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Thoughts on unlimited vacation?

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False sense of freedom. You won't get unlimited, you may get some, and they don't have to pay you for unused sick time. Unlimited within reason is the assumption. You get two weeks at best in an unlimited. Ask for August off at negotiations and see if that flies. Get it in writing if they agree. :-)

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It's a sneaky corporate maneuver. You'll most likely never have the time to take more than the standard 2 weeks a year off. Then if you leave, they don't have to pay you for unused vacation days because, you got it, you don't have any. It's a great recruitment tactic.

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Total racket.

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P.S. The more junior you are in your career, the easier it actually is to fly under the radar and take time off. The more Sr and visible you are and have more serious responsibility, the more people freak out about you being gone so enjoy it while you can and milk it

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If you know how to take advantage of it and plan in advance, it can be great. I've taken one 2week vacation, then 5-6 months later another 1-1.5 weeks, and sprinkled days off throughout totaling like 20 business days. This is when I used to work at a shop that had unlimited vacation and I was a Sr AE, for context.

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AD1 - publicis gives you at least 20 days anyway without the fear of taking too many. I've done the unlimited thing and it sucks and only depends on your manager and how easy going they are. Someone's always counting anyway.

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TL;DR: It's benefits the company, not you

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It’s a trap!

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Junior here can attest to the validity of flying under the radar. Took 27 days in 7 months. Also SO dependent on your boss and agency culture and if you actually do your work well/quickly. And no guys this wasn’t at BBDO

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ACD2, no they don't for junior positions. I've never heard that in the U.S.

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A bullshit way to give a “perk” that, in actuality, makes people not take vacation lest they be thought of as not as hard working as their colleagues. Personally, use every damn day you’re given and enjoy it. I hate when people on my team have a bunch left over at the end. Work hard, play hard.

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It’s a scam to not owe you vacation pay out when you leave.

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I’m happy with being able to buy 10 additional days on top of the 20 days, + birthday + Christmas shut down. It feels enough but the prospect of unlimited holidays does sound like the dream

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If I had it, I would be gone for half the year.

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It depends on the agency. Some agencies really support it. I had it once and everyone took advantage of it. Had so much vacation. I miss it so much.

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^ Which is why if you're smart about how to use it, you'd go on vacation before leaving

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American vacation time is freaking barbaric. UK - minimum 21 (but that’s low) AND public holidays. Sick leave completely separate with gov regs. Maternity/paternity not classed as sick.

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Really depends on agency culture. I’ve taken 28 days. I’ve known SVPs with 42 days. Our CEO encourages I️t and sends email when you’ve taken less than 21 days in November to remind you to use it.

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AD1 maybe it varies between agencies... most people are 20-25 days of those I've spoken to (10-15 vacation and 9 flex).

This may actually be a bad thing. I don't take many days off and I left 2 different firms. Both firms paid me for vacation days I didn't use when I left. What about when you have "unlimited" days and you leave?

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