Professional Bees – Would you take/stay at job that only gave 5 day of vacation?

posted 2 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you take a job that only offered 5 day of vacation time?
    Yes! : (2 votes)
    2 %
    No! : (106 votes)
    94 %
    Maybe... I'll explain below : (5 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 46
    751 posts
    Busy bee

    nifer317 :  I’m from Canada, our PTO is seperate from vacation here, I’ve never heard of only 5 PTO days only before, that seems ridiculous! How do you manage work life balance? Are most states the same?


    Post # 47
    873 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    macpartyoftwo :  well, I’ve never heard of only 5 PTO days before. So I truly don’t know how anyone could manage! The least me and my husband have ever hears of was him getting just 13. And even that is terrible. The only way we’ve managed is for him to work longer days to make up hours while requesting to take unpaid days off so we can have days added to our weekend for short “vacations” occasionally. A few times a year his boss will approve a bs “work from home” day just to give folks a break.

    But I personally get many more days off than him (double!) so that makes it even more depressing for me. To take time off by myself.. 

    but then again, I’m active duty military and get 30 “days off” a year. Sounds like a lot. But depending on your job/skill, rank and command, you may rarely get approval to take those days. And definitely not large chunks (like no more than a week off at a time and even that’s considerable). And we are often charged them on days out of local area, whether they’re duty days or not. That’s unlike most civilian jobs I’ve known. So even getting more leave on paper may not always be as great in reality. So that’s something to consider too. 

    Post # 48
    870 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Never. I would question whether that is even legal. I think work life balance is extremely important, no matter how much money is on offer. No point in having all this money when you don’t enjoy your life. You only get one.

    Post # 49
    407 posts
    Helper bee

    Never. How is that even legal ?

    Post # 50
    630 posts
    Busy bee

    It’s a nope from me too. I am already salty that I have to work until 6 pm everyday because apparently 9-5 isn’t a thing anymore here in Capitalist nation, I need my vacation time.


     If they had really good office hours like 9-3, that’s a different story but I’m guessing you would’ve added that as an extenuating circumstance if that were the case. 

    Post # 51
    2189 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I get that now, PTO = 40hrs that I can take in any hourly increments I need. However, I do get however many unpaid days off/time off as I need. Not every company can offer multiple weeks paid vacation. I think a lot of you have been lucky to work for companies that offer two weeks, I have never had that in any job in my life ever. 

    Its not that uncommon to have to choose to see family/vacation with PTO time. There are also holidays that give extra time off (Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years Eve depending on when they fall) that could be used as well. 

    I would not turn down a job based soley on this information. There are many other aspects to take into account. 

    Post # 52
    2189 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    <div class=”_oDd” data-hveid=”39″>For all the pp’s saying this isn’t legal, it is. There is no requirement for employers in the US to grant ANY paid vacation time. </div>
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    <div class=”_oDd” data-hveid=”39″>The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacationssick leave or federal or other holidays. These benefits are matters of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee’s representative).</div>
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