>work in a tiny office, but it's essential experience for future
>work directly for two bosses, one is either a dick or really dislikes me
>criticizes almost everything I do
>even the way I talk pisses him off (e.g. using filler words like actually, the tone in the way I say yeah), or staring at him too long when he's talking
>ask him a lot of questions to make sure I don't do something wrong (as instructed), but he usually says they're stupid questions to ask him
How do I cope? I've definitely learned to stay out of his way as much as possible.
He probably thinks that the respect for his position derives entirely from the authority to disrespect yours. The only way he'd ever act differently is if he worked only with others who are at his exact same pay grade. Think of it working like a frat. He's happy if everyone is a bro, but it's a shitfest if he has to deal with a pledge.
You're the new kid and probably are asking dumb questions and taking up too much of his attention. EVERYONE does when they begin a job, and everyone is a pain in the ass while they learn.
There is nothing personal in his treatment of you. He's just barking at the new kid. Once you get settled in and fully know what you're doing he'll treat you like everyone else, and once they hire another new kid he'll start barking at that one.
I hope so. But this office is now at capacity and if I'm not his assistant, then it'll whomever who replaces me entirely.
About a month, and no. I am learning from scratch, basically.