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When the company I work for goes into "turnaround" season the technicians work 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week, and only get one day off roughly every 14-20 days depending on the negotiated contract...and SURE those hours SUCK for them...but the amount of overtime and double time they are pulling down can be ridiculous...I have seen one guy making in the 14-18/hr range pull over 6 figures in a year (not the NORM...but DAMN)
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I worked a temp job in a call center for a major retailer's website. I worked the day after Thanksgiving or Black Friday (the biggest shopping day of the year here in the US) from 4am - 6pm.(0400 - 1800). The entire time I was taking calls. I could not get up. I was forced to take calls and could only go to the bathroom at scheduled break times. Customer service on the phone for 14 hours straight is what nightmares are made of.
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well, it's retail. but you are young, it may seem tough but you can handle it ^^ my exp with retail wasn't so bad with the hours but the customers T_T people can be so ugly

idk about worst hours. one summer i worked at a camp from 7am-5:30pm, which meant i was up at 6 and got home at 6. that was pretty tough. i worked with the 2nd-3rd graders so it made for a long tiring day for sure lol
Posted 9/28/16
10 hour shifts literally killed my soul

I don't know how you're all alive doing more than that

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Posted 9/28/16 , edited 9/28/16
Also, just to add a comforting tone about your job: you do not have to deal with people 24h/7d. I really love teaching, but often what I really care is doing my research because it is though to deal with parents. Especially when their only clue about pedagogic means is a political position took on prejudices or fears. Also, every work is a place where pretty much you aren't going for leisure. Sure, it may seem obvious, but on your age I didn't have a clue about it. Easier said than done. Hang on that, but if the job starts to deteriorate your health it is time to negotiate hours IF POSSIBLE. And only in case you get SICK. In any other case scenario go for your work as ordered, go to the meetings even if they seem useless and be active and willing to do things.

Also, it is better to obey and prove "your valor through resilience" even if I do not agree entirely with this logic. Almost always being commited is a proof of your willing to have a job. I do not say it is an ethos on job, but a proof of WILL and disposition towards your job. Rough, I know, but as long as the music plays it is better to go along with it. I had a pretty hard time with an alcoholic superior and suffered verbal abuse on a daily basis and harassment, but I had to stay quiet. Not that I am suggesting jobs are abusive or anything, but as stated before by more than one person: hang on, because there are worse case scenarios.

Do the job, go there and work, give your best and PLAN on what are your next steps. But also hold on your mind that this is a job and every job is temporary. From the worst paid to the best. That is how things are, man. For the rest I wish you luck and do not falter because your first reference is your key to other jobs.
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16 hour shifts, particularly if those shifts start in the early evening and go through the morning. I've worked 16 hour shifts beginning at 6 am and ending at 10 pm, but although exhausted, I am more tired during a graveyard 16 hour shift rather than one that begins early morning.

I also work holidays. After a few years of working Christmas, you get used to it. The extra money is nice, and sometimes it's great to have an excuse to not meet up with relatives you can't stand.

As much as I complain about these things, short of an act of Congress, I can't be fired. So, there's always that.
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Akage-chan wrote:

16 hour shifts, particularly if those shifts start in the early evening and go through the morning. I've worked 16 hour shifts beginning at 6 am and ending at 10 pm, but although exhausted, I am more tired during a graveyard 16 hour shift rather than one that begins early morning.

I also work holidays. After a few years of working Christmas, you get used to it. The extra money is nice, and sometimes it's great to have an excuse to not meet up with relatives you can't stand.

As much as I complain about these things, short of an act of Congress, I can't be fired. So, there's always that.


Any job has it's positives and negatives. BTW, what exactly is your job? Do you work on a Cemetery? Is that it? Or do I have read it completely wrong and upside down?

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7:00-3:30 at one job 4:30-1am at another Mon-Frid, then worked a 2nd job 11/12-1/2am Saturday and basically slept all day Sunday. I did that for 4 months every year for 6 years because my family is broke and the federal government screwed me on FAFSA, it was the only way I could pay my tuition bills without a cosigner.(100 hrs./wk, 67 at one place, another 30-35 at another)
Once went 4 months without a day off between 2 jobs, God that sucked. If it weren't for Monster and Red Bull there was no way I could have survived.

Now I work a straight 40, never more than 50 worst case, I refuse to do it again.

Moral of the story, things could be a hell of a lot worse than your current situation, trust me.
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well if i do wildfire fighting next summer like my bro i'll be doing 12-16 hour days for 14-15 days in a row with 1-2 days of r&r

anyways my worst shift? nothing out of the ordinary
, 8-5 5 days a week
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12 hour shifts at the water park are normal.

At my second job, waking up at 4:30 am to work 5am-1:30 was definitely not the greatest thing in the world. At that job i had another really crappy shift once of 1:30pm-1:30am, got forced to stay for overtime, i got sick for like one day the day after because my body was in shock about what the hell was i doing in the ungodly hours of the night lol
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I've never done shifts, but there was a short period of time (months), that I was working from 4am to 12:30 pm at one job, then 1 pm to 10pm at another 6 days a week. It was literally a period of nothing but work and sleep.
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Whatever job it is, this is for both future reference and to heed in the present, do not work under an inconvenient schedule if you can help it, really, just don't. I worked a job which I was satisfied with until the semester began in college. During the summer I was able to work almost every day during the week, except weekends because the place was closed, now I need my weekends to work and I have to quit because simply working two days out of the week which are the one's I'm available simply doesn't cut it, just think for the future. If you can manage the schedule in the present and for what could be for the next months? Go ahead ! Just really, don't ever lock yourself into a job with a schedule you can't manage 'cause that will suck you in and spit you out man.
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My worst hours were 2100-0900 most nights a week with a 1900-0700 shift. After that I switched over to days with a shift matrix that went 0600-1800, 0900-2100, 1200-0000, 1400-0200 and then the next week was 0700-1900, 1200-0000, then two days of 1100-2300.

right now I'm down to two days a week, all but one is an 8 hour day then I go to school from 1130-1800 two days a week.

Never really did more than 12 days. It's only been recently that dispatch has been screwing me over with late out of county transfers.
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I work in a facility that runs 24/7. The shifts are 12 hours long. Although I only work 3 or 4 shifts before a break in the schedule, there's always the possibility of extra time. If the next guy coming in doesn't show or calls in sick, I could work 24 or even 36 hours. I've only done 36 once but have done 24 many times over the years I've worked there.
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Posted 9/28/16
Mid day shift sucks!!!!
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2nd Shift (4/5pm-midnight/1ish) kinda blows. I work 1st now and I still have sleeping problems years later
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