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Old 04-16-2019, 06:10 AM
 
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I am wary of jobs that offer this.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:16 AM
 
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I have 35 days of vacation and I can never seem to use it all up. Frankly, I'm scared to use it all up - my father is elderly and suffers from dementia and I am his only relative. If he gets sick, I am the only person who can really step in. I always end the year with like 2 weeks of vacation on the books, which is ridiculous, but it's in case of emergency. Using it up near the end of the year is hard because that's our busiest time.

I think unlimited vacation time would be very useful for valued employees who may be going through a crisis.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:56 AM
 
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In theory it sounds great but if the culture is such you can never use it then it wouldn’t be. I get close to 8 weeks a year which is impossible to hit really which is more than enough. I think 4+ weeks would be considered great vacation time for most.

My vacation time includes holidays and when I’m working it’s routinely longer hours with some weekends and nights thrown in so they get their time but in return I can essentially flex mine.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I almost got a job at a company that offered this. Sounds wonderful, only if...
1) Employees don't abuse it and business objectives are being met.
2) You're actually allowed to take time off without guilt trips or it being used against you.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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You wouldn't want to test the limit as a new employee, and always be conscious of your workload and teammates.
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Old 04-16-2019, 07:53 AM
 
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My company switched to it a few years back. Managers immediately informed us that "reasonable" would exactly match the previous accrual policy where you get X days for 0-5 years, Y days for 6-10 years, etc. So basically the company removed all financial liability for themselves, in the form of accrued vacation time, and we received no benefit whatsoever.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:02 AM
 
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Companies should provide at least 4 weeks of paid vacation with 7 paid days of sick days.

Unlimited vacation is a slippery slope.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:15 AM
 
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How about you discuss? It's your thread.
Wow really no need to be rude.


I am trying to gauge the feelings of others who have this or have had this @ prior jobs to know whether or not it's right for me.


Thank you for insightful input
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:21 AM
 
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I haven't ever really heard of anyone who enjoys having it. Most accounts I've seen say that it's harder to take off than it was with a set accrued amount.

I like having a set amount, because I never feel bad about using it. This is a defined part of my compensation package.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I find it to be pretty bad in practice. Rather than a straight forward process of booking vacation that you are owed, everything is a negotiation. Whats “unlimited” about a policy where requesting to take a week off after 6 months without any time taken off is seen as just one step shy of announcing you want to quit. It seems like I ll probably end up with the same amount of time off id get with some of the worst positions in my field...but I cant even just count on those days being there either. At least if you have 10 days, its kinda assumed you take them so noones gonna give you crap for it.
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