Electronic Arts and Microsoft are in the running once again in Consumerist's annual "Worst Company in America" poll, along with 30 other reviled U.S. corporations.
Other contenders in the 32-company bracket include Target, which suffered a massive security breach last fall that resulted in the theft of as many as 70 million customers' data; Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which are partaking in a $45 billion merger pending approval by the federal government; and Koch Industries, the multinational conglomerate run by brothers Charles and David H. Koch.
With its "win" last April, EA earned the dubious distinction of being the first company ever to repeat as the champion of the web poll. EA beat out Bank of America in both 2012 and 2013; the financial institution has yet to win the title, but has finished in 2nd or 3rd place for five years in a row. Asked about the repeat victory last fall, new EA CEO Andrew Wilson told Polygon, "It was a wake-up call, and it was absolutely something that we spent a lot of time and energy over, and continue to spend a lot of time and energy over."
EA is pitted against Time Warner Cable in the first round of voting, which will commence tomorrow, March 19. You can see the full bracket at Consumerist.