If survival is not a matter of beating the bombs as you race to your wilderness retreat, than what are your best survival moves?
For a start, you probably want to avoid working for one of these dogs:
America’s Worst Companies to Work For
24/7 Wall Street, 19 July 2013 (hat tip: NC)
Not surprisingly, employees most often complain about low wages and poor benefits. Many noted that they were paid even less than the already-low industry average for their job. Benefits, if the company provided any, were either difficult to afford or inadequate.
While some employees at all levels were unhappy, complaints at these companies were disproportionately from sales representatives, customer service agents and technicians. These were generally lower-paid, front-line workers dealing directly with customers.
Issues with middle management were universal among the employees of these companies, but the types of complaints varied. Depending on the company, employees felt they were micromanaged, treated unfairly or like children, or asked to meet extreme demands.
Several of the companies on this list have failed to find a clear path to boost their sales and earnings. RadioShack has attempted to revitalize its brand multiple times by focusing on different strategies and metrics. Employees have seen the electronics retailer change its priorities so often they view these moves skeptically. Other companies have been stubborn and have not pursued any major changes despite overwhelming evidence that they should. Compared to other retailers, Sears Holdings invests little in its stores, a fact that bothers many of its employees.
Employees at poorly-rated companies tend to have low opinions of senior management. The average CEO rating across the companies measured by Glassdoor is 69%, according to Zupan. The majority of the worst-reviewed companies had CEO approval ratings of 40% or less. Only 23% of Dillard’s employees approved of CEO Bill Dillards II’s management. Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert earned 19% approval.
Another attribute shared by many of the companies on this list is the perception that they have been overwhelmed by larger, better-equipped competitors. RadioShack falls into that category. It cannot effectively compete with Amazon.com, or even Best Buy. This is also true for Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart and competes with Walmart and Target. Dish, which competes with AT&T and large cable companies, faces a similar problem.
I'll let you go to the link to find out the specifics of the companies and how they were ranked. It obviously leans toward larger companies with a larger basis for opinions. I have worked with any number of small contracting outfits that were almost surreal in their dystopian flavorings. Fox News may but the small business person up on a pedestal, but my guess is that most employees rank them somewhat lower. The small business owner is likely the most delusional group of people you are likely to come across- which goes a long way toward explaining why they want to run a business in the current to economic-regulatory climate.
One note I do find striking is that a lot of the employees resentment is funneled through frustration with the companies success. People don't like working for obvious losers. If you're company is in the middling muddle of the pack, you can explain away all sorts of failures. But if you work for a large company with a lot of media focus on it, the wiggle room gets small.