Worst Retail Jobs In America
The New York Times has continued its expose of Apple's labor chain. Following its January report on horrific, and sometimes deadly, conditions at its Chinese factories, the paper last week turned its attention to a less obviously exploited workforce: the sales clerks and "geniuses" toiling in America's Apple stores.
The world's most valuable company, with a market valuation higher than than the GDP of Poland, which takes in more money per store square foot than any other retailer in the U.S., seems to be stiffing its staff, reports the Times. Peddlers of iPhones and iPads can sell as much as $3 million in merchandise annually. But these hourly workers earn an average of just $11.75 an hour, or less than $25,000 a year. With no commission.
But a gig at an Apple store remains one of the most sought after retail jobs. Fortune ranked Apple Inc. the world's most admired company last year, and the sellers of its products often have a sense of purpose beyond just moving merch. The benefits are apparently great, and the hourly salary is way above the minimum wage of $7.25.
So if many Apple employees feel unsatisfied and underpaid, how do other retail employees in this country fare? AOL Jobs looked up employee ratings of the 100 biggest retailers on Glassdoor.com, and these are the seven with the most brutal reviews.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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