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Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn't Want You to Know---and What to Do About Them

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  533 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Cynthia Shapiro is a former Human Resources executive who's pulling back the curtain on the way that companies really work. In Corporate Confidential, she unmasks startling truths and what you can do about them, including:

* There's no right to free speech in the workplace.
*Age discrimination exists.
* Why being too smart is not too smart.
* Human Resources is not there to he
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ✺❂❤❣
A great outline of corporate inside. Well, a number of it is widely known but still when bluntly put in a book this makes a whole lot more impact.

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'Did you know that maternity/medical leave is not really “protected?” That lawsuits are stacked against employees? That performance-review systems are inherently flawed? That expense reports hide a secret test? Or that most people make a mistake when asking for a raise or promotion that kills their chances of getting it? Now you will.' (c)

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There are
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Jason Gordon
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book on the recommendation of my goodreads friend Rod Hilton. Rod states that the book basically confirms the worst suspicions about corporations. It does a little bit more than that. The book explains how to use and exploit that knowledge you have about these terrible dictatorships to your advantage (i.e. getting to the top and making the changes you want to see; aka working within the system). The book is marketed to those cynics who refuse to play the corporate game, to encourage ...more
Mobill76
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
So the game DOES have rules. I just thought they were evil for the sport of it. What if I don't want to play the game?" What if I want to change the rules?

This is a great manual for finally understanding how corporate culture works. And it does have prescriptions for what ails you. The problem is that finding out that all your paranoia is justified really turns your stomach against wanting to play this game anymore. A lot of this stuff won't work for me because I've already been branded but what
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Rade
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a must read book for those working in the corporate world.

Basically the gist of it is that just because you work in a good company does not mean everyone will want you to succeed. The way you dress, the way you talk, the way you behave within your office is all seen by someone. The HR is not there to protect you but rather is there to protect the company. You can file a grievance of some sort and they will listen to you but as soon as you do, you will be put on a special list that says
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Polly
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Biggest take home message: Your job is to keep your job. Coming from an HR background, I was intrigued by this book. The advice is truly valuable to anyone who wants to thrive in the job they've got or move on to bigger and better things. If you people are passing you on the way up the ladder and you think you're doing everything right, you should read this book.
Marie
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is essential if you work in a traditional office environment. It will help you avoid the landmines of office politics and stay sane in the workplace. Highly recommend!
Gabriel Rondelli
Inspiring book to help you on your career path

After reading this book you will have gained the proper tools and mindset to be a good employee, without the overhead of unwanted behaviour. It’s actually a work-with-yourself kind of book where you strip all the waste of bad character and enforce what really means to be a professional.

I highly recommend this book.
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business-spirit
Loved Cynthia Shapiro's brilliant perspective, much of which as I look back at my corporate career, rings very true, as it unfolds the mysteries of why I was getting passed over for that promotion. Sigh! A little too late but it's great to know what went wrong in the past... I bought this book because I am in deep research mode as I create my product on cracking the code to get promoted in the corporate world and wanted to read references on the topic.

It was hugely helpful and taught me much I
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Amy
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
A very easy and quick read. Overall an ok book with some good suggestions for people at all stages of employment, from people entering a first or new job to seasoned workers and management. I read this to get an idea of what to expect in a corporate environment, and realized that it has a decidedly negative or even cynical twist to it. The author worked in HR for 20 or so years and I would like to know what companies she worked at, because although much of this is probably true in terms of doing ...more
Ushan
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
A former human resource executive at an unnamed corporation tells what it takes to succeed in the corporate world. You should bend over to your boss, never complain to the HR, never bring your personal life to work, and demonstrate your loyalty to the company every which way. Demonstrating superior skills is not necessary: anyone can be trained in the skills, but not everyone is loyal to his employer.
Nines
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
this's a really good source to find out the secrets your company doesn't want you to know.

i read the books in a week and well... it really inspired my style of working in a giant company..

never trust your HRD people!
Kasandra
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the sort of book that those just entering the workforce should have to read! Wish I'd known some of these things without having figured them out the hard way. Valuable information for those who want to know what it takes to really move up at work.
Stacey Brewer
Jan 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Read this before you talk to HR!
Yosse
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
You’ve got to read this book if want to accelerate your career in the company, at least didn’t fired without know the reason….
Bill
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty cynical, but honest
David Bocek
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book is sort of a legal case study summary of what not to do or do within a corporation according to the author. The crux of the book is that corporations are much more like dictatorships than democracies. HR is there to protect the "bottom line" & the company not the workers. She brings up some really great points in re to all of this. A lot of it is common sense. As an employee you have to worry about yourself. I don't agree with all of the author's views. She is definitely an anti-lawyer ...more
Anne
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well this book is a real hoot! As enjoyable as the gossip you are not supposed to be indulging in around the water cooler. The advice is directed to people just starting out in the work world. Most of it is stuff I've figured out along the way, thankfully, but it's still a fun and useful read. I would give this to any young person at the beginning of his/her career, especially those who are unrealistically idealistic, or those who tend to be unaware of what is going on, but unspoken, around them ...more
Bugzmanov
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This is very leveled and cool headed description of corporate America. From the point of view of employers. How they view themselves, how they view their employees and what do they want from their employees.
The book describes common traps and pitfalls. Dos, donts, tricks and shortcuts. This is MUST read for all millennials out there who view themselves as innovators and d'Artagnans that gonna fix corporate life.

And man I wish they've attached this book as a required reading to get a work permi
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Nancy Day
I know HR professionals aren’t perfect and many are poorly trained and ineffective, creating only administrative burdens and no real gains for organizations. But there are many business-minded, strategically-oriented HR professionals. This author writes only of the former and intimates that all HR people are out to get you - the worker. Being a professor or HR, I hoped this book would provide some good, realistic, and objective perspectives on HR I could share in my teaching. Instead, it’s a one ...more
Shawn Headley
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book that gives advice that cuts away the niceties of polite society and talks about how things really work. This is the morpheus red pill of how companies and HR departments actually operate. It allows you to step into their psychological frame work and see why they make the decisions they do on which employees to fast track and which to relegate to toiling obscurity. Worth a read for any young adult moving into the corporate environment of capitalist America.
Daniel
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd say that this is required reading for anyone corporate America. It's shocking at times, but after reading it, you'll understand the rationale for why corporate politics are the way they are. Negativity is a career killer. Relationships matter, especially your relationship with your boss. Protect your reputation; it can be more important than your work product.
Michael Nemtsev
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corporate unspoken rules

A good overview of common unspoken corporate rules from HR perspective. There are also of eye opening facts that become known on executive level and which I wish i knew before to fast track my career
Anino
Before you sign the employment contract, read this book, first and foremost. Take it from me, it'll save you a boatload of needless headaches.

Giving this one: 5 stars
Hunter Lee
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll be reading this book once a year!
Manas Saloi
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had read this when I was fresh out of college.
Karen Mateus
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book to read when working in Corporate America. Details the raw reality of how "it works". Highly recommend to anyone who wants to excel in their company with inside tips.
B
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No-bullshit, actionable advice.
Ned
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Most of the advice seems common sense and it is surprising how we don't think about it. The premise is if you were the boss how would be ok if one of your employees was doing what you are currently doing. The beginning of the book outlines all the negatives and how you can be a better employee and towards the end talks about what you can do when you raise higher up. Practical advice that you don't see in practice often. It has a potential to change your career for the better.
Rod Hilton
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This book has an interesting premise - a former HR person writing a book about companies and HR in particular, basically getting down to the truth of corporations even when it's not politically correct. In other words, these are all the things your HR department at work knows to be true, but can't say are true while they work there.

Most of the book is pretty interesting, if somewhat predictable. Basically it just confirms that the worst suspicions you have about corporations are true. There are
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Manish Kosaraju
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read. This changed my perception and way of thinking about the work place
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