When I worked at studios, I can't say I had a boss who was an over-bearing jack-ass. Eccentric? Hard-charging? Yeah, probably those things, but never was I gifted with a 14-carat jerk who made my life miserable.
But it seems there's a lot of louts out there, and they appear to thrive:
In the study to be presented at a conference on management this weekend, almost two-thirds of the 240 participants in an online survey said the local workplace tyrant was either never censured or was promoted for domineering ways.
"The fact that 64.2 percent of the respondents indicated that either nothing at all or something positive happened to the bad leader is rather remarkable -- remarkably disturbing," wrote the study's authors, Anthony Don Erickson, Ben Shaw and Zha Agabe of Bond University in Australia...
There are horror stories about evil supervisors in every corner of the workplace. As a guild rep, I often get a bird's eye view of good and bad work situations. I've encountered supervisors who are way less than perfect.
There was a department supervisor who came back from lunch every day drunk, and drove his staff crazy with emotional, semi-coherent rants.
Then there are directors and supervisors that can't decide what they want until they see it, and make artists change the board or design multiple times until they get something they're happy with (lots of post-its on the drawings.)
And finally there are the bosses who are big on publicly humiliating underlings. Those types are always a delight.
(The estimable Pam Thompson, who has worked in animation a while now, has some fine tips on how to protect yourself from much of the abuse here.)