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Old 12-05-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Company Christmas party -- is it free?

Just wonderin'. I have to pay to go to mine, and I think that stinks. Morale is so low, and they want us to socialize and "be merry". I feel like that would happen a lot quicker if we didn't have to pay to go to the party.

I have never worked anywhere else, so I don't know what it's like at other places. I guess I just assumed that company Christmas parties are *free*, like a thank-you gift from the powers-that-be.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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We pay for ours. It is not a lot but it is not free. Our employee engagement team does fundraisers during the year and money from those funds most of the costs (mainly paying 10.00 a month so you can wear jeans instead of dress clothes). We always seem to have it at dave and busters (not my favorite spot) and employees pay maybe 5.00 but if you bring a guest the amount is higher. I guess we really do pay the whole cost since money that you pay during the year is used for this.

I do not think I will go this year..big waste of time since it is just sitting around and talking about work.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:42 PM   #3
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I don't pay for mine, but we have to get all dressed up like we are going to a fancy wedding, so in the end it costs lots of money.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:43 PM   #4
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FWIW, we're only having appetizers and soda. If we want alcohol, we have to pay even more.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:44 PM   #5
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ours is free. i work at a church, and it's a staff and elders (church leaders) Christmas party. no gift exchange, just food and silly games. usually, the church buys the sliced ham or turkey, and the guests supply sides and drinks. however, this year, the pastor has hired one of our church members, who is a FAN-TAB-U-LOUS cook, to cater it. so we don't even have to cook!
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
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Company pays for ours, but spouses/signficant others are $25.00. It's usually hosted at a swanky hotel in each of our major locations. It's usually a pretty okay time.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #7
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Back when I worked somewhere that HAD company party, the company footed the bill. It was always pretty swanky for those of us at headquarters. The factory party was just a nice meal and a longer lunch though.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:06 PM   #8
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We have a departmental party (tomorrow, actually), where the division directors pitch in $20, and the department director pays the rest, for entrees (Italian beef and mostaccioli), and we carry in sides.

We have a full employee party next Friday (lunchtime)-- it's appetizers and sandwiches, beer, wine and soda, and it's free. And mandatory.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:13 PM   #9
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DH's company Christmas party is tomorrow night at a LOVELY (and pricey) restaurant. There will be about 50 people there and the company pays for it.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:55 PM   #10
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We have to pay to go to ours but it's not much....$10.00 a person with a full meal, a DJ and dancing, and door prizes. I work retail so we have ours after Christmas. We call it our "We survived the Holidays Party!" It's a fun night out. My husband doesn't go because he hates to socialize with work people. A few of the other girls from work don't bring there spouses either so it ends up being a fun girls night out.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:58 PM   #11
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I've never heard of paying to go to your company Christmas party, but I learn something new all the time. Years ago I worked at a small, private company and we always had a Christmas party. I've also worked for a large corporation and they always had something during the season. I now work in the local school district and we never have anything official during the holidays. People bring in cookies or other treats to share, but no official party of any sort.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:04 PM   #12
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DH's company Christmas party is free, and very fancy. It is at a fantastic resort ballroom and they go all out ~ Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, plated 5 course meal and dancing with a band.

It's very nice.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:07 PM   #13
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My dh used to work for the city. Holiday parties were potluck + $5 to pay for paper products. In a way, I get it, no one wants their taxes going to parties.

He now works for an engineering firm. Big downtown ballroom catered event for free. Cracks me up, because employees get 2 drink tickets to the bar... the "+1" gets 3!

I work at Target. No party. No bonus. Just do your job and shut up. Sometimes we get bakery "day-olds" in the break room though. yay.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:45 AM   #14
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I've never heard of paying to go to your company Christmas party, but I learn something new all the time.
I had also never heard of paying to go to your employer's Christmas party. I wouldn't go if I had to pay for it., no matter how good the party was.

And lord knows, my current employer's "party" is such a bore, the only reason I go to it is that it's during work time and if you go, then you get 2.5 of paid time off as an additional reward. Yes, they have to bribe people with PTO in order to get them to attend. The "party" consists of a meal at some restaurant (and there have been some baaaaaad restaurants and baaaaad food because they're too cheap to spring for a nice restaurant) and that's it. In addition to which I wouldn't willingly choose to spend any leisure time with my coworkers. Frankly, I wish they'd just give us the money they spend on it as a bonus (especially since we haven't even gotten a COLA in 4 years) or donate it to a charity.
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My office goes out to lunch and we pay for it. Government agency, we're not allotted taxpayer money for parties for our office. If we didn't decide just to go out to lunch, we wouldn't have any celebration. My boss gives us gift cards, but she pays for them herself.
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