I feel that the author's post doesn't apply in my case, because:
- Some of the problems i work on are amazing. They're interesting and fun, and i enjoy them outside the normal "work hours".
- Twitter has an "unlimited"—be respectful to your team—holiday policy. I've probably taken about 6-7 weeks off in my one and a quarter years here.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served for free. While you might not count that as 'being paid overtime', the costs of food can add up.
- This behaviour is not required. I know people who do 9-5 and that's it. They get their work done within deadlines, and there's no issue with that.
So, am i to assume that Twitter is a huge exception? I'm not so sure. I think that while Twitter is a special environment, there are many companies that offer similar benefits.
Maybe the real statement shouldn't be "don't do unpaid overtime", but:
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle." - Steve Jobs
As for the Steve Jobs thing, yes I get that. But it's one thing to be Steve Jobs and have this legacy that they make documentaries about and it's another to have just been a cog, even if it's a popular company like Twitter, your whole life and not have any kind of family or life outside of your job. Perhaps everlasting glory is worth everything else but I doubt it's true for everyday programmers at Apple.
Firstly, i'm not married nor do i have children. Secondly, these things will come, in time.
I find it discouraging that you feel that one can't take pride or enjoy work while being "a cog". This isn't about 'everlasting glory'; it's about enjoyment, it's about fun, it's about being proud about what you've created and owning it, it's about respect from your peers, it's about being a part of something.
As you said, "if it is something you actually want to be doing then that is one thing". It is. It is exactly what i want to be doing.
I used that quote to mean that if you're not happy, then you should change that.
So you're really only putting in an extra 30 minutes per day... Minus the dinner you eat...
I'm going to go out on a limb and say you're probably not the target audience the poster had in mind.
Curious as to how these things work in the states. I take it that you pay for the time off from your salary? (E.g. you don't get any for the period) Do you have any time off that is paid by your employer?
Ironically, this policy is illegal in most European countries.
I live in Japan and what is this?
Though I suppose it's not considered long hours in US too, perhaps the commenter above doesn't have a lot of experience or has been lucky till now.