people didn't work 60 hour weeks
I recently had an interview with a small company. we discusses hours and pay rates. the hiring manager said that its usual to work 60 hours a week and 'everyone in the bay area does that'. well, that's not quite true, but beside that, he was not willing to pay for such sacrifice.
think about it: in US law, you are supposed to pay for hours up to 40/week if you are fulltime. beyond that, its considered overtime and should have 'time and a half' (except when you are this unfortunate class called 'exempt' but lets not talk about that right now, its too depressing a concept to bring up in this thread).
now, 40 to 60 is 50% more time you put in. 1.5 people's job done by 1. the pay rate? LESS than I was making at my last 40/wk job.
I told him that if you expect people to regularly (not on bursty periods, but day in and day out) put in 60 a week, you should pay that person better so that the personal LIFE TIME they give to you at least is rewarded with higher pay. there was silence on the phone. almost like I called his mother 'ugly'.
more and more, this is the typical hiring manager and employer. they want more, they pay less and they act SHOCKED, that you ask them to pay for 1 and a half gallons of milk if they want to BUY one and a half gallons of milk. go into a store and offer to pay for one and walk out with two and see how far you get. but in employment, they fucked us over and they expect us to like it.
the american 'salaried professional' is being screwed left right and center. I wonder when the pitchforks and fires will hit the streets? I hope it comes sooner rather than later.