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The 10 Most Hated Companies in America
Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 01/13/2014 | By Douglas A. McIntyre

Posted on 01/13/2014 1:50:00 PM PST by SeekAndFind

A company can become broadly hated if it alienates a large enough group of people. It may frustrate customers with poor service, anger employees with unpleasant working conditions or low pay, and fail shareholders with poor returns. Often, these shortcomings are intertwined and it’s usually enough for a company to antagonize one of these groups for its reputation — and even its operations and finances — to suffer.

Many of the most-hated companies have millions of customers and hundreds of thousands of workers. With this kind of reach, it’s important to keep employees happy in order to maintain decent customer service. Often, poor job satisfaction leads to poor service and low customer satisfaction. McDonald’s and Walmart have risked this most recently as employees and some customers have protested the low wages at these companies — low enough to put workers below the poverty line.

Mass layoffs also contribute to low worker morale. Some of the most-hated companies have significantly reduced their workforces. BlackBerry, for one, has cut a third of its headcount as competitors Apple and Samsung have taken most of its market share. Wall Street has accused BlackBerry’s (NASDAQ: BBRY) management of missing the rapid adoption of consumer-friendly smartphones.

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Several organizations have managed to avoid this list by reclaiming some of their reputation in recent months. In 2012, the Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) IPO imploded and the company continued to face backlash because of its shifting privacy policies. In 2013, however, the social network’s share price soared and attention to its privacy issues dropped considerably.

T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) had a difficult 2012, losing scores of subscribers and receiving poor marks for customer service. But it had a much better 2013. In May, the company added 9 million new customers when it acquired Metro PCS. It has continued to add customers due to a new strategy that splits phone payments from service fees.

Many of the most-hated companies botched a product or a service. BlackBerry’s most recent line of smartphones, the Q10 and Z10, launched in a desperate attempt to take back some of the smartphone market, failed to catch on. Another major flop was the new store layout and pricing at JC Penney (NYSE: JCP), which alienated consumers and, eventually, investors.

Nothing harms the long-term reputation of a company, at least in the eyes of investors, more than a steep drop in its share price. The stocks of several of the most-hated companies posted double-digit percentage declines in the past year. This certainly happened to J.C. Penney, which has been swamped by competition from other large retailers, ranging from Macy’s (NYSE: M) to Target (NYSE: TGT). Similarly, lululemon’s (NASDAQ: LULU) stock was hammered following the see-through yoga pants scandal that put the brakes on the company’s rapid revenue growth and resulted in the resignation of its chairman.

It is worth noting that some of the companies on the list may have performed very poorly by some measures but well by others. A few of the most-hated companies have had good stock performance. Others have relatively satisfied customers. All of this was taken into account in compiling the final list.

To identify the most hated companies in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a variety of metrics for customer satisfaction, stock performance, and employee satisfaction. This included total return to shareholders compared to the broader market and other companies in the same sector in the past 52 weeks. We considered customer data from a number of sources, including the Consumer Reports Naughty & Nice list, the ForeSee Experience Index, and the American Customer Satisfaction Index. We also included employee satisfaction based on worker opinion scores recorded by Glassdoor. Finally, we considered management decisions made in the past year that hurt a company’s image and brand value, as measured by marketing research firms BrandZ and Interbrand.

These are the 10 most-hated companies in America.

1. McDonald’s

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) was at the center of the most significant labor movement of 2013. The company has, between its owned and operated stores and franchises, hundreds of thousands of employees who earn barely more than the minimum wage. A recent study conducted by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found that McDonald’s employees rely more on public assistance programs than any other large fast-food company, with an estimated $1.2 billion in costs to the public.

Making matters worse, McDonald’s advised some of its employees to sell their possessions to make-up for holiday spending debt. Recently, the fast food chain’s hotline designated to help its workers live on their modest incomes encouraged employees to apply for food stamps. Low wages may be why the fast-food giant scored just 73 in the American Customer Satisfaction Index, the lowest in the limited service restaurant.

McDonald’s poor revenue growth this past year can be explained in part by unfavorable economic conditions. Global same-store sales rose by only 0.9% in the third quarter. McDonald’s pays a substantial dividend and has share buyback programs, but its stock rose only 5% in the past year compared to 25% for the S&P 500.

2. Abercrombie & Fitch

Long-time Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) CEO Michael Jeffries is often referred to as the “modern founder” of the decades-old clothing line. But he became the subject of controversy when comments he made in 2006 about who the company wishes to see as its core customers recently surfaced. The comments implied that the teen retailer is looking to attract what he refers to as the “cool kids” and aims to avoid overweight customers. Still, he has the backing of the board. In response to an attempt by activist shareholder group Engaged Capital to force him out, the board gave Jefferies a new contract.

But the investment firm may have good grounds for dissatisfaction. Jeffries has made $79 million over the last three years. Meanwhile, the company’s stock has underperformed the S&P 500 in the last five and is down 30% in the past year. Investors have punished the stock as revenue and earnings have declined. In its last reported quarter, Abercrombie announced that revenue dropped to $1.03 billion from $1.17 billion the year before. The company had a net loss of $15.6 million compared to a profit of $84 million in the same period the year before.

ALSO READ: The Worst Product Flops of 2013

3. Electronic Arts

Leading game maker EA (NASDAQ: EA) has recently hit some serious roadblocks. The company’s highly anticipated SimCity reboot was by all accounts a public relations disaster. The game servers failed to function for nearly a week after the launch, which meant consumers couldn’t play the game for a week after they purchased it. The company eventually offered a free game to anyone who had purchased SimCity in the early days.

One of the free games offered was Mass Effect 3, another release that tarnished the company’s brand. Critics and gamers widely criticized the ending of the third installment of this very successful game as unsatisfying. The backlash was so severe that the company eventually released a free alternate ending. And there may be more troubles ahead. EA is having problems with yet another bug-filled launch, the fourth installment of the Battlefield franchise.

On top of this, investors are suing the company for allegedly making misleading statements about the game’s launch and overstating its success. It’s perhaps not surprising then that, once again, The Consumerist labeled EA the “Worst Company in America” last year — the first company ever to earn the dubious distinction two years in a row.

In March, EA CEO John Riccitiello resigned. While company shares have performed relatively well, there is recent cause for concern. Last quarter, the company reported a loss of $273 million.

4. Sears Holdings

Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) is the parent corporation of retailers Sears and Kmart — both notorious underperformers. Investors have lost trust in controlling shareholder and chairman Eddie Lampert, whose poor management and decision-making has caused the company to shrink. Only 17% of the company’s workers approved of Lampert’s performance, according to Glassdoor.

Sears was also ranked among the worst companies to work for last year, according to an analysis of Glassdoor data by 24/7 Wall St. Employees rated it a 2.5 out of 5, among the lowest marks awarded to a company of that size. This may be why the ACSI gave Sears a lower customer service score than every retailer in the industry, except for Walmart.

In the third quarter of 2013, Sears Holdings posted a net loss of $534 million compared to a loss of $498 million in the same period the year earlier. More recently, comparable store sales fell by 7.4%, the result of a 5.7% decline at Kmart and a 9.2% decrease at U.S. Sears stores.

As is the case at many of the country’s largest retailers, Sears and Kmart are among the largest employers of low-wage workers in the country, according to analysis by 24/7 Wall St. in collaboration with NELP.

5. DISH Network

Subscribers aren’t impressed with DISH’s (NASDAQ: DISH) customer service. DISH earned a spot in MSN’s 2013 Customer Service Hall of Shame largely because of its aggressive sales tactics. Customers also complained about confusing contracts and unreasonable cancellation fees.

DISH is not the only company in the industry that customers despise, however, it reaps additional notoriety because of its relationship with its employees. Based on a 24/7 Wall St. analysis of Glassdoor data, DISH was rated as the worst company to work for last year.

Chairman Charles Ergen holds a controlling interest in the company. GMI Ratings, which rates corporate governance on publicly traded companies, warned that his personal investments might present a conflict of interest with DISH shareholders. A GMI Ratings analyst cautioned that “These are things to be concerned about because they raise reasonable questions about conflicts of interest and the overall integrity of governance at the company.”

Shareholders, on the other hand, have reason to be happy: DISH’s stock is up more than 50% in the last year, and more than 325% in the past five years.

6. Wal-mart

Like McDonald’s, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) bore the brunt of the labor protests around raising the minimum wage last year. The company employs more workers who make less than $10 per hour than any company in America, according to an analysis by 24/7 Wall St in collaboration with NELP. While the company reports that its U.S. workers make an average of $12.81 an hour, this does not include part-time hourly wages. According to Glassdoor, Walmart sales associates, who are often part-time hourly employees, earn less than $9.00 an hour, on average. Further, only half of the store’s employees approve of the CEO.

Customers were less satisfied with service at Walmart in 2012 than at any competing chain. Possibly as part of an effort to stem employee dissatisfaction and deflect negative media attention, the world’s largest retailer promoted 35,000 part-time workers to full-time status.

Comparable sales at Walmart’s U.S. stores declined 0.3% in the third quarter. Also, company shares have underperformed the S&P 500 during the past year.

7. JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) has been embroiled in several major scandals in recent years. In 2012, the company captured headlines with the so-called “London Whale” fiasco, in which a series of trades cost it billions of dollars. As a result, the company’s management and its risk controls were criticized.

Yet, as 2013 wore on, the scandals continued piling up. In October, the company agreed to pay a $13 billion settlement related to its actions — and those of acquisitions Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual — in off-loading poor quality mortgage-backed securities onto investors.

JPMorgan also became the focus of a scandal in China and Hong Kong, where it reportedly hired the children of Chinese elites to help facilitate the bank’s business in China. The new year has also started off poorly for the bank, which was fined for ignoring signs that Bernie Madoff was running a ponzi scheme. The mounting negative press has led many to call for CEO Jamie Dimon’s resignation.

ALSO READ: The Best and Worst Run Cities in America

8. lululemon

lululemon was once one of the world’s most-promising retail companies. However, it has fallen on hard times. Shares are down nearly 20% in the past 12 months, compared with the S&P 500’s 25% increase.

lululemon was once the only game in town for yoga wear, clothing that has become extremely popular in the last few years. But larger clothing brands have begun eating away at the company’s market share. Shares are down more than 15% since the company cut its outlook for the fourth quarter and fiscal year in mid-December.

The company was embroiled in several public relations fiascos last year. After customers began complaining that one style of the company’s pants were see-through in certain conditions, lululemon issued a recall. The problems might have ended there had the company’s Chairman Chip Wilson not mentioned on television that the pants might not work on women of all sizes. In the ensuing fallout, Wilson resigned.

9. BlackBerry

The long and tragic decline of BlackBerry is a good example of how quickly a market leader can go astray. The grandfather of the smartphone industry has lost almost all of its market share to current leaders Apple and Samsung. As recently as 2008 the company was one of the largest sellers of smartphones in the world, with total unit sales more than double those of Apple. Since then, however, the company’s share of the mobile phone market has evaporated.

BlackBerry shares dropped by nearly 30% over the past year, while the S&P 500 gained more than 25%. Revenue in the third quarter was approximately $1.2 billion, down 56% from the year before. The company recorded revenue from 1.9 million smartphones in the period, compared to 6.9 million in the same quarter of the previous year, and the company lost $4.4 billion in the quarter. In contrast, Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones in its last reported quarter.

BlackBerry launched two new phones last year in a last-ditch effort to field a competitive product. Unfortunately, consumers ignored the Z10 and Q10, prompting the company to announce it was cutting one-third of its staff and taking an inventory write-down of roughly $960 million in its fiscal second quarter.

10. JCPenney

JCPenney has probably made more operational and strategic mistakes than any other large publicly traded company in America. Penney hired Apple’s retail chief Ron Johnson in November 2011 to replace longtime CEO Mike Ullman. Johnson implemented a series of marketing and merchandising strategies that not only failed to boost revenue but actually hurt sales — same-store sales and revenue fell roughly 25% in fiscal 2012. Same store sales failed to meet modest expectations in 2013.

The company then rehired Ullman as CEO in April 2013, despite his poor performance before Johnson joined. Since returning, Ullman has announced plans to reverse most of Johnson’s changes. Because of its sales failures and poor balance sheet, Penney is considered by many to be teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The stock market has ravaged the stock, pushing down shares by 60% over the last five years.

JC Penney has also done poorly in the critical e-commerce sector. In the Foresee study of online retail customer satisfaction, Penney scored well down the list, a sign that it has an uphill battle to get consumers back.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
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1 posted on 01/13/2014 1:50:00 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Now that JCP dumped the pro-homosexual thing, I started shopping there again. Good quality clothes at a very good price if you wait for sales.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 1:54:37 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeekAndFind
1. McDonald’s
2. Abercrombie & Fitch
3. Electronic Arts
4. Sears Holdings
5. DISH Network
6. Wal-mart
7. JPMorgan Chase
8. lululemon
9. BlackBerry
10. JCPenney

Can't say I disagree with any of them. Who are the best, however?

3 posted on 01/13/2014 1:55:31 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: SeekAndFind

Fedgov, Inc


4 posted on 01/13/2014 1:55:53 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

EPC of St. Louis would make Dilbert’s company an enviable place to be.


5 posted on 01/13/2014 1:58:52 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Alex Murphy

To me, the worst is General Electric.

GE is the money behind the global warming scam, as it greatly helps their power plants, turbine generators, scrubbers, and even expensive light bulb business -— and everything in between.

GE even uses it to push nonsense it patents for turbine aircraft engines.

All nonsense to force utilities, airliners, and consumers to by stupid products -— because they can’t compete in low-cost products.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 2:01:19 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: SeekAndFind

My take.

1. McDonald’s. I don’t hate McDonald’s. I don’t like their food, but I have no problem with them

2. Abercrombie & Fitch. They pander to liberals and dopey kids spending their parents money. Yeah, I can agree that I hate them.

3. Electronic Arts. I don’t give a crap enough to like them or hate them

4. Sears Holdings. I don’t hate Sears. Just feel sorry for them.

5. DISH Network. If I had ever been a DISH subscriber, I would probably hate them.

6. Wal-mart. I loooove Wal-Mart. They p!ss off liberals.

7. JPMorgan Chase. I rate them a 7 out of 10 on my hateometer.

8. lululemon. WHO? Some two-bit yoga clothes maker? Who cares?

9. BlackBerry. They used to be a player. Not any more. Why hate them?

10. JCPenney. Yep. Hate them.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 2:02:19 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I am very satisfied with Dish Network.

And I hate Microsoft.

So there!

8 posted on 01/13/2014 2:03:48 PM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: Jewbacca

I’m thinking about Amazon, Disney, The various TV networks, and many other pro-abortion, pro-queer sex corporations.

Hate them.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 2:04:40 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Most hated company for me is the entire Hollywood establishment for helping to get an Islamic Marxist foreigner unconstitutionally elected twice as POTUS.


10 posted on 01/13/2014 2:05:12 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me guess, Monsanto cracks the top 5?


11 posted on 01/13/2014 2:06:36 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: SeekAndFind
1. Progressive Insurance
2. GM
3. GE

12 posted on 01/13/2014 2:06:55 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Sir Napsalot

D’oh! no cigar.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 2:07:41 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Jewbacca

[ To me, the worst is General Electric.

GE is the money behind the global warming scam, as it greatly helps their power plants, turbine generators, scrubbers, and even expensive light bulb business -— and everything in between.

GE even uses it to push nonsense it patents for turbine aircraft engines.

All nonsense to force utilities, airliners, and consumers to by stupid products -— because they can’t compete in low-cost products. ]

Freekin 1000X Dittoes!!!!

Don’t forget they haven’t paid jack squat in taxes while their medium sized upstarts that go against them are screwed over a barrel via the IRS...

All the GE crap that is made in china by sweatshops...

All the GE money that has been Poured into Campaign coffers of the Democrats for favors...


14 posted on 01/13/2014 2:07:45 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Sir Napsalot

RE: Let me guess, Monsanto cracks the top 5?

I don’t see them on the list.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 2:08:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Responsibility2nd

RE: I’m thinking about Amazon

So, where do you buy your books nowadays?


18 posted on 01/13/2014 2:09:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: GraceG

Speaking of GE...

When was the last time they paid income tax?
It’s not a rhetorical question.
I remember that last year, or the year before (Might’ve been even earlier than that), they paid exactly ZERO.

I was just curious. Might you know the answer, Ma’am?


19 posted on 01/13/2014 2:12:48 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: SeaHawkFan

JCP hasn’t changed anything except some of their ads I bet


20 posted on 01/13/2014 2:12:54 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yep. I’m guilty as charged. Its not books, but lots of other items.

The problem is - I would boycott Amazon and all other liberal companies, products and services. But then I would be a hermit spending no money and going no where.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 2:15:33 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Abercrombie & Fitch used to be an elegant gentleman’s clothing store, with emphasis on sporting goods. When I was in my preppie phase, I wouldn’t wear any other kind of raincoat.

But what killed them was their sudden move into porn, porn, and more porn. Naked bodies in the catalogues, naked guys in the windows. GAY naked guys in the windows. It was enough to drive you over to the other side of the street.

I have no great quarrel with any of the others on the list.

But I agree that GE is evil.


22 posted on 01/13/2014 2:15:55 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SeekAndFind

Verison tops my list. Don’t think I have ever entered or left there with a smile on my face.


23 posted on 01/13/2014 2:16:29 PM PST by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: Alex Murphy
Notably absent from the list are Goldman Sachs, British Petroleum, and Monsanto. Also, Facebook might not be on the list, but it sure deserves to be.

Curious...

24 posted on 01/13/2014 2:16:37 PM PST by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Umbrella Corporation


25 posted on 01/13/2014 2:16:57 PM PST by Rock Eye Jack
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To: Alex Murphy

I really have no reason to hate McDonalds.

Abercrombie has earned my ire as a major cause of the ongoing Sluttification of America.

Not a gamer, don’t care about EA.

The emotion that comes to mind when you say Sears is pity.

Don’t have Dish Network (though I know people who do and have no complaints)

Only problem I have with Walmart is they keep caving to the Feds on the green enviro nonsense.

ALL big banks are kind of on my crap list after we had to bail them out.

No idea who luluemon is.

Nothing against Blackberry products, but their CEO Jim Basille is a slime weasel. Made a very smarmy attempt to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins and move them out of town. Then did the same somewhere else.

JCP permanently lost my business with the queerfest.


26 posted on 01/13/2014 2:17:19 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Responsibility2nd

1. McDonald’s. I don’t hate McDonald’s.

2. Abercrombie & Fitch. Near-pornographic catalogs aimed at youths. Hate them.

3. Electronic Arts. They have messed up some big games recently.

4. Sears Holdings. This company (KMart parent company) thinks singing genitals is appropriate ads celebrating the birth of Christ. Oh yes, hate them.

5. DISH Network. If I had ever been a DISH subscriber, I would probably hate them.

6. Wal-mart. I loooove Wal-Mart. They p!ss off liberals.

7. JPMorgan Chase. Definitely hate them.

8. lululemon. WHO?

9. BlackBerry. They used to be a player. Not any more. Why hate them?

10. JCPenney. Definitely hate them too


27 posted on 01/13/2014 2:17:28 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: F15Eagle

I have, and never had a problem, but I flew most of my career on the “old” Pratt engines, which was picked because you could more-or-less substitute it into an F-15. Never had a problem with them, either.

We pretty much switched over to the GE-100 universally, I think. Comments are positive because the power is greater, but crew did not care for them.

I flew a UAE F-16 prior to delivery that had the big GE engine. (Yes, Israeli pilots train UAE pilots — in the USA.) Very impressive burn rate of fuel.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 2:18:12 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Jewbacca

Shush, don’t tell anyone I own a bunch of GE stock.


29 posted on 01/13/2014 2:18:29 PM PST by Little Bill
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To: GraceG

I can’t believe that Honeywell isn’t on the list- It used to be in the late 20th century. It has a lot in common with GE.


30 posted on 01/13/2014 2:18:33 PM PST by matthew fuller (Our enemy list- http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/fact-sheets/2004/anti-gun-lobbying-organizations..)
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To: Responsibility2nd

RE: 7. JPMorgan Chase. I rate them a 7 out of 10 on my hateometer.

People know more about JP Morgan because of Chase, their retail banking division.

However, not many know that Goldman Sach’s influence in government is GREATER than JP Morgan ( many of their alumni are either working for the Fed or the Treasury Department ( and in the case of Hank Paulson and Robert Rubin, were head of the US Treasury ).

How about the infamous Jon Corzine? Famed Obama bundler and former Senator and NJ governor, who got away with what happened at MF Global? Yep, he was once CEO of Goldman Sachs.

See this list:

http://prof77.wordpress.com/politics/an-updated-list-of-goldman-sachs-ties-to-the-obama-government-including-elena-kagan/

TITLE: A List of Goldman Sachs Ties to the Obama Government–including Elena Kagan

And let’s not forget how Greece managed to join the EURO by helping the country MASK its true debt.

See here:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/greek-debt-crisis-how-goldman-sachs-helped-greece-to-mask-its-true-debt-a-676634.html

No wonder people in the know snidely call them : GOVERNMENT SACHS.

If more people knew this, they’d be number 1 on the list.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 2:18:40 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

My 10:

1. ACME Plumbing
2. Joe’s Hardware
3. Bill’s Drugs
4. Law firm: Metter, Fuchter, & Lefter
5. Tijuana Pizza Place

Well, OK< so it’s only five.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 2:19:15 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I sure can’t understand why Walmart isn’t #1, after all it has the most employees and customers of any company on the list.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 2:20:17 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: eCSMaster

Dish Network:
Charlie Ergen

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/24/dish-network-co-founder-accused-bullying-execs-for-political-donations/


34 posted on 01/13/2014 2:23:20 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Revolting cat!
4. Law firm: Metter, Fuchter, & Lefter

Didn't they merge with...Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe?

35 posted on 01/13/2014 2:23:47 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
A recent study conducted by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found that McDonald’s employees rely more on public assistance programs than any other large fast-food company, with an estimated $1.2 billion in costs to the public.

The liberal "solution" is to force McDonald's to pay more or raise the minimum wage. A conservative would point out that maybe we shouldn't have a welfare state where some on minimum wage (a very low percentage of workers) get $1.2 billion in public money.

36 posted on 01/13/2014 2:23:58 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: GeronL

The employees at my local JCP are happier now.


37 posted on 01/13/2014 2:27:29 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Revolting cat!

“4. Law firm: Metter, Fuchter, & Lefter”

Isn’t that John Edward’s old firm? Or Hillary’s?


38 posted on 01/13/2014 2:29:17 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t hate McDonald’s, but their management seems to have lost focus. Once upon a time, they had a relatively simple menu: 5 or so burger options, sodas, shakes, a couple sizes of fries, a fish sandwich, McNuggets, coffee, milk and that was pretty much it. Has anyone been in a McDonald’s lately? Whoa... the menu now is so elaborate that the densely packed overhead boards can no longer even handle it. The McDonald’s that I was in had laminated menu cards between the cash registers that supplemented the overhead boards with dizzying array of dozens of burgers, wraps, wings, smoothies, coffees.


39 posted on 01/13/2014 2:30:26 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m, so far, surprised Dish in on the list. IMO Direct TV is worse.

But that’s my personal opinion after a recent problem. I cancelled the Direct TV after 12 years at my mother-in-laws house because we bought here a new HDTV and we needed the converter box upgrading. The service was horrible and they cancelled the install twice.

I called Dish Network one afternoon and by 8am the next day they had an installer there and by 10am was up and running.

Direct TV spent more time AFTER I cancelled calling and emailing wanting to know why we left. If they had spent that much time getting me upgraded they’d still have the contract.


40 posted on 01/13/2014 2:31:57 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Re #1 - tasted their fries lately?????


41 posted on 01/13/2014 2:33:44 PM PST by billphx
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To: irishjuggler

bump


42 posted on 01/13/2014 2:34:35 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: eCSMaster

I love dish. Never have problems. Love their hopper DVR.


43 posted on 01/13/2014 2:34:36 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind

If they provide employment in these day and times, I’ve got no problem with them.

Hating the company hurts the people working their.


44 posted on 01/13/2014 2:35:43 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: billphx

bump


45 posted on 01/13/2014 2:36:26 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SeekAndFind

I used to word for EA. If it wasn’t for the EA Sports line, that company would’ve folded years ago.


46 posted on 01/13/2014 2:36:33 PM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!; GeronL

In no particular order:

Facebook
Google
ABCDisney
Time-Lies-Warner-Turner
(MS)NBC


47 posted on 01/13/2014 2:37:15 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: GeronL
JCP hasn’t changed anything except some of their ads I bet

I know some folks that work there. Quite a few changes have been made, actually. Seems to be working out for them so far.

48 posted on 01/13/2014 2:37:59 PM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

49 posted on 01/13/2014 2:49:16 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: al_c
I used to word[sic] for EA. If it wasn’t for the EA Sports line, that company would’ve folded years ago.

The Battlefield series has done well too.
50 posted on 01/13/2014 2:53:51 PM PST by TexasGunLover ("Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists."-- President George W. Bush)
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