the question to my Twitter familia via my @TheCubicleChick account and I received some interesting answers:
@ms_july8th wrote: (My) worst job was Cracker Barrel. OMG! The nasty things that go on there behind the scenes. UNSANITARY!
@NicNacBeauty wrote: Payless (Shoe Source) in the hood of Chicago! Worst job EVER! Chicks alwaysssss wanted to fight over the BOGO’s (buy one get one free)
@afreshmusic wrote: …..the worse job I had was being a Canvasser downtown Chicago
What was my worst job? I can name two actually.
Job #1 was when I was 15 and living in Jacksonville. I worked for Burger King and I started out cleaning the bathrooms and dining room area and it was so repulsive. People are such slobs! I was then promoted to drive thru which wasn’t so bad but there were times I had to work the grill line and squeezing those greasy patties through the grill press made me realize that Burger King’s hamburgers were not all that. The process to get them to the table was not a good look. That was my first (and last) job in food service.
Job #2 was working in a tax resolution firm in 2006. Let me just say that the job itself wasn’t half bad and the money was wonderful BUT the conditions in which I worked in were poor at best. We as employees were degraded on a regular basis. The mind games played by the management to us peons was enough to drive some folk to drink! (and drinking some did!) There was so much drama and rumors and gossip, that infiltrated the office and most people got fired after a few months of working there. Endless meetings were conducted in which we discussed the goings on of this person and this person and this person and it was so damn stressful, I cried a few times (and I am not a cry baby by any means). It was just a horrible experience. I was let go because as an Associate, I failed to meet my goals, but it was the best thing that happened to me. I walked away and got another job a week later and it was all for the good.
So, readers, what’s the worst job you’ve ever had. Use the comment button and let me know. I am interested in reading your stories.