Bloomberg Looks Like A Terrible Boss

Bloomberg Looks Like A Terrible Boss

Bloomberg Looks Like A Terrible Boss

For someone who has made an awful lot of money, and is now willing to spend it all on a vanity campaign for president, Michael Bloomberg sounds like an absolutely terrible boss to work for.

The campaign tone comes from the top down. The Bloomberg machine has been caught with their pants down and their hands in the cookie jar, all through their own arrogance and stupidity. And this stuff is all separate from the fact that Bloomberg shut down his news division from reporting on Democrats in order to give himself a free pass.

First, the Bloomberg campaign got caught in an embarrassing moment when it was revealed that they were using prison labor to make phone bank calls.

Through a third-party vendor, the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign contracted New Jersey-based call center company ProCom, which runs calls centers in New Jersey and Oklahoma. Two of the call centers in Oklahoma are operated out of state prisons. In at least one of the two prisons, incarcerated people were contracted to make calls on behalf of the Bloomberg campaign.”

According to a source, who asked for anonymity for fear of retribution, people incarcerated at the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, a minimum-security women’s prison with a capacity of more than 900, were making calls to California on behalf of Bloomberg. The people were required to end their calls by disclosing that the calls were paid for by the Bloomberg campaign. They did not disclose, however, that they were calling from behind bars.”

The campaign immediately ended the contract, but this was not a good look for a very very very rich man who, if he couldn’t pull in volunteers to make phone calls, could have at least hired people who weren’t in prison to make phone calls on his behalf. You have to imagine someone got called on the carpet for creating that mess for the campaign to clean up.

Still, the next embarrassing moment was allllllll Michael Bloomberg. And it’s very telling that he thinks this is an ideally productive environment.


I feel sorry for the digital team who had to make that image for Bloomberg, so he could tweet it out. Who wants to work for THAT guy? The one who can constantly see you, is breathing down your neck, and is probably constantly keeping track of how many minutes you spend not working?

Okay, maybe not quite like that, but you get the idea. Raise your hand if you want to work on the other end of the East Room from where a President Michael Bloomberg sits on the other end in his open cubicle, probably asking how to open Word every couple of hours. (The man is 77, after all.)

And then there was another problem that involved lying to potential employees. The Bloomberg campaign “hired” Hawkfish for digital and tech services. I put “hired” in quotation marks because Bloomberg owns Hawkfish. How conveeeeeeeeenient that the campaign basically pays for another Bloomberg company’s work. This would be problematic if there was any public money involved, but since there isn’t, it’s more like Bloomberg simply moving his money around from different accounts. But what WAS problematic was Hawkfish attempting to hire new people by telling them that they would be working for the Democratic National Committee.

On Nov. 27, three days after Bloomberg officially launched his bid for the White House, the DNC told Hawkfish that the pitches were misleading, according to the DNC official, spokesman Daniel Wessel.”

“We had previously alerted Hawkfish that the recruiting emails were incorrect and misleading,” Wessel told CNBC. Hawkfish then conceded to the DNC that the script sent to potential recruits wasn’t accurate, according to Wessel. It was corrected starting Dec. 2, said Michael Frazier, a Bloomberg campaign spokesman.”

The Bloomberg campaign said that the company Hawkfish hired to recruit talent, Andiamo Partners, mistakenly believed the data startup also had a contract with the DNC. Andiamo’s CEO, Patrick McAdams, did not respond to a request for comment.”

Several potential hires received notices through LinkedIn in which they were informed that Hawkfish was working for both the Bloomberg campaign and the DNC. It wasn’t immediately clear how many recruiting targets received the erroneous pitch.”

“The recruiting company mistook support for Democratic causes as Hawkfish working under contract with the DNC, which isn’t the case,” said Frazier, the Bloomberg aide.”

Ohhhh, so it’s the RECRUITING company’s fault for telling potential employees that they would be working for the DNC, hmmmm? Kind of like it was the third-party vendor’s fault that the Bloomberg campaign was using prison labor for phone calls?

It really is amazing how these embarrassing mistakes are someone else’s fault – which really is why Michael Bloomberg has proved that he’s a terrible boss to work for. The buck doesn’t stop with him. Not exactly the example of an inspiring leader, is it?

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5 Comments
  • Joe in PNG says:

    The New Not Ready for Prime Time Players- only without any real talent or heart or…

    The question is which will give out first- his ego or his money?

  • Emma Morrow says:

    Open plan offices are TERRIBLE for real work. They are a sign of cheap or out of touch bosses. If you want your talent to do their best work they need small offices of up to three coworkers who share similar personalities: loud with loud, introverts with introverts.

  • Love the blog, agree with you 90% of the time, but you missed the mark here. Mind you, I have no intention of ever voting for the guy, but I worked — fairly directly — for the man for 14 years. He’s actually a pretty good boss, in the sense that he treats employees rather well (financially) when he isn’t commenting on women’s asses. As for the “open plan” thing, it blows chunks but not for the reason you think. He and other top brass had private “conference rooms” that were actually private offices. The open plan problem is it’s noisy as hell.
    That’s just my 2 cents.

  • Gary says:

    I read when de Blasio visited the mayor’s offices in NYC before he was sworn in that Bloomberg met him and showed him the open office that he had used and recommended that de Blasio use it for his administration. So he has experience with it and wouldn’t be the first time he has tried it. Not that that makes him any more of an attractive candidate.

  • Bill Peschel says:

    According to a tweet (yeah, I know), but Bloomberg didn’t file papers in time so he’s not eligible for delegates in the Nevada caucus. A campaign that get their candidate on the ballot or slate is not a well-run campaign.

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