|I'm working at a company with lots of dot-commie perks including an open vacation policy. It seemed great on paper when I joined, I actually took a 40% salary cut for the promise of more vacation and freedom to live abroad and work from everywhere.|
At my company, however, it's feeling like just another typical silicon valley sweat shop. Nobody who isn't an executive seems to take any vacation days. For the most part "unlimited vacation" means being able to work from home because you have errands to run or you broke your ankle.
Every attempt I've made to take vacation days has been met with the resistance of, "You have taken more vacation than anybody else in the team".
I've taken 4 days off for vacation, and 2.5 days off to ease the jetlag when I flew home to Turkey from San Francisco.
Recently I tried to take off 1/2 a day for my birthday, and I again was given this same argument. I politely reminded my boss that I make $50k/year less than anybody else in our engineering team, and that we have an open vacation policy.
After that conversation I began looking for a new position.
I'm curious, what are your experiences with companies who have open vacation policies? Are you "allowed" to take vacation days, or does it just feel like a scam to prevent you from actually taking time off?