Special Report

The World's 25 Least Admired Companies

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10. China Post Group
> Industry Delivery
> Country: China

China Post Group is the state-owned postal service in China. It is one of several state-run postal services on this list. While private delivery companies like UPS and FedEx are well regarded in the industry, state-run delivery agencies fare poorly. All four of the state-run delivery companies considered rank among the 25 least admired companies in the world.

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9. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
> Industry Banking
> Country: Spain

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, or BBVA, is a Spain-based multinational bank. In 2019, the Spanish National Court charged BBVA with corruption and breach of confidence over allegations it wiretapped a range of people, including reporters and politicians. Court documents indicated the bank was attempting to spy on officials from another company attempting to take over BBVA.

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8. United States Steel
> Industry Metals
> Country: United States

U.S. Steel’s stock price peaked at over $180 per share in 2008. Amid that year’s economic collapse, the company’s stock price fell below $25 and has never recovered. In fact, the company’s stock was worth less than $10 per share amid the COVID-19 pandemic and was still just under $17 per share as of February 2021. That same month, the company decided to sell 42 million shares of stock to try to repay some of its estimated $5 billion in debt.

7. Tutor Perini
> Industry Engineering, construction
> Country: United States

Construction contracting company Tutor Perini has made negative headlines in recent years. In 2018, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said the company used the wrong steel and put down over 3 miles of standard strength steel subway tracks, despite the contract mandating that high strength steel be used for the project.

In 2011, a Tutor Perini executive committed suicide after being convicted in a $19 million fraud and money laundering scheme related to bridge projects and highway work in New York. The company has also been sued multiple times for cost overruns on projects.

6. Dillard’s
> Industry General merchandisers
> Country: United States

Dillard’s is one of several once-prominent retailers that have struggled to compete with online retail. The department store said it expects to lose money in fiscal 2020, as year-over-year sales and foot traffic, which were already on the decline before the pandemic, have plummeted during the crisis. The company also made the controversial decision to keep stores open in the early days of the pandemic, despite not being an essential business.