Ten Companies With the Least Valuable Workers

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6. Starbucks
> Revenues per employee: $81,800
> Total revenues: $14.9 billion
> Total employees: 182,000
> Industry: Restaurants

Starbucks is the world’s most well-known coffee chain, with more than 20,500 stores as of this March. Last year, the company reported roughly $14.9 billion in overall revenues, or $81,800 per employee last year. However, this number may actually understate how much revenue the average employee contributes, as the company expanded headcount at a rapid clip last year.

Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) reported that it had 182,000 employees at the end of its most recent fiscal year, up from 160,000 the year before. While the average barista reported a salary of just $8.79 per hour, according to Glassdoor.com, CEO Howard Schultz has publicly declared he is in favor of a higher minimum wage.

5. Chipotle Mexican Grill
> Revenues per employee: $70,900
> Total revenues: $3.2 billion
> Total employees: 45,340
> Industry: Restaurants

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) — the wildly successful former McDonald’s-owned fast-casual Mexican restaurant — has continued to grow even as food costs have increased. Total revenues grew last year by 17.7% from the year before, among the higher one-year revenue growth rates in the S&P 500. Despite the hype, Chipotle still trails a number of larger chains in sales.

The company’s most recent fiscal year revenue of $3.2 billion is still just a fraction of Yum! Brands’ and McDonald’s respective revenues. The burrito chain has relatively few employees, with slightly more than 45,000 full-time workers as of last year. And while the company’s revenue per employee was a little more than $70,000, the company is profitable with earnings that have risen dramatically in recent years.

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4. McDonald’s
> Revenues per employees: $63,900
> Total revenues: $28.1 billion
> Total employees: 440,000
> Industry: Restaurants

McDonald’s Corp. (NASDAQ: MCD), which employed 440,000 last year — mostly low-wage employees — has been at the forefront of the minimum wage debate. According to Glassdoor.com, the average crew member made $7.77 per hour. By contrast, CEO Donald Thompson made a total of $9.5 million in salary and bonuses in 2013. Additionally, groups such as the National Employment Law Project have argued that McDonald’s profitability and cash balances indicate it could afford to pay workers a higher wage.

McDonald’s revenue per employee was just $63,900. The company’s revenue per worker figures do not account for employees working at McDonald’s franchises. Fees from franchisees account for $9.2 billion, or roughly 33%, of the company’s $28.1 billion in total revenue. When franchise employees are included, McDonald’s employed 1.8 million people worldwide.