The internet has unveiled workplaces so toxic they make your worst job nightmares seem like a stroll in the park. Need a heads-up on the most toxic workplaces? Reddit’s your go-to! Check out this list of the top 13 insane work environments in America, that’ll make you appreciate your current job just a bit more:
“Lots of man-children.”
“Have a ton of friends in the industry. Can confirm. That, or raging alcoholics (or both).”
“Been in the industry 20yrs. At the same shop for 15yrs. Our turnover was 3 artists a year on average. Former owner didn’t help but Jesus some of these people were just drama full-time.”
12. Cosmetology Industry
“Cosmos, estheticians, nail techs, etc. Some of the most insane, mean, and vile people. Not to mention some of the abuse they have to go through as well from spa/salon owners. Maybe it’s not the worst, but the schools are vile. No one had a good cosmetology school experience.”
“My mother in law is a makeup artist. Any person who is overly focused on looks is missing the main part of a person. When that person is fighting aging, convincing themselves that they still look and act 25, decide that the aging process is a choice they and others can reject, endlessly compare themselves and others- it’s not a pretty combination.”
11. Car Sales
“I was in college and interviewed to sell cars. The interviewer said, you might feel bad the first time you get some old people on a fixed income and sell them a car you know they can’t afford, but once you get that commission check you’ll forget all about it. I got up and walked out.”
“Finally someone said this. Dealership life. Coked-up salespeople. Techs with inflated egos…Inept fixed operations employees….”
10. Doctors Facing Sky-High Stress
“DOCTORS! It is quite a journey, but it changes personalities A LOT, and one day, you’ve become this cynical, rude person who is at high risk to ruin your personal life. They have one of the highest suicide rates, and…have to sacrifice a lot – including their family time, and it affects everybody. Also, if you do something wrong, you’ll hear about it a lot, and quite rarely they’ll say thank you.”
9. Academics Behaving Badly
“Academics are…thoroughly awful to work with. Bad individually and in teams. And the only people worse are the academic leadership – [they] have no training or skills for leadership and yet are in charge of million dollar/pound/euro businesses that shape young people’s lives. And nobody gives a ****. Upward toxicity is the norm and absolute hell. There are very very few consequences for being **** at your job or a **** in your workplace. It’s like nerd cage fighting.”
8. Young Busboy Surrounded By Drugs
“I was a busboy at 16 years old. The very 1st staff meeting I attended, management started off by telling us “NO MORE DOING COKE IN THE PARKING LOT!!! OUR GUESTS ARE NOT ******* BLIND!!!” I was literally a church-going altar boy and was scared to work there but everyone was a high energy character and kinda looked out for me. There was a bunch of slamming, yelling, cursing, and fighting but nobody was malicious.”
7. Healthcare Workers Who Need Help
“I work in healthcare. My coworkers and I have high fived each other because we take the same meds as a resident. Usually anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, blood pressure medication…We’re also all in therapy. I have a theory that people with certain traumas go into the medical field to take care of people because someone didn’t take care of them when they needed it.”
6. Film Industry Trials and Tribulations
“Lots of egomaniacs and emotionally unavailable individuals. 10+ hour days with lots of unforeseen overtime back to back for weeks or months at a time. Then you end up unemployed for months at a time, gearing up for the next onslaught of work. Either always travelling for the job in the middle of nowhere or stuck in a studio…anyone in a higher position feels the need to belittle you. Barely anyone likes to take accountability and will quickly pass on the blame if they can, again usually to someone down the chain. Fast paced, high pressure environments; crazy amounts of money riding on projects. Lots of substance abuse and affairs.”
5. Morticians Dealing With the Dead
“If you aren’t a psychopath who is looking to fleece bereaved families, you become a burnt-out shell of a human in no time flat. We are an industry that requires little to no formal education (depending on your location) and can be the most soul draining industry to work in. Long hours, ****** work conditions, trauma, verbal and physical abuse from the public, mediocre pay, and the haunting imagery that comes from dealing with the dead. This industry has no mental health support and actively treats you like **** if you even mention the fact that you may require therapy.”
4. Restaurant Workers Resorting to Substances
“Always short-staffed, always experiencing some of the most entitled and impatient customers, on your feet for long hours, breaks are not important or enforced by most management…There’s a long list of reasons why people in the service industry have problems. It’s not just alcohol and substance abuse. Relationships are hard to maintain because of the weird hours, and the lack of decompression time.”
3. Scandalous CPS Working Environments
“As a cps worker, the investigation supervisors were all having affairs and one strangled the new hire in the office. Our judge got a DUI. Even HR was sleeping with the office manager.”
2. Mayhem in the Music Industry
“Drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, sociopathy, and narcissistic abuse, bullying, gatekeeping…especially at the local level in everyone’s local music scene. Even the hipsters the musicians date and all their friends – toxic.”
1. Police Witnessing Daily Disasters
“How can you NOT be [messed] up if you’re a police officer? Forget even the sensationalist, gruesome and grizzly crimes, what about simple road traffic accidents? How many crashes does an average police officer attend in six months, or a year? They must see people in some awful states…”
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