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Bad boss, bad company

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 I am unhappy in my present role - I have a bullying boss who is given to frequent bouts of temper and shouting. She's also reluctant to listen to others' ideas and therefore using one's initiative is virtually impossible as everything has to have her approval beforehand. The company is run as though its still the 1970's. I feel I have made a career mistake here (I've been here two years) and am looking for other opportunities.  The thing is - what do I tell potential employers in respect of my reasons for wanting to leave?  All the advice I see is not to be critical about your previous employer - and to be honest I dont want to - I just want to move on - but it IS the reason I want to leave, so I'm unsure just how much to say at interview.  If anyone can give me any advice I'd be grateful, thanks.

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By Taradaynes
22nd May 2012 11:52

Honesty is the best policy, but just make sure you express it in an appropriate way. Don't use judgemental or critical terms (such as 'bad, 'bullying' or 'temper') saying how dreadful it was. INstead, state that there was a poor fit between your boss's management style (which you can briefly but accurately describe as a factual statement rather than a whinge) & the way that you prefer to be managed, & you found it very demoralising rather than motivating. It is important that any potential employer knows not to make the same mistakes, & is aware that if they have a similar management style then clearly the working relationship won't be a good one!

Best of luck with finding a new role :o)

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By Clare Anderson
24th May 2012 11:57

Hi Jessie, building on Lara's excellent reply I would also add some comments where you have learnt something from this working relationship and how you have used this to handle your boss.  For example, I've got a tendency to seek praise and approval from bosses which hasn't always been a priority for some people I've worked for.  So rather than focus on how much they lack this quality I try to adopt a thicker skin and not let it get to me.  I think that whilst prospective employers are not blind to various difficulties between managers and subordinates they do like to see how individuals adjust and adapt to their environment without getting too worn down by bitterness and recriminations.  Good luck with the job hunt!  :-)

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By Clare Anderson
26th May 2012 20:32

... to Tara, got your name wrong.  :-(

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By Elechi Nkiru
06th Jun 2012 16:39

hi, Jessie. your issue is not quite different from mine. am in a family business office where you can't initiate your ideas or practise your profession. but how am doing mine own and my advise to you , is that you have to be deplomatic and centimental at times, try and do your utmost best because your Boss is not a professional and you know that. so, she is under minding you. "do the right thing, at the right time and at the proper place". let your laying Off come from her. and after that she will regreat it and be missing your professional work. check the best time to see her or best way of communicating with her neither by: e-mail, text message from cell phone, phone calls. or find out her farvourite then you can go with that: like she might be a someone that like to hear the good image of her company out side and be boost about that.  Don't jump out

thanks. good luck

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