I get five weeks (25 days) of time off each year. That includes vacation, sick time, personal days, etc. Last year it was four weeks, but when I hit the 5 year mark with the company, I got an extra week.
20 days is about average, at least in my experience. In past jobs, I’ve usually had 2 weeks (10 days) vacation, plus 5 sick days, plus 3 personal days, plus some “non-premium” holidays, such as MLK or Columbus Day or the day after Thanksgiving. So, my 20 days last year was about average, considering I only get 6 major holidays – and that does not include the Friday after Thanksgiving, which kind of sucks.
Today, all full time employees got an additional 5 days off. Without pay. They’re reducing our hourly wage by 10% across a ten week span, then it will go back to normal. In return, we get 5 days (40 hours) of extra “vacation.” These days have to be used in the same ten week period.
I worked it out, and it’s essentially a 4.5% pay cut for the year. It sucks, but it’s not awful. It’s not a 10% pay cut, period. It’s not a layoff. The money I will be losing was just the right amount to pay off my Lasik surgery, which sucks, but, what can you do.
I’m still making more than I was a year ago. I still have a job. And I get a total of six weeks of vacation this year.
It could be worse. I know. And I’m not complaining.