{ "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": 68, "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.

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

Currently an A3 in audit. My team communicated to me that they’re pushing for me to get mid-year promo (Jan 2022) but I’m also interested in leaving to another Big 4 for AAS as an S1. Current salary is $73.6k and am unsure of how much I should be going for to make the jump worth it. I know EY FAAS offered a friend $85k in my market but assuming I get mid year promo I’m not so sure the salary bump would be significant enough. How much room for negotiation is there with Big 4 experienced hires?

like

I wrote a rec letter for one of my legal assistants for law school right before COVID got bad and we all started working remote. Ever since then, this assistant has seemingly been slacking. There’s only so much I can actually see/review without seriously micromanaging her. I’ve spoken to her about her slacking at least twice and both times she just brushed it off. I want to withdraw my rec letter, but I feel like it’s too late. She is leaving at the end of the summer. Should I just let it be?

like

Anyone else out there getting rejected fast from MBB during this hiring spree? NoobsTogrtherStrong

likefunny

Is there actual risk, not speculation, of the firm taking away bonus if you give notice after comp statement issued (Aug 26) but before paycheck deposit (Sept 6)? Has anyone’s bonus been taken back?

like

Anyone in Hell’s Kitchen? Just moved in and looking for coffee buddies to to have some breaks during WFH :)

like

Just signed an exit offer for a tech PM position — ~50% increase in TC. I’m looking forward to one of my last Monday’s in consulting. It’s bittersweet and very grateful for the experience I’ve had in consulting, but ready for the change!

like

Any quick fixes on burnouts? Have been working at least 200% since September last year. I have multiple big deadlines all due today, and I have been writing slides while crying for the last 2 hours – it’s just slow and painful. Need to pull myself together and just do the work because well, I need the job, and in this economy no one else is hiring.

likefunny

I was finally received an offer my dream position and I am thrilled but the on boarding process will be delayed by 6 months. However, I also applied for the same position two years ago and was rejected. This time around, I reached out to an internal contact who helped me get an interview. I am kicking myself for not reaching out sooner, two years ago. really sad about it.

like

Anyone working in PWC AC Kolkata office or anyone aware of the work culture & Employee benefits etc. Pls do let me know in the comments section. I have recently received an offer from the same ..So wanted to know

like

How much does a creative director in healthcare at large agency in New York City with lots of experience make?

like

2 YOE at a big 4 150k base and stock for a product marketing job at a growing tech company that IPOed a few years ago (so not FAANG). Role is also 100% remote Not 100% sure I want to get into PMM though. Would you take this?

like

ACN ALSS Technology Consultant 135k, no sign on bonus, 23 days PTO with enough months at level to get promoted in December. How is the group?

like

What are some impactful, remote (WFH) volunteer work I can do? I have some extra time on hand and can only think of education/tutoring.

like

Thoughts on using wealthfront/betterment vs just buying low cost index funds (voo and vti) on Robinhood? I’ve been doing both throughout the last 1.5 years and have seen much better performance on the latter. Curious if people think there are other benefits to using wealthfront ?

like

What are the benefits of Uber VIP?

List or companies that hire remotely: Not 100% of their roles are remote. But some are.

like

Has the blush come off the rose for this shining city on a hill? Have any other foreign fish in the US been asking yourself why we made the conscious decision to seek out a life in this country? The racial tensions and frequent shootings (including a much covered grocery store that I used to frequent) are outweighing the benefits of staying here. Never have I had to worry this much about going to the grocery store. The reaction of society here towards these issues is also dismal. Is it worth it?

like

Thinking of going to a country outside the US where I can stretch my dollar and live comfortably for a month or two while still working remote. Has anyone done this? Any location recommendations?

like

Big 4 quitters...Did you have an Exit interview - which firm and what did they ask?

like

We know all the married people on here gettin’ laid because WFH... or at least they were before someone got on someone’s last nerve. Shout out to the singles who were mid drought pre quarantine...

like

Additional Posts

Currently an A3 in audit. My team communicated to me that they’re pushing for me to get mid-year promo (Jan 2022) but I’m also interested in leaving to another Big 4 for AAS as an S1. Current salary is $73.6k and am unsure of how much I should be going for to make the jump worth it. I know EY FAAS offered a friend $85k in my market but assuming I get mid year promo I’m not so sure the salary bump would be significant enough. How much room for negotiation is there with Big 4 experienced hires?

like

Anyone ever get company/team swag that they really liked? Trying to find something for my project team (eg patagonia zip up, Swell, etc) and looking for ideas! Can be up to $200/item

likehelpful

I wrote a rec letter for one of my legal assistants for law school right before COVID got bad and we all started working remote. Ever since then, this assistant has seemingly been slacking. There’s only so much I can actually see/review without seriously micromanaging her. I’ve spoken to her about her slacking at least twice and both times she just brushed it off. I want to withdraw my rec letter, but I feel like it’s too late. She is leaving at the end of the summer. Should I just let it be?

like

What is the Deloitte Marriott corporate code?

like

Anyone else out there getting rejected fast from MBB during this hiring spree? NoobsTogrtherStrong

likefunny

Is there actual risk, not speculation, of the firm taking away bonus if you give notice after comp statement issued (Aug 26) but before paycheck deposit (Sept 6)? Has anyone’s bonus been taken back?

like

Anyone in Hell’s Kitchen? Just moved in and looking for coffee buddies to to have some breaks during WFH :)

like

Hi Accenture 🐠, I recently moved to a different state and bought a 🏡 here. Can I still keep my affiliation with my precious office (SF)? Or do I need to switch? What is the policy? Also, I am up for a promotion. Will the change of office impact my promotion? Thanks.

like

We have had an extremely tough start to the year. I am second guessing my decision to continue teaching (year 20). What are some options for teachers that don’t involve the classroom or direct sale

like

I don't get the point of getting an MBA. I feel like there's nothing b-school can teach you that you can't teach yourself... and networking is feasible without the help of an overpriced university.

like

Just signed an exit offer for a tech PM position — ~50% increase in TC. I’m looking forward to one of my last Monday’s in consulting. It’s bittersweet and very grateful for the experience I’ve had in consulting, but ready for the change!

like

Have an offer for $110K pre-tax in consulting and have the option to choose between Boston, DC, Seattle, and San Francisco. I prefer East Coast but which cities would allow me to save the most versus the least? Trying to understand cost of living in these cities, 27M Single, just FYI.

like

Any quick fixes on burnouts? Have been working at least 200% since September last year. I have multiple big deadlines all due today, and I have been writing slides while crying for the last 2 hours – it’s just slow and painful. Need to pull myself together and just do the work because well, I need the job, and in this economy no one else is hiring.

likefunny

What is EY wavespace? What’s the culture, people, and growth like there?

like

Want to buy property in / near NYC. I know with covid prices in the city (I’m assuming the 5 boroughs) went down, while prices outside of the city went up. Is that enough of a move in the market to make it worth it to buy in the city (and not in Long Island for example)?

like

I was finally received an offer my dream position and I am thrilled but the on boarding process will be delayed by 6 months. However, I also applied for the same position two years ago and was rejected. This time around, I reached out to an internal contact who helped me get an interview. I am kicking myself for not reaching out sooner, two years ago. really sad about it.

like

Since I was a little girl, I have had the name picked out for my first child. It’s a combination between my favorite name, my middle name, and favorite artist. My sister is getting a dog and wantsCONT

funny

I am on H1b and my daughter is American Citizen (Minor) . Is she eligible for stimulus package ?

funnylike

Anyone working in PWC AC Kolkata office or anyone aware of the work culture & Employee benefits etc. Pls do let me know in the comments section. I have recently received an offer from the same ..So wanted to know

like

Any recommendations for good food/drinks at IAH? (Long layover)

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