I have to say, as a European citizen, it's funny to read that you are wondering that we 'usually don't work more than 50 hours a week'.
<p>Well, I'd like to think I have some knowledge regarding international working cultures, and so the relatively laid-back European lifestyle is no surprise to me. </p>
<p>Furthermore, one could contrast the work culture in the US (or Europe) with the notoriously long hours of Asia, especially Japan. The work hours of the Japanese and South Korean salaryman are brutal, to the point that they never practically never leave the office, often times being expected to return to the office after dinner and put in "extra" off-the-clock hours for which they are not officially being paid (but of course if they don't work those hours, then they will be shunned and offered the most menial projects and have no chance for promotion). Even with nothing to do, Japanese and Korean office workers are often times not allowed to leave until their superiors leave. </p>
<p>Hence, to the degree that American workers may be shocked at the relaxed work culture within Europe, most Japanese and Korean workers would surely be shocked at the relaxed work culture within the United States (and doubly shocked with regards to Europe). </p>
Thank you for your response. Academia has long been one of the reasons I've considered a career in the business world. I've always sort of figured, hey, if it's too much, I can just take some time off, get my PhD, and teach.</p>
<p>For most professors, the one's I've been around at least, it seems like it's about a 30 week a year job, teaching maybe two or three courses at a time (that meet for a combined total of about 18-27 hrs/wk, plus office hours), and you get paid somewhere around about 150k, for THAT! Also nice that you can do it about anywhere. There are business schools in Detroit, New York, Iowa, Switzerland and the Bahammas.
<p>Well, to be fair, at least at the better business schools, if you're untenured (and technically, even when you are tenured), you are supposed to spending a substantial amount of time on research. For this reason, I would agree that junior untenured faculty do tend to work long hours, although those hours are manageable (i.e. if you don't want to do research today, you can choose to reschedule it to some other day, as you're in charge of your own projects). </p>
<p>The real gravy train is if and when you obtain tenure, for after that, you truly can choose to do next-to-nothing, and, frankly speaking, many do so. Once tenured, you don't have to conduct research, you can put minimal effort into your teaching and administrative responsibilities, you can hold minimal office hours, and you can't be terminated because you're tenured.</p>