(Closed) Vacation/sick time after 5 years

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Is 2 weeks of paid vacation plus 1 week of paid sick time per year...
    barely any time off. : (28 votes)
    27 %
    a pretty average amont of time off. : (63 votes)
    61 %
    an above average amount of paid time off. : (12 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I get about 3 weeks vacation and 2.5 weeks sick leave per year.

    Post # 4
    9130 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Does that include federal holidays, or do you get those off too?  

    I just started my job in February.  I get 10 days of federal holidays paid per year – except they’re “floating” so I can work the holiday and use the time off another day – plus 5 days paid vacation.  No sick leave.  I was pretty happy with that for it being my first year.  

    If you ONLY have 15 days total, even with holidays, I think it’d be reasonable to ask for more.  My impression is that a lot of jobs will give you more vacation time the longer you work there.

    Post # 5
    533 posts
    Busy bee

    Well I live in Australia but I get four weeks a year of annual leave (or vacation time) My brother is spoiled and has 9 weeks a year of paid leave. He seems to always be on hoildays hehe 

    And I think it’s 8 days of sick a year? 

    Post # 7
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    This poll was a bit hard to vote on because I don’t really know what other vacation/sick time other people get and what’s average. I just know I myself get 2 weeks of vacation time and it took 4 years before I could get that. For the first 3 years I only received one week vacation and no paid sick time. I, too, am a receptionist in a small family-owned business that does fine in the economy.

    Post # 8
    9130 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Well then it seems pretty good to me (maybe my bosses are just stingy!) but it’d still be worthwhile to ask, since jobs do often increase vacation time the longer you’ve worked there…

    ETA: I also work in a small (~18 employees) business.

    Post # 9
    4438 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @FutureMrsMeinhardt:  I’ve been at my secretarial job for 6 years and get 80 hours of paid time off (vacation and sick all in one) we’re also closed holidays according to the local court schedule (but not federal because we’re open on like MLK and Columbus Day).  I’d say our jobs are similar because I’m also in a very small office.

    Post # 10
    9429 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I get 21 days of PTO which can be used as either vacation or sick time.

    Post # 11
    3339 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I work for the federal government.  We get two types of leave: annual leave and sick leave.  They accrue at different rates depending on your length of service.

    New full-time employees earn 4 hours of annual leave each 2 week pay period.  When you have 3 years of service this increases to 6 hours every 2 weeks, and at 15 years it increases to 8 hours every 2 weeks.

    We earn 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks, regardless of service time.

    So what you’re getting is pretty average, I’d say.  What’s the worst case scenario with asking for an increase?  He could say no.  Could anything else happen?  If that’s the worst, I’d say there’s no harm in asking.

    Post # 12
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’m in a small office and starting in May 2013 (6 years, woo), I’ll get 5.5 hours of PTO per check, about 17 days per year. That for use for vacation, sick, mental health days, basically any time I’m away from the office. We don’t have separate sick time. We also have 9 paid days off for holidays (New Years day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, 2 days for Thanksgiving, and 2 days for Christmas).

    Post # 13
    5474 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I work for a huge, major hospital and we get PTO that we use for both sick time & vaction.  I earn 8.31 hours per pay period, there are 26 pay periods in a year, so ~216 hours, or 5 weeks.  We have to use our PTO for all holidays though, or any time our particular clinic is closed (like due to inclement weather). 

    Post # 14
    2389 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    At my job (non-profit) everyone gets 10 sick/personal days and 10 holidays, 2 or 3 of which are floating each year.  Then for vacation, it’s:

    starting:  2 weeks

    after 2 years:  3 weeks

    after 5 years:  4 weeks

    after 10 years:  5 weeks

    I am in the 5 week range, and with some carryover from this year, I plan to take all of June and July off next summer, paid!

    Post # 15
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I get 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) which can be used for sick days or vacation time.  I also have the option of purchasing another week – which, i did!

    Post # 16
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I get an unusual amount of time off because my job has pretty high turn over and it takes a particular type of people to stick with it. I got 1.5 weeks starting, 5 floating holidays, 1 week of sick and major holidays. I am going on year 2 I will have 4 weeks of vacation, 5 floating holidays, 2 weeks sick and again all major holidays. I think it stays consistant unless I move up in the company.

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