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13th Aug '17 8:56:11 PM Abodos
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* When the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' uttered the words "fast crab" to describe an enemy in their ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds Link Between Worlds]]'' playthrough, they immediately thought it sounded like the name of a useless internet startup company with no actual products.

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* When the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' uttered the words "fast crab" to describe an enemy (officially known as the Sand Crab) in their ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' playthrough, they immediately thought it sounded like the name of a useless internet startup company with no actual products.
5th Aug '17 2:34:00 PM MBG
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* OCP in ''Film/RoboCop'' is what happens when a corporation takes the mindset of American car companies of the time, and then transfers it to law enforcement. Pretty much all their products are CoolButInefficient at best, and they sink millions of dollars into flashy technologies that don't actually work while leaving the actual police understaffed and underequipped. The titular character is their only unqualified success that we see, and even that seems to have been [[SuperPrototype a total fluke.]]
26th Jun '17 4:55:59 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Although less obvious on the outside than Aperture Science, in that they are actually a profitable business, Black Mesa from ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' is also an example of this. In the [[ScenicTourLevel opening sequence on the train]] (even leading to the trope being formerly called "Black Mesa Commute"), Freeman travels over a storage tank leaking huge amounts of what is presumably toxic waste, sees a missile casually lying around, and nearly crashes into a robot wandering on the tracks. Throughout the course of the game you'll be forced to traverse terribly weak catwalks, building designs that make zero sense, and the infamous [[Machinima/FreemansMind room that seems to have no other purpose other than to smash boxes.]] One corridor has a sign that actually commands employees to "work harder, not smarter".

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* Although less obvious on the outside than Aperture Science, in that they are actually a profitable business, Black Mesa from ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' is also an example of this. this, leading to the trope "ScenicTourLevel" being formerly called "Black Mesa Commute". In the [[ScenicTourLevel opening sequence on the train]] (even leading to the trope being formerly called "Black Mesa Commute"), train]], Freeman travels over a storage tank leaking huge amounts of what is presumably toxic waste, sees a missile casually lying around, and nearly crashes into a robot wandering on the tracks. Throughout the course of the game you'll be forced to traverse terribly weak catwalks, building designs that make zero sense, and the infamous [[Machinima/FreemansMind room that seems to have no other purpose other than to smash boxes.]] One corridor in [[http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Sector_D_Administration Sector D Administration]] (the level with the walk-in freezer and the tentacles in the silo) has a sign that actually commands employees to "work harder, not smarter".
26th Jun '17 4:40:35 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Although less obvious on the outside than Aperture Science, in that they are actually a profitable business, Black Mesa from ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' is also an example of this. In the opening sequence on the train, Freeman travels over a storage tank leaking huge amounts of what is presumably toxic waste, sees a missile casually lying around, and nearly crashes into a robot wandering on the tracks. Throughout the course of the game you'll be forced to traverse terribly weak catwalks, building designs that make zero sense, and the infamous [[Machinima/FreemansMind room that seems to have no other purpose other than to smash boxes.]] One corridor has a sign that actually commands employees to "work harder, not smarter".

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* Although less obvious on the outside than Aperture Science, in that they are actually a profitable business, Black Mesa from ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' is also an example of this. In the [[ScenicTourLevel opening sequence on the train, train]] (even leading to the trope being formerly called "Black Mesa Commute"), Freeman travels over a storage tank leaking huge amounts of what is presumably toxic waste, sees a missile casually lying around, and nearly crashes into a robot wandering on the tracks. Throughout the course of the game you'll be forced to traverse terribly weak catwalks, building designs that make zero sense, and the infamous [[Machinima/FreemansMind room that seems to have no other purpose other than to smash boxes.]] One corridor has a sign that actually commands employees to "work harder, not smarter".
14th May '17 10:13:15 AM Qamikace
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* When the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' uttered the words "fast crab" to describe an enemy in their ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds Link Between Worlds]]'' playthrough, they immediately thought it sounded like the name of a useless internet startup company with no actual products.
-->'''Arin:''' "I'm the CEO of Fast Crab International. I'm 22. I just graduated out of business school and well, I'm losing money." Fast Crab: We're losing money.
8th Apr '17 2:00:22 AM Hanz
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* The spy agency, ISIS, where the core characters of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' work, is largely staffed with petty and lazy workers who focus more on their hedonistic lives during the work day than on actual work, and is in constant financial hardship due to the field agents' and Malory's shameless embezzling of company money. This over-spending has gone on for years, and it has been noted by the company's head accountant that, for fifteen quarters, the company has ended up in the red. At the beginning of season three ISIS manages to turn a profit, briefly, [[spoiler:when Archer goes missing for three months]]; however, Ray probably burns through this when he uses company money to buy a yacht and charter a flight, [[spoiler:all in the name of rescuing Archer]]. In the field, agents let petty bickering and sheer, unfiltered idiocy get in the way of their jobs, and multiple villains have gotten away because of this incompetence. In the Season 4 episode "The Papal Chase", a cardinal hires ISIS to protect the Pope [[spoiler:''because he knows they'll fail''. Ironically enough its one of the few, few missions where ISIS does succeed, and the cardinal is arrested.]].

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* The spy agency, ISIS, where the core characters of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' work, is largely staffed with petty and lazy workers who focus more on their hedonistic lives during the work day than on actual work, and is in constant financial hardship due to the field agents' and Malory's shameless embezzling of company money. This over-spending has gone on for years, and it has been noted by the company's head accountant that, for fifteen quarters, the company has ended up in the red. At the beginning of season three ISIS manages to turn a profit, briefly, [[spoiler:when Archer goes missing for three months]]; however, Ray probably burns through this when he uses company money to buy a yacht and charter a flight, [[spoiler:all in the name of rescuing Archer]]. In the field, agents let petty bickering and sheer, unfiltered idiocy get in the way of their jobs, and multiple villains have gotten away because of this incompetence. In the Season 4 episode "The Papal Chase", a cardinal hires ISIS to protect the Pope [[spoiler:''because he knows they'll fail''. Ironically enough its one of the few, few missions where ISIS does succeed, and the cardinal is arrested.]]. The later seasons has ISIS being forced to work as a drug cartel and a private investigative agency, with about the same amount of success as their work in espionage.
3rd Apr '17 4:29:07 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* The Orochi Group in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld''. Throughout the game, dead or [[TheCorruption Filth-infected]] former Orochi employees are a very common sight.
** However, the prevalence of very bad things having happened to Orochi Group facilities wherever you go is an anomaly - while not on par with the Big Three (PC factions) they show every other sign of good-to-extreme competence, sound short-term business strategy (they're too new to have learned the long-term lessons) and inspired leadership. Trying to resolve this inconsistency is in fact a significant subplot throughout the game.

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* The Played with in the case of the Orochi Group in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld''. Throughout For the game, dead or most part, the company is a highly-competent MegaCorp with a spotless reputation in the mundane world and enough power to sway elections across the globe. It's just that the Orochi Group's attempts to harness the really dangerous phenomena of the Secret World have a tendency to go horribly, horribly wrong: quite apart from all the failed experiments of questionable morality and dubious scientific validity, a good many Orochi executives have decided to do such bone-headed things as shipping [[BigCreepyCrawlies locusts]], [[FesteringFungus mutant fungi]], [[FishPeople Draug]], and even samples of [[MysticalPlague the Filth]] into company HQ in attempts to harness their clearly uncontrollable power. Part of this apparent stupidity can be attributed to executives being [[TheCorruption Filth-infected]] former Orochi employees are a very common sight.
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corrupted by]] the prevalence Filth, which has a tendency to [[SanitySlippage warp the minds of very bad things having happened to infectees]] before they go OneWingedAngel. [[spoiler: However the other reason for this is much nastier: the Orochi Group facilities wherever you go is an anomaly - while not on par with being subverted from within by its own [[HumanoidAbomination Chairwoman]], who wants to harness the Big Three (PC factions) they show every other sign of good-to-extreme competence, sound short-term business strategy (they're too new to have learned power behind the long-term lessons) Filth for her own ends against the wishes of the [[FallenAngel company CEO]], and inspired leadership. Trying is prepared to resolve this inconsistency is take serious risks in fact a significant subplot throughout order to do so - and much of the game.crazed, stupid or just plain nasty execs work for her.]]
16th Feb '17 2:12:29 AM Wkenneth334
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** The company's collective work ethic can also be demonstrated by the fact that everyone at the plant indulges in "Nap Time" all at once. Even when they're awake, all of the employees except for Smithers are slackers. In one episode, Homer sneaks out of work by getting Lenny to "cover for him", which consists of Lenny replacing Homer in lazing around in Homer's chair and eating his donuts. This gets a CallBack in a much later episode when Homer gets Mr. Burns to cover for him. Mr. Burns then ends up being the one to laze in the chair and eat donuts.
** Should someone, say, accidentally trigger a ''core meltdown'' in their sleep(!), the only thing preventing this is a trained dog. So much so that the pre-programmed warning messages are designed to commend the dog.
** The plant's hiring policies verge between bizarre and outright illegal, since Mr. Burns himself makes all employment decisions without a single HR employee, apparently on a whim. Among others, he has employed animals (a duck named Stewart and a dog as VP), illegal aliens, professional athletes as ringers for the company softball team, a man who was openly loading a shotgun and declaring himself "the angel of death" ''at his desk'', and the survivors of a plane crash that happened on his property. In one episode he promotes a crudely constructed dummy that Homer used to sneak out of work to management.
** In one episode, Globex targets the plant as a potential source of talented employees. They first approach Smithers, and when he turns them down they go for the number three guy at the plant -- Homer. When the man who caused a meltdown in a simulation containing no radioactive materials is your best employee after the boss's HypercompetentSidekick, you have a problem.
** In "Homer the Smithers", Smithers decides to take a vacation. He decides to select the plant's stupidest and most incompetent employee to fill his role, so that Mr. Burns won't replace him. When Smithers goes through the company database, he finds that every single one of the plant's 734 employees match the negative descriptions he inputs. Finally, Smithers randomly picks Homer.

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** *** The company's collective work ethic can also be demonstrated by the fact that everyone at the plant indulges in "Nap Time" all at once. Even when they're awake, all of the employees except for Smithers are slackers. In one episode, Homer sneaks out of work by getting Lenny to "cover for him", which consists of Lenny replacing Homer in lazing around in Homer's chair and eating his donuts. This gets a CallBack in a much later episode when Homer gets Mr. Burns to cover for him. Mr. Burns then ends up being the one to laze in the chair and eat donuts.
** *** Should someone, say, accidentally trigger a ''core meltdown'' in their sleep(!), the only thing preventing this is a trained dog. So much so that the pre-programmed warning messages are designed to commend the dog.
** *** The plant's hiring policies verge between bizarre and outright illegal, since Mr. Burns himself makes all employment decisions without a single HR employee, apparently on a whim. Among others, he has employed animals (a duck named Stewart and a dog as VP), illegal aliens, professional athletes as ringers for the company softball team, a man who was openly loading a shotgun and declaring himself "the angel of death" ''at his desk'', and the survivors of a plane crash that happened on his property. In one episode he promotes a crudely constructed dummy that Homer used to sneak out of work to management.
** *** In one episode, Globex targets the plant as a potential source of talented employees. They first approach Smithers, and when he turns them down they go for the number three guy at the plant -- Homer. When the man who caused a meltdown in a simulation containing no radioactive materials is your best employee after the boss's HypercompetentSidekick, you have a problem.
** *** In "Homer the Smithers", Smithers decides to take a vacation. He decides to select the plant's stupidest and most incompetent employee to fill his role, so that Mr. Burns won't replace him. When Smithers goes through the company database, he finds that every single one of the plant's 734 employees match the negative descriptions he inputs. Finally, Smithers randomly picks Homer.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine:''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCzODUHQSE4 With all of the crashes and runaways on Sodor]], it's a wonder Sir Topham Hatt's Railway stays in business.
** The logging company on Misty Island especially applies, as it makes almost no profit since cranes like Old Wheezy keep throwing logs into the river.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine:''
**
''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine:'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCzODUHQSE4 With all of the crashes and runaways on Sodor]], it's a wonder Sir Topham Hatt's Railway stays in business.
** The
business, but the logging company on Misty Island especially applies, as it makes almost no profit since cranes like Old Wheezy keep throwing logs into the river.
5th Jan '17 8:17:54 AM LentilSandEater
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* The Hospital in ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital''.

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* The Hospital in ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital''. It wasn't always ''as'' bad, and figuring out why things have gone so wrong is part of the story.
1st Jan '17 8:30:59 AM Psyclone
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** Hyperion under the employ of [[BigBad Handsome Jack]] is far worse. He treat his human workers and the robotic Loaders as expendable pawns, builds a city near an area teeming with bandits, Threshers, and Stalkers, and is willing to resurrect an ancient alien {{Kaiju}} not knowing or caring that he'd eventually lose total control of it and possibly let it loose on the people of Pandora. As shown in ''Videogame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', middle-management is filled with cutthroat douchebags who all idolize Jack despite his shoddy treatment of them and [[KlingonPromotion murdering superiors for their positions]] is a popular practice.

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** Hyperion under the employ of [[BigBad Handsome Jack]] is far worse. He treat treats his human workers and the robotic Loaders as expendable pawns, builds a city near an area teeming with bandits, Threshers, and Stalkers, and is willing to resurrect an ancient alien {{Kaiju}} not knowing or caring that he'd eventually lose total control of it and possibly let it loose on the people of Pandora. As shown in ''Videogame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', middle-management is filled with cutthroat douchebags who all idolize Jack despite his shoddy treatment of them and [[KlingonPromotion murdering superiors for their positions]] is a popular practice.
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