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Welcome to Corporate America. You're Fired. Have a Nice Day.(Larry Underwood, Amazon reviewer)By the time Easton Company CEO Jeffrey Elkins entices a major competitor to buy his Fortune 500 company, the corporate jet is waiting and his parachute is platinum. In thirteen weeks the deal of a lifetime transforms a handful of quirky executives into undeserving multimillionaireWelcome to Corporate America. You're Fired. Have a Nice Day.(Larry Underwood, Amazon reviewer)By the time Easton Company CEO Jeffrey Elkins entices a major competitor to buy his Fortune 500 company, the corporate jet is waiting and his parachute is platinum. In thirteen weeks the deal of a lifetime transforms a handful of quirky executives into undeserving multimillionaires, propels a workforce into unemployment and dispatches unsuspecting retirees into poverty. In the background, security guards dance naked in mall fountains, the corporate jet is sold on eBay, and a CEO utters his final words before relinquishing his title: Make sure the employees get their pumpkin pies.The memorable cast of corporate characters includes a germophobic CEO, a marketing VP turned Elvis impersonator, the Sundance Kid of Everyman Compensation, and a purchasing director nicknamed the eBay Wizard.An estimated one in five corporate employees has experienced a merger or acquisition. Pink Slips and Parting Gifts is their story - the one every corporate cubicle jockey, business-class road warrior and mid-level manager will want to read....

Title : Pink Slips and Parting Gifts
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ISBN : 9654781
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 249 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Pink Slips and Parting Gifts Reviews

  • Darth
    2019-01-03 16:42

    I read this book and Dan Brown's Inferno simultaneously. This is the one I couldn't stop reading. I really liked the way this story was told through different perspectives. I would like to find out if karma took care of the despicable CEO.

  • Bumbershootbears
    2018-12-22 22:09

    having been through it the story was sadly realistic. brought back a lot of sad memories.

  • Jim A
    2019-01-01 20:41

    This is a novel about a corporate takeover in today's corporate centered world. The corporation that has been taken over was an old firm, built up by a man who had a good idea of what the moral way to run a business was about. How he treated his employees was paramount to him. Promises made to retirees regarding lifelong healthcare as thanks for their years of service. Anyone who has worked in today's corporate world knows that this is just no longer the case. That's what makes up this story.A combination of light and dark humor as well as a story that will make the reader angry at the lack of compassion in the corporate world. The characters are probably composites of people the author has met during her trip through the corporate world. I recognized several from my own business experiences. I can sympathize with what was happening to the employees, as it has happened to me personally, twice. The perfect metaphor for this story and the treatment of the former employees is the tale of the couch. An excerpt from the book's postscript:"Corporations exist to serve their shareholders. The law actually requires corporations to put the financial interests of their shareholders--in the form of profits--above all else, even to the exclusion of the corporation's stakeholders, such as the community and its employees."Anyone who reads the financial news on a regular basis knows that the corporations take care of the shareholders very well.

  • Joe Cepeda
    2018-12-19 19:43

    This is a work of fiction that could be taking place right now in one of the many corporations out there. The author did a great job giving voice to the many participants of a business merger or acquisition. As I was involved in two of them with very similar results to those described in this book, it made for some very interesting reading.If you follow the current business climate and read with incredulity about the million dollar bonus to yahoo's CEO for a "stellar" six months of work you'll really enjoy this book, more so if you are a mid-level manager struggling to make ends meet. Enjoy

  • Richard
    2019-01-15 16:46

    Excellent book illustrating the pitfalls of corporate hubris and why the biggest company is not necessarily the best. The story of the buyout of an architectural firm by its competitor is much more absorbing than it sounds, enhanced by realistic details derived from the author's personal experiences in management consulting and mergers & acquisitions as well as fully realized characters from CEO to entry-level employees.

  • Dayle
    2018-12-23 16:01

    I found this book really interesting..I knew nothing about mergers/takeovers in companies and given this author's background I can only presume the basic facts were correct. AND the story kept the book moving smoothly..

  • Megalion
    2018-12-30 18:53

    It's an odd macro and micro series of vignettes detailing the fallouts and fall ups of a major merger. A fictional one but one that can easily be imagined as a true story.Covers a much more in depth view of the different details and minutia that never make the newspapers or even the experience of the causalities of the merger.I myself had a company I worked for get bought, then merged, and then in a not so common series of events, I ended up being severance paid out (thankfully though I was no executive) after my origin company was a memory but not *very* long after. So it was definitely a particularly interesting tale to me. Caveat: the vignettes are presented in a disjointed and sometimes disconnected way that it takes a bit to get the hang of how they are constructing the over all picture. Sometimes they read like very mini short stories. And I definitely got lost keeping track of the players but I found that it wasn't necessary because usually the vignette would reference something that would shed light on which person "Mike" is. For those reasons, I gave it 4 stars but I still recommend this read.

  • Gillycat
    2019-01-15 21:01

    Excellent reading, albeit a little heartbreaking when you realise that although this is a work of fiction, all the events sound completely plausibleUnfortunately today it IS all about the money and no longer about peopleThe author reinforces this by assuring us she knows of similar events in real life.The truth of it is that so do we.

  • Mark
    2018-12-20 15:39

    I enjoyed this book, a fictional story of a company takeover, with a strong basis in reality. In a curiously dispassionate style the author paints word pictures of the events surrounding the takeover and the impact on employees and local people.

  • Heather
    2018-12-30 22:50

    Very interesting and quick read. Even though it was fiction, it felt very real in light of the economic downturn the U.S. experienced. I enjoyed this book.

  • Judy Porter
    2018-12-17 20:09

    Extremely difficult to follow. A must read for big shots

  • Pam Rule
    2018-12-30 20:07

    Just goes to show what companies can do to their employees..... :)

  • Ken
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  • Leann
    2018-12-31 17:43

    Gave up on this one. May try again later, but just not in the mood.

  • charles
    2019-01-15 20:09

    Fantastic read, the only problem I had was that my company was going thru a merger and the subject matter hit a little to close to home for me at times