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US-Centric artice[edit]

Phrases like "ServiceMaster has more than 5,500 company-owned and franchise locations around the country" seem to entirely ignore the fact that servicemaster is multi-national, needs fixing? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:53, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

I have removed the phrase "slappy dappy doo" from the company objectives sections, as it appears to be a worthless phrase with no context. Johnv474 (talk) 05:10, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

The company objectives seem a little over the top for an encycolpedia entry, don't you think? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

Well, as long as the company meets the notability guidelines for companies and corporations, it's fair game for Wikipedia. ServiceMaster meets #2 of the notability criteria; it is listed on a well-known ranking index, the Fortune 500. Also, many of the ServiceMaster brands are well-known, such as Terminix. SCHZMO 20:43, 25 May 2006 (UTC)
That's not the point (Let me add that I'm not the person who wrote the first topic here.). Those corporate slogans are incidental compared to information that's missing like profit reports, but they're still here, in the form of a shameless plug. and they're preceeded by an explanation that service master is a christian company, which i guess these things are supposed to reference. you also presuppose that other people acknowledge these things as christian ideals, when in fact ethical people of many religions use this encycolpedia. whether or not the company's behavior follows these objectives is also highly subjective, so several assumptions are buried in the article, which is unacceptable, and requires reformatting.Youdontsmellbad 19:36, 5 August 2006 (UTC)
Why haven't you added missing information like profit reports?

"Service Thy Master"[edit]

in addition to what i said before, "service thy master" is not a common enough christian concept that google finds any instances of it at all other than this article, and so it is safe to assume it is not valid for an encyclopedia article. Youdontsmellbad 06:03, 31 August 2006 (UTC)

It's where they get their name from...suppose someone wants to know where ServiceMaster came up with its name...ah ha, wikipedia!

That's circular logic. There's no external evidence that that's where their name comes from. Wikipedia can't provide that fact, and be the source of it. That's like saying anything you write in wikipedia suddenly becomes true. Youdontsmellbad 22:29, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

external evidence?? how about the horse's mouth? you can skip to about 3:50 of the clip! now that's linear logic...woohoo!

As a member of a Servicemaster family, I can tell you that every person that has a franchise has had a very extensive background search, several aptitude and moral value evaluations, They are all christian ( non denominational ) or multi dominational but none the less christians, service thy master has been thier calling card since it was founded.

Bullshit. Not only is this illegal in some of the countries Servicemaster operate (such as the UK), but I am a professed atheist working in a branch of servicemaster. (talk) 13:59, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

You're not at all responding to what i'm saying. you're just saying "we're all good christians so everything is okay." i don't care if you're all satanists and you say you're christians. it doesn't mean anything to me. here's what matters: what is the christian concept of service thy master? it does not exist anywhere in the bible, nor anywhere else on the internet. it only belongs in an encyclopedia article if its meaning can be documented. And perhaps more importantly, how does it differn from the ways in which a slave should service his master? parhaps i need to add that. your little slogan sounds like you advocate slavery. that's why it's so alarming. now can you answer what i've just said without dwelling on the fact that i've been curt, or mentioned slavery? i'll be happy to rewrite the article leaving only valid information if you, who are probably an executive in the company, can't. 22:23, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

The point being made is that there is no independent verification "Service Thy Master" comment in the article. You'll need to post links to those references with the article and that should resolve everything I think. Doric Nash 15:20, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

God being mentioned as master is in the bible, literally hundreds of times? "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: romans 12:1 "O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant and the son of thine handmaid thou hast loosed my bonds."—Psalm 116:16. Ephesians 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

In the masters service, The servant is never above thy master, Those who serve thy master shall live without remorse, These and several other quotes can be taken directly from the bible. Master ( being master of everything ) God? Buddah? Jahova? Allah? Aliens? who knows... It would be just as appropriate to say that anyone that has an employer is a slave. The bible refers to all humans as sheep and the lord as a shephard, Which one could take many ways. Different people from different regions, and different backgrounds all think in unique ways. One person that hears the words service thy master immediately thinks of slavery, While another may think of Egore in the movie Dracula. So the answer to your question is... Master is meant to be taken in a broad perspective...... ( a higher power ). Mainly to not single out one religion in particular. ( a rather smart marketing decision ) We are all slaves to a higher power, whether is be God, Allah, Buddah, Aliens, Or slaves to Evolution.

The service thy master in servicemaster family of businesses is simply meant that they serve a higher power. Open to individual interpretation. P.S. Just because you can't google it dosen't mean that it dosen't exsist.

i have edited the article to my own satisfaction. i think you'll find my changes fair.Youdontsmellbad 22:53, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

You can verify the origins of ServiceMaster on their website They say it right there. Also, I notice that they were acquired July 2007 and the stock is delisted.

ServiceMaster Brands[edit]

I work with Rescue Rooter and they are not in any way associated with the ServiceMaster brand at this time. Rescue Rooter should be removed from the list of ServiceMaster brands because currently, ServiceMaster is benefiting from any brand recognition associated with Rescue Rooter. There is also a problem with Rescue Rooter and American Residential Service Wikipedia pages directing to the ServiceMaster page.

Separate Articles for Brands?[edit]

Some of the brands that are part of ServiceMaster are large and important enough on their own, I would think, to warrant separate articles. One example is Terminix, whose smaller competitor Orkin has its own article. I think that when people think Terminix, ServiceMaster is not usually one of the first things that comes to mind. -- (talk) 16:01, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

Here are some articles showing evidence of the notability of Terminix, all of them taken from the first page of Google News when searching "Terminix":

I think this shows well that Terminix is notable enough on its own, and not simply as a subsidiary of ServiceMaster, to deserve its own article (and I don't think a lot of people even know that Terminix is a subsidiary of ServiceMaster).

-- (talk) 16:17, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

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