action with for the past two years who has suffered at the hands of one of these lunatics unlike i have ever seen in my 30 years as a recruiter.
At age 19 she started as a sales and customer service rep for a household word telecommunications company. She was the leading sales rep within a short time earning over 100K a year for several years. She was offered a promotion several times to a manager level position and turned it down as it would mean that she would take a significant cut in pay. Finally realizing that if she did not accept the promotion she would forever be at the current level she made the decision to try and advance her career and make the move. At the time she accepted the promotion the Sr. Manager who had promoted her accepted another position with the company and a new Sr. Manager who had been a first level manager for 20 years was promoted into his position. The new Sr. Manager let it be known that she did not think this young woman should have been promoted. (You see the storm clouds on the horizon). My candidate's promotion was finally approved.
Within 7 months early 2008, the new Sr. Manager called her in and told her that she was helping male employees more than she was helping female employees and had been talking to them about non business related matters. She was written up for a violation of the code of business conduct. The situation was that she had been assigned to a new training class of sales reps. Several of the new trainees were guys that she had gone to high school with who were planning their first high school reunion and as they knew her they were more comfortable going to her for help than some of the other trainees. Ok, she acknowledged that yes she probably had talked with them about non business matters , the reunion, and yes she probably had helped them more than other trainees as they felt comfortable coming to her because she knew them before they started. Reasonable concern and she would correct it, which she did.
What followed in the next two years was a series of the most bizarre manager - direct report situations on the planet.
She was called in and told that it had been reported that she had come into the office trying to buy marijuana from some of the reps while she was on vacation. The week she was supposed to have done this insanity she had been out of the city at a company training seminar for two days of the week, had taken vacation time and stayed in the other city for the remaining three days. The office has a security situation requiring a key card. She suggested to her boss that she check the security records to determine if her key card had been used and offered to provide hotel receipts to prove she not even in the city and take a drug test to prove that she had not and did not smoke dope. Her boss told her that would not be necessary, she believed her.
Her boss then made a career for the next two weeks of asking almost all of the 170 employees in the center if they had ever seen her outside of work smoke marijuana. When asked why she was talking to everyone in the office creating the question as to my candidate smoking dope her boss informed her that it was her job to investigate every complaint no matter how absurd. When asked why the boss had indicated that a drug test was not necessary when that would have proved that the girl had not used any drug and the report had been that she came into the office to try and buy drugs which was easily negated by checking the key card access. The boss responded that even though that complaint could be proven wrong it was her job to determine if the girl did smoke dope as maybe a drug test could be manipulated.
As no one had ever seen this young woman smoke dope that one seemed to go by the boards and nothing more was said to my candidate and it had been proven a false report. Or so my candidate thought.
Stay tuned for part II this is long an bizarre story that will convince anyone that there are insane, vindictive, crazy people in management positions who should be exterminated.