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9 companies that offer unlimited vacation days

These employers don’t put a number on your days off—so you can play as hard as you work.

9 companies that offer unlimited vacation days

Of all the innovative job perks popping up in the workplace, one old standby keeps its appeal year after year: Vacation days. Nothing quite sweetens a job offer like the promise of plentiful paid time off. Though the average full-time American worker gets 10 to 20 days of paid vacation a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a growing number of businesses are offering unlimited paid vacation time to their employees, with the expectation that workers will use it responsibly.

Sound appealing? Check out these nine companies that don’t put a limit on your days off.

General Electric

Locations hiring: Multiple, nationwide
Number of employees: 300,000+
What it does: GE develops and manufactures products for the generation, transmission and utilization of electricity. Its products range from aircraft engines to light bulbs, and the company operates in industries including automotive, aviation, food and beverage, health care and industrial manufacturing. It also runs GE Capital, which offers financial services such as loans and credit cards.
Why it offers this benefit: A “permissive” approach to time off has replaced the vacation, personal-illness and personal-business plans for all salaried U.S. workers. “We believe GE is most successful when we trust and empower our people,” says Laura Paredes, GE’s communications director. “This is a new approach that empowers our leaders to take the time off they need when they need it.”

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Grant Thornton

Locations hiring: Multiple, nationwide
Number of employees: 7,000+ in the U.S.
What it does: Grant Thornton is a Chicago-based audit, tax and advisory firm. It provides business, tax, financial consulting and related services. Grant Thornton works with a variety of industries, including construction, nonprofit, financial and health care.
Why it offers this benefit: “Our flexible time off policy is a part of a larger effort our firm is undertaking to put people first,” says Lou Ann Hutchison, executive director of people and culture operations at Grant Thornton. “We understand our employees have personal needs and should be able to own their time. When they have greater autonomy over their career path and their daily lives, we find they are more engaged and better able to deliver their best work.”

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GrubHub

Locations hiring: Multiple, nationwide
Number of employees: 1,000
What it does: With offices in Chicago, New York and London, GrubHub is an online and mobile ordering platform that connects customers with restaurants to order food for delivery.
Why it offers this benefit: “We do so to encourage work-life balance, and because we trust our employees to deliver great results and choose how their time is spent,” says Meghan Gage, GrubHub’s manager of public relations.

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VMware

Locations hiring: Multiple, nationwide
Number of employees: 19,000
What it does: VMware is a software company based in Palo Alto, California. It provides cloud and virtualization software for businesses and IT.
Why it offers this benefit: VMware has a non-accrued vacation policy for its salaried employees. “We understand that work-life balance is hard to achieve, especially in Silicon Valley, where it is easy for work to consume life,” says Michael Thacker, director of corporate media relations. “Instead, we strive for work-life integration. We know our people sacrifice a lot for VMware, so when they need to take time off—for whatever reason—we don’t begrudge them whenever they need to attend to their lives, their loved ones and themselves.”

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Netflix

Locations hiring: Los Gatos, California, and Los Angeles
Number of employees: 3,700
What it does: Netflix is a subscription-based streaming-video service that lets members around the world watch TV shows and movies via an internet connection. It also produces original content.
Why it offers this benefit: “Our culture of freedom and responsibility is centered on treating our employees as responsible adults,” a Netflix spokesperson says. “We do not track vacation or sick days and also do not track working hours.”

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Pocket

Locations hiring: San Francisco
Number of employees: About 20
What it does: Pocket is an app that lets users save internet content such as videos and articles across their devices.
Why it offers this benefit: “We offer unlimited vacation because of the importance we place on flexibility and balance in our employees’ lives,” says Amber Stann, Pocket’s culture and office manager. “For a company where people are self-driven and work hard, we found that it didn’t make sense to track the time people took off while not tracking the extra time they put in. The team at Pocket are driven and responsible enough to balance their responsibilities with the demands of their personal lives and need for time to recharge and gather new perspective.”

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Evernote

Locations hiring: Redwood City, California
Number of employees: 300+
What it does: Evernote is an app for storing, organizing, sharing and archiving notes, files and web clips across platforms. The company is based in Redwood City, California, and produces related software products.
Why it offers this benefit: In a 2012 interview with the New York Times, Evernote’s then-CEO Phil Libin said, “If you want to take time off, talk to your team, but we’re still measuring you on the same thing, which is, did you accomplish something great? Frankly, we want to treat employees like adults, and we don’t want being in the office to seem like a punishment.”

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Conversant

Locations hiring: Multiple, nationwide
Number of employees: 1,500 
What it does: Conversant creates online advertising campaigns and programs for advertisers and advertising agencies.
Why it offers this benefit: “Top talent tends to go above and beyond to get the job done,” says Matthew Perry, vice president of talent acquisition. “We want our people to work hard and take the time to recharge their batteries when necessary.”

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Counsyl

Locations hiring: San Francisco
Number of employees: 400+
What it does: Counsyl is a San Francisco-based company that provides DNA testing for patients wanting to learn what diseases they might pass to potential children, their risk of certain cancers or how a baby is developing in utero.
Why it offers this benefit: “We offer many great benefits. One of these is unlimited discretionary time off, a growing movement to place more focus on results and empowerment, not hours worked,” says Marilee Moy, VP of people. “Helping employees recharge and remain engaged is certainly commendable, especially considering the positive effect paid time off has on people.”

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