Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about "wellness," millions of workers--in virtually every industry--are deeply unhappy. Why did work become so miserable? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right? For two years, Lyons ventured in search of answers. From the innovation-crazed headquarters of the Ford Motor Co At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about "wellness," millions of workers--in virtual...

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Title:Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us
Author:Dan Lyons
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:031656186X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us Reviews

  • Brita
    Sep 06, 2018
    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys." I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start...
  • Kent Winward
    Nov 14, 2018
    I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. ...
  • Sharon
    Sep 15, 2018
    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based business and shows why the model is completely non-sustainable. If you've wondered why...
  • Lisa
    Jan 18, 2019
    I had no idea what this book was when I picked it up. Turns out it is a blistering treatise on the growth at all costs business model that fuels many of today?s companies. It looks at the toxic culture that model creates and the terrible employee unhappiness that results. Both the ho...
  • David
    Oct 22, 2018
    What use is outrage? Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone ot...
  • Luke
    Jan 04, 2019
    Funny, especially when he's bashing management techniques. A very thorough look at what's happening in Silicon Valley based on firsthand experience and news reporting. What isn't explored is capitalisms effect on other countries, and how outsourcing labor or continuing to exacerbate a ...
  • Ann
    Nov 11, 2018
    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a survey of the various management techniques that are currently in vogue. It's easy to l...
  • Iurii
    Nov 08, 2018
    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga rooms in the office, art rooms, whatever, but it doesn't mean that you are safe at w...
  • Carol
    Nov 12, 2018
    Dear Fellow Reader, This week?s book is a bit different from my normal reading. First of all, it is nonfiction, which while not completely out of my norm is still different. It is also not biographical or history. The full title is Lab Rats ? How Silicon Valley Made Work Mis...
  • David Churbuck
    Oct 30, 2018
    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r... I?m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing befo...
  • Christa
    Jan 21, 2019
    A chilling follow-up to Lyons' "Disrupted," "Lab Rats" goes broad rather than deep, condensing troubling trends in its first 2/3 and offering some suggestions for change in its final 1/3. Regrettably, labor unions capture only a paragraph in the book, and not as a solution; Lyons leave...
  • Greg
    Oct 23, 2018
    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irreverent portrayal of a smack-talking, faux new-age Steve, seems a bit short in retrospec...
  • Randy
    Dec 24, 2018
    Good read Dan Lyons has written an informative book about how tech companies have changed the nature of work and how we live in a nefarious way. Mr. Lyons expresses numerous examples of how businesses are mistreating workers for gaining short term profits. h He does show how some b...
  • Bob Varettoni
    Oct 27, 2018
    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons? latest to be as good as ?Disrupted? ? which was based on first-person stories, and devastating humor and satire. This book is more of a research project, with hyperbolic claims made ...
  • Rob Enderle
    Nov 04, 2018
    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot-com losers are handing out. This book will piss you off because it ...
  • Joseph
    Dec 12, 2018
    I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950?s, but if you can let that slide there?s some great analysi...
  • Yunis Esa
    Dec 25, 2018
    Dan Lyons, a former journalist, wrote about his experience working in a Start up that turned into a bestselling book. The bestselling book was a self reflection that received an audience bigger than Lyons anticipated. The reaction from his bestselling book was a connection to communica...
  • Hải
    Nov 07, 2018
    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy. About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way aut...
  • Jaime
    Jan 21, 2019
    Las horas trabajadas cada vez son ms, los resultados financieros de las grandes corporaciones cada vez ms grandes. El salario de los CEO cada vez ms escandaloso. Las condiciones laborales del empleado comn, cada vez ms pobres. Dan Lyons muestra un oscuro panorama, bien docume...
  • Cropredy
    Jan 06, 2019
    First of all, Dan Lyons' last book - Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - was one of the funniest books I've ever read and very timely for anyone who works in the tech sector these days. I gave it 5 stars. So, for the holidays, my wife bought me his next (and latest) ...
  • Koen Wellens
    Jan 17, 2019
    Dan Lyons makes a great speech about how current tech companies are ruining the industry for not only employees, but for everyone. He makes good arguments on why we should stop just adopting the so-called newest tips and tricks about modern management. I agree that we should stop fi...
  • Ben Jakuben
    Jan 05, 2019
    There was a point in the middle section of this book where I was feeling pretty depressed thinking about the four problems the author describes for modern employees: low pay, job insecurity, the stress of constant change, and dehumanization. Those are undeniably true for a lot of peopl...
  • Michael Norwitz
    Nov 17, 2018
    A chatty and somewhat historical examination of the trend which has existed since the 80s of companies restructuring workplaces to make them increasingly hostile environments for their employees, largely under the advice of 'management experts' who are basically hucksters with no sound...
  • Sudhir Bharadhwaj
    Nov 07, 2018
    Interesting contrarian view about the work places and what companies should do to improve it. Dan comes hard on everyone including Milton Friedman and draws a persuasive argument against shareholder activism. Argument gets repetitive towards the last section of the book and he appears ...
  • Ron
    Jan 15, 2019
    What is it like working for a VC funded startup or a large tech company? Well, with some perks, it may not be so great. Long hours and lousy health insurance. Lab Rats is about the human experiment on working people to the point of breaking and then replacing them. They can be fired fo...
  • Kathleen
    Oct 06, 2018
    An important study of how new management fads have contributed to the misery and stress of workers. The book concludes with a helpful discussion of companies that do it right. Having suffered through the application of new business methods to public education, I was especially recep...
  • Max Metral
    Dec 31, 2018
    I don't agree with a great deal of this book, but I feel it was important to read it. I've been reading lots of heavily researched books lately, like American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road and Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus ...
  • Wasin Waeosri
    Jan 18, 2019
    Dan Lyons writing is easy to read and so addictive. This book *is not* suitable for someone who worship Agile or Lean as a religion or who believe Agile is best for everything and every industry. He point out the problem of current working trend that spread of new kind of tech company....
  • James McGlynn
    Dec 24, 2018
    Excellent follow-up to Disrupted. I loved the first 75% of the book describing the hellish management waste of time. I didn't enjoy the solutions which seemed a little holier than thou. I highly recommend this book to ANYONE who thinks more meetings are productive-they are not. ...
  • Hogan Gibson
    Jan 02, 2019
    As a current employee of a Silicon Valley based company, this book resonates with me. In a time and age where speaking out and being stronger in numbers is paving the way for people to not be afraid to use their collective voices I sure hope that this book helps nudge companies in the ...