Worst Companies to Work For

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8. CompuCom
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 38%
> Employees: 11,000
> Industry: IT services
> Headquarters: Fort Mill, SC

IT services company and Office Depot subsidiary CompuCom employs some 11,000 workers — and many of them are among the most dissatisfied workers in the country. Fewer than half of the company’s employees reviewing the company approve of CEO Dan Stone, and just 37% would recommend a job at the company to a friend. For reference, the average CEO on Glassdoor has a 69% approval rating.

Office Depot acquired CompuCom for $1 billion in November 2017, and despite the merger, the companies appear to have maintained distinct cultures. While Office Depot has a 3.1 out of 5.0 employee satisfaction score, CompuCom has just a 2.6 score — nearly the lowest of any major American company.

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7. The Children’s Place
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 32%
> Employees: 15,800
> Industry: Department, clothing, and shoe stores
> Headquarters: Secaucus, NJ

Of the more than 1,500 reviews on Glassdoor of The Children’s Place, the least frequent rating was a top 5 star review. There are five key components that contribute to the overall rating of Glassdoor: culture and values, work-life balance, senior management, compensation and benefits, and career opportunities. At The Children’s Place, none of those components rated above a 2.5. Companies’ leader sets the tone for the business, and their impact trickles down throughout the company. But at The Children’s Place, leadership is a major problem, as CEO Jane Elfers has just a 27% approval rating among reviewers. For reference, the average CEO on Glassdoor has a 69% approval rating.

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6. Sprouts Farmers Market
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 36%
> Employees: 27,000
> Industry: Food and beverage stores
> Headquarters: Phoenix, AZ

Trust in senior leadership can greatly impact employee satisfaction. And few employees of Sprouts Farmers Market leaving reviews on Glassdoor trust in CEO Amin Maredia. Just 40% approve of the job Maredia is doing. Many of the reviewers on Glassdoor are critical of other managers as well, saying they are a negative factor in their job experience. Dozens of reviewers say management has a “lack of maturity” and gripe over the high turnover rate among store management, which makes it difficult for employees to know what to expect at work. Just 28% of reviewers have a positive business outlook for the Phoenix, Arizona-based grocer.

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5. Genesis HealthCare
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 34%
> Employees: 68,700
> Industry: Health care services and hospitals
> Headquarters: Kennett Square, PA

Pennsylvania-based Genesis Healthcare owns and operates nursing homes and elderly care facilities across 30 states. With an employee satisfaction score of just 2.6 out of 5.0, Genesis is the only company in the health care industry to rank among the worst companies to work for. As is the case with many companies on this list, Genesis Healthcare employees are dissatisfied with the company’s senior leadership — Genesis CEO George Hager Jr. has only a 36% approval rating among employees leaving reviews on Glassdoor.

Pay is not among the top factors that influence employee happiness — and Genesis HealthCare is evidence of this. Genesis Healthcare’s physical therapists, one of the most common job types with the company, earn an average of $85,100 per year compared to the average base pay among all U.S. physical therapists of $69,500.

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4. Speedway LLC
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 38%
> Employees: 32,150
> Industry: Gas stations
> Headquarters: Enon, OH

Speedway is the only gas station convenience store chain to rank among the worst companies to work for. The Ohio-based chain has some 2,740 location across 21 states, primarily in the Midwest, Southeast, and along the East Coast.

Though Speedway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp., it is a far worse company to work for. Speedway has an employee satisfaction score of just 2.6 out of 5.0 on Glassdoor. Meanwhile, Marathon has a rating of 4.0 out of 5.0. Speedway reviews commonly cite work-life balance and senior management as major detractors to the work environment. Just 37% of Speedway reviewers would recommend a job with the company to a friend, and a lower than average 58% approve of CEO Tony Kenney.