On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

The bitingly funny, eye-opening story of a college-educated young professional who finds work in the automated and time-starved world of hourly laborAfter the local newspaper where she worked as a reporter closed, Emily Guendelsberger took a pre-Christmas job at an Amazon fulfillment center outside Louisville, Kentucky. There, the vending machines were stocked with painkil...

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Title:On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane
Author:Emily Guendelsberger
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  • Suzanne
    This is a very good book. (Look at me being a professional reviewer, lol) My actual review goes up on Shelf Awareness right around pub date, but here are my informal thoughts:On the Clock both infuriated and entertained me. Guendelsberger is a journalist, which means she cites lots of sources and pr...
  • Samantha Melamed
    An essential update to Nickel and Dimed, On The Clock turns the drudgery of work in 21st century America into a compelling and elucidating narrative that should be required reading for policy makers, business leaders and anyone else who hasn’t held a low-wage job in the past decade. This book d...
  • Molly Seavy-Nesper
    I devoured this book. Guendelsberger takes you inside an Amazon warehouse, a call center, and a San Fransisco McDonald's and exposes the ways in which technology is making workers' lives miserable. The book is funny, heartbreaking and enlightening. You'll think twice about ordering random junk on Am...
  • Cheryl
    A sobering look at three industries that use low skill workers - Amazon warehouses, McDonalds, and a call center for several national accounts. All of these companies use contractors so that they don’t have to provide any benefits. All used sophisticated software models to control every minute ...
  • Donna Hines
    As a former factory worker; salaried $7.25 min wage; 10 cent raises; as top producer in two departments as a merchandise processor with a $25 one time bonus for associate of the month I know all too well about the American Dream falling to the waste side.For many years I've been told work harder, su...
  • Robin
    Listen up. Next time you need to talk to a customer rep to dispute a billing charge, inquire about a change in service, or just complain about a lack of good service, chances are you are chatting with someone in a call center who is not at all associated with the company you are doing business with....
  • Barbara
    4.5 starsFor Barbara Ehrenreich's 2001 book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, the author took a series of low-paying positions so she could research the difficulty of 'making it' on a minimum wage salary. The verdict: it's almost impossible if you have a family. This follow-up book b...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    (free review copy) You'll want to sit down for this. No really. Go get a cup of coffee and settle in, because I have a LOT of thoughts. To start with, here's my rating math for this one:Subject matter: 5My actual fondness for the writer: 2Ability to hold my interest: 5Academic content to back up ass...

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