A very strange, very taxing person

May 30, 2007: 5:09 PM ET

A reader from Maryland writes:

I have the paranoid boss with some doses of the bully and the wimp. A very strange, very taxing person to work for, I've learned a few things in my time.

She parks on the other side of the building so she can "catch" us doing whatever it is she thinks we're doing when she's not there to babysit us. The brown-nosers have the inside track with her, as she will tell them anything and everything, even work related matters that are supposed to be strictly confidential. She works extremely odd hours to prove her dedication to the company (and to suck up the overtime, I'm sure). She goes thru periods where she will not talk to certain employees, even a "hello" because she is upset over what she perceives as some disloyalty. And she would throw any of her employees (except the suck-ups) under the bus in less than a heartbeat.

She will allow suck-ups to sleep on the job, but if you're on the "list" that particular week, you better not take too many bathroom breaks. She will wait until it's the end of the week and you are getting ready to leave for the weekend to tell you something needs to be taken care of _this_minute or else the company will go to hell in a hand basket.

There's no use complaining to her supervisor about her. The long term plan is to eliminate the department completely, so they don't really care if the workers are happy or not. So the best solution in this case is to find another job and I am looking.

What do you think? Is this boss crazy?

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