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    Default So who's working 60-70+ hours a week?

    Just kind of curious, wondering if this typical for many people? (Although no one I know personally has been working this much).. I've had a few rough weeks were I just can't seem to get out of the office before 10-11 at night. Tried working from home for a whole week but it that only saved me the time I spend driving.

    For a while I've been enjoying it, working with so many different networks but recently it's just getting a little... tiring. It's been cutting into my study/lab and blogging time (not to mention my posting time on TE!! )

    My only real concern is eventually I'm slip somewhere... It's bound to happen, like walking on thin ice I'm gonna fall in eventually.

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    I will work 60 hours this week due to subbing for someone else including switching between days and graves on the fly. I really doubt my job is as important as you or do as much as yours, but I know what it feels like. Though working this many hours has given me the ability to not only prep me for my CCNA but learn C, the programming language, and put some lag on my network+ studies. All while being the only first point of contact for our company, during the nights of course.

    And to be honest, I wouldn't mind working 80 hours in a week, maybe not every week, but every other week. I think if I had enough skills and was forced to work 80 hours a week I could find somewhere that paid more and gave less hours. Just sayin'.
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    I usually work at least 50-60+ most weeks. It's not unusual to put in 70-80+ depending on what projects happen to be in progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO86 View Post
    Just kind of curious, wondering if this typical for many people? (Although no one I know personally has been working this much).. I've had a few rough weeks were I just can't seem to get out of the office before 10-11 at night. Tried working from home for a whole week but it that only saved me the time I spend driving.
    I've worked 70-80 hours for brief periods. The thing to remember is that their emergency is not your emergency--unless you caused it. Value your own time. Make them pay for those extra hours. In my experience, that usually causes them to go away. When it doesn't, it ends up being a really nice event for your bank account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkVeteran View Post
    it ends up being a really nice event for your bank account.
    Unless you happen to be on salary.
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    On a salary, you can still negotiate a bonus or PTO in return for extra hours worked.
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    40 hours a week at my job. 30 hours a week in my MBA program. BTW Work is easier.
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    40 hours for now. Anything more is comp or overtime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kremit View Post
    I will work 60 hours this week due to subbing for someone else including switching between days and graves on the fly.....snip.....
    Why are you getting Network+ when you have CCENT and going for CCNA?

    Edit: I work for the state, so it's 40 hours a week, every week. If I HAVE to do over-time (haven't had to for over a year), then it's going to be comp-time.
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    40 hours a week at my job. 30 hours a week in my MBA program. BTW Work is easier.
    Yeah, I do 40 at work and 20 in my Bachelors program. But those 20 hours are getting ready to come back!

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    i'm usually in the 55-60 hour range with some weeks in the 60-70 hour range. I'm getting better at taking comptime, but to much to do right now. Hopefully in 6 months a lot of things get fixed and the hours get better.
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    How many hours do you put in for a normal week? For me it's very rare that I have to put in more than 45.
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    I put in about 45 hours a week, though when we relocated our core datacenter over the past several weeks, I did work for over 60 hours. Some folks in my teams put in 70 hours, but hey they raked in the moolah!

    As long as I get paid overtime/comp for every hour over 40 hours, I'm okay with it.
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    NOT ME!!! i've did that maybe 2 times in the past 3 years...i wasnt getting paid OT then. i refuse to be that guy that gets burned out by a job...work/life balance is important to me. And now that they made us OT eligible, they trying not to make us do OT, since they dont want to pay it. and thats fine with me, cuz i honestly dont want to work 50+ hours a week anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eserfeliz View Post
    Yeah, I do 40 at work and 20 in my Bachelors program. But those 20 hours are getting ready to come back!

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    I've about 10-15 hours of work at a high hourly rate & 25+ hours of study (I'm working part-time now but that will change in a few months time) but the EU working time directive doesn't allow you to work more than 48 hours, altough I think the UK has opted out of this... If you were in Hong Kong/Singapore working 60 hours a week is considered normal.
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    Between 45-55, depending on the week. If it's my turn in the on-call rotation, it's totally up in the air, have seen 30-40 hour OT weeks.
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    55-60 hours pretty much every week. Some weeks go up to 70+, including weekends, depending on running projects and required maintenance.

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    A normal week for me is about 50 hours. Anything outside of 40 hours I can do remote/from home though so it's not bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajs1976 View Post
    i'm usually in the 55-60 hour range with some weeks in the 60-70 hour range. I'm getting better at taking comptime, but to much to do right now. Hopefully in 6 months a lot of things get fixed and the hours get better.
    It can be tough to deal with the comp time thing. Some organizations/cultures frown on it directly or indirectly, or the situation gets structured to where you feel guilty taking the time.
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    I'm one of a few Americans in a Japanese company. I put in 45 a week and more, if needed (I'm always willing). The OT is comped. The other 2 jobs are family and my studies getting another +-40 each, a week.
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    Comp Time can be a double edged sword. You work extra hours to try and get things done, but take (sometimes forced) those hours later.....which means less time you spend getting the much needed work done! A co-worker of mine is going through this now. I believe either her classification doesn't qualify for overtime, or they just aren't authorizing it...or she isn't asking for it. She should though. Does a lot here and earns every penny.
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    some of ya'll are crazy talkin about comped time...man, if i work extra, i want the moolah, not comped time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradleyHU View Post
    some of ya'll are crazy talkin about comped time...man, if i work extra, i want the moolah, not comped time.
    Well, with comp time its not technically extra work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by onesaint View Post
    I'm one of a few Americans in a Japanese company. I put in 45 a week and more, if needed (I'm always willing). The OT is comped. The other 2 jobs are family and my studies getting another +-40 each, a week.
    Hoohhh? Do you live in Japan? Speak Japanese?
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