707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 30 Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 777 times:
I used to work late hours in my previous company - when I started, about 5 years ago, I would usually leave work at 8pm.
This had stopped about 2 or 3 years ago, when I realised I should not be over concerned with my job, and that I should do other things with my evening. So to my boss disapointement, I started leaving the office around 6.30pm (arriving between 9 and 9.30 am).
In my current job, I made a point to be punctual : arrive just before 9am, leave just before 6pm (I have longer commute, and it allows me to commute with my GF who works not far from my office).
Oh well. Tonight just before 6pm, I was told there was an emergency, and what I was doing had to be finished during the nighr. No matter what time.
So here I am, at 20 past midnight, still working. My girlfriend was quite unimpressed and unamused to be notified at the last minute that tonight plans were cancelled. (I sure told that to my big boss !!!)
And whereas my personnal record of late hour working was 11pm, it is now 12.22 am, and still counting.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 747 times:
Quoting 707CMF (Reply 2): "why do you think the company will pay the cab for you ?"
That is ridiculous, the cab ride and an additional day off is the miminum they could do.
Simply expecting that employees are working over 15 hours, and don't provide them a cab when no public transportation is available anymore ist utterly devoid of class!
I recall that I once worked "only" five hours overtime (that means till 20:00h) and my boss gave me a whole additional day off as well as an invitation, for me as well as for all colleagues who also worked overtime, for a nice dinner. Needless to say that I had to work on the following day only half of the time, i.e. beginning at 10:30, off at 14:30.
Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 737 times:
As an environmental consultant, I share your pain, 707. It doesn't happen often, but every now and again someone needs it COB, and we all have to pitch in and work ''til the strange hours. Hint: stay off A.net and you'll get home that much sooner.
AerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6877 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 737 times:
I'll beat that shortly, I'm a shift worker so can be rostered at any time of the day eg: Starting work at 0430 tomorrow & Friday. So far I haven't been landed with the 0130 finish or the 0300 start, but it is only a matter of time...
Homer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2237 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 713 times:
You get some of that when you're an architect and you have to issue a set of drawings.
A few years ago, I worked 7am-130am finishing a set. After a couple of hours of sleep, I was back at 6am to print the drawings. Lo and behold, some details were missing and I had to draw some more...we finally had the set at the printer's at 10pm. Needless to say, they gave me the next 2 days off.
Right now, we pushing to finish a set of drawings to be issued for construction next week.
Worked 10 hours this past Sunday (!), right now I'm pushing 11 hours for the day - and I will be working all of Memorial Day weekend. My wife and kids (who are not amused) will be taking off to visit relatives this weekend.
When it's all said and done, it will 11 straight days of work and probably 110-120 hours total. On the bright side, it will amount to around 50 hours of overtime (time and a half pay), so I'm not complaingin too m.....zzzzzz.....zzzzz
"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12832 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 657 times:
You guys are wimps. I have worked as a legal assistant for various NY City law firms for over 26 years and have probably done 100's of 12 hour or more work days. I have done many late ones to 2-3-4 am, several all nighters, 'lost weekends' (in 9:30 am on a Saturday, left 4 pm Sunday, with 3 hours sleep on the reception area couch) and gone in 10 am one day and left noon the next. Generally when I work beyond 10-10:30 pm, I get a car service home back to New Jersey.
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2428 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 624 times:
You guys need to get real jobs!!!
Try banking or consulting... I have friends who have spent 48 straight hours working then go take a 4 or 5 hour nap (taxi paid by the company and taxi driver having to wake them up and take them to their bed) and return to work after showering. That happens when a project has to be delivered!!
My personal record is 24 straight hours during Profit Plan...
174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 620 times:
At least in the car business there are set hours...which are 8am to 8pm almost every day of the week...unless you are with a customer and they want to pick up the car after 8, which isn't a big deal but it does happen sometimes.
It just makes for long days and if they told me to stick around another three hours on my original twelve hour day I'd tell them to take a hike, if the customer wasn't mine, etc.