A'nold wrote: los blancos wrote: A'nold wrote:
ConsideringLawSchool wrote: My last job was 100 hours a week
Bull crap. I hate when people talk about 100 hour weeks. Yeah, the number sounds all impressive and robot/superhumanish and you are a stud, but you did not leave the house, spend 100 hours a week at the "office" then come home and sleep.
I've actually heard that i-Bankers can work from like 9am to 1am, go home, get 5-6 hours of sleep, wake up, and shower. rinse and repeat.
no amount of money in the world could persuade me to do that.
Exactly. That is the schedule you would have to keep. Dude posted that he also had tons of time to spend with people. Yeah, haha, I would maybe do a few months of that for like a million bucks but.....
I always wonder if some of these hours are "work from home on the weekends" kind of hours, like you put in your example above. That would be far more reasonable.
If biglaw is anything like law school (reading a crap ton, meeting deadlines, researching, talking to clients, etc.) 12 hours working 7 to 7, 5 days a week might be doable, actually. I pretty much work from sun up to sun down and am still doing reading close to 1:00 a.m. right now actually.
I think people who claim they work 80, 90, or 100 hour weeks have, in reality, probably only worked weeks like that once or twice, but like to say they work that much all of the time to impress people. Alternatively, I think there are quite a few people still in college who don't really know what it is like to work 40 hrs per week and certainly don't realize how many hours 80-100 in a week would be, but like to tell other people that you have to work those kind of hours, and if you aren't willing to you should go into another profession.
In biglaw, as with many professional fields, people probably work hours like that on occasion during crunch times, but their hours likely average out to between 50 and 60 hours per week over the course of a year (from what I gather, probably lots of 50 hr weeks and the occasional 70-80 hr week every few months or so); I think I sited a source earlier in this thread that provides some evidence for that assertion. 99.9% of people could not maintain a work schedule of much more than 60 hours per week for more than a few weeks while maintaining productivity or sanity. So it is likely no coincidence that, with a couple notable exceptions, the average hours worked by associates at biglaw firms maxes out around 60 hrs per week.
edit: Here is that source again:http://www.averyindex.com/longest_hours.phphttp://www.averyindex.com/shortest_hour_law_firms.php
These are a little outdated, but I doubt people are working any more hours now than they were in 2005.