Something I now feel comfortable venting about, now that my PhD is over a year behind me, is their timekeeping practices.
At some point in the middle of my PhD, they started requiring that we record hours. I (and other students) were pissed off about this, because we weren’t being paid by the hour, we were on fixed salaries. Being salaried has the disadvantage that your employer pressures you to work long hours, because they know they don’t have to pay you overtime. Being paid by the hour is better, but has the disadvantage that you have to record hours. By making us record hours, while keeping us on fixed salaries, we were getting the worst of both worlds.
Once we actually started recording hours, it was even more ridiculous than we initially thought. It was not possible to record accurate hours–the maximum number of hours I could record was about 20 hours per week. This was supposedly because I had a “50% appointment”, meaning that half of my time was devoted to my position as a research assistant, and the other half devoted to being a student. Which was not accurate by the way. I wasn’t taking any more classes at this point.