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Posted on Oct 4, 2013
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“With another jobless recovery at hand,” warns health reporter Martha Rosenberg, “it is tempting to accept any position offered to you. But there are 12 kinds of companies you don’t want to work for. Here are the warning signs.”

Beware first of companies that call their employees “associates” or “team members,” Rosenberg writes. “This is a cheap way of making them feel values without paying them.” Relatedly, look for moral campaigns within the workplace. Slogans like “We’re The Best” and “Reach for the Stars” belie more sleazy efforts to pump employees up without paying them.

If you work in a physical workplace, “Be suspicious of offices that are a sea of particle board cubicles with a few ostentatious glass offices. The only time you’ll see the inside of a glass office under Floorplan Feudalism is when they tell you your job was seasonal and they don’t need you anymore.”

Next, look out for companies whose employee parking lots are full at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. “The cars aren’t there because people love the cafeteria food.”

Rosenberg is the author of “Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp the Public Health.” Read the rest of her warnings here.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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