Let’s start with the company that inspired this list: Google, also known as the Evil Empire. Last week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined Google $22.5 million for tracking users of Apple’s Safari browser via an advertising cookie. Google had told users they could opt out of tracking but tracked them anyway. That goes beyond sneaky and into devious. Now here comes the hubris: As part of the settlement, Google does not have to admit wrongdoing.
Google, though, does take care of employees (well, maybe not Motorola employees) with an impressive death benefit to spouses and domestic partners: 50 percent of a deceased Google employee’s salary for 10 years, immediate stock vesting, and $1000 monthly payment to surviving children.