China's tech employees are fighting back against the "996" working hour philosophy

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Currently there's been a lot of press around Chinese tech workers protesting the "996" working hour philosophy, which stands for 9AM-9PM, 6 days a week. It's kind of interesting because the tech companies that have this "unofficial" policy (Alibaba, JD, Tencent) all pay very well, in some cases more than IBD. Obviously banking is a different industry, but it's funny how Americans and Europeans just "take it" while Chinese programmers are shouting outrage about essentially 72 hour work weeks, which would be a light week for most bankers.