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Scott:I have not seen or heard of anything like that since the pandemic. However, I can say the first two firms I worked for were architectural sweat shops. The first was a small firm where the boss would drive to your house to pick you up if you were not there on a Saturday! He had a " we are all in this together " attitude so I actually never really minded the long hours. My second job was a large, "cover of magazines", "principals on the lecture and book circuit" firm where I was the most senior project manager in our department. 70 to 80 hour weeks were the norm for the PMs and it was not unusual to see an intern sobbing in the bathroom. Our principal would actual berate people for not pulling all nighters! When the other principals saw the outrageous hours our department worked they told him to knock it off....so he told us we were not allowed to report more than 40 hours a week but we still worked the 70 to 80. Pathetically our principal won an award, based on the falsely reported low hours, for turning his group around.
However, it was the best thing that could have happened to me...I quit that place of misery and started my own firm. In 20 years I have never asked an employee to work the weekend or over 45 hours in a week, I suspect that is one reason we tend to be the last job someone has..employee have deep loyalty to us, and us to them.