I worked for 8 years at my last job, and the last few were the most brutal of my life. On top of unrealistic schedules, a toxic work environment and a ridiculous amount of uncompensated overtime, I also had to deal with one producer who seemed convinced I was leaving work early, when actually I just arrived earlier than most everyone else.
So on top of the stress of being overworked, I also had the stress of some guy constantly trying to catch me doing something I wasn’t actually doing.
In the end he won anyway by being higher up the food chain and having the ear of several people in power, and I was let go for “business reasons.”
But whatever, I ended up at a much better place where I feel supported, have more realistic (though still kinda ridiculous) schedules and a level of maturity that I greatly appreciate.
I’ve been here over a year now and have become very comfortable and familiar with my coworkers, and we seem to have a level of mutual respect I was sorely missing.
The other day I ran in to that guy in the hall and apparently we are both working together again. Despite that I work in a large workplace, this guy somehow got put on the same team I’m on, so I have to deal with him again.
I’m really frustrated because he was a key reason the previous work environment was so actively hostile and completely draining, and I don’t want that to happen here.
I don’t like playing office politics so I’m not really sure what my next step is. I just needed an excuse to rant.
So do you have a story about having to work with someone you don’t like across multiple employers? How’d you deal with it?