I'm working for a startup in Germany where all the senior employees work 10-12+ hours per day. I started off like that too because it felt awkward to leave after 8/9hours but after 3 months I stopped giving a shit and just started leaving after 9, max 10 hours.
Last week my boss calls me in for our first performance review and fires me. He said that I'm at a stage in my life where I'm 'not able to dedicate' myself 'to the work' and that this 'isn't a 9-5 job.'
I was just shattered. The overtime is unpaid and no equity or shares or anything. My probation ends next month so I'm really stuck. They gave me until end of October to work at the company but that's it.
When I was stressed in the beginning of the job with all the overtime, many of the senior members said to me, 'This isn't a big corporation where you just get paid to do nothing.' or 'everybody knows that in a startup you work 60, 70 hours a week and when you get older and lazy, then you move to big corporations with 40 hour weeks.'
I'm just shattered, burnt out and stressed at the prospect of job hunting again. My degree is in engineering but I work in project management so jobs aren't that plentiful.
EDIT: There are two other junior employees who also work similar hours as me but they have different line managers who mostly work remotely so their hours are not monitored. Early on, when I shared my discomfiture with these employees about the long working hours they seemed to believe that one should be measured by productive output rather than number of hours at the desk and especially since we don't get paid overtime, there's no reason to work more hours than necessary.
BACKGROUND: When I first arrived at the company, my CEO was extremely touchy-feely, even in front of all the other employees. He used to say things like 'I think I'm falling in love with you' but that stopped quickly. What didn't stop was all the touching and stroking my back and coming extremely close to my face so much so that I could smell his breath. That stopped too but only in the last 2 months after we had a Pakistani girl recruited and he was all touchy feely with her.
But during this 'feedback' meeting, he was like 'While we are inside this building I can only talk to you as an employer. I'm happy to give you personal advice and mentor you and we can go out to dinner and talk about it, but while we're in the office, I can't say any more than I already have.'
And I was sat there thinking 'ooh and when you were brushing your hand against my bum, then you were not my employer. pff'