Special Report

The Worst Companies to Work For

Thomas C. Frohlich, Michael B. Sauter, Samuel Stebbins

9. Ross Stores (NASDAQ: ROST)
> Rating:
2.7
> Number of reviews: 1,400
> CEO approval rating: 67%
> Employees: 71,400
> Industry: Apparel & Accessories Retailers

As of May 2, 2015, Ross Stores had 1,242 locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. According to the company’s website, Ross Stores makes it an “everyday priority” to treat its associates with respect. However, on Glassdoor, many employees told a very different story. Several workers complained about their extremely low salaries — Ross Stores often pays their employees the lowest amount allowed under the law. One former employee reported being “overworked and underpaid,” at times feeling like “an indentured servant.” This despite the fact that the company’s annual profits have gone from $786.8 million in fiscal 2012 to $924.7 million in fiscal 2012.

8. DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH)
> Rating:
2.6
> Number of reviews: 2,200
> CEO approval rating: 30%
> Employees: 19,000
> Industry: Cable Service Providers

Network service providers do not have the best of reputations for their service, and at least one — DISH Network — does not appear to be treating its employees much better than it treats its customers. Of the roughly 2,200 reviews by former and current employees posted on Glassdoor, DISH Network scored an average of 2.6 out of 5, making it one of the worst reviewed large companies in the United States. One of the most common complaints was that upper management was out of touch with the technicians and customer service representatives. Multiple employees reported that the central dispatch would prescribe routes that were unrealistic. Employees also complained about being forced to wear heavy black uniforms in the summertime.

DISH’s overall rating may improve soon as the company is in talks to potentially merge with mobile service provider T-Mobile, which scored an average of 3.8, making it one of the best reviewed large companies on Glassdoor.

ALSO READ: 12 Cars That Cost More Than They Used To

7. AECOM (NYSE: AECOM)
> Rating:
2.6
> Number of reviews: 1,100
> CEO approval rating: 47%
> Employees: 95,000
> Industry: Construction & Engineering

AECOM provides project management, consulting, and architectural and engineering design services to both of government and corporate clients. Growing from a company of about 20,000 employees in 2005 to its current size of nearly 100,000, many employees complained that the company has become a bloated bureaucracy. The company, many reviewers criticized, is now run by accountants, and not managers that understand their employees. AECOM’s current CEO Michael Burke has a degree in accounting and used to serve as the company’s CFO. Under Burke’s leadership, many survey respondents felt that the company’s only interest has been its stockholders and its bottom line, and not employee satisfaction. The company’s stock has outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average so far this year.