Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Worst Places To Work!

To have a job is truly a blessing. But to have a job that you like is both a treasure and a blessing in one. I've spent many a Sunday on the edge of depression because of where I had to get up and go the next day. I would begin each Monday struggling to get to Wednesday, thank God for Thursday, rejoice on Friday, and then do it all over again on Sunday night. At the time I could not imagine a worse place to work. Until I left and started working for a company that actually was worse. But that was years ago, and my past experiences have  given to the ability to appreciate the job that I have, and while it is not perfect, my days of Sunday night depression are over. If just waking up on Monday morning seems like a laborious, soul draining task, then the following may give you comfort if you are not employed by any of the following companies. But if you are, keep hope alive, and walk by faith.

For the second year in a row, 24/7 Wall St. has identified America’s worst companies to work for. While company management can improve employee satisfaction, most of the companies on our list continue to make workers miserable. In order to identify America’s worst companies to work for, 24/7 Wall Street examined employee reviews at jobs and career community site Glassdoor. Based on the reviews, the site scores companies on a scale of one to five with an average score of 3.2 for the over 250,000 companies measured. Then they identified the nine publicly traded companies that received scores of 2.5 or lower.

Certain industries appear more likely to have lower employee satisfaction than others. Four of the companies on this list 1: Dillard’s Inc. 
2: Sears Holdings Corporation 
3: Dollar General Corporation 
4: RadioShack Corp.  
These companies that are all retail establishments, and are at the top of the worst list.

The majority of the others provide services that require installation and repair. These include companies like home security system provider,
5: ADT 
Corporation transaction technology company
6: NCR Corp
and satellite television provider and
7: DISH Network Corp. 

Not surprisingly, employees most often complained about low wages and poor benefits. Many noted that they were paid even less than the already low industry average for their job. Benefits, if the company provided any, were either difficult to afford or inadequate.

While some employees at all levels were unhappy, complaints at these companies were disproportionately from sales representatives, customer service agents and technicians. These were generally lower-paid, front-line workers dealing directly with customers.

Issues with middle management were universal among the employees of these companies, but the types of complaints varied. Depending on the company, employees felt they were micromanaged, treated unfairly or like children, or asked to meet extreme demands.

Another attribute shared by many of the companies on this list is the perception that they have been overwhelmed by larger, better-equipped competitors. RadioShack falls into that category. It cannot effectively compete with, or even Best Buy. This is also true for Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart and competes with Walmart and Target. Dish, which competes with AT&T and large cable companies, faces a similar problem.

In order to identify America’s worst companies to work for, 24/7 Wall Street examined employee reviews at Glassdoor To be considered, companies had to have a minimum of 300 reviews. Of the more than 300 companies with more than 300 comments, the site identified the nine publicly traded companies that received the worst scores, 2.5 or lower. This year, Sears Holdings and subsidiary Kmart made the cut independently. Both scores are included. These are the worst companies to work for.


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