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I used to have this boss that would make me come in at 7 and not pay us until 7 :30

We off course just had to stand there for a half and hour and BS , and he wouldn't make us do anything but he just "wanted the roll call early"

It kinda sucked
 

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My boss is a jerk to me but nice to everyone else.
He has me working up to 18 hours a day. 7 days a week.
Everytime I try to take a day off he looks at the books and tells me he can't afford it.
He expects me to be ready to go by 6 am all the time. Even Christmas day!
Don't even get me started about the pay! The first year apprentices take home more than I do!
He holds me responsible for everything that happens in the shop, regardless of who's fault it is. If someone makes a mistake it comes out of my pocket!

of course I have to be nice to the boss all the time. Hell, he even expects me to buy him gifts and whiskey!

I have a love/hate relationship with my boss.

My name is Rick, I own B&B Plumbing Inc.
 

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Way back when, mine would send me to the front door step of GC's to collect payment. I never knew how much but he would always scream when I gave him the check. There were many times I would spend an entire Friday sitting on the front door step. I hated that so much. I also hated cleaning out the vans. When he was slow he would send me to go pick up his kids from school. At that time I owned a little POS Nissan pick up truck and one time he has me load up all the concrete from a sewer job. The crete was about 3 feet wide and I'd say about 20 feet long worth of chunks. He made me load it into my truck and take it up to an undevoloped area with a cha-chie and dump it. I had no idea how big of a fine that would be if I got caught. However he did teach me the art of smoking cigarettes under a house while repiping. He went from 12 or so trucks and vans (when I started he only had 2) to totally bankrupt working by himself in about 4 years. Oh, one time we had to replace the transmission in a chevy van. I never heard anyone swear like he did...even worse than Yankee fans!!
 

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my boss is not mechanical at all and doesnt understand how things work, also he is a total bs artist and everyone et sick of it real quick
 

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My ex boss was a real prick. his step-son f ed up all the time on this big job he was running. I had no part of that job thank goodness. But everytime the GC would call and raise hell, we would have a meeting. he got a bill from that job for 3k for trash clean up. Of course, another meeting, and the SOB had the balls to stand there in front of all of us and make excuses for his step-son."well, we had to many buddys working together on that one." just one i can think of that he said. All those buddys and step-son, they are the type that like to text each other all the time, all day on the job! Once walked up on them looking at picture of themselves at the bars dancing together, no girls around them either. They were gigling like a bunch of little *****es. Man, Im glad to be gone from that place. On a side note, they lost all the rest of the work that they had from that GC, to another company. Crossed lines everywhere, all kind of good stuff.
 

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Thats why I am so glad that I am my own boss.
I have been so mis-treated and humiliated over the years working for sob's like that, that I know I would never treat anyone like that. Don't get me wrong, I won't let an employee get the upper hand over me but I think that my reasoning and methods work smoothly for me. I did jump a guys butt once for something as simple as following me to close when we were on the way to a job site. I gave him mortel hell on the phone walkie talkie. Lol. He backed off and for a second there I thought he was going to turn around and go home. My son was in the truck with me and tried to tell me I was wrong what I did till I asked him who signs HIS paycheck. That's when he also became a bit more respectfull.
 

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if i did an individual post on the dislikes of all of the plumbing bosses i've had i could hit 250 in 10 minutes. the ones that stick out are as follows.
1. scolded me for cleaning up jobsite.
2. told me they used the profit from my job to cover the overages from other guys making the same or more money than me.
3. the one boss who was over 60 days at the supply house for 30,000.00 and paid cash for a new harley and bragged about the bike at the supply house.

those were the ones that pissed me off the most, and make me the happiest i own my own business.
 

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A boss I had at Rotten Rooter would not keep up on the other service guys loosing tools. He had 4 vans. I was the only licensed plumber so I mostly worked by myself out of "my" van . Had it set up for residential service repair. I kept track of my tools and if I lost something I replaced it. The other guys not so much. My boss expected me to jump in one of the other vans and run any service call if mine needed service or if needed to pull the water jetter trailer as mine was only a 1/2 ton. Hated working out of the other vans as tools were lost and not replaced. Boss thought all I needed was a screwdriver and a pair of channel locks.
 

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A boss I had at Rotten Rooter would not keep up on the other service guys loosing tools. He had 4 vans. I was the only licensed plumber so I mostly worked by myself out of "my" van . Had it set up for residential service repair. I kept track of my tools and if I lost something I replaced it. The other guys not so much. My boss expected me to jump in one of the other vans and run any service call if mine needed service or if needed to pull the water jetter trailer as mine was only a 1/2 ton. Hated working out of the other vans as tools were lost and not replaced. Boss thought all I needed was a screwdriver and a pair of channel locks.

Doesn't surprise me one bit, it's a common thing throughout North America. A while back I posted about bosses not supplying tools. ok screw driver it is, hack saw instead of grinders and sawzalls. No problem I would spend an 8 hour shift to cut a rebar with just a saw blade under a supermarket sink. I got er done, only cost him 656$ in wages. One time a boss didn't want to buy a 18$ snow brush for the van, no problem we spent 2 hours 2 guys to whittle one from a 2x4 and a broken broom it only cost him 360$. Don't bother me one bit!
 

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Funny how these old posts show up now with the new format. Some are interesting and still relevant, others....

I had a boss that was a great guy, very easy to work with, would do anything for you, a guy you would want as a friend, but absolutely not concerned about liability or safety concerns, even serious life safety issues. When I brought them up I got a lot of faux concern and lip service agreeing with me, but they were never ever acted on.

Another great guy too, but alcoholic like you read about. Embarrassing when the employee is pulling the boss out of the bar at lunch to get back to work.

One guy was the most miserable SOB I've ever met, he and his right hand man who had been with him for over 20 years. They absolutely hated each other. When you were with one, he would beatch about the other one all day long, and vice versa. I could do nothing right to please either of them. No matter what it was always wrong. They still cannot keep any other employees to this day.
 

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Usually my only gripe with any of my bosses is when they order the wrong parts or mis-diagnose something over the phone and I have to first convince the customer to let me fix the actual problem and not screw around with whatever someone thought the problem was over the phone.

99% of the problems our company has are rooted in poor communication.

A couple months ago a customer calls with the complaint of the water surging and even says they had this issue in their old house a lot because the well tank would lose air. What did dingleberry on the phone tell the customer? Oh must be the water filter is plugged!!!
 
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