As a german
i see, you guys are on a serious note. Language is of course a challenge, what with all this articles and sentences being build up the wrong way. English is the first language taught in schools but generally thought of as a waste of time. English (American) movies are broadcast translated into german.
The shopkeeper has to cope with deliberatly broken german delivered by the turkish community.
These kids make a point of being different and their only way to do so, is some glibberish german talk.
Well, being second or third generation "Gastarbeiter" with their parents still dreaming of Anatolia, they are really lost between the worlds. Look to East Europe. They get there movies straight forward in english without subtitles and this kids are fluent in english.
An englishman in a german company is exotic. So you find the workmates who are too embaressed to talk to you at all or the ones who want to hone their english "skills" on you. Not easy to learn german there.
As for working time: We don´t just hang around, killing time. What would be the point? Got a job at hand? Get it done with all the overtime that comes with it. No job at hand? Go home and balance your overtime. (My xmas season starts next week). An employer pushing you to useless overtimes goes as slave keeper and runs out of employees quite quickly. But then i´ve just been to the depandance of a big american chip producer. They have a PA system going the whole day. "And this thursday´s free car washing ticket goes to John Doe!" And they are going: "We are family" and everybody smiles this Ecxtasy smile and noone believes in this intrusion into their private lives but just feel dwarfed by the honour of being allowed to work for this big brand. Always scared to shit of being sacked, when next quarter´s results are not good enough for the shareholders and the next round of chopping heads begins. But then, if you live like that, your nothing but a slimey, not worth the shilling.
The Boss is always the last one to leave and lock the office. Well, at 18:00 he might ask you to quickly generate a quotiation for some customer in Africa who does not care if it comes tomorrow or next week. But it gets balanced out.
job done, he will get the beer out of the fridge and even give you a lift home. Having been an Expat for more than a decade, Germany is employee´s heaven.