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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419 255
Walmart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail, Variety Stores

2
219 127
Office Depot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

3
76 29
Mcdonald's is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mcdonald's

4
139 76
Kmart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

5
140 80
Sears Holdings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail

6
119 78
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
105 71
RadioShack is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Radio, Television

8
145 105
Dollar General is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Variety Stores

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

10
43 22
Goodwill Industries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Kimberly Wright Smith added

11
75 50
Blockbuster LLC is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Video Tape and Disc Rental

12
51 33
Foot Locker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Clothing, Retail, Shoe Stores

13
79 59
J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Department store, Retail, Ecommerce

14
60 43
Party City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

15
34 21
Sprint Corporation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
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
Family Clothing Stores, Clothing, Retail

17
44 32
Dish Network is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Telecommunications

18
78 65
Ross Stores is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Family Clothing Stores, Retail

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

20
70 59
AutoZone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

21
74 63
Rite Aid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Pharmacies and Drug Stores

22
54 45
Spirit Halloween Superstores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For

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

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

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

26
96 91
CVS Health is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Pharmacies and Drug 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

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

30
75 71
Bed Bath & Beyond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores

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

32
77 75
Walgreens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

33
77 75
Kroger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Supermarket, Retail

34
41 39
Borders Group is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail, Bookstore, Hobby

35
38 36
Gap Inc. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Family Clothing Stores, Retail

36
55 54
Aéropostale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Clothing, Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores

37
28 26
Save Mart Supermarkets is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Supermarket, Retail

38
45 44
Safeway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Retail

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

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

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

43
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

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

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

46
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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23 30
Save-A-Lot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Supermarket, Retail

48
9 14
Columbia Sportswear is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
Paula Esparza added Clothing

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

50
33 43
H&M is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Retail Companies to Work For
ejlinehan added Clothing