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2012-01-14 02:56:34 PM  

r1niceboy: No...Bank of America?

That's bullshiat.


Did you even bother clicking on the article, you dumb fark? Why would you make such a complaint about the contents of a list without even looking at it? They have an ENTIRE PARAGRAPH about Bank of America, you twit. Go over to that corner and hang your head in shame.
 
2012-01-14 02:58:58 PM  
Exxon farkin' Mobil
 
2012-01-14 03:00:38 PM  

bravian: Most likely you have no idea what they even make or produce. So how is it going to show up on a list of hated companies based on consumer experience?


What the fark would make you think that? Anyone with the slightest interest in the future of America had damned well better know what the Koch brothers are about. Here, maybe this will help you:

Koch Industries propaganda arm.

What Koch Industries is.

How they operate.

More about their contempt for the law.

And "about 918000" more things about Koch Industries.

Get busy and get back to me when you get a glimmer.
 
2012-01-14 03:02:51 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: Netflix still amazes me. Destroying that much goodwill that quickly takes true talent.


No kidding. The Netflix saga of the last 12 months has been crazy. 62% fall in stock price in 6 months because of two of the least well thought out moves ever.

I sold my NFLX at $180 because I just couldn't take it anymore.
 
2012-01-14 03:02:56 PM  

Mr. Potatoass: Happy Hours:
Also I hate Aflac because of their commercials - normally I just ignore commercials, but Aflac has me diving across the room for the mute button.

Would also add J.G. Wentworth, and the f*cking Geico ad with the goddamned pig screaming "WHEEE" while sliding down a line.

/Make it stop


God I hate that damn pig. But the girlfriend's kids respond like it's hypno toad.

/eh, what can ya do?
 
2012-01-14 03:08:45 PM  

a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.


I clicked expecting to see Verizon. Only company I ever skipped out on a bill on and told them to shove it. I got a huge bill one month with several hundred dollars of calls that were obviously not mine. Called them up. They admitted most of the charges were incorrectly put on my bill, but refused to take them off. Told them to go fark themselves right then and there, tried to cancel my service, which they also refused to do because I had a balance. Didn't matter that they admitted the balance was their mistake. Never paid another penny to them until they shut down my service.

/Yeah, yeah, CSB.
//Been doing that a lot lately.
 
2012-01-14 03:13:32 PM  

a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.


Hey, Verizon combines good hardware and an awesome network with horrible Customer Service and evil empirical tendencies.

Are they a great company? No. Are they one of my "most hated" companies? No.

/My feelings for them depend on whether I'm dealing with the first or the second (and it helps that I'm on a family plan with my stepfather, so I rarely deal with the second). The fact that they're the only cell phone company with cell service (albeit one bar) in my dorm room? Positive.
 
2012-01-14 03:14:23 PM  

crotchgrabber: Does anyone actually hate Sears? I thought the national consensus was a resounding "meh" when it comes to them.

Blackwater is missing.


Actually their new moniker is Xe...actually they changed it again to Academi, damn.
 
2012-01-14 03:15:28 PM  
CTLR-F on both the article and the thread.

"paypal"

Whoa, major fail there.
 
2012-01-14 03:22:24 PM  

jack21221: r1niceboy: No...Bank of America?

That's bullshiat.

Did you even bother clicking on the article, you dumb fark? Why would you make such a complaint about the contents of a list without even looking at it? They have an ENTIRE PARAGRAPH about Bank of America, you twit. Go over to that corner and hang your head in shame.


I was really looking for Wells Fargo. I threw in BofA to make it seem like I was being an equal opportunity hater of the corporate banking system. The whole article started out with first world problems, and I wasn't expecting anything of consequence. I consider myself schooled. I shall ask "sir, may I have another."
 
2012-01-14 03:29:24 PM  
What about Ocean Marketing?
 
2012-01-14 03:35:45 PM  

FloydA: What about Ocean Marketing?


I think the poll was taken before that story broke.
 
2012-01-14 03:50:51 PM  
Nokia is hated more than Goldman Sachs?

WTF?
 
2012-01-14 03:58:51 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: FloydA: What about Ocean Marketing?

I think the poll was taken before that story broke.


Fair enough.

(I have to admit, if they had asked me, my top two most hated companies would have been Weyland-Yutani and Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems.)
 
2012-01-14 04:07:09 PM  
A bit surprised that no insurance company made the hate list. State Farm anyone?

/geek squad needs their own seperate line item in the hate list
 
2012-01-14 04:07:26 PM  

FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: FloydA: What about Ocean Marketing?

I think the poll was taken before that story broke.

Fair enough.

(I have to admit, if they had asked me, my top two most hated companies would have been Weyland-Yutani and Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems.)


Comcast and Wells Fargo would have been on my list.
 
2012-01-14 04:21:57 PM  
Not surprised to see AMR listed. Not surprised at all.
 
2012-01-14 04:22:24 PM  
Nokia? The fark? They're the best cellphone maker!
 
2012-01-14 04:22:52 PM  

cman: walkerhound: Apple? GE?

/checks - nope.

This is a list of the most hated companies.

Apple is not even close to one of them.


They're not counting the intensity of Apple Haterboi hate.
 
2012-01-14 04:25:39 PM  

Gosling: We examined each company based on several criteria. We considered total return to shareholders in comparison to the broader market and other companies in the same sector during the last year. We reviewed financial analyst opinions on those companies that are public. We analyzed data from a broad array of sources, including Consumer Reports, JD Power, the MSN/Zogby Poll, ForeSee and the University of Michigan American Customer Satisfaction Index. We also considered negative press based on 24/7 Wall St.'s analysis of media coverage and the Flame Index, which uses a proprietary algorithm to review more than 12,000 websites and ranks companies based on the frequency of negative words. Finally, we considered the views of taxpayers, Congress and the White House - where applicable.

That's why this list fails. 'Okay, first we looked at money. Then we looked at what Wall Street thinks of them. Then we looked at industry sources. Then we asked the media. And then, after we did all that, if we had any time left over, we went ahead and asked Congress and perhaps the general public-- not in every instance, but we thought about asking the general public at some point.'


Well given that it it's posted under the heading "Wall Street 24/7" I think the author can be forgiven that. Given how farking stupid the general public is, I rarely pay them much mind either.

/Subby on the other hand could have been clearer
//No surprise there
 
2012-01-14 04:33:03 PM  
Strangely absent is MONSANTO the most evil company on the planet.
I found that hard to digest.
 
2012-01-14 04:57:39 PM  
What a shiatty list.
 
2012-01-14 05:01:51 PM  

sparkeyjames: Strangely absent is MONSANTO the most evil company on the planet.
I found that hard to digest.


I see what you did there.
 
2012-01-14 05:07:44 PM  
Halliburton? Oh, that's right they're based in the UAE now.

/But still writing checks to Zombie Dick Cheney.
 
2012-01-14 05:10:38 PM  

walkerhound: Apple?


Apple is mostly hated by people who are paid to "hate" them and Android fanbois.
 
2012-01-14 05:14:52 PM  

SilentStrider: I don't see Congress anywhere on that list.


The list is for corporations, not wholly-owned subsidiaries.
 
2012-01-14 05:17:31 PM  

Pancoaifo: God I hate that damn pig. But the girlfriend's kids respond like it's hypno toad.


Good thing kids buy a lot of auto insurance, no?

Sprint is my most hated company. I am so infuriated by them attempting to collect $200 for canceling a service plan when they repeatedly (5 times) sold me defective phones, I just yell "call my lawyer" at them. (Which is a nice benefit to having a husband who is a lawyer.) I think at this point, I am just fighting them on principle, since it surely has cost them much more than $200 to the collection agencies who are battling with my husband for a year and a half now.

I also despise Home Depot after stupidly using them to install windows in my house. What a wretched experience. They said they'd be here at 9am and showed up at 4:30 pm, on a night I was cooking a meal for about 12 friends. And they were installing windows in my kitchen. Everyone, from the installers to the people who I called to ask where the installers were, were rude. A couple of weeks later, I got a new washer/dryer from Sears. On time, courteous service, and a follow-up call to make sure everything went well. What more could anyone ask for?
 
2012-01-14 05:23:02 PM  

sparkeyjames: Strangely absent is MONSANTO the most evil company on the planet.


That's because not enough people are paying attention to how evil they are. It's not exactly on the nightly news, you have to be aware. Say what you like about this site, the people on here tend to be more aware than the average person. I bet if you asked most people what Monsanto is, they wouldn't know.
 
2012-01-14 05:29:20 PM  

lilbjorn: SilentStrider: I don't see Congress anywhere on that list.

The list is for corporations, not wholly-owned subsidiaries.


good point.
 
2012-01-14 05:35:50 PM  
Woohoo my company isnt on there!
 
2012-01-14 05:53:02 PM  
I don't get the Sears hate. Our household appliances are almost exclusively Kenmore and they've been very reliable. And as the parent of two kids under 10 their KidVantage clothing program is nice.
 
2012-01-14 06:01:03 PM  
Nokia? Really?

My list:

1. AT&T
2. Netflix
3. Goldman Sachs
4. Bank of America
5. GE
6. Solyndra
7. Sears/Kmart
8. Comcast
9. Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae
10. Sony
 
2012-01-14 06:01:40 PM  

bravian:
Up until a few months ago I stilled own a Kenmore vacuum cleaner. Went to a sears to pick up replacement bags, found them, and then wandered the store for 30 minutes trying to find someone - anyone - who I could hand money too to pay for them.

/got rid of it based on that awful experience


Basically the SAME thing happened to me at the local Sears about three years ago. Went there to buy my son a pair of shoes. After I found the kind he wanted, had to wander all over the store to find someone to check me out. Seems the ONLY cash register open was back in the ladies clothing department.

/haven't been back since.
 
2012-01-14 06:09:43 PM  
I know Netflix screwed up over the summer, but they did send a pretty sincere apology and my service is as good as it ever was, so why does everyone hate them so much? I don't get it. They made some unpopular decisions, listened to their customers, and reversed said decisions. Seems worthy of admiration as opposed to hate, to me.

And when did people stop hating Wal-Mart?
 
2012-01-14 06:19:09 PM  

serpent_sky: Sprint is my most hated company. I am so infuriated by them attempting to collect $200 for canceling a service plan when they repeatedly (5 times) sold me defective phones, I just yell "call my lawyer" at them. (Which is a nice benefit to having a husband who is a lawyer.) I think at this point, I am just fighting them on principle, since it surely has cost them much more than $200 to the collection agencies who are battling with my husband for a year and a half now.


I've found that almost anything related to a defective phone can be fixed by going into the store when it's really busy and, after they try to tell you they can't do anything about it, making sure the whole store can hear how they're going to charge you because their phone never worked. Suddenly all sorts of fees get waived. Might work better if you're a girl, though.

I also despise Home Depot after stupidly using them to install windows in my house. What a wretched experience. They said they'd be here at 9am and showed up at 4:30 pm, on a night I was cooking a meal for about 12 friends. And they were installing windows in my kitchen. Everyone, from the installers to the people who I called to ask where the installers were, were rude. A couple of weeks later, I got a new washer/dryer from Sears. On time, courteous service, and a follow-up call to make sure everything went well. What more could anyone ask for?

The difference is that Sears employs their installers, while HD and Lowes just let any old contractor put their name on their list. So sometimes you'll get a really conscientious guy, and sometimes you'll get an installer whose work has to be fixed later. I was so happy when I found a really good handyman, cause I didn't have to put up with that unpredictability any more.
 
2012-01-14 06:22:56 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: The difference is that Sears employs their installers, while HD and Lowes just let any old contractor put their name on their list. So sometimes you'll get a really conscientious guy, and sometimes you'll get an installer whose work has to be fixed later. I was so happy when I found a really good handyman, cause I didn't have to put up with that unpredictability any more.


Makes sense. I have to have one of the windows fixed since it wasn't installed properly and unless it is closed and locked, it slowly falls open from the top. I'm going to let my husband call and explain this to Home Depot because my temper doesn't do me any favors when it comes to dealing with crappy service that I paid a lot of money for.
 
2012-01-14 06:24:51 PM  

Uncle Tractor: Monsanto? (new window)


Amen.
 
2012-01-14 06:25:59 PM  

Pancoaifo: bravian: crotchgrabber: Does anyone actually hate Sears? I thought the national consensus was a resounding "meh" when it comes to them.

Blackwater is missing.

Up until a few months ago I stilled own a Kenmore vacuum cleaner. Went to a sears to pick up replacement bags, found them, and then wandered the store for 30 minutes trying to find someone - anyone - who I could hand money too to pay for them.

/got rid of it based on that awful experience

I'm not a fan of Sears and I'd certainly never finance anything with them but I do have to say their service centers have all the little widgets I've ever needed to fix any of my appliances. And it's pretty nice to pick up a $12 thermal fuse the day I need it than pay some repair guy 80 to do it Thursday if he shows up. Another time, the counter guy saved me spending anything by suggesting I doublecheck the connectors on my dishwasher after it quit (turns out the yellow twist fasteners connecting the power cord and unit had simply vibrated loose after 15 years).

Being unable to find a cashier on one day seems a poor reason to dump functional equipment. Perhaps you should speak louder.


Yep, I love being able to order parts online and pick them up quickly. Even if I have to go inside, our local one is newish and has cashiers all at the front, rather than the scattered department store layout. I guess they figured out how annoying that was.

\And every once in a while they put really useful toolsets on sale, unlike the odds and ends that a Home Depot will put on sale.
\\Don't know why they bother with clothes departments at all, though.
 
2012-01-14 06:26:25 PM  
Wow, kind of surprised that none of the tobacco companies weren't there.
I personally love them, their dividends are great.
 
2012-01-14 06:30:43 PM  

ManFromNowhere: Nokia? Really?


Exactly. Aside from shareholders that got screwed and Qt devs, most people just feel really sorry for them.

Their previous management really had no clue to how deal with Android and iOS. As much as the MeeGo fanboys hate Elop for sidelining the N9, the Windows Phone decision does make some sort of sense because it is far too late to jump on the Android bandwagon, and a hardware manufacturer trying to create its own OS is just not going to be able to complete with the top software and service companies in the world at this point (Apple, Google, and MS).

That's why QNX is going to be as big bag of fail for BlackBerry as WebOS was for HP. There's just no way to catch up with iOS and Android right now, unless you are a company like Microsoft who has the vast resources they can throw into it.
 
2012-01-14 06:33:51 PM  

serpent_sky: Skirl Hutsenreiter: The difference is that Sears employs their installers, while HD and Lowes just let any old contractor put their name on their list. So sometimes you'll get a really conscientious guy, and sometimes you'll get an installer whose work has to be fixed later. I was so happy when I found a really good handyman, cause I didn't have to put up with that unpredictability any more.

Makes sense. I have to have one of the windows fixed since it wasn't installed properly and unless it is closed and locked, it slowly falls open from the top. I'm going to let my husband call and explain this to Home Depot because my temper doesn't do me any favors when it comes to dealing with crappy service that I paid a lot of money for.


Sucks. I had a guy install an exterior door with random trim that didn't match anything and a 1" gap between trim and siding that he filled with spray-in foam. Who does that? Especially when the siding is that discontinued masonite that falls apart if it gets any water on cut edges. I should have made HD fix it, but I just didn't have the patience for it.
 
2012-01-14 06:40:14 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: I should have made HD fix it, but I just didn't have the patience for it.


I almost think their customer service is as horrible as it is to discourage people like us from bothering them to fix the things that aren't to our satisfaction. I spoke with a manager regarding the fact that the workers were 7.5 hours late for their appointment, I was cooking a dinner for friends, and that the head guy was rude and barely spoke English, and the guy seemed annoyed that I was bothering him.

They also couldn't give me an ETA for the workers when I called around noon or so to find out what was going on.

The thought of calling them gives me a headache.
 
2012-01-14 06:43:11 PM  
Remove Nokia, Best Buy, Johnson and Johnson, Sears and Netflix. There are way more hated companies than these, people may not like these companies but I wouldn't say they hate them.
 
2012-01-14 06:44:01 PM  

FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton


Drive a car? Use anything made of plastic?

Yeah... you hate the hell out of Haliburton.
 
2012-01-14 06:46:16 PM  

Lligeret: Remove Nokia, Best Buy, Johnson and Johnson, Sears and Netflix. There are way more hated companies than these, people may not like these companies but I wouldn't say they hate them.


Obviously you have never read a Best Buy thread around here....
 
2012-01-14 06:48:14 PM  

Ontos: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

Drive a car? Use anything made of plastic?

Yeah... you hate the hell out of Haliburton.



If I had cancer, would you assume that I loved cancer too?
 
2012-01-14 06:49:17 PM  
No BP?
 
2012-01-14 06:50:49 PM  
Whar RIAA?

WHAR??
 
2012-01-14 06:51:35 PM  
I don't get the Sears hate. Our household appliances are almost exclusively Kenmore and they've been very reliable.

My parents said that babies came from the Sears.
"How can that be?" I'd ask.
Answer: "Everything else in the house comes from Sears, doesn't it?"
 
2012-01-14 06:52:10 PM  

WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.



Walmart: We exploit cheap communist chinese labor so you don't have to!

Goldman's Sack and Skank of America proudly take their places in this list.
 
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