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Old 04-11-2013, 08:03 AM
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Comparing work environments in New York City

I'm curious about the different work environments in New York City as a retoucher. Right now I'm working in a studio that works crazy hours while on salary. It feels like once you're in, you're their property and have to drop your life in order to stay onboard. I'm really burnt out. A previous studio I worked with had retouchers at each others throats constantly fighting. What is up New York? Are their any studios in New York with a decent culture and reasonable work-life balance? What are your experiences?
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:11 AM
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Re: Comparing work environments in New York City

"Right now I'm working in a studio that works crazy hours while on salary. It feels like once you're in, you're their property and have to drop your life in order to stay onboard."

Box?

"A previous studio I worked with had retouchers at each others throats constantly fighting."

wtf? About what? lunch breaks? music played?
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:30 AM
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Re: Comparing work environments in New York City

The studio that I work at is pretty laid back by comparison. In three + years I've had to work only a handful of weekends. I have to wonder if this is normal. This heavily contrasts with my past experiences in Detroit and Atlanta, where 10-12 hour shifts were more common than not, sometimes doing 24 hour runs when shit got real busy.
Don't get me wrong; I like not working myself to the bone, but from reading your post, Little Fisher, I wonder if there's a shop that skirts the middle of our experiences. Grass is always greener I guess?
Benny, are you out on your own now?
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:42 AM
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Re: Comparing work environments in New York City

No, not yet. I've got an easy gig up in Stamford that not only is 8-4 with zero OT, but, they give me free breakfast and lunch. Nobody shouts. My girlfriend tells me constantly I shouldn't complain, but, of course, I do.

Back to the "constantly fighting" thing, how is that possible? What is everyone fighting over?
Sounds like awful management.

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Old 04-11-2013, 11:46 AM
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Re: Comparing work environments in New York City

Maybe Little Fisher is at Impact? I've heard bad things about that place!
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:49 PM
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Re: Comparing work environments in New York City

Betcha somebody is standing over him right now, holding a whip, and muttering in a French accent, "faster, faster, you lazee american pig, you."
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:13 AM
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Re: Comparing work environments in New York City

Ha! You guys are hitting the nail on the head... but I'm not allowed to mention "the one with all the hype" I'm at right now. The studio with the fighting coworkers did have a crappy manager. She pit 2 groups of people against each other creating drama. I did work at a dotcom that was extremely laid back... made my own hours, and got paid a lot. But it was boring.

Now I have too much drama and and work twice as hard for less money. All because I wanted to work on some interesting projects again. I'm rethinking my steps and wondering where in the industry I can find a happy medium. Maybe I will have to settle.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:37 AM
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Re: Comparing work environments in New York City

Yeah that's kind of the rub isn't it? Comfortable can be boring. Maybe that's not the right way to put it though. I think when things are a bit too comfortable, I worry that my skills are stagnating.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:06 AM
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Re: Comparing work environments in New York City

Aye, that's the rub. Challenge vs. stagnation. I took this job when the world's economy was falling apart, thinking it wasn't too wise to be a freelancer during a depression. So far, overall, can't complain about that decision. Especially at my age.

My advice is, if you're going to work crazy hours, never go on salary. It's not as though your boss isn't charging by the hour, you know?
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:44 AM
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I hear ya, Benny. I'm salaried now, but when I was doing crazy hours a few years ago, I was hourly with time and a half overtime. I made a ton, but living in Manhattan has pretty much evaporated that cushion.
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