The 25 highest-rated companies for vacation and paid time off

The Bay Area and Silicon Valley are home to those who brag about their 80-hour workweeks, but the region is also home to companies that are highly rated for their vacation and time-off policies.

Those companies include Google, Salesforce, Intel and Kaiser Permanente, which is based in Oakland.

Glassdoor, the Bay Area-based jobs site that collects anonymous employee ratings of their companies, bosses and more, today published a survey of the 25 highest-rated companies for vacation and paid time off. No. 1 on the list is Thousand Oaks-based biotech company Amgen, with a 4.7 out of 5 rating.

Internet giant Google, based in Mountain View, was the highest-rated Bay Area company on the list, at No. 4 with a 4.5 rating. Employees start off with three weeks of vacation, which tops out at five weeks, they said on Glassdoor, noting that managers are pretty good about letting people take that time. Employees also can take up to three months of sabbatical.

“I get plenty of vacation time.” one Googler wrote on Glassdoor. “My wife and I have trouble figuring out how we’re going to use it all.”

Salesforce wasn’t far behind at No. 6 with a 4.4 rating. Employees of the San Francisco cloud company reported three to four weeks of paid time off, along with four floating holidays and six paid volunteering days. Directors and above can have unlimited time off, they tell Glassdoor.

The next Bay Area company on the list, healthcare provider Kaiser, got employee kudos for its “extremely generous PTO” policy, which is based on the number of years of service with the company. Employees also reported being able to roll over and sell unused time.

Intel, at No. 18 on the list, got a 4.3 rating. The Santa Clara chip company’s employees reported three to four weeks of vacation, plus a sabbatical program.

Other household names on the list include Ikea, Microsoft, Costco and General Motors.

To be considered for Glassdoor’s survey, companies must have received at least 30 ratings about vacation and paid time off, and have an overall company rating of at least 3.5 as of Sept. 29. To see the full list and survey, click here.


Photo: Tourists enjoy the beach at the resort city of Cancun, Mexico, in 2009. (Associated Press)


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