Monthly Archives: July 2008

Episode 29 – A Tale of Two Medical Device Companies

In this episode, I talk a little about the current economy and comment on how the mess today is actually the result of economic and trade policies that began with Reagan.

I also talk about job interviews that I had at two different medical device companies.  It is amazing how obvious it was that they didn’t want to hire an American Citizen for the position.

I introduce two books that cover the union WashTech.  The first book is “The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington” by David Sirota.  An excerpt of this book is available at the WashTech site.  WashTech is discussed in the chapter “Dilberts of the World, Unite!”.  I have an interview in the book near the end of that same chapter.

The second book is titled “Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America’s Best Workers Are Unhappier Than Ever” by David Kusnet.  An excerpt of this book is available at the WashTech site.  This book not only describes WashTech’s history in great detail, it also  describes Boeing’s history along with the union SPEEA.  It also describes how Boeing changed from a company caring about quality to a company caring more about profit.

Also included in this episode are music and audio clips from the game Portal by Valve Software.