Alright, I think it's time to share the ridiculousness of my previous job... I'll be quite surprised if this company's East Coast office lasts another year. The treat it like a red-headed stepchild.
The Company is a medium-sized "digital agency" (from web design/development/hosting to SEO and marketing campaigns online). Their main clients are ministry clients and are a very religious agency. I have heard the CFO/head salesman start client meetings with prayers before. The CEO started this company in his early 20's, basically he has never held a job where he was an underling, he has no idea what it's like to be an employee. The headquarters is on the West Coast and the office I worked in was a satellite on the East Coast. HQ had approximately 30-40 people working there, East coast had under 10 people (by the time I left, there were 3 full-time people - including me - and 1 part-time guy who came in about once a week).
There are so many stories of this place I can tell, but for now I'm going to tell me favorite: The Christmas Raffle.
The week before Christmas we have our monthly all-company meeting. For these, we're allowed to buy lunch for the office (get reimbursed for it) and take a longer lunch together. After lunch, we all (3 of us working full-time there at this point) log back on and start working again. To communicate with each other during the day, we G-Chat with each other. After an hour or so we notice status updates from the West Coast Office along the lines of "Merry Christmas to me from Company! I just got an iPad!", "Thanks Company for the Amazon Gift Card!", etc. We on the East Coast as very confused.
To make a long story short, the CEO decided to host a raffle to boost employee morale. He includes new iPads, a Kindle Fire, and a plethora of high $$ gift cards to Apple, Amazon, etc. All employees names were put into a hat and drawn every hour or so.
Every employee except the East Coast employees.
Apparently, out of sight, out of mind.
We contact our West Coast office liaison (who's actually only in the office once a month) and complain. Seriously, how hard would it have been to toss 4 names in the raffle and mail our presents out to us? She was out of the office and didn't know about the raffle. She immediately jumps down the CEO's neck and he says he'll "make it up to us".
Next week I receive a card in the mail. I was the raffle winner! And what did I win? A $10 Starbucks gift card.