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The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

Who are the worst retailers to work for? Some of the companies on this list have earned the dubious honor because their employees are terribly unhappy. Not all retailers are created equal: Some are most definitely better than others, as evidenced on this list of the best retailers to work for. But the ones here? Yeah, not so great. Vote for the worst, and feel free to re-rank this list any way you like. Also, feel free to add any particular retailer that is missing (especially if you worked for them and hated it).

A note to major retailers: If you think that people don't pay attention to how well you treat your workers, you are dead wrong. Need proof? Check out this list of the best reasons to support a brand or company. See? We all pay attention.

What makes a company terrible for its workers? Well, in the case of some of these retailers listed, low pay is a major factor. Retailers who pay minimum wage to workers, and then expect them to man the customer service lines for eight hours straight, every single day? Terrible. No one could handle that day in and day out. Paying a fare wage can certainly offset any frustrations on the job. And really, when a company doesn't treat its employees well, you can bet that company has terrible customer service, too.

Another big gripe about some bad retailers: They don't offer any hope for advancement. Having a job is step one - having a job with hope for advancement is step two. Nobody likes being stuck in a dead-end gig, with nowhere to go but down (or out). Want to move up in management? You might be well served to avoid some of the companies listed here, because they aren't known for promoting employees within.

And now for one of the biggest factors that separates the good from the bad as far as retail companies go: worker benefits. Having decent benefits can offset making a slightly lower wage for many of us. Decent health care, paid time off and even dental and eye care can go a long way towards making employees happy.
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    Office supplies, Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers, Retail More
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    Computer and Computer Software Stores More
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    Clothing More
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    Retail, Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores More
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    Variety Stores, Department Stores, Retail More
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    Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores More
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    Department Stores, Retail More
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    Shoe Stores, Retail More
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    Department Stores, Retail More
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    Department Stores, Retail More
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    Retail, Grocery Stores More
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    Clothing More
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    Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores More
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    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
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    Retail, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores More
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