How My Company Handles Bonus Checks

Posted on | December 21, 2010 | 32 Comments

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My firm, apparently, was profitable this year and was able to hand out bonus checks to their employees.  At first, when I heard the good news, I was excited for everyone who was going to get one.  I knew I was not eligible, due to me not being here long enough, but was so happy for everyone else at the firm.

Then, I watched in horror at how this procedure unfolded.  I am not making this up, but I swear, I wish I was.

Not everyone in the firm got a bonus.  It was up to their manager’s discretion whether they were worthy or not.  Please keep in mind that it DID NOT have to do with the time that the person was with the firm.  That had nothing to do with the bonus checks.

Here is how this firm decided to handle this.  Every manager went to their department and pointed at people to come with them.  If you were not pointed at, you were to just sit at your desk and continue working.  Here is the terrible part.  The people that were pointed at came back to their desks, cubicles, etc. with big smiles on their faces holding big fat bonus checks in their hands.

I was so disgusted and felt so hurt for the others, who were passed over.  I know several who brought in tons of money for the firm, yet did not get a bonus.  No- their attitudes do not suck and they are great workers.  They were just passed over.  Some of the lucky workers that got bonus checks have horrible attitudes, and do nothing all day.  What a slap in the face to the actual good workers at this firm.

Those that were passed over got called over on the loud speaker to go to their manager’s office where they were told how much they sucked and that they didn’t deserve any bonus.  Many left the office crying and I felt so outraged at how this fucking firm treated their “valued” employees.

Look- if you don’t want to give bonuses to everyone, fine.  That is their decision.  But how in the hell can they justify how they passed the checks out?  It was just disgusting and it took so much energy to walk back into this hell hole on Monday.

My firm is run by giant assholes.  I hope Karma bites them in the ass one day.


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32 Responses to “How My Company Handles Bonus Checks”

  1. Sarah Thompson
    December 21st, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    omg, there are no words. I’m sorry you had to witness that.

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  5. KYLegalSec
    December 21st, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    That’s absolutely awful. My firm may not give bonuses this year, but that means nobody gets bonuses, not just a select few unlucky bastards.

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  7. Momalegal
    December 21st, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    I agree, that is a disgusting spectacle. They can’t even claim it’s “incentive” for better performance because it’s not based on anything of any value! Assholes.

  8. DenverPL
    December 21st, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    Wow.. perhaps it would be a good idea to keep job hunting. Sorry you had to witness this!

  9. Paralegal
    December 22nd, 2010 @ 1:38 am

    Thanks. I have been job hunting since the second week at my evil firm. Hopefully, things will open up in January.

  10. Another ParaLegal
    December 21st, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    What total tools! Just makes a shark feeding frenzy out of the whole thing…and the suck-asses will drain the life out of the ones who work without seeking spotlight and glory. The management sound like they are just looking for the biggest ass kissers rather than what will make the firm money like WORKERS. Hate that you had to watch that trash.

  11. Grumpy Humbug
    December 21st, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    How can they do that and NOT get sued by someone for intentional infliction of emotional distress (at a minimum)???

  12. Paralegal
    December 21st, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    Oh honey, I didn’t post other things that they could really sue the firm on.
    All the checks were given to only one race. No Hispanics, no white, no Asian, no Scandadavian’s, etc got a bonus. Not one.

  13. Ft Worth 8L
    December 21st, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    Yeah, but try making that stick in a suit.

  14. The Extortionist
    December 22nd, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    Please please please please please tell me you are making this up?!?!? Please!

  15. Paralegal
    December 22nd, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    I wish I was.
    There is a certain reader of my blog who knows what firm I work for. If you are reading this comment, please tell our friends what an evil place this is. Anon- of course :)

  16. litboi4u
    December 28th, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

    What!! are you serious??? OMG that is crazy… I too have an issue about our bonus this year but it does not compare to your’s I’m sorry that you have to go through that…

  17. Paralegal
    December 21st, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    News Radio always makes things better!

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  19. AJEsq.
    December 21st, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

    So, when are you starting over here?

  20. Paralegal
    December 21st, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    When you hire me. Get on that please :)

  21. Poonam
    December 21st, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    Disgusting!! We have bonuses handed over in our monthly paychecks. We don’t actually get told about it until nearer the time and it’s a one on one basis. I feel for your colleagues!

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  30. OldParalegal
    December 22nd, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    30 years in this field and I have NEVER heard the like. I am so sorry for you, and everyone you work with. Even if you got bonus, how would you face your non-bonus coworkers?

  31. One who knows
    December 22nd, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    Sadly, she is not making this up. This is just one of the many examples of how horrible that place is. I sure hope you can make an escape before they drive you completely insane!

  32. TxParalegal
    December 28th, 2010 @ 2:09 am

    Very few things surprise me these days, but DAMN. At least you know – can you imagine if you were there longer and were expecting a bonus and then had to go through that? What a shithole.

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