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

  • Glenn
    Feb 09, 2019
    Working as a software engineer for 30+ years, I can relate to some of the new management concepts covered in this book. I agree with the author that many are fads that companies follow that really don't have any lasting benefit to their organizations, and that continual change for the ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kakali
    Mar 10, 2019
    Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us Interesting for all who are in tech. Dan Lyons goes into a lot of depth discussing some of the concepts that are ruling the tech world today such as scaled Agile, minimum viable product, open offices, a futuristic wor...
  • 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...
  • Popup-ch
    Jan 31, 2019
    Why has the workplace become a cross between a kindergarten and a Scientology assessment centre Why does work involve such infantilisation? Daniel Lyons has a way with words, and writes entertainingly about the modern workplace, but that does not hide the fact that a large part of ...
  • Daniel
    Feb 13, 2019
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Lyons. He used to work for Newsweek but tried to work for a tech company when he was retrenched. There was so much positive feedback from people for his first book Disrupted that he realised his experience is not unique. Why are we lab rats of Sili...
  • Andria
    May 27, 2019
    I almost gave up on this one halfway through, but I'm glad I stuck around for the much stronger concluding section. If you are not already familiar with the problems of modern work (long hours, unreasonable expectations, lack of benefits, job insecurity, the 1099/gig economy, surveilla...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Ro Laberee
    Jan 27, 2019
    In this book, Lyons introduces us to the tech guru?s world. Wow. It sounds practically pornographic in its exploitation of its workforce and its astounding, short-sighted greed. The stories of employee humiliation, degradation, and abuse are intended to shock the reader. They do. ...
  • Nestor Rychtyckyj
    Feb 24, 2019
    Dan Lyons gives us both an entertaining and very sobering look at the current state of the American worker in his very aptly-named ?Lab Rats?. The subtitle ?How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us? summarizes perfectly what the next 233 pages will show us. In ...
  • Harold Saar
    Apr 11, 2019
    My first impression was that Lab Rats is a book by some miserable old-timer who was dissapointed in the emerging start-up culture and simply could not keep up. Half way down the book I was close to giving up on it. And then it got better. And better. And I did learn some people managem...
  • Barb
    Apr 04, 2019
    Working in Silicon Valley for the last 20 years, I can appreciate that this book has put into words the undeniable sickness of the "bro tech" culture. It accurately depicts that employees are treated as disposable with ever more imposing conditions (on personal life and sanity, in addi...
  • 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...
  • Meagan Houle
    Jan 27, 2019
    I was not a fan of "Disrupted," but "Lab Rats" really impressed me. Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory. I particularly liked his four-point summary in the introduction; it frames the rest of the book b...
  • Ernst Hafen
    Jan 26, 2019
    Excellent and entertaining read with a workers' perspective on the problems with shareholder value driven capitalism that shows its excesses most strongly in hip Silicon Valley companies. The description of the working culture at Amazon and Netflix (we are a team not a family) makes on...
  • Travis
    Mar 09, 2019
    Pretty much... ...
  • Mbogo J
    Jan 28, 2019
    If you have ever worked in an office setting, you might have come across some management practices and activities you deemed suspect at best and at worst a modern reincarnation of snake oil salesmen, but you never said anything. You were raised to be civil and the thoughts are buried i...
  • Venky
    Feb 02, 2019
    We are living in times, where under the ruse of change, perpetual upheavals are rocking the inner functioning of the Corporate World. In a bid to keep up with the expectations of shareholders and earnings forecasts of analysts tracking every metric of the company, corporations are cons...
  • 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...
  • Liina Vahtras
    Apr 25, 2019
    Giving it the 4*s for its different take on how the businesses should be set up and run, and for teaching me something new. So, a very subjective rating to a book that seemed subjectively loaded. I?d say the format (mainly the overly emotional and at times condescending tone) doe...
  • Vaughan
    Feb 23, 2019
    Silicon valley has bred a toxic culture where corporate greed and "bro culture" have supplanted norms and decency. So why are otherwise good companies using them as role models? Why are we taking management advice from people who have had product ideas, or funded successful companies, ...
  • Rajiv Bais
    Feb 12, 2019
    So capitalism does harm under social security applying and the physically and internally ugly Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman's (another ugly person) philosophy of not treating workers well? Not shocked. Silicon Valley's venture capitalists (what the fuck is the point of having them?) ...
  • José Iván García Rosales
    Mar 01, 2019
    Insightful and up-to-date This is a captivating read with a lot of insights that portray reality at the time of writing in an accurate, globally relatable way. The topic itself is a bit of a downer, but the author does a good job of revealing the silver linings. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Marks54
    Feb 09, 2019
    The author is a writer and business journalist. He wrote a book - Disrupted - two years ago which chronicled his time spent with an Internet startup he joined after being laid off at Newsweek. I enjoyed the book and thought it an insightful and humorous memoir of changes in the workpla...