hmm, well i am contracted full-time at 33.5 hrs/week. (leave it to a law firm to make it 33.5) but overtime kicks in after 35 hours/week. clearly the majority of my paycheck is overtime and i average 60 hour work weeks.
also, in my firm, i get 27 days off per year, works out to 5.5 weeks? but that is vacation/personal/sick all combined. they dont care what i do on those days, but i only get 27. these practices are standard with most corporate law firms in the city.
as for vacation time in america, i'd concur that the average is really only 2-3 weeks in the corporate world.
btw, if it was a choice between king soopers, safeway, and albertsons in boulder, i'd still go for the king soopers. assuming of course there wasnt a whole foods, or wild oats nearby