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How Much Vacation Time Do You Get?

By Andrea Calabretta

We surveyed alumni to ask about the amount of time off they get each year. Some of them said they take it all, while others spend the whole summer wanting more!

How much vacation time do you get?

1 week: 7%

2 weeks: 26%

3 weeks: 34%

4 weeks: 8%

4+ weeks: 25%

As much time as I want!: 0%

Do you take all your vacation time?

Yes: 64%

No: 36%

If not, why not?

The most popular answers here included "Too much work," "I want to save it for next year!" "It will roll over" and "I'm too new at the company to take all my time off." Some people said, "I don't have the money to travel" or "I save my vacation time in case I get sick." Sarah, an Economist, said she doesn't take all her vacation time because "it rolls over and the federal government has no maternity leave--so I must use sick and annual leave."

Is the amount of vacation time you get fair?

Yes: 78%

No: 21%

Additional comments?

I would like to see the US adopt a more civilized European model for vacations, work hours and balance between labor rights and corporate power. -- J., IT

I wish that each year I have worked at my company I would earn an extra day of vacation. We get four weeks after 5 years, but it would be more motivating to get an extra day a year. -- Jackie, Account Manager

There's something to be said for sticking around. I've been on my job for 12 years this month, and I get 28 days of PTO! -- Charis, Senior QA Analyst

There was no blank for the vacation time I actually get, which is none. My boss lets me take a day off here and there, but it is not built into my contract. -- Chanda, Development Assistant

My company lets employees purchase up to 5 additional days of paid time off per year.
-- Marina, Product Manager

American companies are notoriously chintzy about paid time off. As a senior, experienced employee, I should have at least four weeks and maybe more. -- Andrew, Senior Managing Consultant

At the 3 year mark I will begin earning 6 hours of vacation leave per 2-week pay period and I cannot wait. -- Elizabeth, Contract Specialist

Everyone at my work gets 4 weeks of vacation time the day they start, the same as the President. -- Julie, Strategy Specialist

I worked for a company that allowed us to buy one extra week of vacation each year. You had to submit your request in November for the next year. The week's worth of pay would be taken out of your paycheck throughout the next year. It was a great policy that a number of employees took advantage of. I think more companies should adopt it. It doesn't cost the company anything. In fact, they get a little bit of money back. -- Ken

Vacation time helps energize me and allows me to come back to work more driven. --Tony, Technical Customer Services Representative

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