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Old 09-08-2006, 07:05 AM
 
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Seriously thinking of relocating ...

Our first trip to NC will be in November - for 5 days.

When you guys speak of employers allowing "flex time"

1) Does that mean that they also allow COMPRESSED WORK WEEKS - working 4 days a week?

2) What is the standard number of hours in a work week in NC - 35 or 40 hours??

Thanks for any input!!

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Old 09-08-2006, 07:17 AM
 
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I would assume each employer has their own definition of flex time, most often with flex time the "flexibility" is the hours you start, meaing you can start anywhere between 7 & 9 am and your start time determine you end time.

Some companies offer compressed work weeks and others don't. Just like telecommuting.

Many times these "flex" things are not offered in all positions and each companies polices widely vary.

Standard working hours also can vary- Your hours can be 8-6 with an hr for lunch for you are working 40 hrs, other 8-4, 1/2 hr, working 37 1/2 hours

Again I do not believe there is any standard anymore and you will probably find a variable on all these things depending on the company - government vs. private sector - etc. Type of job, etc.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:38 AM
 
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I would assume each employer has their own definition of flex time, most often with flex time the "flexibility" is the hours you start, meaing you can start anywhere between 7 & 9 am and your start time determine you end time.

Some companies offer compressed work weeks and others don't. Just like telecommuting.

Many times these "flex" things are not offered in all positions and each companies polices widely vary.

Standard working hours also can vary- Your hours can be 8-6 with an hr for lunch for you are working 40 hrs, other 8-4, 1/2 hr, working 37 1/2 hours

Again I do not believe there is any standard anymore and you will probably find a variable on all these things depending on the company - government vs. private sector - etc. Type of job, etc.


Thanks for the info ... I noticed on Dupont's website that they do allow flex time but there was no mention of 4 day work weeks.

I also saw on the Town of Cary's website they offer 2 weeks Vacation a year. I didn't know if that was the norm or does the private sector offer 3 weeks Vacation a year.

Is there usually a waiting period (say, 90 days) for benefits (insurance, etc.) to start?

Thanks again for the help!!
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:41 AM
 
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Thanks for the info ... I noticed on Dupont's website that they do allow flex time but there was no mention of 4 day work weeks.

I also saw on the Town of Cary's website they offer 2 weeks Vacation a year. I didn't know if that was the norm or does the private sector offer 3 weeks Vacation a year.

Is there usually a waiting period (say, 90 days) for benefits (insurance, etc.) to start?

Thanks again for the help!!
Again I think each company varies, as your position. For ex, you talk about vacation time, most companies offer 2 weeks to start but let's say you are highered at a executive level, they generally start with more vacation time. What I have learned is the higher level the job, the more is neg or more perks.

Standard jobs like most of us, are not...Usually after 5 yr or so I think most companies offer more vac.

As for ins, the company website usually tells you what starts from day one or not, again, each company has their own policies, etc.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:45 AM
 
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Another suggestion, if you are looking to work is RTP you can go to RTP.org and they list all the companies and you can go to each company's site and they generally will have an overview of benefits, some companies are more detailed then others.

Also, government jobs usually have better benefits but less pay.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:48 AM
 
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I must agree that it all depend on the company, but also the "group" within the company. My spouse has worked at ibm for 9 years, and yes they have flex time, but he has never worked a 40 hour week, he generally works more. The amount of "flex" you have depends on your manager, he has had co workers work m-th, 10 hour days with their manager's approval. He does have the flexibility to work from home on days as well. They don't have sick leave, but have personal days that can be taken. I think he gets 3 weeks vacation a year (plus the few standard holidays at ibm) but the amount of leave depends on your years of service.

I believe most of the companies have flex time, and some companies are more inclined to support it! I just know for the division of IBM where my spouse has worked the philosophy is: yes to can take flex time, and yes you can only work 40 hour weeks. But, the majority of people who "move ahead" work much longer hours.

that is just my experience though, different groups within the company operate differently.

Leigh
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