I was in the final stages of being hired for a new job and going over a bunch of stuff with the head of HR.
HR: Your job grade will be 8, but it doesn't mean anything; it's just a number. Some people get hung up on job grades, but they really don't have any impact on salary or anything.
Me: OK. What about vacation? I'm quite experienced and have been getting more than two weeks per year now for several years.
HR: I'm sorry, job grade 8 starts at 2 weeks per year. If the job grade was just one level higher, vacation would be negotiable.