These are 10 of the worst companies to work for in the UK

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    If you’ve ever had one of those disgruntled moments when you’ve thought, ‘this has to be the worst employer ever,’ you may actually be right.

    According to company ratings on job site Glassdoor collated by The Telegraph, there’s something that some brands all have in common and that’s terrible reviews. So, while it’s definitely worth knowing LinkedIn’s top British companies to work forthe best job perks at companies or the best fashion brands to work for, you might also want to know the ones to avoid too.

    The 10 worst companies to work for in the UK

    William Hill

    Employees complained of long hours and a poor work/life balance. They even mentioned unsociable working hours and lots of labour done on your own as opposed to within a team. However, some employees also said that it’s easy to progress within the company.

    The Financial Ombudsman

    With 1.9 stars out of 5 on its ratings, the working conditions there have been called ‘challenging’ and workers have complained of not having enough time to do all that’s asked of them.

    Holland & Barrett

    The main complaint for this company is that employees have to work alone for a long period of time – and that there are a lack of bonuses. Although, they all praised the staff discount there.


    This strategic outsourcing company has been accused of ‘poor communication’ between managers and staff and apparently there’s a high staff turnover.

    JD Sports

    With reports last year slamming the sportswear’s Rochdale warehouse conditions, it’s no surprise that this one is in here, with employees saying there are ‘high demands for minimum wage.’


    The main issue here was having to deal with abusive customers alone but the company also has many longstanding employees who have celebrated up to 40 years of service there.

    Caffè Nero

    Long shifts, short breaks and rules that include needing to be in 20 minutes before your shift, despite this not being paid.

    Wyevale Garden Centres

    The issue here? Poor pay and a lack of staff. Although others said that the atmosphere was friendly and appreciated the 30% in-store discount.

    Laura Ashley

    The fashion and homeware retailer has a high staff turnover with many not staying beyond six months because of the low pay. However, lots were pleased with the 40% staff discount they get.


    Despite a flexible workspace, workers have complained of a lack of training for new employees as well as no bonuses or perks to working here.

    Well, there you have it. So, next time you’re thinking about changing jobs, ask yourself what’s really important to you when it comes to job satisfaction. Is it flexibility? Pay? Perks? Atmosphere? Only you can decide.

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