I'm freelance but also work via agencies who make it their life's work to send me insane!
Agency: we have a client that needs a web site 'finishing'
Me: what do you mean by 'finishing'
Agency: well they've had someone working on it and it's nearly all done but just, you know, needs finishing.
Me (with impending sense of doom): OK
Agency: They can't afford much so I've just put you down for a day.
I turn up at the Client and am given a 35 slide Powerpoint file!!!!
Not a jpeg or snippet of HTML in sight!
Same agency but new (very important) client.
The new client is launching a new quarterly publication (300+ pages) and an associated web site.
After an initial couple of meetings we nail down the design and budget. Fairly painless so far and I've been working from home.
Then when I get the go ahead the financial director suddenly insists that I work from their offices so they can keep an eye on the hours I'm doing.
OK, a bit of a pain but nothing to problematic.
Until I turn up for Day 1. I'm taken to a desk with a Dell PC, 15" monitor and only MS office loaded onto it.
When I complain that I need something a bit better and list the software packages I need I'm told: "well you'll have to bring it in yourself, the budget is tight enough as it is"
(I don't deal with that agency anymore)