Forever 21 and Party City tied for 2nd worst company to work for in the USA 2016

Forever 21, and Party City, two retail giants, come in second place according to the Wall Street 24/7 report conducted earlier this month, along with independent reviews.


Why the tie?


Our reporters have uncovered that Forever 21 faced class action lawsuits based on cutting of employee’s lunch breaks:


Forever 21
> Rating:

> CEO approval rating: 30%
> Employees: 30,000
> Industry: Retail apparel

The average employee rating of Forever 21 is just 2.5 stars out of five, tied for the lowest rating of any company based in the United States. Many employees cite inadequate benefits and strict company policies as drawbacks to working at Forever 21.

Over the years, the store has been hit with several high profile lawsuits, including several filed by employees. In 2012, five Forever 21 employees filed a class action lawsuit against the company. The plaintiffs claimed that they and their co-workers were routinely detained in the store during lunch breaks and after their shifts without overtime pay so managers could search their bags for stolen merchandise — a part of the company’s former loss-prevention policy. Indeed, many employees on Glassdoor complain of not getting to leave the store until 2:00 a.m. or later, hours after the stores close, often receiving no overtime pay for the extra hours.



Party City fares just as bad as Forever 21 according to reviews on



Work hours i was told when hired on was what i was looking for


A week after being hired on was told in a text not to come back until after my background check came back. Was told this in a text a half an hour before i was suppose to start. Was text a week later i can come back. I desided not to because that was total bs. Was told in a text a month ago my check for 20 hours would be mailed to me but to this day no check. Tried getting in touch with management in emails but no response. I can go on with more cons but out of roomShow Less

Advice to Management

Pay your employees even after they quit because you are disorganized and cant get your act together. Would love my check i was told a month ago would be mailed to me for the 20 hours i worked. Stop playing with people

“Poor management, low pay”

Former Employee – Front End Supervisor in Houston, TX
Doesn’t Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Party City (More than 5 years)


Good relationship with co-workers. Good hours during peak season (Halloween).


Lazy management that was more much talk than action. They would fail to compete their own tasks, and some would even complain about the work done when another stepped in to finish. The pay is ridiculously low. I can understand paying minimum for people with no prior work experience/high school aged kids, but after 6 years with the store and coming with prior work experience, I personally never made it to $8/hr even after a promotion.

Advice to Management

Lead by example. Stop mass hiring during peak seasons and take the time to find people who will actually work. Stop paying such low wages for so much work.

We sat down with one employee from New York, who had worked for the company for nearly 6 years and was assigned to “Halloween City” stores, and “Factory Card Outlet” transitions.

Apparently her service in the company was not good enough to promote her to Store Manager, and she subsequently quit.

Meanwhile, District Managers hired people off the “streets” with little background to perform the same job.


Although some may agree, it’s important to note that the reviews are often placed by disgruntled ex employers:

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