5 companies with the lowest-revenue workers

It may seem counterintuitive, but big profits can result even if a company's employees are generating relatively little revenue.

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Jun 4, 2014 8:29PM
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The least valuable workers in the nation, I think, are in the white house and CONgress.

Jun 4, 2014 7:59PM
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American workers are treated across the board as little more than office equipment. Workers in this country used to be considered the single most important asset that created the value of a company, and now they are nothing more than a necessary evil. Quality has suffered accordingly, and America has almost overnight become a third-world nation as a result. Disagree? Take a look at the job postings. Employers want a 20 year old with 20 degrees and 20 years experience, and the starting pay is $20k a year.

Somewhere along the line the working class in this country got f*cked.

Jun 4, 2014 7:35PM
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You are worth what it costs to replace you.  

If your top skill is something everybody else can do, then you should not expect to get paid very much.
Jun 4, 2014 7:59PM
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Wal-Mart, McDonald's, and companies like them are not intended to be career paths. In fact, they are probably great incentives to get the motivation to get the training necessary to better your earning capacity.  To those in these jobs - no one owes you anything but an opportunity to do better for yourself.
Jun 4, 2014 7:49PM
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It's really too bad that the manufacturing jobs got sent away to other countries. Now this is all some people have. You know who to thank.
Jun 4, 2014 7:37PM
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Raise the minimum wage above what a job produces, and wait and see if that job will still exist.
Jun 4, 2014 11:28PM
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I own a restaurant. We hire felons, drug users, folks that have a hard time getting a job anywhere else. We give them a chance when nobody else will. We also hire school kids that want a job. I can tell you this for a fact. Not everyone is worth minimum wage. Some are worth more. The ones that are get more money and we don't have any particular time frame. You do good quick you get more quick, you don't then you will continue to receive minimum wage. We operate on a very small margin and we serve a demographic that is not especially affluent. If the government forces a raise in minimum wage we will have to close our doors and about 20 to 25 people in a small town will be out of work. There are a lot of folks who want to point put all the Mcdonalds's workers making minimum wage, but the truth is those jobs where never designed for folks to make a living at. They are entry level jobs.
Jun 4, 2014 8:54PM
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A lot of fast food jobs will soon be replaced by automated machines. There won't be a person behind the register, there will be a self-serve terminal (Carls Jr is already testing these systems). More of the equipment in the back will be automated, needing only one person to babysit the machine rather than 3-4 actually cooking. Pull up to the drive thru, you will be speaking to someone with an Indian accent. Raising the minimum wage will just accelerate the process of replacing these low end jobs with machines. Eventually most human jobs will be babysitting and fixing these machines.
Jun 4, 2014 8:11PM
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What a joke? How convenient that they ignore operating costs as well as financing costs and the cost of capital. McDonald's for example had $19.4 billion in operating costs versus the $28.1 billion in revenue resulting in Net Operating Revenue of $8.7 billion, or about $19,770 per employee.  That's before financing cost and corporate taxes. Net income of $5.6 billion per employee is only $12,700. And when you factor in cost of capital, i.e. what you pay investors so that your company can even be in existence, the per employee number is way below $10,000. If not, then you have no business and you're history.
Jun 4, 2014 7:51PM
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The middle class in Mexico makes about 1/4 of the lowest paid McDonald's workers - "compete" with that, you so-and-so Americans !

NAFTA forces ALL U.S. workers to "compete" with Mexican labor.  Pretty cool if you're a 1-percenter!  Pretty much blows for the 99% trying to figure out how to pay their bills and retire prior to 70!

Why did the U.S. pass NAFTA?  Oh yeah, U.S. corporations would grow and that would "trickle down" to the masses.  No trickle?  Nope, none over here either!!  Mexico is doing GREAT though!  Thank you Mr. and Mrs. U.S. workers !


Jun 4, 2014 10:12PM
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Its ok IF Roger Goodell makes 45 million a year over a game that i really wouldnt miss ,,, the person caring for your elderly parents makes peanuts,  SCREW UP WORLD ,

Jun 5, 2014 7:18AM
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The least valuable worker right now is in the oval office.
Jun 4, 2014 11:32PM
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Pretty simple.  Make yourself valuable
Jun 4, 2014 10:55PM
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cheap labor means lower costs. Gee, ya think?

of course, we can jack the salaries up to 15/hour, and put a bazillion people out of work, and they wont have the job skills to do anything else so they become welfare recipients ad-infinitum...


a liberal politician's paradise.

Jun 4, 2014 11:00PM
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Here is a plan. If you are so worth more money flippin a fuggin hamburger, open your own damn business, grow it, branch out. Now tell us what you will pay YOUR employees if you want to be profitable enough to continue to grow.

That's exactly what I thought. Uneducated dipwads can be hypocrites too.

Jun 4, 2014 8:00PM
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First take all the moderate to low skill jobs and ship them overseas or, more recently, replace them with robots.  Then take the remaining similar  jobs and say they aren't worth a living wage and subsidize them with food stamps and medicaid, etc. and you have the good old U.S.A.  Wal-Mart, McDonald's etc. are so hurting with the cost of labor at $7.25/hr. that they will go broke if they are compelled to pay their employees rather than have their employees welfare subsidized.  Welcome to the good old U.S.A.!  Then there are all the Ebenezers who say let them die and rid the world of the surplus population.   
Jun 4, 2014 8:37PM
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I work at McDonald's and saved enough to buy a van down by the river....now GFY!
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Raise minimum wage - everything gets automated, faster food and less chance of bacterial transfer - sounds like a good thing. Too bad the liberals who don't understand basic economics will in the end screw those they foolishly think they are helping.
Jun 4, 2014 7:21PM
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"... employees are generating relatively little revenue."  What is counterintuitive about that?  The franchise owner bears all of the costs of ordering, transporting, delivering, equipment to cook, etc. ALL of the food.  A "little revenue" employee slaps it on a tray and slides it to the front.  No brainer.
Jun 4, 2014 7:19PM
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ALL THE LOW WAGE JOBS ARE RIGHT WHERE THEY BELONG AT THE BOTTOM-STARTING JOBS THAT AREN'T MEANT TO BE CAREERS AS MANY WOULD LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE.  ON A SIDE NOTE ---MILLIONS HAVE LEARNED THE SKILLS NEEDED TO SUCCEED--CAN REMEMBER EXACTLY BUT THERE WERE A STAGGERING NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT GOT SUCCESSFUL AFTER STARTING AT MC D 'S  AND THE SKILLS LEARNED THERE TRANSLATES INTO FOLLOWING JOBS--WHERES THE POST ABOUT THOSE ? INSTEAD OF THE LOSERS THAT DO LITTLE TO MAKE THEMSELVES MORE VALUABLE TO THEIR JOBS.----AFTER 10 YEARS.
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