Worst Company In America "Final Four" Bracket!

It’s down to the final four worst companies in America, folks. The bracket has been updated and the next round will begin on Monday. Congratulations to the four companies that made it this far. You’ve really achieved something! Who do you think will win it all?

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  1. My #1 (Exxon) was knocked off by a very shitty Comcast.

    It’s going to be tough to chose between Diebold and Countrywide.. both have f’d things up amazingly.

  2. MissTicklebritches says:

    My vote has to be for Countrywide.

  3. IrisMR says:

    Comcast for the win/lose/death/whatever.

  4. I think Countrywide has a decent edge up on Comcast and Walmart. Despite horrible service and all the drama that Comcast/Walmart brings, they’ve never done anything so tremendously greedy, ignorant and wide-reaching as what Countrywide has.

  5. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Countrywide.

    I’m still upset all the health insurance companies got bumped off.

  6. RudeandRude says:

    All cable companies suck, but cable TV is not important enough to make them the worst company in america. Diebold controls the presidency of the United Freakin’ States. Countrywide lends hundreds of thousands of dollars to people for their HOMES. Wal-Mart provides food and clothing.

    I’m not sure how Comcast made it this far. They are a crappy company for sure, but in the big picture, their crappiness is fairly small.

    Although who am I kidding, I would have voted for Ticketmaster all the way.

    Diebold gets my votes.

  7. anatak says:

    @silencedotcom: yeah, I had Exxon Vs. Countrywide in the final.

    still country wide has to be the favorite here.

  8. timmus says:

    I predict Comcast is going to take home the crown.

  9. MissTicklebritches says:

    @timmus: we should start a pool

  10. ARP says:

    d@heavylee-again: People are using different criteria to vote. Some are thinking more “macro” and thinking about what impact the company has on the economy, world, politics, etc. Some are thinking about their own experience with that company. For example Diebold and Countrywide are in my Top 2 even though I’ve never had a Countrywide mortgage and I’ve had crappy service from Comcast. I just think their larger impact is how I should evaluate these companies.

  11. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    I say we go ahead and award “Semifinalist” awards to the Final Four now.

  12. Walmart and Comcast provide goods/services for which many people don’t have any readily available alternatives.

    However, Exxon and Countrywide are in very competitive businesses (everywhere) yet STILL manage to screw up royally. Those are my two finalists.

  13. robocop is bleeding says:

    3 Evil vs 1 Inept

  14. ARP says:

    I wonder if the recent news of Exxon being let off the hook for the oil spill would have changed things? Yes, they still pay actual costs of clean-up, but then it simply becomes the cost of doing business.

  15. danman81 says:

    “THANK GOD WE’RE A MONOPOLY!”

  16. starrion says:

    Diebold threatens the legitimacy of our elections.

    Countrywide, through deceptive practices born of needless greed, has badly damaged the US economy.

    Walmart has driven US manufacturing off-shore and impoverishes their employees.

    THREE WAY TIE!

  17. asujosh1 says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if the winner/loser of this competition actually cared what we thought of them?

  18. nedzeppelin says:

    boa is upset and denied from the finals!!! unpossible!

  19. mike says:

    Comcast…definately comcast.

    Curious: does consumerist send the winning company a letter/trophy that says, “Congratulations! After 1,000,000 votes, you have been crowned the worst company in America!”

    If they don’t, they really should.

  20. Skankingmike says:

    @Ash78: There is always an alternative to Comcast, it’s called turn off the TV it’s not a requirement.

    This is crap. There is seriously way too many nerds on this site that voted for Comcast, they’re not that bad, do i love them? No.

    Have I personally had problems with them. NO.

    Countrywide is a large corporation filled with salesman that lend money to people without doing proper checks thus helping fuel the current economic situation we have.

    Diebold helps influence our balads.

    Wal-mart has cheap foreign made crap, but really that’s not why i don’t like them i don’t’ like them because they have unfair labor issues that are illegal at best.

    but damn do i really have to choose between walmart and country wide? that’s really hard man..

    I got wal-mart for the win

  21. Skankingmike says:

    @linus: i will donate to send this trophy!!!!!! please lets do it.

  22. EyeHeartPie says:

    I predict the final will be Diebold vs. Countrywide, and that is a hard choice. One is responsible for crappy voting machines that takes the choice of president away from voters, and the other is partially responsible for the present economic downturn and housing slump. Both affect everyone in the US. Comcast and WalMart don’t affect everyone, just people who use their services, and not even all people who use their services.

    I’m going to have to vote for Diebold, since a good president could have stopped Countrywide from killing the economy.

  23. @Skankingmike: Diebold helps influence our balads.
    Diebold sings crappy love songs? I thought the were part of the balloting process of elections.

  24. semanticantics says:

    If this doesn’t come down to Diebold vs. Countrywide, you people need to get your priorities straight.

    I have personally never had an issue with Comcast, but even if I had, I think that annoyance would pale in comparison to fixing elections or destroying the economy. I don’t shop at Wal*Mart, so I have no idea how terrible they might be.

  25. Pro-Pain says:

    Countrywide #1, Best Buy #2, Wal-Mart #3. The End.

  26. We should definitely have a big trophy delivered to the “winner”.

  27. Slopoke says:

    Diebold is not the only company that makes voting machines, and *your state governments* are the ones that chose to put those crappy machines into play, despite all the reasons not to. Don’t see how you can blame Diebold for ALL the crappy things related to elections.

  28. Schlake says:

    It is a sad world where BoA doesn’t make it to the final round of Worst Company.

  29. UnicornMaster says:

    Comcast #1, Comcast #2, Comcast #3. The End.

  30. Chairman-Meow says:

    I’ll take Countrywide for 1600 Alex…..

    The answer is douchebag.

    Who is Angelo Mozilo ?

    Correct!

  31. Darn, I was hoping for eBay and Starbucks.

  32. TimmyGUNZ says:

    I’m all for hating Comcast due to their shady throttling issues, but do they really belong in the elite lists of the worst companies in America?

    Comcast blows, yes…but remember that not everyone in the country lives in Comcast areas. Wal-Mart, Diebold and Countrywide all affect many more Americans lives than a cable company run by monkeys.

  33. FattyMatty says:

    I can’t believe B of A didn’t make it to the final four…I had picked them to go all the way…but I guess that might just be my own personal bias…

  34. bleh says:

    You’re going to make me pick between Comcast and Diebold?

    I hate Comcast on a very personal level but I don’t know if my personal hatred can overcome the democracy killing mechanizations of Diebold.

  35. HrPingui says:

    Whoever wins, we lose.

    At least all of the finalists are worthy of becoming the title.

  36. @linus: See last year’s contest:
    [consumerist.com]
    and
    [consumerist.com]

  37. (Hope this doesn’t double post. Sorry if it does.)
    A lot of Wal-Marts problems seem to be more connected to unrelated individuals at various stores. They provide a ton of stuff at pretty low prices. Their bad service is a a ‘get what you pay for’ situation. If people didn’t prefer low prices to better service, they’d shop elsewhere.

    Countrywide was a major catalyst in our current recession. They gave oversized loans where no loan should have been given at all. That practice is not only a fundamental reason for our economic trouble as a nation, but also fueling the credit problems of millions of consumers.

    Comcast is essentially a utility, and few alternatives exist for most of their customers. Good luck if you live in an apartment. We’ve heard horror stories on this site as far back as I can remember. Thank god they’re not in my area.

    And Diebold… well, they’re too close to the Bush administration for my taste. I don’t approve of the current political situation, but I don’t believe Diebold is the root cause. Frankly, I think the lies, deception, and ignorance of many voters is more to blame than a corporation.

    Diebold vs. Countrywide in the final, Countrywide wins it.

  38. EyeHeartPie says:

    @TimmyGUNZ: Some people don’t have their priorities straight.

    “Oh no! The company that provides me with a luxury sometimes screws me over!”

  39. johnva says:

    All four of these are terrible companies.

  40. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    The final should be Wal-Mart vs. Diebold.
    Both have screwed over the American people worse than anyone else.

    Wal-Mart has destroyed the industrial base of this country, forced the shipping of a couple of million jobs to China which has caused a boom there & increased oil & cement prices worldwide, hires employees at ludicrously low pay & tells them to get Medicaid for health insurance.
    Diebold produced the hopelessly flawed voting machines that cause the re-election of Bush. Without a paper trail, a feature of every Diebold ATM, it’s impossible to know how many votes were lost or stolen from Kerry.

  41. Geekybiker says:

    I’m still no sure how comcast knocked off ticketmaster. Comcast is incompetent and lazy. Ticketmaster is downright evil in their core business model.

  42. pal003 says:

    @Front_Towards_Enemy: Yeah, I’m going with Countrywide over Comcast.

    But I really think all of the crappy Health Insurance companies should have filled out the final four.

  43. Diebold will win this, even though the grievances against the company (voting, not ATM problems) have nothing whatsoever to do with consumerism. Why? Because there are enough paranoids who will attribute voter fraud, which has been around forever is mainly committed by non-technological means, to Diebold, simply because they have read some bad press and think that voting irregularities favor Republicans or put GWB in office. Voting is of extreme importance, and I’m sure that there are legitimate concerns about the competency of Diebold to record votes accurately, but I’m also sure that the disdain leveled against the company on this site is disproportionate to the actual problems. Conspiracy loons + Lefty blogs + election year = Diebold wins.

  44. ARP says:

    @Geekybiker: As I stated above, I think some are thinking on a “micro” level and their own personal experience with these companies. Lot’s of people have had crappy service from Comcast, so their own personal experience makes them vote for Comcast. The other companies influence our society, economics, politics on a “macro” level. But since some people have never dealt with countrywide or don’t care about Wal-Mart’s greater influence, then they pick the name they have the most direct experience with.

    …Or Comcast is astroturfing and throwing the vote.

  45. @Greasy Thumb Guzik: The American economy has evolved away from industry and first level production, but it’s not just wal-mart.

    At grocery stores like Kroger we buy dog food from china, bananas from Nicaragua, flowers from Chile and Argentine beef. We buy cars from Japan, Korea, and Germany. Clothes you buy at the mall are made in south america or asia. Computers and electronics and assembled in Korea, the Philippines, or Indonesia.

    It’s not Wal-Mart, it’s the 21st century global economy. They’re just a neighborhood store where you see it first hand. I’m not ‘going to bat’ for Wal-Mart, I’m just saying that it’s not limited to one store that happens to be particularly successful in the current economic climate.

    As for the low pay, that just sucks. Wal-Mart should do a better job caring for its employees, but to be fair, the employees are just that. They are not slaves nor servants and are free to leave at their choosing.

  46. mike says:

    @Juice Box Hero:
    There doesn’t look like there is any explanation on what the trophy is for. And it looks way too fancy for this type of contest. Unless the poo was made out of low-quality brass.

    @Skankingmike: I would actually do this too, but like I said above, I don’t think the total cost of the trophy should be worth more than $100. I like the idea of a plaque. It looks like something that you would hang in your HQ front doors…until you read the print.

  47. Sasha_Pie says:

    I can’t believe both Capitalone and Bank of America were both knocked out! Sure Diebold makes crappy voting machines that are susceptible to fraud…. but it’s not like Diebold arbitrarily decided to put the Hamburgler in office. People did actually vote for Bush.

    On the other hand, Capital One is ruining people’s credit and lives every single day. And bad marks on your credit last a lot longer than a presidential term.

  48. Kounji says:

    So lets see both matchups are companies that piss us off on an everyday basis versus companies that ruin America entirely. Should we send a statement that walmart or comcast are the worst case offenders and possibly see some sort of change occur, possibly a response. Should we elect diebold or countrywide two companies that won’t even blink if they win this contest. The choice is with us all. I say we take Walmart and Comcast to the championship. What say you?

  49. Superawesomerad says:

    @AtomicPlayboy: That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking about all this Diebold nonsense. Thanks for putting it so well.

  50. miburo says:

    :P It’s too bad not as many people use Ebay or Paypal because they are by far the worst at customer service i’ve seen

  51. I'm a tweeple too! says:

    How the hell did BOA lose? Did they have their employees cram the ballot box? They’re sure as hell not working, well not working correctly.

    It’s fixed!

  52. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @asujosh1: Yes, but then if they cared what their customers thought of them they might not be so evil.

  53. Lin-Z [linguist on duty] says:

    How will I ever decide? So much anguish!

  54. Puck says:

    Diebold over Wal-Mart due to Diebold’s strong support of fascists and rigging of elections. Even though America is mostly a giant corporatcracy and has little regard for its citizens (except the rich, of course), these people helping to make things worse deserve recognition.

    /enter right wing crying over the truth and more stupid remarks about conspiracies and loonyness

  55. JanetCarol says:

    Countrywide helped F our economy – F them

  56. failurate says:

    Maybe life is better than we all think. For the majority of the people bringing up this site, their primary concern is that some company is threatening to slow down the rate at which they can illegally obtain media.

  57. RandomHookup says:

    Remember, a vote for Countrywide is a vote for Bank of America.

    [www.msnbc.msn.com]

  58. Landru says:

    Diebold
    Walmart
    Countrywide
    Comcast

    A Superfecta, if you will:

    [en.wikipedia.org]

  59. failurate says:

    In this competition, there have been companies that killed thousands of pets, denied people life saving medical treatment, stolen people’s houses, destroyed our manufacturing base, fraudulently emptied people’s bank accounts, and made Tila Tequila a household name…

    And the best we can come up with is Comcast.
    I don’t think I am going to play this game next year.

  60. TonyTriple says:

    EXXON lost to COMCAST? Really? We are talking about the same environment wrecking, price fixing, 3rd world exploiting, robber baron bastards, right? Maybe I am underestimating how bad Comcasts service really is. Or EXXON managed to fix the vote…

  61. JustaConsumer says:

    Ticket master and Exxon are much worse than Comcast. They are just better at hiding their damage to society.

  62. highmodulus says:

    Bleh, this thing is broken. Maybe limit voting to registered members only to prevent gaming of the system if that isn’t done already. No Best Buy, Verizon, no BofA- looks like shenanigans to me.

  63. nycaviation says:

    @failurate: Amen.

    Why is it Diebold’s fault that the shitty politicians we elect choose to buy their shitty equipment? Wal-Mart has no business being up there as they have a far lower number of horror stories than Sears, for example. Comcast and Countrywide deserve a deathmatch in the final, but I suspect Wal-Mart will land there just because people think it’s fun to beat up on them.

  64. Jamie Beckland says:

    I have been a big proponent of Countrywide winning this thing from the beginning, and nominated them in the original post.

    I gotta stick with them all the way through the finals.

    It will be:

    Countrywide
    Diebold
    Walmart
    Comcast

    I can’t believe that Comcast took it away from my pick, Exxon.

    And, let’s be honest: none of this kvetching is going to make any of these companies change their own business models. Therefore, I can’t advocate going with the “practical” choice, hoping that it will foment change.

    I am casting my vote for Countrywide on principle.

  65. Comms says:

    Why can’t all four win?

  66. abyzmal says:

    I don’t think people are blaming Diebold so much for the people who now hold elected office, but rather for claiming (and convincing our elected officials) that their machines were secure, when in fact their security was so trivially bypassed that it bordered on criminal negligence.

    Anyhow, I would have thought it would be:

    DeBeers
    Exxon
    Diebold
    Countrywide

    Just based on pure malevolence.

  67. Skankingmike says:

    according to consumerist Big Oil is OK but local cable company is not.

    gotcha!

    My vote is that Comcast wins because people here seem to not have their priorities strait.

    OMG I CAN’T WATCH LOST!!!!! WHATEVER WILL I DO!?!?!?!!

  68. Juggernaut says:

    I just moved to a small town that has Comcast and no FIOS, WTF!!

  69. .
    DIEBOLD is pure evil, not because they make the hackable machines, but because they claim them to be reliable.
    .

  70. .
    COUNTRYWIDE’s sins are shared by many lenders, it’s just that Countrywide’s impact is larger because of their market share.

    Yes, they’re partly to BLAME for our nation’s economic downturn, but shouldn’t we at least acknowledge that they’re also partly to CREDIT for the real estate boon that benefited the entire economy?

    I don’t like Countrywide, but * I’m just sayin . . . . *

  71. synergy says:

    I predict a Diebold v. Walmart explosion at the end!

  72. TSIGOS says:

    Comcast is the worst. Ever try to cancel? I called for two weeks straight. 7am. 10am. 2pm. 5pm. 8pm. Doesn’t matter. “All of our customer service representatives are busy with other customers. Please try your call again later.” That’s it.

    Finally, I just let my subscription expire. They called me at work wanting me to make a payment over the phone. I told them that I wanted to cancel. They told me that they can’t do that over the phone.

    Then they sent a person to my house to get a check. I told them I had Uverse and was cancelling. The person took my STB.

    Later I get bill for the month of service that I didn’t use because I had U-verse. I pay it rather than fight it.

    Not over yet. 2 weeks later I get a bill for $475 for unreturned equipment. I called the number on the invoice and tell the CSR that their person took my STB. They said I needed to find a receipt otherwise they would turn it over to a collection agency unless I paid the $475. Luckily, I found the receipt that the guy left behind when he collected my STB. I call back and give them the receipt number and their employee’s ID number on the receipt. They tell me that they cannot verify this on the phone and that I would need to drive to their office and bring the receipt. I did and am finally told everything will be straightened out. Two weeks later, I get a “final notice” to pay $475. I AM SO FRUSTRATED! I am an attorney, and if I get turned into collections, I am going to sue them in court.

  73. nadmonk says:

    I know I’m weighing in rather late in this, but I’m honestly suprised TimeWarner isn’t anywhere in that bracket. I have had much worse experience with them than Direct TV.

    That said, I think the final four is about right.

  74. Angryrider says:

    Comcast for the win. First we learned that internet service is more valuable than living beings, so what’s going to stop it from winning it all? Human rights violations? Ha!

  75. picantel says:

    Gotta be Countrywide. Just got a call today from some higher up office due to my letter that ripped them a new hole. We do not even have a home with them anymore and still they continue to harass us. Their criminal behavior has been so bad we are filing criminal charges against them in a couple weeks along with 2 lawsuits. I would tell them to go to hell but I believe their offices reside there already.

  76. Exek says:

    Comcast for having the worst customer service reps in the World. Comcast tried to bait and switch me when I recently signed up for internet service for 19.99 for the first 6 months via circuit city and when I called to activate it they were like I can’t activate that for you at that price but what I can do for you today is sign you up over the phone for first 3 months at 29.99.Then took me three days of calling to finally to get someone to activate it for the quoted price of 19.99

  77. KarmaChameleon says:

    @RudeandRude: Precisely. Diebold is a good part of the reason why things are so fucked up in general in this country, and lubed up the public to get fucked by most of these other corporations.

  78. linoth says:

    Like many, I was torn and thought that Diebold vs. Comcast would be a difficult decision. Then the answer struck me.

    Because of Diebold, the politicians that allowed Comcast to become so bad are in office.

  79. i find it interesting that a bank of america-owned compan killed off BofA

  80. SayAhh says:

    Bank of America was knocked off by itself (or rather, its own subsidiary).

    I think Diebold should “win.” I might be biased since I don’t have any mortgages, but even if I didn’t I’d still vote for DIEbold.

  81. vancedecker says:

    This only proves that your readers are complete retards. How can Countrywide and Wal-Mart ever be considered worse than Sprint and Bank of America? Idiots!

  82. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @highmodulus: Wait, you thought Verizon should have beaten DeBeers? And that Best Buy should have beaten Diebold? SERIOUSLY?

    @failurate: If I rolled my eyes any harder they would pop right out of my skull.

  83. RumorsDaily says:

  84. CaryS says:

    Where did AT&T go?

  85. vancedecker says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation: …like I said, retards.

  86. bwcbwc says:

    @heavylee-again: Maybe Diebold’s a sponsor for “American Idol”?

    @SayAhh: Good point. If you think the BoA constrictor should’ve made the final, a vote for Countrywide amounts to the same thing.

    My vote: Diebold vs. Countrywide in the final. Walmart has probably done as much damage to the US economy as Countrywide, but you could argue that it was really due to imbalances of labor cost between the US and Asia. Walmart just went looking for the cheapest suppliers and didn’t give a damn about macro-economic impacts, they didn’t try to scam the consumers on the scale Countrywide did. Comcast is terrible in places where it’s the only game in town, but apart from truly horrendous customer service, they don’t impact the rest of us. Now if ADELPHIA still was around…

    Countrywide FTW, since their economic damage and financial shenanigans are more topical on this site than election rigging and political shenanigans from Diebold. Both companies are deserving to be finalists, since they’ve impacted millions of people outside their customer base.

  87. bwcbwc says:

    @Superawesomerad: My attitude problem with Diebold isn’t so much the machines themselves, although the lack of verifiable security, use of known insecure components (Microsoft Access???) and lack of a valid recount mechanism (paper trail) are glaring flaws. Where I live we used machines from Sequoia, and none of the vendors were addressing the security/reliability concerns.

    What annoys me about Diebold is the close ties of the company leadership with one political party over the other. There was not even a pretense of avoiding a conflict of interest and saying something like “Diebold executives may not contribute any resources (including their own services or use of their property) to the political campaigns of candidates participating in elections that are performed (all or in part) on Diebold voting machines.”

  88. neworlenzgirl says:

    How ’bout a tie for first place….Diebold and Countrywide. And for an extra hour of good nights sleep, lets create a second category just for Comcast, with a priority on product & service (versus product/service and outcome/national impact). We can call it, say for instance, “Most diabolically hated and loathed company in America”….or maybe just the “Consumer Noose” award.

    Or “Most Likely To Screw You!” Award!

    Ahhhhh, daydreams…. ;)

    Yummy!

  89. Mills says:

    @linoth: I now know who I’m voting for in that match-up.

    The real question for me is what will I do if it’s a Walmart/Diebold battle in the end?

  90. gamin says:

    COuntrywide is going to win, I would’ve though it was going to be countrywide against exxon but oh well my money is with countrywide (litterally) I have to pay them mrotgage

  91. mbgrabbe says:

    You can’t just vote for Countrywide and blame them for the US recession. They were definitely a big part of the problem, but so were all those people who took our fairy tale mortgages expecting to flip their house in a few years.

    Comcast, I have personal experience with, and they truly are an evil, completely self-serving corporation. They provide as little as possible while charging as much as possible to their subscribers. They’re up there with ValuJet, Enron, and Worldcom…

    ALSO, FYI on Exxon… they have very little to do with the price of gasoline being so high. Everyone quit your whining and educate yourself about this. The price of oil is so high right now because of the weak dollar, increasing demand from India/China, and a lot of energy speculators buying up oil to profit off of it in the short term. I really wish people would read up about this… Blaming the oil companies is just wrong.

    VOTE COMCAST!

  92. djreedps says:

    I would think that Exxon screws more people than Comcast. Comcast’s market isn’t the entire country, but even if you don’t have Exxon gas stations in your area Exxon probably drilled or refined at least some of the oil that was turned into the gas you use. I never stop at Exxon gas stations, even though I know that doesn’t even hurt Exxon one penny and that I am probably still paying money to them through the gas I buy at a non-Exxon station. It just makes me feel better to drive past Exxon stations.

  93. pigeonpenelope says:

    this is a no-brainer. walmart is the worst company.

  94. 13.ideas says:

    Comcast FTL (for the lose)
    Earlier in the bracket, personally I would have picked Ebay/Paypal over Capital One.

  95. ByeBye says:

    Wal-Mart FTW
    I shop there not by choice but because they’re so cheap. I used to be an employee, and I was so cheap to them. So, I have it for them. Thank God (ME!) that Comcast is not here in OKC (YET!) because otherwise this might be a tough choice.

  96. Cap'n Jack says:

    Countrywide FTW. Freaking mortgage mess is mostly their fault. Stupid sub-prime lending.

  97. SayAhh says:

    I think Diebold will WIN because they will rig every election and contest, even if it’s for the “worst company” category. There’s no such thing as negative publicity.