Abuse? No ethics? Have to screw 'them' to increase eps? There are some companies who may follow this path, but not the majority. Such companies that you seem to despise are not all about maximizing short term profits. Those that do are sooner or later out of business altogether. If employees and customers feel abused they will leave. So the smart company, public or private, reduces its bottom line by paying higher salaries, providing benefits and making for a decent to good to excellent work environment.