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Do You Prefer Working With Women or Men?

Women and men often bring different energies in a professional setting. And while it's of course a generalization to say you prefer working with one gender over the other, I'm wondering if you do in fact have a general preference. I've worked with both male and female bosses and each experience has been distinctive. Sure, it has something to do with them as individuals regardless of gender, but I also think there's a certain something that characterizes working with women and men, respectively.


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Angeleyes25 Angeleyes25 8 years
Men. No question. Women are catty, hate when another woman is their boss, especially if you were once on the same level, hate when another women succeeds, hate when another woman knows more than them. A little extra at everything. Such has creating a simple letter or setting up for a meeting. I Love working with men, and prefer if everyone I worked with were men, because women cannot make a decision and get caught up in gossip. I can't stand it. Men are straight up and to the point and never micro-manage. They just want you to do your job. Don't get me wrong I had a women boss twice and they were cool. But men are better for me.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
If I have to choose.... Men. I've worked in all-male environments before and while I did find them to be condescending, I found that I could work with that and just prove them wrong. I work in an all-female environment right now and it's the WORST experience in my entire life. Unfortunately, my boss is a walking cliche - the female boss that thinks she has to to be harder and "bitchier" than a male boss would be to get respect. But what's worse is that she acts like the 'bitchy head cheerleader on a power trip' from a teen melodrama - she gets downright nasty with gossip, gathers up a group of her followers to make your life a living hell in so many other creative ways and won't even be civil to you in public. I will go out of my way to be sure that I never work in an all-male or all-female work environment EVER again, if I have to. And really I think this is one small part of a greater problem - the total lack of female-to-female support. It seems like so many women just treat other women as being their competition - if we don't like them, we beat them down or cast them out... and we even go as far as to "steal" each other's boyfriends/husbands (as if it's the other woman's fault for 'not being able to keep her man happy' What?!). We would get a lot further in this world if we could support one another and play fair - like the smart, sensitive, savvy women we all are as individuals. But I digress.
kiwishe kiwishe 9 years
I Love working with men, and prefer if everyone I worked with were men, because women cannot make a decision and get caught up in gossip. I can't stand it. I speak the most minimal amount of my personal life, no one knows what I do on my off time.
jennythereader jennythereader 9 years
Men. I'm not a very social person at work, and most men seem more willing to accept that.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Men! They're direct, and I've never been professionally back-stabbed by a man. In my experience, women are more likely to be gossip and play games, and I'm extremely inept at office politics.
OliveBlack OliveBlack 9 years
Men! It's so much easier to speak openly to them, rather than all the gossip, bitching, backstabbing and overall fakeness than can occur with women. I have worked with some really great girls in the past, but there's always been some cattiness at some point. It's much more straightforward with men, plus bad as it sounds, you get away with so much more with men, just because you're a girl. My mate works as an admin assistant in a company where all the staff are male engineers, and she's treated like gold. Can't imagine it would be anything like that if they were all women.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
the only time i have ever had an issue that came to a sit down with my boss was with a female co-worker. but i also worked with a few very catty men. but overall, i think i like working independently. women really do make it a lot more gossip-oriented and catty, sad to say.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I feel like we've taken this quiz before? Maybe I just had deja vu. Anyways, Id prefer working for NEITHER! I'd prefer to go home and take a nap :) No, but seriously, I used to prefer men. Now I am beginning to wonder if women would be more understanding. I've never worked for one tho.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
Where I work, the men are just as catty as the women -- no more, no less. I like working with anyone who treats me well and from whom I can learn. Thus far, it's been both. In my experience, folks (of both genders) will shush their cattiness if you don't join in.
Advah Advah 9 years
Men. Women are b*tchy, cliquy. A guy won't ask you to do his dishes, a woman will and won't feel bad about it. Women have a problem with hierarchy - don't like it when another woman is their superior, and when they manage a team deal with them as if they were kids.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Men. No question. Women are catty, hate when another woman is their boss, especially if you were once on the same level, hate when another women succeeds, hate when another woman knows more than them. Yes, men can be patronizing, but it's more unfortunate that women cannot ban together. I also find them to be overly sensitive and read more into things that is actually there. Men are straight-forward and tell things like they are. No "only happy thoughts" or "oh I don't want to hear it, it ruins my fairy-tale view of the world!" from men! Not all women in power are bitches. But they may come off a little like that because of what they've been through! I worked my way up the ranks of a company and once I was in a position of power everything was different from the other women in the office. Men congratulated me and one misogynist gave me grief, but other than that I was welcomed bu upper management. The people I "left behind" became ridiculously catty for no reason, especially since I was not their supervisor. Oh, and I agree with one thing magickalrealism said about women - they base too much on feelings and not on performance and ability. Also, men who do certain things are called ambitious. Women who do the same are called bitches. Guess what? Bitches get sh*t done!
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
wow im so surprised! I work in a law firm in Manhattan, and after almost two years here, I have to say I prefer women to men. Yes, women can be catty but I also know I have my days so I can't hate on others for doing the same thing I do once in a while. Men on the other If you knew what they talked about behind your back, you may think twice. Because of the nature of the job, there are many more men than women in a corporate law firm...and many of these men are very degrading of women (an attitude that comes out at firm drinks or outtings more so than in the office..). I also feel that many men still suffer from their huge egos and still don't feel women are as capable. It's very sad.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
I have had the worst experiences with women, even in the interview process. I've had several women attack me verbally and question my reasoning for even applying for a position during interviews. Women can also be very catty to work with. But I have gotten to the age that I just don't care what other people say to/ about me. I'm very disappointed, because we worked so hard to earn a place in the working world, and then we just cut each other down.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
I love working iwth BOTH. I used to work in a all men dept and I love my boys! I know work in a dept that has only 1 guy in the room for the whole day. We and our guy (who is our boss) love it. The only problem is that we like each other way too much and sometimes have trouble being able to do things as a group.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
Diversity is good at work. I enjoy the differences everyone brings to the table!
cateislate cateislate 9 years
it makes me sad to read through and see how many of us (myself included) prefer to work with men compared with woman. let's individually do what we can to make working with women better!
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Men, as long as I'm not in a supporting position (i.e. assistant position). Nothing bothered me more than when I worked in an office where all of the women seemed to be in supporting/clerical positions. Has anyone else noticed that so many women in top positions seem to be complete b*tches? I don't know if society just views top men and top women differently, but I'm seriously starting to wonder if being a b*tch is necessary in order to get ahead. Every single female director or CEO or whatever that I've come in contact with just seems to have that nasty side to them.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Women... :)
luckystar1121 luckystar1121 9 years
It's pretty close. An office full of women is just asking for some drama issues. Then again, guys can be so immature! In the end, working with guys is better, because they're more "chill" and won't talk behind your back... lol
bibelot bibelot 9 years
Men. I've had some VERY BAD experiences in female-dominated groups...I think you need either a 50-50 split or a majority of men in the workplace to calm things down.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I prefer men. But, I grew up with my two best friends as guys and so I think I missed learning how to deal with women well. However, I think in the workplace the gossip can be just as much men as women. In mine the men are nonstop gossiping - but 90% of that is who is doing what work and who is going to leave work. The women's gossip is personal. I think women are sometimes more obsessive about controlling an image rather than accepting help and can see things as a zero sum game - if I am doing well that means they are not. I have had major problems with specific people of both genders, though, so ultimately I'd like to say that at this point it isn't just men or women, but certain types of ppl I work better or worse with.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 9 years
Women are usually way too political, and will base their decisions about who to promote on how they feel rather than on actual performance. This is unfortunate and anti-feminist of me, but it is my experience that the higher level a female executive is, the more abusive she is with her power.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm not really sure that i have a preference either way or that i act differently either way. i think that women working with women tend to find things outside of work in common so it's a different energy - but i also think that working with men makes you stay motivated a bit more. i don't know...
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
Hmm... I don't know that I've noticed a big difference... but in a large group, I'd rather have it diverse than either just men or just women.
starturtle44 starturtle44 9 years
A pretty even mix is my preference, but if it had to be mostly one or the other, men definitely. Like others have said, the gossip and the backstabbing gets exhausting.
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