It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, with all of the celebrating, relaxing, traveling, and time with your loved ones you have on your schedule, there’s one thing you don’t want to have to worry about: your limited vacation days.
Fortunately, the eight companies we’ve pulled together on this list will help melt some of that holiday stress away. Why? Well, they’re all awesome places to work—with even more awesome vacation policies.
So, while they can’t help you resist that third mug of egg nog or win that battle over the last parking spot at the mall, they can ensure that you get the time you need to enjoy all of the cheerfulness and merriment of the season—without rationing your PTO.
In 2008, TaskUs was founded by two business partners and high school pals to make companies operate more efficiently. The company exploded and today has almost 8,000 employees globally supporting the outsourced customer service and back-office needs of the world’s most disruptive companies. Through massive growth, TaskUs retains its ridiculous entrepreneurial spirit out of the HQ in Santa Monica and offices in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, San Francisco, New York, Latin America, and the Philippines.
In the TaskUs office, it’s tempting to stick around with meditation rooms and roaming puppies, but TaskUs strives to enrich employee lives beyond the workplace. The company does this through things like a wellness fund, Taco Tuesdays, fun company-wide outings, and an unlimited PTO policy.
2. Duo Security
Duo was founded with the belief that security can only be effective if it is easy to use. Through that vision, Duo has built a world-class security platform that strives to be intuitive for clients. Duo supports thousands of customers—like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Etsy, Toyota and Kayak—and millions of users in organizations. Duo holds a 98% Tech Validate score and one of the highest Net Promoter Scores of any product.
There are plenty of perks in the Duo Security office, but the emphasis on work-life balance is one that consistently ranks at the top of the list. For example, the company offers an open vacation policy. And, when it comes to getting employees out of the office for some R&R, Duo Security really practice what it preaches—the company asks that team members take a minimum of three weeks off each year.
3. Edelman Financial Engines
Since 1986, Edelman Financial Engines has been committed to acting in best interest of clients. Founded on the belief that all American investors – not just the wealthy – deserve access to personalized, comprehensive financial planning and investment advice, they've become America’s top independent financial planning and investment advisor. Edelman Financial Engines has been recognized by both InvestmentNews and Barron’s, with 180+ planner offices across the country and entrusted by over 1.1 million clients to manage over $200 billion in assets. The company has a unique approach to serving clients that combines advanced methodology and proprietary technology with the attention of a dedicated planner. Every client’s situation and goals are unique, and the powerful fusion of high-tech and high-touch allows Edelman Financial Engines to deliver the personal plan and financial confidence that everyone deserves.
Financial Engines places plenty of emphasis on balance for its team, which is why exempt employees don’t have a limit on their vacation days—provided they balance time off effectively with their work commitments. This gives employees plenty of time to travel, and then share those experiences with their colleagues. “Everyone on my team likes to travel, and we always bring back food-related treats for one another,” says Jordan Heimann, Product Manager.
4. Nectar Communications
Nectar was founded by PR veterans with the aim of creating a firm that places an emphasis on developing meaningful and lasting relationships directly with clients—the CEOs and internal teams. Focused on serving B2B and enterprise technology firms, Nectar is growing to meet the needs of a world where every company is a technology company.
At Nectar, employees know that their hard work is always recognized and appreciated—especially when it comes to well-deserved time off. The company offers a “four weeks after four years” sabbatical, with complimentary cash for travel and fun. Additionally, Nectar’s trust-based, unlimited vacation policy means that employees can recharge when they need to.
Backcountry’s mission is to connect people with their passions by offering carefully selected, premium gear and apparel that empowers modern adventure. Employees are avid skiers, campers, hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, and much more, and they use this firsthand knowledge to outfit customers and to inspire them to get outdoors.
Backcountry is big on work-life balance. From employees taking breaks for a quick biking excursion to the option to bring their dogs to work, the company believes in making balance a reality—rather than a pipe dream. Another thing that helps to even the scales between professional and personal lives? Unlimited time off for exempt employees.
Virid is a team of e-commerce experts providing a comprehensive technology solution for growing retailers. Virid's unique offering includes a proprietary enterprise-grade hosted e-commerce platform, website development and integrations, and ongoing technical and strategic support from a results-oriented team.
“Virid has been around for nearly 20 years, but we still have the vibe of a startup—with the stability that comes with two decades of success,” shares Megan Lilly, Account & Marketing Management. There’s no shortage of resources for employees, balanced with plenty of innovative perks and benefits—including a more-than-generous vacation policy.
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 795 million reviews and opinions covering the world's largest selection of travel listings, TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do, and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that's right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world's largest travel community of 490 million average monthly unique visitors—all looking to get the most out of every trip.
As a company that’s focused on travel, you might expect that TripAdvisor would have a generous approach to vacation days. And, you won’t be disappointed. The company provides plenty of paid days for employees to escape the office. But, with the game rooms, onsite culinary team, and private pub at work, we aren’t so sure you’ll be in a hurry to get out of there.
8. Champion Realty
Champion Realty achieved its top-dog name by doing more than helping clients with buying and selling homes. In fact, it includes affiliated services that range from lending and settlement services to insurance—which makes things way easier for customers. In addition to providing Maryland with unrivaled service, Champion also focuses on making real estate better with new tech tools and streamlined processes.
There’s plenty to love about life as a Champion Realty employee. But, if there’s one thing that employees frequently tout, it’s the familial atmosphere and the supportive leadership. Employees are encouraged to work in a way that suits them best, without managers breathing down their necks—a concept that also carries over to Champion Realty’s vacation policy.
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