Jobs 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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409 251
Walmart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Walmart Department store, Retail, Variety Stores

2
216 126
Office Depot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Office Depot Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

3
73 29
Mcdonald's is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mcdonald's

4
137 76
Kmart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kmart Retail

5
138 80
Sears Holdings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Sears Holdings Department store, Retail

6
117 78
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
103 71
RadioShack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
RadioShack Retail, Radio, Television

8
142 104
Dollar General is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dollar General Variety Stores

9
75 49
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
131 97
Forever 21 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Forever 21 Clothing

11
43 22
Goodwill Industries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kimberly Wright Smith added Goodwill Industries

12
49 32
Foot Locker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Foot Locker Clothing, Retail, Shoe Stores

13
78 59
J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
J. C. Penney Department store, Retail, Ecommerce

14
59 42
Party City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Party City Retail

The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
34 21
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
60 47
Abercrombie & Fitch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Abercrombie & Fitch Family Clothing Stores, Clothing, Retail

17
78 65
Ross Stores is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Ross Stores Family Clothing Stores, Retail

18
43 32
Dish Network is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dish Network Telecommunications

19
66 54
Marshalls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Marshalls Retail

20
54 43
Spirit Halloween Superstores is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

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73 62
Rite Aid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Rite Aid Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

The Best Skin Care Brands

22
68 58
AutoZone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
AutoZone Retail

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23 15
GNC is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
airman0078 added GNC Retail

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83 74
T.J.Maxx is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
T.J.Maxx Retail

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41 35
HomeGoods is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
HomeGoods Retail

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75 70
Bed Bath & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Bed Bath & Beyond Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores

27
49 44
Apple is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

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45 40
Chrysler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

The Best Cosmetic Brands

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95 91
CVS Health is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
CVS Health Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

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29 25
Jiffy Lube is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Jiffy Lube Automotive Oil Change and Lubrication Shops, Automotive Services^! Except Repair and Carwashes

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20 16
Barnes & Noble is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Barnes & Noble Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

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76 75
Kroger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kroger Supermarket, Retail

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41 39
Borders Group is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Borders Group Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

34
55 54
Aéropostale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Aéropostale Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores

35
74 74
Walgreens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Walgreens Retail

The Best Rye Whiskey

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28 26
Save Mart Supermarkets is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Save Mart Supermarkets Supermarket, Retail

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45 44
Safeway is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Safeway Retail

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37 36
Gap Inc. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Gap Inc. Family Clothing Stores, Retail

39
32 33
Belk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Belk Department store, Retail

40
28 29
Banana Republic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Banana Republic Retail, Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing

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12 12
Total Wine & More is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Murphyslaw65 added Total Wine & More Retail

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11 12
Pavilions is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Pavilions Retail

The Best Affordable Cosmetics Brands

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11 12
Ralph's Markets is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Ralph's Markets

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62 70
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

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29 34
Albertsons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Albertsons Supermarket, Retail

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5 8
Upmc is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Ben Jaber added Upmc

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9 13
Columbia Sportswear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Paula Esparza added Columbia Sportswear Clothing

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23 30
Save-A-Lot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Save-A-Lot Supermarket, Retail

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26 34
Food Lion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Food Lion Supermarket, Retail

50
91 114
Dillard's is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Dillard's Department store, Retail