"Protect Our House" Wristband Campaign Shows the Worst of Corporate America

Countrywide's latest campaign demonstrates the company's true colors.

A very good friend of mine holds a very senior position at Countrywide.  He called me this morning and said that he needs to get a green wristband saying "protect our house" on it and that he will need to wear it all of the time (at work and outside work as it is not removable).  I asked him what the consequences of not getting such a wristband.  He said "then, I will lose my job."

I first thought that he was pulling a prank on me, but I found the article discussing these wristbands in the morning Wall Street Journal.

These types of required culture opt-in campaigns reflect the worst of corporate America.  Such campaigns may go down well in Germany where everyone follows orders and seem to be very successful at General Electric, but in a society as diverse and individualistic as the US, these campaigns enable outsiders to easily identify which organizations lack creativity and lack individual expression.

 I had hoped and believed that Countrywide is an organization that has the creativity and the ability to weather the current storm.  Now, I am not so sure.

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Comments

  • Fearless Rick

    October 04, 2007

    Is the band really non-removable? That's like branding, and probably illegal to require employees to wear them.

  • JRodgers

    October 04, 2007

    I don't have a problem with the campaign, but I think it would be more aptly named "Protect Angelo's House".

  • Del Kennedy

    October 09, 2007

    and I always thought the "mark of the beast" would be 666!

  • Got yo back Wendell

    October 19, 2007

    I was skeptical at first, but then I bought bands for myself, wife and kids. My stock options are down, but my marriage is better and my kids are now on the honor roll. I'm not sure how they are going to affect the company, but I am a believer in their magical abilities.

  • X Countrywide Worker

    October 19, 2007

    That place stinks as much as Wendell does.

  • Angelo makes me sick

    October 19, 2007

    His overly bronzed skin, and his ever increasing wallet from selling off his stock options is hurting countrywide!
    I'm glad I left that place and I'm glad wendell is moving.

  • Get Some Tail

    October 19, 2007

    I worked there for about 2 years and was able to hook up with 5 girls thanks to Wendell, that's the only positive I took from working there, oh and the 3 hour beer lunches, thanks Mozillo you tan son of a biatch.

  • snoz-zizzle

    October 19, 2007

    The wrist bands are a better investment than the company stock. They're doing well on Ebay ($75 or more). I suggest whoring out your friends that work at the hell-hole, and buying as many as you can quickly for re-sale.

  • Tomato Patch Killer

    October 19, 2007

    I hear that the wrist band also doubles as a cock ring so that Mozillo can ass fuck the entire company properly!

  • djarumlights

    October 19, 2007

    i wish very much buy wristband for protecion of house mine. is very dangerous in town i live with. constant with danger and guns and suicide bombering. i am willing pay much for special green band, to shipped band to my country. alomst anything. will not work for Satan company call itself Countrywide. prefer land mine in rectum instead of work for Hell worshipping giant devil company. death welcome over that. please forward magical protection band to wendellprotectus@brokencamel.com. thanks you very very good much.

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