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#1 of 28 Old 05-10-2008, 08:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A friend and I were talking today about different jobs and how some have lots of vacation and others have a flexible schedule to make up for less vacation. If work out of the home, just wondering what are some of the perks of your job and what are some things that you wish were different.
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I get:

15 vacation days (20 after 5 yrs)
6 sick days
7% match on 401K
10% bonus/year

Schedule is pretty much 9-5, in the office. You can negotiate for flexible schedule or work from home but not many people do unless they are high level. I am just a cubicle rat.
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Now that I'm self-employed, I'm obviously flexible.

When I worked in a newsroom, we had fairly generous paid time off. All time - sick, vacation, etc. - was bundled into one package. The downside? We couldn't take the time off because news happens all the time. So you'd end up with time off but no way to take it. If you did take time off - such as for holidays where we had to take the day off or take 1.5 pay for the hours but take them off later in the week - then you got behind on your work. That's not the job, though; it's the industry.

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I get 7 weeks paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, 10 sick days, health insurance, I pay $270/month for dd's health insurance (much cheaper than other jobs I have had), life insurance, a very flexible schedule.... I usually only work 9-3 but it is salaried so I get pd for a 40 hour week. I book my own schedule and see clients in their homes so I am out of the office some, which I like. I actually just interviewed for, was offered and turned down a state job because although it is a job that I have wanted to a while, it would be more demanding than the job I have now. I need to grow dd up a little more before taking a more challenging job. The flexbility is so great and it allows me to spend so much more time with dd. The state job will have to wait. Spending more time with dd takes priority. She is growing up so fast.

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13 sick days (15 after working for 2 years)
5 personal days
School calendar which includes the all national holidays off and a week off at Christmas, in February, April and 1-2 weeks off in August.

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I am self employed also, so again, I have a lot of flexibility.

However, I also have a lot of deadlines, and a nanny only two days per week, which means I work nights some and weekends some, but it is ok right now. Like a pp mentioned, it lets me spend more time with my babies.

I set aside money for sick/vacation time every month equal to approx. two days per month - it works out to a month per year that I have set aside. I work Mondays and Wednesdays, and usually don't take holidays since it means a loss of income, and dh is usually working anyway.

But I wouldn't trade it, because I answer to no one, and I can work when I want and be with the girls when they need me, which is perfect for me right now.

Dh has what is supposed to be a 40 hour per week job, but he works 50 or so usually. He is supposed to get vacation time, but there is no written vacation policy (because then the owner figures people would want to take vacation time) so in reality he rarely gets a day off. He gets the five or six major holidays, and has taken one sick day in the last year. He does get a gas card and gets paid health insurance, but that is about all for benes. Which would be ok if there was flexibility in the hours worked. So basically he gets crap for pay and is never home. So I would pretty much change every thing about his job.

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I get
- 5 sick days
- 7 personal days
- 15 vacation days
- 100% employer 401k match up to 6%
- Profit sharing into my 401k
- a base bonus of 8%, but they usually apply a multiplier so it's really more
- discounted services from the company
- in my current position I can work days, evenings, or nights (I work nights)

It's a really good job. Lots of perks.
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I get:
4 weeks vacation
2 weeks sick time
4 personal days
free employee insurance
$2500/yr in tuition reimbursement

... the vacation is due to the fact that I've been there for 6+ years. They start out at 2 weeks, I think, and you earn more the longer you've been there.

I also have a flexible PT schedule & can telecommute for part of it.

Things I wish they'd change:

our personal insurance is free, but to insure a family costs ~$350/mo (med,vision & dental), with a $3000 deductible, which kind of sucks
there's no 401k matching
no standard bonuses (in 6+ years, I've gotten some stock, $2000 and 40hrs of vacation as "bonuses")
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I have pretty yucky benefits-

26 'flex' days (this includes sick/vacation and 5 holidays we must take)
I pay about 70 a month for my health care
403b plan but no employee match
no LTD/STD
no life insurance

The biggest perk- tons of flexibility. I can work from home as much as I want (which I never do), make my own schedule - of course I need to meet the needs of my clients so I sometimes need to be somewhere at 7:30 am or 6:00 pm. But I don't mind that. It's been forever that I had to work a set schedule.

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4 weeks vacation
10 sick days
14 paid holidays
9% 401k match
35 hour work week
free college tuition for DS (or me)

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I have pretty yucky benefits-

26 'flex' days (this includes sick/vacation and 5 holidays we must take)
I pay about 70 a month for my health care
403b plan but no employee match
no LTD/STD
no life insurance
This doesn't seem so yucky. We pay $550 a month for insurance premiums, and DH has 12 days off a year. We take a pay cut for them to guarantee him those days.

It's us: DH , DS ; DD ; and me . Also there's the . And the 3 . I . Oh, and .
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I get 2 weeks vacation, which will go up to 3 weeks after I'm here one more year.
life insurance
401k, employer matches at 4%
our health insurance sucks, it doesn't cover any maternity, well child, dental or vision and we have a $1000 deductible per person per year. Oh and they deduct over $300 per month from my check to cover me, dh and 2 kids.
They do tuition reimbursement but only if its related to your job.
We accrue sick days, 1/2 sick day per month.
Paid holidays.
My schedule is 8:30 to 5 with a 1 hour lunch break and 2 15 minute breaks.

The best benefit for me is they are incredibly flexible with doc appts and kid activities.
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I've really been happy with what I get.

2 weeks vacation (One week has to be taken in 5 consecutive days)
7 sick/personal days
2 "floater days" that can be used for whatever
I think 4% 401K matching
Insurance is expensive but I was spoiled by how much my former employer covered
From May to October we get 1 Friday off each month
Each quarter we have company function that gets everyone out of the office for a few extra hours (park picnic, group luncheon, etc.)
Each quarter we also get a free chair massage. YAYYYY!

and lots of little "silly" things, hams on thankgiving, each person gets a bouquet of flowers on valentines day, the day off on your employment anniversary day.

The only thing I would really like different is that we don't 3 weeks vacation until the 7th year. It's always been the 5th year at other firms I worked at.
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This doesn't seem so yucky. We pay $550 a month for insurance premiums, and DH has 12 days off a year. We take a pay cut for them to guarantee him those days.
The last job I had included 4 weeks vaca, 2 weeks sick, 13 holidays, health/dental/150K life plus I got something like 50 bucks a month back in my paycheck. I should add that my current health insurance is only for me. DH has coverage through his job and DS is covered by medicaid as part of the state adoption program.

Anyway its all relative. Back in my waiting tables days...I had no sick, no vacation, no insurance...so to even have one day off with was an amazing thing

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3 weeks vacation
401(k) Matching up to 6%
STD
LTD
Free life insurance up to 10x salary (I work for a life insurance company, so if they didn't provide this it would be odd)
Fully funded pension
Somewhat-flex time
Dental, Vision, and health insurance available $$$ but good coverage.

I also don't have to use PTO for any absences under half a day, which is really nice for doctor's appointments and stuff like that.
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Here you go...

20 Vacation Days
3 Personal Days
Unlimited Sick Days (short term disability goes into affect after 5 days)
10% 401K Match
Free Employee Insurance (Insurance includes health, vision, dental and life and I pay for my spouse and child)
20 Days free childcare at the center
80 Hours free in home childcare
18 semester hrs/yr of tuition reimbursment

Maternity Leave

16 weeks maternity leave
8 weeks phase back to work

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Gee, CityChic, is your firm hiring?
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2 personal days
10 sick days
2 weeks off at Christmas
3 days off at Thanksgiving
2.5 months off in the summer

Want to guess my job?

That's where the perks stop, though. Health insurance would've cost me an ENTIRE paycheck each month to insure my family of 3. Maternity leave is either unpaid or what you have saved up in sick days.

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I have 15 days of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, all the "bank" holidays off, 5% 401K/403B match (goes up to 10% when you turn 35), inexpensive health insurance (I think I pay $150 for our entire family; we have 5 choices of health plans and 3 choices of dental plans), and a employer-sponsored daycare for mildly ill kids (ie, with a cold). Our employer encourages flexible scheduling but it's ultimately up to your direct manager. Some tuition benefits at public higher ed.

On the down side, maternity is unpaid (you can take sick leave days), no STD, pricey LTD, and the pay is on the low end, no bonuses, raises are typically below inflation.

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Gee, CityChic, is your firm hiring?
You can come have my job. Although the benefits are great the job itself is not and the benefits are not enough to keep me here.

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Vacation = 1 month earned per year (13.33 hours earned each month) to a max accrual of 168 hours
Sick - 480 hours max accrual
Personal - 24 hours (3 days) per year, use-it-or-loose-it
Holidays = 10 paid
Flex time, work from home, etc. all options
Then there are a few categories of other paid leaves like funeral and such.



The one thing I'd change is that I'd be better about actually taking my vacation time
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I get:

12 vacation days per year
12 sick days per year (we do have a sick bank, so I can get more sick time if I need it)

$50 per month to my 401K.

They pay 80% of the health insurance that I carry on the family.

I also have a great boss that allows me to flex time if I need it.
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I am half time, and get half of the full time benifits. They are...

22 days of vacation
unlimited sick time
2 to 1 match up to 5% in 403(b)
free tuition after 10 years of employment for your spouse and children
low cost, good, health & dental insurance
eligibility for paid leaves of up to one year for a variety of reasons
12 weeks of paid maternity leave

but the pay is not spectacular I'm not complaining though!

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2 personal days
10 sick days
2 weeks off at Christmas
3 days off at Thanksgiving
2.5 months off in the summer

Want to guess my job?

That's where the perks stop, though. Health insurance would've cost me an ENTIRE paycheck each month to insure my family of 3. Maternity leave is either unpaid or what you have saved up in sick days.
Mine too ...except no personal days and no official sick days. If I'm sick, I have to find a way of covering the missed material, and/or make up individual lesson times. University.

Add bank holidays, and an excellent benefits package (childbearing leave, health and retirement) despite not being full-time.

Mom of two girls.
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The reason I don't SAH is because of my retirement benefits. My retirement is matched 2 to 1. My brothers thought I had to be lying or at least mistaken when I first told them that. I also get
4 weeks vacation
3 weeks sick time
9 holidays
flex benefits which pay for health insurance and life insurance, plus I have extra to go into a childcare account.

The drawbacks are the salary is quite a bit less than I would get from other employers and there is "no parental leave". I had to take sick time then vacation time then unpaid time. The unpaid portion of my maternity leave effectively cost me $5000 and now I am back at work and I have no time. If I take time because my DD is sick, I have to make it up on the weekend. I also will be working extra hours and weekends so I can have vacation to visit family-some of whom have not met my baby.
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I get:

20 days off a year (I will get 25 after 5 years)
6 paid holidays
100% 401(k) match up to 6%
A pension plan funded by them that's separate from the 401(k)
ST/LT disability
Partially paid maternity leave depending on years on the job

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I get 7 weeks paid vacation, 10 paid holidays, 10 sick days, health insurance, I pay $270/month for dd's health insurance (much cheaper than other jobs I have had), life insurance, a very flexible schedule.... I usually only work 9-3 but it is salaried so I get pd for a 40 hour week. I book my own schedule and see clients in their homes so I am out of the office some, which I like. I actually just interviewed for, was offered and turned down a state job because although it is a job that I have wanted to a while, it would be more demanding than the job I have now. I need to grow dd up a little more before taking a more challenging job. The flexbility is so great and it allows me to spend so much more time with dd. The state job will have to wait. Spending more time with dd takes priority. She is growing up so fast.
I sure wish it were not so cold up there, as I would LOVE to be in Canada for the leave alone.

Good for you. :-)
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Belgium is pretty good too and not near as cold . I get
39 vacation days
12 paid holidays
sick leave "when needed"
health insurance for the whole family
yearly bonus of at least 12%
pension plan
15 weeks paid maternity (by law)
parental leave (by law), partially paid, to be taken as 3 months full time, 6 months half time or 15 months 1 day a week, which is what I'm using
I can work at home, but in reality this is rare because of the many meetings etc.

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