IAFG wrote:dixiecupdrinking wrote:Many firms would never demand these kinds of hours from their summers. In that context it's not crazy for people to express disappointment about it. Of course the summer salaries are nuts but so are first-year salaries, etc. The fact that there's 8% unemployment has nothing to do with it. I could link to a dozen posts on Above The Law bitching about how first-year bonuses are "only" 1/4 of the annual salary I made at my first job but it would be missing the point because it's all about relative expectations.
I am confused about why anyone making $3k a week as a summer intern would expect to have their evenings and weekends respected.
I totally agree. But you also have to draw a distinction between being genuinely busy and just being a douche. There are always going to be people who want to make everyone else's life miserable, like requiring an SA to come in all weekend to do made-up tasks or stuff that doesn't need to get done for a really long time, etc. SAs should definitely not go in thinking they'll have all their nights/weekends free, but it does suck when someone is paired with a junior who's hellbent on making the SAs life as miserable as theirs.
I totally intend to help SAs get a good experience, but I'm not going to make them miserable for little or no reason.