For 2012, the website 24/7 Wall St. determined that the worst company to work for in America was the Dish Network. To pick its winner, the site began by sifting entries on glassdoor.com, an online service where people gossip about their jobs. The volume of miserable tales about Dish is impressive; 346 former or current employees had taken the time to bash the company. On a scale of 1 to 5, they ranked their company an average of 2.2, beating Dillard’s and RadioShack for the spot at the bottom, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.
The most common complaints were long hours, lack of paid holidays, and too much mandatory overtime. Some posts suggest that merely setting foot in Dish’s headquarters is a danger to the soul. “Quit” was the recommendation to one Dish employee who sought management advice. “You’re part of a poisonous environment…go find a job where you can use your talents for good rather than evil.”
Much of the malice, and value generation, can be traced to Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen. Although he turned over the CEO role to former Sirius XM head Joseph Clayton in 2011, Ergen remains the core of Dish—and its largest shareholder, with 53.2% of the outstanding shares and 90.4% of the voting rights.
Ergen, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, has an estimated net worth of $11 billion. That puts him among the world’s richest men and makes him one of America’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories.