Worst Company In America 2008: Preliminaries (2nd Try)

The poll machine is fixed and it’s time to vote on which companies will get to compete in Consumerist’s Third Annual Worst Company In America contest. This year, you nominated 121 different companies, a new record. The poll is inside (it may take a few seconds to load). You get one vote. The companies receiving the most votes will get seeded in a tournament-style bracket. Then the clash of the customer service midgets begins! Remember that as this contest goes on you can visit consumerist.com/tag/worst-company-in-america to keep track of all the proceedings.

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  1. Kat@Work says:

    Fox news is evil.

  2. elisa says:

    Where is CIRCUIT CITY???

  3. Soultrance says:

    Best Buy for the win! I’m only voting for them because I’m in Canada and if Future Shop was on the list (a Best Buy owned company in Canada) I would vote for them instead.

  4. SpenceMan01 says:

    Gotta go with Countrywide. Thanks for tanking our economy!

  5. Sudonum says:

    Allstate – promising not to cancel Wind & Hail if I placed my auto policies with them and then doing it anyway

  6. rmz says:

    Video Professor. They don’t even try to hide the fact that they just steal your money without sending you anything.

  7. Asvetic says:

    This list is missing Gameznflix.com. Damn, I missed the recommendation post!

  8. Buran says:

    @elisa: No one nominated them apparently.

  9. donTHEd says:

    This is comcast’s year. I can feel it.

  10. Toof_75_75 says:

    Best Buy, obv.

  11. johnva says:

    Are we supposed to vote for the company with the worst customer service or the most evil company?

  12. CuriousO says:

    Blue Cross blue Shield they are the worst

  13. johnva says:

    @CuriousO: I wish we could vote for all of the big health insurance providers collectively. They all suck bigtime.

  14. Milstar says:

    Hands down for 2007 it should be Countrywide. loosing over 80% of your company’s value, awarding a lieing CEO a 115 million dollar bonus for driving the company to be acquired while telling the shareholders that they will turn a profit in Q4 (posted a massive loss instead) all while selling his newly acquired shares and getting out at inflated prices.

    Trust me no one can even come close to the billions blown by CW.

  15. Jaysyn was banned for: https://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    Exxon. Price Gougers R’ Us.

  16. Joedragon says:

    best buy and Geek squad should be under the same vote and where is CC they are worser then best buy

  17. savvy999 says:

    gotta go with the forklift-butcher operation that grinds up sick cows to feed to school kids. Either them, or Mattel for the leadful-dreadful toys.

    At least consenting adults are/were marginally complicit in the mortgage meltdown and most customer-service flops; messing with innocent kids’ health is just plain evil.

    Nothing brings out my Charles Bronson Death Wish vigilante spirit more than people hurting children for profit.

  18. trinidon2k says:

    Sprint only has 3%…wtf? They should be at least tied with comcast.

  19. yesteryear says:

    crocs for ugliness, crocs for dangerous toe tragedies, crocs for making me notice mario batalli’s feet… crocs for the win!

  20. m4ximusprim3 says:

    I can’t believe sears is only in with 2%. I thought everyone hated them. I guess they’re the lesser of the wevils today.

  21. valleyqueen says:

    Capital One all the way baby! Never have I said “Transfer me to someone else” more times in one phone call!

  22. Corydon says:

    @CuriousO: I went with them too…nothing but trouble since my company forced me to switch health insurance this year. And thanks to the federal government (at least according to HR), I can’t take my business away from them until 2009! Yay competition!

    I also do business with several other offenders on the list, including United Airlines, WaMu and Comcast, but none of them have done anything to piss me off this year.

    Exxon was a tough call, based on outrageous profits, gouging at the pumps, and arguing the Exxon Valdez case all the way to the Supreme Court and trying to weasel out of their responsibilities there. But, because I was motivated to ditch driving in favor of transit, biking and walking thanks to their greed, I’m now less stressed, getting more exercise, happier and healthier.

    So kudos to Exxon et al. for convincing me to ditch them!

  23. hi says:

    Why are you refusing to put up certain companies that were nominated?

  24. brent_w says:

    What did Nintendo do to get on the list?

    They’ve always had absolutely flawless customer service.

  25. Bladefist says:

    why is fox news on there? I thought they had to sell something to a consumer to be on the list. Where is nbc, abc, cbs?

  26. xoxerica says:

    I voted BOA just for being pieces of crap and raising APRs for the hell of it.

  27. JackHandey says:

    I am surprised that Comcast and Best Buy are so highly rated and that no one is paying attention to the health care providers. When Comcast screws up (often), you spend hours on hold. When your health care provider denies you coverage for some BS reason, you could (at best) be slapped with thousands of dollars in medical bills or (at worst) die.

  28. homerjay says:

    lest we forget how many dogs were killed by Menu Foods????

  29. dadelus says:

    How can you not choose DeBeers? A company that sells a product that would be worthless if not for their manipulation all the while fomenting civil unrest and genocide. They should be the clear winner.

  30. TheUncleBob says:

    Probably because 1.8 Million Wiis/month just isn’t enough.

    Seriously, if there was a “Best Company in America 2008” award, Nintendo should win, hands down. Which opens the question – Consumerist, why not do a “Best Company” award?

  31. NightSteel says:

    How did ConAgra get on the list? I totally didn’t expect that. (My dad used to work for a subsidiary.)

  32. DashTheHand says:

    What the hell? No Circuit City? Fail.

  33. Claystil says:

    IKEA is wholly incapable of solving problems, which sucks since they regularyl package their furniture with wrong or missing parts. Getting the correct parts is typically a month long plus process.

  34. DashTheHand says:

    @Buran: I know I nominated them: [consumerist.com]

  35. darkened says:

    @Milstar: Agreed with your point, was originally going to place Toshiba for the HD-DVD debacle but CW’s impact was far worse.

  36. ucdcsteve says:

    What about Berkeley Neutraceuticals, Inc. Judge finds them guilty of massive fraud and I STILL see those stupid smiling man male enhancement commercials, so I can only assumer they’re still ripping people off!

  37. adamsummers says:

    From all the crap that I’ve had to put up with from Microsoft in the last year, they are definetly number one for me.

  38. m4nea says:

    @Joedragon: worser?

  39. Jaysyn was banned for: https://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    @Bladefist: For real, everyone knows it should be NEWS Corp. up there & not Fox News.

  40. axiomatic says:

    Comcast and Best Buy are in the lead… I’m sure representatives from those two companies are soooo proud.

  41. I can’t believe Monsanto is not on the list.
    By far more evil than anyone on this list.
    I don’t see any companies on the list that are responsible for spreading death and disease with numerous products, and a heavy influence in shaping the rules and regulations in the United States the way Monsanto does.

    There is a difference between being a shitty company with bad customer service, and being pure evil.

    ConAgra is the only company on here that can even come close to Monsanto, and they are a distant second.
    The genetic modification of food has the potential for creating an environmental disaster on par with global warming.

  42. kerrington.steele says:

    OMG, what if Fox News and News Corp both end up in the brackets, and then have to fight to the death?! will Rupert Murdoch’s head explode, or will Bill O’Reilly step in and declare this contest is over and we’re all going to Gitmo?

    seriously, why are both a parent company and a subsidiary on the list?

  43. MattO says:

    verizon – their wireless division….inept sales people, horrible customer service….that did it for mee..

  44. BOHICA

  45. ClayS says:

    Who’s forcing you to watch Fox? I suspect you should be watching the BBC.

  46. DashTheHand says:

    @m4nea: If you weren’t so ignorant, you’d have understood his post. Sadly, you are that ignorant, so grasping a concept as basic as reading more than the first line eludes you.

  47. gopher1978 says:

    Which BCBS. There are 51+ in the U.S

  48. JStrulleh says:

    There’s got to be a better way than a quiz box that makes my scroll bar nigh invisible…

  49. medcat2010 says:

    Tied between Comcast, Fox News, and Blue Cross/ Blue Shield…
    Good point. While those news stations may not be on the list, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re above criticism… Though, I guess technically you could consider ABC under Disney, prehaps?

  50. choinski says:

    Is this a poll of companies with the worst customer service, or just companies with an overall capacity for evil or incompetence?

  51. iDevin says:

    @TheUncleBob: I think Consumerist should do a best company award, but I think Newegg would probably beat Nintendo.

  52. medcat2010 says:


    I guess “worst” in this case is subjective term, which kind of poses a problem for a contest.

  53. SisterHavana says:

    @homerjay: They got my vote for exactly that reason. I am surprised they don’t have more votes.

  54. clevershark says:

    Ah, Fox News, the America’s version of circa-1975 TASS.

    I’m still disappointed at the non-appearance of either Halliburton or Blackwater. Especially “you must go through arbitration if we lock you up in a shipping container and gang-rape you” Halliburton.

  55. smitty1123 says:

    WTF? Why isn’t the US Government listed? Shit, they provide way more services than something like Fox News does.

  56. Mr. Gunn says:

    No Choicepoint?

  57. SuffolkHouse says:

    @Bladefist: Oh shut up with the, “if our bogus media then all bogus media should be in the poll” tripe. FOX news is trashy corporate garbage.

  58. noquarter says:

    @clevershark: That would be true of any company that forces you to sign a binding arbitration agreement. And if that seems very wrong to you, maybe you should vote for the American Arbitration Association (under “T”, because that’s how alphabetizing is done).

  59. SuffolkHouse says:

    @smitty1123: US government actually services, and those served are usually poor – not complaining as loudly as the sad sad rich people made to pay for them. So, nope, they aren’t a corporation last I looked. News Corpse is.

  60. allstarecho says:

    Where is BLUE HIPPO???!

  61. marsneedsrabbits says:

    One for Mattel. For dragging down a previously great comany. Specifically, for the CEO making the statement that his company doesn’t have to follow safety laws…

    Mattel Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Eckert said in an interview that the company discloses problems on its own timetable because it believes both the law and the commission’s enforcement practices are unreasonable. Mattel said it should be able to evaluate hazards internally before alerting any outsiders, regardless of what the law says.

    There were so many recalls of lead-filled Mattel toys last year, that I had to go through almost 2 pages of results before I could find the one where he said that.

    Way to go, Mattel!

  62. Whitey Fisk says:


    The more important number is profit margins, not profits. Exxon’s profit margin last year was around 10%.

  63. hellinmyeyes says:

    What is LaRoma’s Pizza??

  64. jeffjohnvol says:

    @Kat@Work: And you’re an idiot.

  65. boandmichele says:

    wait wait…

    NO RIAA?? but NINTENDO???!

  66. Mills says:

    What does the American Arbitration Association make/sell?

    Besides souls, I mean.

  67. Apple. For releasing (spinning pinwheel of death) …

  68. the shitt (spinning pinwheel of death)

  69. the shittiest operating (spinning pinwheel of death)

  70. shittiest operating system (SPOD, application not responding, application not force-quitting)

  71. (rebooting)

  72. shittiest operating system in the home computing environment — MacOS 10.5.x whatever — which it had the chutzpah to describe as better and more stable than Vista. Hands down the worst product Apple has ever released.

  73. noquarter says:

    @Mills: A service that a lot of Americans are forced to use against their will.

  74. Logan26 says:


    No more evil than any liberal rag or media outlet.

  75. no.no.notorious says:

    damn it! i voted ticket master and then realized american apparel was an option! can someone over there switch my vote please?

  76. flairness says:

    Early yet, but I’d say it’s pretty much a landslide.

  77. jackelmatador says:

    Seriously no Healthnet after paying its reps to drop customers! I may now vote for the consumerist! Ok not reallly but still how could Healthnet not be on there.

  78. Javert says:

    @SpenceMan01: Amen. It is not the secondary mortgage market per se that does not work (I have read of no issues with ABN Amro or Interfirst) but when a company is as stuipid as Country Wide it happens. Oh and thanks Countrywide! I am a saver and b/c of you interest rates keep getting hit and my savings rates get hit too.

  79. PaulMorel says:

    Anyone who thinks that Comcast is worse than Countrywide is either stupid or uninformed.

  80. harumph says:

    i voted diebold. everyone knows fox is evil, they know it themselves. diebold is really just as evil but they get away with it quietly.

  81. tph says:

    Diebold FTmfW!

    Even if they _aren’t_ actively trying to rig elections, the poor security of their electronic voting machines (and the fact that they are so reluctant to allow any sort of 3rd party review) means that someday, someone is going to be able to rig an election because of them.

  82. btrader says:

    Bank of America BLOWS… The bank will put holds on funds from checks deposited in the same city for at least 2 days and up to 7days. If I recall the Federal Govt passed laws to prevent just that from happening.. We all know that banks have and use the ACH system and get instant access to the money… Have already filed complaints with the Office of Comptroller of Currency, the Federal Reserve and my states Attorney General.
    I encourage all to stop using this crappy bank.

  83. nuch says:

    Bank of America is evil incarnate. Also, not that this contributes to their evil necessarily, but they had that ridiculous “One” music video that was cringe-worthy at best. They have single-handedly ruined my credit, put it back, ruined it, put it back (repeat) no fewer than five times.

  84. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @iDevin & @johnva: Depends on how you define “worst”.

  85. kalmakazee says:

    It was a tough choice between eBay and Comcast but in the end I went with eBay. eBay is a pice of shit company with absolutely no morals. eBay forced thousands of shops to close business and to start making their livElihoods on eBay only to kill everyone with their OUTRAGEOUS fees. Plus their stupid robotic customer service sucks big time!! To add on top of all that now starting I believe in May us Sellers can’t even leave Buyers any negative or neutral feedback. Us sellers can only leave positive feedbacks while Buyers can leave us Postive, Neutral, and Negative feedback. I mean what’s up with that?



    Where is Google when we need them?

  86. Joedel263 says:

    Blue Cross Blue Shield is a subsidiary of Wellpoint. doesn’t that make them the same thing?

  87. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Why is Fox News up there? And why does it have 5%?

    What, does their web site have a shop with branded t-shirts and mugs?

  88. gvf says:

    I would like to see AIG (American International Group). They are a terrible insurance / financial service provider.

  89. LikeYourFace says:

    @savvy999: Amen to that. Using cattle prods and forklifts to circumvent the “Walk test” is so god-damned stupid and shortsighted I’m more comforable thinking these people are just evil bastards contaminating the food supply for giggles.

    @hi: Who did you nominate that didn’t get on the list? Legitimate company, or mom and pop pizza place that messed up your half pepperoni half anchovy extra large?

  90. matto says:

    look, i dont want to be a complainer, but really, you’d think ‘sort by popularity’ would be more logical than alphabetic.

  91. Coelacanth says:

    “Fox News – Your Source for Evil” — The Simpsons.

    Although, my real vote goes to BofA / Countrywide.

  92. deadlizard says:

    Where is Major League Baseball?

  93. LikeYourFace says:

    @matto: you don’t think with 121 candidates to sort through, it’s bias the poll? Alphabetically, or a random distribution is the more reasonable method. And if you don’t want to be a complainer, STFU.

  94. smitty1123 says:

    @SuffolkHouse: What does being a corp have to do with anything? The rules were “we will only accept nominations for companies that makes or sells products or services that consumers actually buy.” I don’t think it’s a stretch to call the govt a company.


    It just seems to me that that’s thrown in more for political ideology, rather than for being causing any sort them doing a disservice to their customers.

  95. Narockstar says:

    Countrywide. So irresponsible. Best Buy’s had a rough year, but I can’t vote against a Minneapolis company and it’s not as if people are homeless and bankrupt because someone stole porn from their computer.

  96. LikeYourFace says:

    @jackelmatador: For Christ’s sake, did you nominate the company in question? Or do you expect consumerist to look deep within your soul and see who you think is the most evil?

    And if they would read your mind, why bother with the poll at all?

  97. deadlizard says:

    @suburbancowboy: Monsanto sells poison, so what? Smith & Wesson and Philip Morris should be on the list if making a product that kills is the criteria.

  98. Michael Belisle says:

    @JackHandey: Check the Consumerist coverage to see why. I think it’s evidence that if a half-million people read about the evils of Best Buy and Comcast every day, they’re decide they are indeed the worst companies in America.

    And turn a blind eye to companies that kill people.

  99. Michael Belisle says:

    @Michael Belisle: I just wish I could vote for the entire health care industry. How can I pick one any worse than the others?

    @GeneralLeigh: Don’t forget Myspace. Somebody’s protecting News Corp. I vote that they be added together in the final tally.

  100. CPC24 says:

    Why is Frederick’s of Hollywood on here, but not Victoria’s Secret? VS charges twice as much for the same product, and doesn’t even sell them in plus sizes!

  101. Jamie Beckland says:

    Remember that, in addition to screwing shareholders, Countrywide also propogated the huge run up in 100% financing which will now either a) screw us for the year or b) plunge us into a fate worse than the Great Depression.

    Countrywide FTW!

  102. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @deadlizard: Guns are supposed to kill people. And yes, while I am fond of putting


    in the recall posts it is also true that food is not supposed to be poison.

  103. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @JackHandey: They’d have more votes if they were lumped together under “Health Insurance”.

    I’ve said this before but there should be a Worst Industry contest.

  104. ionerox says:

    Countrywide FTW, indeed.
    I actually saw a guy at the mall this past weekend wearing a sweatshirt with Countrywide emblazoned across the front. What the heck was he thinking?

  105. Trai_Dep says:

    Is it too late to add the company that makes those men’s striped zebra pants?

  106. WhiteTrashLegend says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation:

    Wow, the liberal bias against Fox News just makes me shake my head. Where in the world is The New York Times on that list? Just ridiculous.

    Maybe I should scam the poll to drive up the numbers for the Obama News Network aka CNN…

  107. StevieD says:

    Where is Southwest Airlines?

    Pizza Hut?

    Just two that I could think of off the top of my head.

    The list is biased. You list an airlines, but don’t list ALL major airlines. You list a pizza joint, but don’t list ALL major pizza joints.

    Oh sure, must limit the list and all that. BUT, using an old butcher shop analogy, it is important for a list preparer to not appear as to have their finger on the scale .

  108. deadlizard says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation: I get your point, but I don’t think they hate their customers so much as other candidates. Wal-Mart works so hard every year to be the Worst Company in America, I think you should give them something for the effort.

  109. smallbizowner says:

    AT&T gets my vote.

    Their new tagline should be:

    “We Bring Illegal Wiretaps to Life”


  110. IndyJaws says:

    Comcast’s antics at Harvard yesterday sealed the deal for me.

  111. opfreak says:

    fox news? Liberals are so full of the hate they accuss others of having, its almost sad.

  112. StevieD says:

    Countrywide did not take avantage of people, Countrywide allowed greedy people an outlet to express their greed. A vote for Countrywide is a vote for yourself.

    Greek Squad stealing my p_rn that is a different situation. Oops, then again, I let Greek Squad have access to the p_rn so then I am at fault. Bottom line, a vote for Greek Squad is a vote for yourself.

    Now, those forklift cow butchers, that is entirely different situation. I have nothing to do with or cause their shortcuts or errors and I am affected. Vote for them because they deserve the vote.

    The toy companies the same way. I did nothing to cause them to cut corners, yet they did.

    Let’s vote for companies that are greedy or corrupt or evil…. because they choose to be evil, not because we participated in their evil plots.

  113. savvy999 says:

    @StevieD: Bravo!

  114. harumph says:

    @IndyJaws: yeah, i almost wish i could now change my vote. that is close to the top of slimy.

  115. CPC24 says:

    @StevieD: Greek Squad? Is that at Beta Buy?

  116. Imhotep says:

    What the hell? Monsanto was nominated several times in the last poll. Plus you left out the RIAA. Somebody over there dropped the ball.
    It’s a sham election people. The shadow government has already picked it’s candidate! Democracy now!

  117. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Wow, the liberal bias against Fox News just makes me shake my head.

    @WhiteTrashLegend: I don’t like Fox News either. I just don’t think they should be on the list. Just like I don’t think CNN should be either. (I didn’t even see that.)

    Even if they should be on the list they haven’t killed your puppies, put chemical burns on your feet, refused to pay for life saving surgery or meds, throttled your connection, foreclosed on your house, deleted your account without notice, or refused to delete your account when you asked.

    Even if they’re bad in a way that qualifies them that I haven’t thought of, I can’t see how they’re worse than the others. To my knowledge they haven’t even fought with the cable and network providers over money.

    Could somebody explain why news channels are on the list? Did they stop airing real news while I wasn’t looking?

  118. UnicornMaster says:

    COMCAST in the lead! YES! It is certainly the most evil of them all, with their high prices, lack of alternatives (if you can’t put up a dish) and poor, poor customer service.

    With Best Buy coming in second, it goes to show that your audience cares about its TVs and electronics.

  119. pibbsman0 says:

    Sears. By far.

  120. cmdr.sass says:

    I have to go with Google on this one.

  121. noquarter says:

    @Rectilinear Propagation: Did they stop airing real news while I wasn’t looking?

    If you stopped looking, then yes. Because they definitely stopped airing real news.

    I think if a company provides a service and that service does a disservice to the country, then that qualifies them as much as anyone who sells a bad product at a high price. And, without naming names, I think most of the major news outlets today do a disservice to the country.

  122. mwwilk says:

    Come on Countrywide, come on baby… you can do it. I’m waging personal Jihad against you guys for being as shady and nasty as you are. The least you can do is win the golden pile of doo-doo.

  123. Bladefist says:

    if gawker ever makes conservativeconsumers.com I’m there, first, #1 customer.

  124. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @Imhotep: The RIAA doesn’t qualify based on the rules this year. While the companies that belong to it sell goods/services that we use the RIAA itself does not.

    I don’t know why Monsanto isn’t up there. Maybe because we don’t buy directly from them?

    @StevieD: Were Pizza Hut and Southwest nominated? They shouldn’t list all pizza joints and airlines just because one got nominated. It doesn’t make sense to pad the list with companies people like or simply don’t dislike enough to bother nominating.

  125. LikeYourFace says:

    @WhiteTrashLegend: You’re a moron. Turn over your testicles, and exit the gene pool.

  126. Counterpoint says:

    Fox News? What a farce. You’re turning a decent contest into a political hack statement.

  127. provolone says:

    Honestly, where is Circuit City? I’ve been looking forward to voting for them ever since I found this site :(

    Oh wait, I can vote for Time Warner!… nevermind.

    I’ll get you next year Circuit City.

  128. 13743an says:

    BCBS is not ONE company is a name in which 39 independent companies operate under. It would be more accurate to name a specific BCBS. You might as well be naming “Health Insurance” as a company. My vote would be for WellPoint, the publicly traded parent company of Blue Cross California and other Blue Cross affiliates.

  129. 13743an says:

    Oxford is a subsidiary of United Healthcare.

  130. spenc938 says:

    Where is the RIAA?

  131. krom says:

    I’ve never understood why BOA gets higher scorn than WaMu, considering WaMu has consistently lied, hidden info and generally screwed me and others over while BoA has never given me a lick of trouble.

    Anyway, where was Qwest?

  132. mavrc says:

    No Blackwater, so disappointing.

    Moreover, why are Fox News and Newscorp listed seperately? Doesn’t one automatically include the other? This is a conspiracy of some kind. And me without my tinfoil hat.

  133. brent_w says:

    @suburbancowboy: Hahahah, oh … stop … your killing me …

  134. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    If you stopped looking, then yes.

    @noquarter: For the record, I wasn’t being facetious. I really don’t watch the news anymore because I gave up cable.

    Just putting that out there because it really does read like I might have been sarcastic.

  135. Mr. Cynical says:

    is Halliburton not on there, or am I blind?

  136. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @Ben Popken: You’ve got an extra “Y” in the first tag. “BADY COMPANY”

  137. soldstatic says:

    how DO you submit new ones??? Nokia? Dreamhost?

  138. rolla says:

    funny…people complain about sprint a lot and it isnt even listed.

  139. Spiny Norman says:

    I was so hoping that the RIAA would step up and take the gold this year! Without them, it just won’t be as special.

  140. jaewon223 says:

    where is RIAA?!1

  141. IJReilly says:

    @all that asked

    Circuit City isn’t on the list because the consumerist is afraid they would take votes from Best Buy and ruin their “everyone hates Best Buy” fantasy

  142. MyCokesBiggerThanYours says:

    Where’s NPR!? They lie and spin as much as FoxNews.

  143. pastabatman says:

    i find it strange that something as sorta lame as a cable company or an electronic store for boobs would be the WORST company. The stakes are so low. The shaft factor so petty.

    The mortgage companies and health insurance companies destroy lives with the same greed that best buy charges you for installing software. The results are so different.

  144. humphrmi says:


  145. andrea1973 says:

    What, no HSBC? It should be on the list after the whole ID theft news.

  146. objoyful1 says:

    Verizon gets my vote. They decided I had a phone in South Dakota–never even been there. Still on my credi report after nine years. Merry middle finger to them..

  147. RvLeshrac says:

    Voting for Apple.

    I don’t see any reason to vote for, say, the health insurers – they’re not going to do anything to change. That’s just wasted effort. May as well be an online petition.

    I’d rather see a company that shows a willingness to alter their policies ‘win’ this. At least then the award is doing some good.

    (Oh, and Alienware is not a company. Alienware == Dell.)

  148. If United doesn’t win, I might drop Consumerist from my feed read. Or at least get special mention. Maybe as worst company since WWII.

  149. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @rolla: What? It has 3% of the vote.

    @jaewon223: It doesn’t qualify this year.

    @soldstatic: There was a nominee thread. I think it’s too late now.

  150. azgirl says:

    You people only put Exxon at 2%? anyone bought gas lately? Saw how much they profited last year? Watched the news as they try to NOT pay for the damages in Alaska? Come on- if that isnt pure evil, what is?

  151. goodkitty says:

    I’m shocked at how hard it was to choose. They are all so awful.

  152. BillyMumphry says:

    If our definition of company is as tenuous as Fox News then I nominate the NFL which at least sells a product. Specifically the veterans committee. What those guys are doing to the old timers is way fucked.

  153. loueloui says:

    One entry I’ve noticed is missing is Leegin Creative Leather products aka BRIGHTON. While many of those companies could care less about Joe consumer, I dont think most of them are filing suit to strip you of your consumer rights like these assholes. I cringe every time my wife wants to shop there.

    Hey morons how about you keep your stupid bottled water, and I keep my rights under the law?

    You can read about it here:


  154. RodR7679 says:

    What! NO Circuit City!!!! and NO way to enter them as a write in. They’re much worse than Best Buy any day of the week. They must have achieved Hall of Shame status and thus have been eliminated to give another Company a chance to be “The Worst Company in America.”

    Ditto for the RIAA!

  155. Japheaux says:

    Dish Network! Only 6 months and 17 days to start my rebate–and that only happened because this site posted the CEO’s email address! Unfortunately, I live in an area that is so rural it’s like 20 minutes to the nearest city by phone–and if I dee-six the Dish Network, I have to bow down to DirecTV. Hmmmm, it’s like asking what would you rather have….cancer or AIDS?

  156. Flibbetigibbet says:

    One word (in caps no less): TICKETBASTARD.

  157. BOO_BOO_HOFF says:

    Blue Cross/Blue Shield as a symbol for the entire health insurance industry. Only reason they don’t get more here is Consumerist’s young demographic.

  158. BugMeNot2 says:

    no FedEx?

  159. theblackdog says:

    I think you mean AIMCO Property Management, AMICO is a medical equipment manufacturer according to Google.

  160. theblackdog says:

    No UPS?!

  161. Evo says:

    Microsoft is the worst of the worst. Their product is faulty most of the time. Their software is unreliable. Their customer service is rude and unpleasant.

  162. jswilson64 says:

    Just so y’all understand a bit better, Blue Cross & Blue Shield are licensed brands, not one single company. Depending on where you live, your BC&BS company may or may not be related to the BC&BS plan in the state next door. There is a Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, that all the licensees belong to, but what one licensee does isn’t binding to any of the others.

  163. jswilson64 says:

    Oh, and some BC&BS companies are profit/shareholder driven, and some are not-for-profit…

  164. guspaz says:

    Where is the RIAA? :(

  165. carpediemcls says:

    US Airways has THE worst customer service in the airline department.

  166. nlatimer says:


    How dare a company try to make a profit?! EVIL! EVIL!

  167. jackelmatador says:

    @LikeYourFace: No sometimes I have to work =) I missed the damn nomination part, I just figured someone would have.

  168. Tulldren says:

    I missed my chance to put one on the list : Schwan’s Frozen foods. Bad company to work for if you’re not wanting to stay married. I got out of that pit sometime ago. Long hours, bad equipment but great product. This business started off w/ good intentions but melted down to the two things that most businesses fall prey to – Greed & Money. Meanwhile the employees are treated like chumps. One thing that would help them on the path of better business practices is to introduce a GPS system in those Inca Gold colored, propane fueled death traps.

  169. w_boodle says:

    Apple is by FAR the most evil corporation in America

  170. philosifer says:

    I am flabbergasted that GE is not even on your list. It could be because they have managed to keep their villainy and tyranny below the radar. GE is the most powerful non-oil company in the world. I believe they did not get there by being honest and by offering good products and services at fair prices. I believe they sell garbage for top dollar all while squeezing suppliers, wholesalers and employees. Instead of operating a win-win-win operation, where the shareholders, employees, and customers all gain, I believe they have win in mind for only one group. If Thomas Edison had been a decent person, he would be rolling over in his grave to see the state of this company.

  171. KaneRobot says:

    Comcast, easily. A lucky few of you may not have felt their touch yet. Pray it stays that way.

  172. Bonedaddy says:

    I voted for DirecTV, but am disappointed that FTD wasn’t among the choices.

  173. CyberSkull says:

    I voted for Microsoft. Vista is such crap and putting vista compatible on underpowered computers?

  174. cynon says:

    Why isn’t Congress on this list? After all, they’re a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America.

  175. Joker826 says:

    GeekSquad should not be on its own line. Best Buy fully owns them now. The original GeekSquad in Minneapolis was a breakthrough service. Best Buy completely ruined a good thing and now are replacing techs with salespeople.

    Best Buy/Future Shop/GeekSquad/Magnolia should all be the same entry.

  176. So many to choose from… I can’t pick just one! Fox News, Countrywide, Comcast, AT&T, News Corp, DeBeers, Diebold, Best Buy, Clear Channel… So many deserving corporations…

  177. monkey_87 says:

    Were this post to be on Kotaku, Microsoft would win(or lose, as you see fit) in a heartbeat.

  178. MadelineMcAngry says:

    Bank of America is definitely on my personal hit list! I’ve actually had to open the SAME damn savings account twice (because the first teller didn’t actually enter the data in during the hour and a half she was “serving” me.

    They’ve sent me three check cards with the same card number in the last week (after canceling my current card for no reason…and without warning me that it would be voided–which I, of course, had to wait to learn in an embarrassing grocery store incident). And the checks I ordered came in three different boxes…all with different addresses and phone numbers printed on them…but not a single one had MY info on there!

    And I still have not been able to submit my social security number despite the fact that I brought the card in for verification.

    Not to mention that they charged me for my student checking account for two and a half years and then refused to credit me the money back when I figured out that it should have been free all along (I’m an international students so yeah…I had to learn the American way from Bank of America).

    I could go on…but then again, time might be better spent switching banks. Oh yeah, apparently I have to go back to the branch where I FIRST opened the account 5 years ago to close it down! What?!