I completely relate to this. I am not the happiest at my current job but I've built up to 5 weeks of vacation per year. It's a huge factor when I start getting restless.
In the same boat Traceyd14! 5 weeks vacation, no nights and no weekends is keeping me at my job as well.
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I'm very fortunate that I can carry up to 320 hours (or 8 weeks) of vacation per year. I have to use leave once I get to that number or I stop accumulating vacation until I do use some. So I take about four weeks a year, a little more than two weeks for Aruba and various days off during the year. I negotiated for three weeks a year when I first started and that and the fact I travel for work really helps me build up and keep a good balance. Getting ready for the annual Aruba trip and I have seven weeks on the books right now.
Wow! I'm jealous of many of you! I thought my 3 weeks was pretty decent!
Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ
Wow! 8 weeks! How fortunate; And to travel for work, some love it, some hate it. I've often thought I'd be the type to love it. My husband travels, but to automotive locations; not great places.
Even 5 weeks would be great. Where I am now, I get 18 1/2 days. That's what it is for new hires and that's what it will be for everyone forever. Kind of odd, but it was great when I first started here 20-some years ago.
The interview went well, and it's a nice job I would enjoy. Plus, it's closer to home. However, very crappy perks; only 1 week vaca after a year of service, no paid holidays until after a year of service, no 401k until after FIVE years of service. I'm talking to the HR person today to talk additional vacation time and salary. I'm thinking it would have to be really great for me to leave what I have. Heck, I already have more than 5 days scheduled off the remainder of this year alone
Going to go play the Mega Millions...
I don't think there is a "typical in the US" It is very common for companies not to offer any benefits until after 3, 6 or 12 months, depending on the employer. When I started this job there was 1 week of vacation after a year so sick days, 5 paid holidays. After almost 22 years I get 3 weeks, 6 paid holidays - no 401k, no sick time or medical benefits.
Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ
I have switched positions 3 times in the last 4 years. Each time I at least attempted to negotiate an extra week of vacation which the request was met 2 of the 3 times. At my current position - we have a very generous policy to begin with so they were not willing to give any extra. 18 days + 1 Floating holiday + 12 sick days. No complains here.
-Eric, Karen and Mia-
Aruba New Years 2016-17 12/27/16 - 1/4/17
I worked for a nonprofit and they were pretty generous. We had a minimum of 11 holidays but if a major holiday fell on a Thursday, we would also get Friday off. So with 6 weeks vacation and 30 days a year sick it was a good incentive to stay there. Interesting thing, in the 3 years I worked there, I may gave taken a total of 10 of those sick days.