6 CEOs under pressure in 2014

Investor patience is running thin with these leaders. Can they turn things around this year?

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Jan 12, 2014 5:59PM

I swear I have absolutely NO sympathy for these people.  None!  Each member of my family and myself works extremely hard every day, and it's just to keep up ( just to keep up) with this bull**it economy we wallow in, and these rotten CEOs are soooooo stressed?   

It's a joke.  They will have  more money in their parachutes than anyone in my family will ever see in 100 lifetimes!!!! 

Go ahead, people!  Give me all a thumbs down, but I don't give a s**t if they are "stressed" this year.

Jan 8, 2014 8:45PM
All of them should be under pressure. The amount of money they make is a crime and they should be prosecuted to the fullest by a forced pay cut.
Jan 12, 2014 4:15PM
I have a hard time finding sympathy for these ceo's especially lampert (sears)
I was finally able to contact the ceo direct for issues from not 1 but 2 of their vacuums. Their customer service line SUCKS they hardly speak english . Anyways once I did contact him he got so pissed that I got a call from their legal department.  Same thing when mom and dad's  fridge went after 8 months they now have a $ 1200 boat anchor.  So I have NO sympathy for sears. Perhaps if the ceo's were more available to the customer they wouldn't have 1/2 the issues not to mention bringing back the manufacturing process to the USA. 
Jan 9, 2014 12:55AM
It does not matter if they get fired. They still will make millions. Used to be if they did not get results they were fired. No they claim they needed to ensure they take over and make money for the company. Sweetheart deals for the rich. They actually screw the stockholders. These company boards are intertwined.
Jan 12, 2014 6:51PM
Lately, the whole point of being a CEO is to NOT be accountable.
Jan 8, 2014 9:57PM

I agree with BluBal42. Now making 460 times the pay of normal humans in America, CEOs who's average compensation jumped 16% more in 2013... had BETTER be talented enough to make 90 million family-sustaining jobs appear out of nowhere or to fly and remain airborne indefinitely. We aren't fooled by the fools, they committed acts of terrorism by taking outrageous pay in this economy, now making a REAL one with enterprise and prosperity for all needs to happen-- or else.  

Jan 12, 2014 6:42PM
My wife worked at Sears with employee of the month multiple times and #4 in the nation for getting credit applications and was recognized with a plaque stating how great of a job she did. She never got a raise working there for 5 years. She eventually walked out of the door the day we sold our house in Indianapolis and moved to Port Charlotte Florida 2 years ago. It has been the best thing that we have ever done. 4 bedroom 4 full bath home for $41k cash. We used the equity to buy it and talked them down from $59k with cash.

I started my own lawn service with $55k in accounts in two years and doing well with two zero turn mowers and such now all paid for. 

The rich are taking advantage of huge tax breaks without job creation or raises. They give themselves multi-million dollar bonuses as they run companies into the ground and the people that work there. The rich get 153 billion in subsidies each year for job creation. But they don't use it for that. They got all of those tax breaks and didn't create jobs or raise wages, wages have went down per inflation. Compare that to the food stamp program that feeds people and children at 80 billion a year. People spend food stamps and it creates jobs at the markets and the food suppliers.  Which also creates a tax base of income for the money they earn and spend to the next group of people that have jobs because they have jobs to buy goods and services and so on.  

The rich are hiding money and investing in other countries that are taking our jobs. When the average people have more money to spend the masses spend it to live on and it creates jobs.
Jan 12, 2014 5:46PM
They do not earn the money they are paid...........Warren Buffet.
Jan 12, 2014 7:54PM
What they all have in common is when they F-it all up they get big bonus.
Jan 12, 2014 4:55PM
OR ELSE they'll probably be rewarded with multi-millions in stock options and severance pay to leave the firm. Who else other than super rich CEO's get rewarded for failure?
Jan 12, 2014 4:07PM
I have not seen one CEO worth their keep. They are with inflated ego`s and legends in their own minds. Hey McDonalds one easy fix. Put the McRib on the menu!!
Jan 9, 2014 7:57AM
"It does not matter if they get fired. They still will make millions. Used to be if they did not get results they were fired. No they claim they needed to ensure they take over and make money for the company. Sweetheart deals for the rich. They actually screw the stockholders. These company boards are intertwined."

That would be MY first choice for a national racketeering case. It's gone on since Jack Welch fleeced GE shareholders by demanding a "pay-me-off-the-top-​and-forever" post employment contract. The company should have shutdown and he arrested, instead it became a pariah entitlement program or... racket.
Jan 12, 2014 7:14PM
These CEO's are just GREEDY.  If these companies would sell products that the consumer wants for a reasonable price, people might shop at their establishment.  The government should put a cap on the pay and incentives that a CEO would receive each year.  Most of these over paid IDIOTS have NO CLUE of what is really happening in their company.  Ever watch UNDERCOVER BOSS?
Jan 12, 2014 6:48PM
Sears has major issues, a company still trying to operate the old way...many times I have told their employees and managers that they were dead in the water. I don't even go there anymore. 
Jan 12, 2014 6:22PM

i don't know who decides the salries/perks but they are all vulgar in the amount they receive.  NO ONE is worth that much money.  Consumers are fickle and advertisers start pushing ads on little ones as young as six months old.  Prices of mrechandise, quality of customer service, quality of product, consumer mind changes-all play a part. For years no one knew what CEO's made or what their bonuses were.  It is hard to believe a company is in trouble when CEO's and stockholders are making LOTS of  money but the employees expected to do the work and keep the companies afloat and making money are the ones who are doing all the work.  BIG SALARIES AND PERKS DO NOT GUARANTEE QUALITY IN THE CORPORATE OFFICES.  LOOK AT WAL-MART, SEARS, JCPENNEY, ALL THE STORES THAT HAVE GONE OUT OF BUSINESS (SOME TO FINANCIALLY SUPPORT ANOTHER BRANCH OF A CORPORATE CONGLOMERATE.  Greed can kill anything.  People are fickle in the restaurants they frequent.  A food ordered one day does not guarantee that it will be popular the next day.  CEO'S blame lots of things but salaries that are too high and stockholders getting their share means someone has to pay.  Consumers are tired of paying salaries they will never see in seven lifetimes.   With government in too many areas of life, health insurance costs will increase, taxpayers will be paying more to run an incompetent government where Congress and Senate get paid tooo much also for doing very little but crippling every area of life and they still take home big paychecks and retirements....look how many millionaires are in office and they have NO interest in retiring or taking a pay cut or paying more for their 'almost free' medical care and that of their 'aides.'  Check out a documentary titled "War With No Name."  Everyone should be required to see it and see how the government is totally pulling the legs out from everyone...how can corporations not feel a twinge?  Look at the financial institutes, insurance company execs, (anyone

ever heard of "the Seven Sisters?"  At some point, consumers have to say STOP to all the greed. Maybe the time has come.  Is anyone really surprised???? WE PAY FOR PRODUCTS, MISTAKES MADE BY THE BUYERS AS TO WHAT CUSTOMERS WILL WANT AND PROBABLY A DOZEN OR MORE HIDDEN COSTS WE WILL NEVER KNOW ABOUT.  Marketing companies are targeting younger and younger tv viewers and it is only going to get worse.  Maybe some companies want to open too many stores and there is not really a market for what they are selling.. Some of these vulgar salaries could be used for more positive company programs like CUSTOMER SERVICE, BETTER MERCHANDISE, PRODUCING PRODUCTS IN THE USA AND TEACHING EXECS HOW TO LIVE ON LESS AND GIVE PAY RAISES BASED ON PERFORMANCE TO ALL EMPLOYEES. 


Jan 12, 2014 7:36PM
It makes no difference if they fail since the will walk away with millions.  The selection of a CEO is cronism and nothing more.   Every CEO pay package should be approved by the stockholders along with the hiring and not a bunch of cronies in the Board.
Jan 12, 2014 5:17PM
I hope these CEO go the same way of the Dinosaurs and become extinct since they are a burden to the working person and a leach to mankind. Like so many who will take from the company they work for more in separation pay than I will get working my whole life and have their daddy protect them from the Vietnam war by keeping them in the Texas National guard until the day they can become a president and wreck the economy along with commit the country to two wars looking for wmd that has been found in the past 12 years with the use of sat systems. Oh forgot the patriot act another diversion to track me and my differences with this _____. Guess I need to watch for the Delta team. And oh violated the national state of Iraq looking for missing OBL, and saddam leaving it up to a black guy to straighten out the economy, kill OBL, and capture saddam. But this is the way of capitalism which begins with a C just like Communism. Thanks to the blood sucking CEO's, the leaches in the past administration and all of those of you who think you will someday be rich and escape this nightmare. because you wont. Oh christy kiss 2016 goodby.
Jan 12, 2014 6:38PM
Food for thought... Ben & Jerry's decided they were going to cap CEO pay at 5 times what the lowest paid employee made and that worked fine until the founder and CEO Ben Cohen retired. They couldn't find anyone to replace him so they raised the bar to 7 times and in the end they got what they paid for. So they bumped the bar up to 17 times in an effort to attract someone with a clue. Even that wasn't enough, today their CEO salary is kept secret.

I don't have any clue what a CEO should make and I, unlike most here, am honest enough to admit it. What I do know is that the decisions a CEO makes affect the well being of the entire company and everyone who works there. The idea that the person who could bring the whole thing down should make just a little more than the guy who cleans the toilet is absurd. If my job depended on a corporations success I'd sure as hell want the best person in that job and I wouldn't even notice the few cents in salary I was "sacrificing" every week so my company could afford the best. But that's just me; I have this annoying habit of thinking things through in favor of responding with emotional gibberish.
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