The 18 companies where employees are happiest with their vacation and paid time off

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The holiday season is quickly approaching, and you may be thinking about taking some time off.

But perhaps you’ve already used up all your days. Or maybe you’re trying to plan a very long vacation to avoid losing any of your paid time off.

As it turns out, employees at some companies rarely find themselves in these predicaments because they’re afforded ample vacation time, or their unused days roll over to the next calendar year.

To find which companies have some of the best vacation and paid time off (PTO) policies, Glassdoor did some digging.

Using thousands of reviews shared by employees, the careers website just released a new list of the 25 Highest Rated Companies for Vacation and Paid Time Off.

Below are the top 18. Click here to see the complete list.


18. Intel

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An innovator in cloud computing, data, Internet of Things, and PC solutions, this Santa Clara, California, tech company offers more than just its well-known processors.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.7/5

Intel employees report receiving 3-4 weeks of vacation each year. Employees say the company’s “paid sabbatical program is great” – the program can allow workers to take four weeks of paid time off every four years or eight weeks every seven years.


17. Federal Express

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Based out of Memphis, Tennessee, Fedex is a major global transportation provider, delivering over 3.5 million packages daily to over 220 countries.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.7/5

Paid vacation days can add up for employees at FedEx, who say the company is “very generous with their paid time off.” Employees say they start with two weeks of PTO, which goes to three weeks after the first five years, and four weeks after 10 years.


16. Nokia

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Nokia is a global communications and information technology company based in Nokia, Finland, with offices worldwide.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.7/5

Nokia employees say they get a “generous amount of time off.” After several years on the job, employees report they can accrue up to four weeks of vacation time per year, in addition to sick days and holidays.


15. KPMG

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Glassdoor

Based in New York City, KPMG is one of the largest audit, tax and advisory services firms in the US.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.8/5

At KPMG, employees consider the vacation policy to be “very generous.” Employees report vacation time off increases with length at company, with potentially five weeks of PTO possible.


14. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a multinational banking and financial services holding company headquartered in New York City.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.5/5

At JPMorgan Chase & Co, employees say the company provides “very good vacation benefits.” Employees report they can get four weeks vacation, three personal days and six sick days, and can also get nine holidays bank-wide.


13. Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest not-for-profit integrated health care management consortiums based in Oakland, California. It includes Kaiser Foundation hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and The Permanente Medical Groups.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.8/5

At Kaiser employees praise the “very generous vacation/PTO plan” and say vacation time is accrued based on years of service. Employees also report they have the ability to rollover unused vacation hours and sell upcoming PTO hours.


12. American Express

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Glassdoor

Based in New York City, American Express is a multinational financial services corporation that offers payment, travel and expense management solutions for individuals and businesses.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.6/5

When it comes to vacation days and paid time off, employees say American Express is “best in class.” Employees report they can get 28 vacation days and can also buy (and sell) additional vacation days from the company.


11. Ericsson-Worldwide

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Glassdoor

Ericsson is a global leader in communications technology and services headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with offices worldwide.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.6/5

Employees at Ericsson report they can get up to three weeks of vacation, plus one week of “kin care,” one week of sick days, six personal days, and one paid volunteering day. Employees also say you can sell one week of vacation each year.


10. Accenture

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Thomson Reuters

With offices around the world, Accenture is a professional services company offering solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.7/5

Employees report they can get three weeks of PTO at Accenture, providing “ample time to take family vacations.” Employees also report they can carry over up to 240 hours to the next year.


9. Capital One

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Capital One is a financial services company based in McLean, Virginia, focused on consumer and commercial lending.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 3.7/5

Employees say the vacation policy at Capital One is “the best thing ever!” After 90 days on the job, employees state they can get four weeks PTO. Employees report they can also buy an extra week of PTO if they wish.


8. Costco Wholesale

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Based in Issaquah, Washington, Costco is a major wholesale club operator, offering discounted prices on over 4,000 products, ranging from alcoholic beverages to fresh food to tires.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.3/5

Company rating: 4.0/5

At Costco, employees say they can start with two weeks of PTO, but every year they can also earn more vacation time – up to five weeks of PTO and 10 sick days. Workers say the company is “great with working around your schedule” and is very flexible with vacation days.


7. General Motors

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Glassdoor

General Motors is an American manufacturer and distributor of vehicles headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.4/5

Company rating: 3.6/5

General Motors offers a competitive vacation package, say its employees. PTO can start at 15 days and can increase periodically. Employees report they also get 16 paid holidays and unlimited sick time, and say “three weeks vacation with an additional week off for Christmas (paid) is fantastic!”


6. Salesforce

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Glassdoor

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Salesforce is a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) software solution for sales, service, marketing, collaboration, analytics, and more.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.4/5

Company rating: 4.2/5

As a part of Salesforce’s “unbelievable” vacation package, new employees report they can get 15 days of PTO along with four floating holidays and six paid volunteering days. After two years, employees say they can get a month of PTO, and directors and above can have unlimited vacation days.


5. Monsanto Company

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Glassdoor

Monsanto is an agricultural biotech company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that produces genetically engineered seeds and herbicides for farmers.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.5/5

Company rating: 3.9/5

Monsanto employees say they have “excellent vacation schedules and holiday packages.” In addition to being upgraded to four weeks PTO in the second full calendar year, workers report they can get an additional week off between Christmas and New Year.


4. Google

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The world’s largest search engine, based in Mountain View, California, offers Internet services ranging from maps to news to shopping and everything in between.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.5/5

Company rating: 4.4/5

Google’s employees report vacation and paid time off policies are among the best in the industry. Employees say they can start off with three weeks of paid time off and can work their way up to five weeks if they stay with the company for five years. They also report they can take up to three months of unpaid sabbatical. Given that managers are good at “providing space to actually take allotted time off,” employees say they feel like they essentially have unlimited vacation.


3. IKEA

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Glassdoor

IKEA, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and with stores across the US, is a major retailer known for its inexpensive Scandinavian-style furniture.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.5/5

Company rating: 3.9/5

IKEA’s employees say: Starting from day one, full or part time employees can accrue PTO and vacation can be taken in one-hour increments. For example, if you only work 32 hours a week, you could use 32 hours of vacation to take a week off (instead of 40). Employees report they can get three weeks per year at start of employment, five weeks per year after five years of employment, and seven weeks per year after 10 years of employment.


2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, based in New York, New York.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.6/5

Company rating: 4.2/5

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s employees call out that there is lots of vacation time – they don’t pressure you to not take it. The company’s employees can receive 20 vacation days, plus float holiday days, sick days and personal days and employees like that “nobody asks questions or makes you feel guilty for taking the time either which is a breath of fresh air.”


1. Amgen Inc.

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Glassdoor

Amgen is a biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.

Vacation and paid time off rating: 4.7/5

Company rating: 3.6/5

Employees say: You can start with three weeks vacation plus two shut downs over the Fourth of July and Christmas which provide great opportunities to spend time with family. Amgen employees say that “to start with five weeks is pretty amazing” and while this may be average by European standards, Amgen’s vacation and paid time off benefits are quite competitive by large US company standards. Maybe the fact that employees say the benefits are “too good to be true” is why Amgen clocks in at No. 1.