My first job in IT was working on a helpdesk. The head of the IT department was a bit of an ogre and liked to shout at the staff in front of others. I can’t say I much liked the guy so I put my head down and within a few months had passed my Cisco CCNA and a few CompTIA jobs. I left after six months when most of the team had been working there for around five years.
At Cisco systems it was much better but the boss was still a bit of a jerk. He’d expect you to get to work early, work through your lunch break and then stay late. This was even if there wasn’t anything to do. He’d always take long breaks of course or was often ‘working from home.’ Again, I knuckled down, passed my Cisco CCNP and left for a high paying IT networking contract.
On the contract I was doing some really exciting work for one of the worlds largest telecoms companies. The team leader was a full-time employee and was earning about $70,000 whereas I was making about $120,000. It was his choice as he preferred the ‘security’ of a full-time job and I preferred the freedom of contracting.
I could see he was very bitter about making less than the people working for him. He’d arrange for midnight network changes and tell you the same day. He would decline requests for days off for family events even though there were plenty of staff working. After around 12 months I’d built up a large training company on the side and I left to work for myself.
Everywhere I’ve worked I’ve encountered bullies. Each time it’s inspired me to work hard and move on. Success is the best form of revenge.