10 Worst Companies to Work For

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Glassdoor.com, (a web forum where employees can answer questions about their employers and offer comments), recently released their ranking of the 25 lowest-rated companies to work for. The release of these stats follows the recent Employees' Choice Awards for Top 50 Best places to Work in 2010, and the Glassdoor.com ranking list cautions employees about what companies should be avoided in their job pursuits in 2010.

According to Glassdoor.com's blog, employees voluntarily completed a 20-question survey in an effort to provide real time ratings and reviews of their employers while offering potential job seekers a glimpse into the corporate culture and inner workings of their organizations.

10 Lowest-Rated Companies

10. Leading the pack is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the educational publishing company, with only 9% of the company's respondents approving of CEO Tony Lucki's job performance.

9. Hertz, the well-known car rental giant ranked as one of the worst with their CEO Mark P. Frissora gaining only a 13% approval rating from company employees.

8. Dominion Enterprises, the marketing company. Endorsed by 26% of his employees, CEO Conrad M. Hall's job performance got the most endorsements from staff when compared to the other 9 worst companies, but that still only makes him the best of the worst.

7. Broomfield, Colorado-based communications company, Level 3 Communications, where only 11% of employees volunteered to comment on the leadership of CEO Jim Crowe. How's that for corporate communications?

6. With the lowest job approval rating, only 8%, out of the bottom ten companies to work for DHL, CEO, John Mullen, is clearly not a master of the expedited mail company that claims to specialize in express mail service and logistics. The only thing that appears to be expedited at this company is employee discontent and corporate leadership demise.

Bottom of the Barrel

5. Rain Bird, a company known for its irrigation products and led by CEO Anthony La Fetra was able to garner enough support to have 11% of his employees step to the plate and respond to the Glassdoor survey, but even then employee comments were only a sprinkling.

The auto parts chain, AutoZone, drives into fourth place with 17% of company employees offering their opinions and comments about CEO Bill Rhodes III's performance in the driver's seat of this company.

3. San Francisco-based staffing company Spherion only has a 13% approval rating. According to an article in the Huffington Post, one Spherion Project administrator described the source of the company's weaknesses this way: "Poor communication from management regarding my assignment and other employment opportunities within the organization." The first key to a successful temp agency is to staff it with strong leaders and key personnel who understand their roles and duties. How can you help other people find jobs if your organization is unclear about the job descriptions of it's own employees?

2. United Airlines, flying in with a mere 13% of employees responding about CEO Glenn Tilton's performance. According to reports, one employee says that, "job security is always an issue and stressful to one's life and home life." Other complaints about United Airlines are that the pay scale system is dysfunctional, and that life in the skies is both stressful and unstable.

1. Rockin' out at the bottom of this list is Gibson Guitar where CEO Henry Juszkiewicz only commanded a 12% response from employees who are not in tune with the unconventional workplace environment. One unknown employee summed it up by telling Glassdoor.com that there are good people at Gibson Guitar, but with it comes "an absolutely bizarre culture that top-to-bottom seems to revolve solely around not trying to upset the CEO.

While the Glassdoor.com ranking is not based on any scientific formula or evidence, it does shed some light on workplace culture and the opinions of the employees at these companies.

The voluntary questionnaires sent out to employees focused on employees' evaluations of senior managers and company CEOs. The leader of a company says a lot about the company itself since the leader is responsible for setting the tone of the company and making it the best company that it can be. The one thing that all of these lowly ranked companies have in common is that their CEOs have approval ratings below 25%.

It seems that these 10 worst-ranked companies to work for in 2009 need to have their CEOs learn what it means to "lead by example."

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July 03 2014 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Try Manheim auto auctions , owned by the Cox family , one of the richest families in America and where all the profits go. People doing the jobs of 3 people for low pay , no benefits , no vacation and the constant threat of firing for any or no reason at all. Management by intimidation from the top down ! Recently brought in a management company who released ( a nice word for fired) a large number of their office staff , re wrote all the job descriptions then allowed everyone to re apply for their old jobs , of course at lower pay and no benefits !

July 15 2012 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You need to throw Lowe's in the mix , they are all about the corporation and as they contimue to brow beat and cut their employees salary's for the better of the company, they tell you it is all good for the workplace, as the employees need food stamps to survive on their unfair wages. If you shop these big box retailers, just know most people are making a little over minium wage and they like all corporations have taken advantage of the economy and as they continually threaten you with your job. We have become slaves to the corporation.

June 30 2012 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

no no no Sears without a doubt is the worst place to work for. minimum wage and high labor.

February 15 2012 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah S.

FCXM is the worst company I have ever worked for..nothing will help the company.. the VPs have personalities of dead people and equally under qualified and overpaid! DO NOT work there ,, all the smart people are gone anyway!! But its a tomb of confused inexperienced jackasses! Coming straight from the CEO down??? There are no words!

January 17 2012 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maria Spenser

Cablevision-unethical, unprofessional!!!

I left Cablevision in good standing. I was laid off with 15 people. I was talkin...g to the hr rep and told them i was going to go on disability. they must have known a layoff was supposed to happen so they told me to just go on unemployment. So I followed their instructions, after all it was "senior" management giving me the advise. well whiile on unemployment my disability worsened so i applied for disability and was awarded it from the state. they put the date of disaiblity one day before i got laid off. the hr rep refused to put in a disability claim with the company. I was to be paid 60% of a 67,000 salary for two years. That would have been $80,000. The hr department refused to put in a disaiblity claim with the insurance company. the only reason I can think of is that the more cllaims they put in the higher their rates are. so the big claims they just lie and tell give people wrong information. So I lost out on $80,000. These are the kinds of people that are working at cablevision. Sadistic and ruthless. You are treated like ****. its amazing how they can live with themselves after taking advantage of the disabled americans. I guess you dont get to be a 3/3 billionaire by being a nice guy. Definelty one of the worst companies ever to work at.

August 12 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Be careful with this in Berlin. Workers are CONSTANTLY under the threat of loosing their jobs.They exploit people with low payments and dirty business. they are also in charge of many websites:

MT Peformance GmbH
Blücherstrasse 22
10961 Berlin

June 28 2011 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Someone Smith

AT&T is by far the worst. The try to run the company like a paramilitary organization and it is not working. Workers are CONSTANTLY under the threat of loosing their jobs. Supervisors get to harass, belittle and embarrass workers. The union (IBEW) is so completely useless the only thing one can think is that their in on it with corporate.
Time constraints are imposed by people who have no idea how to do the job. Workers have been exposed to extremely violent and dangerous gang ridden areas without regard for their safety. Actually being told if you don't like it, you can leave.
The company is slick, laying off long time workers, only to rename the same position and hire someone new at a lower pay. AT&T is eventually going to have an employee "going postal" situation it is only a matter of time with the way these people are treated.

March 28 2011 at 2:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Add TOPIA Technology to that list from Tacoma Wa

Topia is an awful place to work! Do not work there!he'She really
knows little about tech, make programers go without pay, steals thier
ideas, then fires them when she can no longer pay them.

Her company, Topia, has not made any type of profit in 11 years! They
are almost bankrupt!

She has been sued for wrongful termination and the ex-employee won big!$

As soon as I can find ANY job I'm leaving Topia!

Stay away from Topia, they are bad news!

March 14 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

TrueBlue Inc. the company that manages Labory Ready, CLP and Spartan temp employees are by far the absolute worst company to work for. Their regular staff are the most unprofessional and verbally abusive people I have ever encountered in my employment history. If you think that filing a complaint with the main headquarters in Tacoma,WA will help you, forget it! their HR department is not there to assist you, they are there to protect the company's best interest. I understand that this is a "for profit" business, but come on now...what reputable company would allow any employee to abuse another, and consistently get away with it, no matter how many complanints are filed against the same person? not to mention they have a horrible pay scale. They mention their CORE values over and over but from my angle, any company that allows any form of abuse has no values!....STAY AWAY from this employer or you'll wish you had. #1 Worst Company to work for

June 25 2010 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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