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The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaking Up the Workplace

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  141 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
The first wave of the Millennial Generation--born between 1980 and 2001--is entering the work force, and employers are facing some of the biggest management challenges they've ever encountered. They are trying to integrate the most demanding and most coddled generation in history into a workplace shaped by the driven baby-boom generation. Like them or not, the millennials ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 03, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it
First, hire someone who knows how to use Photoshop correctly. The shadows on the ipod earbuds are not removed and it looks awful.

Second, you ruin your thesis in the first chapter. The reason "millennials" require a lot from jobs is because they're in competition globally. The 2/3 who move back at home with parents after graduation do so OUT OF NECESSITY since jobs are still paying wages that were paid for Gen X'ers. This won't pay for RENT, let alone the utilities. Millennials, much to your cha
Jan 11, 2009 Marci rated it liked it
While this book is an over generalization (but so is the descriptions of previous generations)....there will always be an over generalization when you are trying to talk about literally tens of millions of people. I think that the shortcomings of this book is that I think it describes the wealthy/upper-middle class, but I'm not sure there's accurate views on the middle-lower class/less moneyed.

Maybe it's my Gen X cynicism talking here, but there are some truly salient defining characteristics o
Mar 28, 2010 Stacy rated it really liked it
I teach college students so this book was especially interesting to me. I found a lot of what Alsop wrote about to be very true to the students I see. The chapters relating to their relationships with their parents, addiction to technology and "great expectations" to be particularly spot-on. I have students ask me things that I can NEVER imagine asking a professor. Most recently - I had a student ask me to weigh his final exam higher than his group project, since he did so poorly on the group pr ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Jane rated it liked it
It's not just my imagination that the 20-somethings these days have a real sense of entitlement. I've noticed that many 20-somethings seem anti-social and aren't very good at face to face communication. In the office many of them put their head down as they walk by you whilst they text on their phone, not even looking up to acknowledge you. They also want to get paid the big bucks, but not do the work to get it. These "kids" have been raised to think they are the center of the world by their par ...more
Jason St. Clair
May 09, 2017 Jason St. Clair rated it liked it
This wasn't the first book or article I read on Millennials in the workplace so I didn't find a whole lot of new information. However, Alsop added one feature that makes this book stand out from similar works; conversations with and quotes from real-life people. This is an experiential phenomenon and in order to support your assertions you need to illustrate the experiences of people in these situations. Insights from employees or business managers really fleshed out the Millennial characteristi ...more
Wendy Perkins
Jul 23, 2009 Wendy Perkins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Yet another book that discusses and classifies an entire generation based on a highly select smattering of its East Coast upper middle class representatives. Yes, the Millennials are here, and yes they're bringing changes to the way the world works. Every generation has done that, as Alsop points out repeatedly. But the problems and challenges aren't nearly as narrowly focused as Alsop suggests. The ones we need to be talking about aren't the select "best of them" who will occupy a handful of ma ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Ellyn rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book attempts to explore the impact of the millennial generation, which roughly consists of young people born between 1980 and 2001, on the workplace. It characterizes millennials as entitled, insecure, and lacking in independent thinking, technology obsessed, but also generous, hard working, and devoted to making their communities and the world a better place to live. The book is clearly an overgeneralization, and it applies mostly to middle to upper middle class college graduates working ...more
Jun 25, 2015 Melanie marked it as will-never-finish
Abandoned because it was too boring. I don't really think that it's fair to group together people born from 1980-2000 in a group because too much stuff changed. I am an early millennial (over 21 but under 30 when this book was published in 2008) and there is a huge difference between people born in the early-mid 80s and the kids born in the 90s. They don't even remember Columbine and they probably weren't freely exposed to the horror of 9-11 the way that those who were in high school or college ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Ann rated it did not like it
Honestly, this was a disappointment. While he had the ability and the resources to develop into a fantastic commentary regarding the millenial generation, Ron Alsop evidently did not use the full gamut of his connections. The only examples of employed millenials were young employees of large corporations such as Wachovia, JP Morgan and Chase, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, etc. His only examples of students were either undergraduate students studying business (and other related majors) or graduat ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it
This seemed unnecessarily critical of Millennials in some ways (and often repetitive), but I did enjoy learning about emerging and changing workplaces (and attitudes about work). I appreciate that a new generation is offering an alternative to the work-for-money paradigm and instead the focus is work that matters - and how employers will ensure that this piece is offered to employees.

Written in 2008, it's interesting to see how the educational system has adapted to the Millennials in the workpla
May 11, 2009 Aneesa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: H.R.
Recommended to Aneesa by: Work book club
Shelves: politics-society
Reading this book was like reading astrology. I went from shock to outrage to recognition to feeling misunderstood to bored. I suspect that many of the characteristics that the author uses to classify the millenials are just characteristics of young people, regardless of generation (they grow up in a time of increased violence, for instance). However, this book is actually about only a small subset of the generation (in-demand MBA graduates). I am looking forward to comparing it to Not Everyone ...more
Anna Noga
Apr 10, 2014 Anna Noga rated it liked it
Read this book to try to understand the younger generation and to try and see what changes in my parenting can help avoid some undesirable traits in my kids. He does a good job of outlining the good (generous, work/life balance priorities) and not so good traits (entitled, easily bored, wanting too much too soon)of the millennial generation. It's interesting to read how corporations are restructuring to accommodate the needs of this new generation of workers. Not sure if I totally agree with it. ...more
Jan 11, 2010 Tanya rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-books
I liked the first 2/3 of the book and felt as though information about this generation was on target. I hoped by the final third of the book that there would be some specific strategies about how to help this generation to become more resiliant and resourceful. Instead, it was information about how companies need to change their recruiting and what they will need to offer to better serve the needs of this generation. It was not the direction I expected it to go and I feel like in the long run ou ...more
Dec 04, 2008 Wellington rated it it was ok

This book read like I was reading a typical MSN/CNN/Yahoo "headline" story filled with information and quotes but lacking substance. The author pulls quotes and anecdotes from "Trophy Kids" those born between 1980 and 2000 and as the book goes on goes in the direction of working and recruiting these children.

Book does make me feel somewhat old since I'm part of Generation X. I felt some disdain from working from the "typical" Trophy Kid.

Book is worth a read but probably a forgettable one. In a
Elisa George
Nov 23, 2013 Elisa George rated it really liked it
Sure to offend Millennials, this book has good information, well supported by research. Having worked with this generation for several years, there was little that was new, except the specific examples of how colleges and employers have faced real challenges. Those real life approaches were very informative and helpful. I found every generalization about the generation to be true and have faced almost all the frustrations described. The specific research and anecdotes gave me some new ideas to t ...more
May 02, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it
If you want to know why your new hire brought his dad to his first performance review (or the interview), wants to come in at 11:00 a.m. in flip-flops and shorts, and needs the day off "just because", you should read this book. If you got a trophy for just showing up to soccer practice, had your mom fill out your college applications, or think you should be promoted every year of work, you should read this book to figure out why your co-workers resent you.
Dec 19, 2008 Joanna rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult
One note. Repetitive. The title is not a misnomer as the book is dedicated to the over praised, ever watched and pampered children of successful boomers. Alsop doesn't do much to create any type of empathy for this generation. Wherein lies one problem of many - the broad use of the term millenials while Alsop is discussing only one part of a generation that is comprised of over 90 million.
Dec 07, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
I found this useful for understanding my younger students' perspectives and for better assessing the difficulties my non-trad students have with their younger peers. That said, it was repetitive and seemed focused exclusively on a specific profile within the millennial generation that many millenials themselves would have difficulty identifying with.

Mar 02, 2010 Rory rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who works in an intergenerational office
Shelves: nonfiction
You don't have to read this whole's mostly uninspiring filler. But read the helpfully shaded summary sidebars at the end of each chapter! All of Alsop's research and conclusions reinforce and fill out my complaints about the weak work and communication habits of the generation right after me. And that's all I ask of my pop nonfiction--that it assures me I'm totally right.
Margaret C Murphy
Jan 31, 2012 Margaret C Murphy rated it liked it
This was a good book to realize what is going on in the workplace today. It has changed so much and employers are looking for different types of employees. Also noted, my parents will not come to my job interview, nor will they call to give a good recommendation!
DJ Dycus
Jun 07, 2012 DJ Dycus rated it liked it
Decent read. Reasonably informative. Pretty broad in his generalizations. It was funny when he would make a claim: "millennials are x, but not all of them." Well, duh. Felt like the author was stretched to write a book this long on this topic, because he repeated himself quite a bit.
Jul 23, 2013 T5a1 rated it really liked it
If you are born in the late 80s or 90s, you may be offended by this book because they portray you in a rather bad light. They also emphasize the worst of helicopter parents in some of the chapters. It was an easy and interesting read nonetheless.
Jun 17, 2009 Milli rated it it was ok
Quick Read. The Millennial Generation is those born in the 1980s and 1990s. Many generalizations, some interesting, some not as interesting. Gave me a few ideas of things to change in my classes.
My boss wrote this book. Helps with dealing with millenials.
Dec 06, 2012 Kevin rated it it was ok
This was a very boring read but interesting none the less.
Nov 28, 2008 Clickety rated it did not like it
Shelves: library, nonfiction
Incredibly predictable and not particularly insightful. The generalizations are so broad as to be useless, and that's without getting into the author's exceptions and caveats!
Apr 21, 2009 Alison rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub
This was good though a bit repetitive after a while. But definitely good information to help understand yourself and your coworkers.
Jul 05, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Covers the motivations of every generation. Really helped me to understand some of my coworkers.
Oct 28, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: hr
Interesting read re: recruiting millennials. Would like to read an updated version since so much has changed for the generation since the book was published in 2008.
May 06, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
Good, quick, easy read on what differentiates the Millennial generation from the others. Good general knowledge on what motivates and interests this generation in the workplace.
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