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Old 01-27-08, 07:45 AM   #1
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How many vacation days in US company?

How many days vacation, not including public holiday (eg Xmas), do you get in USA?
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Old 01-27-08, 07:49 AM   #2
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my company does 2 weeks a year until year 5 when it goes to 3. After 20 you get 4. ymmv
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For mine, it's 2 weeks to start--although you technically you didn't get any for the first year. 5 years to get the third. I recall it going to 4 weeks after 10, and 5 after 20 years; but rumor has it that it has become 15 years to get to 4 weeks--I haven't verified that, and if that's true, I'm job shopping...

Our company does a fair amount of business in Europe, which means August tends to be productive for us. Or at least not as busy.
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The least amount in the free world other than china and japan I believe.
Please.....If you are thinking of moving here to work from a civilized
country do your research well ! The Worker climate here is mostly very
bad. There are good companies but they are not the majority.
Time off is not something an American worker sees too much of relative
to more forward thinking countries.
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The least amount in the free world other than china and japan I believe.
Please.....If you are thinking of moving here to work from a civilized
country do your research well ! The Worker climate here is mostly very
bad. There are good companies but they are not the majority.
Time off is not something an American worker sees too much of relative
to more forward thinking countries.
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It's just an American way of doing things. It could be better, but that view is only valid when compared with other countries.

You get 2 weeks with mine (10 working days). Every 5th year, you get a bonus week. I think after 10, you get an extra week, ymmv.

Like root11

You may get comp time, holidays, extra days off around xmas and thanksgiving ..
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I work for the Federal Govt and get 5 weeks per year. really that is almost too much.
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It depends upon where you work and what the company has agreed upon. I'm union and per contract I get five paid weeks per year, guaranteed. If I chose not to take vacation, I get paid out for them. Plus 7 paid "holidays" that I can take any time of the year except during crucial business days.
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Old 01-27-08, 09:33 AM   #8
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my company does 2 weeks a year until year 5 when it goes to 3. After 20 you get 4. ymmv
Similar to my employer. Only difference is the 4 weeks comes at 15 years, not 20.
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Old 01-27-08, 09:35 AM   #9
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More than informal (but very real) custom allows in my experience.
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I get four weeks of vacation, 2 weeks of sick time, two personal days, two discretionary holidays day, and 10 paid holidays. I never seem to use it all, when I quit it can get cashed in.
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Technically I get 3 weeks vacation, but I get a lot of comp time working an extra hour most days (my own choice, to get work out of the way) so I've only been here 7 months and have already accrued more comp time than vacation time. I work a normal 7 hours + 1 hour lunch day, so the extra hour basically makes it the same as my old job where we'd work 8 hours + any time for lunch. This is not including scheduled holidays, one additional 'floating holiday', and sick time.

Time off has never really been an issue for most people I know. Dad gets 6 weeks, bro and sis are both teachers, Mom takes off whenever she wants regardless of what her employer wants or says.

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The military gives is 30 days per year. That includes weekend days if we decide to take off for multiple weeks in a row. (ie, if I wanted all of Jan off I'd have to take 31 days, not just the weekdays) We get no sick time at all. The only way out of work is if the Dr says you can't work. And we are on call 24/7. And people wonder why nobody likes to stay in the military for 20 years anymore....
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Being a manager, I can check our P&P manual from home.

  • First year worked earns 16 hours per month, which is 192 hours/24 days per year.
  • Second year worked earns 19.34 hours per month, which is 232 hours/29 days per year.
  • Third year worked earns 22.67 hours per month, which is 272 hours/34 days per year.
  • Tenth year worked earns 26 hours per month, which is 312 hours/39 days per year.

Built into these hours are mandatory holidays that we are required to take. Those are New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve (3pm-whenever your shift officially ends), and Christmas Day. Hourly workers can take their PTO in as little as 15 minute increments. Salaried workers only have to take PTO if they don't work at all the entire day.
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I think it's about 7 days or so. I know you earn PTO [paid time off]. I'm but a lowly co-op, so I get nuttin!
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I get 3 weeks to start. I think it goes to 4 after 5 years.
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Old 01-27-08, 12:00 PM   #16
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I work for the Federal Govt and get 5 weeks per year. really that is almost too much.
Yes. As a former manager in the Federal Government, I hated all the time off. Between compressed work schedules and flexi time, you could never count on the people you need to talk with being around.

Actually the government set that leave policy up many, many years ago when everyone worked a set schedule. If you cam in later, you got charged an hour of levae/vacation time. When you needed to go to the doctors, you charged it to sick leave. If parents needed to do something with children, that was your vacation time. The policy is outdated and claerly needs to be realigned with most private sector firms. The company I now work for gives 20 days PTO (both vacation and sick days a year) until you work there for five years and then it increases to 25. Compare that to the governments 25 days leave and 13 days a year.
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Having lived and worked outside the U.S., I would also add that there is a significant cultural difference in the definition of "vacation."

In many countries outside the U.S., vacation can mean you're really gone -- out of the office, unreachable, on holiday until you get back. It would take a disaster to interrupt a vacation. And it's not unusual to take multiple weeks of vacation at a time.

In the U.S., even when workers/executives earn more vacation time due to seniority, it can be difficult to take long vacations. In some companies, the three-week vacation is practically unheard of; the two-week vacation is fairly rare; the one-week vacation is even under threat. Vacations also can be interrupted and postponed. Plus, for many people it's expected that you are reachable during vacation (obviously this varies a lot based on company, position, industry, time of year, etc.).

It can be a culture shock for American execs who travel abroad and have a different definition of "vacation" than one encounters outside the U.S. Likewise, someone from another country who takes a job in the U.S. may find some powerful workplace norms in place that may make it difficult to take a truly un-interrupted lengthy vacation.

Not trying to place a value judgement on the situation above -- just pointing out that Americans tend to have a looser definition of "vacation" than in other countries where I've worked.

I've known non-Americans who prefer the American business culture -- faults and all -- and have resettled in the U.S. partly because of it. And some Americans who've moved abroad who feel the opposite.
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'Vacation time' in the US varies dramatically. My husband and I both get paid for five weeks, but we are only guaranteed three weeks off in what is known as 'prime time'.

If you have a supervisor who doesn't like you, he or she can deny you taking leave outside of the prime time months. If you work in a unit as small as mine, the guaranteed prime time may allow for only one person to be off at any given time. It can be extraordinarily difficult to get the same time off as my spouse.

We're allowed to carry over a certain number of PTO hours per year, but eventually it's 'use it or lose it', or get paid for it. But getting paid for it doesn't help get one a vacation, does it?

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I'm in the same boat as East Hill. Vacation time and sick days are abundant enough, but approved only at the supervisor's discretion This leave time was negotiated between my company and my union, as a part of my earnings, yet the limits on usage and the penalties for "abuse" of this time that the company imposes are strict and often punitive to the employee.
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For mine, it's 2 weeks to start--although you technically you didn't get any for the first year. 5 years to get the third. I recall it going to 4 weeks after 10, and 5 after 20 years...
Mine, same as yours. 2008 is year 19, so next year (or the year after - I'm not 100% sure)
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I get 3 weeks.
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I get two weeks, and that's plenty as far as I'm concerned.
I remember back in the late 60's - mid 70's some of my friends parents had 13 paid weeks vacation time working in the steel mills around Pittsburgh. It's a wonder why they all basically shut down. I mean who needs a quarter of the work year off. I get laid off a couple weeks almost every winter, and I'm darn near stir crazy by the end of those weeks. I don't ride in this **itty cold, n' snow so screw that option for passing some of that time.
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I work for a large company in Ontario, Canada. In addition to 1 extra vacation week at Christmas time, we get the following number of weeks of vacation time:

Less than 1 year: 2 weeks vacation
Year 1 - 4: 3 weeks vacation
Year 5 - 19: 4 weeks vacation
Year 20 and up: 5 weeks vacation

I believe this is pretty much similar to many US companies.
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Most places I've worked give 2 weeks.
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Where I'm at, everyone gets 5 paid sick days (use or lose), 1 paid "floating holiday" (use or lose), and then vacation:

< 4 years = 2 weeks
5-6 years = 3 weeks
7-9 years = 4 weeks
10-14 years = 5 weeks
15+ years = 6 weeks

You can carry over to the next year only as many days as you can make. So if I didn't take any vacation for my first 2 years, I would lose some on the carry-over. They did this because people close to retirement were banking 5-6 weeks every year and not taking any vacation. When they retire or get laid off, the company has to either cut them a check for the vacation time or keep them on payroll while they're not working. Either way, some people had more than a years' salary saved up.
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