25+ Work Secrets Employees Discovered That They Probably Shouldnt Have

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Every person who’s ever had a job knows that every workplace has its own secrets, big and small. Most of us don’t ever find out anything interesting about places of employment, except for some petty gossip or drama between coworkers. However, on rare occasions some people just happen to find out something that they were not supposed to know, and then it’s up to them what to do with said information.

Well, the most common route people seem to take is to keep the secret to themselves and occasionally share it on sites such as Reddit. But to be honest we are delighted by this, as some of these secrets they shared made for a very juicy post! Scroll down below to see what kind of information was unknowingly found out and don’t forget to comment and vote on your favorite stories, or, hell, add your own if you have something interesting to share! (Facebook cover image: Lance Cpl. Michael S. Cifuentes)

#1

All this stuff is so negative…I’m gonna throw a positive one out there!

My boss is secretly a competitive ballroom dancer and he’s too embarrassed to tell anyone. I found out when my girlfriend and I took a beginner course and he was in the studio working on a routine. I got sworn to secrecy but I think that’s so interesting.

#2

At a previous job we had an HR manager get fired right after returning from maternity leave. She was replaced by the guy that she trained to fill in for her while she was gone. She sent a company wide email with the pay rate of everyone from the plant manager on down. It was a s**t show. A lot of pay rates were wildly different in management/supervision and maintenance. There were talks of workstop strikes and slowdowns, even threats of unionizing. I believe that this one act lead to the eventual closure of the plant. It was a crazy time.

#3

Not a current job but at a past job, my manager quit and the CEO gave me access to his emails so I could find information about how to do projects he only knew about.

I started looking for all the salary information from all the co-workers on my team. Found out I was being paid significantly less than the person who previously had my position.

I went and negotiated about a 40% raise with the CEO based on that information.

#4

I know the key code to a store room I’m not really supposed to. I use it for naps

#5

After reading the other stuff, mine is kinda boring.

But i spent company money on an ice cream machine that i hide in my office.

#6

My boss has been banging the secretary, who is married, for years, and it’s a secret that the secretary’s first kid (14 yo) is my boss’ biological child.

my boss is also married with kids.

#7

My boss stores beer in the server room because the temperature is always kept cool

#8

Casino worker. There are a disturbing amount of suicides that happen on property. Almost none are reported to the public.

#9

Once instead of receiving my paycheck, I received a file containing every paycheck of everybody in the company. Thus, I knew how much money everybody were making, what benefits they had, etc. (Including the CEO and high management)

#10

From my last job…

“Under no circumstances are you even to look at what’s going on in the other half of the plant.”

What was going on? They were building an automated side. Got replaced by a robot a year later.

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#11

Someone has been stealing things from everyone’s desks in our office. I setup a teddy cam on someone’s desk (with their permission) to find out who was doing it. Turns out it’s the owner of the company.

Since a lot of people are asking. I confronted him about it in private. Over the course of 2-3 months the majority of things started reappearing and the stealing came to a stop after that. At least for the most part, occasionally something would go missing but it wasn’t near as often.

#12

There is a removable panel in the restroom that allows access to various pipes in the wall. It also allows you to perfectly hear meetings in the superintendents office. I’ve learned lots of juicy things I’m not supposed to know about.

1)some coworkers were having sex on company property on company time they thought management wouldn’t find out. Management found out.

2)My top boss has anxiety and would practice his speech to my direct supervisor before giving it to everyone.

3)My boss isn’t nice behind closed doors. I heard him talk so much shit about my coworkers.

#13

The reason there’s high turnover is because management fired the one competent manager for being too kind.

#14

Everyone’s passwords. We store them in cleartext. It’s horrifying.

#15

Not really something I’m not meant to know but more something the public aren’t meant to know about an old place of work: the vegetarian roasts aren’t vegetarian.

#16

I’m a nanny. Short answer – everything. I hear all of the whispers you think I can’t hear from the next room. Your kids know/talk more than you think. Google fills in your search history when I’m ordering more diapers. I pull the receipts out of the dryer that fell out of your pants pockets. The iPad the kids use has the photo account linked across all of your devices.

I don’t snoop intentionally, but just as a byproduct of being in the home all day and working with a family so intimately I definitely know most/all of the family secrets. Even the secrets that Momboss and Dadboss may be keeping from each other. I just pretend not to know anything at all until I’m directly told. I would never tell these things to anyone, but make sure you really trust your nannies. And/or have a non-disclosure clause in their contract.

#17

The CEO does coke before public speaking

#18

My office purposily messes up people’s wages to see if A) they’re honest about receiving extra or B) they can save money by not paying it all. It’s such a scum thing to do just glad it never happened to me.

#19

That at my “zero drug tolerance†workplace the CEOs executive assistant and the head of HR do coke on weekends together. So I know when they’re not going out that weekend there’ll be a workplace drug test the end of the next week.

#20

Not my current job, but when I worked in logistics my boss, head of outbound operations didn’t have a high school diploma and and the job required a college degree. She lied on her resume to get the job.

She was an amazing boss, though. She didn’t micromanage, she called me on my shit and screw-ups when they occurred but was never mean or “power-trippy” about it. She offered suggestions to increase efficiency, but they weren’t required, we just had to test them out, keep what worked, discard what didn’t. Somehow, she always was able to make me feel proud of a job well done, while still making determined to do better. Probably the best boss I’ve worked for to date. And that includes 6 years of self-employment.

She was fired a few months after I left for lying on her resume.

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#21

That in March next year the company I work for will lose the contract to provide catering and all employees will probably lose their job. I can’t sleep at night, I can’t look them in the eyes. The company that contracts us has already started negotiating with another contractor and I am friends with someone high up in that company. They’ve told me to get out ASAP. My boss doesn’t even know. I have been dropping hints but I don’t know what to do. If I can i will find new jobs for my team (there are two separate teams and I manage 1) before then and encourage them to put in an application but I can’t make them.

#22

My boss makes more than $6m annually but likes to pretend he’s only making 100-200k so the low level employees don’t ask for more. I make more than everyone solely based on the fact that I run the books and know how much he actually makes so I can ask for more.

#23

I work in education.

My former chairman allowed a female employee to embezzle money from the school. I found out and blew the whistle. I assumed the woman would be fired and the chair would be demoted. Instead, the woman was asked to quit and given a package, and the chair stayed in his position because of his status as a coach. He proceeded to make my job very difficult for the next five years until he gave up the chairmanship to someone competent. The woman was his work wife and mistress, who also used to be his student, at our school.

#24

The admin password for our laptops. The IT guy from 4 years ago never changed it.

#25

By jumping from department to department over the years, at my old job I knew a combination of things that no one person was supposed to know.

I knew alarm codes, vault combinations, locations of keys, passwords, schedules, location and functionality of cameras and security systems.

Led to a lot of idle daydreaming on bad days of things I could, but never would, do.

#26

The bedbugs in the hotel beds are not isolated to one room anymore

#27

The chiefs on my ship and others in our home port are being investigated for wife swapping. Maybe sounds harmless, but adultery, even mutually agreed upon, is technically illegal in the military.

#28

One of my project supervisors is the owner’s nephew. The guy spent 17 years in prison for killing 2 people because “it sounded like fun at the time.”

The guy committed the murders when he was 16. While highly intoxicated on a cocktail of drugs, he and his buddies were arguing what’s the best way to hang someone. They decided to test their ideas.Their experiment was successful. He ended up turning himself in a few days later and took a plea bargain. He got a reduced sentence for snitching on his friends.

#29

We know what they use their laptops for, and what kinds of sick porn you watch.

Some users download and stream it. We can see what’s hogging the network bandwidth yo .

I just pray the keyboards don’t get returned sticky when they quit.

#30

The reason my boss won’t replace the aging fleet of company cars for people below him is because he wasn’t allowed to get the car he wanted and now he’s pouting and nobody is getting new cars. A Jeep Patriot isn’t supposed to live to 200,000 Miles.

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#31

At my old company the owner accidentally sent me the complete company accounting breakdown. I knew what everyone made, how much revenue we took, how much our office cost, how much eeeeeevvvvverything.

Of course they immediately sent me an email “Don’t look at that”

I replied, “Oh I hadn’t even noticed that email. No problem!”

But it was too late. I’ve seen everything! I’ve seen it all.

#32

Old job. Those shiny new fumehoods and laminar flow cabinets didn’t actually have working vents.

#33

That my boss is a complete moron. When we figure out a way to accomplish something more efficiently than the set ways, she loses it because she hates change. Like, completely loses it and makes everyone panic while she panics because she is a moron

#34

That upper management has so much going on that if you just act super hurried they will think you’re doing a great job and leave you alone. Honestly, that might work in most places.

#35

My boss was/is sleeping with HR head and theyre both married (not to each other)

#36

One of our guys took a work van to rob a bank. He got arrested and after 5 years of ‘working somewhere else’ he came back to work for us.

#37

My bosses tried artificial insemination a couple of times but to no avail. They now treat the company like their child, which is understandable and I feel for them.

#38

I know how much everybody in the IT is getting paid. From that I can safely say that

new people with no skill nor experience get a lot more money than people who have been working here for years and know our product in and out

and

2) that I am one of those who get paid the less. Raises are opposed against because “everybody gets the same, no matter the experience” (complete lie, see above).

The result is that I am now actively searching for a higher paid job.

#39

At a place that I used to work I was the only person with any IT smarts. I set up the spam filter to forward to my inbox any “maybe” emails that it caught which I would then look at and forward on if they weren’t spam.

On two occasions I was forwarded an email receipt for viagra which one of my colleagues had purchased with his work email address. I just deleted them rather than forward on because, well, because it’s just easier that way.

#40

I found out my coworker on a lower position was getting a few thousand dollars more in salary than me (she told me her wage when she left the company). Wrote up a polite but stern email to my boss asking her to not only match it but increase by a couple of K – because I did have a higher position after all – and she did. Sometimes knowing things can be a benefit.

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#41

This multi billion dollar job is almost entirely billed as time and material. That means they don’t really give a fuck if you get much done, but if you miss any time they will rain down hell. They need us there for the billable hours.

The job itself is rather unique, so there is no benchmark for cost/time. So as long as you aren’t visibly drunk, sleeping, or fighting, you can dick off to your heart’s content.

#42

Only one of the security cameras actually works. The rest are for show.

Also, at a credit union I worked at I knew both halves of the combination to the vault. (THOSE security cameras did work for sure tho).

#43

We’ve had a salary/wage increase freeze for over two years due to our ‘dire financial issues’, but our President still took his raise. He now makes over a million a year. There are only 30 employees in the company.

#44

My boss is faking a recovery program, hit her ex husband with a car, and is never going to change or get fired because she’s the owner’s daughter who “can’t do anything about her.”

#45

At my last command the Legal Officer of all people would put his calls on speaker phone and leave his door open. So of couse everyone in the vicinity could hear him talking about people’s sensitive information as well as his personal opinions about these people. One of the worst I overheard was “Is there anything we can do to keep so-and-so from advancing (getting a promotion)?” Another was “So-and-so’s wife called the captain saying he beat the s**t out of her, so now I have to deal with THAT.” He was a piece of s**t. Probably still is.

#46

There’s a guy that clocks in for overtime every weekend and then drives home. He’s making an extra 60 grand a year doing this.

#47

I work in a large federal government building, one of the ones you would see on the news frequently because a lot of stuff happens here and reporters are on location often. There are a series of “network closets” in the building, they’re placed in the same locations on multiple floors so the cabling layout is standardized, they range in size from a decent sized bathroom to a studio apartment and you’d never notice them in the hallway because the doors are unassuming.

One of these closets is completely unlabeled, the plaque with the room number has been removed and it’s just a blank door in the hallway, I noticed it was where one of our closets should be but it’s missing from all the maps and directory. It’s the largest closet by far, someone has furnished it with leather couches and a tv and fridge. I have no idea who converted it into their own private lounge but there are 10,000 people in this building and only 30 or so people can open that door.

#48

The head of my old org in my region stole $500,000 from the org, which caused us to cut our services to homeless people.

#49

– My boss’s boss doesn’t flush, pees on the toilet seat and doesn’t wash her hands after using the bathroom. Unfortunately I know this first hand…

– Also, I know a way to enter the building easily after it is “locked up” at 10 p.m.

– AND… I once accidentally saw the salary of a Division head instead of mine (in USD it would be about 26,000 gross PER MONTH).

#50

That our CEOs speeches are actually written by low level grunts. Makes me wonder about all the inspiring leader’s speeches of the past.

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#51

My CEO didn’t resign by choice. Investors forced him because he was sued for sexual assault.

#52

Theres a chair in our office which was used by two ex employees to have sex repeatedly on and I’m almost certain there’s markings on it.

Newer employees use it and it hurts me a little everytime

#53

My old Job’s security system’s passwords were the store numbers. And all computers had the same passwors and login which was the stores name and store number. I was told by my former boss that, it’s the same for every store so I Technically have access to everystore in the country.

#54

If we have to clock in for work at a time when we are not technically on the schedule, we use what’s called a “red card.” For example, let’s say I’m scheduled 2-9 on a particular day and I got called in early. If I tried to punch, I would get an error message. The only people with these red cards are managers (store manager, perishable manager and non-perishable manager).

Well, I know the code for the red card, so theoretically I can punch myself in without needing to get it from a manager.

#55

I work in a pretty well known financial institution. I see a select few people most days commit what could be described as negligent at best and downright reckless actions at worst. I’m on a relatively low level so they presume I don’t see but I’m just waiting for auditors/regulators to tear the place to shreds.

#56

My boss is sexually harassing my colleague and there is nothing I can do about it. She is afraid of losing her job and we don’t have any proof of misconduct to denounce him.

#57

At Kmart, the managers constantly show us attempts to steal from the store. But they never say who it is and nobody ever gets fired. They also have these impossible deadlines that we need to meet (which we don’t). They basically just lie a ton to scare people into working harder, which is why I quit

#58

I don’t know if this counts, but my mom works for the Federal Government of Canada, and she was one of the first to know that Justin Bieber was banned from China.

#59

Manager fired one of my coworkers (lets call him Billy) because her good friend, who works with Billy, didnt like him.

It didnt matter that he was never late, was dedicated, smart, hardworking, and didnt gossip.

Manager also promoted her other friend (who was our billing person and previously worked retail) to HR manager. People’s insurance through the company started lapsing and vacation days were taken without warning. Said people were not in the office those days when people had a full workdays’ worth of emails to show for it.

#60

My workplace is under investigation for the potentially negligent death of one of our residents. I suspect that they actually have a case too.

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#61

I work for a major car rental company that is now more than 15 billion dollars in debt, nobody will loan them money to replace it’s aging fleet and there is no hope of making that money back. The State of Florida is currently suing them over toll charges practices.

I have found this information by reading stock Market analysis, I know for a fact they are not clueing any of the local managers about it.

The C-Level churn rate for this company is amazing.

I believe if we got OJ Simpson to do some commercials for us again it would boost our revenue

#62

I know everyone on our wifi, and their devices and where they’ve been coupled with how they are affiliated to our company. My boss does a report daily for the cio with my metrics. Part of me wants to know why, part of me doesn’t. They have a pathing system that tracks movement for 30 days that I had made for emergency exiting plans, it’s not being used for that.

#63

That with a day or two of effort, I could draft a full proposal for eliminating my job and the other four people who do my job. It’s completely unnecessary and the organization wastes, conservatively, $200,000 a year on salary and benefits for us to perform a very small number of tasks that could easily be delegated elsewhere or replaced with an outside service.

I suspect it’s one of those “being taken care of” situations. The other four employees are all women and have all been there for 15-20 years. Nobody wants to pull these old fossils into the office and say “You’re a grown adult who gets paid a grown adult salary to sit around on Facebook and answer the phone three times in an eight hour shift, get the fuck outta here”. Private sector, the position would have been eliminated a decade ago.

I mean, it’s nice that I’m employed, but the job is a complete waste of time and money. You know that book “Bullshit Jobs”? This is it.

#64

Learnt on a closing shift at one place I worked that if you can convince the higher ups that you smoke, you get a 10 minute paid smoke break every hour on top of your break.

#65

The hiding place for the key and the lock code to the controlled drugs closet

#66

One of my managers, who I’m not too fond of but is mutual friends with many of my friends, is dealing coke in the restaurant I work at. Both to employees and to guests.

#67

So I used to work for an NGO in a government funded program. Shortly before I quit I found out that the higher ups were actually taking government funded money that was meant for our program and using it on their own non government funded programs. So essentially they were stealing millions of dollars from the government!

#68

The boss makes a whole lot more money than he wants us to believe. If you believe him he and his family are a hairs width from living under a bridge. Nevermind the brand new 70″ smart TV for the office…

#69

In the past on three separate occasions I’ve known about people getting fired before THEY knew they were fired.

#70

Was a bus driver in the UK for Arriva. Instead of windscreen washer fluid, they use water.

Before CCTV was common, was a shelf stacker at a co-op. Come in to find the boss has ‘resigned’, with the police getting called in. Turns out he had stolen stock over at least a year in the low 5 figure range. Had a couple of people in on it. He basically invented a chronic shoplifting problem by claiming that shoplifters who had been caught past and present had stolen a lot more than they had. Write it off and take the stuff from back of shop. Got off scot free somehow

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#71

I worked in a Department where my husband at the time was Manager. I knew 2 weeks in advance that everyone in 1 section, around 30 people (many of them friends) were to be made redundant – but couldnt tell anyone. Would have prefered not to know. It was horrible.

#72

At one of my old jobs I was responsible for processing expense reports. One day I came across the company CEO’s “business” expense report. The trip was a trip to Hawaii for him and his spouse and another person + spouse. The “business” trip includes extravagant meals and excursions. I questioned it but was ultimately was told just to process it since he’s the CEO. Few years later (and after quitting the company) the company was pretty much gone. HAHA!

#73

At a past job, the husband of the HR director was friends and college buddies with my manager. My manager was misogynistic, maintained a hostile work environment (daily), and was sexually harassing two female employees. Though he was reported (almost weekly) he would never get into trouble (he did get promoted frequently), but the reporter would, one day, find their ‘position eliminated’ and walked out the door. The company is currently facing a class action law suit brought by 24 past employees, some with audio or video proof of the abuse or non-action by HR.

#74

The factory manager that recently “retired” in his 50s actually was sexually harassing two women engineers in their 20s that opened an HR case together. I’ve tried to ask why he gets to get off with reputation intact and HR says it’s company policy to keep investigations private. One of his personal photographs from his travels is still hanging in the cafeteria with his name on it.

#75

Former job. They’d falsify DOT records, so managers would get a nice bonus at the end of the year for not having any incidents.

#76

The guards at one of our sites aren’t armed because they’d have to pay more and it would be harder to hire qualified people. They just had a shooting there. Not surprised one person quit over it.

#77

Not employed there anymore, but I knew my boss made videos of himself in his office chair fully nude shooting baby batter all over himself. How? He “accidentally†uploaded one into an ftp folder I was using for an ongoing shared project.

#78

At a former job, had a boss who was unpleasant to be around and meddled in our work. When this person went on vacation we’d all come in early and stay late because it was such a pleasure actually getting our work done without them around. While boss was away we’d also have a barbeque and invite old employees back for a reunion! It became an annual event to look forward to.

#79

My former boss (who is married) had sex in his office with multiple employees. Shit leadership skills. He came from a naval background didn’t have a bloody clue what he was talking about unless it was navy stuff.

Office supervisor- had f**k buddies in the office. He would let them get away with murder in exchange for sexual favours. He would always talk about how much he got paid compared to everyone else. Never wanted to help anyone or give a shit.

The entire department is a complete shit show the good bunch of people who made the place decent either left or constantly got f**ked over. Hard workers never got a thank you

#80

They sent out an email saying one of our coworkers is no longer employed with us, which means they got fired. They aren’t supposed to tell us why that person got fired, but one day the assistant director came up to me and asked if the fired coworker was still in a relationship with a certain client. Someone had mistakenly told her I might have information about it, but I had no idea. My department didn’t even work with that client. So now I know my coworker got fired for dating a client.

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#81

I worked in a restaurant, where the General Manager was incompetent and corrupt. The restaurant was violating numerous health code regulations. Every now and then, she would rush frantically through the place screaming at everyone to clean something up, label the food with dates, get that chicken out of hot water, etc. It seems she had a friend who worked at the Health Department, who would call her with a heads up that they were on their way over there to inspect the place.

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#82

I used to work at the University of Iowa as a secretary in administration. The rules stated that they had to accept a lateral transfer from another department they didn’t want. I heard them plan to stick this brand new person in the busiest area and then discipline them out when they inevitably made mistakes. Her failure was planned before she even worked her first day.

A year later, my supervisor changed and they did the exact same thing to me, firing me for “too many typosâ€. Still boils my blood.

#83

About 20 years ago at a former workplace we were all told there was no money in the budget for a pay rise, which was overdue, for the entire department. Within a few weeks I discovered, face up on a supervisor’s desk, the pay rates for the entire office. Despite “no money”, our manager had recently received a 45% pay rise.

#84

That the third floor isn’t complete yet.

A colleague told me how he was reprimanded for talking about it to people not in the know.

I wasn’t in the know…

#85

I used to work for a pet store. My boss was such a crook. She would make photocopies of the vaccines the kitten/puppy got… It was always the same photocopies. She would lie just to get a sale, even if it meant hurting an animal. She would refuse to provide proper treatment to the animals we had. We had a whole litter of puppies die from parvo… A lot of hamster died from wet tail… We would find 5 to 10 guppies dead every morning because she refused to put in a water heater in their tank… She would constantly yell at us because we weren’t selling enough. She wanted us to sell about 1 000$ worth of accessories if someone bought a kitten or a puppy. If we did, we would get 50$ bonus on our pay check… We never actually got any of those “bonuses”… And last but not least, we had an old cash register where you have to manually input the taxation percentages. Well, she would charge 15.5% of tax instead of 15%… I lasted 3 months. Just couldn’t take more than that.

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