{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "Would you accept a job offer for $12,000 more than you're currently making if the commute was a little over an hour and you had no possibility of ever working from home?", "post_id": "60a7cd54fb4143002a36f366", "reply_count": 69, "vote_count": 5, "bowl_id": "55375ce690f5eebe1d2a0f88", "bowl_name": "Tech" }

Would you accept a job offer for $12,000 more than you're currently making if the commute was a little over an hour and you had no possibility of ever working from home?

like
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at
Highlighted IconHIGHLIGHTED

Depends on why you're thinking of changing jobs. If it's strictly for more money, then instead of jumping ship right away you should read up on how to manage your personal finances and see if it's possible to get a raise in your current position first. If it's for a strategic career move, then that's another story. But it seems to me since you're asking about money, you're probably feeling like you don't make enough. And maybe you don't. But if you can figure out how to live below your means within your current salary then when you do make more money you'll be able to safeguard it more easily. There's a book called "The Millionaire Next Door" that talks about this extensively. I wish I had read this earlier in my career. If you've never had a long commute you'll quickly learn that commuting becomes a significant part of your life. Only you can decide if spending an extra 43 hours a month commuting is worth the extra $800 a month after taxes. I should also note the type of commute matters, I had an hour and a half commute on a ferry an it was sometimes nice to have extra time to read or watch movies. But very difficult on my family life. I work remotely now.

like

As someone who just moved their family another 35 miles south due to housing prices and I kept telling myself we can do this, this is the best for my family…. (All because of housing and nothing else) I am five month into the commute crap and it’s about 45-50min each way and tbh I am about to have a nervous breakdown. There is zero work life balance, I work 12 hour days (always did but wasn’t an issue before when I was only 15 min away). So from my perspective- I would say no. But then again you mentioned in another comment that it’s prestigious and amazing benefits, which is huge. If you are super young, not married or thinking of starting a family right now - it might be doable if you see a long term future with this company to get bonuses and RSU and other stocks and save up money to be closer or even just get the experience under your belt to get that next and better job in a few years. Something like this needs serious consideration and really isn’t a clear black and white answer.

like
Recent IconRecent

No. I turned down one which was an $80K increase in base salary because the commute would have been 1.5 hours each way and I’d have to buy a car to get there from the city. They wanted four days in office and I didn’t want to live near where they were located.

like

Yeah i feel like OP should've said % vs dollar amounts. 80k could've been a 15% increase for you while 12k might be a 30% increase for OP (i have no idea, maybe OP said percentage somewhere else)

Nope. 12000/52/5/2= $23 an hour for your commute not including gas. Add in the additional stress of driving and what else you could be doing with that time and it’s not really worth it.

like

+1. And not just gas, you'll wreck the value of your car by putting tons of miles on it, you'll need car repairs more frequently, and the lack of WFH flexibility from that distance can become an issue if your car is in the shop.

like

Okay I need to clarify- the new job is significantly better than my current one (better benefits, salary, everything) and its with a more prestigious organization. And I am less than a year into my career. The idea that I've even been offered this job is huge.

like

Is the work more interesting and looking to lead to bigger and better? Unless you will be happier. Don't bother

like

I feel like it depends… starting your career and life out having a 12k boost to your salary could be a huge benefit to leapfrog your career / life early on. However, there is a lot more to choosing if someplace is a good fit for you outside or wfh and commute. As someone who has had commutes ranging from 0-1.5 hour one way the reasons I joined or left companies ultimately was never down to the commute. It was always due to opportunities and culture.

like

I would say go for it as long as you feel excited about it. You are young, now is the time to explore, fail, learn and grow.. I had a 30 min commute.. I prayed for longer just so I can catch some zzzzzz on the train (true story.. don’t judge me 😜) I had a nice quite 55 min commute, but I wanted to work in the big city(NYC) and drink and party every night, but couldn’t afford the city apt and had a 1.5 hour commute.. now I have a 15 min commute and covid wouldn’t let me see ppl.. what I am trying to say is.. be young.. make YOUR UNIQUE MISTAKES and learn and pivot.. Also.. don’t stay so long at your dream company that it becomes a nightmare!

like

No, unless I can move closer to work 😆😆

like

Oh it entirely depends if it's helping my career in general, and primarily if I think I'm going to like the role more...

like

This is it here, OP the question isn't about salary,.it's about dream offer vs commute.

like

Nope, breakdown the value of your time and cost of commute- the salary bump would shrink and the job would drop in interest

like

If the commute is via public transportation, I'd do it.

like

If I had a family, no.

like

No I wouldn’t do that. When you account for the travel and wear and tear on the car and gas, that extra 12k isn’t clearly giving you a better life than your current situation with 12k less.

like

Definitely no. The sheer fact that they’re making you come to the office daily is a deal-breaker on top of the long commute. If they were reasonable about work/life balance and letting you WFH half the week, I would possible say yes. But WFH is a huge commodity that most progressive companies are offering in light of this pandemic.

like

It sounds like a great opportunity especially this early in your career. I did the same for around 6 years but eventually the commute was just not bearable anymore. It takes a toll on the quality of life. Sounds like you are young so it might be the best time to make that kind of sacrifices for future opportunities.

like

That depends. How do the job duties compare? What are your career path goals and the potential options at the company? How much would it cost in gas, and how old is your car (think of car trouble)? And how important is working from home to you? I used to drive 1 hour and 10 minutes each way every day for a low paying job, but in the end, I had higher paying roles and tons of experience which set me up for the next stage of my career. Well worth it at that time for me, but doesn't mean it's right for everyone. But no matter what - you need a reliable car or a good AAA plan :) PS, I enjoyed the drive, gave me lots of time to thinking and decompress before and after work. But you need to know other ways to get there b/c there are a lot of wrecks - and it adds another layer of complication if you have kids that you have to get from daycare/school at a certain time.

like

NOPE!!!

like

Is the position one where you could potentially shift your work hours a bit? Would they allow you start earlier in the morning and earlier in the day so that you can beat rush hour traffic and shorten your commute time?

like

Nope! Did the hour + commute for 18 years, there’s probably a price I’d put on it, but it’s not 12k. The only benefit was the ability to de stress at the end of the day but you can’t really do that while your road raging to get home to the family.

like

I would say yes. Salary is such a snowball, that a little increase now means much more down the road, in aggregate (total wealth) as well as the increases in your total annual comp.

Related Posts

Does anyone have compensation advice for an HRG with 6 years of HR experience in Boston,MA.

like

How hard is it to pivot once you’re in industry? Interviewing for a New York Times strategy role but my end goal is to get into the streaming space (Netflix, HBO, Disney, etc)

like

Deloitte fish, should I be expecting a signing bonus coming in as a senior consultant from accenture with 4 years of experience?

like

I'm having problems getting staffed and I'm on the beach, I'm a recent new hire. I start paternity leave in November so it seems that everyone is staying away. I split my paternity leave as that's...

Do MBA hires get placed as senior consultants at Deloitte? Or consultants? Confused about the hierarchy there. Also, can anyone shed light to Deloitte bonus %’s?

like

Looking for Roth 401K/IRA advice: I have $18k in my Roth IRA and will have $16K in my Roth 401K by end of the year. No balance in Trad IRA. Should I leave my $16K in Roth 401K or is there a benefit to moving to Roth IRA? Assuming no tax implication since both are Roth? Thank you!

like

Thinking about investing $250 every month in shares. Any suggestions for long term investment? I max out 401K and own set of apple, Tesla, and Microsoft shares which I don’t plan to sell anytime soon.

like

Anyone have a referral to TelAmeriCorp?

like

Hi, is permanant wfh option available in Deloitte? I have a small kid and want to know whther they allow work frm hme as I have an offer from deloitte.

like

fat, single and frustrated. How do people find friends with benefits

like

Looking into remote federal healthcare opportunities with Accenture - anyone have any leads? Willing to put in some travel time but will be living in South Carolina.

like

My therapist just told me I'm depressed..do you ever feel like they tell you things you hear a lot or could have figured out on your own? Like take care of yourself, it's ok to feel such and such, etc. I'm still newer to therapy so wondering if that's the common experience? Do you ever have moments where you're like wow that actually is eye opening and I wouldn't have gotten that from reading self help books and websites etc?

like

Need some help on comparing two offers. MBA recruiting full time offers: Strategy & VS Accenture Strategy, the same base, sign on bonus ACN 5k more, the same city. So in terms of career growth, culture, exit opportunities, etc. which one is better? WLB is not so important to me. Accenture Strategy&

helpfulfunny

How much of your base salary would you give up to work 9-5 regularly? Just received an industry job offer from an incredible company to work for.

like

B4 Tax SM1-3s in Charlotte - Nashville - Atlanta, what is your salary range?

helpful

What are some techniques for negotiating a higher base salary? Don’t have a competing offer to leverage

like

Am I making a mistake? I’m quitting the firm this week and taking 2 months off to grieve my mother passing. I have an offer lined up (signed) for a senior position at a tech company in a new (cont)

like

I’m eligible for 401k %match from my employer on aug 1 2021. The max total amount I could get from them for 2021 is ~$420. I plan on maxing out & my 401k has an aggressive strategy. Would you wait to contribute until later in the year in order to maximize the match, or invest early in the year for the compound interest gains? Am I wrong to think the latter?

Hey Desi Fam, What could be the compensation range for EY FSO Tech Strategy role for both SC and M. Have my initial recruiter call this week. Location - NYC/Chi/SF/Atlanta. 6 YoE in industry and have a master's degree.

like

If I got offered a salary for a new job, let’s say $150,000, based on my COL and being in a HCOL city like NYC or LA — then I buy a house in Florida and move there. Will my company likely adjust my salary?

like

Additional Posts

Does anyone have compensation advice for an HRG with 6 years of HR experience in Boston,MA.

like

Is this okay for a work black tie holiday party? (Got it in a dark red)

Post Photo
likesmart

Why are the Big 4 considered to be the best places to work and best consulting firms? Other than prestige and brand I don’t understand why they’re consistently rated and regarded so highly

likefunny

Does legacy matter at all for MBA admission?

On the bench this week, have PTO Friday, but have already mentally checked out and it’s not even noon on Monday. I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I just had to say it to all the randoms on FB.

like

How hard is it to pivot once you’re in industry? Interviewing for a New York Times strategy role but my end goal is to get into the streaming space (Netflix, HBO, Disney, etc)

like

Recent Deloitte F&EP GPS offer holders. Could you please give insight on Case/Fit interview from your end ? Thanks

like

Deloitte fish, should I be expecting a signing bonus coming in as a senior consultant from accenture with 4 years of experience?

like

Will EY reimburse tuition for external data analytics courses (Coursera) or online boot camps if you're in the analytics practice?

like

Executive folk, how do you decide who gets laid off and who stays?

likehelpful

I joined at IBM Nov 30th on first day I got call from RCM for project assignment. I had client interview I felt myself not performed well. So what is process of project assignment did all the project have client facing interview.

like

Does Amex platinum reimburse for CLEAR?

like

Are raises better at a big 4 than at a mid tier or smaller firms?

likefunny

Can an audit client get in trouble for reaching out to an audit employee regarding possible emplpyment opportunities even if the employee is not on the audit team? Even if to inform you that employment discussions have to first be cleared by the firm?

like

Anyone recently start at a US ad agency where they are sponsoring your work visa? Advertising strategist to figure out if the TN - Management Consultant visa is still possible and if not what the best visa is if I don’t have a ton of awards/press, or am able to transfer within the same company. TIA

like

I'm having problems getting staffed and I'm on the beach, I'm a recent new hire. I start paternity leave in November so it seems that everyone is staying away. I split my paternity leave as that's...

Working as an audit staff in big 4 shared service centre. It's been 2 years. I really don't like what I do there, also it seems I won't like what I'll be doing there even after becoming senior. Thinking of leaving and joining industry once ACCA qualified. (One more paper left). But people around me discourage that growth potential and earnings in industry are way less compared to public accounting. I know that too but I still want to leave. I'd like to stick to core accounting. Thoughts pls

like

Do MBA hires get placed as senior consultants at Deloitte? Or consultants? Confused about the hierarchy there. Also, can anyone shed light to Deloitte bonus %’s?

like

Any layoffs due to this virus?

like

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
Download Fishbowl to see what others are saying
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the Fishbowl app

Get realtime notifications and see
what's happening in your industry
from the palm of your hand.

{ "isSet": true, "allowed": true }

Sign up for free to view this conversation on Fishbowl

By continuing you agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Already have an account? Log in

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or

General

Legal