The Scariest Bosses Of All Time

You wouldn't want to work for these managers

HELMSLEY SUED (Surrounded by her attorneys Jeffrey Taub, left, and Steven Eckhaus, right, Leona Helmsley speaks to the press out
APThe late Leona Helmsley, notorious "Queen of Mean"
The employee-boss relationship is automatically scary for any worker. These are the people, after all, who control destinies. But some managers are simply more frightening than others. And this is the season for frights and scares.

So see below for eight of the most memorable scary bosses America has ever known. Would you dress up as any of them for Halloween?


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dollarsinthebank

He left out the worst of the worst, John Rockefeller (the first). Google the Ludlow Massacre. The Rockefeller family fortune began with hiring goons to murder labor organizers, workers, women, and children. When
Congress questioned him on his tactics he told them he was just doing what was necessary to control
the rabble that he paid good wages to... 25 cents a day. At the time his personal income was about
$1 million weekly.

October 31 2013 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Only scary if you actually work for them. Otherwise they are just jerks and bullies.

October 31 2013 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
otwpalm

And yet many people don't understand the rise to power of the labor unions. Sadly, the unions took their power too far. Possible out of revenge, but it has led to the demise of American manufacturing.

October 31 2013 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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exp57

Corporate greed led to the demise of American manufacturing.

October 31 2013 at 10:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ssa3403081

Most of these \"mean business\" types ...(IMHO)...Lack the cojones to stand toe to toe with a blind drunken midget....They\'re mean with their mouth and with backup..Wouldn\'t meet you behind the building to \"hash\" things out on a dare..Pu%&ies...

October 31 2013 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thumpzshn

Dunlap was a fraud. As usual, the press saw nothing wrong and fawned over him ad nauseum.

October 31 2013 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barrylsaliar

Mr Fastenberg, You could use writing lessons.

October 31 2013 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barrylsaliar

What Schott said about HItler was true. She was banned for telling the truth.

October 31 2013 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aratny

i think the cell next to madoff is open!!!

October 31 2013 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
guerche

Linear logic will only get you so far, the creative sucessful CEO's that think outside the box and make good use of the beancounters and marketers are the best. Chainsaw Al was nothing more than a glorified beancounter that cooked the books, he destroyed Sunbeam.

October 31 2013 at 6:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
elendil3136

Unless you are among upper management, you cannot be properly said to be \'working\' for the CEO. Most ordinary employees are working for the company.

Looked at that way, I\'ve had several bosses at least as bad as any on this list. Working for a mean boss who knows what he is doing and cares only about results is not that hard, but those types are rare as hen\'s teeth. I\'ve had exactly one in forty years.
Most common is the mean boss who is a moron. They\'re often sensitive to being criticized, but if you show that you are competent, you can often get away with not doing things their (wrong) way, as long as you don\'t openly humiliate them, or make them look bad to their superiors.
Less common, but poisonous, is the boss who is a competent narcissist. This type will insist that everyone do everything their way, though in fairness, they often get good results. Your opinions are neither wanted nor tolerated. Everything you and your coworkers do is seen to be for their glory. They will take all of the credit, and throw you under the bus if anything goes wrong, even if you followed their instructions exactly. Luckily, most people don\'t have to work for them for long, as they are often quickly promoted.
Worst of all are the incompetent narcissists. Workplaces run by them are positively toxic. Good employees flee from them at the first opportunity, even if it means finding another job. Those stuck working for them are objects of pity.

October 28 2013 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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