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The Consumerist: Worst Company in America 2012

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Taylor, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Taylor

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    The Consumerist, which is probably my favorite blog, hosts an annual "Worst Company in America" contest. This gives consumers an opportunity to vote on truly terrible business practices. Predictably, airlines and telecoms frequently make the final four, but last year BP stole the top spot following the gulf oil spill, edging out a narrow victory over Bank of America.

    Round One is complete. Start voting in round 2 (i.e., the Sweet 16).

    Please Join Us In Welcoming Your Worst Company In America 2012 Sweet 16! - The Consumerist
     
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    My pick for worst company in America would be WalMart because I work there and know how things are done in that company. The business practices toward employees are awful. In one interview with a former WalMart CEO,it was stated that he,the CEO,saw no problem with the store-level employee having to depend on food stamps and government handouts. I'll have to find that vid to show it to people here. It was a serious foot-in-mouth moment for the former CEO.

    Edit: This isn't the vid I wanted to share first,but it gives a prime example of how WalMart treats their employees.

    [youtube]3h1PB9TIpQk&feature=related[/youtube]​
     
  3. Vlaude

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    Comcast gets my vote. I was with them last year and they are so shady. I switched over to CenturyLink and haven't looked back. Gamestop and EA are up there on my list too (EA because of their CS mostly, not their products), but waaaaaaay below Comcast.
     
  4. Taylor

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    Comcast actually won in 2010. Frankly, I can't believe Verizon was knocked out so quickly. It has my vote for worst.
     
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    I'm with you on this one. Here's a good report on the subject.

    Key Studies on Wal-Mart and Big-Box Retail | The New Rules Project

    And a few select quotes from it.

    Part of the problem are the politicians that work to protect companies that are notoriously burdening the tax payers, and the media that caters to them. Wasn't just a year or so ago they were trying to say having a refrigerator is a luxury? And if you have one you aren't really "poor"?
     
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    The Elite Eight have been announced.

    Bank of America vs. Ticket Master
    PayPal vs. Wal-Mart
    AT&T vs. Facebook
    Comcast vs. Electronic Arts
     
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    I watched this vid and did I hear right.... "This woman won a million dollar suit AFTER paying her lawyers 53 MILLION..........."??? Also Hunter, I'd be interested in seeing that vid on the CEO if you ever find it, thank you :)
     
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    The news reporter misquoted. She won a million then had to pay her lawyer 530k.

    Edit: This is the first part of the video that will cover how walmart runs their company. I am not sure which part the interview is found. I am off tomorrow,so I'll be able to dig through the movie to find it.

    [youtube]P6AgKG-f4Tw[/youtube]​
     
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    I worked for a big chain eatery... I made pretty good money. It all went south when the vultures were hired to squeeze it a bit more. Seriously, Outback hired on several new levels of management to think about ways to squeeze more dollars out of the folks they had hired. Cut hours and wages , increase productivity of the hourly folk to justify the salary of people sitting around thinking of ways to be productive.
     
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    It would be funny to see EA in the final four, but there's no way they're taking down Comcast.
     
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    Never thought I would see EA where it is. Never say never.
     
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    Wal-Mart will most likely make it past PayPal, but it's a long shot for them to beat Ticket Master. Wal-Mart is essentially trying to become the Ticket Master of convenient goods and services, but they have much more competition in their field of business, which makes them less evil in the eyes of consumers.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Well, I'm done trying to predict this thing. EA has beaten all of its opponents in landslides so far. I'd say BofA should win, but I didn't have them getting past ticketmaster. :confused:
     
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    Wow. I didn't think it was possible to beat Comcast. At this point, I'm thinking EA may go all the way. o_O

     
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    EA has won each round by more than 30%, including over Comcast...
     
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    I put $100 on WalMart to win it all. WalMart vs BoA? I bet BoA has a much better average pay for it's employees and better benefits as well.
     
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    This is true. Then again, BoA is horrible to consumers (speaking as an ex-customer). Both of them deserve to be in the final four.
     
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    Are the companies only being graded on how the customer is treated? Or how the companies treat everyone? There are two WalMarts. The one that customers see and the one that the employee see.
     
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    I think it's all done through votes, so let's see how many Wal-Mart employees vote. XD
     
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    This is only looking at one factor though. Wal-Mart may not treat their employees well, but they offer cheap goods to consumers. People also blame them for shutting down smaller businesses. They barely beat PayPal, by less than 2% of the votes. But there is no way I'd bet against them either, this contest has been crazy enough already.
     
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    I didn't look up how they decided on the original 32 businesses, but I'm surprised Microsoft wasn't included.
     
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    I think they choose the initial 32 based on how much they write about the company during the year. Lots of complaints/stories on the Consumerist or in the news can earn a company a spot. That's how BP won last year.
     
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    The best part is the likely outcome of either company winning will result in complete indifference.
     
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    Classy.

    Really, though, EA are getting a bit of a raw deal.
    Not only are gamers outspoken (and somewhat highly strung), but EA are the largest publisher of games on platforms that go hand-in-hand with the internet.

    Not to say they mightn't deserve a bit of bad press, but they mightn't deserve it as much as some of the other companies (EA publish entertainment products, Banks deal with peoples' "means").
     
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    Funny Americans...me as European would have voted every single credit rating company to be epic winners of the worst Companies of the UNIVERSE 2010 to 2012
    realy poor...standard's and poor to say...or something...

    And i realy wonder McDonald's didnt show at the Top 30....i miss alot of other companies too...guess they payed their bills early enough to not be choosable

    rofl
     
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    So let's see. They beat a producer of consumer electronics, a retailer of consumer electronics, an internet service provider, a phone company, and finally a bank all by an average of ~42.6%. About 36% if you don't include the first round. :confused:
     
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    Seeing WalMart "lose" this tourney is baffling....
     
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    Definitly EA. What a greedy company!