There isn't a single company out there that isn't hiding 1-20 skeletons in there closet, but it's time for those bone daddies to be out and proud.
That's why we love /r/AskReddit! They're willing to air all the dirty, and sometimes not-so-dirty, laundry they can about places they worked for, and we're here to hang those clothes up to dry.
1. mermaidsthrowaway gives as the DirectTruth:
It has been several years, but when I worked at certain satellite tv company, they had a value system for customers.
You are valued at 1-5 stars, based on how much you spend, and how much they value you as a customer. If you are are a higher star value, they will do basically anything to keep you. You will get a ton of services and equipment for free, and they will bend over backwards to keep you from cancelling.
If you are a 1 or 2 star, they don't give a shit. Especially 1 stars, because it usually means that you are late all the time, or that you don't spend very much. If you call in asking for deals or credits, they won't give it to you. If you threaten to cancel, no one cares.
Also, there are special phone lines for people they consider "VIPS". They never have to wait on hold, and only special employees are allowed to take the phone calls.
2. Kevoguy tells us what we already suspected:
I worked at UPS ages ago. The word "FRAGILE" on a box meant nothing to us, so make sure you pack your stuff properly.
3. x740xWastedx reminds you to wash your produce:
Wash your fruits and vegetables very thoroughly a lot of them will end up being scooped off a disgusting warehouse floor and put back in the package after falling out
4. Atrrophy reveals how to game good in the neighborhood:
Applebees; on the tabletop computers, go to "Extras" and tap and hold the little white space on the top left of the screen. When it gives a password prompt, it's 4321. Lets you change the table numbers or play games for free.
5. SRRC shares how Viagogo is a ViaNONO:
Viagogo are just corrupt, straight up. Not a little thing here and there, they are just a criminal company.
They will take your money for tickets even if they have none of those tickets, assuming they will eventually have tickets to sell you. If they don't get them, you get the ticket money back. An example of this was when a guy in the UK bought tickets to the Superbowl in 2013, booked his air travel, flew to the states, booked his accommodation, was staying in a hotel he paid for, and was calling us every 15 minutes to ask where his tickets were. We were told to lie to him and say someone will meet him at the stadium. We let him know 30 minutes before the game started that he wouldn't be receiving any tickets. Viagogo refund the ticket cost, but the travel, accommodation and time wasted? Nothing at all. And they never had the tickets.
Same for festivals: I took loads (LOADS) of calls from people who were told to get to the middle of the wilderness in Eastern Europe for a dance festival, having booked time off work and prepared for a 5 day festival. When they got there they were told there were never any tickets. Just go home, write off the time off, write of the ticket costs, write off the transport, write of the preparation and deal with feeling shitty for 5 days because they were ripped off by a company...except it isn;t that simple, because now they are in the middle of a field in Eastern Europe for 5 days, the bus that took them there has gone and they have no admittance to the festival...so essentially Viagogo were responsible for just dumping around 100 people in a field in eastern europe with no provisions and no way of getting back.
Far from discouraging the practice, they LOVE scalpers and give them preferential treatment ('super sellers'). They get discounts, skip phone queues, and get a higher price for tickets than honest customers with a ticket to sell.
If an event is coming up soon, the seller can meet you at the venue to pass the ticket over. What this means is if you show up and the seller isn't there for whatever reason (illness, decided to use ticket themselves, just can't be arsed etc.), you have paid and have no proof they did not meet you. Byebye money.
If you buy a ticket from Viagogo, I would honestly say you have a 40-45% chance of getting it.
Edit: Thanks for the attention, I'm glad to know people are thinking twice before dealing with them
IN THE INTERESTS OF FULL DISCLOSURE:
I was working with them a few years ago for about 10 months, I haven't kept up with them or their practices. The above circumstances were true for myself, others' experiences may vary.
A few people are understandably panicking, so I'll say
if you have already bought tickets with them, you may well get them, don't write the whole thing off.
You'll just get a refund for the ticket and have no event to go to, and if you go to the event and the tickets don't work you'll get a refund for them anyway. Just maybe make plans for if the tickets fall through, especially if you're in a strange place.
6. captnfirepants suggests a home spa:
A "high class" spa I worked at used epsom salts and vegetable oil for their $65 salt scrubs.
7. DandyLyen works at Half-Assed Foods:
I used to work at Whole Foods, in our bakery department. Almost nothing, aside from the bread is made from scratch there. This shouldn't be too shocking, considering they're a multi-national chain now, but really it'd be more correct to say that our cakes are "assembled" in house.
8. Moots_point proves they aren't a geek:
Former Geek Squad here - most of the people that work there, aren't really technical at all. We usually just walk it over to a bench, hook it up to a corporate VLAN and run just run some software. If there are real issues - people remotely connect from India or somewhere else.
We are basically just salesmen with a clip on tie.
9. Kherus1 knows KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Children:
KFC has teenage kids cooking with industrial pressure cookers that could blow their fucking heads through the exhaust canopy if they fucked up. I literally have seen cooks bread their own hands up in flour and dunk them in 175 degree Celsius oil as a lark. I have seen kids use boiling hot urn water to clean the caked on flour and oil off their work boot and that water ran into their boot giving them serious burns. I have seen kids pick up huge pots of boiling oil and tip them to refill a cooker as a short cut to the slow melt method. Minimum age at the time was 14 and 9 months though they'd hire them at 14 flat with parents permission and you could be supervisor at 17/18.
Stuff may have changed in the last ten years since, I dunno.
Teenagers watching teenagers with that type of equipment was nerve racking. Not saying teenagers are stupid...just the ones I had to work with.
10. PandaBearButtPlug gives a hot tip:
The code for the intercom at Walmart is 4444 on the store phones
11. Skalite4 reveals the sad truth:
Cleaning up animals after an oil spill is feel good propaganda to make the public think they are helping. 90% of those animals will be dead within a few days or weeks. They've ingested enough of the oil that they are moving corpses, they (and you mr. nice person with a bottle of Dawn dish soap)just don't know it yet.
Real oil spill work is done by trained professional crews, not volunteers. If you ever tried to help, you were given busy work to keep you out of the way.
12. Project2r is bugged:
I used to work for a large smart phone company.
During development, we used to go through phases, Engineering Verification testing stage, Design Verification Test, Production Verification Test, and finally Mass Production. Each stage was meant to have checkpoints in order to ensure that the final product was built with good quality and any known bugs would be able to ironed out before the product launch. Any bug that was not resolved would potentially have the ability to delay the launch.
Except that there is a thing called Waivers. So the PM could request that certain bugs be granted a waiver delaying the fix of the problem to a later date. No big deal, every project has a few minor bugs, right?
For each stage there would be hundreds of waivers. Some would be minor, to be fair, but sometimes they were definitely not minor.
I will never, ever, buy an electronic device in the first 3 months of mass production. Wait for the second wave of production, the quality of the product increases ten-fold.
13. manbearpiggy2013 exposes the father of pizza:
Pizza Hut have a can of spray on garlic that they spray on their all their pizzas. At least they did in 2012.
14. septic_tongue is a laptop bandit:
We didn't meet the contractual obligations to entirely destroy the laptops Google sent to us for decommissioning. We shredded the HDDs and sold the laptops for a profit.
Couldn't do shit about the servers though, Google branding all over them
15. physalis17 works overtime trying not to work overtime:
Wal-Mart would make us work past our shift and then force us to clock in late the next night to avoid OT. The managers got so paranoid about OT that they started accusing us of going over 40. I was docked 4 hours when I had no overtime and had to use my PTO to get back to 40.
Edit for clarification on my state. This was in 2012 and I live in Oklahoma. The labor board is a fucking joke and the keep you from going over your hours happened at two stores I worked at. Both stores also did shady shit like having maintenance work both cleaning and stocking. I had to stock the first half of the night and clean five bathrooms the last half and had to get them all cleaned before 7.
I will never work for Wal-Mart again and I warn my friends not to work for them.
16. dwarvenmonk admits grades mean nothing:
Worked for a private school. Grades were definitely bought. We were discouraged to give anything lower than a B. Had one principal that told a teacher to take the final for a student that went on summer vacation early. She called it a shadow final and said nonchalantly that it's no big deal, just answer how you think the student would answer.
This school is expensive, and these kids go on to fancy colleges because of these grades.
17. wpmason shares a twist!
I worked at a White Castle from 2000-2003.
It was clean. Nothing super disgusting at all. All of the equipment got a thorough cleaning every 24 hours. The floors were mopped regularly, walls were wiped down... everything.
The food was always fresh. If the burgers cooled enough for the buns to get hard, they were trashed. If fries/sides sat under heat lamp for 15 minutes, they were trashed.
We threw away a lot of food. We had to track it all for inventory purposes, and filled up a couple pages a day of stuff we through out.
Even when the bulk of the crew was teenagers, we really were trying to work fast and do a good job. Every year or so, they made us get timed on the griddle by a regional manager. Everyone had to do it. Starting with a clean griddle you had to fully prepare, box and bag 30 hamburgers as fast as possible without cutting any corners.
Just wanted to share a happy story.