Company When is physical violence an appropriate response to management policy Why is that one reserved parking space always empty Taking an extra donut during mid morning snack inconsequential or criminal ac

When is physical violence an appropriate response to management policy Why is that one reserved parking space always empty Taking an extra donut during mid morning snack inconsequential or criminal act At Zephyr Holdings, no one has ever seen the CEO The beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else, but does no apparent work One of the sales reps usesWhen is physical violence an appropriate response to management policy Why is that one reserved parking space always empty Taking an extra donut during mid morning snack inconsequential or criminal act At Zephyr Holdings, no one has ever seen the CEO The beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else, but does no apparent work One of the sales reps uses relationship books as sales manuals, and another is on the warpath because somebody stole his donut.In other words, it s an ordinary big company Or at least, that s what everyone thinks, until fresh faced employee Jones too new to understand you just don t ask some questions starts investigating.Jones uncovers the company s secret what Zephyr really does It plunges him into a maelstrom of love, loyalty, management, and corporate immorality, and whether he can get out again that s a good question.

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  1. Max Barry Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Company book, this is one of the most wanted Max Barry author readers around the world.

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  1. This book could have been so good but wasn t Anyone who has worked anywhere in the last 20 years will recognise, with some pain, stuff written here the nightmares of quality improvement plans, the language mangling this is mission statements and the feeling that work has become an experiment performed on us by our less than benevolent overlords all of this ought to have made for a very funny book You know, in the all too uncomfortable sense that we laugh and cry about the same things That it so [...]

  2. Max Barry s Company is a corporate satire for those that might find Douglas Coupland a bit too challenging One of the many problems with humorous satires oh there are many, the number one problem being tied between them not being very astute and not being funny is that once the premise joke, social observation is set up then the author has to make a book out of it Like just about every movie made that is based on a Saturday Night Live skit, there is painful a realization, which comes about a thi [...]

  3. I really enjoy corporate cubicle fiction, for some reason Books like Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, and I ll even include Last Night at the Brain Thieves Ball by Scott Spencer Company is sort of a mix of these, in as much as there s the petty politics of working in a cube farm, and a deeper conspiracy fueling the intrigue Don t read Company if you feel good about the corporation you work for and don t want that feeling challenged Calling Max Barry cynical is like calling Microsoft pro [...]

  4. I wanted to like this book, just like I wanted to like Jennifer Government but ultimately it fails and for the same reasons There s just no depth here Maybe I shouldn t look for any, just accept it as light hearted satire Still, the entire story line feels contrived, existing only to point out truths that we all know anyway big corporations don t care about their employees Maybe if just one senior manager was given a small amount of depth, rising above the expensive suit wearing, golf playing, P [...]

  5. This is based upon the audio download from Audible Narrated by William DufrisThere have been various comments about this reader either love him or hate him I happily align with the former Since there are many other sources for a review of the book, I ll comment only what makes this different, the reader With so many characters in the story, I found different voices the reader used for each helpful and delightful in the reading of this very clever story I rate William Dufris right along my other [...]

  6. Ah, office life So rife for parody So fertile with corporate absurdity Where mankind s unique lunacies are simultaneously coddled and dismissed The things that make us uncomfortable and disgruntled are handled with pig skin gloves and ice tongs, and the things that make us excited and content are considered extraneous to the bottom line Where back sides are so well covered that they re almost impossible to kiss Is there any better fodder for literature, television, or movies Joshua Ferris debut [...]

  7. Anyone who has worked in corporate bureaucracy would find something to laugh about in this book which tells the story of a company that exists only as a research lab for the authors of the Omega Management System This should give you a good idea of the book s tone There are stories legends, really of the steady job Old timers gather graduates around the flickering light of a computer monitor and tell stories of how the company used to be, back when a job was for life, not just for the business c [...]

  8. COMPANY, Max Barry s brilliant piece of satire, takes us inside Zephyr Holdings, a corporate monolith whose employees are so deeply buried in office politics and the day to day struggle to meet quotas and adjust to constant reorgs that none of them has a clear picture of just what the company does New hire, Stephen Jones, is so excited by his job prospects that he dares to go in to see the CEO and find out It s far Machiavellian than anyone could ever imagine Zephyr Holdings, apparently exists [...]

  9. If you ve ever worked in a large corporate environment, you ll recognize the characters in the book And you ll laugh about it Or you ll smirk You ve read another big corporation satire, and maybe you ll give it to someone else who works in a large corporation, as if to say, Look, corporate life IS stupid Just because we buy into it every day doesn t mean that we re a part of it Maybe you ll add a LOL to the end Or say L O L, which you ll hopefully regret saying later And that s it You ll go back [...]

  10. For the first 100 pages, I was thinking to myself, Genius This is a rip roaring, laugh out loud in the literal sense of the phrase , spot on scalding satire of corporate culture Each of author Max Barry s initial poison tipped arrows hit the corporate bulls eyee use of the elevator buttons to visualize the corporate hierarchy the inanity of corporate voice mail the over confidence of MBAs the invisibility of the CEO the meaninglessness of the company mission statement or the aimlessness of a sal [...]

  11. The problem with employees, you see, is everything You have to pay to hire them and pay to fire them, and, in between, you have to pay them They need business cards They need computers They need ID tags and security clearances and phones and air conditioning and somewhere to sit You have to ferry them to off site team meetings You have to ferry them home again They get pregnant They injure themselves They steal They join religions with firm views on when it s permissible to work When they read t [...]

  12. You may remember when I read Machine Man by Max Barry and I remember it being enjoyable I decided I need something lighthearted to read right now and what better than some crafty satire.This is the story of a strange Company in which nobody really knows what the company does and everyone s job sort of folds back into the company The sales reps sell training packages to the rest of the departments Infrastructure management charges everyone for management in the building, charging departments for [...]

  13. For want of a doughnut, a company is reorganized pretty much sums up Max Barry s latest novel Company.If the premise sounds absurd, you re right But just like the corporate world, a single dougnut brings about the decline and fall of a company It serves as a catalyst for the absurdity that can be and is corporate life.What Jennifer Government did for the advertising industry, Company does for corporate life But where Company trumps Jennifer is that the story follows a single protagonist in the s [...]

  14. Company by Max Barry is set in a milieu that I love to explore, the corporate office world It s full of office politics the mundane and the ambiguous I ve often been fascinated with the world And this novel explores it in hilarious and thought provoking fashion.The story is about Jones, a new employee at Zephr Holdings who cannot work out exactly what the company does other than the deals and interactions between of the various departments The question is what Zephr really does and Jones goes ou [...]

  15. This is March s Book Group selectionFrom the jacket blurb Stephen Jones is a shiny new hire at Zephyr Holdings From the outside, Zephyr is just another bland corporate monolith, but behind its glass doors business is far from usual the beautiful receptionist is paid twice as much as anybody else to do nothing, the sales reps use self help books as manuals, no one has seen the CEO, no one knows exactly what they are selling, and missing donuts are the cause of office intrigue While Jones original [...]

  16. With Company, author Max Barry, writes a fine entry in contemporary satirical business writing As silly a genre as that sounds like it is a well populated one, with The Office both versions and Parks and Recreation and even The Crimson Permanent Assurance the short film in front of Monty Python s The Meaning of Life about a company in the middle of a takeover which suddenly turns into a pirate ship building and assaults their new bosses with the weapons available to any average office worker bei [...]

  17. I have read this book a number of times I enjoy it, each and every time I love the incisive satire of modern businesses and the ridiculous business models and practices companies embrace to be better I love the characters, who are swept up into the madness and yet smart enough to know that they are being swept into madness and that they are someone else outside of work I love the character of Eve, a true sociopath, and yet the author makes you care about her I love that there aren t easy answers [...]

  18. Not just another post Gervais office politics novel, not some bullshit Nick Hornby light reading, summer holiday, man with a heart of gold finds love in a world he never made thing well maybe it s a little like that, but it s about wondering what exactly the company you work for actually does, what lays beyond the board meeting door, and what dividing people into increasingly meaningless departments does to them as companies get bigger and bigger and ambiguous Company is funny, relatable, a bi [...]

  19. I read this novel in a single sitting Seriously There wasn t a single part of the book that I didn t enjoy The characters are realistic, the plot is eerily plausible, and the twist is unexpected enough to be entertaining, without coming completely out of left field But I still felt strangely unfulfilled.It took me quite a while to figure out why It s interesting, it s well written, and the premise is great ButI think, in the end, it felt somewhat claustrophobic which may have been the point The [...]

  20. I really enjoyed it It falls into my Fun Fluff Vacation read category I found it very entertaining and perhaps in part since I work for a STATE Government Part of me frankly wondered if I in fact actually do have a real job Reorganizations are par for the course as are unexplained and bizarre mandates for no apparent rational reason in the book, as at my job Management is removed and out of touch with the peons Is this what people with real jobs experience Portions of the book are ludicrous, but [...]

  21. A satire on corporations, good but not as much fun as Lexicon which was fabulous Some of the characters were hard to take e.g Roger and his missing donut fixation And of course many of the situations rang true to my long corporate career.

  22. What a wonderful mixture of dry humor and witty substance Max Barry has an uncanny ability to create characters you grow to love and hate all at the same time If you are looking for an easy read, then pour a beverage and enter Max Barry s twisted perspective of the corporate world.

  23. The Company could be a place I have worked for or may work for in the future Companies such as this one could be out there It is a witty novel that puts a smile on your face.

  24. Definitely a great read for people who liked the humor in Office Space Also a pretty cathartic read if you re as disgusted by corporate culture as I am 3

  25. After writing two novels 1 dealing with real companies before which he had to write abject disclaimer notices begging the companies not to sue him for the ridiculous and over the top activities that he wrote about, Max Barry wised up and started writing about fictional companies that behave as real life companies might, but since they are fictional companies they do not have real legal departments and hence cannot sue, fortunately for us and for the author This particular book hits close to home [...]

  26. Company was clearly written to be a satire of the corporate world Unfortunately, it fails to be funny and ends up being depressing I don t recommend it and to be honest I wish I hadn t wasted a whole Saturday afternoon reading it.I didn t mind that the events and management strategies described in the novel were so over the top that kind of writing can work very well in satire see Neal Stephenson s The Big U as an example indeed, I expected Company to be very much like The Big U, but of course s [...]

  27. I imagine this is a novel that will appeal to people depending on their politics and ideology The novel is well written, so it s worth reading for people who are anti corporation than I am.This is not a comedy novel about the absurdity of corporate life although there are elements of that, especially in the first act Instead, it s a dramatic and mostly serious story about a man bucking against the corporate system sort of which I can t really explain without spoiling an early twist.For me thou [...]

  28. A qu se dedica exactamente tu empresa Esta s tira de lo empresarial te desaf a a hacerte esa pregunta, entre otras, como es aqu donde quiero estar toda mi vida , cu l es el l mite del capitalismo y pero en serio, qui n se comi ese donut Una sarta de personajes defectuosos y retorcidos, dedicados al judo de lo pasivo agresivo dentro de la empresa, rodean a un protagonista demasiado inquisitivo para su propio bien, pero de qu otra manera merece la pena ser La narraci n es excepcionalmente fluida y [...]

  29. A very well done satire of corporate America While the company itself and its main characters were well developed and kept the story highly enjoyable, its ending I won t spoil by saying anything specific kind of fell off the rails I believe Max Berry did an excellent job of creating this world much like he did in Lexicon, which I liked a bit and its cast, but the final portions of the plot felt a bit rushed As always, however, Max Barry s prose and dialogue are excellent and kept me engrossed t [...]

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