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New Data Reveals which Job Sector Has the Worst Employers


  • A new ranking reveals which job sector has the worst employers, according to worker reviews - with Human Resources placed sixth

  • The study analyzed Glassdoor data for over 1.3 million companies to identify which sector has the fewest employers rated at least 4.5 stars

  • While some job sectors have better bosses than others, some states do too - with West Virginia reporting the fewest proportion of top-rated employers 

  • A recruitment expert, Darren Shafae, explains which red flags you should look out for when job hunting - including a lack of employee reviews



A new ranking has revealed which job sector has the worst employers, based on employee reviews - with military and protective services ranked top.

The study, conducted by resume specialists ResumeBlaze, looked at the number of companies rated 4.5 stars and above by employees across every sector in each state. and scaled this against the total number of jobs listed in each area on Glassdoor.

Despite unemployment rates being at a half-century low (according to figures from the Federal Reserve), some people will still be looking to switch jobs before the festive season hits – and employer ratings is a key concern for many.

And it's bad news for those who work in the military and protective services sector, as just 5% of employers are rated 4.5 stars and above – which is two thirds (66%) lower than the national average (15%).

However, the sector is a good option for those who value diversity and inclusion as it came out as the top-performer in that area.

The second-worst sector to work in came out as information technology, as just 12% of employers are rated at least 4.5 stars, and the sector performed worst for compensation and benefits. Customer services is the third worst sector with just 13% of top-rated employers.

  • A new ranking reveals which job sector has the worst employers, according to worker reviews - with Human Resources placed sixth

  • The study analyzed Glassdoor data for over 1.3 million companies to identify which sector has the fewest employers rated at least 4.5 stars

  • While some job sectors have better bosses than others, some states do too - with West Virginia reporting the fewest proportion of top-rated employers 

  • A recruitment expert, Darren Shafae, explains which red flags you should look out for when job hunting - including a lack of employee reviews

A new ranking has revealed which job sector has the worst employers, based on employee reviews - with military and protective services ranked top.

The study, conducted by resume specialists ResumeBlaze, looked at the number of companies rated 4.5 stars and above by employees across every sector in each state. and scaled this against the total number of jobs listed in each area on Glassdoor.

Despite unemployment rates being at a half-century low (according to figures from the Federal Reserve), some people will still be looking to switch jobs before the festive season hits – and employer ratings is a key concern for many.

And it's bad news for those who work in the military and protective services sector, as just 5% of employers are rated 4.5 stars and above – which is two thirds (66%) lower than the national average (15%).

However, the sector is a good option for those who value diversity and inclusion as it came out as the top-performer in that area.

The second-worst sector to work in came out as information technology, as just 12% of employers are rated at least 4.5 stars, and the sector performed worst for compensation and benefits. Customer services is the third worst sector with just 13% of top-rated employers.


On the other end of the scale, legal is named the sector with the best employers with 21% of companies rated 4.5 stars and up – 311% more than military and protective services.

Education is named the second-best sector for employers with 18% of companies rated 4.5 stars and above, with employers valued most for compensation and benefits. Rounding out the top three sectors is retail and food services, with 18% of highly rated employers.

As well as looking at which job sectors have the highest-quality employers, the analysis also looked at which states suffer with the worst bosses - with West Virginia placed first with just 10% of companies rated 4.5 stars and above.

New Mexico ranked second with just 1 in 10 (11%) of employers rated at least 4.5 stars, while North Dakota placed third with 11%. Meanwhile, the state with the best employers was California, with 46% more top-quality employers than the national average.

Speaking on the findings, Darren Shafae, Founder of ResumeBlaze, said: “Those who are looking for a new job will almost definitely turn to employee reviews to judge the quality of a company - and those who are poorly rated are less likely to have enthusiastic applicants than those with glowing reviews”.

“Even if the employee reviews look good from the outside, there are some ‘red flags’ you should look out for when job hunting, which can help you decide which companies are worth your time, and which aren’t. Here are 5 potential red flags:

  • Vague Job Descriptions: If the job posting lacks specific details about the responsibilities, qualifications, and expectations, it may be a sign that the employer is not fully transparent or doesn't have a clear idea of what they want.

  • Unusual Requests: Be wary of employers who request personal or financial information unrelated to the job application process. Scammers may try to exploit job seekers for identity theft or fraud.

  • High Turnover Rate: Research the company's history and turnover rate. Frequent turnover can be a sign of a toxic work environment or poor management.

  • Too Good to Be True: Be cautious of job postings that promise extremely high salaries, rapid promotions, or benefits that seem too generous for the role. If it sounds too good to be true, it might be a scam or a misleading opportunity.

  • Lack of Benefits or Perks: If the company offers little to no benefits, such as health insurance, retirement plans, or professional development opportunities, it may not prioritize employee well-being and growth.”

“Remember that red flags are not definitive proof of a bad employer or job opportunity, but they should prompt you to investigate further and proceed with caution. Trust your instincts and conduct thorough research before making any decisions.”

 

Study conducted by ResumeBlaze. Data gathered from Glassdoor company reviews.

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