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The five worst companies to work for


Is it a coincidence that four out of five of the companies that made Edugree's list of the worst companies to work for are also, at least in my opinion, the worst companies to do business with? Decide for yourself-here are the companies that made the top five.

Home Depot-At one time Home Depot had personnel that could answer product questions. According to the article on Edugree.com, these folks were canned in favor of cheaper labor. "After firing all of their decent staff, they took or severely cut back any worthwhile employee benefits and incentives; merit badges worth $20 each, tuition reimbursement, dental, employee discounts, Christmas bonuses (now just a coupon) credit signup bonuses etc." Nice.

AOL-Have you ever tried to disengage yourself from AOL? You can't. I swear their customer service reps are either stalkers or former loan sharks. According to the article, AOL trains employees on how to charge credit cards of those trying to cancel their accounts.

Best Buy-The article states that Best Buy forces "employees to practice questionable ethics." I don't know how, or if, they do that (see yesterday's blog for more details about BestBuy), but I know that they have the longest check-out lines in the history of mankind.

McDonald's-Edugree, you dare criticize the entity that brought us Big Macs and Happy Meals? You say that "McDonald's is host to incompetent supervisors where 'mediocrity is looked up to, but never quite achieved.'" That may be, but their coffee is good.

Verizon-Note to anyone who may be in the market for a new cell plan. The term "free upgrade" does not mean the same to Verizon as it may to you. Oh yeah, and I lied about Best Buy having the longest check-out lanes in the history of mankind. That honor definitely goes to Verizon. The Edugree article says that Verizon is guilty of "freezing pensions by e-mail and that the poor top-down management has caused some of the lowest morale ever in a company."

For more on these companies, see the complete list here.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

219 comments
cpgblogger
cpgblogger

The worst company to work for is Nielsen Canada based out of Markham. You only have to smell at the stench in the building to realize how unhappy people are. The company has lost over 5 people to Toolbox Solutions in the last year alone and has now left the company's Space Management division empty! Great job Nielsen!!

Ricky997
Ricky997

Heard of it? better not look their way for employment, they'll make you waste your time on numerous interviews just to make you an offer they'll take back soon after, and they won't give you a reason for it!. They are a lot of inexperienced, "buzz-words" repeaters that don't know what they're doing, specially their VP of HR!

Been there-donethat
Been there-donethat

Let me add several retail establishments that people ought to boycott: Joann Stores, Hobby Lobby stores, and Duckwall-Alco stores. Joann's because they are typical retail anymore: harass and terminate long-term, dedicated employees who helped the company become successful in favor of incompetent, CHEAP labor that some other company was glad to be rid of; Hobby Lobby because they trade on the myth that because they are a "Christian" company (play Christian music in their stores, etc., etc., ad nausem), they treat their employees in an honorable manner -- all a lie. They are truly evil to work for. Must be all that garbage coming in from China. And last but not least Duckwall-Alco, a midwest retailer fast losing ground as a provider of goods or anything at all to small towns. Duckwall-Alco's slow death is its own fault. All three companies have this in common: No loyalty, care or concern for long-term dedicated employees. DO AMERICA A FAVOR AND DO NOT SHOP THERE. Here's one more: Chipotle. Same thing - an employee works hard, uses creativity to bring in new business, and the reward is termination in favor of a moron who will work cheap. Chipotle's does not care about its employees. Retail has always been ugly but now it's something you REALLY wouldn't want your children to make a career of.

fdhfghetretet
fdhfghetretet

This company treats its employees like DOGS & BONDED Labours...Here ppl are made to work for 12 hours n they are paid just INR 3000rs which is less than Construction Labourers...But they charge there customers with 1,00,000 INR....There is severe ragging in this company for new joinees, please make sure you speculate well before accepting an offer and joining this company. This company treats its employees like DOGS & BONDED Labours...Here ppl are made to work for 12 hours n they are paid just INR 3000rs which is less than Construction Labourers...But they charge ther customers with 1,00,000 INR....There is severe ragging in this company for new joinees, please make sure you speculate well before accepting an offer and joining this company. There is no AC in this company & they are making people to work even when they are hospitalized & also if an Employee wants to leave the company they will tell him to pay one lakh INR for getting the relieving letter, otherwise that person will never get the relieving letter. Often the Managers humiliate the persons if they give any suggestions. Professionalism is totally unheard in this company. It doesn?t look like a software company to tell. If a person wants to join this company initially only they make sure he writes a bond for 2-5 years so that he cannot leave or apply for resignation in between. It?s an honest suggestion to not to join this bloody company. Management has made a huge money by not paying the employees. If you wanna see hell then please join this company

Judith23
Judith23

I have read all these comments but I have to make public that the worst company to work for is Profab Electronics in Pompano Beach Florida. The company is owned by a South African lunatic guy who doesn't do anything but insult people, their beliefs, religion, physical apperance, political preference and keeps saying that America is the worst piece of crap in the world and nobody knows how to do anything. Employes had to call the police on him because of the abuse and off course they got fired after that. His partner was killed and no wonder why. He states that his company is IPC complied but he does not even know what IPC stands for. He also says that his company is ITAR registered but his employees are non US citizen and some of them don't even have permit to work in the United State. This is by far the WORST COMPANY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

pjwvieviwdhy
pjwvieviwdhy

They fired a woman with breast cancer because they didn't want to pay her medical bills, they didn't pay employees for work done and had them do it off the clock, they have racially discriminated against employees and were forced to pay settlements when found guilty, they were sued and made a settlement for using sweatshops in Saipan...I could go on and on about how horrible this company is.

Mahesh
Mahesh

a fresher or an experienced who wants to start his career in Excelsoft be prepared for this worst companie to work where the growth rate,salary and Facilitie provided is worst, most of the person with No Technical Experience ,low profile and who says other work is mine he will be easily promoted to higer Lead position. be perfect with this when ur applying to this post

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

In Canada, while only an entry level position, MacDonalds employment is considered an excellent startign point for youths. They are renowned for having excellent training and a more regimental team atmosphere than other companies. employers of younger staff always take MacDonalds as a leading employer for a young persons resume, it speaks volumes. I agree that the managers there are hideous when it actually comes to management knowledge, but for the average counter, prep and grill workers it is considered excellent and valuable experience to lits on a resume.

lekquen
lekquen

MAYO CLINIC JACKSONVILLE gets my vote. They foster an overly critical and restrictive style of micromanagement that makes for the most unbearable work environment. They hire incompentent supervisors who cannot speak or write proper English or take responsibility for their actions. They've been having financial issues lately. So, my guess is that they treat employees like second-class citizens to force them quit. In doing so, it releases them of the burden to pay severance and unemployment compensation. It is the absolute worst job that I have ever had. HANDS DOWN!!!

green_i_susie_q
green_i_susie_q

Funny, because The Home Depot was my favorite company to work for. I guess it depends on your field. Should have NEVER left for Lord and Taylor. L n T just denied me maternity leave benefits because I am 1 day shy of the 6 month requirement. 1 day! The company is run by a woman, no less. One would think these women would have more empathy. They are obviously cold-hearted people. It's cool. What goes around, comes around. Unless you're a materialistic drama queen who is self conscience and wants to be everyyyyybody's BFF, you don't want to work here.

spaamdump
spaamdump

Well, I made the mistake of applying and getting hired as a supervisor at a Home Depot store. It was a good position, supervisor over five departments, with fifteen employees or more. It lasted 6 months, before I was laid off. My work was incredibly challenging (operations, 5 very technical departments with probably a hundred detailed reports to audit, audits of those report results, employee management, etc.) but fun, and I just received my 6 month review with a moderate raise, the highest category - Promotable, and no indication of anything done wrong. In fact, every other person over me in the store had a rapport with me, I got along well with everyone from the top store manager to part-timers, and simply worked my butt off at all times. So I'm laid off in a "restructuring" where they got rid of several long-time supervisors (each overseeing the employees and products in at least one big department), me, and several hourly emloyees. Our inventory team, very hard working people who tag each product (65000 products in store, and prices change daily), was eliminated. I was still in training for my position but got laid off instead. The guy who replaced me was okay, but totally technically incompetent, so totally unsuitable as my replacement. Besides, being laid off because my position was being eliminated, but then being replaced by a lower paid worker into my same position is probably illegal by labor law anyway. Wonderful! Never Again!

kjfajsdf
kjfajsdf

Getting rid of AOL is like getting rid of Herpes

snowey
snowey

I appreciate your opinion however, unless you have ever worked for Verizon Wireless, You really have no right to comment on how Verizon Wireless is to work for. I have worked for the company for 12 years and worked in the industry for 18 years and have had nothing but an excellent experience. As with any company there are managers that are less than desirable and things that we don???t always like to do. I challenge anyone who works for a major employer to say that they can do what they want when they want! Unless you sign your own paycheck, you have no right to talk about how a company is run! They obviously know what they are doing or they wouldn't be the only wireless provider in the black and actually making a profit. I do not see any other provider putting cash back in to the employees like Verizon does. Regarding the morale - Verizon is split up in to Regions and I am not sure which Region you are located. I will say that I am in the South Region and the morale is the best that I have ever experienced. Yes we have had lows as we are not perfect but again unless you sign your own paycheck what right do you have to complain! Open your own business and then you can dictate how the business is run and operated!!! As far as your store that you were discussing for "horrible customer service", then I challenge you to go to verizonwireless.com/survey and report how your experience has been. Verizon Wireless prides itself in its customer service and I would guarantee that you will get results if you will just tell someone who can make a difference. They cannot fix something if they know nothing about it. Verizon Wireless has not named #1 in J.D. Power for Customer Service for the past 2 years for nothing!!

chris.rolfe
chris.rolfe

I made a post about why on Edugree???s site. DO NOT even think about working at IKEA, it's awful.

svm0001
svm0001

Best Buy is bad but... I was able to get away with returning opened software twice. I think the fun of Best Buy is watching the sales associates approach the most gullible looking dopes to buy their Compaq junk-tops. I find it comical that TechRepublic has a featured jobs section on this blog with job openings at BestBuy.

nateginter
nateginter

DO NOT WORK FOR SSC SERVICE SOLUTIONS. THEY WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE, CHEAT YOU OUT OF YOUR MONEY AND STEAL FROM YOU. I USED TO SIT ON THE HIGHER LEVEL MANGEMENT AND OFTEN WENT AGAINST THESE PRACTICES SUCH AS NOT PAYING EMPLOYEES ON TIME AND CHEATING EVEN HOURLY WORKERS OUT OF THEIR MONEY UNTIL I BECAME TOO MUCH OF A HEADACHE. BEWARE, DO NOT EMPLOYE THIS COMPANY, NOR START A CAREER WITH THEM UNLESS YOU PLAN ON DESTROYING YOUR LIFE AND SELLING YOUR SOUL TO THE DEVIL. I URGE TO TO BE CAREFUL. THIS COMPANY IS BASED OUT OF KNOXVILLE, TN.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

You introduce a business that is not even mentioned in the rest of the thread, call people names, you can't spell and your grammar is p!ss-poor. Who's the idiot?

southside_sunset
southside_sunset

As an employee of Target, it has to be up there with one of the worst. LoD's who tell you how to do your job yet can't do their's. Scheduling only 2 to 3 cashiers for 4 hour shifts and constantly calling for back up on the sales floor which leads to your sales floor team leader getting mad at you for not getting your job done. Scheduling minors for close when we all know they're guaranteed to leave at 10 while non-minors then not only have to their own job, but have to do the minor's jobs as well which leads to us getting out at 1 or 2 in the morning.

lindenfan16
lindenfan16

Add IPsoft to this list. This is the last place you want to work. The hours are longer than long and if you're a woman don't bother, they foster an environment of sexual harassment. I worked there for two weeks and my manager spent a total of about 12 minutes training me. Then after two weeks the fat slob comes to me and says I'm not aggressive enough, this mind you after I sent him multiple e-mails telling him I want to hit the ground running and get up to speed. Don't waste your time at this place.

jaineblaize
jaineblaize

I think people need to be careful when they put things out like this because sometimes they can get facts a little confused. There's a drastic difference between working for Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless. Although they share the name Verizon, they are NOT wholly owned by the same company. Verizon COMMUNICATIONS, while being a horrible place to work, owns 45% of the VZW now and Vodafone now owns 55% and has alittle more say over Verizon Wireless' policies. With V Communications, I've known several people who have worked for them and complain about the shisty nature of the company. I heard about how they treat their employees, working them to death because they fired essential people, denying pensions to people via email, have management programs that ask for people to walk through fire or get out and their benefits are substandard at best. The environment according to my friends who each work for them but live in 4 different states say that morale is shot and for the past couple of years, they've come in to work wondering if they'll even have a job that day!! THAT is Verizon COMMUNICATIONS. I used to work for Verizon Wireless for 5 years and loved it! They benefits were excellent, they believed in promoting from within, you paid almost nothing for your phone, they accepted feedback and believed in professional development. The only reason I am not with them now is because they moved their building too far away from where I live. Otherwise, I could've easily been a lifer. So bottom line is, there is a difference and when writing an article like that, one should think about doing their research too because if VZW was your company, this mix up could be considered slander or defamation. Wouldn't it?

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

So I recently had a run in with DHL. Worst customer service ever. Not only did they hold my package hostage, but they apparently just liked to drive around with it. Here's the story. My package get to Dublin, CA (15 miles from my front door step). It gets there on a Monday. The package sits at the facility until Wednesday, when someone decides to drive around with it all day long...So, I call DHL and complain. I explain, that yes, I do need my package and it would be nice if I could either pick it up at the facility (nope, can't do that...the facility is a super secret secure Area 51 type apparently) or have them deliver it in Thursday to the apartment office. Well, guess what, the same thing happens again on Thursday. I call AGAIN and complain. DHL explains the facility is short handed. I explain I don't give a sh*t and that I'd like to talk to the facility manager. So a ticket is filed (ya that's right...you can't actually talk to non-support employees without a special ticket). The manager doesn't call me and my package STILL doesn't get to me. So, I complain AGAIN...after the same thing happens again on Friday. So, on Monday, I'm beyond irritated. I bother the service desk at DHL until they are annoyed with me. I explain that they are holding my package hostage and that this is totally unacceptable. I ask them what they can do for me since they can't seem to deliver my package. There answer? Nothing. So FINALLY, I dig around and I found out DHL has outsourced their delivery service to some podunk crap fest of a delivery service. So, once I find their number and leave them a nasty message, suddenly my package is delivered on Tuesday afternoon, OVER A WEEK LATER...Could it be that I actually found out how to contact them or were they just tired of dealing with me? The moral of the story? DHL has NO customer service and couldn't deliver a package on time if their lives depended on it.

work4thebest
work4thebest

DCM is the worst call center in America Based in Brooklyn DCM founder had a wonderful plan. That plan was to sell subscriptions tickets for non profit arts related events. LIke Opera, Symphonies, ballet, etc. In the beginning it might have been different and welcoming. Now it is basically a swaeat shop paying minumum wage with small commissions. The senior manager knows nothing about motivating or complementing sales reps. the manager bascially is a baby sitter, screaming for mature adults to stop talking, stop taking orders, repremands people after they made a sale. Everyone is terrified, and tends to quit in a week. Since sept 1 over 50 people have been hired and trained for various campiagns as of now there are about 5 who are still working. The workplace could be defined as a hostle work enviorment with managers having their favorites providing them with good sales leads. this manager screams all the time,(which is a major disrtaction to my customers), walks around in bare fit (yet tells others they can't)stresses reps out so much that it makes it more difficult to sell. managment never coaches new people, they just fire them

rickhal
rickhal

I don't know about working for these companies (shudder), but having anything to do with any of them (except Best Buy where I have never had any issues as a customer) can be a toxic experience. AOL has always been a toxic company to deal with. I am surprised they are still in business after all these years of screwing people. Home Depot, everyone should know (especially after the 60 Minutes story about them) they are a toxic company. Lowes is better if you need home improvment items and treats it's employees a bit better. Everyone knows Mickey D's is what it is: cheap, fast food. The service is generally the same. Now Verizon...if there ever was a TOXIC company, this is it. From the top down a miserable lot. We dropped Verizon altogether a year ago. Just use cell phones now. Verizon's idea of customer service is no service at all. Too expensive to back up your promises with real action and quality service these days. Especially when your CEO and upper management have to suck out all the profit they can for themselves. Verizon is right up there with AOL in my book: the worst of the worst.

MGP2
MGP2

CVS is THE WORST company to work for. Hands down!

ed34222
ed34222

Almost anything in the fortune 500 will likely be too political, fickle, hypocritical, and limiting for my taste

finmedmgr
finmedmgr

Circle K - Granted it was quite a while ago in the late 70's, but I don't think they've changed and I never forgot. They made me go on LWOP, no childcare and no gas $$ to drive 90 miles for a lie detecter test the day after an inside job robbery. This went on for 3 weeks, 2 lie detecter tests and 4 - round trips. Found out it was the Asst. Manager who took of to another state with the money. They never reimbursed me wages or said sorry for not paying me during that time. I should have gotten hazard pay daily anyway. I quit after I was cleared. They take advantage of their financially indigent staff who can't afford lawyers.

nyong88
nyong88

After reading many posts to this thread, I'm saddened. I have to admit, I've never worked in a retail/restaurant environment so I don't know the pain anyone has suffered. I have worked with Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies. What I know is this: If you are content to stay a salaried employee, then you're going to get more than you deserve. Your salary will be dictated; you rely upon 'the company' to provide your 'benefits'; have someone else determine your pay raise or worse waiting for the company to be bought out and looking over your shoulder to see if you have a job. No wonder so many people are disgruntled in this thread! Evaluate you skill set; make the due diligence and determine if you can change your circumstances and venture on your own. Nothing sought, nothing gained.

crazijoe
crazijoe

Instead of Verizon, you should have just put all wireless companies. Call them up for any kind of service and guaranty that you will sit on the phone at least a half an hour.

vjspanofl
vjspanofl

I think ComCast should be added to the list. From a customer service stand point. They just don't seem to care.The teck's are not prepared to preform any service except cut & splice.

vjspanofl
vjspanofl

I think ComCast should be added to the list. From a customer service stand point. They just seem to care.The teck's are not prepared to preform any service except cut & splice.

rmollisjr
rmollisjr

Use to have to work with Best Buy people when I worked to T-Mobile. They charged them 17$ for one blue shirt, And ONLY got 2 shirts when they started there for free. Regardsless how long they worked there!!

Dmystify
Dmystify

I would like to nominate Menard's to this list. They are following Best Buy's nefarious footsteps.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

It could be that the original article is two-and-a-half years old and the discussion had been dead for six months before you woke it up again... Zombie Apocalypse anyone?

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

Unless they get their butts kicked for such incompetence and crappy customer service, they'll just keep on doing it.

samici1798
samici1798

Try Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Fall River. Train in general, be assigned a hotel chain, and live the rest of your first three months in terror of being fired at the whim of literally anyone. If you're female, you stand half a chance of surviving the transition to "real employee." They do everything possible do destroy the menfolk. They canned me over what was literally nothing. Watch these guys: Not only do they fire over nothing, they Blacklist. No more Sheraton, Westin, or W hotels for me.

mattc1
mattc1

I was hired as one of their first techs in a pc repair program they started up in new england, i got yelled at because i was the one actually fixing the stuff because the other techs didnt know anything, infact i was the only one out of 100+ techs in the entire program who had any certifications. And i nearly got fired because i complained about another tech selling 15gb worth of backup to a *elderly* customer with a 6gb drive. at 50 bucks per 4.7 gb.. talkabout ethical issues. And when i left they did the lamest comeback ever. "we were going to replace you anyways" Say the least since i left i heard that stores program tanked because nothing was getting fixed...

JamesRL
JamesRL

I was robbed while working at a 7-11 in the 70s. I did not have to do a poligraph or anything - they were not admissible in court anyway. Perhaps because there were 2 similar robberies that night they didn't bother. But when it came to court, they paid me for a full day without hesititaion. James

pmwpaul
pmwpaul

McAfee technical support is the pits: I've been one of the people answering the phone!

samici1798
samici1798

Try the Department of Commerce. The BBB can only take and report complaints. They have no power to enforce jack.

samici1798
samici1798

Staples turned me down for that program. I suspect because I told them that my thought on the matter was to get the job done right the first time. I'm not about to waste the customer's time and money to do it several times.

finmedmgr
finmedmgr

I worked for Circle K not 7-11, it was not for court, it was for the company, I was in charge of closing out, but that night the Asst. Mgr. said he would. He was the same one who went to jail for stealing. Ours was an inside job, sounds like yours was not. Who do you think they would believe first, an Asst. Mgr been there for years, or a youngster there a couple months closing the store? Regardless, they were wrong not to pay me and treated me like the criminal instead of the Asst. Mgr. who was one.

finmedmgr
finmedmgr

No, I don't know why would you think that. I was agreeing with you that since yours was an outside job and mine was an inside job, the difference is probably why you were treated well and I was not.

JamesRL
JamesRL

I was adding a datapoint from my own experience, contrasting it to your experience. I was treated well frankly. You obviously were not. At the time, they obviously didn't know who was the criminal. James

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

Made my dad's PC run like a TRUCK, and it wouldn't let me disable it, so I ended up uninstalling the whole damn thing. My dad was AMAZED at how well his PC ran after that.