Monday, March 29, 2010

Undercover Boss

Okay, so I promised myself that I wouldn't watch this show because in the beginning, when it was just the promos, I thought it looked stupid. On the second or third week it was on the air, I watched (I was bored) and I got hooked. Have you seen this show? Sunday nights, CBS, right after Amazing Race.

So here's the thing, these CEO's go undercover within their companies and see how it all makes them money. Okay, that sounds a little harsh but really, they go to all of the jobs where really all of the action is and hard work and see how the employees do their jobs. The cool thing is that these guys actually WORK. When they are undercover they are mopping floors, packing trucks, taking calls, meeting with customers...there is nothing that is off limits.

At the end of each episode, they call the employees that they were in close contact with and reward them in some way, shape or form. They'll get raises, a scholarship to go back to school, promotions, again, nothing is off limits.

What I find funny during these episodes is that these guys go undercover and so they disguise themselves a little bit and stay in low-end motels so they don't tip anyone off that they are millionaires. I get the disguise, but really? The low-end motels? That's just unnecessary. I'm not saying they should stay at Trump Towers or anything, but would a Holiday Inn be too much to ask? On the last episode, not only was this CEO staying at some no-name place, but he was eating a no-name TV dinner! Come on! They're undercover, not destitute! I just think that I'd almost have more respect for these guys if that end of it were a little more realistic.

If you haven't watched it yet, you should check it out. It's one of the few reality TV shows that does some good.


Roo said...

I love this show... yes there are some pieces that seem silly and unnecessary, but it is a good show. I particularly liked the one of CEO of GSI when he called that one woman on the carpet for the way she treated that customer. Then to read at the end that they had tried giving her some retraining yet she has left the company. She had to have seen that coming once she found out who the was.

Unknown said...

My wife and I are both trying to like the show, but I keep getting the impression that either it is very heavily edited or much of it is faked. It does have it good parts, nonetheless.

Nani said...

Brian and I both think it's OKAY, but we keep watching it anyway - love to see the in's and out's of the companies...he loved the 7-eleven episode because they showed the store on Long Island that he use to go to when he lived there -
oh I meant to email you after one of the Amazing Race episodes- the 2 blondes thinking it was Noah's ark - when it was Joan of Ark on the clue- I laughed so hard!