August 17, 2013 7:40 AM Subscribe
Are automatic 401k enrollments, with no employee notifications, normal?
posted by The Monocled Puppet of Sock to work & money (18 answers total)
I just reached three months at my new job*. This is when benefits normally kick in. However, I've been told that for this company, benefits don't become available until six months employment. So imagine my surprise when my pay stub has a 401k deduction on it.
I asked payroll about it and was emailed a pdf with instructions on how to "enroll" in the 401k program. That was the extent to which they answered my WTF question. After "enrolling" I was able to determine that my company had setup a 3% deduction and a standard 20XX retirement investment plan.
So my questions:
Is it normal for a company to automatically enroll you in a 401k and not even tell you?
Can I safely chalk this up to corporate quirkiness?
Do I need to jump head first back into the job search?
*I'm support staff at a Call Center. I think this is contributing to my confusion/anxiety as Call Centers (or at least this one) aren't like other places I've worked.