Rank: 15 (Previous rank: 16)
CEO: Lowell C. McAdam
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The second-largest U.S. telecommunications group saw profits buoyed by surging smartphone sales, but its success last year -- including a $10 billion payment to Vodafone, which co-owns Verizon Wireless -- raised hackles with union members. In October, it briefly joined the Occupy Wall Street movement to protest benefit cuts after Verizon announced its profits had doubled from the previous quarter.