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> There's many companies that take advantage ...
> Many employees, especially young ones, respond to this pressure, ...
Yes, and to some (small) extent, that goes with the territory. As a
young person trying to build a career, you pay some dues: doing crud
work, being eager and working the extra, ... Within limits, you're
stuck with that. It's awfully easy for an employer to find another
new grad who is suitably eager if you're not.
> So far as I'm concerned, any company that consistently expects employees
> to work overtime is either dysfunctional or exploitive; any employee who
> consistently works overtime is either incompetent,a dupe, or
> overly-desperate for approval.
Yes, with the caveats above.
> Fortunately, there are still lots of decent employers around who don't
> expect more than a 40 hour week on a regular basis.
A few years back, I saw a survey that analysed working hours for
management in a group of US companies. They gave two numbers. One
was how many hours an ambitious junior manager needed to put in to
have a good chance of quick promotion. The other was a limit beyond
which a lot of mangers started burning out or cracking up. The
interesting part was that the two were only about 3 hours apart.
I don't recall details. I think both numbers were in the high 50s,
but I'm not sure. I tried a quick web search and failed to find
the study. If anyone does find it, please post the reference.
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