7 Companies You Should Never Work For

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Companies You Should Never Work For

Are you job hunting or looking to jump ship from your present place of employment? No matter what your answer may be, there are companies you should never work for. It is in your best interest to avoid working for these companies.

The last thing you want to do is to jeopardise the enthusiasm and career that you have spent years to build by working with a company that kills your career growth and career development opportunities. To avoid fall into this trap, we will take a good look at some of the crucial things you need to look out for.

Unprofessional CoworkersCompanies You Should Never Work For

Professionalism within the workplace should never be compromised. Let us put this into perspective. If you realise that a company you work for allows something like sexual harassment and other unprofessional conducts to happen repeatedly without addressing it as an issue, it should stand out as one of the companies you should never work for.

Your dressing, employee interaction, insubordination and harassment are all examples of unprofessionalism in the workplace.

Stagnates Your CareerCompanies You Should Never Work For

A stagnated career is a career devoid of motivation and growth. It burns you out to a point where you are no longer innovative or giving your best to the job. It is important to steer clear of companies that stagnate your career regardless of whether you are at the entry-level, mid-level or senior-level professional. You should be on the lookout for opportunities to grow your career and not staying stuck on a job that prevents you from experiencing true career growth.

One of the companies you should never work for is one that promotes micromanagement and provides no training or learning opportunities. Such an organisation has no clear opportunities for promotion. You are not duly rewarded for your performance at work and the job does not offer new challenges beyond your job description.

Rigid Communication ChannelCompanies You Should Never Work For

Communication is important in every organisation. It is so important that companies encourage the culture communicating across different levels. You should stay away from companies where only the ideas of top management and executives are reign supreme over employees who are not allowed to make any input whatsoever. In such companies, you are considered a foot soldier who is confined to following instructions and contributing smart ideas to help the company grow. Your career growth is either non-existent or static.

Such companies have a culture of micromanaging people. They promote the culture of fear, hardly promote open door policies and never thrive on innovation or credit to staff because top management takes it all.

Companies You Should Never Work For Have Bad ReputationCompanies You Should Never Work For

It is no longer a secret that a company can live or die on the strength of its reputation. As an employee, you are one of the biggest ambassadors of the company you work for. This explains why people take what you say about your company seriously. For instance, if you run into an old friend and ask, “Hey! I’m trying to get a better job. Is your company hiring?” What would you say if your friend replies by saying, “You better keep searching… The company has not paid us for 4 months?”

A company that has a reputation for owing salaries has a bad reputation. Avoid such companies. 

Bad At RetentionCompanies You Should Never Work For

A company that continuously recruits for the same position over a very short period of time is a company you should never work for. The fact that employees are constantly leaving a company after a short period reflects a bad culture. A good company strives to improve its employee retention strategies and not the other way around.

Promise and FailCompanies_not_to_work_for_-_Promise_and_fail

A company that makes promises to you and repeatedly fails to deliver on those promises is one you should never work for do not live up to their obligations to you. Any company that puts you last in the scheme of things and focuses squarely on revenue without considering things like your work environment and job satisfaction is a company you should never work for.

Alternate Points of View Are Not ToleratedCompanies_not_to_work_for_-_Different_point_of_view

If a company you work for has a culture of shutting down ideas that are different from what the management has communicated without being objective, it is a wrong signal.

If the reasons for shutting down your ideas are things like “We have never done that before…” or “We don’t have time to run XYZ test,” it has established itself as one of the companies you should never work for. The fact that a point of view or idea is alternate to what was originally communicated does not mean it should be shut down subjectively.

Princewill Akuma
Princewill is a marketing maven, who is passionate about user-centric marketing. His experience spans Tech service, Recruitment, Media and Entertainment sectors across Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania. He's a career adviser, mentor, hobbyist DJ and a lover of cardio exercise with a personal record of 23.49 km. Let's connect, i'll love to hear from you.


  1. That’s the exact picture at the Indian company I work in, But sometimes we have a lot of financial responsibilities that we just can’t quit without an alternative

  2. Many thanks for sharing. Adding to the list is also a view I consider strongly as a red flag in knowing company talent should never work for. Any company that does not have a legal unit is also consider as a company any reputable talents should never work for.

  3. This is an eye opening topic which requires an urgent action. What is your candid advice to anyone tucked in such organization with no alternative at hand.

    • Hi Ojulape,
      There are opportunities out there, you need to be strategic with your search and planning your exit if you wish so. Don’t let the present situations make you decided there are no alternatives.
      Best Regards.

    • Hi Ojulape,
      You’re in a place of realization, I can assure you there are alternatives. Take time to decide what you need, plan and challenge yourself towards attaining it. Best Regards.

  4. Thank you for this expository article. These things are easily identified when you are already part of the organization. But, how can one find out all of these when one is still on the outside (Pre-employment stage).?

  5. Hi
    Princewill sir, on this very topic I have been privileged to work with organizations like the very ones you illustrated above but its very difficult for persons to leave due to there financial status. Please what your say about it?

    • Hello Dave,
      First thing for the individual(s) is to realise they deserve better and there is no career or financial growth for them in such environment.
      It’s difficult but not impossible with a plan to save, upgrade their skills and eventually start applying for new opportunities and if they follow through, they will definitely learn it wasn’t all that hard. Thanks for sharing, best regards.

  6. My M.Sc thesis was captioned “Correlates of Labour Turnover in Sole Proprietorships” Most of the points mentioned in this right up were well underscored. However, like some of the comments here had noted, people are still glued to their posts in such unfriendly and re flagged organisation. I have noted a big indigenous company as one of the comments and I must confess that one or two people(very highly placed) that have exited the organisation had similar view like was expressed here. So, is it just Sole Proprietorships that are prone to this or we have corporate organisations that indulge in it also?

    • Hi Sola,
      Great to hear about your thesis. In my experience of the Nigerian workspace, it’s not just sole proprietorships but also corporate organisations. This may not be largely the culture of the organisation at large but teams and departments.

      Being glued to the posts in such a red-flagged institution is a problem of not knowing what to do or being in the state of the knowledge-action gap and things like the fear of the unknown. I believe with knowledge but the organisation and people will do better as such practices hurt both.

      Best regards.

  7. Nice outlines with explanation. Destiny killing contract jobs which most non-indigents are engaged in northern Nigeria are typical example. Am off this scene for long anyway and am better off now.

    • Hi Funsho,
      We are sorry to hear about your ordeal but believe with your experience earned you can bounce back better.
      Please, do not hesitate to reach out to us.
      Best regards

  8. Worst of all is having to work 3years + for a Telecom company that doesn’t have HR department. The top boss always command all quarters of the company.

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