The Worst Companies to Work For

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16. Steak n Shake
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 29%
> Employees: 10,000+
> Industry: Casual restaurants
> Headquarters: San Antonio, TX

San Antonio-based restaurant chain Steak n Shake operates on the credo: “The more relevant we are to customers, the less relevant the competition becomes.” The company’s singular focus on customer satisfaction, however, may be coming at the expense of employee morale. Steak n Shake has a Glassdoor company rating of just 2.6 out of 5, well below the 3.4 out of 5 average across all organizations. Only 29% of employees reviewing the company on Glassdoor would recommend a job with the company to a friend, and 22% of workers who left reviews about the company approve of CEO Sardar Bigari.

Steak n Shake is a franchise business, and as such, employee experience are more likely to vary by location.

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15. Charter Communications
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 39%
> Employees: 98,000
> Industry: Cable, internet & telephone providers
> Headquarters: Stamford, CT

Charter Communications is the company behind the Spectrum brand — the cable, internet, and TV service provider. Workers in the telecom industry are disproportionately unhappy with their employers, and as the second largest cable operator in the United States, Charter Communications is part of the reason why. Negative reviews on Glassdoor frequently point out that the work environment closely resembles that of a call center, and that upper management can be overbearing. A lack of confidence in senior leadership extends all the way to the top. Fewer than half of all Charter employees approve of CEO Thomas Rutledge on Glassdoor.

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14. Speedway LLC
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 34%
> Employees: 60,350
> Industry: Gas stations
> Headquarters: Enon, OH

Speedway is a chain of gas stations and convenience stores. Based in Enon, Ohio, Speedway has over 2,700 locations across 22 states in the eastern United States. On its website, Speedway claims to “offer a wealth of opportunities with significant advancement potential.” While upward mobility is generally beneficial to employee morale, common criticisms of the company on Glassdoor like a lack of work-life balance, insufficient break time, and a lack of clarity and sympathy from upper management are not. Only about a third of Speedway employees leaving reviews on Glassdoor would recommend a job with the company to a friend.

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13. CDK Global
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 36%
> Employees: 8,500
> Industry: Computer hardware & software
> Headquarters: Hoffman Estates, IL

CDK Global is a technology company that provides software and business services to 30,000 automotive, truck, boat, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealerships across five continents. The company employs sales representatives, software engineers, and implementation workers, many of whom are unhappy with the company. Negative Glassdoor reviews frequently point to understaffing and the ever-looming possibility of being laid off.

Compensation is also relatively low. Software engineers with the company earn an average of about $89,000 a year, on the lower end of the income spectrum for the profession.

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12. The Children’s Place
> Glassdoor rating: 2.6/5
> Employees who would recommend working at company: 31%
> Employees: 18,700
> Industry: Clothing stores
> Headquarters: Secaucus, NJ

The Children’s Place, a Secaucus, New Jersey-based childrens’ clothing chain, is one of several customer-facing retailers to rank among the worst companies to work for. Employee complaints posted on Glassdoor frequently reference low pay — minimum wage for sales associates — and pressure to promote the store credit card to customers. CEO Jane Elfers, who took the helm in 2010, has a 33% approval rating on Glassdoor. Additionally, only 31% of those who work at The Children’s Place and who left reviews on Glassdoor would recommend a job with the company to a friend.