5 companies that owe workers a raise

Compensation can take many forms, but cold, hard cash is high on the list of reasons employees get up each day and go to work.

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Jun 5, 2013 11:59PM

That Walmart is not inclued in this group is a slap in the face to Walmart associates everywhere.  Walmart claims that its average wage per hour for an associate is over $12.  Many, many associates have been calling BULL---- on Walmart's claim.  Walmart is a multi-billion dollar company many times over, but yet they feel the need to cut back on associates hours and terminate longtime employees in favor of temporary employees so that they won't be required to offer the group health insurance.  Google "Walmart Loophole" if you don't believe me

Jun 5, 2013 9:39PM
During the 50's 60's and 70's companies feared being unionized and offered workers more in compensation to keep them happy and not disgruntled. Today unionization has fallen from 30% of the work force to about 7%. Whether you like unions or not the simple fact of the matter is that without organized labor our wages will continue to fall and there's nothing you can do about it. Businesses have only one purpose and that's to get you to work for as little as possible and maximize profits so share holders and CEO's can reap from your labor, that's what a business is supposed to do, on the other hand workers are suppose to organize and fight for a better wage. Obviously workers are failing to stand up for themselves, that's not the companies fault it's sadly the submissive workers fault.
Jun 6, 2013 9:53AM

Why in the world should a company worry about giving raises for job descriptions that read, “Put a medium size spoon into a bucket of taco meat, dump said meat into a taco shell and sprinkle with lettuce and cheese? If you want a decent wage/salary, go get a job that requires a real education, a real skill, physical labor, and/or tough working conditions.


I worked in a grocery store in high school. For the most part, I got paid minimum wage. Would I have liked to get paid more? No doubt. Did I deserve it? Not really. My job involved asking “Paper or plastic?” and then putting groceries into the preferred bag. Eventually I got “promoted” to produce where my job involved taking apples, oranges, and lettuce out of the giant walk-in frig in the back and putting them on the shelf. Any idiot can do that job. It doesn’t deserve a high wage. Supply and demand folks.


In college, I had a summer job where it was 90 – 110 degrees outside (if not worse) working in a manufacturing plant with no A/C doing hard physical labor. Did I get paid above minimum wage? You bet I did. It wasn’t work that required any special education or skill but it was physical work in horrible conditions. The number of people willing to work that type of job isn’t really high so the wage was higher. Again, supply and demand.


Now I have a job that requires a specific education and skills. Not very many people have the education and skills. My salary reflects that. Supply and demand.


It really is simple. I am so tired of hearing this entitlement society. You aren’t entitled to a raise just because. You aren’t entitled to my tax dollars paying for your house, cars, and kids. If you want it, go EARN it!!! Novel thought I know. I’m such a horrible person.

Jun 5, 2013 10:29PM
What about all the major professional sports teams.  The athletes make as much as CEOs and all the food salesmen at the stadium get part-time hours and minimum wage.  Why does no one ever cry about professional athletes compensation.  It is obviously all about a vision/agenda not any real principle of fair wages.  Entertainers are exempt from this scrutiny.
Jun 6, 2013 10:51AM
It's funny how management complains about unions representing workers at the bargaining table, yet headhunters and hired negotiators help CEOs get the most money for their jobs.  Hypocrites?
Jun 6, 2013 12:05AM
I see a lot of CEO pay that could be going to the people that actually create the experience that makes these companies successful.  They should make good money but if you can't live really good and save for retirement on 1 million a year, how can you run a company?
Jun 20, 2013 9:02AM
More on the subject:  I for one can speak from experience.  I went to college, the first one in my family to do so.  I got 2 degrees in record time by majoring both in Accounting and Computer Science.  While I had 2 young children at home, I worked part-time in the college financial aid office, so I could pay for the daycare for my children, and I still attended college full time taking no less than 12 hours/semester, my last year being 18 hrs in the fall and 19 hrs in the spring.  I also only paid for my first semester and attended fully on scholarships after that, including books and even a little extra cash (multiple scholarships) which helped in supporting myself.


After spending more than 20 years in IT as a highly skilled and appreciated employee, my job was outsourced to India, in 2002.  In a 6 month period of that year, more than 150,000 jobs nationwide in my particular IT field were off-shored.  That resulted in my having to work in whatever position I could find for 3 solid years.  Working as a sales associate for Dillard's was the highest paying job I had during that time.  No benefits, $9hr.  My first monthly review, I sold double what the quota was and was politely told "try to do better next time"... no raise, no nothing.


It took 3 years to find another job in IT doing what I did for 20 years.  It was a contract job via IBM for Disney in Orlando.  The pay offered was the same I was making in 1990 (this was 2005), included 2 weeks paid vac, 6 paid holidays and bereavement leave.  Also had 401k (non-matching) and health insurance (premiums to be paid solely by me, nothing paid by the company).


After 2 years, I, and many others, received a 10% pay cut.  The 3rd year, we received another 10% pay cut AND lost the 2 weeks paid vac, 6 paid holidays AND the bereavement leave.  At this point I was making early 1980's wages and it was 2008.  Then in 2010, job was outsourced again and I had the wonderful opportunity of spending my last 90 days training my overseas replacement, all via phone of course.


It's been difficult to find work in my field since as almost all is done in India now.  IBM stated it's because there aren't enough here in the states that know what I do.  Well, I STILL KNOW WHAT I DO.  And instead of building an IBM University here to teach Americans how to do my job, they spent $20 million and built it in India.


I held this position for 5 years.  While I accepted the last century wages, I had no choice.  And while I saw even those wages get cut and lost all benefits even though they weren't all that great, Sam, the CEO of IBM at the time, received $20.5 million in bonus the first year of my 5 years.  That bonus increased an average of half a million every year of the 5 years I was there.


So... for those who want to keep saying "Quit and get another job".... THERE AREN'T ANY.

For those who say, get off your lazy *ss and get an education... I AND MANY OTHERS DID.


The reality is corporations no longer look at their employees as 'ASSETS', we are all now simply 'EXPENSES'.


It truly is time for things to change, time to change for the good of the middle class and time to help those in poverty get out of poverty simply by PAYING A DECENT WAGE to those who helped put these companies where they stand today.


Trust me, IBM did not get where they are by me NOT doing my job.

Jun 6, 2013 11:02AM
I worked for an Omnicom company (BBDO). While I worked there their stock (OMC) grew from about $45 a share to about $62 a share (+37.7%). Yet they had a corporate-mandated salary freeze for over 5 years.

It was a revolving door. Good people would be hired. They would work for a while to build up their resume. Sometimes people would be "rewarded" with a promotion *with no salary increase*. People would then leverage their title and experience and get a job at a different company.

It's AMAZINGLY short-sighted. It definitely hurts the quality of service to the customer and turns the company into a training ground for their competitors.

Jun 6, 2013 10:33AM
EMPLOYERS dont realize that "hardworking employees keep their businesses open." Employers are not doing favors by handing out a "paltry" raise for what they do day in and day out until they find a better employment else where. Employers need (more than ever) "good employees on their payroll for their own survival" clients no longer care about companies owned by greedy "fat pigs" they care about "PEOPLE"
Jun 6, 2013 10:20AM

Big Business - "There would be no American Dream without us"

Unions - "There would be no American Dream without us"


Truth - Middleclass is shrinking. American Dream is Dying.

Reason - Scum Politicans taking money from Big Business and Unions.


Outcome - Socialism or a two class society (rich and poor) -- Either way the dream is dead.


Thanks a shlt pot full Unions and Greedy azzholes.

Jun 6, 2013 10:08AM

Disney is THE WORST company for internships.  Their college program is such a crock.  You mostly work in the food service part or stand at rides and count the number of people that go through.  A few people actually get to work at the hotels at the front desk but unless your degree is resort management thats a waste as well.  Not to mention most people leave the program oweing Disney money for their apartment that Disney forces them to live in. 


And to say the costume people are modestly paid is a gross overstatement.  They are paid just over minimum wage, but the hours they work suck badly.  No I dont have a grudge I just have friends that work for and have worked for the Walt Disney Company.

Jun 5, 2013 9:54PM
what about dollar tree. your lucky if you get 20 cents a year and they still want to cut your hours
Jun 6, 2013 9:00AM
And new jobs are created every month right ? Wall St. loves to feed off of that kind of news ! When the work force in the U.S. allows themselves to be downgraded to the pay scale of the 4th world countries , guess what , the jobs will come back home . Won't we be happy ?
Jun 6, 2013 12:17PM

Barry, Bread is never going to be $20 a loaf,give me a break.Companies are sitting

on billions;a record amount of cash.A big part is because they`re shipping tons of jobs

overseas.Sure, that`s good business, but they owe something to the Americans people

who built these companies into the giants they are now.People want to be cheap with the

American worker but don`t care that CEO`s get $200 million and another $200 million to

get booted out.The American worker is getting screwed big time.I`m glad I don`t have to work.

Jun 5, 2013 10:47PM
First of all there are far more than these five. This doesn't even touch the tip of the subject. I think the govt is much to blame for this as the companies. They allow these companies to report almost anything in your earnings package as a form of income, ie healthcare. So while a company might report they are contributing 56K a year to the average employees compensation package, the employees gross is only 40K and take home is 25K. That is a realistic picture of the average American worker.  So yeah, just the same ole, same ole. Fake money like in the housing market, and people being killed by higher taxes. 
Jun 6, 2013 8:18AM

The 'Tragic Kingdom' certainly belongs among the worst to work for. We don't call it 'Dismal World' for nothing !

And working in the fast food industry won't bring you any financial security-these are mostly entry or first time job seekers-either high school kids or immigrants.

And retail ATT? Well retail workers aren't known to have great compensation either unless they also can get a commission on their sales too.

So if you settle on these low income jobs, then that's on you. But while you have that job, you should look for another to improve your situation-


Common sense is not common !

Jun 6, 2013 12:32PM
Could the problem be there are more people than jobs available in this country. Companies don't have to give raises, you don't like it? quit. Somebody will always be standing in line to take your place and most companies know it. I really feel most companies like a dismal job market it gives them leverage to really do whatever the hell they want. As far as unions....they had their place at one time but for today's practicality they are all but useless. Look what HOSTESS did when it's union wouldn't "play ball" they just simply pulled the plug.
Jun 8, 2013 9:57AM
Most all retailers belong on this list including the dollar stores and convenience stores.
Jun 6, 2013 11:34AM
People who are in the jobs listed are mainly first jobbers or part timers.

 You take the time to improve your skills and make yourself more valuable, you can get better paying jobs.

A company doesn't owe a raise to an unskilled person just because it is successful.

Make yourself successful

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