9-5 office job question !!

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9-5 office job question !!
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Mon, 02-16-2004 - 9:49pm
Hi guys,

I just called my friends and none of them answered so I came here. I need to know if any of you would take a job with the hours 8:30 to 5:30 instead of 9-5!! That will kill me in the summer. My commute is already 45 minutes, so it means I would have to wake up at 6:00.

I'm not sure I have the job yet and don't know what the salary will be exactly. I'm using a recruiter and he will handle the salary negotiation. I had gone back for a 2nd interview to meet the head of the company and thought it went well. I still have my current job so it's not like I need one desperately!! OH GEE WHIZ!!!! What do you think? 8:30 to 5:30 is like an EXTRA hour! Thanks

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 02-17-2004 - 12:42pm
Well, most of the office jobs around here are from 8 to 5, with an hour lunch. I work from 8:30 to 5 now (we work 7 & 1/2 hours a day so the company can pay us "higher" per hour salaries) and getting up early does not bother me. And who says you have to stay in the same housing situation (if you rent)?

If the salary was good, I'd take it.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 02-17-2004 - 3:08pm
Most offices around here have a standard 9 hour day with 1 hour unpaid for lunch. I think it's pretty uncommon for companies to pay their employees during their lunch hour.
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Tue, 02-17-2004 - 5:25pm

With a one-hour lunch period, this is only an 8-hour shift...pretty normal if you ask me! I've worked these hours and I liked it because in my area, I missed the rush hour traffic!


You can get used to it, but maybe the hours are negotiable? Sometimes companies like it if someone is in the office at 8:00...they can get the phone calls from clients who start work at that time! See if you can talk to "the boss" about it.

*Rebecca*

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Wed, 02-18-2004 - 10:29am
Not sure what the big deal is. I work from 8am to 5pm, with an unpaid hour for lunch. I get up between 5:30 and 5:45 depending on whether I hit snooze. I live a half hour away, but I like to give myself plenty of time to get ready. I am salaried, so if I come in early or stay late, I don't get any more money. Getting up early does stink some times, but I'm used to it. I used to work every Sat. and Sun. when I was in High School and college from 7am to 3pm, and for a while when I was working in the "real world" 40 hours, I also worked 7am to 1pm on Sundays. I'd say that if the money is good, go for it, it's not an unusual schedule.

-Liz

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Wed, 02-18-2004 - 10:07pm
You mean there's really jobs out there that are only 9-5? I thought that was a myth about bankers hours! :)

I've only ever had jobs that require you to be there 9 hours (including the 1 hour lunch), so I usually work 8:30-5:30. My jobs have ranged from government (USDA) to a HUGE pharmaceutical company, to now, a University research facility. I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I am not aware of ANYONE that only has 8 hour 9-5 days.

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Registered: 06-09-2003
Thu, 02-19-2004 - 9:54am
I'm probably not the best person to give you an opinion here, as I think that sounds like an ideal schedule.

I work what's called a "flex" schedule; I work longer days 9 out of 10 days every 2 weeks to get a day off every 2 weeks (does that make sense?). I leave for work each day at 6:45, and don't get home until 5:45.

So you see, 8:30-5:30 doesn't sound bad to me, even with a 45 minute commute. If you're really worried about it though, perhaps you should decline the job?

Jennifer

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Registered: 07-24-2003
Thu, 02-19-2004 - 10:00pm
if you have doubts going in... then, that's something to think about.

i always heard that one should feel their instincts during the pre-acceptance stage. i think that's good advice to weigh.

 Katrina
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Fri, 02-20-2004 - 2:08pm
I think the 9/80 schedule like you are on would be great. I would love to work an extra hour every day to get every other friday off. My dad is on that schedule and he and my step-mom are always taking off to go places for 3 day weekends.
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Mon, 02-23-2004 - 11:46am
I definitely can't complain about my schedule!

It's wonderful having 3-day weekends every-other week. I can either plan a trip, just relax, or use that day to schedule various appointments (doc, dentist, hair) on, so I don't have to take off work.

They also have an option where I work for work 4-10 hour days each week and have a day off every week, but with my commute factored in, I don't think I'm up for that just yet!

Jennifer

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Registered: 02-23-2004
Mon, 02-23-2004 - 12:47pm
I understand your concern about the extra hours, but what would be good about the new job? Would you have more opportunity to advance, a nicer work atmosphere, more chances to get involved with things that really interest you? I think those are the kinds of things you need to consider when thinking about making a job change. Obviously you wouldn't take a job that paid you less, made you work longer - fatrher from home. Remember, a month into it ... you'll forget how exciting it is to consider making this kind of change...and then it will be too late to change your mind. If you have a good job now - make sure you give it up for the right reasons - not just for more money or better hours. I know lots of people who would work happily 60 hours a week if they could find a job they really LOVED!