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Life Under the Corporate Microscope: A Maverick's Irreverent Perspective Paperback – December 31, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1432733933 ISBN-10: 1432733931

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432733931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432733933
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,884,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Retired executive & corporate cynic; author of "Life Under the Corporate Microscope", my humorous & irreverent perspective of life in Corporate America, which has only gone from bad to worse in recent years.

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This book is very entertaining.
Katherine Woods
He had a great career, got out of the rat race while the going was good, and now has apparently settled into a nice career as an author.
Keli A. Mikolajczyk
This out-of-the-ordinary book is interspersed with humor throughout, which keeps the reader's attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 1, 2010
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It is very rare that a manager/executive of a well-known company would be as frank or forthcoming in information as the author is in this book. It is typical for those at this level to be highly reserved or "protective" of information, and exercise "discretion" in their dealings with others. Tact and prudence are their modus operandi, and therefore any genuine information or commentary coming from them is filtered to such a degree as to make it useless or inert. It is therefore refreshing to know that the author has chosen to write this book and use the language that he does therein. Readers interested in the history of Enterprise Rent-A-Car (ERAC) may find the book of interest, if only to get a viewpoint that is outside the control of company propaganda. There are only a few books written about ERAC, and the authors of these books approach the subject with an uncritical adulation for the owners of the company and its culture, making them useless for genuine historical analysis. Readers, such as this reviewer, who have worked at ERAC will find some common ground with the author, and possibly differ with his opinions at some points. Such readers will no doubt chuckle at some of the historical anecdotes, and also feel disgust at some of the antics of top-level managers. In general though the book is a valuable contribution to the literature, but one hopes that a very detailed overview of the history of ERAC will one day be written.

One very important fact that comes out of this book is the actual role that the renting of cars played in the early days of ERAC. According to the author, it was the leasing of cars, and not their daily rental, which was the primary income generator at this time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Gifford on May 18, 2009
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As someone who worked with Uncle Larry in The West Group for 10 years, I'll vouch for the accuracy of his book. I found myself laughing continuously as he recounts his career and more specifically his dealings with ERAC brass. The tongue-in-cheek pseudo names he comes up with for a few of the corporate managers are hilarious...and fitting.

Larry was definately old school - take care of your employees and customers, reward performance and don't sweat the small stuff. The company bashes he threw to reward top performers were legendary. Heady stuff for a 20-something just beginning to make his or her way in the business world. Yep, Larry knew how to motivate.

While it can't be denied that Enterprise still has some of the best and brightest in the business world on its pay roll and their management training program is one to be emulated, it is NOT the same company it once was.

Great read Uncle Larry!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark M. Harnden on May 13, 2009
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This book made me yearn for the days where everything was done simply and effectively. But only in a corporate world, incompetant people can rise to the top of the corporate heirarchy just because of who they are or where they came from while creative and motivated people make them rich despite their incompetance. This book is a funny irreverant look at corporate society and highlights what is wrong with corporate America today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gene Hutmaker on November 16, 2010
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Life Under the Corporate Microscope was unfortunately VERY funny. Let me explain why unfortunately - it was like looking in a mirror as I was under the Federal Microscope having been in management for 35 of my 42 years in the Postal Service thus I can relate to several of the author's situations (promotions, business politics, etc.). Larry has a writing technique that places humor in every situation and it keeps your interest to keep reading on and on. In my case I can see parallels with the Federal Government. All in all it's amazing how the USA keeps on going. This book also had some great references to my favorite sports team the St.Louis Cardinals. For those in management positions or hoping to attain one this book is a MUST read as it gives a great inside to what it's all about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keli A. Mikolajczyk on November 12, 2009
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I just got finished reading Larry Underwood's career escapades with the car rental company, Enterprise. He spent 26 years with them, from the time they were a small enterprise to the time they became the corporate giant they are now. Larry's a very smart guy, obviously a wonderful leader and also happens to be one of the funniest people you'll ever meet. His depiction of what it's like to work in a lower echelon position ("the trenches") and subsequently higher up the company ladder is filled with candor and hilarious observations. In the end, you'll be glad you got to know him. He had a great career, got out of the rat race while the going was good, and now has apparently settled into a nice career as an author. This book is great. I can hardly wait for his next one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Robson on October 15, 2009
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Larry Underwood uses wit and humor to correctly jab big corporate mentality. Larry gets fired for doing what's right, meanwhile incompetence reigns supreme. This is an excellent read for all and especially if you've worked around or in Corporate America. I think the moral of the story is, trying to succeed is wonderful, but actual success cannot be tolerated. The book has some great stories of Larry's adventures with Enterprise Rental Car and may be a survivor's guide to big business.

Uncle Larry, thanks, I'm waiting for your next.
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