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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437 262
Walmart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail, Variety Stores

2
85 30
Mcdonald's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added

3
146 78
Kmart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

4
219 131
Office Depot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

5
143 82
Sears Holdings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail

6
120 80
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

7
152 107
Dollar General is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Variety Stores

8
107 71
RadioShack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Radio, Television

9
133 98
Forever 21 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Clothing

10
77 51
Blockbuster LLC is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Video Tape and Disc Rental

11
46 25
Goodwill Industries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kimberly Wright Smith added

12
82 59
J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail, Ecommerce

13
53 34
Foot Locker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Clothing, Retail, Shoe Stores

14
63 45
Party City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

15
46 32
Dish Network is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Telecommunications

16
35 22
Sprint Corporation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications

17
82 67
Ross Stores is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Family Clothing Stores, Retail

18
77 63
Rite Aid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

19
62 49
Abercrombie & Fitch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Family Clothing Stores, Clothing, Retail

20
72 59
AutoZone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

21
68 57
Marshalls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

22
56 47
Spirit Halloween Superstores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

23
85 76
T.J.Maxx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

24
24 17
GNC is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
airman0078 added Retail

25
100 94
CVS Health is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

26
78 72
Bed Bath & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores

27
47 41
Chrysler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

28
43 37
HomeGoods is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

29
82 80
Kroger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Supermarket, Retail

30
50 47
Apple is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

31
40 37
Gap Inc. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Family Clothing Stores, Retail

32
30 27
Jiffy Lube is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Automotive Oil Change and Lubrication Shops, Automotive Services, Except Repair and Carwashes

33
4 0
Target is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
BL added

34
81 82
Walgreens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

35
42 41
Borders Group is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

36
56 56
Aéropostale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores

37
22 20
Barnes & Noble is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

38
46 46
Safeway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

39
30 30
Banana Republic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing

40
28 28
Save Mart Supermarkets is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Supermarket, Retail

41
14 13
Total Wine & More is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Murphyslaw65 added Retail

42
34 35
Belk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail

43
13 13
Ralph's Markets is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added

44
12 13
Pavilions is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Retail

45
64 74
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

46
6 9
Upmc is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Ben Jaber added

47
30 37
Albertsons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Supermarket, Retail

48
10 15
Columbia Sportswear is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Paula Esparza added Clothing

49
8 13
Jos. A. Bank is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Lyric Andy added

50
95 116
Dillard's is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail