Fortune’s 2009 World’s Most Admired Companies: Best and Worst for People Management

Fortune Magazine recently released it’s annual World’s Most Admired Companies list.

Subcategories include innovation, people management, innovation, use of assets, social responsibility, management quality, financial soundness, long-term investment, product quality, and global competitiveness.

Apple is number one overall. They are also number one in their industry for people management. Hmm…, could there be a connection?

how they made their selections.

Here’s the most and least admired for People Management:

10 Most admired:

1 Goldman Sachs Group

2 Marriott International

3 Walt Disney

4 Altria Group

5 Google

6 Graybar Electric

7 Union Pacific

8 Nestlé

9 General Electric

10 Medco Health Solutions

and The 10 Least admired:

1 Circuit City Stores

2 National City

3 Sears Holdings

4 Delphi

5 McClatchy

6 US Airways Group

7 Nortel Networks

8 Tribune

9 Dillard’s

10 BearingPoint

Comments? Surprises? Does anyone work for any of these companies, and do you agree or disagree with the rankings? And should HR be held accountable for the rankings?