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How does one work 50+ hours a week?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by longskate88, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    There are jobs/industries out there where 100 hour weeks are not unheard of. Just speak to any Investment Banking Analyst and you will see that 100 hour weeks are a part of the job.
    14 hour days 7 days a week..... anyone doing this on salary more then 1 or 2 weeks per year is getting abused by their employer. Odd circumstances its a maybe, i've put in some long weeks, every week....no way. I understand there are people in certain countries who routinely work 12 hour days 7 days a week, but in america or in europe in a normal job i seriously doubt it. Dont you guys have families that you like to see?
     
  2. leftover_salmon

    leftover_salmon Well-Known Member

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    14 hour days 7 days a week.....

    anyone doing this on salary more then 1 or 2 weeks per year is getting abused by their employer.


    To refer to my post above: It's not like their bosses are sitting over them cracking the whip. They choose to work long hours because they want to. I know wanting to work is a foreign concept for many...
     
  3. constant struggle

    constant struggle Well-Known Member

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    Being that I am a fast efficient worker, I can do lots of stuff in 40 hours that may take others 60

    Lots of people focus on the 'hours' and not what is being done IN those hours

    I normally work 45 a week, I never take a lunch though, I eat lunch at my desk in 2 minutes everyday
     
  4. longskate88

    longskate88 Well-Known Member

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    Being that I am a fast efficient worker, I can do lots of stuff in 40 hours that may take others 60

    Lots of people focus on the 'hours' and not what is being done IN those hours

    I normally work 45 a week, I never take a lunch though, I eat lunch at my desk in 2 minutes everyday


    Do you get flak for leaving earlier than your peers?
     
  5. dusty

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    To refer to my post above: It's not like their bosses are sitting over them cracking the whip. They choose to work long hours because they want to. I know wanting to work is a foreign concept for many...

    It's your life and you can work as much as you want, but don't act like it isn't you who is the anomaly here. I don't think you can accuse somebody of not having a strong work ethic because they don't want to clock 80 hours a week. For most people, I don't think there's any one thing they'd want to do for that long every day, work or otherwise.
     
  6. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

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    Lots of surgical residents used to exceed 100 hr. work weeks; many still break the 80 limit. Even as a student on ortho rotation, I did 70+ easily for the 6 weeks.

    ACGME regulations are supposed to limit our work weeks to 80 hours. Surgeons and Ob/Gyn residents routinely break these rules. I would guess that surgery residents average around 80-85 hours per week at my hospital (two twenty-seven hour shifts per week). My own hours are considerably better--I have no qualms about working 60 hour weeks, though I get cranky when the totals start to break the 70 hour range.
     
  7. Souper

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    Didn't read 90% of this thread, but I must say, I'm only a freshman in college and I'm doing 60 hours between my regular part time job and my summer internship.

    I can't see how 50+ hours is anything to shudder at... though I'd probably start losing my mind at 70+
     
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    Didn't read 90% of this thread, but I must say, I'm only a freshman in college and I'm doing 60 hours between my regular part time job and my summer internship.

    I can't see how 50+ hours is anything to shudder at... though I'd probably start losing my mind at 70+


    As long as the work is interesting, challenging, and variable, you won't lose your mind. If the work is repetivie and simple, you'll probably be counting hours like others in this thread. There's a reason some jobs pay by the hour and others are salaried.
     
  9. dusty

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    As long as the work is interesting, challenging, and variable, you won't lose your mind. If the work is repetivie and simple, you'll probably be counting hours like others in this thread. There's a reason some jobs pay by the hour and others are salaried.

    My job is plenty interesting, and even fun. I, like a lot of people, just don't like doing the same thing for eight or more hours.
     
  10. Brian SD

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    I rarely pay attention to how many hours of work I do per day. It varies between 7-10. Tuesdays and Thursdays I typically work around 13 hours. It's a matter of dedication to me - ever since I've been working full time, I've felt a responsibility to be in the office, generally coming in an hour or so early just to make sure I'm prepared for the day's work. I still seem to manage to have much more free time than I ever did in college working part time + full schedule.
     
  11. lifersfc

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    Why the fuck would you want to work 100 hours a week as an I-banker of all things. What a horrible job. The industry is full of douchebags.
    I think the idea is that after a couple years you trade your banking job for one in large cap private equity, so that you can make $400-500k per year as a 24 year old.
     
  12. blackplatano

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    I think the idea is that after a couple years you trade your banking job for one in large cap private equity, so that you can make $400-500k per year as a 24 year old.

    bingo. The problem is that 1 billion other men are trying to do the same thing.
     
  13. constant struggle

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    Do you get flak for leaving earlier than your peers?

    never
     
  14. grimslade

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    If work were fun, who would pay you to do it?
     
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    If work were fun, who would pay you to do it?

    That's my philosophy too. Work = something people would not do for free. It's supposed to not be fun, in and of itself. If you pay to do it, it's call "a hobby."
     
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    If work were fun, who would pay you to do it?

    Someone who can make money from your services, I'd wager.
     
  17. gdl203

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    14 hour days 7 days a week.....

    The part you underestimated is the 14 hour assumption. 9am to 1 or 2am (5 days a week) is a common occurence in some highly demanding jobs (e.g. banking analyst). Plus 10-15 hours over the weekend. (17 x 5) + 15 = 85 + 15 = 100

    If you consider the occasional allnighter (which means probably 35-40 hours in a row), you can see that, although 100 hrs is definitely not an average week (I would say it is closer to 80), it happens more often than you think.
     
  18. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Well-Known Member

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    80-100 hours a week isnt at all unusual or hard owning your own business. Especially the restaurant business.
     
  19. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    you guys are full of shit.

    whoever has you working 80+ a week must really be laughing their asses off....sorry.

    working longer hours isnt the same as getting ahead in life.
     
  20. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    you guys are full of shit.
    Lay off the bottle for a couple hours and you should be able to have a normal (online) conversation
     

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