Corporate Ties by Ben Woods

All Reviews for "Corporate Ties"

A funny and insightful look at terrifying corporate America - a world that, thankfully, I've never entered! However, I've worked for large companies in the past, and completely understood the corporate absurdity described in the book. The story follows Jason Harris on his new job as a web developer, and the decision he must face: to stay, or to move on to a world that reeks of robotic bureaucracy - including neckties. Overall it was an interesting story with quirky commentary (and a bit of romance), though I felt that I was waiting for a bigger finale/climax. If you abhor buzzwords and love workplace comedy, pick up this book. A good summer read.

Author Cristina Rizzuto
Ontario, Canada

Finished Corporate Ties--good read! You know how to tell a story!

Tim K.
West Lafayette, Ind.

A very fun, thoughtful book.

I've worked in cubicles (though briefly) and have had experience (limited) programming. I don't think either of those things is really necessary to appreciate the book.

I want to hand this story to a friend who works in HR (and had to get through firings after a merger of two big publishers) as well as the programmers I know. Most of this book has to do with friendships at work and weighing happiness/personal goals against corporate (relocation/recruitment) demands.(WRT romance)I think the course of Jason and Ditya's relationship was sad (but in a realistic way). I do feel that the green card "information" was a bit disconnected from the rest of the book.

I do want to put together a list of Indian movies and corporate reading to catch up on (based on the references given in the book).

I read this book over three mornings/nights. If I could have, I would have zipped through it in one shot.

Jolene
Somerville, Mass.

I loved this book! Ben Woods was able to take an otherwise boring scenario, and make it hilarious!! I felt like I personally knew everyone in the book and was living out the novel. I will be recommending this book to my friends. Also, I will be getting my on his first novel, as I enjoy reading his style of writing.

Lynda
Richmond Hill, N.Y.

If you’ve ever worked for a large company that endured a corporate takeover, you will be able to relate wholeheartedly to Jason, the new-hire whose life is chronicled in "Corporate Ties" by Ben Woods. The book is a true slice-of-life picture as Jason is thrust headlong into the upheaval of the workaday world when, after less than 2 weeks on his new job, the company he works for is bought out by a bigger conglomerate. Jason, hired as a computer programmer, expects to be the first one out the door when massive layoffs are announced, as is often the case in such a takeover.

Instead, the wheels are put in motion to move the employees—or rather, associates—to the headquarters location. Jason is surprised to find he’s invited to move along with everyone else, but most of the book is spent on his waffling back and forth, full of what-if’s and uncertainty, on whether to move or not. His dilemma is compounded by several factors: he’s just bought a house, which he’s not sure he wants to sell; he’s not sure whether there’s any promise in an on-again, off-again office romance relationship; and most of all, he’s struck by the weird vibes that emanate from this new corporation.

On the one hand, it appears to be a solid place to work—he hasn’t heard a bad word from anyone who works there against the company. But for starters, the dress code includes ties for the men. Jason has just invested in several polo shirts expressly for the new job. He’s not keen on having to reinvest in a new wardrobe. Another strange aspect is that his work on a new system goes forward unabated, yet nobody at headquarters seems to be in the know about what he’s doing. He continues to question whether he’s being brought along on a ruse, only to be cut loose after he makes the move.

Jason’s observations about the rest of the crew and their issues with the move are both humorous and insightful. He can often be more astute about what others should do while not being able to determine his own path. I kept hoping one of his co-workers could be half as helpful to him, but the only input he seems to get is from the would-be girlfriend who keeps insisting that she knows he won’t make the move—when he doesn’t even know himself.

The other thing I kept hoping for was some real action. It seemed as if there were a couple of points of buildup where the reader is ready for the other shoe to drop, but the action falls off without a climax. I was really looking forward to a pivotal point in the story. Overall, the book is engaging and well-written with a real appeal to those who enjoy situations similar to Dilbert cartoons.

Beth B.
Hixson, Tenn.

I literally just started reading it tonight (I'm only to chapter 3) and I love it.

Adrianne
Owensboro, Ky.

Another winner from author Ben Woods! Anyone who has grinded it out in the corporate world will appreciate this inside humorous look at corporate takeover. I also loved that it was set in my hometown of Louisville, KY. This is a great book to grab on your kindle to take on vacation.

Leah Lakstins
McAllen, Texas

How much is gainful employee worth? "Corporate Ties: Relocation, Recruitment, and Romance in the Workplace" is a novel following Jason Harris, who believes he's found the perfect job, well paying, laid back, even with a shot at romance. But the powers that be relocate the company, and seek to destroy the brief joy that Jason had found. Faced with a decision of just how much a job is worth to him, "Corporate Ties" is a fine pick with plenty to consider, highly recommended.

Midwest Book Review
Oregon, Wisc.

It made me miss 'Mettle' even more ... well written. Thanks Ben!

Missy
Cincinnati

Everyone learned to avoid answering the trick question: Do you want to play 52-Pickup? But we all still expect new jobs at a new company to be a serious adventure rather than another misleading practical joke where all of the promises and guarantees are soon forgotten. That's Jason Harris' journey in this book. Since so many people have gone through this emotional meat grinder, many will identify with the waves of doubts, second guesses, and revisited decisions in this novel resulting from the relocation of thre company to another city.

The story is told through Jason Harris' eyes, but we see the turmoil, including the humor and absurdity of it all, experienced by everyone on Jason's programming team. This book is not quite "The Office" or "Office Space." Like some Dilbert cartoons, the chuckles sometimes fade when the event or situation begins to seem less funny and more a realistic reflection of modern corporate life.

And anyone who enjoys dressing in a suit, wearing suspenders, shopping for cuff links or a bow tie may not be huge fans of this book. But that leaves the rest of the corporate working stiffs.

David B.
Louisville, Ky.

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