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25 companies with the best vacation policies, according to employees

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Whether it's a trip to visit family for the holidays or an adventure across the globe, nothing feels better than a vacation.

And yet, a vacation is not something the average U.S. worker gets to enjoy that often. Many workers don't get any paid time off, as federal law doesn't require it. And even those who do get paid time off often don't take advantage of the perk.

If you're looking for a company with a better vacation policy, a new report by jobs platform and employer review website Glassdoor has you covered.

Glassdoor's new list ranks companies with the best vacation and paid-time-off policies based on employee reviews. To qualify for inclusion, each company had to have at least 30 reviews on the subject and an overall company rating of at least 3.5 out of 5 stars on the site.

25. Eastman Chemical

Eastman Chemical is a global chemical company based in Tennessee. New hires can start with two weeks PTO and can reach up to five weeks vacation time, employees say.

Employees give Eastman a vacation and paid time off rating of 4.2 out of five and an overall company rating of the same number.

24. Humana

Humana is a healthcare services and insurance company based in Kentucky. Employees can get more than seven additional vacation hours after every pay period on top of their three weeks of PTO and paid holidays.

Employees give Humana a 4.2 out of five for its vacation and paid time off rating, and an overall rating of 3.5.

23. Progressive

Progressive is a leading auto insurance company in the United States based in Ohio.

The company gets a 4.2 rating out of five for vacation and paid time off and an overall rating of 3.5.

Employees describe the paid time off benefits as "excellent." They report they can receive up to 3.5 weeks of earned time off in the first year and can also clock up to eight weeks of PTO over time, with an extra week of PTO after five years.

22. Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual, headquartered in Boston, specializes in car, home, and life insurance. The company gets a 4.2 rating out of five for vacation and paid time off and an overall company rating of 3.5.

Employees at Liberty Mutual say the company has "one of the best vacation time off" policies. Employees report they can receive four weeks of paid vacation and can also get 1.5 days of extra vacation time accrued every month.

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A woman walks out of the headquarters of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in Boston.

21. Deloitte

Deloitte provides audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services and has headquarters in New York. The company got a 4.2 rating out of five for vacation and paid time off and an overall rating of 3.7.

Deloitte employees say that with up to 25 days of PTO, they can get "SO much time off." Unused time off can also be accumulated and used for next year, they report.

20. Microsoft

Microsoft employees give the company a 4.2 rating out of five for vacation and paid time off and an overall company rating of 3.9.

Microsoft employees say they can receive three weeks of vacation time, two weeks of sick leave, and a number of floating holidays.

19. T-Mobile

T-Mobile employees say the company offers "very good paid time off," with three weeks of PTO possible in the first year in addition to nine paid holidays.

T-Mobile employees say they can also increase time off allowances based on tenure. The company gets a 4.2 rating out of five for vacation and paid time off and an overall company rating of 3.9.

18. Intel

The cloud computing, Internet, and computer company gets a 4.3 out of five for vacation and paid time off and a 3.7 overall company rating.

Employees say they get three to four weeks of vacation each year and that the company's "paid sabbatical program is great."

17. Federal Express

For employees, FedEx is "very generous with their paid time off." Employees start with two weeks of PTO, which goes to three weeks after the first five years, according to reports.

FedEx gets a 4.3 out of five vacation and paid time off rating and a 3.7 overall company rating.

16. Nokia

The global communications and information technology company has a 4.3 out of 5 vacation and paid time off rating and an overall company rating of 3.7.

Employees say they get a "generous amount of time off." They can accrue up to four weeks of vacation time per year after several years on the job, in addition to sick days and holidays.

15. KPMG

The audit, tax, and advisory service firm is reported to be "very generous" with its vacation policy. Employees say vacation time off increases with time spent at company, with five weeks of PTO possible.

The company has a 4.3 out of five vacation and paid time off rating and an overall company rating of 3.8.

14. JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The multinational banking and financial services holding company gets a rating of 4.3 out of five for vacation and paid time off and an overall company rating of 3.5.

Employees say the company provides "very good vacation benefits." They can get four weeks vacation, three personal days, and six sick days, in addition to nine company holidays.

People inside JP Morgan Chase headquarters in New York.
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People inside JP Morgan Chase headquarters in New York.

13. Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is a large not-for-profit health care consortium, which includes the Kaiser Foundation hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and The Permanente Medical Groups.

Kaiser employees enjoy the "very generous vacation/PTO plan." Vacation time is accrued based on years of service. Employees also report having the ability to rollover unused vacation hours and sell upcoming PTO hours.

The company gets a 4.3 out of five vacation and paid time off rating and an overall company rating of 3.8.

12. American Express

The multinational financial services corporation and credit card provider is "best in class" when it comes to paid time off, employees say.

Employees can get 28 vacation days and can also buy and sell vacation each year, according to reports. American Express gets a 4.3 out of five vacation and paid time off rating and an overall company rating of 3.6.

11. Ericsson-Worldwide

Ericsson, a communications technology and services company headquartered in Sweden, gets a vacation and paid time off rating of 4.3 out of five and an overall company rating of 3.6.

Employees report they can get up to three weeks of vacation, plus one week of "kin care," one week of sick days, six personal days, and one paid volunteering day. Employees also report they can sell one week of vacation each year.

10. Accenture

Accenture is a professional services company offering solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Employees gave the company a rating of 4.3 out of five for vacation and paid time off and an overall company rating of 3.7.

Employees report they can get three weeks of PTO and also say that they can carry over up to 240 hours to the next year.

9. Capital One

Thea financial services company based in Virginia gets a rating of 4.3 for vacation and paid time off and an overall company rating of 3.7.

After 90 days on the job, employees say they can get four weeks PTO. Employees report they can also buy an extra week of PTO if they wish.

8. Costco Wholesale

The wholesale grocery club gives employees two weeks of PTO to start, with up to five weeks of PTO and 10 sick days after they have put in more time with the company.

Workers say the company is "great with working around your schedule."

Costco gets a vacation and paid time off rating of 4.3 out of five and an overall company rating of 4.0.

7. General Motors

The American cars manufacturer and distributor provides a competitive vacation package, according to employees. PTO can start at 15 days and increase periodically. Employees report they also get 16 paid holidays and unlimited sick time.

One employee writes, "3 Weeks Vacation with an additional week off for Christmas (paid) is fantastic!"

General Motors gets a vacation and paid time off rating of 4.4 out of five and an overall company rating of 3.6.

6. Salesforce

Salesforce is a cloud-based customer relationship management software company. New employees can get 15 days of PTO along with four floating holidays and seven paid volunteering days, according to reports.

After two years, employees say they can get a month of PTO. Salesforce gets a vacation and paid time off rating of 4.4 out of five and an overall company rating of 4.2.

An employee prepares to install the hood on a sports utility vehicle at the General Motors assembly plant in Arlington, Texas.
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An employee prepares to install the hood on a sports utility vehicle at the General Motors assembly plant in Arlington, Texas.

5. Monsanto Company

Monsanto is an agricultural biotech company that produces genetically engineered seeds and herbicides.

Employees say they have "excellent vacation schedules and holiday packages." They get four weeks of PTO in the second full calendar year, according to reports and can get an additional week off between Christmas and New Year.

Monsanto gets a 4.5 out of five vacation and paid time off rating and an overall company rating of 3.9.

4. Google

The internet giant is known for its many perks, including paid time off.

Google employees say they can start off with three weeks of paid time off and can work their way up to five weeks if they stay with the company for five years. They also report they can take up to three months of unpaid sabbatical.

Google gets a vacation and paid time off rating of 4.5 out of five and an overall company rating of 4.4.

3. IKEA

For the Swedish furniture retailer, both full or part time employees can accrue PTO and vacation can be taken in one-hour increments. Employees say they can get three weeks per year at start of employment, five weeks per year after five years of employment, and seven weeks per year after 10 years of employment.

The company gets a vacation and PTO rating of 4.5 out of five and an overall company rating of 3.9.

2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center employees say they receive plenty of vacation time and appreciate a culture that does not discourage taking a much needed break.

"Nobody asks questions or makes you feel guilty for taking the time either which is a breath of fresh air," one employee writes.

Workers give the center a 4.6 out of 5 for vacation and paid time off and a 4.2 overall.

1. Amgen Inc.

Amgen is a biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. Employees can start with three weeks vacation plus two weeks over the Fourth of July and Christmas, which is very competitive by U.S. standards. The company receives a 4.7 out of five stars for its vacation and paid time off policy and an overall rating of 3.6.

A researcher working in a lab at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, California.
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A researcher working in a lab at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, California.