That seems fair enough..sounds like the insurance business (I am in IT and have worked the past 18 yrs for several large life insurance companies). I think there are different flavors of the 40+ work week. I've always been told salary was based on 40 hours per week..but there 'may' be some weeks you work more. That is normal, and acceptable to me as long as it didn't become the norm. What I didn't care for was when the economy tanked a few years back, we were put on mandatory 50 hour weeks for about a year after a layoff, paid for 40 hours, and offered no comp time. Basically told 'be happy you have a job right now'. Which I was..lol, but thought what they did was crappy. If they'd have said 'or you can work 40 hours and take a % pay cut', I might have jumped on that. I work to live, not live to work, I suppose. But in the end, if a worker doesn't like the working conditions, no one makes them stay in the job.