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(The Consumerist)   Get your brackets set, it's time for the the Worst Company In America tournament. Who will take home the Golden Poo?   (consumerist.com) divider line 64
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2014-03-18 06:31:36 PM  
Please choose a company that truly deserves it this time
 
2014-03-18 07:07:45 PM  

the_sidewinder: Please choose a company that truly deserves it this time


EA or Comcast will win, even though there are worse companies.
 
2014-03-18 07:10:51 PM  
Hmm.. looking at the actual brackets, Target will make it far, so will Chase.

I expect Monsanto to be eliminated immediately, because they are pitted against Wells Fargo, a company that far more people have direct negative experience with.
 
2014-03-18 07:13:24 PM  

meat0918: Hmm.. looking at the actual brackets, Target will make it far, so will Chase.

I expect Monsanto to be eliminated immediately, because they are pitted against Wells Fargo, a company that far more people have direct negative experience with.


In fairness, this is the Consumerist, so the award should go to the company that treats consumers the most shiattily, as opposed to the one that most closely resembles a Roger Moore-era James Bond villain's plan to dominate the world.
 
2014-03-18 07:13:55 PM  
(take) Advantage (of you) Staffing has to be in the running.
 
2014-03-18 07:17:33 PM  

czetie: meat0918: Hmm.. looking at the actual brackets, Target will make it far, so will Chase.

I expect Monsanto to be eliminated immediately, because they are pitted against Wells Fargo, a company that far more people have direct negative experience with.

In fairness, this is the Consumerist, so the award should go to the company that treats consumers the most shiattily, as opposed to the one that most closely resembles a Roger Moore-era James Bond villain's plan to dominate the world.


Yeah, I suppose Monsanto treats it customer's pretty well, all things considered.  It's the non customers attempting to infringe a patent (a different issue altogether, one that existed before Monsanto was founded, and one that needs addressing) or customers that violate a contract that they get nasty with.

It must really rankle people they have started calling themselves a "Sustainable agriculture" company and are working on addressing climate change.

They're as up shiat crick without a paddle as everyone else if we can't grow as much.
 
2014-03-18 07:29:49 PM  
What the hell, they have American but no United? Is it even fair to pick on AA yet? I mean we have not seen what Doug Parker will do with them yet. USAirways may have been low rent, but they have a pretty good customer service track record and a good on time record (#3 in US behind Alaska and Delta).
 
2014-03-18 07:32:29 PM  
I hate what they did last year which was open voting for only a few hours each day. What is the point of that?
 
2014-03-18 07:40:41 PM  
My final four:

Koch vs. WalMart
Comcast vs. Ticketmaster


Koch over Ticketmaster in the finals.


Koch is just pure evil. At least Comcast provides a service, and there are peoiple who are actually happy shopping at walmart.
 
2014-03-18 07:43:17 PM  
Shouldn't the brackets be power-matched seeded like the NCAA tourney is, so that the #1 seed in each regional bracket is paired against the last seed in the first round, #2 is paired against the second-to-last seed, and so on?  Instead, you get opening round pairings that match one heavy-hitter in the corporate bad-guy competition against another heavy-hitter.  For example, there's the first-round pairing between Monsanto and Wells Fargo--I could see Monsanto being seeded #1 or close to it in any bracket, but there's no way that Wells Fargo should be at the bottom of that bracket.  It's not fair for one of those two to get knocked out in the first round when certain other less-evil contenders will make it through to the next round by virtue of being paired against other less-evil competitors.
 
2014-03-18 07:55:53 PM  

LemSkroob: My final four:

Koch vs. WalMart
Comcast vs. Ticketmaster


Koch over Ticketmaster in the finals.


See, here's an example of what I'm talking about in my post above.  Your prediction about the final results may be accurate, but as bad as Ticketmaster is, they really shouldn't even advance to the second round, because their first round opponent is Aetna, which is more evil on their best day than Ticketmaster is on their worst.  Of course, Ticketmaster will defeat Aetna in the first round--not much you can do about that, it's just how people will vote--but at a minimum, there's no way that as bad a company as Aetna should've been paired up with another heavy-hitter like Ticketmaster and taken out in the first round.   It would've made more sense to pair both of them up against much lower-seeded first-round opponents in their bracket, such as Sea World or GM.
 
2014-03-18 08:00:38 PM  
Sears/KMart FT Bankruptcy
 
2014-03-18 08:08:41 PM  
Monsanto.
 
2014-03-18 08:10:28 PM  

the_sidewinder: Please choose a company that truly deserves it this time


Right.... Comcast, it is.
 
2014-03-18 08:26:02 PM  
Duke Energy mysteriously absent.

/Comcast will "win" this easily
//Though it really should be Monsanto winning
 
2014-03-18 08:26:44 PM  

majestic: (take) Advantage (of you) Staffing has to be in the running.


We used them. fark those people. Seriously evil
 
2014-03-18 08:41:34 PM  

Cyberluddite: LemSkroob: My final four:

Koch vs. WalMart
Comcast vs. Ticketmaster


Koch over Ticketmaster in the finals.

See, here's an example of what I'm talking about in my post above.  Your prediction about the final results may be accurate, but as bad as Ticketmaster is, they really shouldn't even advance to the second round, because their first round opponent is Aetna, which is more evil on their best day than Ticketmaster is on their worst.  Of course, Ticketmaster will defeat Aetna in the first round--not much you can do about that, it's just how people will vote--but at a minimum, there's no way that as bad a company as Aetna should've been paired up with another heavy-hitter like Ticketmaster and taken out in the first round.   It would've made more sense to pair both of them up against much lower-seeded first-round opponents in their bracket, such as Sea World or GM.


What's wrong with Aetna?  I've had them for about 5 years...can't say I've had a single reason to complain.
 
2014-03-18 08:49:48 PM  
How are Clear Channel and Cumulus not even in the play-in game?
 
2014-03-18 09:02:05 PM  

Gulper Eel: How are Clear Channel and Cumulus not even in the play-in game?


Off the top of my head, I've had a LOT of customers complain about their copays. Some not only went up, but make no goddamn sense.

Example: one patient had two prescriptions, one for D-amp combo 30MG, one for D-amp combo XR 30MG. The regular was around $33, the XR $135. Both generic, both 30-day supplies, and she'd been taking them both for some time. The copays had always been $20 each. All I can tell her is "call Aetna and ask".

I've also had lost of customers complain about CVS/Caremark, which will only cover a 30-day supply unless you get your prescription through their own mail-order.

/may depend on your specific plan, of course
//stupid insurance
 
2014-03-18 09:03:37 PM  
My darkhorse/Cinderella is Aetna. With all the shiat that has gone down with the PPACA (aka Obamacare) in the past 6 months, a LOT of people (myself included) have had to deal with Aetna in very negative ways.

Not to say that Aetna was fully to blame for everything, but they did absolutely nothing to prepare existing customers for the shiat that was coming down the pipe.
Oh, and their phone customer service is horiffic. Lots of infinite loops and the like.
 
2014-03-18 09:07:28 PM  
This is like holding a GOP primary in rural Alabama and then concluding that the winner is going to be President.

If you ask The Interwebz who's the worst company in America, you're going to get whatever company has had the most negative emotional impact on The Interwebz.  That's not going to be any of the businesses on this list except Electronic Arts.  Over.  And over.
 
2014-03-18 09:10:30 PM  
yeah, definitely quoted the wrong part. oh well. I should drink more before I post.
 
2014-03-18 09:18:09 PM  
AT&T not being on this list makes it like the United Nations Security Council without the USA.  It's like MLB without the Yankees.  It's like the Oscars without Meryl Streep.
 
2014-03-18 09:24:23 PM  
I'm going to take a break from EA and Comcast, and go for Paramount Pictures / Plan B Entertainment for the crime against humanity that does not deserve to be called World War Z.
 
2014-03-18 09:45:11 PM  

jaerik: This is like holding a GOP primary in rural Alabama and then concluding that the winner is going to be President.

If you ask The Interwebz who's the worst company in America, you're going to get whatever company has had the most negative emotional impact on The Interwebz.  That's not going to be any of the businesses on this list except Electronic Arts.  Over.  And over.


Tru dat. Even in this very thread. These neckbeards care more about somebody messing with their pathetic fantasy worlds than about people who are destroying the real world.
 
2014-03-18 09:51:45 PM  

czetie: meat0918: Hmm.. looking at the actual brackets, Target will make it far, so will Chase.

I expect Monsanto to be eliminated immediately, because they are pitted against Wells Fargo, a company that far more people have direct negative experience with.

In fairness, this is the Consumerist, so the award should go to the company that treats consumers the most shiattily, as opposed to the one that most closely resembles a Roger Moore-era James Bond villain's plan to dominate the world.


What's that chemical company in WV that keeps pumping shiat into rivers and lakes?
 
2014-03-18 10:04:08 PM  

Bacontastesgood: AT&T not being on this list makes it like the United Nations Security Council without the USA.  It's like MLB without the Yankees.  It's like the Oscars without Meryl Streep.


Er, it is on the list.  The white and blue striped ball of suck.

I just moved down south, and I had a choice between AT&T and Comcast for internet.  It's like being shot or hung, right?  I picked AT&T because it was cheaper.  Their modem broke down after one day.  ONE FREAKIN' DAY.  Can't even go over to TigerDirect and get a replacement, I have to use theirs.  And they gave me a choice of two four-hour windows to have some guy come over and replace it.  Bastards.
 
2014-03-18 10:04:26 PM  

kittyhas1000legs: Gulper Eel: How are Clear Channel and Cumulus not even in the play-in game?

Off the top of my head, I've had a LOT of customers complain about their copays. Some not only went up, but make no goddamn sense.

Example: one patient had two prescriptions, one for D-amp combo 30MG, one for D-amp combo XR 30MG. The regular was around $33, the XR $135. Both generic, both 30-day supplies, and she'd been taking them both for some time. The copays had always been $20 each. All I can tell her is "call Aetna and ask".

I've also had lost of customers complain about CVS/Caremark, which will only cover a 30-day supply unless you get your prescription through their own mail-order.

/may depend on your specific plan, of course
//stupid insurance


It is because the D-amp XR BRAND name is preferred with Aetna this year.  Your pharmacy does not keep a list of these things around?
 
2014-03-18 10:12:35 PM  
When Time-Warner is subsumed by Comcast, will we now have an unbeatable baddie?
 
2014-03-18 10:17:46 PM  
kind of curious as to why Verizon is on this list.

They deployed hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel trucks/generators/temp sites to help NY/NJ recover from Sandy
Their health plans are absurdly comprehensive as are their child/ parent care benefits

someone from Consumerist must have fallen asleep streaming anime on netflix, racked up a huge data bill and was bemused that they had to wait a whole 3 minutes in the customer service queue to get it sorted out.
 
2014-03-18 10:18:03 PM  
Monsanto, Capital One, Target and JP Morgan should do well, but the voters are douchey little gamers, so EA and Nintendo (write in) will probably win.
 
2014-03-18 10:18:56 PM  
AT&T's services are acceptable, at least that's my experience.

What sucks is their CUSTOMER service, the stupid robot phones, and the slow ratcheting up of the cost of their phone service over the years.
 
2014-03-18 10:19:10 PM  
Apple employs hundreds of thousands of people in sweatshops to build thier stuff, hides billions of dollars in offshore cash to escape taxation.

RAWR!! Sea world, whale tanks!
 
2014-03-18 10:35:12 PM  

LemSkroob: My final four:

Koch vs. WalMart
Comcast vs. Ticketmaster


Koch over Ticketmaster in the finals.


Koch is just pure evil. At least Comcast provides a service, and there are peoiple who are actually happy shopping at walmart.


Koch provides a good service. They make me turn off the tv when they do yet another of their bs commercials and I do something more useful instead.
 
2014-03-18 10:38:35 PM  
I feel like the whole left bracket is far worse than the whole right bracket... I dunno who decided to put what where,but they did a terrible job.
 
2014-03-18 10:59:37 PM  
Monsanto!
 
2014-03-18 11:06:08 PM  
And what is the point behind this?  Do people really think that if (for example) Koch Inc gets Worst Company in America, the Koch Bros will go, "Golly gee! We're not popular. Let's do nice things to make people like us more!"  Or is this really nothing more than an exercise in mental masturbation?

/furiously, I might add
 
2014-03-18 11:16:01 PM  
I have to ask, why is Kmart on the list? Sure, they're bad, but mostly they lose their own money. To be The Worst Company In America I think would require more evil and destruction; you need go go out of your way to destroy someone else's things. I mean, which sounds worse, banks conspiring to bork up the global financial system or being marginally incompetent?
 
2014-03-18 11:36:53 PM  
...Lululemon?
 
2014-03-18 11:43:25 PM  
Worst company based on arbitrary and biased opinions with no basis in actual reality.

/call me when there are actually measures for judging
 
2014-03-18 11:44:34 PM  

o5iiawah: Apple employs hundreds of thousands of people in sweatshops to build thier stuff, hides billions of dollars in offshore cash to escape taxation.


You mean just like every other American company?

/but since its Apple ...
 
2014-03-18 11:48:25 PM  
inventorspot.com
 
2014-03-18 11:53:46 PM  
Of the Brackets there, It's Monsanto by a long shot.

But, most of the big evils aren't on the list.
Hell Duke Energy couldn't make the cut and all they did is poison a river. That's not enough to give them a in?
Somehow EA is "More Evil" than that?

Bad Video Game != Environmental Disaster

List is Bullshiat.
 
2014-03-19 12:11:03 AM  

the_sidewinder: Please choose a company that truly deserves it this time


The shiatheads that provide all my Revit content.  I'm looking at you slappy, happy and squishy
 
2014-03-19 02:13:58 AM  
"Everyone saw through that report. I even got that award off those feminists. The one shaped like the ice cream fellow."

/IT better not be obscure among this CROWD
 
2014-03-19 02:44:32 AM  
imageshack.com
 
2014-03-19 04:33:56 AM  
Did I miss something or did Fox News get invited to the Worst Company NIT?  Or do they not qualify since they're probably headquartered outside of the USA to avoid paying taxes?
 
2014-03-19 06:53:08 AM  

omnimancer28: kittyhas1000legs: Gulper Eel: How are Clear Channel and Cumulus not even in the play-in game?

Off the top of my head, I've had a LOT of customers complain about their copays. Some not only went up, but make no goddamn sense.

Example: one patient had two prescriptions, one for D-amp combo 30MG, one for D-amp combo XR 30MG. The regular was around $33, the XR $135. Both generic, both 30-day supplies, and she'd been taking them both for some time. The copays had always been $20 each. All I can tell her is "call Aetna and ask".

I've also had lost of customers complain about CVS/Caremark, which will only cover a 30-day supply unless you get your prescription through their own mail-order.

/may depend on your specific plan, of course
//stupid insurance

It is because the D-amp XR BRAND name is preferred with Aetna this year.  Your pharmacy does not keep a list of these things around?


No. There are too many insurances with their own formularies, some of which change in the middle of the year. Also, our software usually warns us if the insurance prefers brand vs. generic.

Then there's the state insurance which prefers brand. Wtf.
 
2014-03-19 07:03:45 AM  

orangehat: Did I miss something or did Fox News get invited to the Worst Company NIT?


Media has their own separate bracket - or they would but they've got more of a college-football setup going.
 
2014-03-19 09:41:43 AM  

meat0918: czetie: meat0918: Hmm.. looking at the actual brackets, Target will make it far, so will Chase.

I expect Monsanto to be eliminated immediately, because they are pitted against Wells Fargo, a company that far more people have direct negative experience with.

In fairness, this is the Consumerist, so the award should go to the company that treats consumers the most shiattily, as opposed to the one that most closely resembles a Roger Moore-era James Bond villain's plan to dominate the world.

Yeah, I suppose Monsanto treats it customer's pretty well, all things considered.  It's the non customers attempting to infringe a patent (a different issue altogether, one that existed before Monsanto was founded, and one that needs addressing) or customers that violate a contract that they get nasty with.

It must really rankle people they have started calling themselves a "Sustainable agriculture" company and are working on addressing climate change.

They're as up shiat crick without a paddle as everyone else if we can't grow as much.


So they're mean to people who criminally damage them? You don't say...

That'd be like blaming someone for beating up their rapist.
 
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