I am currently in hiring process of a start-up company as full time employee that is willing to roll out an lucrative offer, actually they have already sent out a rough draft of work contract.
Though the contract seems okay, some clauses related to work life balance aren't up to my satisfaction and I would like to get them changed such as below:
Issue 1: below average number of vacation days for Germany (25, while 30 is the absolute norm here)
- One week more vacation as per industry norm in Germany.
Issue 2: Weekend work can be imposed national law permitting
- Not being forced to work on weekends the contract currently has clause
as at this moment in my career it's important for me to have a good work life balance.
If 25 vacation days is company standard and they somehow make an exception for me, wouldn't it cause rift among teamworkers in the future when I take those vacations?
If I ask for full quota of 30 vacation days and decline working on weekend in any case, would it cause them retracting the offer?
Though startups are very unpredictable on many grounds, the normal apprehension about start-up leading to disruptions of normal life seems to be strongly hinted at by the first standard draft sent to me.
After a careful consideration I have decided to move on, they tried to woo me with a promise of giving me a hike after my probation period, but as money isn't everything for me, I have turned the offer down, and also concluded that I wouldn't really waste my or the startup's time with job interviews in future.