… and I’m not pitting him. Instead, I pit my employer.
I work for a computer game company. We’ve been working crunch lately- I mean MASSIVE crunch. I’ve not been hit too hard by it… but the programmers, particularly those in key positions, have been getting slammed.
Joe, my friend, and his wife had a baby earlier this year. Joe planned a trip out-of-state to visit family over July 4th. Two days before that holiday, his boss told him, “Actually, we need you too much. We’re going to have to cancel your vacation.” Joe, being a devoted employee, let his wife and son go on vacation while he stayed in town.
Lately, though, it’s gotten MUCH worse. I found out that Joe has been working every day for the last two months… over twelve hours each day. The office is shutting down this next week for the holidays… but several of the programmers are being denied the chance to spend time with their families, and Joe was one of them. Did I mention that Joe, like all the other employees, doesn’t get paid overtime? Supposedly we get “comp time”, but I’ve never seen anyone get more than a day or so, and that after working weeks on end.
So, two days ago, Joe cleaned out his office. Nobody’s seen him since. We’re just a few weeks from finishing the project, and losing Joe is going to really hurt the project- and I don’t blame him at all.
I just can’t believe that his boss was surprised by this. Hell, I would’ve been looking for new work after the July 4th incident. I’ve always believed that overtime is an indication that management has already failed- not that the employees don’t work fast enough.
So blow me, Joe’s bosses. Blow me, employer. We shouldn’t have to miss our families in order to increase your stock. We shouldn’t have to miss our kids growing up so you can enjoy a bigger bonus.