Amazon vacation policy for wedding

PayPal / Engcxgt
Mar 10 34 Comments

I'm joining amazon in a week. I've my wedding planned for this year end. I won't have accrued enough holidays as I would need 3 weeks for the wedding. Do you guys know if I can borrow vacation from next year? Also should I tell about this before joining or after I join in a month? In general, how many days have you taken off for wedding?

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  • Amazon fy76Y
    Talk to your manager. I bet they will solve this for you. I know I would.

    I will cut anyone slack for something like this. I just tell people to make it a one off and don't get married twice 😉
    Mar 103
    • PayPal / Engcxgt
      OP
      I'm worried how my new manager will think about the vacation even before joining. Does it seem bad from manager's perspective?
      Mar 10
    • New sparked
      If you’re manager decides to rescind because you’re getting married in 8 months and want to take some time off it’s definitely a team that you don’t want to join
      Mar 10
    • Google / OtherfbFf44
      ^ this
      Mar 10
  • PayPal / Eng#5Pr@x76
    Whatever you need please discuss before joining. You will be amazed how many things they will agree to get you in the door
    Mar 100
  • New EMVH32
    Not to be cynical but if you really plan on taking the three weeks so soon in your Amazon career you might as well start looking for a new job now. Your manager may be polite about it at first but when your first year review comes around don’t expect glowing accolades (if you make it that far).

    Spoiler alert: no matter what job you have at Amazon your manager has been told to load you up with enough work and expectation to result in 60-70 hours of work per week. Vacation is frowned upon.
    Mar 1011
    • Nintex / Eng
      kMeO64

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      I completely disagree. As a leader at Amazon I would not have an issue with a new hire telling me before starting about a planned wedding. I would not, and I have not seen across my leadership team, discount an employee because he took 3 weeks off near the end of the year for a wedding. He has at least 8 months to contribute and deliver results.

      I also do not look for ways to load my team up with 60+ hours of work every week. I look at our deadlines, what work we've committed and then determine with them our capacity to reasonably deliver.

      I'm not saying there are not teams that this would happen at Amazon, but I would say that's probably true with some teams in any large company. However my experience is that what you describe is not the absolute norm of Amazon.
      Mar 10
    • New
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      Yeah, it’s the “prove your mettle” part that is going to be the shocker. This article is very accurate and apropos:

      https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html
      Mar 10
    • Amazon ghhgfffdf
      Well media has been very harsh on Amazon specifically so I wouldn't click on that link you just shared :) There might be some truth to it but as with all companies there are always teams which are bad and you can get screwed especially the ones that operate at the scale of Amazon so it's always best to have a conversation with the manager.
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / EngKHCr70
      I completely disagree with this comment. Never experienced anything close
      Mar 11
    • New
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      With all due respect, there are some missing data in this thread. Here is one such data point: As of last year average tenure at Amazon is about 1 year. The experience of the people who are there a while can give new hires a false sense of security for their own situation. For every person who has not experienced life crushing management, how many were pushed out or quit over frustration?

      That is bound to be much more informative to new hires contemplating vacation times.

      Tenure at amazon:

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinessdevelopmentcouncil/2018/06/29/the-real-problem-with-tech-professionals-high-turnover/#5ee37ae24201
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / EngKHCr70
      I dont think it is reasonable to believe that a company could be remotely successful if a large portion of its managers were so short sighted that they wouldn't grant 3 weeks off for a persons wedding.

      Like, it literally makes no sense. It takes a manager weeks of effort to get to the point where they extend an offer. Given the effort they're not just going to rescind the offer because you plan to get married.
      Mar 12
    • New
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      Whomever said managers made sensible not logical decisions? People have an idea about what a work place should be like.

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the company’s objective is to own as much of your time as possible.
      Mar 12
    • Amazon / EngKHCr70
      Managers at a company like amazon. You can say what you like about the work culture but managers aren't that dumb that they'd waste so much of their own time. I'd hate to work wherever you work though, to have gotten that impression
      Mar 12
    • New
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      I got that impression while working for Amazon.
      Mar 12
    • Amazon / EngKHCr70
      Really? Did you literally see managers reject people because of their weddings?

      I didn't think so
      Mar 12
  • I'm sure your manager can do the needful
    Mar 100
  • Intel movaxbx
    Try being a us citizen and ask for 3 weeks off. Nfw
    Mar 102
  • New sparked
    Tell them before joining; Im joining next month and already have a 2 week vacation planned for June and they didn’t have an issue with it.

    As for borrowing time can’t help there
    Mar 100
  • Amazon / Eng1099-B
    Had a teammate take a month of unpaid vacation for a wedding.
    Mar 110
  • eBay uUhGab1
    Worst case just ask to WFH one week. But you'd better be on top of it. Amazon workload is no joke, at least on my team
    Mar 110
  • Amazon HvySpecter
    Should nt be a problem. Just give enough notice to your manager. Telling now is not absolutely necessary and is only your preference
    Mar 100
  • Uber uber>lyft
    Tell manager now they’ll work it out for you sort of like a post-negotiation
    Mar 100
  • United Wholesale Mortgage
    zpyM13

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    Are you going back to India for it?
    Mar 101
    • PayPal / Engcxgt
      OP
      Yes
      Mar 10
  • New
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    The STATED reasons for rejection or firing are never for things like weddings, sick leave, family maternity leave, etc.

    People commenting on this thread who don’t seem to know that tells you they don’t know what they’re talking about.

    Again I say, the people who have been pushed out are your beat perspective on this topic.
    Mar 120
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    Movaxbx has a point. When citizens dare take an extra weekend off or their work time drops below 50 hours a week then watch out. God forbid you take a day off to go to your children’s kindergarten graduation.

    And all that extra family leave time to take care of disabled family members? Forget about It.

    It all starts with passive aggressive comments about how deadlines are looming ... for projects that originally had no deadline. Out of thin air you’ll find your time management choices questioned.

    Setting artificial deadlines to put pressure on workers is the oldest and well used trick in the book.
    Mar 120
  • Amazon jtGV66
    Arranged marriage?
    Mar 110
  • Amazon TPMs
    You should have at least two weeks by then
    Mar 100
  • Google skdkx
    Tell them before. You already had plans arranged before you joined. No sane company would rescind their offer because of this.
    Mar 100
  • Flowroute / OtherxYVT46
    Bake it into your offer.
    Mar 100

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