In the ideal world, every company and organization would be a pleasure to work with. But not everyone has the fortune of working for Apple or Google, where top talent is headhunted, treated like a prized asset and protected from poachers. The reality is that many workplaces, even those of some of our nation’s biggest brands, are in actual fact awful places to be. If you are searching for a new job, then be wary of this bunch!
The Home Depot:Home Depot has legions of angry consumer as well as employees. Home Depot used to have qualified personnel to provide expert advice. They essentially canned them all to hire cheap 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. Several sites host complaints by disgruntled employees, from the Consumerist to Retailworker.com.
AOL: From training employees how to charge credit cards of those trying to cancel their accounts, to censoring or firing employees that stand up to their ethics, AOL has, is, and probably always will be one of the worst places to work.
Best Buy: From forcing employees to practice questionable ethics, to flat out manipulation by managers, Best Buy has it all. Their management system is reportedly structured to the point that there is no accountability; the blame tends to go downward, ending up on the floor employees who work the hardest. Years and years of complaints have been logged at various websites online (including the now defunct bestbuysux.org).
McDonald’s: If this is your first job, fine but if it’s your second job, it just sucks to be you. McDonald’s is host to incompetent supervisors where mediocrity is looked up to, but never quite achieved. The educational level of even the highest echelon of store management is about the end of high school and will likely teach you nothing except how to manage stress. Hopefully this will force you to strive for a positive exit plan.
Verizon: They destroyed the lives of 33 pilots to save retirement expenses – just one example of their business practices. Freezing pensions by email is another. Additionally the poor top-down management has caused some of the lowest moral ever in a company.