The most outrageously cheesy corporate training videos

Since the '50s, companies have trained new hires via awkward videos. But only now has YouTube gifted them to us

Published June 27, 2014 11:00PM (EDT)


Sometimes, when you're frightened by the rapid pace of technological change, feeling outdated by the Twitter and the Facebook and the Google Glass and generally just overwhelmed by the pace of the world, it's nice to realize some things never change: for example, the outrageous cheesiness of corporate training videos. From the 1950s to today, managers and bureaucrats continue to make cornball videos to teach new hires how to do their jobs. From the hilariously tone-deaf messaging to the robotic line-readings, here are 20 of the best of all time:

Office Safety, circa 1950s

McDonald's, 1970s

Police Safety, 1980s

Wendy's, 1989

Wendy's was on a roll...

Space Port Arcades, 1981

National Association of Music Merchants, 1986

(starring Conan O'Brien!)

Chuck E. Cheese's, 1991

Cousins Subs, 1995

(...with Dan Harmon)

Nintendo, 1991

Pier 1 Imports, 2001

Game Crazy, 2003

Landis Supermarket Training Video, not dated

GameStop, 2000s

Once in a Blue Moose, 2011

IRS, 2013

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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