Is IT ever a 9-5?

jerseyIT92jerseyIT92 Posts: 93Banned ■■□□□□□□□□
Just wondering what other people feel about this. Is it ever 9-5? Or is there always on call, weekend shifts, etc?
«13

Comments

  • d4nz1gd4nz1g Posts: 464Member
    It depends on your role.
    For operations staff, for example, it is always 24/7.
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb A+, Net+, Sec+, CSSK, CCNA:Sec, GCIH Posts: 3,194Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Well I work an 8-5. (Don't get a paid lunch) I check out pretty much exactly at 5pm everyday and pick my kid up from daycare. Have had to work probably 2 weekends and have been at my place over a little over a year.
    GCIH | CCNA:Sec | Net+/Sec+/A+ | CCSK

    Goals in progress: MSc in Computer Science (specializing in Cyber Ops) , CISSP
  • Rumblr33Rumblr33 Posts: 99Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Depending on your role in the organization, it can be a 9-5 type job but in my experience IT is always 24x7.
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    If you're on the engineering side, it's usually 9-5.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • seigexseigex Posts: 105Member
    It's 9-5 if you plan on staying at the same position the rest of your life.
  • anoeljranoeljr Posts: 278Member
    I'm 8-4:30. Sometimes I have to log into servers if a backup doesn't run or if there's an outage, or when we push patches. If I have to work a little over normal hours it's no problem. There was a thread about this same topic a few months ago actually. BUT, there are some on here that think if you DON'T work more than the standard 9-5 then you'll always be in the same place, or something stupid like that.
  • markulousmarkulous Posts: 2,389Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    At remote MSPs, they can typically work 8 hours every day.
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb A+, Net+, Sec+, CSSK, CCNA:Sec, GCIH Posts: 3,194Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    seigex wrote: »
    It's 9-5 if you plan on staying at the same position the rest of your life.

    or if you're just terrible at your job
    GCIH | CCNA:Sec | Net+/Sec+/A+ | CCSK

    Goals in progress: MSc in Computer Science (specializing in Cyber Ops) , CISSP
  • GorbyGorby Posts: 141Member
    There are plenty of positions that are typical day jobs that don't require a shift like schedule. Typically, positions that are operations will require a 24/7 shift like schedule..these are usually help desk (some), MSP's, NOC/SOC environments. I don't believe you are bad or complacent at your job if you manage to work a regular 9-5 type of position most of your career, it really just depends on what company and role(s) you've had in your career.

    I managed to avoid operations for the most part except for working in a NOC for a few months and I currently work in IT security doing GRC. I do work overtime sometimes to complete projects for my company though.
  • aspiringsoulaspiringsoul Posts: 314Member
    I've always worked 8 to 5, on call 24/7 in my current and previous role.
    Education: MS-Information Security and Assurance from Western Governors University, BS-Business Information Systems from Indiana Wesleyan University, AAS-Computer Network Systems - ITT Tech,
  • beadsbeads Posts: 1,439Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Only if were contracting for a 40 hour work week and overtime was a "no-no". Otherwise I will find more ways to fill my time after hours due to my own curiosity or need to see one more problem resolved before I go home. Though I am security I often have detailed enough knowledge and breadth of view (I get to see everything) that I am often speaking to other teams about non-apparent problems. Why is this box acting this way..? Because another box its not supposed to be talking to it is spewing bad data at it, etc. Love that stuff.

    Eight or nine to five? Rarely, if I have someplace else I need to be that nice then yest. Otherwise, probably not. You want a job with set hours? There is always retail or fast food.

    - b/eads
  • SoCalGuy858SoCalGuy858 CISSP, GCIH, GSEC, Project+ The TrianglePosts: 134Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'm a 9-5 security analyst. Brand new position, brand new department, still trying to get into a regular ops tempo. Previous systems administrator position (same company) was also 9-5, though it did have the rotating after-hours support cycle (and the uncommon need to jump if something at my site went to crap).
    LinkedIn - Just mention you're from TE!
  • E Double UE Double U Posts: 1,522Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I've been pretty fortunate to have never been on-call and worked OT by choice. There have been a few occasions when an incident occurred that required that I work late, but it isn't a regular thing. I just pick up my boys from daycare then clock back in whenever my wife gets home.
    Alphabet soup: CISSP, CISM, CISA, GPEN, GCIA, GCIH, GCCC, CEH, etc

    2019 Goals: CCSP, CRISC

    "You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try." - Homer Simpson
  • /usr/usr Posts: 1,768Member
    I've had jobs where it's 9-5, but multiple 24 hour days over the past 4 years tells me that's no longer the case :)

    I think it depends largely where your responsibilities lie. If you're infrastructure and something breaks, you or someone on your team better be available to work until it's resolved. If you're helpdesk, not so much...
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb A+, Net+, Sec+, CSSK, CCNA:Sec, GCIH Posts: 3,194Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Can definitely tell the discrepancy in priorities by a few these answers... different strokes for different folks icon_cool.gif
    GCIH | CCNA:Sec | Net+/Sec+/A+ | CCSK

    Goals in progress: MSc in Computer Science (specializing in Cyber Ops) , CISSP
  • N2ITN2IT Posts: 7,483Inactive Imported Users
    dave330i wrote: »
    If you're on the engineering side, it's usually 9-5.

    Strategy side as well.
  • Danielm7Danielm7 Posts: 2,228Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    In my current job they are very sensitive of working hours. There are maintenance windows for some teams like systems or networking, but they are able to do some of it remote and they are also comped the time back later in the week if they want. Not every company insists that you work 50+ hours a week, and yes, people here get promoted and get paid fairly.
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Posts: 4,134Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    I typically stay with my 8 am to 4 pm (with an hour lunch) for the most part. When I do have to stay late, it's typically for a long stretch of time, but it is really pretty rare. But when the Fit hits the Shan you gotta do what you gotta do (and do it for free because my job title doesn't allow for overtime even if it was approved).
    WIP:
    Assembly
    Data Structures
    Javascript
    Work stuff
  • jerseyIT92jerseyIT92 Posts: 93Banned ■■□□□□□□□□
    beads wrote: »
    Only if were contracting for a 40 hour work week and overtime was a "no-no". Otherwise I will find more ways to fill my time after hours due to my own curiosity or need to see one more problem resolved before I go home. Though I am security I often have detailed enough knowledge and breadth of view (I get to see everything) that I am often speaking to other teams about non-apparent problems. Why is this box acting this way..? Because another box its not supposed to be talking to it is spewing bad data at it, etc. Love that stuff.

    Eight or nine to five? Rarely, if I have someplace else I need to be that nice then yest. Otherwise, probably not. You want a job with set hours? There is always retail or fast food.

    - b/eads


    I love this answer man, thanks. I'm happy to be reassured that's it's not just my company.
  • networker050184networker050184 Posts: 11,962Mod Mod
    It seems like the mid level operations type is where the long hours come in. Help desk guys are usually normal eight hours. Engineering/design usually work normal hours. The ops guys that take the escalations and run maintenance are where the long hours come in. So just suck it up while in that stage of your career and you'll be to the promise land in no time!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Posts: 1,210Member
    This can be very different depending on the role. For example, I'm in a SOC and there are day shifts and night shifts because 24/7 coverage is needed. At my previous job it was 9 to 5 with the occasional time when you have to stay after that.
    Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
  • MooseboostMooseboost Senior Member Posts: 768Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    We work a rotating shift here, so I am occasionally 9-6 (hour unpaid lunch) or 7-4
    2019 Certification Goals: OSCE OSWE
    Blog: https://hackfox.net
  • rebelutionrebelution Posts: 33Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Got promoted to a new position a few months ago in a Planning/Engineering/Design capacity and am working 8-4:30. Was previously in a more ops related role and being the technical expert I was basically on call 24x7 and worked whatever hours the job needed (typically 6:30-4 was a "normal" day).
  • Jency83Jency83 Posts: 24Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I am lucky to have "flexible hours", our team covers 6am-6pm + on call roster. So I can start anytime and I usually come to work at 7am and finish 3pm-ish (my contract is only 7h30m a day). It's nice to have the afternoon free, especially during summer icon_cheers.gif This is engineering. My previous helpdesk roles usually had fixed roster. I've never understood the "9 to 5" term. I've worked in different countries and you always had to work 8 hours + 1 hour unpaid lunch, so it is actually 8 to 5.
  • EdificerEdificer Posts: 185Member
    9-3 and 24/7 on-call.
    “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ― Confucius
  • kohr-ahkohr-ah Posts: 1,277Member
    830 - 5 M - F
    On call for emergency issues only. Occasional Maintenance. Maybe once a month and even then that is an extra 4 hours which I get back as flex time.
  • Fulcrum45Fulcrum45 Posts: 557Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I work 8-5 with scheduled weekends and evenings here and there. I will ONLY answer at night in the event of an emergency- i.e. the building is on fire etc. Otherwise I have a life and a family to get back to. 24/7? No thanks. I'm not curing cancer or fighting the War on Terror- the world will keep turning with or without me.
  • hurricane1091hurricane1091 Posts: 918Member
    I work 8-5 but I know there's going to be after hours work at some point here just based on the position.
  • stlsmoorestlsmoore Posts: 515Member
    My hours state 8am-5pm but within my small team that's dispersed geographically we work flexible hours. Sometimes more sometimes less a day. My team members are all on Eastern time and I'm on Central so there are some early 7am conference calls but I take those from home usually. Typically only work late nights or really early mornings for maintenance windows to implement infrastructure or make production changes.
    My Cisco Blog Adventure: http://shawnmoorecisco.blogspot.com/

    Don't Forget to Add me on LinkedIn!
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawnrmoore
  • MeatCatalogueMeatCatalogue Posts: 145Member
    dave330i wrote: »
    If you're on the engineering side, it's usually 9-5.

    This. Once you move into engineering or architect roles, you work when the "decision makers" are available, not when problems happen.
Sign In or Register to comment.