So, at Express it's "bid" or have it scheduled for you. I was attempting to take off the first week of January for Christmas. Most of my family lives in Florida, so do get out of Memphis for a while would be nice. This is the first time in 28 years I have never been home for Christmas. Due to the changes in the vacation policy, I lost the bid for my vacation time. I bid on a second week, lost it. Then a third. Lost it. So, I gave up. They come to us, complaining that we really need to schedule our vacation time. I told them I did and lost the bid. Again, they said "Well, you still need to schedule it." So, as my brain began to implode on itself, I summoned the courage to ask a question, knowing the answer before I did. "Well, when can I take off?" They told me they can't decide that, I have to bid. Get ready for it: *WORLDS BIGGEST FACEPALM* How does a company subsist on making employees fight one another for their time off? I wish this was a joke, but I tried to take a personal day, on a Wednesday, for a minor surgery appointment. I was told I have to make the bid and see if I get it. I didn't realize surgery was option when concerning my health. So, to sum it up: Seniority dictates when you have a vacation. You must schedule your vacation by bidding on it. IF you don't get it, they tell you that you need to schedule it. If you lose the bid again, they schedule it for you..using the classic phrase "Due to operational needs..." Christ. I even interviewed for corporate for accounting jobs and was turned down. I didn't know enough of the industry when I was asked why. So, should I just quit? Heh. Another rhetoric question, I know.