The main question “Who Moved My Cheese?” is left unanswered. The book is criticized as a patronizing book that educates followers,
not leaders: out of at least three options to search and chase after new cheese to make the cheese yourself to move the cheese away from the refrigerators of others only the first – and most passive – option is discussed. There are many alternative viewpoints on the Cheese story.
Some managers are known to mass-distribute copies of the book to employees, some of whom see this as an insult or an attempt to characterize dissent as not “moving with the cheese”.
Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams claims that patronizing parables are one of the top 10 complaints he receives in his email.