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Molly Gander
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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
207 110
Office Depot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Office Depot Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

2
381 230
Walmart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Walmart Department store, Retail, Variety Stores

3
57 16
Mcdonald's is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mcdonald's

4
123 67
Kmart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kmart Retail

5
123 75
Sears Holdings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Sears Holdings Department store, Retail

6
113 72
OfficeMax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
OfficeMax Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers, Office supplies, Retail

7
129 89
Dollar General is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dollar General Variety Stores

8
94 68
RadioShack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
RadioShack Retail, Radio, Television

9
67 45
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
122 96
Forever 21 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Forever 21 Clothing

11
44 27
Foot Locker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Foot Locker Clothing, Retail, Shoe Stores

12
53 37
Party City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Party City Retail

13
31 17
Goodwill Industries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kimberly Wright Smith added Goodwill Industries

14
70 53
J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
J. C. Penney Department store, Retail, Ecommerce

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15
30 19
Sprint Corporation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Sprint Corporation Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications

16
73 61
Ross Stores is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Ross Stores Family Clothing Stores, Retail

17
64 53
AutoZone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
AutoZone Retail

18
40 30
Dish Network is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dish Network Telecommunications

19
69 58
Rite Aid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Rite Aid Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

20
60 50
Marshalls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Marshalls Retail

21
51 42
Spirit Halloween Superstores is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

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22
78 70
T.J.Maxx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
T.J.Maxx Retail

23
93 86
CVS Health is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
CVS Health Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

24
70 65
Bed Bath & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Bed Bath & Beyond Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores

25
52 47
Abercrombie & Fitch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Abercrombie & Fitch Family Clothing Stores, Clothing, Retail

26
19 14
GNC is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
airman0078 added GNC Retail

27
42 38
Chrysler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

28
36 32
HomeGoods is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
HomeGoods Retail

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29
39 36
Borders Group is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Borders Group Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

30
44 42
Apple is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

31
53 52
Aéropostale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Aéropostale Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores

32
26 24
Save Mart Supermarkets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Save Mart Supermarkets Supermarket, Retail

33
40 39
Safeway is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Safeway Retail

34
31 30
Belk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Belk Department store, Retail

35
28 27
Banana Republic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Banana Republic Retail, Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing

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36
24 23
Jiffy Lube is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Jiffy Lube Automotive Oil Change and Lubrication Shops, Automotive Services^! Except Repair and Carwashes

37
64 66
Kroger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kroger Supermarket, Retail

38
10 9
Ralph's Markets is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Ralph's Markets

39
32 33
Gap Inc. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Gap Inc. Family Clothing Stores, Retail

40
10 10
Pavilions is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Pavilions Retail

41
13 14
Barnes & Noble is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Barnes & Noble Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

42
58 65
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

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43
63 71
Walgreens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Walgreens Retail

44
9 11
Total Wine & More is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Murphyslaw65 added Total Wine & More Retail

45
5 7
Jos. A. Bank is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Lyric Andy added Jos. A. Bank

46
8 11
Columbia Sportswear is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Paula Esparza added Columbia Sportswear Clothing

47
25 31
Albertsons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Albertsons Supermarket, Retail

48
25 31
Food Lion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Food Lion Supermarket, Retail

49
22 29
Save-A-Lot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Save-A-Lot Supermarket, Retail

50
88 108
Dillard's is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dillard's Department store, Retail