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Is Information Technology ever a 9am to 5pm job?

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Or is IT always about long hours and bad work life balance?

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RE:- Is Information Technology ever a 9am to 5pm job?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Is Information Technology ...

Not in my experience in any place where systems are expected to run 24/7/365.

Or is IT always about long hours and bad work life balance?

Most defiantly this is the case as things break outside of business hours or at the very least if they break during business hours they want them working again when business hours next start so late nights long hours and no money to keep things working as they are supposed to.

Of course Windows helps no end to keep things bad for IT workers and cheap nasty hardware doesn't help one bit either.

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It depends what part of information technology one is in

by john.a.wills In reply to Is Information Technology ...

For an application programmer like myself it is actually an 08:15 to 17:00 job, with 0:45 for lunch and, at least in theory, two breaks each of 0:20. Things are a bit different for the systems maintenance people, of course: the vital programs are scheduled to run at the appropriate times via software, but that software won't run unless the electricity keeps flowing, the discs keep spinning (or equivalent), the Virtual Machines keep on acting as they should, etc.

One way the job does disturb the rest of one's life is by intruding in the mind: programming is a fascinating occupation, or can be at times, so one is never away from it. As far as that goes, I would expect banking and police work to be similarly fascinating, but in practice the seem not to be: those people are in it for the wage and benefits, not for the sake of the work itself, it often seems.

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