companies 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.
list ordered by

1
172 87
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
353 213
Walmart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Walmart Department store, Retail, Variety Stores

3
37 6
McDonald's is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added McDonald's

4
112 61
Kmart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kmart Retail

5
111 69
Sears Holdings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Sears Holdings Department store, Retail

6
103 64
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
111 78
Dollar General is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dollar General Variety Stores

8
86 61
RadioShack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
RadioShack Retail, Radio, Television

9
38 22
Foot Locker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Foot Locker Clothing, Retail, Shoe Stores

10
47 30
Party City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Party City Retail

11
57 40
Blockbuster LLC is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Blockbuster LLC Video Tape and Disc Rental

12
114 91
Forever 21 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Forever 21 Clothing

13
48 33
Spirit Halloween Superstores is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

14
24 12
Goodwill Industries is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kimberly Wright Smith added Goodwill Industries

15
67 52
Ross Stores is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Ross Stores Family Clothing Stores, Retail

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16
62 48
J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
J. C. Penney Department store, Retail, Ecommerce

17
59 46
AutoZone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
AutoZone Retail

18
62 50
Rite Aid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Rite Aid Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

19
25 16
Sprint Corporation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Sprint Corporation Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications

20
33 24
Dish Network is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dish Network Telecommunications

21
71 62
T.J.Maxx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
T.J.Maxx Retail

22
53 45
Marshalls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Marshalls Retail

23
32 25
HomeGoods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
HomeGoods Retail

24
48 41
Abercrombie & Fitch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Abercrombie & Fitch Family Clothing Stores, Clothing, Retail

25
84 78
CVS Health is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
CVS Health Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

26
39 35
Apple is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

27
63 60
Bed Bath & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Bed Bath & Beyond Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores

28
50 47
Aéropostale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Aéropostale Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores

29
37 34
Chrysler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

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30
56 54
Kroger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kroger Supermarket, Retail

31
13 10
GNC is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
airman0078 added GNC Retail

32
36 34
Safeway is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Safeway Retail

33
34 32
Borders Group is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Borders Group Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

34
55 55
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

35
24 23
Banana Republic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Banana Republic Retail, Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing

36
22 21
Save Mart Supermarkets is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Save Mart Supermarkets Supermarket, Retail

37
20 19
Jiffy Lube is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Jiffy Lube Automotive Oil Change and Lubrication Shops, Automotive Services^! Except Repair and Carwashes

38
25 25
Belk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Belk Department store, Retail

39
7 6
Ralph's Markets is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Ralph's Markets

40
7 6
Pavilions is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Pavilions Retail

41
28 29
Gap Inc. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Gap Inc. Family Clothing Stores, Retail

42
10 10
Barnes & Noble is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Barnes & Noble Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

43
7 7
Total Wine & More is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Murphyslaw65 added Total Wine & More Retail

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44
3 3
Jos. A. Bank is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Lyric Andy added Jos. A. Bank

45
6 7
Columbia Sportswear is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Paula Esparza added Columbia Sportswear Clothing

46
22 26
Albertsons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Albertsons Supermarket, Retail

47
21 25
Food Lion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Food Lion Supermarket, Retail

48
1 3
Upmc is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Ben Jaber added Upmc

49
84 99
Dillard's is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dillard's Department store, Retail

50
56 67
Walgreens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Walgreens Retail