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Problematic labor practices of startups

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Long work hours Edit

Hackfests, hackathons Edit

Hiring practices Edit

See also: Hiring discrimination and Culture fit

Leave policies Edit

Unlimited vacation Edit

In the United States, where minimum amounts of paid leave are often not required from employers, some startups and tech businesses offer "unlimited vacation" rather than a stated amount or a minimum. This sounds attractive but:

  • mean that people's only guide to appropriate amounts of vacation to take come from their colleagues, and mainstream US corporate culture and startup culture may both contribute towards this being very low
  • may make people subject to their particular manager's low tolerance for vacation
  • often mean that no money is paid out at the end of employment for any unused vacation
  • if the company is, or becomes, international may disadvantage any US-based employees relative to their international peers with legally mandated vacation provisions

Possible alternatives:

  • stated vacation provisions (eg, 20 days per year)
  • minimum vacation provisions

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