What corporation do you hold in high esteem?

Google has taken first place in a Harris Interactive poll ranking the reputations of major corporations. Johnson & Johnson took second place, and Minnesota’s 3M took third. Today’s Question: What corporation do you hold in high esteem?

  • Marcus

    NONE. They are all excessively greedy and bleeding our economy white.

  • Deborah Davis

    I’m particularly fond of the POTBELLY definition

    cor·po·ra·tion (kôr p -r sh n) n. 1. A body that is granted a charter recognizing it as a separate legal entity having its own rights, privileges, and liabilities distinct from those of its members. 2. Such a body created for purposes of government. Also called body corporate. 3. A group of people combined into or acting as one body. 4. Informal A protruding abdominal region; a potbelly.

    (from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. corporation [kːpren])

    n 1. (Law) a group of people authorized by law to act as a legal personality and having its own powers, duties, and liabilities 2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Also called municipal corporation the municipal authorities of a city or town 3. a group of people acting as one body 4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) See public corporation 5. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Anatomy) Informal a large paunch or belly

  • Steve the Cynic

    Is this another rhetorical question?

  • Sue de Nim

    A corporation is only as reputable as its current leadership.

  • Dan Hamlin

    Bosch is at the top my list. I realize it as not an American corporation, but an impressive amount of the company’s profit go to a charitable foundation.

  • Although I can’t say this is fact. I have heard that the Costco CEO, making the most money of his corporation, willingly caps his own salary at $150,000 or so in order to be able to pay his employees well and give them all good benefits.

    If this is true I have great respect for him and the way he runs his company.

  • Larry M.

    A corporation is just a tool to maximize profits and reduce liability. The legal responsibility for corporations to maximize profits for its shareholders stands in the way of even good leadership trying to make better long term decisions or find solutions that are more socially responsible. The whole arena of micro trading and speculation are driving corporations to make decisions for quarterly reports and to fend off daily scrutiny from shareholders. Therefore it is nearly impossible for a corporation to act responsibly and therefore hard to hold any corporation in high esteem.

  • Zelda

    You’re kidding, right?

  • Cheryl DeGeer

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Period. That’s the only corporation that comes to mind. That’s the only corporation that seems to really have my interests at heart.

  • Adam

    While it is technically a corporation, the middle-sized business my wife works for gets a lot of respect from me. A generous profit sharing program, regular raises, 3 months paid maternity leave, mandatory vacations and they pay for full health benefits for employees and their families. All of it with a corporate culture that discourages working past 4 or 5 pm and never on weekends. The downside is her compensation is about 15 to 20% less than a lateral position at another company. But it is a quality company from top to bottom and ultimately working for good people that encourage a work/life balance in favor of the “life” portion is worth it. There may be a lot of corporate bashing in these comments, but there are certainly good companies out there doing lots of good, honest work.

  • Jim Shapiro

    Corporation as in profit producing machine that has all of the rights but none of the responsibilities of a living, breathing human being?

  • Raoul

    Favorite corporations: GM, GE, Chrysler, and AIG with Goldman Sachs.

    Because? They all figured out how to get bail outs at our expense. The Unions’ pensions got preference over share holders who had risked their own money to support a business, getting fleeced while the union leader mob saved their own powers. Obama has done a great job of deciding which private markets get preferential treatment..his administration decided who were the winners and who were the losers. That type of leadership used to be called Marxism. Pretend to let private companies appear to keep ownership while the government controls them. Hmmm….what a country.

  • Kevin VC

    I generally do not hold any in high esteem, they are generally souless organizations.

    BUT….

    General Motors has done a 180′ on my opinion of them. They gave payments to their union workers as they had agreed, became profitable, and are continuing to do the right thing.

    Trouble was Obama’s administration had to FORCE them to do the right thing. To organize, to actually come up with a realistic plan/goals, and to kick executives who were not contributing (Soaking a paycheck).

    It is my hope they continue down the right path.

    Most banks are right now on my (Self Censored) list. Bank of America is probably toe to toe with Chase as very corrupt, clueless, and not interested in FIXING their problems.

    Most companies I like would be local, generally small, ‘humble’ (Executive pay is low compared to average worker), and that they care about the people they serve. The more there are mergers the fewer and fewer there are. Or greedy executives slowly replace honest ones.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Actually, Raoul, marxism is when the state openly and explicitly takes over the whole economy and makes no pretense about it. This raises the question: are you misinformed yourself, or are you deliberately trying to confuse other people with your ideological bullshit? Repeating a lie often enough may get people to believe it, but it doesn’t make it true.

    And to folks on the left: corporations are not inherently evil, in that they don’t value badness for its own sake. Rather, they’re simply amoral, which is why we need them to be effectively regulated.

  • Steve

    Wow… this is a hard one to answer, and I find that a sad thing.

    I assume you are talking about for profit corporations.

    In high esteem you ask… do you mean for making money at the public’s expense. Such as all the Banks and Oil companies…that now have record profits?

    GE paid NO TAX this last year because they have lawyers, lobbyists and tax people that work the system. Gee ….. how did that help America pay for two or is now three wars…. and by god lets dump that health care bill that the liberals forced down our throats the will eat in to our bonuses!!!

    Then you have Walmart that has forced more US manufacture out of business and shipped more manufacturing to China than anyone!….do they pay health care for all there people…Heck NO. that might mean a dime more for your 600 pack of Twizzlers or pair of jeans..or…etc.

    As far as 3M…. no way…. in working with 3M employees on trip they told me if they didn’t’ first choice and the best accommodations over of any other groups they would not participate..”because they were 3M and better than other people” they went on to say “if we didn’t help them they would call the BBB and resister a complaint” …….Gee that is nice of them. Anyone remember “Animal Farm”….. some pigs are better than others.

    Tell me today any corporation that is doing what Andrew Carnegie did for libraries … what a 100 years ago?!

    Amoral, unethical, money grubbers…that make their money at the cost of the average American that is the corporations of today.

    They are all too big! The lack of regulation has eliminated the small guy…and it is the small guys that create jobs…. not the big guys! The big guys just merge and eliminate redundant departments…

    Is anyone worth an $11 to $100+ million a year.

    Tell me what sports figure or team owner that has payed for his own sports arena? They just want and want from the public to pay costs and increase their profits.!!!

    Really top the pay of CEO’s and sports figures at $500,000 a year and the economy would be better!…

    If I as a small business could pay no tax like GE… I would hire more people that would put people to work…

    I’m not saying no tax increase… I saying fair taxes and services to the people that need them… if all corporations paid health care for all their employees …they would join the fight to lower health care costs…but when they don’t have to….heck screw the employee… heck do you know how annoying it would be if the little guy joined their Country Club and they had to rub elbows….

    There are no for profit corporations I hold in high esteem!

    Cheers,

    Steve

  • Steve

    Wow… this is a hard one to answer, and I find that a sad thing.

    I assume you are talking about for profit corporations.

    In high esteem you ask… do you mean for making money at the public’s expense. Such as all the Banks and Oil companies…that now have record profits?

    GE paid NO TAX this last year because they have lawyers, lobbyists and tax people that work the system. Gee ….. how did that help America pay for two or is now three wars…. and by god lets dump that health care bill that the liberals forced down our throats the will eat in to our bonuses!!!

    Then you have Walmart that has forced more US manufacture out of business and shipped more manufacturing to China than anyone!….do they pay health care for all there people…Heck NO. that might mean a dime more for your 600 pack of Twizzlers or pair of jeans..or…etc.

    As far as 3M…. no way…. in working with 3M employees on trip they told me if they didn’t’ first choice and the best accommodations over of any other groups they would not participate..”because they were 3M and better than other people” they went on to say “if we didn’t help them they would call the BBB and resister a complaint” …….Gee that is nice of them. Anyone remember “Animal Farm”….. some pigs are better than others.

    Tell me today any corporation that is doing what Andrew Carnegie did for libraries … what a 100 years ago?!

    Amoral, unethical, money grubbers…that make their money at the cost of the average American that is the corporations of today.

    They are all too big! The lack of regulation has eliminated the small guy…and it is the small guys that create jobs…. not the big guys! The big guys just merge and eliminate redundant departments…

    Is anyone worth an $11 to $100+ million a year.

    Tell me what sports figure or team owner that has payed for his own sports arena? They just want and want from the public to pay costs and increase their profits.!!!

    Really top the pay of CEO’s and sports figures at $500,000 a year and the economy would be better!…

    If I as a small business could pay no tax like GE… I would hire more people that would put people to work…

    I’m not saying no tax increase… I saying fair taxes and services to the people that need them… if all corporations paid health care for all their employees …they would join the fight to lower health care costs…but when they don’t have to….heck screw the employee… heck do you know how annoying it would be if the little guy joined their Country Club and they had to rub elbows….

    There are no for profit corporations I hold in high esteem!

    Cheers,

    Steve

  • Clark

    Raoul, as usual Steve the Cynic is as clueless and uneducated in these matters as mosts of his posts imply.

    You are correct that Obama violated 75 years of bankruptcy law, avoided typical creditors committees and awared bond holders about 15-20 cents on the dollar, all so he could reward his union thugs. Bondholers are typically 1st in line to recover principal in any bankruptcy. In the real world of business, this is called a taking of assets by the government. Perhaps without the gulags for those invested their savings in a another company wrecked by union thugs.

  • Steve

    Wow… this is a hard one to answer, and I find that a sad thing.

    I assume you are talking about for profit corporations.

    In high esteem you ask… do you mean for making money at the public’s expense. Such as all the Banks and Oil companies…that now have record profits?

    GE paid NO TAX this last year because they have lawyers, lobbyists and tax people that work the system. Gee ….. how did that help America pay for two or is now three wars…. and by god lets dump that health care bill that the liberals forced down our throats the will eat in to our bonuses!!!

    Then you have Walmart that has forced more US manufacture out of business and shipped more manufacturing to China than anyone!….do they pay health care for all there people…Heck NO. that might mean a dime more for your 600 pack of Twizzlers or pair of jeans..or…etc.

    As far as 3M…. no way…. in working with 3M employees on trip they told me if they didn’t’ first choice and the best accommodations over of any other groups they would not participate..”because they were 3M and better than other people” they went on to say “if we didn’t help them they would call the BBB and resister a complaint” …….Gee that is nice of them. Anyone remember “Animal Farm”….. some pigs are better than others.

    Tell me today any corporation that is doing what Andrew Carnegie did for libraries … what a 100 years ago?!

    Amoral, unethical, money grubbers…that make their money at the cost of the average American that is the corporations of today.

    They are all too big! The lack of regulation has eliminated the small guy…and it is the small guys that create jobs…. not the big guys! The big guys just merge and eliminate redundant departments…

    Is anyone worth an $11 to $100+ million a year.

    Tell me what sports figure or team owner that has payed for his own sports arena? They just want and want from the public to pay costs and increase their profits.!!!

    Really top the pay of CEO’s and sports figures at $500,000 a year and the economy would be better!…

    If I as a small business could pay no tax like GE… I would hire more people that would put people to work…

    I’m not saying no tax increase… I saying fair taxes and services to the people that need them… if all corporations paid health care for all their employees …they would join the fight to lower health care costs…but when they don’t have to….heck screw the employee… heck do you know how annoying it would be if the little guy joined their Country Club and they had to rub elbows….

    There are no for profit corporations I hold in high esteem!

    Cheers,

    Steve

  • CF

    3M. Because they invented Scotch Tape. Imagine what life would be like without Scotch Tape. Now if they could only invent a way for being able to find it when you need it. Has anyone seen the Scotch Tape?

  • Steve the Cynic

    As I said, Clark, repeating a lie often enough may get people to believe it, but it doesn’t make it true.

  • James G

    None. Face it; all corporations will sacrifice everything for the bottom line.

  • Chuck

    Wow! I can only think of one – USAA. It is a private company owned by its members for its member.

    There is so much wring with Clark’s post, I can’t even begin to explain it.

  • Sue de Nim

    My credit union.

  • Tom

    The Corporation For Public Broadcasting.

  • Patrick

    J&J gets second?? Says alot about america. J&J is one of the top corporations that tortures and kills thousands of animals yearly in their labs.

    A coporation may be “amoral”, but the humans who operate them are not.

    Let’s corporatize the family next. Then no one is accountable.

  • lisa b.

    I am a fan of any company who takes a personal approach to remembering that the people they employ are just ‘people’. Humans.

    They are able to make allowances that help the single mom fighting cancer; a husband whose parent is dying; someone finally willing to act upon taking ownership of an addiction, etc.

    Too many corporations forget that if the personal life is in flux, then they will not be getting a completely affective employee. Willingly help your employee, and you will see your employee willingly help you.