3 Tips for Identifying the Worst Companies to Work For

Ryan Morris
by Ryan Morris
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We’ve all been sitting at work bored out of our minds, wondering why the hell we even took on our jobs in the first place.

But while these moments happen at even the best jobs, they shouldn’t be happening every single day.

If they are, then it might not just be the workday getting you down — it might be the work itself.

And if that’s the case, then your company itself is probably to blame.

But just what is it that makes certain companies or employers worse than others? How do you tell one from another?

And most importantly, what do you do once you realize you’re stuck in a bad gig?

We’ve put together a guide to help you figure out just that.


1. Wait, Doesn’t Everyone Hate Their Job?

Contrary to popular belief, not all jobs are terrible.

While it is admittedly tough to find work that isn’t often frustrating or difficult, those qualities don’t necessarily make a job bad.

Even when it causes issues, difficulty at work can actually make things interesting — there’s a reason video games have a Hard Mode option.

But it’s one thing for a job to be difficult, and it’s another thing entirely for it to be toxic.

Not all employers are the same.

Some are conscientious, offering constructive feedback to their employees while providing them with fair compensation and benefits for the difficult work they ask their workers to do.

Other employers…well, they don’t do that. Whatever the opposite of that is, that’s what they do.

Today, we’ll be talking about the latter kind of employer. The bad kind.

2. Signs That Your Company is One of the Worst to Work For

So what is it that makes a company or an employer bad?

And how do you separate the kind of complaints you might have about ANY kind of work you might find from the specific complaints that you might have working for your particular company?

Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to figure out whether your company is a particularly bad egg:

  • If the company lot is jampacked at all hours of the day, that means that your company either doesn’t give employees time for lunch or else expects them to work through it.
  • If the company tries to incentivize you to work more rather than working with you to better tailor your responsibilities and compensation in a way that makes you more productive, then there’s a major problem at the management level.
  • If the company is more focused on making money than on following through with a particular vision, then it’s very likely they’ll do whatever it takes to make their money — regardless of who gets hurt.
  • If when times get tough, the company starts to cut services offered to its employees before cutting bonuses or other benefits offered to executives/management, then its priorities might be just a tad out of whack.

3. What To Do When You’re Working for One of the Worst Companies

Of course, finding out that your company is rotten isn’t the end of the story.

After all, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to go through the trouble of coming to such a realization if you’re not going to use that information to make a few decisions about your career.

If you’re going to start down that path, you might as well go all the way.

Here are some things you could do after realizing your company isn’t that great:

  • Talk to your manager. Don’t tell them that you’re thinking about leaving (if in fact you are), but let them know that you aren’t happy. Maybe some of your responsibilities can be moved around so you end up getting more out of your job — but it’s always possible that nothing can be done.
  • If things are especially bad and seem to be in no danger of changing, then you should probably head for the exit. Start sending out resumes while you still have a job, then get out of there as soon as you get a new offer.
  • If your job can’t be improved and you’re not willing or able to quit, then try to find new ways to take your mind off work so you don’t end up going nuts. Give yourself some breaks to check your texts or social media accounts, and in your off time, try getting into a new hobby that you find fulfilling.

Wrapping Up:

That’s all for this one! Just keep in mind:

It’s not easy to start making changes, even if you know they need to happen.

And it can be easy to get stuck in a bad job, especially if the job’s so bad that the experience isn’t even useful for helping you find other jobs to replace it with.

But it’s important to remember that there ARE other jobs out there, if you know where to look.

Sometimes luck isn’t on your side, and opportunities are few and far between.

But if there are any opportunities to be found out there that might help you get out of a bad company, you’re not going to find them unless you’re out there looking for them.

Best of luck! Here are some other links to help you on your way:
3 Tips for Deciding When (and How) to Quit Your Job
3 Tips to Answering the Question “Why Should We Hire You?”
3 Tips to Asking Your Boss for a Raise

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