(Closed) New job – how to handle unwritten rules about vacation time?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’ve definitely heard of not being able to take vacation the first 6 months, but the manager’s attitude would bother me, too.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

sunnierdaysahead2:  My first job did have a rule about not taking PTO in the first 60 or 90 days, but it was written in the handbook and my managers were relatively flexible about the policy.

Honestly, I find it a bit concerning that your potential manager makes up arbitrary rules about vacation and is being so rigid about them – I’m guessing he could be difficult to work for and this is just a glimpse of it.

Also, if you don’t take vacation for half of the year, how are you supposed to use the PTO days you have allotted for 2016?

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I’ve also heard of that, and actually is quite generous. I never got any PTO until after the first year.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t think I would be inclined to take the position if that’s how he was going to respond to a request for an already existing vacation. I think commonly for some places they do not offer an “advance” on your PTO hours and you may only use what you have stored and if you take additional time off that you will not be paid for it. I think it’s very strange and if that’s what his stance is then like I had said, I don’t know how I would feel working for this person. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I wouldn’t accept the job, personally. Not because of the time off, but because the boss sounds like a piece of work. I couldn’t spend so many hours a week with a person like that.

Sorry you were met with such a blunt and unwelcoming response to your perfectly legitimate question 🙁

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

He sounds like a dick. I wouldn’t want to work under him 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

sunnierdaysahead2:  Oh now this makes more sense as to why this is maddening if you already have it up front! Yikes! You’re definitely not overreacting. That would be a dealbreaker for me taking the position unless it was absolutely to die for or complete necessity.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My current job contract has a no vacation days for the first six month clause. My previous job had it for three months. I thought it was normal. That said, my schedule is really flexible because I’m the boss, so when I want a day off, I just work overtime beforehand until I build up the seven hours I need to take a day. If not for that it would have sucked a bit.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, I’ve never heard of that.  My first job out of college I had to start and then take time off the following week!  That manager sounds like an ass and I wouldn’t want to work for him anyways.  6 months is a long time to expect anyone not to take time off, esepcially if it’s over the summer. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

sunnierdaysahead2:  I’ve heard of the 6 months rule, and I’ve also worked at a company that had the 1 year rule. That was a loooong year haha! Its very strange that he wouldnt allow you to even take unpaid time for your vacation if you wouldnt have been entitled to paid vacation time. He sounds like a jerk to work for, and I’d second guess my decision to work for him.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

sunnierdaysahead2:  I interviewed for a job with a similar rule, but it was no PAID vacation in the first x months of the job. I would ask if it’s possible to take the vacation as leave-without-pay. I know some people (like my mom) would say it’s irresponsible to turn down a job because of an upcoming vacation, but someone who is that inflexible and with that kind of attitude is not someone I’d want to work under long-term.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

sunnierdaysahead2:  I had a job that was the first 90 days, but I had a vacation scheduled and my manager let me take it anyway. Once I accrued the 90 days, I put it PTO during a week that I was actually there and used those hours.

Personally… I wouldnt take it. It sounds like this guy is inflexible and rude – do you really want to work him for? If you’re not desperate, I’d keep looking. 

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