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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: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 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: #2,307,762 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 was very funny and interesting.
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I found the book witty and entertaining and would recommend this book to anyone.
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The true honesty and message in this book is that can happen to anyone!
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4 of 4 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Hustle on May 8, 2009
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A seven year non-compete, non-disclosure agreement kept "Life Under the Corporate Microscope" under wraps and bottled up (just as champagne is bottled with high-pressure carbonation) until publication in early 2009. The gusto with which author Larry "Uncle Larry" Underwood recounts his Enterprise Rent-A-Car (ERAC) career through the pages of "Life Under the Corporate Microscope" resonates resoundingly, just as the cork on a bottle of champagne causes a loud retort when released from captivity and duty as the bottle's seal.

"Uncle Larry" eagerly pulls the reader into his career chronicle, practically saying, "C'mon, jump into my ruby red '84 Porsche 944 and I'll give you a driving tour of my grand corporate adventure."

Uncle Larry artfully sets the stage for this fast-paced, riveting read of his improbable journey, starting as an unemployed recent college graduate with bad hair, late for his first day of work as a "number 3," in a branch location of a business that was an afterthought creation of another business located on Kingshighway, south of St. Louis, MO.

However, in life, it's far more important where one finishes rather than where one starts, and Uncle Larry indeed finished strong and "in the money."

As the mileposts zip by on our tour of Uncle Larry's career, the reader engages in the storyline to the point of being right there alongside the budding Larry as he endures a plodding existence in a lowly position in the short-term replacement car rental business of Executive Leasing, then begins to accelerate his career once he gets a little experience under his belt.
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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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