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Old 04-12-2019, 09:09 AM
 
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Has anyone here worked in a company where senior management required officially or unofficially that the professionals work a 60-80 hour work week?

I have friends and family who work for law firms that expect their staff to put in 12 hour days and expect some work on weekends too. It was part of the culture. If you did not like it, move on there were plenty of people who would take your place. Pay is good but no extra for any overtime hours.

Is the 60-80 hour workweek as common as it used to be? Tell us your stories of long hard work weeks.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Has anyone here worked in a company where senior management required officially or unofficially that the professionals work a 60-80 hour work week?

I have friends and family who work for law firms that expect their staff to put in 12 hour days and expect some work on weekends too. It was part of the culture. If you did not like it, move on there were plenty of people who would take your place. Pay is good but no extra for any overtime hours.

Is the 60-80 hour workweek as common as it used to be? Tell us your stories of long hard work weeks.
My company gets a solid 40 hours out of me. And that is all. Any more than that, and you are being taken advantage of. Work to live! Not live to work!
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:19 AM
 
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It is why I did not go into law or healthcare. Law is all about billable hours and healthcare I believe may pay OT to nurses but I'm not sure about other staff like lab techs or admin.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I work in commercial seafood industry, Ops Management work a lot of hours during the busy fishing seasons.
This is known and expected, on the rare occasion someone is hired from outside the industry it's often a short career change.

Not just the hours though, the travel and rough accommodations can be draining.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Paradise
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Yeah, one job did mention that requirement to me. I stayed a whopping three months. I don't mind working the occasional OT to make a deadline or for special circumstances, but not just every day/week.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:53 AM
 
Location: League City
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I once worked in a refinery lab and the refinery was just starting up. I want to say it was 12 hour days every day of the week. I remember it was at least 80 hr weeks. Some of the people were excited about the overtime pay. I didn't last more than a few months. That inspired me to finish school. I never had to face anything like that since.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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Working over 60 hours a week would suck but it's a bit more tolerable if you genuinely like your job and/or your team members.

I definitely wouldn't want to work at a place for over 40 hours per week if I really could not stand the job.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:02 AM
 
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My company gets a solid 40 hours out of me. And that is all. Any more than that, and you are being taken advantage of. Work to live! Not live to work!
I agree life is SHORT. At the end of the day, the majority of the people work jobs that don't really contribute to the progression of the human race.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:16 AM
 
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I think in most cases senior management works more than 40 hours off the clock. It comes with the territory of moving up to high level salaried positions.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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Outside of my military time, if I were ever required to work such hours I'd find another job. Welcome to the free market system.
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