4 weeks after 5 years
5 weeks after 10 years
"Offers up to 4 weeks of Sabbatical to employees who have been employed for more than 5 years and 5 weeks of Sabbatical to employees who have been working for 10+ years. "
Built in Chicago
"Eligible employees get 20 days of paid sabbatical after their first five years of working at the company."
"Working is 100% flexible and 95% say they are trusted to do a good job without managers looking over their shoulders. Staff can buy or sell a week of holiday for 5% of salary and there are 20 days paid sabbatical after four years' service."
Most Loved Workplace
"Paid volunteer time off; a six-week sabbatical every four years; a “week of rest” each December; equity awards so every employee has ownership in the company; and a wellness reimbursement program, giving employees the flexibility to support their physical, emotional and financial wellbeing."
"We were stretched super-thin,” said McLeese, global head of human resources at Automattic, the online publishing and commerce company behind WordPress.com, Tumblr and others. “I was starting to wonder if I still enjoyed doing this type of work.”
2 weeks after 5 years
4 weeks after 10 years
"In February, Ralph Lauren announced a sabbatical program that gives employees of the fashion house two weeks off after five years of employment, and four weeks off after 10 years (and every five years thereafter). In a statement, the company said it believes extended time away from the office allows employees “to pause, refocus and come back more energized.”
"Every Bluedogger who celebrates 5 years of working with the company is eligible for a sabbatical."
Thanks to Michelle Hayward, CEO of Bluedog Design, for letting us know.
"The company is claiming to now offer an “enhanced” holiday allowances to staff, who now qualify for a fully paid month long sabbatical every five years. It also introduced a salary cap ensuring no one can join the business and is paid more than seven times the entry level position wage in our business."
"To combat burnout and set Buffer up for long-term success, we’re now experimenting with sabbaticals. After every 5 years of working at Buffer, we’re inviting teammates to take a 6-week break, fully paid."
"Centro offers a paid three-week sabbatical every four years a person is employed by the company. Centrons have taken full advantage of this opportunity. This year alone, we have Centro employees traveling Europe and Oceana, visiting Bruges, Amsterdam, New Zealand and Australia."
"Charles Schwab offers employees a 28-day paid sabbatical leave every five years of service and even more lucrative is that the company Deloitte also offers this same sabbatical leave as well as a “three- to six-month sabbatical that can be taken to pursue personal or professional growth opportunities in the areas of career development or volunteerism."
"After every seven years of service, employees become eligible for a six-to-eight week paid sabbatical, which they can use to spend time with their families, travel, and accomplish longstanding personal goals — no strings attached."
"We value our time both inside and outside of work, offering 15 paid vacation days per year for the first year, 20 days vacation per year beginning your second year, 1 month paid sabbatical after 5 years, plus 10 personal days and 12 paid company holidays in the U.S"
Charlie Saffro, Founder and President, said the conmpany offers this benefit "to recognize hard work, and show appreciation and gratitude. And I can't deny that it's also a recruiting and retention tactic."
"Builder of upscale homes offers employees the opportunity to pursue their own “visionquest” after 10 years of service with a four-week paid sabbatical. It can be extended with another two weeks of unpaid time off, and the company will kick in a grant of $2,000 for such things as travel and education expenses."
"Edelman Financial Services LLC, headquartered in Fairfax, Va., has only 250 employees but offers a four-week sabbatical for every six years of employment."
"McCormick is among veteran employees at Emma, a Nashville email marketing firm, who have taken advantage of the company's policy that rewards those who have worked there for five years with a four-week sabbatical."
"Sabbaticals are still pretty rare at companies, and usually getting one requires putting in a lot of years. Not at Epic Systems, a software provider for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Epic employees can take a four-week paid sabbatical every five years. "
"General Mills offers employees two kinds of sabbaticals — one paid and one unpaid — at the end of seven years. The sabbaticals at AARP, Intel, Kimpton Hotels and Resorts, and Clif Bars are also triggered every seven years. But this is a malleable concept that companies have shaped to their particular needs. Autodesk requires only four years of service before tendering a six-week sabbatical."
"Since then, sabbaticals have become part of the Genentech culture, where every full-time employee has the opportunity to take six weeks of paid time off every six years."
"After five years with HubSpot, you get a four-week paid sabbatical, with the equivalent of $5K US bonus."
"Hyland established its four-week sabbatical program in 2014 to give eligible full-time employees the opportunity to spend significant periods of time away from work while still receiving a paycheck. This gives them the ability to focus on whatever interests them – spending time with family, traveling or learning something new. The goal is for Hyland to show its appreciation for loyalty and give eligible employees a chance to take breaks from work in order to return recharged and re-invigorated."
8 weeks after 7 years
4 weeks after 4 years
"Intel offers a sabbatical program to its US-based employees who can choose to take 8 weeks off after every 7 years of service, or 4 weeks off after every four years of service. This is on top of your regular vacation."
"From Intertech’s early days work-life balance was always a focus – not just talk. So, we put our money where our mouth was and implemented a 3-Month Paid Sabbatical program. The Sabbatical program has been a part of our culture now for over 15 years and is offered to employees every 7 years of service with the company. "
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
"Employees with 5 years of continuous service get a 4-week paid sabbatical to recharge, travel, spend time with family, develop a new hobby, or whatever else fills their cup."
4 weeks after 5 years
(+4 additional weeks unpaid)
Built in Colorado
"Eligible employees get 4 weeks of paid sabbatical after their first 5 years of working at the company. You can also take an additional 4 weeks unpaid at this time too."
"The firm also announced the start of a program that will allow both its lawyers and staff to request up to 12 weeks of sabbatical. The firm has also pushed back the start date for its U.S. associate class from fall 2020 to January 2021."
"McDonald’s Corp., which revolutionized the fast-food industry by placing metrics on every step of the food preparation process, has no formalized return-on-investment computations for its paid sabbatical program, yet “it’s worth every penny to provide this benefit to our employees,” says Richard Floersch, executive vice president of worldwide human resources."
"After seven years at Meetup, we offer our employees a three-month, paid sabbatical (I’ll be taking mine in just a few months!). This allows our employees to enjoy a well-deserved break, returning to the office refreshed, energized, and with a new perspective, which is a “win/win” for the employee and for Meetup."
"Men's Wearhouse offer it's employees tuition reimbursement, merchandise discounts, a 401(k) savings plan, an employee stock purchase plan, a wellness program devoted to personal exercise and smoking cessation cost reimbursement, training and educational opportunities and a three week paid sabbatical leave program after five years of work."
"Along with the standard time off, Microsoft offers a Sabbatical Policy. Eligible employees who have worked 10 years or more with the company are allowed a paid eight weeks sabbatical from work. This is a significant benefit some employees may not realize they can access if needed."
Modern Times Beer
"Outstanding performers who stick with Modern Times for 5 years are eligible for a 2-month paid sabbatical. That’s a pretty amazing and uncommon benefit. Not many companies will pay you to take 2 months off."
"The online bank, which already offers a one-month unpaid sabbatical per year, has boosted this to allow staff who have been in their roles for four years to take a three months of paid leave either in one block or one month at a time."
"In certain of our operations, we offer employees a sabbatical leave. Although the sabbatical policy varies by region, in general, Morningstar’s regular full-time employees are eligible for six weeks of paid time off after four years of continuous service."
4 weeks after 10, 20 and 30 years
"For instance, employees receive a branded fat-tire cruiser bike — a tradition started in 1999 as a nod to the brewery's flagship beer — at year one, a one-week trip to Belgium at year five, a $1,000 travel voucher at year 15, and a four-week paid sabbatical at years 10, 20, and 30."
"Employees at Nike are eligible for five-week paid sabbaticals after working 10 years at the company. The company introduced the benefit in 1994. Sabbaticals help the company find and keep employees, because those close to 10 years of service may choose to remain with Nike for the opportunity to take a sabbatical, Ms. Dorado said."
Built in Chicago
"Eligible employees get 30 days of paid sabbatical after their first 10 years of working at the company."
"Everyone at Pangea is committed to their jobs and creating the best product possible, but we understand and respect that employees have lives outside of work. Through generous vacation, work from home, and parental-leave policies, we ensure our employees truly have a work-life balance. We offer a minimum of 22 paid vacation days for everyone on top of 5 personal days, unlimited sick time, and paid sabbaticals for four-year employees."
"Outdoor clothing and accessory retailer Patagonia allows employees up to two months off to participate in their Environmental Internship Program. During this paid time off, employees also enjoy their other regular benefits while working for their chosen environmental group."
"Travel. Write a book. Pursue a hobby. Spend more time with your family. With PayPal’s sabbatical programme, you can. After completing 5 years of continuous service, you are eligible for 4 weeks paid sabbatical. All 4 weeks must be taken at once."
"The Seattle-based firm encourages employees to take time off to recharge, offering two-month paid sabbatical leave for all employees, including staff. In response, 77 workers took advantage of it last year."
Illinois CPA Society
"Plante Moran began its program in 2001, offering partners a paid sabbatical of 30 consecutive days every five years, explains Chicago office Managing Partner Tom Kinder. “The time is to be used for rest, relaxation and renewal. Contact with the firm and clients during this time is highly discouraged,” he says."
Business Management Daily
"New senior managers and director-level staff can take a four-week paid sabbatical, cobbled together from one week of the employee’s allotted vacation time and three weeks intended as a “gift of time” from the firm. Sabbaticals can be devoted to improving professional skills, spending time with family and friends or simply kicking back and relaxing."
"Our staff made a good case for a new gym membership benefit, so we added one; existing benefits include full medical coverage, parental leave, a fully paid, seven-week sabbatical every seven years, and many more. To help new employees, and to continue our policy of clear, open communication, we created an employee portal full of information on our benefits, culture, and more."
"Quad/Graphics began offering a sabbatical program in 1999 as a way to revitalize the company's employees and give them a chance to reflect on their career path at the company."
"QuikTrip requires all full-time employees with 25 years of service to take a four-week sabbatical. At 30 years, 35 years and 40 years, employees must take additional sabbaticals. "The purpose is to rejuvenate and reduce burnout of tenured employees," says Kim Owen, vice president of HR."
"At Rackspace, employees are encouraged to stick around. After seven years of hard work, each Racker is eligible for a full month of paid sabbatical. The potential of taking a month off actually serves to strengthen the resolve of employees, convincing them to improve productivity during their work hours. In the end, the offer of paid sabbatical becomes a win-win situation for the company and for long-term employees."
Outside Business Journal
"All REI employees are eligible for a paid sabbatical, a rare benefit in the retail industry. It’s four weeks of paid time off that increases to five after 20 years of service and six for 25 years of service. An average of 160 REI employees are eligible for sabbatical each year."
"NRG has offered a sabbatical benefit for a decade now. Employees who have been with the company for ten years are recognized with a six-week paid sabbatical and they’re eligible for another every five years thereafter."
Built in Chicago
"Eligible employees get 4 weeks of paid sabbatical for every 5 years of service."
"Ruby Receptionists provides a paid five-week sabbatical after five years on the job and gives each employee a $1,000 grant to use during that time. On top of that, all employees are given 24/7 access to the company’s office facilities where they’re welcome host events like birthday parties and wedding showers throughout the year."
"The company had a reputation for generosity toward its employees and was recognized by a number of different organizations for its pleasant work environment. In addition to their other benefits, in 1995 Russell began to offer a paid eight-week sabbatical leave to every employee with ten years or more of service. The company also contributed 15 percent of its employees’ salaries to a profit-sharing plan."
8 weeks after 5 years
12 weeks after 10 years
"SC Johnson's eligibility criteria for a sabbatical leave is based on a sliding scale. At five years of service, employees can take an eight-week leave. Employees who have been with the company for 10 years can take a 12-week sabbatical and then every five years thereafter. Both plans offer employees 25 percent of their pay and full benefits during the absence."
"Aside from a flexible work-from-home policy, Skillshare actually offers some pretty unique benefits. For example, at your 3-year anniversary with Skillshare you're offered a one month paid sabbatical or an additional one month bonus pay. Every year, in-office employees are allowed to use a month's worth of time to work from home throughout the year."
Mike Lieberman, CEO, said they policy was put in place "to reward our best team members."
"Corporate staff members with at least five years of service may take a threeweek paid sabbatical on each five year anniversary to pursue educational, charitable, artistic and intellectual interests. We created the program with our Values and our Purpose to nurture bodies, minds, hearts and spirits in mind. "
"You’ll be granted a paid sabbatical for up to eight weeks after you’ve completed ten years of service."
"Pune-based Kaushik Ghosh, people head, ThoughtWorks, a software product firm, says his company partially “sponsors" employees who go on sabbaticals to work with NGOs by giving them “50% paid leave". ThoughtWorks has a global sabbatical policy—employees are entitled to 12 weeks’ paid leave when they complete 10 years with the organization and six weeks every five years after that. Employees can apply for sabbaticals otherwise too, but that is without pay."
"The footwear company offers employees opportunities for paid community service or a service sabbatical. Employees can take between 12 and 24 weeks."
"The promotional product company offers a four-week sabbatical for every five years of service for all full-time employees in good standing. Called VistaBreak, the sabbatical leave policy became so popular it was extended to employees who refer talent."
"VMware, a software company, offers three-month sabbaticals to participate in projects within the company or with the company’s nonprofit partners that are outside the scope of their regular job. Offered to employees with tenures of five years or longer, part of their sabbatical leave program’s goal is to encourage collaboration between teams that don’t usually work together."
3 weeks paid 3 weeks unpaid
"For the 3,000 or so employees at the real estate marketplace Zillow Group, an opportunity awaits those who stay loyal: staff members who hit the six-year mark are gifted a six-week sabbatical (three weeks paid and three weeks unpaid) to recharge, whether that means traveling abroad, reconnecting with family or community volunteering."