Employees’ Choice: 8 Worst U.S. Companies as Employers

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Does your job suck?

You might not think so after you check out the companies that make up the fourth annual list of the worst U.S. companies to work for compiled by 24/7 Wall St.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed thousands of employee reviews on jobs and career website Glassdoor.com to compile its list.

Glassdoor community expert Scott Dobroski told 24/7 Wall St. that great companies to work for tend to have shared characteristics, including providing employees with opportunities for advancement, giving workers a clear vision from company leaders, and tasking employees with work that impacts the company’s bottom line.

“A lower rated company on Glassdoor is exactly the opposite of that typically,” Dobroski said.

Low pay and a perceived lack of work-life balance were frequent employee complaints at the companies that earned the dubious distinction of being named one of America’s worst companies to work for, 24/7 Wall St. said.

While working long hours can be miserable, be a characteristic of a miserable job, it can also be a sign of employee satisfaction. If employees “actually like what they’re doing, they’re motivated to work harder and sometimes put in those additional hours, and so that translates into tangible results,” Dobroski said.

Employees gave these eight companies the lowest rankings, according to 24/7 Wall St.:

  1. Express Scripts: Rating of 2.3 out of 5. Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit management company, moved from the second worst place to work in 2014 to the top spot this year. Employees’ biggest complaints were being rushed at work, having too much work and being afraid to lose their job or have their branch close its doors.
  2. Dillard’s: Rating of 2.4. Employees of the department store chain expressed their dissatisfaction with management, unrealistic sales goals and poor benefits.
  3. Kmart: Rating of 2.5. Common complaints include disorganized management at the big box retailer, physically unpleasant working conditions, outdated equipment and low pay.
  4. Forever 21: Rating of 2.5. Many employees of the budget-clothing retailer complained of being overworked and underpaid.
  5. Xerox: Rating of 2.5. At the multinational document management corporation, the main employee complaints focused on a “culture of favoritism,” unsatisfactory compensation and disapproval of top leadership.
  6. Sears: Rating of 2.5. Dissatisfaction with senior management at the department store chain and a perceived disconnect between upper management and store staff were the most common employee complaints.
  7. AECOM: Rating of 2.6. Employee reviewers at the global company, which provides architecture, design, engineering, and construction services, complained about its “bloated bureaucracy.” Many employees also said they didn’t think their satisfaction was important to company leaders.
  8. Dish Network: Rating of 2.6. Employees of the network service provider most often complained that upper management was out of touch with the technicians and customer service workers.

Only companies that had a minimum of 1,000 Glassdoor reviews and are based and operating in the United States were considered for 24/7 Wall St.’s list.

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