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I have been working in a start up company since 3 years and 4 months. I did not avail any leaves until last year when I used all of it to take care of a dear one. Off-late, I have been feeling very stressed out and needless to say, I need a huge break. I have no more leaves to avail. And that's not it, we work on Saturday too. A team worked on a sunday and we were not granted a compensatory leave. When we demanded for it, we were asked to forget a compensatory leave. We have hence worked 13 days continuously. Should I continue to work here?

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Not too sure which country you are working in, but the could be labour laws that your company could be in violation of. You should check it out. – tehnyit Sep 26 '11 at 19:02
I noticed that I put a comment in earlier, and it is an important question, but I should voted for this question to be closed as it is off-topic in this forum. – tehnyit Apr 1 '12 at 18:51

I worked in a company for 10 years and although I was contracted for 37.5 hour weeks, the minimum ever was around 55 hours a week, and my final couple of years averaged out at 95-100 hour weeks. I hardly ever saw my kids, and spent most of my time in airports or hotels.

So I left, started my own company and worked 50 hour weeks for much higher pay and satisfaction, being able to take my kids to school every day etc.

Recently I have joined another company, but have set terms on hours per week and salary as the thing that is most important to me is my family. I do still sometimes work all through the weekend if necessary, but it is no longer the norm.

Much happier, much less stressed and to be honest, I'm on slightly better wage.

Have a good look round - see what other options you have.

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Never. People work in a company for 3 reason;

  1. Happiness.
  2. Money
  3. Good condition. (Car etc..)

One of these are enough for me working in the company. But I think, you are not happy, I assume money is not enough for you (Just thinking because of start-up company) and you don't have good conditions. So leaving or not, It's %100 up to you.

But remember that, nobody didn't come easyly to where they are. I know a lot of manager they still work in Saturday also sometimes Sunday. For me, If I can't finish a task, project etc. in specific timeline, If needs, I work 7/24. Doesn't matter Saturday or Sunday. Believe me, that will be good for you.

Other way, I think you have enough start-up experience for yourself. Maybe you should search better job positions in other companies. Why not ? ;)

Also take a look at these articles;

Is it Time to Quit Your Job?

How do I know when it is time to leave my job?

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"For me, If I can't finish a task, project etc. in specific timeline, If needs, I work 7/24. Doesn't matter Saturday or Sunday. Believe me, that will be good for you." - are you saying that regularly working weekends is a GOOD idea? It may be good for one's career, but I definitely don't think it's healthy. The OP clearly isn't happy with his lack of leave, and sounds halfway to burnout already, so I don't think encouraging him to work more is a good idea. I like the rest of the answer though. – weronika Oct 16 '11 at 8:25
No. I'm not saying "regularly working weekends is a good idea". We all know, it is NOT. But sometimes (it means there are a lot of task and we don't have enough time), we should sacrifice some out-of-working times for finishing these kind of tasks ;) – Soner Gönül Oct 16 '11 at 14:15

Talk to a lawyer

Make sure you talk to a lawyer before making any big decisions such as telling your bosses what you think about them or asking to quit. He knows better than anyone what kind of proof you'd need in case you decide to file a lawsuit. That's a lot harder if you're not working anymore.

If you don't fancy using the law for all the bureaucracy and extra costs involved, you can still use said proofs to threaten a lawsuit and be paid not to. It's not illegal to threaten doing what's legal.

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I'd hope being pushed into excessive hours is because a deadline is fast approaching.

If so, it should be over soon.

If not, the company will probably die as more employees burn out or become disgruntled, so it could be a good time to find alternative employment.

Unless you already know a good lawyer, I'd advise against that route. Even 100 hour weeks are easy compared to the frustration of dealing with the typical lawyer.

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No, you certainly don't have to. Not all companies have this kind of policy, although of course it all depends on where you live and what field you're in. Do some research: try asking people in similar jobs at other companies how much leave they get before taking any drastic steps.

Some people may be happy working that kind of schedule. But if you're not, then you should try doing something about it. Personally, I would say this is not a normal or healthy situation and you shouldn't have to keep dealing with it, if you have any other options.

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