Is two weeks vacation standard? Help me decide if I should accept this job.
I'm likely to receive a job offer this week (yay!), but am hesitating about accepting due to the organization-wide vacation policy: a flat two weeks/year that does not increase with time. I've always thought that two weeks was a standard entry-level starting point, but this is a project director position at a small national nonprofit. Location is a major east coast U.S. city.
Currently I earn a fairly low salary, but my organization gives spectacular soft benefits, including several weeks PTO. This new position would be an excellent career step and my salary would increase dramatically...but I also need time to spend with out-of-state family and love to travel.
If I get the offer I'm considering negotiating for three weeks (perhaps in exchange for a lower salary), and/or asking if unpaid leave is a possibility. However, this question
makes me think that inquiring along these lines would not be received well. I also suspect that I might not fit in well to the workplace culture anyway if I'm surrounded by people with different expectations about work/life balance.
My question is: how standard is this offer? Have I just lucked out so far? I can't advance where I am now, but I also want to know if I'm reaching for the impossible by expecting at least 3 weeks/year elsewhere. Likewise, I'd welcome any tips for negotiating the offer to my favor. Many thanks!