Fury Over Company Scheme Giving Free Disneyland Trip After 300 Years' Work

A company reward scheme is purportedly offering employees the chance to save up points for a free trip to Disneyland.

The catch? Well, according to a screenshot shared to Reddit, they would have to work for the company for over 300 years in order to accumulate enough points to actually do so.

Employee satisfaction should be a crucial component of any good business, but research suggests a significant proportion of workers are unsatisfied with their jobs.

A 2021 YouGov poll of 9,000 working Americans found that just 55 percent of respondents felt their job made a meaningful contribution to the world with 22 percent saying their felt theirs simply did not.

The same study also found that nearly a third (27 percent) of workers admitted to feeling personally unfulfilled by their work.

There's no easy solution to this kind of work-based disillusionment, but company reward schemes are definitely one option.

The idea is simple enough: employees can earn points through their work that can be spent on any number of experiences or desired items from a list often created in conjunction with an external supplier.

For the employee, the schemes offer a reward for loyalty and hard work, and may help renew their commitment to the firm and boost morale in the process. Well, that's the idea at least.

While that might sound effective in principle, it would appear that, for at least one company, putting it into practice is a whole other ball game.

In a post upvoted 19,000 times on Reddit, a user posting as legend_runners shared a screenshot of what he claimed was his company's "points and rewards platform."

According to the post, every employee at the firm "receives 200 points a month."

Here's the snag though. Based on the screenshot provided, which features some of the rewards workers can purchase with their points, it's going to take them quite a while to save up for one of the big ticket experiences.

The most notable of these is a "Six Night All Star Family Vacation." Perhaps there is a glitch on the website, or the image has been edited in some way, but according to what is presented in the post, an employee would need to save up 1,028,872 points to earn the trip to Disneyland.

Given that, according to legend_runners, they receive a base number of 200 points a month, that's going to take quite a while to sort. According to an additional comment made by the original poster, there are some other ways to earn points.

"You automatically get 400 points on your birthday," he wrote, adding that "Every 10 years of loyalty you get 8,000 to 10,000 (the range depending on your department)."

Even with those numbers factored in, however, followers concluded that an employee would need to work for well over 300 years to get the free trip. While the man posting the screenshot claims several different companies use this platform, he lays the blame for the unrealistic targets at the feet of his employer, noting "your company decides how much and how often to give points."

He also revealed that workers higher up in the company had the capacity to earn significantly more points.

The post sparked fury on social media.

Paulsoleo said he wouldn't stand for it if he worked there. "I would 100 percent call them out over this on day one, and be promptly fired," he commented.

WhyYouYelling shared his own experience of "b***shit like this" in his former job where "If you worked 100 hours of overtime in a quarter, you get a bonus paid day off. And this is for salaried employees."

TheRevaj, meanwhile, was in disbelief asking: "How does this farce exist at your workplace without anyone calling it out? Or is it just a running gag that no one in their right mind cares about?"

Elsewhere, tdomer80 offered a different take on the scheme. "I've seen programs like this where top sales people get showered with 'points' but office people get jack s***," they wrote. "The incentive trips are for the sales people. Everyone else gets 'trinkets and trash.'"

Seannj222 also suggested that the incentive program in its current form would be detrimental as it would make "employees perform less, because they know it's just not attainable."

JimJamuk73 was similarly dismissive writing: "Looks like a worthless perk."

Newsweek has contacted legend_runners for comment.

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim.
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. A Reddit post appearing to show a company reward scheme offering trips to Disneyland has gone viral. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin / Contributor/Getty