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Publisher's Summary

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 help you, but to protect the company from you
  • And 45 more!

Cynthia Shapiro pulls no punches, giving listeners an inside look at a secret world of hidden agendas they would never normally see: a world of insider information and insights that can save a career!

©2005 Cynthia Shapiro (P)2018 Tantor

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Bad advice

The sociopath who wrote this recommends that you don’t report sexist harassment.

The advice in this book is that you are worthless and desperate and therefore should put up with whatever illegal, unethical, and damaging behaviour towards you. This is what is called “learned helplessness” in psychology and is incredibly bad for your health.

Don’t purchase this horrible book. I recommend Workplace Poker instead.

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Wish I had this book at age 25

This should be assigned reading before starting your first corporate job. It may not save you from yourself and stupid mistakes, but maybe if you listen to it twice, it might sink in

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Mindset Changer

This book is an AWESOME start to changing ones mindset about the workplace. It is certainly one that will challenge your thought process and teach you what you need to Successfully survive in any work environment.

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I Loved It

Very refreshing look at HR, corporate world, and moving up. Not vague, specific examples, straight to the point. I loved it.

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Disgusting and disturbing "guidance"

An actual quote: "Never go to HR with a sexual harassment claim"... just ask for a transfer. 🤢The 'advice' this author gives only gets worse. I started listening to the book for research on corporate transparency and had to stop reading after Chapter 2 because of how awful and misguided the content was. If anyone ever, ever tells you to stay quiet and keep your head down after being sexually harrassed, throw their book in the trash 😉

My free advice: Please do not read this book or believe the lies within. If you're with a bad employer, tell them what you see, see if they change and leave if they don't. If you're fired from a company, reflect on your part to the broken relationship and go start a new one with another employer who wants you both to succeed. And if you find another self-help book that uses as many 'always' and 'never' directives as this one, close the book.

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Good for entry level career people

If you're new to the corporate landscape this is a good book to listen to than can potentially give you and advantage.

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I'm incompetent when it comes to corporate stuff

I'm an academic and an entrepreneur. I received a masters/bachelors with near 4.0 gpas and have run a successful start-up (not in the millions of revenue but good enough to survive and to sell for a profit), but I've been struggling with understanding corporations since i've graduated. This book has really helpful for someone like me!

I loved it so much, highly recommend. Maybe for people who are familiar with corporations and understand how they work, this may not be extremely helpful. But if you have ever wondered why things are the way they are in a corporation. I highly suggest reading this book I think you'll gain something out of it.