'Return relocation bonus if leaving company before 12 months' enforcable

eBay / Other FiredAgain
Sep 5, 2017 11 Comments

Hi all,

I joined a firm a few months back in Bay area, and was given flight tickets, accommodation for 15 days, Uber reimbursement etc what one would typically expect for a relocation.

Company policy says I have to return all this relocation reimbursement if I leave before 12 months. Is this really enforcable? I mean I didn't get any bonus as such.

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TOP 11 Comments
  • Microsoft
    ygwyg

    Microsoft

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    Amazon
    ygwygmore
    If you leave within 12 months a lot of companies will try to bill you for the relo costs per the agreement. I haven't found a company that's serious enough to send it to collections, though. Usually they just send a few dozen bills and annoy the shit out of you with some sort of vendor bill collector team and if you don't respond, they go away.
    Sep 5, 2017 5
    • Microsoft yMcg47
      They can take it out of your last paycheck
      Sep 5, 2017
    • Amazon PIPChamp
      Good to know. Just left AMZN and received my first bill of relocation repayment. I am just gonna ignore it for now.
      Sep 5, 2017
    • Microsoft
      lqMc85

      Microsoft

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      amazon
      lqMc85more
      Well if you don't pay back. Consider yourself never let be hired by amazon again
      Sep 5, 2017
    • Microsoft yMcg47
      I wonder what happens if they hire again... do they deduct from new paycheck
      Sep 5, 2017
    • New / Eng
      booboo08

      New Eng

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      barclays
      BIO
      Software Engineer with 10+yrs in wall st tech
      booboo08more
      I worked for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) back in 2004 and interviewed "just for fun" in 2014. The recruiter knew that I previously worked for TCS and asked me for "my exit receipt number". With that they would know if I left the company on good terms and can be hired again.
      Sep 6, 2017
  • Google / Eng libc.so.6
    Many companies will match relo refunds if you ask during comp negotiations. G did for me.
    Sep 5, 2017 0
  • Yes
    Sep 5, 2017 0
  • Clover Network
    iaJT60

    Clover Network

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    Google
    iaJT60more
    Enforcement depends on the company and hr.. If you get a better job then take it if you are ready to obsorb the cost... If they had not given you the relocation cost you would have spend that money anyway to move.
    Sep 5, 2017 0
  • Cisco Fidbdh
    Thought it was a policy
    Sep 5, 2017 0
  • Cisco Fidbdh
    I didn't have to
    Sep 5, 2017 0

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