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 labor 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 painkil The bitingly funny, eye-opening story of a college-educated young professional who finds work in the automated an...

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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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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316509000
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • alli
    Jun 21, 2019
    A book that should make you angry that the unrelenting desire for higher profits leads to treating labor as disposable. Guendelsberger's firsthand accounts of just a few mechanized jobs shines a light on to something everyone who works for a living will experience soon (if not already)...
  • Pamela
    Jul 13, 2019
    Look, I haven't held down a job like the ones Emily describes in On The Clock. Sure, I've dealt with low wages, but not with near-impossible productivity standards and automated schedules. The working conditions that Emily describes unfold like a horror movie. And at the end, when she ...
  • Caitlin
    Jul 16, 2019
    Written with great empathy (and also great jokes), ?On the Clock??s vignettes of panoptic low-wage jobs are grounded in accessible histories of labor, cognitive science, and technocapitalism. Yes, it made me angry, but it also made me hopeful. ...
  • Rajiv
    Jun 21, 2019
    On the Clock is must read, this book is equal parts funny and heartbreaking with an eye opening look at how efficiency in business impacts the mental health of regular people (and the psychological and evolutionary perspective of what that means) who are happy to just have their jobs. ...
  • Hannah G
    Jun 24, 2019
    On the Clock is both devastating and funny. While the book is well grounded in historical context and relevant data - setting out a thorough case for how, and why, the service industry in this country tends to deny the basic humanity of its workers - it is also a fascinating, poignant,...
  • Robin
    Aug 17, 2019
    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 ...
  • Joanne
    Jul 11, 2019
    Wow! The author does a fabulous job telling you what it's really like working minimum wage jobs when you've got no other options. She did her research and knows how to present it in a fascinating way. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for an hone...
  • Jami
    Jul 30, 2019
    Would recommend to people who like books like Nickel and Dimed, Educated, Maid, etc. The author is a journalist who, after being laid off from her newspaper, went to work at Amazon, Convergys (a call center that did tech support for AT&T, among other huge companies), and McDonalds....
  • Suzanne
    Jun 16, 2019
    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 lo...
  • Emmaj
    Aug 01, 2019
    Well written and engaging book. I agree that one problem is that "we've stopped even imagining other, better ways we could live" (p.311). Its just taken as a giving that the best thing a person can do is make as much money as humanly possible, and screw everyone else. But it looks c...
  • Emily Vanderwerff
    Aug 20, 2019
    Won't rate because Emily is a friend, but I really loved this book and found it a persuasive argument about just what has happened to this country. Come see my Q&A with Emily at Small World Books on Wednesday! ...
  • Cheryl
    Jul 20, 2019
    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 ev...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Jul 17, 2019
    (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: 5 My actual fondness for the writer: 2 Ability to hold my interest: 5 Academi...
  • Katrina Feraco
    Jul 07, 2019
    As someone who spent a lot of time in food service (two years in a chronically understaffed Dunkin Donuts in New England and four years in a hellscape Italian restaurant full of mismanagement and out-of-touch ownership, both for less than $9/hr and demanding more of my time than I coul...
  • Donna Foster
    Jul 21, 2019
    Clever undercover low wage worker is insightful, interesting and no holding back thoughts or feelings on harsh working conditions. ...
  • juliemcl
    Sep 10, 2019
    I haven't been rating books lately but, fuckit if this doesn't deserve five perfect stars. An update to my beloved Nickel and Dimed, this book crystallizes better than any other I have read about what the f is wrong with us and how we got here. So much better, so much truer than George...
  • Radhika
    Jul 07, 2019
    On the Clock is a must-read for anyone looking for an interesting, funny, fast-paced -- but most of all SMART look into low-wage work in the 21st century. Guendelsberger deftly weaves in the latest scholarship on labor and capitalism with an outsider's look into the sometimes mind-...
  • Meagan Houle
    Jul 21, 2019
    I've read many articles about how Amazon exploits its warehouse staff, and I know enough people who've done call centre and food service work to understand it's a jungle, and not in a remotely fun way. Even with that prior experience, nothing prepared me for Emily's vivid account of he...
  • Jeff Zell
    Jul 22, 2019
    This book reminded me of Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. However, where Nickel and Dimed focused on the hardship of making a small income, Guendelsberger focuses on management practices of three large corporations: Amazon, Convergys, and McDonalds. Technology has improved the abilit...
  • Julian Dunn
    Sep 03, 2019
    Emily Guendelsberger has written the modern version of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickeled and Dimed, a first-person narrative of what it's like to be a modern, low-wage slave. With the rise of sophisticated computer algorithms to squeeze every second of productivity out of workers, things h...
  • Kali
    Jul 21, 2019
    This review is going to be long as I organize my thoughts. Feel free to not read it? but I think you should read this book ?? This book tackles the invisible. The working poor in this country that are often called lazy, stupid and unambitious while they work their a**es of ev...
  • Donna Hines
    Apr 26, 2019
    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...
  • Maria Li
    Jul 20, 2019
    Insightful and compelling. One of the best nonfiction books I?ve read in a while. ...
  • Michelle
    Jun 30, 2019
    On the Clock is a compelling, eye-opening, and necessary read for all Americans. Emily Guendelsberger gives us an up-close look at what it means to work the daily grind of low-wage work. Businesses boast that productivity is at an all-time high, ...but at what cost? Apparently, the hea...
  • Michaela
    Jul 24, 2019
    ---Full disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- So, I'll have to come back & finish the review. In reading the reviews of others, however, I noted 2 things, First, people complaining about curse words in a book about stress & desperation. Are you fucking k...
  • Allison Rosenberg
    Jul 03, 2019
    Guendelsberger's book is an incredibly engaging read. I couldn't put it down. I'm usually a fiction reader and couldn't believe how interesting this book was. Guendelsberger weaves her experience at these jobs seamlessly with research on the history and psychology of work, building a c...
  • Amanda Samuel
    Aug 02, 2019
    An incredibly eye-opening, interesting, smart book that balances stories and lived experiences with context, research, and nuance . Emily is a brilliant, compelling, and funny writer. My only qualm is that I was looking forward to the end of the book solutions offered to make low-wage ...
  • Farrah Rah
    Jun 20, 2019
    This is a wonderful book, and an important one. Take the wittiest, coolest, hippest girl from college and plop her in some really shitty jobs with a cast of opinionated, diverse, and feisty Americans who are all united in their desire to just live a good life. As Emily learns, the syst...
  • Samantha Melamed
    Jun 20, 2019
    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. ...
  • Molly Seavy-Nesper
    Jun 21, 2019
    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 ran...