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Comcast Makes Final Four in Consumerist 'Worst Company' Poll
by Karl Bode 02:19PM Friday Apr 04 2014
Already having dominated the basement of significantly more scientific consumer surveys, Comcast is poised to once again win The Consumerist's annual Worst Company in America competition. While Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner Cable tried hard to be the most disliked ISP in the nation, according to the latest results from the poll Comcast has made the final four contenders.

Comcast won the award back in 2010, and in later years sent memos to employees urging them to vote to avoid having the honor repeated. The award, even if it's based on fashionable negative option of the hour, probably won't look good on the mantle as the company works to sell regulators on their $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Update: Comcast is currently doing battle with SeaWorld, who is riding a wave of negative public sentiment courtesy of the documentary Blackfish.

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Cheeze_It

@qwest.net

I don't think Comcast will win....

Not against Monsanto or Walmart.

That's kind of a hell of a battle....

I have my doubts that Comcast will win....

PapaMidnight

join:2009-01-13
Baltimore, MD

Re: I don't think Comcast will win....

Those are pretty decent contenders right there. Both are certainly a much more sensible contender than Electronic Arts...
me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

Re: I don't think Comcast will win....

EA angered 4chan and reddit in the past, they were not as bad last year.
extreme100
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Coloma, MI
said by Cheeze_It :

Not against Monsanto or Walmart.

That's kind of a hell of a battle....

Yes, a heaping helping of GMO vegetables marinated in glyphosate available cheap at America's favorite retailer. Yum!

Cabal
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1 recommendation

Sorry, no

Can't take any poll seriously where Target and GM were left in the first round. Maybe a few dozen more deaths at the hands of GM's negligence could have boosted them?
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loggedout

@sbcglobal.net

Re: Sorry, no

I am really surprised target didn't get further with the security breach. Though one that was surprising was Verizon beating AT&T. My WCIA bracket was just screwed for this year.

Well I guess me and the other bracket folks really have nothing to complain about we both kind of blew it this year.
travis5379

join:2005-03-28
Rathdrum, ID

Re: Sorry, no

said by loggedout :

I am really surprised target didn't get further with the security breach.

Target was a fairly well-liked company before the security breach. Could you imagine if that security breach had happened at Walmart? Like people need any more reasons to hate that company.
etaadmin

join:2002-01-17
Dallas, TX
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Its a game or informal jdpower not a scientific poll. Paid shills and astroturfers are working hard trying to tilt the results in favor of their interests and employers.

jmn1207
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Ashburn, VA
kudos:1
Target was inept, but there are plenty of other places for me to shop. GM's actions were absolutely deplorable, even criminal, if they weren't protected by their corporate status and insane bankruptcy laws. I'm glad to have several other options available when it comes to choosing an automobile.

It's Comcast or nothing for me. If I had to buy a GM automobile or else hoof it everywhere, I would be singing a different tune. I'm no fan of GM or their products, but I have a choice, and that choice makes all the difference. Consumers can destroy Target and GM, but Comcast has a stranglehold on millions of us.

»youtu.be/HAo5GgaJmsA

murph12

join:2003-12-30
Jackson, MI

Re: Sorry, no

And this is a prime reason ti ride every elected/non-elected oerson to end Comcast's monopoly on internet pipes into the Home. We must have competition to help people and with no choice = no competition.

Redawg81
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join:2001-08-04
Jacksonville, FL
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phuck comcrap I cannot stand this company I know hate is a strong word. But I hate them. To the truest form hate them.

Jason Levine
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join:2001-07-13
USA

Final Four brackets

I didn't make a bracket for this but going from the final four, my guess will be:

Comcast vs. Seaworld - Many more people use, and hate, Comcast so I'd bet that Comcast will win this round.

Monsanto vs. Walmart - No denying Monsanto does some very bad things, but Walmart has a bigger name recognition which will mean more gripes against them. Walmart wins this round.

Comcast vs. Walmart - This is a tough one and could go either way. Comcast might edge it out simply because their pending merger with Time Warner Cable might galvanize their opponents into voting more to get some kind of win against Comcast. So I'd wager Comcast by a nose.
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AMDUSER
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Re: Final Four brackets

It would not surprise me if Walmart won... especially with the name recognition.

n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY

Re: Final Four brackets

said by AMDUSER:

It would not surprise me if Walmart won... especially with the name recognition.

I guess I have been lucky in never having any problems with Walmart. Granted I do not dump hundreds of dollars there as many people do but my only gripe is the store I usually shop at is often out of stock on many items and sometimes the checkout lines get rather long. Any time I have had a problem with a purchased item, I have brought it back and they refund my money or do an exchange no questions asked. Recently it took several trips before they finally got some pants I was looking for in stock in my size.
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cork1958
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Re: Final Four brackets

"I guess I have been lucky in never having any problems with Walmart. Granted I do not dump hundreds of dollars there as many people do"

Same here. Never have had an issue with Walmart!
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jap
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join:2003-08-10
038xx

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Monsanto most deserves the asshat prise, IMO

If I believed in evil, rather than merely asswipes that would kill your grandmother for a buck, I'd say Mansanto wins hands down.
totalradio

join:2007-09-15

Comcast, one of the worse companies in America.

And let me guess, Comcast can't understand why they are. More proof companies like Comcast don't listen to its customers.
63475675

join:2014-01-06

Re: Comcast, one of the worse companies in America.

Do you REALLY believe that Concrap doesn't understand why they are looked at as one of the worst companies in America?

Fact is that they DO know they are perceived as a horrible organization and only care about doing end runs around it by using that write in campaign using their own employees to keep their name off the award! That plan alone set in play by Concrap tells you they are unethical at the executive level.

But I agree that the most evil company is Monsanto (1 "winner") The most damage to our society and the people around the world.

followed by (2 "second place") Walmart because they do the most actual damage to society
primeomega

join:2004-03-11
De Pere, WI

Re: Comcast, one of the worse companies in America.

Only in America? can you have one of the worse companies, yet still make billions of $$. Ahh, great lazy America!
travis5379

join:2005-03-28
Rathdrum, ID

WCIA

Should be interesting to see who wins the Walmart/Monsanto battle. Both very hated companies, but people have personal experience with Walmart, so I predict WM will win that round.

As far as SeaWorld, it faced easy competition to get where it is. Johnson & Johnson? Ticketmaster? I wasn't even aware that people disliked J&J. Anyway, SeaWorld will get crushed by Comcast.

As far as who wins a Walmart versus Comcast finale, that's anybody's guess.

ncsu

@rr.com
Do we get commentators from Banzai?

StuartMW
Who Is John Galt?
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Well being "worst" still means you're #1 just at the wrong end.

As an example of that take (please!) Jimmy Carter, the previous "worst" President in modern times, now finds himself at #2. And from what I've seen he's none too happy about it
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stridr69

join:2003-05-19
San Luis Obispo, CA

Re: At the wrong end

LOL Good one!

RoccoS

@comcast.net
Yeah, no doubt Comcast wins the prize for total lack of concern for their customers but Monsanto is playing Russian roulette with our food supply. If Comcast screws up you get pissed off for a while. If (I hope they haven't already)Monsanto screws up we're all bunch of zombies. No contest!
biochemistry
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Who really cares about the Consumerist anyway? It's a liberal feminazi website.
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jap
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038xx

Re: Consumerist

said by biochemistry:

Who really cares about the Consumerist anyway? It's a liberal feminazi website.

You kind of answered your own question: liberals, women, and nazis (if there are any of the latter still in existence).
So by your own assessment that would be most of the US population.

tmh

@comcastbusiness.net
Together with AT&T and Verizon.

Steve B
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Auburn, WA
I think part of the reason why some of the contenders are surprising is because of how the site now conducts their tournament. Before, there was basically a page of the current polls which allowed everyone to be able to vote when they were able. That allowed for people to vote after they got home from work, etc. The polls closed after a reasonable amount of time but, there was plenty of time for all people to vote. Now, there seemingly are two polls during the day, one follows the other. If you don't keep checking back all the time, you'll miss the poll. That causes A LOT of people to not be able to vote in multiple polls. With this new setup, its extremely hard to trust the results because of knowing that myself and plenty of others missed multiple polls. The operators aren't responding to concerns and complaints from users so we can just hope that maybe future WCIA tournaments will be more refined.
zolcos

join:2010-05-19
Houghton, MI

Re: Hmmm

I agree. I always thought this system was weird. I hear about WCIA every year here on dslr (what with every major telecom company being on the list each time) but whenever I follow the links I can never figure out how to vote on anything... and after extensive digging they apparently only take voting during a very narrow window. Not sure what their deal is

Steve B
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Auburn, WA

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Re: Hmmm

said by zolcos:

I agree. I always thought this system was weird. I hear about WCIA every year here on dslr (what with every major telecom company being on the list each time) but whenever I follow the links I can never figure out how to vote on anything... and after extensive digging they apparently only take voting during a very narrow window. Not sure what their deal is

The old way was better. There was a page you could go to and vote on the open polls. They were open longer and it allowed for everyone to vote but, this new system where they do two polls during the day and most people miss it because of either the time zone they're in or work, etc.

I got booted temporarily (I'm able to now) from commenting there because I was the most vocal I guess regarding the complaints about the new system. Multiple people were commenting and asking what was up with this system. While I understand their need to keep certain things secret for security purposes, there isn't any reason why they couldn't have responded to all the people wondering what is going on. It only solidifies peoples' beliefs that the tournament isn't trustworthy. I tried to get them to see that but, they won't so I just let it be with them. Lol. It's obviously being talked about between management there and they went out of their way to make at least one of my posts unreadable. Yet they said they don't have time to respond. I'm like ok...-_-* It might have taken a few minutes to put up a quick blurb explaining why they changed it or their thinking behind it. At the very least acknowledge what people are talking about and not totally ignore them. Like I mentioned before, I guess we can only hope it will be more refined in upcoming years.

ryder9

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interjecting themselves into politics for The 1% as well as environmental irresponsibility

battleop

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This whole this is just more bullshit publicity for the Consumerist. There is nothing scientific about this stupid bracket.
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Steve B
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Re: These companies suck as much as the Consumerist

said by battleop:

This whole this is just more bullshit publicity for the Consumerist. There is nothing scientific about this stupid bracket.

I'm not sure if there was supposed to be anything scientific about it. What I don't like is they'll proudly proclaim that whatever company is the worst when A LOT of people miss out of various polls because of this new system and limited voting window. Lol

Eyeballs
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Worcester, MA

1 recommendation

There are hardly even any people available to even vote for any of these companies on the consumerist site.

There used to be hundreds of people with accounts, commenting on various topics. Now there is only one or two comments on any topic. A far cry from the hundreds in past years.

Since they've changed up their site, they cancelled everyone's accounts, and you need to request an invite. Except they never approve your request.

So that said, there is hardly anyone approved to vote on these so called brackets.
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rfrooney

join:2006-02-26
Antioch, TN
at least they will win in one survey. They can take this award and their Golden Fart trophy to support their TWC merger argument.

jlibuszowski
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join:2005-10-25
Hoffman Estates, IL
Part of the larger problem with these Cable companies and Telecommunications providers is the fact that both of them have become far too large. The simple fact of the matter is, that regardless of if you are purchasing residential retail service or business services; there is a good chance you will have to go through one of these companies.

In the United States; in the case of AT&T we have gone from having MaBell [AT&T] to the largest antitrust case in US history; to the breakup of AT&T into smaller bell companies - which worked for a good number of years. To the explosion of the CLECS in the Mid 1990s. To back where things started with SBC purchasing AT&T and then changing their own name to AT&T and creating an even larger monopoly.

All of which was bought and paid for by lobbyist and bought off politicians. Case in point a $1,000,000 donation by Ameritech/SBC to Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush to build a technology center for at risk youths in his South Side community. Where just last week a young African American child died due to gunfire; who perhaps if the technology center was build, she or the man that shot her, may have had a different path in life instead of being involved in gangs or other activities.
»www.scribd.com/doc/208583443/Col···eholders

All of that said, the largest problem that AT&T has, is the companies sheer size, it is seriously like dealing with the Federal Government and a bunch of dysfunctional kids at the helm. No one wants to accept responsibility or make sure sh*t is done correctly the first time. There are seriously people that are waiting months, if not years for service(s) to be installed.

All of the while in the case of AT&T their technicians are either overworked, have bosses that treat them like 12 year olds and monitor how long they take to go to the bathroom. Or worse, when there is a SERIOUS problem, like in the assault of an AT&T technician Kevin Mashburn no where to be found.

In case anyone is interested in the story of AT&T Technician Kevin Mashburn who tragically lost his life after AT&T could not locate him using AT&T e911 tracking or their own vehicle fleet tracking system. Maybe you might be interested in how AT&T expects their workers to operate in 110 degree Dallas Tx {where AT&T is HQ at} heat and not idle or turn on the AC in their vehicles before going to their next job.

»whyattdestroysjobs.wordpress.com···-or-att/

And then think about exactly why there are so many customer services problems at these organizations. Personally I know plenty of people who work for comcast and while there are some outages and problems, they personally seem a little less severe than AT&T's. Then again I've only used AT&T services at my main home office location for the past 10+ years. So I am not as aware of national or local Comcast outages if any.

FureverFurry
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...... that Comcast/Xfinity will pull to the lead.

Their innovations such as the 'creative billing' (being polite) for such things as sending folks to collections for returned equipment; CAE hold times measured in hours; and a flagrant disregard of FCC rules for cable companies and appointments will surely let them pull ahead.

Admittedly, it will be tough against Monsanto but I have faith in the "awesomeness" of Comcast being WCIA.