I have been working here for two years and I am constantly getting new responsibilities. At this point there are so many responsibilities that I can no longer have any work-life balance. At first, I accepted that workload because I wanted to look like a good employee. Now I really don't know how to refuse extra work anymore because they don't even ask if I want to help, they just add it to my plate. I can't simply refuse because I would risk losing this job, which I still need.
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I work in and with technical teams that is having SO much trouble hiring quality individuals that it is causing attrition of who is left to exit.
I feel bad for all the recent hires and those who have to work with them because more than half is not worth their salt. And when you have clowns interviewing clowns, you’re hiring clowns. And clowns love a circus.
If you joined Riverbed two years ago, that was well into the decline of the company. I have to question your judgement and/or market value for making such a choice. As other posters mentioned: why don't you just leave? Are you dependent on them for a visa?
why not just say you can't handle the load and it will have adverse effect on your performance? what's the worst that can happen - you get fired from Riverbed??? there are worse things. . . .and you are not that important that they will up-and-fire you for stating it.
If the extra work is of quality, strap down and do it. It’ll serve you well in the future.
Curious: why not move? Immigration status?