11 of 50
General Electric
General Electric
11
Top 50 rank: 11
Rank in Electronics: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 6.90
Ticker:GE

Why it's admired:
The butt of 30 Rock jokes no more, this many-faceted corporate juggernaut saw an increase in profits across all divisions in the fourth quarter as it continues to pare back its business to its industrial roots. In the past year, GE sold its remaining stake in NBC Universal and trimmed GE Capital, the company's still substantial banking arm that led to trouble in the financial crisis. Meanwhile GE has been snapping up its industrial suppliers in an effort to move manufacturing of energy equipment, airplane engines, and other wares in house. Other areas of focus? Healthcare, power and water. âÄîEF

Headquarters:
Fairfield, CT
Website: www.ge.com
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
1
Long-term investment
2
Quality of products/services
1
Global competitiveness
1
From the March 18, 2013, issue.

The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Hay Group started with approximately 1,400 companies: the Fortune 1,000âÄîthe 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenueâÄîand non-U.S. companies in Fortune's global 500 database with revenue of $10 billion or more... More