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Updated on Thursday, September 18

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QUESTION: What are your experiences with being asked to work overtime a lot while on coop?

This is happening often, and I want to refuse, but was curious how the typical student handles it. This is my third coop.

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  1. I voluntarily worked overtime for my last coop because I'm actually going to get my name on our paper and I want my first journal publication to be glorious. However if you don't have a research job this probably don't apply.

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  2. It really depends on the culture. In some companies/industries it's 100% expected that everyone is logging overtime.
    If you're the only one being asked to do it, you can speak out against it, but if this is in line with the rest of the employees, you won't achieve much.

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  3. If you refuse to work overtime you are a fucking pussy.

    1.) Not many people these days have the kind of co-op experience as we get. Job experience is everything so be grateful.
    2.) Your employer will probably respect your work ethic more which will lead to either a job offer after graduation or a glowing reference
    3.) You are on a work-term. What else will you be doing with your free time?

    ...also don't be a pussy

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    1. Not even going to address the other points after I read number 3... Are you serious? Do you really have nothing better to do?!

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    2. I am really hoping this is sarcastic. Otherwise, views like this are the reason tons of humans being get abused by those that were lucky to have more power, I'd urge everyone not to pay attention, stand for their rights, and help build a better world for the majority.

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  4. I do it with a smile on my face and a scream in my heart, but you gotta do it

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  5. I generally ask about the potential for overtime during the interview or with friends who have held the position. Some positions (often government) are limited to 35 hours a week with no chance of OT whereas others could be 60+ hours a week with more or less expected OT. Some companies will expect their employees to work OT when required so if you are against working OT, I suggest you ask in the interview if they require OT. IMO work OT. It is only a short co-op, it will give you more money (especially at 1.5x pay) and more importantly your employer will thank you for it which means a better review, reference or potential future job offer.

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    1. Lots of jobs don't pay for overtime...

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    2. There is a difference between not paying extra for overtime and not paying for overtime. No reputable company should be asking its employees to stay unpaid overtime.

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    3. @5b: I know for a fact that co-ops don't get paid overtime at all 3 of the companies I've worked at. Out of those, 2 of them don't pay full-times for overtime. They're all software companies that aren't startups.

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  6. It depends on where you want to go in life. If you want to be lead manager or ever run a company or something, in almost anything you do overtime is going to be required.
    If you just wnat a 9-5 job that pays your bills and thats all, then no I dont see why you would need to work OT now.
    But I wouldnt expect to refuse to be not working OT and be highly successful in what you do. (or maybe work for a union)

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  7. I'd put in the OT but make sure you get some form of compensation or time off as a result.

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  8. Paid? Hell yes. I have worked illegal numbers of hours due to how well they were compensating me.

    Unpaid is different. I have done this as well, but only because I actually cared about getting the research done before I left.

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  9. If you don't want your employer to like you, go ahead and say something. But if you are trying to advance your career, which i'm assuming is the entire reason you are in co-op, then suck it up otherwise you will not be getting a good reference, or continued employment after your term.

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  10. Don't be forced into a game you don't want to play.

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