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Don’t Work 80 Hours a Week for Elon Musk, or Anyone

By Vice

Musk claims "nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week." Not only is that totally wrong, it's a trademark of boss exploitationRead full story

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  • Brad Jakeman
    Brad JakemanproCEO & Founder at Brad Jakeman Inc.

    As I said before. What would make the world a better place is if Elon Musk spent less time on Twitter.

  • Tsk tsk...

    "Here is what I think he’s actually saying: I want to cement my legacy, and thus my wealth and value to society, by changing the world through technology. To do that, I’ll need your help, and for that, I’m willing to pay you a predetermined wage or salary. But while you’re here, I’ll try to draw extra work out of you by selling you on the idea that you, too, are changing the world. And if you don’t fall for this, I’ll find someone else who will."

  • This exploitation came evident to me with the last two jobs I had to take care of my son. Both jobs promised I only needed to work 40 hours. Each job requested 60 hours after 3 months. 80 hours was on the horizon after 6 months. When I refused, BOTH jobs tried to guilt me into feeling I’m not passionate for the company and their mission. Daycare was now raising my child and I couldn’t understand the way he spoke as he was just learning to speak. I could not understand what he wanted because I was

    This exploitation came evident to me with the last two jobs I had to take care of my son. Both jobs promised I only needed to work 40 hours. Each job requested 60 hours after 3 months. 80 hours was on the horizon after 6 months. When I refused, BOTH jobs tried to guilt me into feeling I’m not passionate for the company and their mission. Daycare was now raising my child and I couldn’t understand the way he spoke as he was just learning to speak. I could not understand what he wanted because I was never around him. The last job ended up closing down the daycare to open more offices which was Indian based care who walked to work. They needed to relocate and walk 3 more miles to their new location. I put my two weeks in soon after and never looked back. Never again will I be exploited at the cost of the relationship between my son and I know now, they just care about profits no matter what they tell you. A change needs to happen now in the workplace.

  • Daniel Keller
    Daniel KellerFounder & Consultant at DRKmatter

    I believe that we all have a certain sense of entitlement. We want to believe that we are special and that we will make a change in this world. Not realizing that spending time with family, raising our children, helping out each other is doing exactly that.

    Chasing the next unicorn should not be the goal. Life should not only be dedicated to work. It is important not to forget that we work to live and not the other way around.

  • Darcy Reaume
    Darcy ReaumeUI / UX Director / Designer

    I once woke up on a booze stained couch at the agency I worked at. It was the only option after an all night pitch that went till 5am. The creative director laughed and cockily said ‘it was one of those nights’ like it was a right of passage. He, by the way left the office at 10pm.

    Another time, same company, different pitch. I got up from my desk at 3am to go to the fridge, praying someone had left food. I haven’t had the chance to eat since lunch. I felt like I was going to faint, and I thought..

    I once woke up on a booze stained couch at the agency I worked at. It was the only option after an all night pitch that went till 5am. The creative director laughed and cockily said ‘it was one of those nights’ like it was a right of passage. He, by the way left the office at 10pm.

    Another time, same company, different pitch. I got up from my desk at 3am to go to the fridge, praying someone had left food. I haven’t had the chance to eat since lunch. I felt like I was going to faint, and I thought... Hmm, if I pass out at the office and no one is there, I fell like that’s a lawsuit?

    This was status quo for 5 years!!

    Did all the hard work pay off off? Nope. I can’t say I got one good project out of that place. Never learned anything new. Never got a pay increase. When I stoped caring, they actually demoted me, claiming I wasn’t pulling my weight and I couldn’t manage my stress.

    Screw working for people like that! Never again.

  • Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
    Anthony Duignan-CabreraCEO at ADC Strategy

    This digital bro view of the above world is actually part of the larger problem in Silicon Valley. I can see Gary Vaynerchuk licking his chops after reading Musk's comments and thinking, "Yah, bra, totally!" Musk sycophants eat this up; but it's folderol. There is no skepticism, just misplaced hero worship. The impulsive musings of a pothead on a dodgy public platform that obscures the fact that Tesla isn't out of the woods, yet, and the Boring Company will not be drilling a two mile tunnel under

    This digital bro view of the above world is actually part of the larger problem in Silicon Valley. I can see Gary Vaynerchuk licking his chops after reading Musk's comments and thinking, "Yah, bra, totally!" Musk sycophants eat this up; but it's folderol. There is no skepticism, just misplaced hero worship. The impulsive musings of a pothead on a dodgy public platform that obscures the fact that Tesla isn't out of the woods, yet, and the Boring Company will not be drilling a two mile tunnel under Culver City. And, no, he's not going to live on Mars.

  • Jackie Dawson
    Jackie DawsonRetired in Texas at Self employed

    Seriously I think we already work enough hours in this country.

    https://blogs-images.forbes.com/niallmccarthy/files/2018/08/20180807_Holidays.jpg

    I used to work 70+ hrs a week during the holidays not because I was trying to change the world.

  • John Stowell
    John Stowell

    Well so true. Well good luck with millennials they want to be paid a lot and work little.

    Not all of them but a lot of them.

  • gene pygmie
    gene pygmiebonjour at bonjour

    everyone call down.....I hate this guy, he's arrogant, disrespectful, potentially a scammer and ugly. BUT, what he said I'd, to change the world, you need to work!!!! look back at history and tell me how many people changed the world by nor being dedicated, and almost Monomanaical in their mission....

  • Evan Steeves
    Evan SteevesContent Strategist and Creative Writer

    As soon as you’re being paid in “opportunity” someone’s manipulating you to make money off your back. It’s the same thing that results in musicians performing for “exposure” which the bar reaps the profits, students extending their school loans for the opportunity of an internship, and people putting in unpaid overtime to meet unrealistic deadlines on “their” projects in which they’ll be reprimanded for failure but get nothing more than a pat on the head for financial success.

  • Don’t work for more than 36 hours a week!

  • Chris McCauley
    Chris McCauleySoftware Engineer

    Elon Musk is super hard worker. He work 80 hours a week.

    I think, if you want to change the world, you have to work for a long time.

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