Weekend work in PE
Realize there has been some discussion on this, but I would like more thoughts on the amount (hours) and nature (predictability) of weekend work in PE (especially MM PE).
Right now I am spending my entire weekends doing a million turns on stupid shit. I can't even plan anything for 2-3 hours as I'll get 5 emails asking for changes to a book, and a follow up email asking "When can I see the next version?" Aside from dealing with turns from associates/VP's/directors, I often read people on the buyside saying they are glad they are the ones sending emails on a friday night and are not on the receiving end. Is there truth to that?
From my own experience and from what I have heard, it seems like dealing with companies is easier as they get lazy on Friday's and usually don't ask for stuff on the weekend. PE firms though tend to be more demanding, and love sending work Friday nights and setting up sunday morning conference calls.
I can deal with working 16 hours/day on the weekdays if only I can have the weekend off. Shit if only I can have one day off with some predictability. I think I am going to burn out pretty soon if this keeps going.
So everyone working in PE right now please discuss your weekend work, hopefully at least I have something to look forward to if I can jump ship.