Peter Gibbons is a frustrated and unmotivated programmer who works at a company called Initech. His co-workers include fellow programmers Samir Nagheenanajar and Michael Bolton, as well as Milton Waddams, a meek collator who is mostly ignored by the rest of the office. The staff constantly suffer under callous management, especially Initech’s smarmy vice president Bill Lumbergh, whom Peter loathes. Peter’s life is changed once he visits a hypnotherapist, who hypnotizes him, putting him in a state of ecstasy. The hypnotherapist dies immediately after hypnotizing Peter. Stuck in his state of ecstasy, Peter does not concern himself with things he doesn’t like doing, like going to work.
Initech employee Peter Gibbons is a disgruntled computer programmer who must deal with the company’s bullying management style, personified in VP Bill Lumbergh.
The only coworkers that he can tolerate are his friends Michael and Samir, who also hate their jobs.
The company boasts a corporate structure complete with motivational speeches, mission statements, and paperwork protocols, all of which just make Peter and his friends more and more disenchanted.