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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential read for all corporate worker ants, November 22, 2005
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This review is from: Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn't Want You to Know---and What to Do About Them (Paperback)
DO NOT ASSUME YOU UNDERSTAND CORPORATE POLITICS AND HR POLICIES UNTIL YOU READ THIS BOOK. This book is by far the best book I have read on the subject and I have read many.

The book specifies that the company draws a clear distinction, without telling you, whether you are someone the company wants to keep or get rid of. To make matters worse, in this highly litigious society, companies cannot and does not tell you which side you belong.

If a company thinks you are an unwanted employee, the last thing they tell you is say exactly that in fear of getting sued. Rather, they use various tactics such as giving you too much work, giving you the most stressful projects, and just making life difficult for you as possible so you will leave voluntarily. If you are one of the unwanted employees, it is best to leave. What is the litmus test? If the employer doesn't give you a counteroffer or show strong regret that you are leaving, then they wanted to get rid of you anyway and you made the right choice.

If you are one of the high performers who the company wants to keep, they make it as clear as possible. After all, no one gets sued for promoting an employee. The fact is companies identify employees who will never be downsized because they are indispensable. In effect, they are "Made" and they cannot be touched unless they really screw up their good standing with the corporation.

If you want to move up the corporate ladder, not only must you show competence, but you must show loyalty. You must prove yourself as someone the company can trust with their business, money, and personnel.

How can you prove yourself as someone trustworthy? Here are few pointers outlined in the book:

1)Don't threaten the company or your boss. Don't go to HR with complaints (deal with issues privately). Don't make trouble, otherwise you are seen as a potential risk for lawsuits.
2)Watch what you say. Do not be negative, and support the corporate policies and procedures. Do not gossip and speak out against the authorities.
3)Cultivate good relationship with your boss. Do not fight your boss, you will never win.
4)Keep personal life personal and do not bring it to work.
5)Mingle with the right crowd. Do not mingle with the "downsizers" who will be axed the next time the company wants to cut people.
6)Being promoted often means you have shown you are fully capable of being successful in the next job. Just being successful in your present one does not suffice.
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A. Edwards says:
From my work experience this is all accurate, but I take pride in the fact that while being a good employee I definitely dragged some of the bad ones down who otherwise might've been promoted or looked good; they sucked up well and were disgusting people breaking key policies such as selling drugs or creating pornographic work environments. Once I spoke out I may have endangered myself (instead of endearing myself by AVOIDING a lawsuit or warning the company of such people), but it also tainted them, and they too were forced to move on. The only thing I regret in those situations is not having a lawyer.
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