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

After 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 painkillers, and the staff turnover was dizzying. In the new year, she traveled to North Carolina to work at a call center, a place where even bathroom brea...

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

  • 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...
  • Greg Watson
    "...we tend to anthropomorphize huge companies, and ascribe things like compassion, loyalty, guilt, generosity, and empathy to their actions despite vast evidence that the only language corporations understand is money."On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane is a...
  • Elizabeth
    Tl;dr: This is *the* Nickle and Dimed of the 21st century. Yes, seriously. Look, I know other books have been given that accolade and I've been disappointed by them too but On the Clock is the one book that deserves it and, sadly, seems to be unrecognized. That sucks. (But you can change that!)If yo...
  • 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...
  • mindful.librarian ☀️
    (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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