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What should I know transferring from public sector web design to private?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am leaving my current C#.NET web design job at a state organization here in Austin. It is my first job and for awhile, I enjoyed the healthy, conservative pace at which business happened. Then conservative became monotonous as I frequently found myself doing nothing. After a long story, I was half-fired, half-resigned.
Government jobs for what I do are sparse, so I perused the private sector too. I quickly got a job interview for a similar position from a private firm in Austin for a few days from now. It's the typical Modern Tech Business: Wii in the corner, foosball table in the lounge. (I'm not keen on naming names, but if you want to do the research, it starts with 'Pro.') I told my dad, a professional academian, and he promptly shat on my enthusiasm. He insisted I'll be working '80 hour weeks' and 'be treated like shit,' based on tales from IT guys in his building. Now my zeal is gone, replaced with angst. I love what I do, but I don't want to be ground into the floor doing it.
I ask the commercial web designers: how much do you work per week for your salary? What comprises your day? Does it burn you out? What does your 'crunch time,' if any, look like?