A Brief Help Understanding the Real,
Well Hidden, German Nature
Working and Living in Germany
Posted by: Donny
I have been living here (in Germany) for 10 years now, I knew of the
bad reputation the Germans had (and even had the odd bad
experience with Germans before),
but I brushed it off to ʺcultural differences and language problemsʺ.
I speak German fluently since about 8‐9 years now and can just tell
you that it has nothing to do with language problems.
it is a profound problem, that the Germans are, in general, rude,
arrogant and of course many take a step further and are truly
The thing is, the Germans themselves do not see this as a problem;
they still have the mind set that the loudest, most arrogant is the
alphamale and hence expect the manager to have these ʺqualitiesʺ.
One thing that i find hilarious is in the German version of the ʺThe
In the UK version at some point the boss from the other branch is
coming in, being professional, efficient etc, and to the viewer it is
apparent that Brent is lacking all these good skills. i.e. the other
manager is sort of the ʺidealʺ manager.
In the German version, this ʺotherʺ manager is literally screaming,
being arrogant, cutting of sentences of other people speaking etc. That
is, the manager that the viewer should regard as ʺidealʺ manager.
To me, suddenly the Brent (in German: Stromberg) guy seems like a
decent manager, whereas the Germans think the other manager is
bevahing exactly the way a manager should.
German economy is going downwards, and will continue going
downards and I think this is one of the key reasons why: they simple
expect any manager to be a true asshole, if he is not an asshole he
can´t be a good manager.
And as you know, an asshole as a manager is truly the worst kind of
thing that can happen to a company.
I have in my whole life never encountered so many assholes, people
that trying to fcuk you over in any way they can, in some cases
simply because ʺthey canʺ, rather than doing it for some personal
winning of their own.
If i had knew this beforehand I would never moved here. I will move
away the next years and will never come back, and will also stay
clear of doing any business with Germans in the future, and if i get
to work with German collegaues I will shortly keep them on arms
Sure, I also had the odd good experience with Germans, but let´s face
it: so far I think Germany has the highest assholes per capita in the