The 12 Companies Paying Americans the Least

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8. DineEquity
> U.S. workforce: 173,350
> CEO compensation:
$5,392,402
> Revenue:
$1.08 billion
> Net income:
$75.2 million
> No. of U.S. stores:
3,569

DineEquity Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP, has more employees and more stores than Darden, a similar company compared to others on the list. Yet the top level compensation at DineEquity is $5.39 million compared to $8.04 million at Darden. DineEquity’s $1.08 billion revenue was less than Darden’s as well. In recent news, Zane Tankel, who owns 40 Applebee’s franchises in the New York metropolitan area, has raised the ire of Applebee’s employees and customers when he said he would freeze hiring and would consider cutting current employee hours due to passage the Affordable Care Act. DineEquity has distanced itself from the comments.

7. Starbucks
> U.S. workforce:
176,533
> CEO compensation:
$16,079,480
> Revenue:
$13.30 billion
> Net income:
$1.38 billion
> No. of U.S. stores:
12,903

Unlike other companies on the list, some of Starbucks Corp.’s (NASDAQ: SBUX) workers are represented by a union. The Starbucks Workers Union has argued that the company has cut benefits and stagnated salaries while reporting record profits. Of course, on its website the company claims that it is dedicated to “earning the trust and respect of our ­customer, partners and neighbours” by “being responsible and doing things that are good for the planet and each other.”

6. Burger King
> U.S. workforce:
191,815
> CEO compensation:
$4,015,619
> Revenue:
$2.33 billion
> Net income:
$107.0 million
> No. of U.S. stores:
7,453

In August, representatives of Burger King Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BKW), Subway and McDonald’s went to Washington to complain to lawmakers about the Affordable Care Act. Steen Wiborg, president of Burger King in North America, told The Wall Street Journal that “Many of our franchisees will struggle with how to reconcile the financial implications … and will likely take other measures to reduce costs.” Burger King, which had revenue of $2.3 billion last year, currently offers a limited benefit plan, which it describes as “the red carpet treatment” and that is also unpopular with its workers.

5. Sears
> U.S. workforce:
264,000
> CEO compensation:
$9,932,924
> Revenue:
$41.57 billion
> Net income:
-$3.11 billion
> No. of U.S. stores:
3,510

Many companies like to tout how important their employees are, and Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) is no different. “Our associates are at the heart of our company and we value teamwork, integrity, and positive energy,” says the company’s website. Unfortunately for the employees, the operator of Sears and Kmart has struggled in recent years, as evidenced by its recent massive $3.11 billion net loss, despite having revenue of $41.6 billion. In addition, similar to Walmart and Target, Sears and Kmart stores will be open on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday shopping, meaning the employees will have to work this holiday. Sears said it expects holiday hiring to be about the same as a year ago, while Walmart, Toys”R”Us and other retailers increased their seasonal hires.

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