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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday night line

Posted By on Sun, Aug 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Let's open up the line. With a couple of closing notes:

* DILLARD'S: 2ND-WORST PLACE TO WORK: 24/7 Wall Street puts Dillard's, the Little Rock-based retailer, No. 2 on the list of "America's worst companies to work for."

Methodology:


In order to identify America’s worst companies to work for, 24/7 Wall St. examined employee reviews at online job site Glassdoor. To be considered, companies had to have a minimum of 300 reviews. Of the 202 companies that made the initial screen, the company reviews were mixed, with few receiving high scores, few receiving low scores, and the majority of companies getting mediocre scores. Glassdoor’s employee reviews rate the companies on a scale of one to five. Based on these ratings, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 11 publicly traded companies that received the worst scores — a score of 2.7 or lower, putting them in the bottom 10% of the 202 companies we measured.

Why Dillard's?

A low rating from employees polled on CEO William Dillard, for one thing. Also:

Like many of the retailers on this list, Dillard’s employees regularly pointed to the company’s unattractive sales incentives. One representative review indicated that high turnover was the result of employees being paid on the number of sales made per hour instead of based on a commission. “People either ended up quitting before their review or being fired randomly one day because of their sales.”

* CHANGE THE CITY SPENDING FORMULA: The Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods has joined Arkansas Community Organizations in criticizing Little Rock City Hall's plan to spend proceeds from a proposed new three-mill property tax equally among the wards. This, critics say, punishes poor inner city neighborhoods with greater needs than the newer parts of town. (I was disappointed to see City Manager Bruce Moore quoted in the D-G this morning with a Mitt Romney-style view of taxes).

Moore said because of the nature of the millage, which will be a larger burden on property owners with more valuable property, the opponents’ argument seems flawed to him.

It's fair to give owners of more expensive homes better streets and drainage because their homes cost more? Nuts. As a percentage, of course, they pay the same tax rate the poor pay. The rich have an easier time paying the millage than the poor, because it's a smaller percentage of their income. The Coalition said the money should be divided based on the needs for street and drainage work as identified by city staff, which would work out this way:

Allocate money by wards, based on the percentage of the need city staff calculated for that part of our city. Here is that information:
Ward 1 21.2 %
Ward 2 15.2 %
Ward 3 15.5 %
Ward 4 5.1 %
Ward 5 4.3 %
Ward 6 14.4 %
Ward 7 24.3 %

CITY WARDS: Wards with greatest needs tend to be on the east.
  • CITY WARDS: Wards with greatest needs tend to be on the east.

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