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1-2 weeks (ugh!) 2 2.63%
3 weeks 12 15.79%
4 weeks 22 28.95%
5 weeks 15 19.74%
6 weeks 25 32.89%
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Old 10-07-2005, 11:00 AM   #21
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I agree with others here.. the question is the 'wrong' question....

It is not have much time they give you with sick etc... but how much time you TAKE OFF...

I have only taken two sick days in the last 14 years... but I get 10 a year and we do have short term disability if you need more..

What I take off is the 4 weeks vacation and the holidays.
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Old 10-07-2005, 11:23 AM   #22
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52 weeks would be ideal
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It is not have much time they give you with sick etc... but how much time you TAKE OFF...
There were several years where I only took off 1 or 2 days of vacation in a year. That was a nasty time in my job with 14 hour days 6 days a week and almost no time off. It sure shaped my dream for ER and I have been working on it (did it from that job) ever since.

Sick days are another matter. With age and mileage hitting the old body, things have needed repair so I have had my share of surgery and sick time to recover to last for a long while.
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:16 PM   #24
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I didn't vote since it sounded like you wanted currently working people,
but when I was working,
I were entitled to unlimited (before disability kicked in) sick days which I took when I was really sick, and after 10 years, we got 3 weeks vacation.
When my salary got cut by 30% in 2003, my mental immune system was greatly weakened and I seemed to get mentally sick more often, so I would take an additional 5 to 10 sick days annually.
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I didn't vote either since I am not a wage slave, I'm semi-retired, and I currently take way over 6 weeks time off. But throughout my self employment years, I could have checked any one of your choices.
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:59 PM   #26
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Well, I'll call this poll a failure.! :P

I guess people interested in ER will also make sure they work jobs where time off is a major factor as well. I have a lot of friends who just have two weeks.

You definitely need to use it, you can't wind back the clock!
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Old 10-07-2005, 02:29 PM   #27
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I've recently started working and I'm saving up my vacation time for now to a large extent. I figure I never know when I'll need to go on a month long vacation to some corner of the world. It'll be nice knowing I can do that pretty much whenever. (fairly flexible job).
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Old 10-09-2005, 11:04 AM   #28
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What is a 'vacation'?

I am a contract engineer. No workee, no eatee. The last time I took a vacation froma real job, I was sacked when I got back.

I get to go home when
a) everyone else goes home (e.g., Xmas), and only if
b) when work is not pressing.

But, the pay is good (30 years in the business impresses the rubes) and at this present shop they treat us decently.

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Geez, look at all the six weeks votes! And despite that, we are all still saving enough to ER! Anyone ever feel like we are debating the needs of the poor in the marble halls of the Roman Senate?
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The last time I had a good vacation policy was 4 weeks off, when I was in the Army. Many times since I have wished I had stayed in.

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I work in a large corporation and we get 180 hrs/yr PTO, which is 4.5 weeks. After 10 years, you get another 40/yr and after 25, you get another 40/yr. We also get 7 holidays and 2 floating holidays.

I always stay close to being maxed out @ 7+ weeks. For one, it gives me an excuse to request a week off for no real reason once in a while ( use it or lose it ). Second, I consider it an extra severance account. We get paid for all unused PTO when we leave ( voluntarily or not ).

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15 vacation days
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Last 5 years of my employment, due to the lack of pressure at my job and the fact I never enjoyed the 1 or 2 week escape vacations, I cashed in my yearly 3 week vacation for hard currency.
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I have 6 weeks vacation and a week sickpay. Do I take it all? I try but it ends up I hold a week over every year so I have 7 weeks. We aren't allowed to carry over sick time so if you don't use it you lose it. I've been trying to get that changed but with no luck and of course the mentality is if I'm going to lose it I'm going to use it. The last job I had gave you a vacation day for every 3 days of sick time you didn't lose. Can't seem to get that one going either.

Oh and we are only allowed to hold over one week of vacation or you lose that too.

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With my final job I had 5 weeks vacation, 8 or 9 holidays and unlimited sick leave of which I only took a few days each year.

They had the 'use it or lose it' policy on vacation, but that was not a problem for me. I ALWAYS wanted to take vacation since I was tired of working and close to ER.

My first job with a big corporation had specific hours of PTO based on the number of years people had been with the company. I'm sure I only started out with 2 weeks vacation.

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I work for a University. I get:

12 days sick
24 days vacation
1 personal day
10 holidays

I also get free funeral leave, if the need arises. That's 9+ weeks if I were to use it all. I probably use 2-3 weeks a year, and save the rest to carry over. I'm "banking" it for maternity leave.
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We receive 10 sick days per year. Whatever amount of days we do not use, we receive one-half in pay. I don't ususally use more than 1 or 2 days a year, so take the check and buy an airline ticket to visit the grandchildren. Nice treat...
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At my last job, employees started with 3 weeks of vacation, 8 holidays, 3 floating holidays--and no sick days. We got 4 weeks of vacation after 4 years--that was the max. After the big software downturn, new employees started at 2 weeks of vacation, and got 3 weeks after 2 years. In 2004, we lost all the floating holidays as well.

At my previous job, we started with 3 weeks of vacation, with 4 weeks after 5 years and 5 weeks after 10. Every 6 years, you got a 4 week paid sabbatical, too. Plus 10 holidays, 2 floating holidays, and 5 sick days.
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PAID time off?

I get two weeks UNPAID time off. I am a commission only employee!!!!

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PAID time off?*
I get two weeks UNPAID time off.* I am a commission only employee!!!!
You don't get unpaid time off, you just get time off. Your vacation pay is built into your regular commission pay.
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