Recently I started work at an R&D firm, and as I was hired one of the big selling points was the opportunity to work on diverse projects and "never get bored".
For the first two months I assumed there was some sort of learning curve so I put in long hours (12 hour days). Keep in mind I am salaried. Well it is now 3 months later and I am wrapping up a week where I worked 12-15 hours each day. I feel exhausted and it is taking all my self restraint to keep from quitting.
My boss has constantly repeated the mantra that "an 8 hour day doesn't count". I don't buy this philosophy at all, but I was willing to put in extra work for a while as I was catching up. I have become twice as productive and I still feel like I'm behind. I think part of the problem is that my boss does not allocate reasonable time for finishing tasks. Every task should take "a few hours". I spent 4 days on a "few hour" task.
Also our company has entered a competition and I am expected to put in extra time at the office "outside of normal work hours" for the competition.
My question is, how do I manage the expectation that I work more than 8 hours? I am fine putting in 10 hour days even but I am physically deteriorating as a result of my work hours right now and it is not ok.
Any insight you guys have is appreciated. Honestly just typing this out felt therapeutic. Realistically I need to keep this job for 2-3 more months before I jump back into the job market.