I've received a job offer from an extremely large company with a reputation of having a "workaholic" culture. I asked some of the interviewers about it in loose terms (ie. what does a work week look like; what's the work culture like; etc) and the responses sounded pretty normal to me.
Since it's a huge company, I'm getting the sense that work-life balance varies by team, with some teams working 50-60 hours per week (verified by someone who works there), but supposedly many other teams are more normal (40/hrs, etc).
Based on the replies I've received, I'm willing to gamble and assume that my future team is one of the more normal ones.
However, I've never worked in an environment with that type of workaholic culture. For those who have worked in that type of environment before, is being a workaholic a job requirement or an optional side kick (albeit with peer pressure to do so)?
In other words: If this team turns out to be a workaholic team, would I be risking my new job if I hold my ground and only work 40 hours a week instead of 50+?
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To clarify - Every other aspect of the offer is amazing for me: Exactly the type of work I want to do, right type of company, stability, highly intelligent coworkers, excellent compensation offer, etc. My question is not asking if this is an offer worth taking. I'm also not asking why it's bad to work 50+ hours a week.
I'm only asking if it's unrealistic to try to have a work-life balance with a workaholic team once you're already in the door. And if it's unrealistic, to what extent?