...is this the norm?
22nd October, 2009 by Ryan Clayton
I am a tertiary graduate in Graphic Design and have worked for 1.5 years as a desktop publisher and 0.5 year in a seasonal role in Canada as a graphic designer for a ski resort.
I've recently moved to Melbourne to pursue a creative role in a small advertising marketing studio of which I have currently completed a solid two months of my 3 month probationary period of a full-time position.
The role is great and offers some really great design opportunities for a modest (almost) 1st year salary.
The workload is heavy but I had expected this to be the case. Due to the huge demand of work my hours have increased significantly in the past few weeks.
Office hours are 8.30am-5.30pm but a standard day goes something like 8.30am-6/6.30pm which i don't have any major gripes with. However there have been incidences in the past fortnight where I have worked 830am-11pm and most recently 8.30am-9.00pm.
I don't consider myself a lazy person by any means but 14 and 12 hour days are beginning to affect my moods and physical and mental health. I'm a firm believer in work/life balance.
I'm all for putting in overtime here and there and helping out in times of need, but I guess the whole reason for this blog is to ask you the broader Graphic Design community...
IS THIS THE NORM? Should I expect this from any studio positon I undertake? Should I be compensated for my overtime or request a salary increase?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time.
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