Basics of Working in San Francisco



San Francisco has the lowest unemployment rate compared to the other cities of California. Its Bay Area is the home of Silicon Valley, headquarters of several large new media companies such as Google, Youtube, Pixar and Twitter. Expatriates who are about to work in the Bay City are about to be part of a workforce that is notorious for its diversity and high level of education. 

This West Coast financial giant is the place to be for all foreign assignees that are in search of the infamous ‘American Dream’. It is a world renowned name when it comes to finance, banking and digital media. But aside from an impressive resume’ and sheer determination, there are also some factors that every professional moving to San Francisco must know. 

Work Etiquette 

Americans, in general, are known for being direct, and those from conservative countries or have different culture often find it intimidating or offensive. Expats who will be working in San Francisco should learn to adjust with it and refrain from beating around the bush. The locals are also very particular when it comes to time which is one of the secrets to their success. They admire punctual colleagues/employees and want things or tasks to be done right away. In a professional environment, always stand up when being introduced to someone to establish a presence and it is safer to address using full names unless the other person prefers to be called differently. 

Work Schedule 

The average work hours in San Francisco is eight hours a day or a maximum of 40 hours per week. Employees who have worked for five continuous hours should be entitled to an uninterrupted 30-minutes break and should be paid 1.5 times the average daily rate for excess work rendered after eight hours. Leave policies usually vary with ever company or sector but under the labour law of the state of California, employers are strictly prohibited to use the “use it or lose it” policy where employees will lose unused annual leave credits. 


Below is the list of all holidays being observed in the San Francisco: 

January 1

New Year’s Day

January 18

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 15

President’s Day

May 30

Memorial Day

July 4

Independence Day

September 5

Labour Day

October 10

Columbus Day

November 11

Veterans Day

November 24


November 25

The Day After

December 25

Christmas Day