I was flown out as a UX designer to help with the conversion of an industrial eCommerce website to responsive design. When I got onsite I realized the relaunch of the main website was 6 months behind schedule and they were in trouble. I asked where the team was that I was to begin work with. That is when they informed me that I was the only one that they hired and that there were no other assets available to help me.
Apparently they expected that I would be able to convert the entire website (the one that was currently six months behind and had a full team of devs working overtime on) into a mobile ready website in two months by myself and that it would work seamlessly with their new CMS that was not installed yet.
Me: Do you even know what UX means?
Client: We thought it meant “expert.”
Everyone at the company had UX in their job title. None of them knew what it meant.
They finished by asking me to pull the html code off the browser from the wireframe preview tool the design agency was using. I scheduled my flight home that same night.