16 of 50
General Electric
General Electric
GE Energy's European headquarters in Belfort, France
Top 50 rank: 16
Rank in Electronics: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.07
Why it's admired
GE slips seven spots from No. 9 last year after an SEC investigation into the company's accounting practices at its GE Capital unit resulted in a $50 million civil settlement.

The conglomerate, whose products range from wind turbines to medical imaging devices, held the No. 1 spot from 2001 to 2002 and 2005 through 2007. And GE still ranks relatively high, thanks to years of continued growth and a history of consistently beating earnings estimates. Where it falls next year will be telling.

In December the company announced a complex $37 billion joint venture with Comcast that will eventually result in the cable company taking a controlling stake in GE's entertainment division NBC Universal. --C.T.

Should General Electric be admired, or what?
General Electric stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 4
Long-term investment 3
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
From the March 22, 2010 issue
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