Am I supposed to work for free?
I work for a large company on a fairly critical project. (Of course, if the company is large enough no project seems to really have an impact, but that's another topic.)
Spent the time with the family.
Just me (Sir to you)
Am I right in thinking that your contractors
If you're looking for people's agreement, you've got it. Anyone can see the bullshit in this. I've made the decision to come in "extra days," and it was when working for a dot com that needed to be humbled by the fact that you can't get things done only with bubblegum and will for money.
I'd have taken the day off as well. That said, if you don't like your employer, then find a new job. Nothing could be more simple. If you are UNABLE to find a new job, then maybe that will make you more tolerant of your situation. It is a win/win situation. Good luck.
Bottom line is, you need to look out for your personal interests on this one. Clearly the 4th of July is both a national holiday, and it has deep symbolic meaning.
By The Numbers
My thoughts on this are fairly simple... They pay us money, we do work. If they are not prepared to pay money, then I would not be prepared to give up valuable family time. It sounds like they are already getting their moneys worth out of you....
I worked every day for three months about this time last year, including weekends and July 4. This was to complete a "special" project which had to be in by August. (There was no paid overtime and no comp time.) I did manage to complete it in time . . . and now I am one of many people who is about to be let go as they downsize our department. I wish I had gone out to see the fireworks instead.
Burned and Bitter about it
"Burned and Bitter about it",
Lazy American ;-)
When I learned that "Estimates are commitments", I learned how to "manage" my schedule. Too many projects start with an end date and the expectation that whatever effort is required will be made before that date. I have managed to shift the burden to my boss/client and I've been working 40 hour weeks ever since.
"interchangeable labor unit" - Hey, I like that... an ILU. Now I can drop the term "widget" and sound much more important!! Thanks!
Vanguard, if you have a few years experience you MUST look for a different employer! I've been where I am for 2 years (first 6 months as a contractor). The first year at review time I was given a prorated COLA. The second year a COLA. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what I'll do when I'm confident that my experience will propel me higher does it? Get Out ASAP.
Yeah I second Joe AA's comment.
Anybody have some extra work that they would like outsourced to developers in India?
I didn't know they trained managers at MIT
You name your school and degree. We supply the documents and verifiable references. We're quite good.
How about a philosophy graduate from the University of Walamaloo, Australia?
Rumour is that India in turn outsurces software development to another countries...
I'm sure you can get $5/hr HTML right here in the US. It's called interns. In that case, no need to outsource.
Sadly but true, it's called the Sloan School of Management
Grass eating flesh country[oh heck non-vegan]
Heck why even bother with that?... They need to understand from the beginning that if they want to eventually get a real job, they should move to indian.
MBA Candidate... USA
Relatively lazy yes. Let's raise the standard of living of everyone and then we can all make $100/hr and have "I'd just as soon sit around on my tail drinking beer as work for you" attitudes. Won't it be wonderful?
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