A frumpy "Devil Wears Prada"
November 6, 2012 10:29 PM Subscribe
My boss is a nitpicking control freak with a temper. Help me make it through the next couple of months without losing my mind.
posted by ablazingsaddle to Work & Money (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I work in the entertainment industry for an extremely difficult person. Yes, the business is full of them, but he has a reputation for being exceptionally difficult. It's a good job to suffer through for another year-ish, but I'm so miserable that I'm not sure I can make it until the show wraps for the season.
I'm trying to keep this somewhat vague, but here are my major issues:
He is extremely sensitive. I have to walk on eggshells, and even the slightest turn of phrase sets him off. I don't take it personally, but getting snapped at or yelled at every day over little things is starting to wear me down. I try to say things in the most neutral/positive way possible, but it's . . . frustrating.
He is impossible to please. My job involves a lot of data-processing, and he will seize on a little mistake (like 102 instead of 101 out of a very, very large, multipage spreadsheet) call me into his office, and accuse me of causing him extra work, not being careful, and possibly being dyslexic. (I'm not dyslexic - not there's anything wrong with that). He seems to have a mental file of all the mistakes I've made over the past year and brings them up while criticizing me for other (minor) mistakes. I'm having a hard time gauging whether or not I actually suck at my job or if he's crazy. I'm pretty sure he's just a terrible boss, but I'm starting to wonder if I'm stupid/lazy/whatever. How do I know if I really need to step it up?
My coworkers are supportive, it's a job that could lead to other things, but the nitpicking combined with low pay, long hours, and a lack of respect in general are making me effing miserable. This is not my first job in the business, but I'm starting to wonder if it's my last. I'm actively job-hunting, but there are enough perks to this job that it would be hard to leave. I'm starting to wonder, though, if my sanity is worth having to pay more for health insurance or deal with a crappier commute. I came back to this job after a short break because I was unable to find anything better, but I'm starting to wonder if I need to redefine "better."
How do I get through this?
(A lot of craziness omitted for the sake of brevity and anonymity)