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Ten Movie Offices Worse Than Yours
Cinematic workplaces we wouldn’t go near

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If things aren’t always hunky-dory in your workplace – and heck, mice made off with our printer last week –spare a thought for the wage-slaves of movieland. They do the thankless tasks while enduring sociopathic bosses who think lunch is for wimps, ideas are for stealing and butts are for kissing, not sitting. They’ll probably need you to “go ahead and come in on Saturday” too. Here’s ten companies that won’t appear on any Great Places To Work list. Warning: contains weirdly high levels of Kevin Spacey. 

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Ten Movie Offices Worse Than Yours | The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment (1960)

Sector: Insurance
Boss: Jeff Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray)
Employee: CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon)

A sweet-and-sour masterpiece with five o’clock shadow on its face and a resignation note jammed in its pocket, The Apartment shows what working at Billy Wilder’s Sterling Cooper might have been like (clue: not fun). A corporate monster drawn by the master’s acidic pen, Sheldrake (MacMurray) treats Jack Lemmon’s luckless CC Baxter not just as his personal schleb but as his personal pimp, availing himself of Baxter’s apartment for his flings while the poor man shivers on a park bench. Lift operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) – one of the fling-ees – fares little better. In fact, we’re not sure what they’re ‘consolidating’ at Consolidated Life but it sure as heck isn’t happy points. You get the feeling Wilder wouldn’t have enjoyed a desk job.

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1 Robocop / American Psycho -
I sure wouldn't wanna be scheduled for a product presentation at the offices of OCP or have a working lunch with Patrick Bateman.... More

Posted by antdaviesuk on Tuesday July 31, 2012, 15:21

2 being John Malkovich
It's half a floor for crying out loud More

Posted by lukebrawley on Tuesday July 31, 2012, 13:43

3 no boiler room?
that would be pretty bad... More

Posted by wilbert1981 on Tuesday July 31, 2012, 09:10

4 Seriously, no Brazil?
Information Retrieval: the very definition of Evil Incorporated, if such a thing existed. More

Posted by FacetiousBeard on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 03:11

5 no Brazil??
Information Retrieval is my definition of hell on Earth :P More

Posted by maxthom on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 12:20


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