10 Worst Companies to Work For

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Glassdoor.com, (a web forum where employees can answer questions about their employers and offer comments), recently released their ranking of the 25 lowest-rated companies to work for. The release of these stats follows the recent Employees' Choice Awards for Top 50 Best places to Work in 2010, and the Glassdoor.com ranking list cautions employees about what companies should be avoided in their job pursuits in 2010.

According to Glassdoor.com's blog, employees voluntarily completed a 20-question survey in an effort to provide real time ratings and reviews of their employers while offering potential job seekers a glimpse into the corporate culture and inner workings of their organizations.

10 Lowest-Rated Companies

10. Leading the pack is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the educational publishing company, with only 9% of the company's respondents approving of CEO Tony Lucki's job performance.

9. Hertz, the well-known car rental giant ranked as one of the worst with their CEO Mark P. Frissora gaining only a 13% approval rating from company employees.

8. Dominion Enterprises, the marketing company. Endorsed by 26% of his employees, CEO Conrad M. Hall's job performance got the most endorsements from staff when compared to the other 9 worst companies, but that still only makes him the best of the worst.

7. Broomfield, Colorado-based communications company, Level 3 Communications, where only 11% of employees volunteered to comment on the leadership of CEO Jim Crowe. How's that for corporate communications?

6. With the lowest job approval rating, only 8%, out of the bottom ten companies to work for DHL, CEO, John Mullen, is clearly not a master of the expedited mail company that claims to specialize in express mail service and logistics. The only thing that appears to be expedited at this company is employee discontent and corporate leadership demise.

Bottom of the Barrel

5. Rain Bird, a company known for its irrigation products and led by CEO Anthony La Fetra was able to garner enough support to have 11% of his employees step to the plate and respond to the Glassdoor survey, but even then employee comments were only a sprinkling.

The auto parts chain, AutoZone, drives into fourth place with 17% of company employees offering their opinions and comments about CEO Bill Rhodes III's performance in the driver's seat of this company.

3. San Francisco-based staffing company Spherion only has a 13% approval rating. According to an article in the Huffington Post, one Spherion Project administrator described the source of the company's weaknesses this way: "Poor communication from management regarding my assignment and other employment opportunities within the organization." The first key to a successful temp agency is to staff it with strong leaders and key personnel who understand their roles and duties. How can you help other people find jobs if your organization is unclear about the job descriptions of it's own employees?

2. United Airlines, flying in with a mere 13% of employees responding about CEO Glenn Tilton's performance. According to reports, one employee says that, "job security is always an issue and stressful to one's life and home life." Other complaints about United Airlines are that the pay scale system is dysfunctional, and that life in the skies is both stressful and unstable.

1. Rockin' out at the bottom of this list is Gibson Guitar where CEO Henry Juszkiewicz only commanded a 12% response from employees who are not in tune with the unconventional workplace environment. One unknown employee summed it up by telling Glassdoor.com that there are good people at Gibson Guitar, but with it comes "an absolutely bizarre culture that top-to-bottom seems to revolve solely around not trying to upset the CEO.

While the Glassdoor.com ranking is not based on any scientific formula or evidence, it does shed some light on workplace culture and the opinions of the employees at these companies.

The voluntary questionnaires sent out to employees focused on employees' evaluations of senior managers and company CEOs. The leader of a company says a lot about the company itself since the leader is responsible for setting the tone of the company and making it the best company that it can be. The one thing that all of these lowly ranked companies have in common is that their CEOs have approval ratings below 25%.

It seems that these 10 worst-ranked companies to work for in 2009 need to have their CEOs learn what it means to "lead by example."

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