I have seen the same sort of thing in private enterprise. Probably the worst was a guy I met I met at a vacation resort. He worked as an equipment operator for a large construction firm. In conversation, I asked if he’d still be at the resort the following week. He said something like, “Yeah, I will, though officially I’m at work all week. So it’s kind of like vacation, except I’m not using any vacation time, but my hours are being clocked”. And he laughed.