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1799 Views 25 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2007 10:39 AM by willmary RSS 1 2 Previous Next
digo037 Rookie 12 posts since
May 27, 2004
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Nov 28, 2007 2:08 PM

Christmas party charge

Anyone have to pay to go to the company christmas party...large company size ie. 200 plus.

Friends company charge is free if you work there, $20 for your date and $40 for retirees (only about 15 retirees go each year.

I guess I thought that the christmas party/dinner was the time for a company show appreciation to the employees etc...and as for the date....free for them since they are affected by work such as unexpected overtime by their partner etc.

Anyway...seems very scrooge-like.

Is this common now?

  • kerfwango Rookie 127 posts since
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    1. Nov 28, 2007 2:13 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    It's to cover the costs for sanitizing all the copiers.

  • CarsonW Rookie 56 posts since
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    2. Nov 28, 2007 2:14 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    Our's is free for the employees and no one else is invited. We have over 5000 employees, in several countries. Each department has their own party. I don't know how other departments do it. I speak only for IT, which has about 250 employees.

  • Shotzncotz Rookie 21 posts since
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    3. Nov 28, 2007 2:15 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    Our "Holiday" party is funded by the rec club which milks money from the vending machines and cafeteria percentage. We have about 500 employees at the plant and we accrue quite a bit of money in the coffers.
    Needless to say, we spend about 25 to 50K, on a party and we still have to pay 20.00 each for all employes and spouses.

    It is a complete waste of time in my opinion.

  • mcgoofy Rookie 123 posts since
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    4. Nov 28, 2007 2:20 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    I am an scrooge when it comes to company holiday parties. I won't go if they make us pay. I won't always go if it's free either!

  • Woodsie080 Rookie 19 posts since
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    5. Nov 28, 2007 2:21 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    Our company asked to a $10 deposit from each employee who plan on attending.  If you show you get your check back.  They want to cover all the no show (really they want people to sh*t or get off the pot).

    We get dinner, entertainment, a dj, door prizes at a Sheraton, you have to get your own room, but they are at a group rate.

  • Tawan Rookie 97 posts since
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    6. Nov 28, 2007 2:21 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    You people got off easy. Our place has charged up to $100 per guest but it's a non-profit so the money went back into investing in the organization (or so they say).

  • Woodsie080 Rookie 19 posts since
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    7. Nov 28, 2007 2:23 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    quote:


    Originally posted by Carson:

    . I speak only for IT, which has about 250 employees.


     



    I call that a Star Trek Convention

  • MiniDriver Rookie 259 posts since
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    8. Nov 28, 2007 2:23 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    quote:


    Originally posted by mcgoofy:

    I am an scrooge when it comes to company holiday parties. I won't go if they make us pay. I won't always go if it's free either!


     



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    My celebration is staying away from my cow-orkers.

  • CarsonW Rookie 56 posts since
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    9. Nov 28, 2007 2:31 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    quote:


    Originally posted by Woodsie:

    I call that a Star Trek Convention


     



    IT has changed a lot since the 1970's. Those short sighted stereotypes just don't fit anymore.

    Thanks for playing though.

  • Woodsie080 Rookie 19 posts since
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    10. Nov 28, 2007 2:37 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    quote:


    Originally posted by Carson:

    IT has changed a lot since the 1970's. Those short sighted stereotypes just don't fit anymore.

    Thanks for playing though.


     



    OH SNAP....you are one tough nut.

    Is that from the defend yourself from stereotypes handbook.

  • AmericanIdiot Rookie 67 posts since
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    11. Nov 28, 2007 2:40 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    The purse strings have gotten much tighter over the past 10 yrs or so.  I work in a hospital. When I first joined the work force it was a huge shindig with dinner, dancing, drinks. I think we had to pay $10 per person. Now the hospital I work at "party shares" with other companies. You pay about $30 to eat dinner with total strangers. I've never been.

    The hospital does provided a free prime rib lunch/dinner for the whole hospital though during work hours...its a nice gesture.

  • CarsonW Rookie 56 posts since
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    12. Nov 28, 2007 2:44 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    quote:


    Originally posted by Woodsie:

    OH SNAP....you are one tough nut.

    Is that from the defend yourself from stereotypes handbook.


     



    Maybe I should have assumed that you were just trying to be humorous instead of tacking the tack that you were making an insult. It's a character flaw of mine that sometimes runs unchecked. For that, I apologize.

    Truthfully, IT departments are not full of pocket-protector geeks anymore. I would estimate that more than 1/3 of the people in IT here have degrees in economics, finance or business. They are here to analyze the requirements from "the business" and to translate them into technical requirements.

  • DogMom1st Rookie 469 posts since
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    13. Nov 28, 2007 2:48 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    quote:


    Originally posted by MiniDriver:

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    My celebration is staying away from my cow-orkers.


     



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    If it is a "company sanctioned" event then the company should cover the cost. Otherwise why would I pay to see people that I can see everyday for free.

  • MnD Rookie 122 posts since
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    14. Nov 28, 2007 2:58 PM (in response to digo037)
    Re: Christmas party charge

    Free for employee and spouse (or date) - Formal/semi-formal, full sit-down dinner, open bar, band, dancing and discounted  rooms at the hotel.

    Reminds me - we still need to farm the kids out for that night.

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