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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (Aug. 25 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312337361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312337360
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 1.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Your number one job is to keep your job," Shapiro, a former human resources executive, writes in this informed and disillusioned take on the corporate life, so don't ever "publicly complain, disagree or express a negative view," take more than one week of vacation at a time, "volunteer," or "tell anyone what you're doing." When asked to do anything, acceptable responses are "sure" and "of course," always accompanied by a smile. Your dress style "should match as closely as possible the style of those at the top." Don't make friends at work-it's "deadly" to want to be liked. The book reads like a guerilla survival manual for the employment jungle written by a hardened survivor ("Do you feel there's something...looming over your career, but can't quite put your finger on it? It's not your imagination. It's real."), and explains why companies preach enlightened attitudes-but don't practice them-and why managers and co-workers will not tell you about your career-limiting moves. Though Shapiro's this-is-war outlook may fit some workplaces, her mercenary advice won't work for people whose number one job is to get a job that doesn't require these sacrifices.
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"A business book that reads like a page-turner. What a concept. The author's startling and thought-provoking insights make this a must-read wake-up call for all employees who want to know the truth about how their 'promotability' is decided. Read it and reap."
---Sam Horn, author of Tongue Fu! and Take the Bully by the Horns

"Corporate Confidential is a great resource for all levels, from new entrants to executives. Shapiro's list of the most common mistakes managers can make, and how to avoid them, is a must-read for anyone interested in getting to the top--and staying there."
---Tony Lee, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com

"What you don't know can hurt you, especially in Corporate America. This is the eye-opening book every employee needs to read."
---Lewis Maltby, President of the National Workrights Institute

"Corporate Confidential lifts the lid of the cauldron and lets employees see what's really going on inside their organizations whether they know it or not. But this book isn't just for employees. Smart executives and managers will treat this as a must-read for the good of their companies and their careers as well."
---Leslie L. Kossoff, author of the award-winning Executive Thinking: The Dream, the Vision, the Mission Achieved
"a terrific book...a must-read for anyone intent on managing career risk."
---Anne Fisher, Fortune

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norman Feller on Jan. 31 2006
Format: Paperback
The book has helped me see the mistakes I have been making. I now understand why I haven't been taken seriously for an upper management position. I believe this book had the information I needed to assist me in returning to a productive career.
I believe this book will help anyone that is willing to spend the few days necessary to read through the chapters.
My thanks to the author, and to the "Globe & Mail" that recommended it. I don't know that I would have ever seen it if it wasn't right in front of me that day.
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This book doesn't pretend that everything in the corporate world is perfect. It doesn't try to convince the reader if we just work harder, spend more hours, and continue to improve our skills, that everything will be okay and work out better for us in the end.
I knew there was more than just producing well, and the author had the guts to tell me. I now know both the things I couldn't control and the things I could. I now know what I should stop doing, and which things I should call attention to. This next year I will be ready for my review cycle.
This book isn't fluff. The reader will not spend all their time looking for the one piece of good information. The entire book is filled with substance, and is immediately useful. Everything in this book rings true, and makes a lot of sense.
This is the book I have waited for. It is definately a keeper.
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By V. Lee on Dec 29 2009
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A friend actually told me about this book. After reading this, I know more about what I look for in my career and also the mistakes I have been making. At the end of each chapter, there is also a summary of good tips. This book also gave some good tips of how to deal with difficult work situations (office gossips, lawsuits, avoid being layoff, repair damaged work-relationships...). This is also a great read for someone who just enter the work force.
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This book is a poorly edited rush job for people who are just dying to work and give their lives to a company to make someone else money. With jems like: don't take your full mat leave and brush any sexual harassment under the carpet ("deal with it privately") cause it will hurt your career, if you follow the advice in this book you be a start employee and shallow corporate shrill.
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