companies The Worst Retail Companies to Work For  

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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.
list ordered by

1
+ - 171 81
Office Depot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Office Depot Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

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2
+ - 338 208
Walmart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Walmart Department store, Retail, Variety Stores

3
+ - 107 60
Kmart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kmart Retail

4
+ - 31 6
McDonald's is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
McDonald's

5
+ - 102 62
OfficeMax is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
OfficeMax Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers, Office supplies, Retail

6
+ - 106 66
Sears Holdings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Sears Holdings Department store, Retail

7
+ - 84 58
RadioShack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
RadioShack Retail, Radio, Television

8
+ - 103 75
Dollar General is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dollar General Variety Stores

9
+ - 56 36
Blockbuster LLC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Blockbuster LLC Video Tape and Disc Rental

10
+ - 44 28
Party City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Party City Retail

11
+ - 112 90
Forever 21 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Forever 21 Clothing

12
+ - 61 45
J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
J. C. Penney Department store, Retail, Ecommerce

13
+ - 65 49
Ross Stores is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Ross Stores Family Clothing Stores, Retail

14
+ - 35 22
Foot Locker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Foot Locker Clothing, Retail, Shoe Stores

15
+ - 46 32
Spirit Halloween Superstores is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

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16
+ - 20 9
Goodwill Industries is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

17
+ - 58 45
AutoZone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
AutoZone Retail

18
+ - 32 23
Dish Network is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dish Network Telecommunications

19
+ - 32 23
HomeGoods is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
HomeGoods Retail

20
+ - 47 38
Abercrombie & Fitch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Abercrombie & Fitch Family Clothing Stores, Clothing, Retail

21
+ - 52 43
Marshalls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Marshalls Retail

22
+ - 58 49
Rite Aid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Rite Aid Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

23
+ - 70 61
T.J.Maxx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
T.J.Maxx Retail

24
+ - 22 15
Sprint Corporation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Sprint Corporation Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications

25
+ - 34 30
Borders Group is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Borders Group Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

26
+ - 80 77
CVS Health is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
CVS Health Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

27
+ - 55 52
Kroger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kroger Supermarket, Retail

28
+ - 49 46
Aéropostale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Aéropostale Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores

29
+ - 36 33
Chrysler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

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30
+ - 35 32
Safeway is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Safeway Retail

31
+ - 24 21
Banana Republic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Banana Republic Retail, Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing

32
+ - 12 9
GNC is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
GNC Retail

33
+ - 7 4
Ralph's Markets is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Ralph's Markets

34
+ - 25 23
Belk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Belk Department store, Retail

35
+ - 36 35
Apple is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

36
+ - 59 60
Bed Bath & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Bed Bath & Beyond Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores

37
+ - 6 4
Pavilions is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Pavilions Retail

38
+ - 6 4
Total Wine & More is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

39
+ - 21 20
Save Mart Supermarkets is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Save Mart Supermarkets Supermarket, Retail

40
+ - 27 27
Gap Inc. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Gap Inc. Family Clothing Stores, Retail

41
+ - 6 5
Columbia Sportswear is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

42
+ - 51 54
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

43
+ - 9 9
Barnes & Noble is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Barnes & Noble Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

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44
+ - 18 19
Jiffy Lube is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Jiffy Lube Automotive Oil Change and Lubrication Shops, Automotive Services^! Except Repair and Carwashes

45
+ - 1 1
Upmc is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Upmc

46
+ - 21 24
Albertsons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Albertsons Supermarket, Retail

47
+ - 20 23
Food Lion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Food Lion Supermarket, Retail

48
+ - 2 3
Jos. A. Bank is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

49
+ - 83 97
Dillard's is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dillard's Department store, Retail

50
+ - 19 24
Save-A-Lot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Save-A-Lot Supermarket, Retail