the weekend from hell

Friday: Arrive at work at 8:30am. Finally leave work at 11:15pm that night. It was the first stage of migrating around 600 machines from NIS name services to LDAP.
Saturday: Get up at 10:30, conference call, and work from home till 8pm, when I had to go to the office to fix a problem (didn’t have the right tools here at the house). Finally got done around 9:15pm.
Sunday: Slept until 10am, got up, conference call, things are going smoothly. Cleaned house, did laundry, changed sheets, changed the cat litter, all that fun stuff. It’s almost 10pm and I’m just *now* starting to relax for the weekend. Oh wait, the weekend’s over!

6 thoughts on “the weekend from hell

  1. You Americans are mad! You seem to love giving up your free time to your employers. I noticed this when I worked for an American firm over here in the UK. Why didn’t you start the NIS->LDAP project on a Monday ? You might know it wouldn’t go through in a day.

    You’ve just changed your work/leisure balance from 5/2 to 6/1.

    And then, what ? ten days holiday a year ?

  2. Michael: Uptime, uptime, uptime. If done during the week there might have been an impact to the rest of the company. Not acceptable to manager types when they can’t check their stock options this very moment.
    Personally, I don’t know that I’d ever take a sysadmin job again. I go to work so I can live, not live so I can go to work. About 4 years ago I decided take about 5-6weeks off a year and am a much happier person for it. 3-4 day weekends once a month + a couple 1-2 week vacations out of state. Life’s too damn short to work all the time. Yeah, it limits my income but who cares, I’d rather have a bit less and be happy.

  3. What Tony said. The work had to be done on the weekend to avoid disrupting productivity during the week in a software development cycle.

    I work for a good company – I’ll be well-compensated with time off for the time I worked over the weekend.

  4. Well that’s fair enough then Bill—my (limited) experience of US employers is that they expect these `extras’ for nothing in return. If yours is different, then that’s great.

  5. An example – my boss yesterday offered me a free movie ticket for Star Wars Episode III and the afternoon off, if I wanted to go see it. Not wanting to have to stand in line or deal with crowds, I turned him down – but thanked him for it anyway. I’d rather spend the day fixing the last of the lingering issues from the LDAP migration so I can truly enjoy the upcoming weekend.

  6. >You Americans are mad! You seem to love giving up your free time to your employers. I >noticed this when I worked for an American firm over here in the UK. Why didn’t you start >the NIS->LDAP project on a Monday ? You might know it wouldn’t go through in a day.

    Well mostly I would say: this is normal life for a SysAdmin. Even if they are in NYC, SanFrancisco or Dublin. Or Helsinki … That’s part of the job: if you are a SysAdmin you have to take care of the things and make sure they do work. This is very common for instance in Finland, one of the most socialist countries in Europe.

    And another thing: this will be part of the normal life in near future as more and more services are getting into Internet. If you electricity does not work you dial a number and expect someone will fix it ASAP. Same stuff will happen with many services which are getting into Net. And SysAdmins are paid for this.

    my idea,
    stefan

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