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(Chicago Trib)   The ten most respected companies in the world. Difficulty: McDonald's is on the list   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 86
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2012-06-26 09:46:32 AM
And now, the article...DESLIDED!!!

/you're welcome
 
2012-06-26 10:01:46 AM
Coca-cola and Nestlé also made the list? WTF people?
 
2012-06-26 10:02:11 AM
Trojan should be number 1
 
2012-06-26 10:03:07 AM
Respected?

More like a popularity contest.
 
2012-06-26 10:03:31 AM
Why the McDonalds hate? Well run company that has managed to beat back not only direct competition like Burger King but also indirect competition like StarBucks.

/owns stock
 
2012-06-26 10:04:21 AM
WTF is wrong with you people.....?!?!
List fails without Walmart.
 
2012-06-26 10:05:34 AM
Isn't this secretly a ranking of the top 10 PR firms?
 
rbt
2012-06-26 10:05:56 AM
Investors highly respect a company (McDonald's) which consistently makes large profits. Who would have thought that?

Dude with $1B hedge fund isn't going to be eating at McDonald's, just taking the profits.
 
2012-06-26 10:07:01 AM

EyeballKid: Isn't this secretly a ranking of the top 10 PR firms?


Farking this. Idk how Apple got on there if you disregard PR.
 
2012-06-26 10:08:18 AM
The respect is determined by a survey of investors, so they aren't talking about respect on a social level.
 
2012-06-26 10:08:21 AM

ChipNASA: WTF is wrong with you people.....?!?!
List fails without Walmart.


and best buy
 
2012-06-26 10:08:28 AM
Nestle????

I mean, I like chocolate milk as much as the next guy, but killing babies in Africa isn't very cool.
 
2012-06-26 10:08:32 AM
hey subby we can't all be Red Lobster for the seafood lover in you type of people you know.
 
2012-06-26 10:08:46 AM
I know a bunch of people who have been McDonald's employees, and almost all of them claim that it is a really good company to work for. Go figure.
 
2012-06-26 10:09:00 AM
I get McDonald's, you may not like their burgers but the biatches are fairly consistent

Question IBM, kind of forget they are in business, though the stock is north of $190, so I guess they are
 
2012-06-26 10:09:30 AM
Having 1/3 of whoever got polled for this respond " highly respect" puts a company into a Top Ten? Doesn't it mean that 2/3 of respondents are lukewarm, neutral or hostile?
 
2012-06-26 10:11:06 AM

thecpt: ChipNASA: WTF is wrong with you people.....?!?!
List fails without Walmart.

and best buy


& Bank of America.
 
2012-06-26 10:11:26 AM

EyeballKid: Isn't this secretly a ranking of the top 10 PR firms?


respect is all about PR. People don't hear about individual gripes unless they get on the news. They hear corporate spin, which ALWAYS makes the news.
 
2012-06-26 10:11:30 AM

EyeballKid: Isn't this secretly a ranking of the top 10 PR firms?


This. More of a gullibility index than anything else. Between Foxconn (which everybody uses but at least they don't try and portray themselves as progressive), how much of an asshole Steve Jobs was to his employees and coworkers, locking down their software, censorship of their app market, and colluding with book publishers to raise e-book prices, Apple is one of the least defensible companies imaginable.
 
2012-06-26 10:11:53 AM
UPS? Really?
 
2012-06-26 10:11:58 AM
Oh, wait, they asked investors. Well, that's a COMPLETELY different kind of respect there.

"Who makes me the most money? I don't care about anything else."
 
2012-06-26 10:11:59 AM
Will Fark LLC ever make the list?
 
2012-06-26 10:13:34 AM
They missed The Pirate Bay too
 
2012-06-26 10:14:56 AM

BitwiseShift: UPS? Really?


Last night, my copy of Halo: Reach was shipped 10 miles from Lenexa, Kansas to KCK. In 30 minutes. Apparently, one facility isn't enough.
 
2012-06-26 10:15:19 AM
McDonald's is like booze or smokes, it's not their fault some people can't use it responsibly. In moderation it's highly enjoyable.
 
2012-06-26 10:15:59 AM
I travel a lot overseas and I have to tell you that in many areas people fight to be able to work at McDonalds or Wendy's or BK or even KFC. Stable job, decent pay, good benefits, seem like reasonable rules for work.

Growing up in Virginia, I had a friend in HS who was an Asst Mgr when he graduated HS and McD's wanted to send him to college and their management program. He decided to go to the Naval Academy prep school to try and get in the Naval Academy (which he did). He liked working there and talked about all the opportunities and money he made.

There was a McDonalds in Overijse in Belgium that we used to go to with the kids every once in a while. There was a girl there who was fluent in English, French, Flemish (and Dutch), German, Spanish, Italian, and Turkish. She could also get by in Portuguese because of her other languages. I asked her why she worked at McDonalds. She couldn't understand why she wouldn't want to work there. She was 22 and it gave her freedom and a good salary and wage to get by on. Having a great nanny state like Belgium helping out probably didn't hurt. She said she would use her languages later...maybe.
 
2012-06-26 10:16:23 AM

FurbyGoneFubar: Coca-cola and Nestlé also made the list? WTF people?


I am not sure about Coca-cola being on the list. However Nestle has grown rather large since they got busy buying out smaller food manufacturers. They have become the 'budweiser' of the grocery business by controlling alot of name brands. The last brands I know they acquired were Eddy's icecream and Digorno pizza.

List succeeds without walmart and GM
 
2012-06-26 10:16:24 AM
In McDonald's defense, in other countries they aren't shiatholes catering to lard asses like they are here in the states.
 
2012-06-26 10:16:27 AM
where the business magazine asked investors to make one of four selections when rating companies

Ah, 'investors'. The new Svengalis of the business world. The 'smartest men in the room'. The 'Masters of the Universe'.

The ones that rode the tech bubble all the way up... and all the way down.


The ones that rode the housing bubble all the way up... and all the way down.

The ones that ignored the house of cards that is the CDS market in order to make a quick buck.

The ones that thought Madoff, Milken, Gupta, and a slew of other thieves, swindlers, and crooks were gods.

Forgive me if I don't take their opinions too seriously.
 
2012-06-26 10:19:21 AM

Tanukis_Parachute: I travel a lot overseas and I have to tell you that in many areas people fight to be able to work at McDonalds or Wendy's or BK or even KFC. Stable job, decent pay, good benefits, seem like reasonable rules for work.

Growing up in Virginia, I had a friend in HS who was an Asst Mgr when he graduated HS and McD's wanted to send him to college and their management program. He decided to go to the Naval Academy prep school to try and get in the Naval Academy (which he did). He liked working there and talked about all the opportunities and money he made.

There was a McDonalds in Overijse in Belgium that we used to go to with the kids every once in a while. There was a girl there who was fluent in English, French, Flemish (and Dutch), German, Spanish, Italian, and Turkish. She could also get by in Portuguese because of her other languages. I asked her why she worked at McDonalds. She couldn't understand why she wouldn't want to work there. She was 22 and it gave her freedom and a good salary and wage to get by on. Having a great nanny state like Belgium helping out probably didn't hurt. She said she would use her languages later...maybe.


Flemish are Dutch, just in Belgium. From a region called Flanders of all things.....


/stupid Flanders
 
2012-06-26 10:23:06 AM
Anyone who voted for IBM clearly has never had to work with their support teams
 
2012-06-26 10:24:39 AM
Didn't I just read a NYT article about how bad apple farks its store employees in the ass after they make them millions, and if you don't like it there are 100 brain washed hipsters ready to take your shiatty retail job for what may as well be min wage if you live in any city in the US. Any other glorified sales person would be making nearly 100K. Sounds like a respectable co to me.
 
2012-06-26 10:25:18 AM
I owned and operated six McDonald's restaurants in the northern Atlanta area from the mid-eighties to mid-nineties. When I bought my first store, McDonald's was a well run, well meaning company whose mission was to serve good food fast. And then began the burger wars -- the central factor in society's moral collapse.

By the late 80s, market analysts believed that the fast food market had grown to its maximum size. The main players started battling for market share, undercutting prices, introducing games like Monopoly, even running attack ads and smear campaigns. I hate to admit it, but I used to pay guys to fill their pockets with cockroaches and dump them out in Burger King lobbies. I had guys on the inside over at Jack in the Box who were intravenous drug users that had no qualms about pricking their fingers and smearing the infected blood on the food. I even paid a guy who worked at the slaughterhouse that supplied Jack in the Box to defecate in the beef as it was being ground. I'm guessing you all remember that crisis that almost drove those bastards out of business. You name it, we did it. Kidnapping and torturing children from the Burger King play area. Hiring gang members to shoot up stores, killing innocent civilians. We stooped low, and then we somehow stooped lower.

I didn't mind that kind of stuff - it was all part of the business and we were at war. McDonald's corporate policy is what pushed me over the edge. It was a Monday in May of 1991 when corporate shipped us boxes of syringes filled with a pink fluid. The instructions were to inject it into every sandwich we sold. I didn't know what it was and I didn't feel comfortable putting it into our food, considering by this time we'd cut costs so low that we were selling donkey meat shipped up from Mexico. I called up corporate to resist, but they reminded me that they had a few things in my file that I probably wouldn't want made public, not with my wife running for the head of the Water and Waste Board. So, with no other choice, I went along.

I figured people would start dying. The Jonestown mass suicide had gone down not too long prior. I thought we were losing the Burger Wars and the upper echelon just decided that we'd kill all of the customers and go out of business. It couldn't have been further from the truth -- sales doubled, then doubled again. With the added pink stuff, we were doing the business at a single location that Burger King was doing in the entire city. I got rich, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was participating in something horrible. So, I cashed out, sold my locations, and retired to the Bahamas with my girlfriend and her daughter.

I'm saddened by the rising cancer rates, the surge in autism, the general decline of public intelligence. I have to think that I had something to do with that. I was just doing what I was told. Though that doesn't put me back to sleep at night when I wake up from a dream about the hoard of deformed toddlers screaming in the play area as a man with a machete hacks at their throats.
 
2012-06-26 10:27:49 AM

Richard Sauce: In moderation it's highly enjoyable.


Plus they sell beer in other countries and you can order even if you don't speak the language.

/not that you shouldn't try the local food, just sometimes a beer and mc'ds ain't bad
 
2012-06-26 10:27:54 AM
Respected, not trusted. And the survey was filled out by investors, so in this case, respect translates to, "which company will make me, the investor, the most money?"
 
2012-06-26 10:29:45 AM
Wow McD's was on there. I guess the rest of the world has not heard about the sludge burgers, connect that upset stomach/diarrhea is from their food or care that they hire people you can't understand because of limited English.

We got an in & out burger after the other fast food chains tried their best to keep them out and they are the best ever! In & out is always busy and have clean cut America kids from all ethnicity groups working who are fast and polite. They send their people to 2 weeks of training camp and treat them well.

Our McD's is dead and has for the last 2 years run every promotion and coupon to try to get business back.
 
2012-06-26 10:29:49 AM

steamingpile: Tanukis_Parachute: I travel a lot overseas and I have to tell you that in many areas people fight to be able to work at McDonalds or Wendy's or BK or even KFC. Stable job, decent pay, good benefits, seem like reasonable rules for work.

Growing up in Virginia, I had a friend in HS who was an Asst Mgr when he graduated HS and McD's wanted to send him to college and their management program. He decided to go to the Naval Academy prep school to try and get in the Naval Academy (which he did). He liked working there and talked about all the opportunities and money he made.

There was a McDonalds in Overijse in Belgium that we used to go to with the kids every once in a while. There was a girl there who was fluent in English, French, Flemish (and Dutch), German, Spanish, Italian, and Turkish. She could also get by in Portuguese because of her other languages. I asked her why she worked at McDonalds. She couldn't understand why she wouldn't want to work there. She was 22 and it gave her freedom and a good salary and wage to get by on. Having a great nanny state like Belgium helping out probably didn't hurt. She said she would use her languages later...maybe.

Flemish are Dutch, just in Belgium. From a region called Flanders of all things.....


/stupid Flanders


Flemish and Dutch are not the same.
 
2012-06-26 10:31:44 AM

justanotherfarkinfarker: Didn't I just read a NYT article about how bad apple farks its store employees in the ass after they make them millions, and if you don't like it there are 100 brain washed hipsters ready to take your shiatty retail job for what may as well be min wage if you live in any city in the US. Any other glorified sales person would be making nearly 100K. Sounds like a respectable co to me.


I lost a lot of respect for Apple when Steve Jobs came out and said it would be too expensive to build plants here in the US, while sitting on $90 BILLION cash. FU Steve.
 
2012-06-26 10:34:42 AM
Apple number 1.

There are going to be many heads asploding in this thread.

i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-26 10:35:09 AM
And in other news from Chicago Newspapers:

New Ronald McDonald House - billed as the world's largest - set to open at Lurie Childrens Hospital.
 
2012-06-26 10:37:56 AM
I've had no use for McDonald's since they got rid of the Chicken Biscuit sandwich.
 
2012-06-26 10:38:21 AM

gingerjet: Why the McDonalds hate? Well run company that has managed to beat back not only direct competition like Burger King but also indirect competition like StarBucks.

/owns stock


I worked at McD's one summer as my first real job. To this day, I still draw from lessons I learned with regards to culture, organization, management, and operational efficiency. This is a very well run company that manages to consistently be profitable in a heavily commoditized industry. How can you not respect that?
 
2012-06-26 10:41:34 AM

EyeballKid: Isn't this secretly a ranking of the top 10 PR firms?


Maybe because Apple is the Most Valuable Company in the World? ($534.42 Billon Market Cap)
Maybe because they constantly make their investors tons & tons of money?
Maybe because they staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in history, recovering from nearly complete collapse to leading the consumer electronics industry?

Do some research. I've read up on many of the companies in this list, and from a financial / investor's standpoint, they are all worthy of much respect. Especially Apple and McDonald's and Amazon.

Why does it seem like the more successful a company is in a Capitalist environment, the more Americans hate them? It almost seems like we don't want people and/or corporations to succeed.

(granted, ethically, some of these companies could use a polish. but again, the more successful a company is, the more the ugly spotlight of distortion shines on them.)
 
2012-06-26 10:42:16 AM

Bleyo: Nestle????

I mean, I like chocolate milk as much as the next guy, but killing babies in Africa isn't very cool.


Well that's just like your opinion, man.
 
2012-06-26 10:53:54 AM

schattenteufel: Why does it seem like the more successful a company is in a Capitalist environment, the more Americans hate them? It almost seems like we don't want people and/or corporations to succeed.


Yes, that's it. We hate success. And freedom. And rainbows, and puppies, and smiling babies. We punch grandmothers as a habit. Or, maybe I'm just some out-of-it throwback who doesn't understand why it's respectful to treat human beings like property if it's done a continent away.
 
2012-06-26 10:55:48 AM

gingerjet: Why the McDonalds hate? Well run company that has managed to beat back not only direct competition like Burger King but also indirect competition like StarBucks.

/owns stock


Cause their food is shiat?
 
2012-06-26 10:58:16 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Apple number 1.

There are going to be many heads asploding in this thread.

[i45.tinypic.com image 306x310]


I like that little dude.
 
2012-06-26 11:07:14 AM
What an utterly pointless and predictable "survey"!

Just goes to show that "top investors" are just as lame and vain as the rest of us when asked to express their "views" on "issues".
 
2012-06-26 11:11:48 AM
As though anyone on fark has a contribution of any value towards building a legitimate list of most respected companies. For one thing pot and boobies are not companies, and "that company that makes funyons or fapping tissue" curiously not helpful suggestions.
 
2012-06-26 11:12:56 AM

spentmiles: I owned and operated six McDonald's restaurants in the northern Atlanta area from the mid-eighties to mid-nineties. When I bought my first store, McDonald's was a well run, well meaning company whose mission was to serve good food fast. And then began the burger wars -- the central factor in society's moral collapse.

...


Wow. That was just beautifully done.
 
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