Saturday, January 26, 2013

I Hate You: Why you should think twice about that job offer

It's happened to the best of us. We take the time to interview for a job, sit through the grueling process. Twice. Maybe even a third time if there's competition. We're offered the position, accept it and then - we hate it. The job, the manager, the cubicle, maybe even the co-worker sitting across from us. Was it bad timing, desperation or did we ignore the warning signs? 

For the record, I've never disliked any of my former positions. Whether or not that's true is irrelevant. I have to save face since this is an open blog so the statement stands.

Back to the topic. There are many reasons why we may find ourselves working at a job we just can't stand. Sometimes the reasons are initially obvious, but other times we just can't identify the specific reason. All we know is that waking up in the morning is a burden, getting dressed is painful, and our heart sinks when we see the company signage in the near distance on our morning commute.

Turns out we're not alone. An analysis of employee reviews of public companies turned out quite insightful. To be considered for notorious ranking in the 'Worst Company to Work For' category, each company must have had a minimum of 300 reviews and scored below 2.8. In total, there were 202 companies studied.

Before we get to the reasons why these companies were hated, it's worth noting that it takes a lot to get an employee ranting on a public forum. We have better things to do, like be consumed with why we hate the employer in the first place.

Now for the results:

  • Most of the despised companies were retailers and companies that employed low-paying workers with direct contact to customers.
  • Companies that made the overall list performed quite terribly in customer satisfaction surveys, namely satellite TV, retail, and banking.
  • Major complaints made about all the companies surveyed were they paid too low, did not promote enough and were pretty frugal with their raises.
  • Many of the companies that received low rankings were accused of focusing too much on revenue flow, which created intense friction among coworkers.
  • Other complaints were geared at rude managers and unreasonable work schedules, including having to work on holidays.
  • Surprisingly, all the companies on the list ranked their CEOs very low. "Surprisingly" because how much interaction does the average employee have with the CEO? Sounds to me like some unfair judgment was made. Or maybe not being invited to fly by corporate jet ruffled their feathers.
Some warning signs. Really consider working for companies if they have displayed the following poor performances:

  • Consecutive years of mass layoffs, high turnover, losing to the competition, lackluster sales, and a compromised brand name. And don't forget that inconsiderate CEO.
I will reserve my right to keep my opinion to myself and let the readers decide on the validity of the results. The CEO bit was an attempt at sarcastic humor. Having read some reviews in the past by jilted employees, I have my biases.

Happy job-hunting.

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