This is a real gem for all of you who speak German.
I came across this book at the airport last week, and at the end of the day, I had finished it. The book is called
Folienkrieg und Bullshitbingo: Handbuch für Unternehmensberater, Opfer und Angehörige by Ewald F. Walden (Amazon.de link). It is the truth, and nothing but the truth, about working for a big consulting firm. There were tons of “YES! THIS IS EXACTLY HOW IT IS!” moments in there, and despite being quite factual and informative, the book is a good laugh (a deeply ironic laugh sometimes, but nonetheless).
If you are considering a job in consulting in Germany – buy the book. You’ll get a very realistic idea of what might be ahead of you, and it gives you the whole picture, with all pro’s and con’s.
If you are a consultant at a big firm – buy the book. See, you are not alone. They all are as crazy as you are. There’s even a list of books to read and movies to watch during the occasional lonesome evening at the hotel.
If your significant other, child, sibling, good friend, etc. is a consultant at a big firm – buy the book. It will explain a lot, and you will be able to understand some of the strange behaviours that he/she has.
Bottom line: Just buy it. Here.
Disclaimer: I signed up for the Amazon Affiliate Program, so in theory, I’ll get a few cents when you buy the book through the links posted here. I mostly did it to see if my recommendation has any effect whatsoever.