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Rip-off!: The Scandalous Inside Story of the Management Consulting Money Machine [Paperback]

David Craig
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15 April 2005
Lying, falsifying results, plagiarism, incompetence, greed, manipulation, overcharging, expenses fraud, sex and alcohol abuse. Find out what really happens when consultants come to town.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Original Book Co (15 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872188060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872188065
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Craig spent most of his career working for some of the world's best and worst management consultancies. After writing two whistleblowing books, "Rip-Off" and "Plundering the Public Sector", about how consultants take millions from businesses and government departments while delivering little of value, he was blacklisted and so left the profession.

Since then, he has written several books about government corruption, incompetence and waste, including "Squandered: How Gordon Brown is wasting over one trillion pounds of our money" and "Fleeced: How we've been betrayed by politicians, bureaucrats and bankers", both of which won the Hammond Whiteley journalism award. He is also the author of "The Great European Rip-Off" and "Pillaged! How they're looting £413 million a day from your savings and pensions".

He is the founder of the Taxpayers Party - www.votetaxpayers.org.uk

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The most shcoking book of the year --The Independent

It is a must-read for anyone in business or on the receiving end of consultants' advice --The Independent

About the Author

David Craig spent most of his career working for some of the world s best and worst management consultancies. After writing two whistleblowing books, Rip-Off and Plundering the Public Sector, about how consultants take millions from businesses and government departments while delivering little of value, he was blacklisted and so left the profession. Since then, he has written several books about government corruption, incompetence and waste, including Squandered: How Gordon Brown is wasting over one trillion pounds of our money and Fleeced: How we ve been betrayed by politicians, bureaucrats and bankers, both of which won the Hammond Whiteley journalism award. He is also the author of The Great European Rip-Off and Pillaged! How they re looting £413 million a day from your savings and pensions.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Financial Times recommendation 13 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Buyers of consultancy are spending shareholders' and taxpayers' money, not their own. They have a duty to make sure that they are getting value from it. Often, they are not. No company or government department should let a management consultant through the door until they have read this book from cover to cover. Twice." Financial Times 11/05/05
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It had to be said 23 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Wish I'd had this a few years back. Press officers need to be as cynical as the journalists they work with, and working in this role with blue-chip companies there's plenty to be cynical about. I witnessed first hand some of the tactics in Mr Craig's book, particularly the management fads, first hand. I watched as companies' people were faced with, and confused and demotivated by, complete tosh whilst customers were left floundering. I hid, literally, from consultants who said that a company's PR people were its 'most important' and that they would be 'spending lots of time with me' (they say that to all the girls). I was angered most by the management that soaked up this rubbish (the MBAs being the biggest culprits, a subject also covered in 'Rip-off') and accused freethinkers of being negative whilst we tried to keep their businesses going. Where were you when we needed you most Mr Craig?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for a balanced picture. 18 July 2005
Format:Paperback
This book portrays the consulting business simply for what (most of )it really is: merchants of product called advice. They push this product in exactly the same way as physical products are pushed and marketed: through reinventing, repackaging, over-the-top promises andother hard-selling techniques. The real underlying problem is their aura of and dubious claims to professionalism. This book stands out as a more popular illustration of much that is taught in the recent (refreshing and sobering)academic stream of so-called critical consulting studies (see for instance, Clark and Fincham, Critical Consulting, 2002 for an excellent collection of papers). As for Block: he has written the more conventional type of consulting cookbook which is, however, NORMATIVE in nature. It doesn't really inform the serious student as to what is actually going on and at stake. Craig's book does and he should be commended for it. I will refer to it in my academic course on change and consulting and I am sure students will love it (although not necessarily for the right reason ;-)).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. V. Stewart VINE VOICE
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The author has some good stories to tell, and as a consultant myself I recognise the ring of truth in the sharp practices which he describes, and the many self-fulfiing prophecies, ego games, and related practices.
Unfortunately his writing style is so bad that the book makes for very jerky reading. He uses commas like the grammatical equivalent of crowd control barriers; he also has a strange habit of writing - for example - h-ll when he means hell. I gather that he self-published the book; a good copy editor would have stopped his unfortunate style from interfering with a good story.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Cathy
Format:Paperback
Fantastic read. Very funny and so true, even if you're not a consultant, if you work in a large company with several strategies etc. Couldn't put it down on holiday.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly all too true 25 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Wonderful. I ran away from what was then Andersen Consulting 10 years ago and it all has the the ring of truth to it. As a freelancer I still decline to work for the likes of IBM or Accenture due to the antics described in the book.
Having read the other reviews I was expecting to have a bit of difficulty reading the book. I personally did not have as many problems as was suggested but it must be said that those searching for an example from the more poetic end of the spectrum of literature should look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As it says on the tin 24 Oct 2006
By Stefan
Format:Paperback
At last a management consultant who comes clean about what he does. I picked this up on a trip as a contracting consultant and boy did it ring true. It is incredibly detailed about the methods employed by consultants to pad their own pockets. That David Craig decided to blow the whistle on this practice is commendable. That he is a poacher turned gamekeeper in this regard is not really relevant - he understands the industry, and came clean on it; a majority of consultants continue to delude themselves about what they are really doing - ripping customers off.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read - funny yet tragic 10 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Just finished this book (bought off Amazon, from review in FT). What a tour de force. I laughed and winced at the same time. The book is a service to shareholders and the taxpayer: thanks for writing it. I'd like to believe that if had been published a few years earlier, the government would have wasted less on NHS & revenue IT systems. But the human nature the book so eloquently describes means the result might not have been much different.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for all UK business studies undergraduates...
A wonderfully funny account of the author's time in the world of management consultancy, this provides a warts and all guide to way in which these companies make a huge amount of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tarka
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful
Interesting book. Been there ...done that ...and it's just as the author says. What can I say ....guilty as charged!
Published 13 months ago by Kevin B
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting, but very poorly written
I work in the field of management consulting and always find books on the subject to be of interest (regardless of the view they give of the profession). Read more
Published 21 months ago by themk1234
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but ...
First of all I did read this book right to the end which is a good sign. However, I was left feeling that something was missing or not quite right ... a bit of a so what?. Read more
Published on 27 July 2012 by M. G. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good effort
Much better than "House of Lies" and has some UK oriented material. Well structured and worth reading, if not that mind-blowing.
Published on 8 Sep 2007 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars One man's account of several bad days at work
I’d say this is more a corporate autobiography than an industry exposé. It does lift the lid on some of the more dubious practices of management consultants, but only by... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2006 by C. M. Perkins
2.0 out of 5 stars A sinner uncovered...
OK, I'm a management consultant. But I've a balanced enough view to want to read a book of somebody else's critical opinion on the industry. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2005 by "scottlrutherford"
2.0 out of 5 stars Not all management consultants are bad..
I do hope readers don't come away feeling that all management consultants are a waste. I have had the privilege of working with some exceptionally good consultants. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2005 by "arunsadhashivan"
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