Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Time to put up my prices

So the new business pitch I spent all weekend helping out on was yesterday and it apparently went well, news that makes the loss of my Saturday and Sunday almost worthwhile, almost, but not entirely. I have to say that several times during the pitch preparation I felt the will to live draining from me, especially when the powers that be threw out the presentation at the last minute and went back to the original version that we’d put together before the weekend. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!

Anyway the good news is that it sounds like we are in with a chance of winning the business, however the flip side is that I’m half praying we don’t win because we’re so swamped with work as it is in my department. Too many business wins for our own good and not enough bodies to throw at the work. 70-80hour weeks are not unusual for the team at the moment. We can’t hire people for toffee!!

I really don’t like working investment banker hours when I don’t earn an investment banker’s salary!!

I’m getting through the work week by listening to Radio1 via the Internet and blasting tunes through my headphones. I love this Jack Penate song to bits, although watching him run in the video makes me feel a bit dizzy. Where is that? Brighton?

10 comments:

John F said...

The classic devil's trap my friend! Lol!

I used to work for investment banks as a consultant sometime back and i am moving back in the domain. Ahh the sharks smell fresh blood and I am ripe to be bitten into!

Amel's Realm said...

So in the end they decided to use the original version of the presentation? Oh dear...

Well, I hope all the best for everything then. It's tough when you'll be swamped with work later on. Ugh!!!

Love the song, as well. Makes me wanna go out and run in the sun HE HE HE HE HE he HE HE HE HE HE...

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi John, thanks for stopping by. Good luck getting sucked back in. I hope you are being paid well for being bitten

Hi Amel, yes they went back to the original (Sigh). Glad you enjoyed the song ;-)

Ha Ha Sound said...

Yikes, sorry to hear that you put in all that time over the weekend and then they went with the original version anyway. Man, those hours are crazy. I hope you'll get a big bonus or something at the end of the year.

If it's any consolation, working in film/video has hours like that, too, and right now I'm not making anywhere near a banker's salary. That's why, when my investment banker friends complain about how tired they are, I always tell them that I think Quiznos is hiring. =+)

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hey Ha Ha, thanks for stopping by. Sorry to hear you are also working long hours. Unfortunately I'm not optimistic about my bonus chances - my company is quite frugal that way - but no harm in asking right :-)

Flowers On A Friday said...

toffee? toffee? what the..?!
i've turned down a bucket load of jobs SIMPLY because toffee wasn't part of the package!

oh, the injustice.

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hey Flowers, Thornton's Special Toffee at that ;-) Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely weekend. Fish

kitty said...

working the weekend can be mildly 'okay', if you're mentally prepared...but it catches up with you the next week. And I don't think you can really make it up.

Hope you can get some R+R this weekend!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Kitty, thanks for stopping by. No such luck for R&R this weekend. I am in the office now :-( Also have not one, but two sets of guests in town - not staying with me thankfully. I'm thinking I might book myself in for a massage next week :-)

Amel's Realm said...

Hi, Fish, you're tagged. Check it out:

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!! I have an embarrassing story to tell tomorrow. ;-D