Off to the states... am i mad?

Old May 30th 2012, 12:33 am
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Originally Posted by vikingsail
Again can you clarify - because that is a wonderful obfuscation often purveyed by US companies. Do you mean 2 weeks after one year as in 14 days or 10 days etc etc. By the way what do you do for the first year?
No obfuscation old chap, at least in my world.
1 week = 7 days
2 weeks = 14 days, etc.

I got 1 week the first year.
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Originally Posted by vikingsail
Again can you clarify - because that is a wonderful obfuscation often purveyed by US companies. Do you mean 2 weeks after one year as in 14 days or 10 days etc etc. By the way what do you do for the first year?
To my mind a week (work wise) is 5 days. So one week vacation is one work week of paid vacation
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Originally Posted by Sue
To my mind a week (work wise) is 5 days. So one week vacation is one work week of paid vacation

I'm with Sue on this. In the corporate world one week of vacation is 5 business days, not 7.
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Originally Posted by Rete
I'm with Sue on this. In the corporate world one week of vacation is 5 business days, not 7.
I would agree thats the confounding thing? Now I'm totally confused Redwing's 2 weeks or 14 days in my book = nearly 3 weeks of business days which is pretty good after one year. but I don't think that's the norm in the US in my experience you get 10 days = two weeks. Some people are even forced to account for normal rest days. I won't get excited to fast as I said the average seems to be fairly low compared to elsewhere. Its just another factor to be weighed.
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Originally Posted by Rete
I'm with Sue on this. In the corporate world one week of vacation is 5 business days, not 7.
I'm with you both on this too. a week's vacation is one week off work. 7 days off work is one week and 2 days off work.
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Old May 30th 2012, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by Sue
On another note one of my friends here only gets 2 weeks paid vacation time and she's worked at her company for 25 years!!
No chance for a sabbatical?

It's crazy that people know anyone who has worked for the same place for more than 10-15 years though, I think that's great...though they probably only put up with it for the benefits rather than anything else at that point.
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Originally Posted by Sue
To my mind a week (work wise) is 5 days. So one week vacation is one work week of paid vacation
Yup, that's the way I see it, because they don't pay your weekends regularly...

So getting 7 days would be fab, adding in a weekend, that's almost two weeks away from the shackles
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Originally Posted by vikingsail
By the way what do you do for the first year?
You don't take any days off, that's what you do.

Some companies let you accrue vacation as you go and take it as you earn it, but that doesn't amount to much more than a day or two before the end of the first year anyway. Some don't let you take any of it until the one year mark.
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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter
You don't take any days off, that's what you do.

Some companies let you accrue vacation as you go and take it as you earn it, but that doesn't amount to much more than a day or two before the end of the first year anyway. Some don't let you take any of it until the one year mark.
Pure slavery by any other name. Compare the UK:

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/englan...oliday_pay.htm
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Originally Posted by vikingsail
Pure slavery by any other name. Compare the UK:

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/englan...oliday_pay.htm
Oh I know. I am but a humble immigrant here.
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Originally Posted by Bob
No chance for a sabbatical?

It's crazy that people know anyone who has worked for the same place for more than 10-15 years though, I think that's great...though they probably only put up with it for the benefits rather than anything else at that point.
M got his 20 years in back in February this year with the local City. He got a certificate and a check for $100

He did go there for the benefits, the money was crap when he first started but the benefits were great. That was the days of $5 co-pays and no deductibles The money has improved, he has been to lots of training schools and earned licenses and promotion and hopefully will eventually have a fairly good pension
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Oh I know. I am but a humble immigrant here.
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