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The Worst Retail Companies to Work For  

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.
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Walmart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail, Variety Stores
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Mcdonald's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added
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Office Depot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Bookstore, Hobby
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Kmart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail
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Sears Holdings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail
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OfficeMax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers, Office supplies, Retail
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Dollar General is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Variety Stores
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RadioShack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Radio, Television
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Forever 21 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Clothing
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Goodwill Industries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kimberly Wright Smith added
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Blockbuster LLC is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Video Tape and Disc Rental
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Foot Locker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Clothing, Retail, Shoe Stores
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J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail, Ecommerce
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Party City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail
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Ross Stores is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Family Clothing Stores, Retail
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Dish Network is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Telecommunications
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Sprint Corporation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications
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AutoZone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail
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Rite Aid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores
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Target is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
BL added
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Abercrombie & Fitch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Family Clothing Stores, Clothing, Retail
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T.J.Maxx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail
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Marshalls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail
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Spirit Halloween Superstores is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
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GNC is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
airman0078 added Retail