{ "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

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

Is it possible to move to USA FDD senior role from Asian country with ACCA, not CPA?

like

Anyone looking to work in medical communications and education within pharmaceuticals? My agency is hiring scientific and medical writers, editors and creatives, as well across the account services teams. I work with great people and have made an impact on many meaningful projects! DM for more info!

like

Exit options after 6 months in ZS? DAA here. WLB has landed me in hospital twice and my client seems to only care that in my absense, work gets delayed. Also, please recommend any skills one should/can learn on weekends to enhance selection.

like

It seems to me that there is a big push to go Indy these days. What are the major benefits of going that route?

like

Anyone know salary range for SVP and Director at AlixPartners? Also the bonus range?

like

Just wondering, can they pay people solely based on age and not role/responsibilities?

Post Photo
like

I currently work as a personal injury lawyer at a small law firm, 5 years experience, graduated from T30 law school in 2015. Our subject area is pretty niche, and I am looking to branch out. Not big law, but a different subject area, and hopefully something with a better work life balance (have a small child with hopes for more). Open to leaving the law for a compliance/HR/other type position. Am I even marketable for something like that? Am I being unrealistic?

like

What are the benefits of Uber VIP?

I am currently working at a big 4 in Strategy and Business Transformation practice. I recently came across the job of a S&O Manager role at Global Business Strategy. TBC

like

A partner submitted my resume to her firm’s recruiting department and I got called in for an interview. I’m researching the interviewers and one is the hiring attorney. Is that a good sign or routine? (I haven’t worked in big law to know.)

like

TL, DR: comp for Sr Manager in public accounting, for hybrid internal audit + performance improvement role? LA based. More info: Just got promoted to Senior Manager in a mid-sized accounting and advisory firm. LA-based. What comp should I expect? I have my salary discussion this week and looking to benchmark. I do IA, public company readiness assessments, risk assessments, business process reviews, compliance, etc.

like

Carreer in strategic consulting: Bain or EY-Parthenon for an Associate Consultant starting a carreer in management consulting this year. In terms of progression, salary, types of projects and recognition

like

How are people "networking" now that we are wfh? I mean, you are barely even aware if people still work in the same company. Previously, you at least saw them every now and then at the office but now... They could have fired half the company and I wouldn't know

likehelpfulfunny

What would be a normal salary for an M1 in a LCOL city?

like

Hi all, 3 years into MBB and job was taking the toll on me, and we were unable to get pregnant. I forced myself into an internal role to get some breathing space and therapy, and we ended up getting pregnant. But a few months in, I moved back to client facing and it has been absolutely difficult to spend time at home and keep my wife happy. She is expecting some quality time every day for a few hours, and I am just unable to do that. Its probably a combination of the job and also how I

like

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

like

ITRA Senior 2 - please post your salary and if you belong to low or High COL

like

Can we not call it TrumpCare or ObamaCare and just call it the Affordable Care Act like it should have been from day one. Stop playing politics with healthcare. People die from this BS.

like

Additional Posts

When the client pressures you into naming a date the audit can get done, and later that week you discover multiple serious issues that will require extended testing 😬

like

Not in GPS, but I do get the emails from Dan Helfich and I just want to say he seems like a helluva leader. He comes across as authentic and genuinely invested in diversity and well being of his ppl.

like

What are the best international development / nonprofit exit routes for analysts looking to make an impact and not take a huge salary cut? Open to similar hours!

like

What do you consider when starting over in a new school, new position and new state? What would help you make that final decision? Jersey to Florida, Bilingual Teacher to 1st Grade classroom teacher

like

How would you approach asking for a promotion at year end this year?

like

Any nice swimming pool in Stockholm? I’m working there for a 1year project and need to do some sport 🏊‍♂️

like

Just got another rejection... Is exiting to FAANG or MB really this hard? Trying to go tech.. or mbb, but not getting anywhere. I have 2 masters (mba, ms) from top schools, been in consulting for over 10 years, I am confident that I know my stuff well..but still I keep getting rejected. Interviewed with Google, Amazon, Cisco, McKinsey, and a few others and every-time there is something that is not a match... are the hiring managers looking for like 100% match? That will never happen!!!

like

Moving to the bay as a delta diamond. Anticipate lots of East coast trips in my future. What airline should I be trying to get a status match with? Should I stick with delta?

like

PwC 🐠, can you not roll over vacation days? What's this with losing holiday time by June 30? Please help me understand- how do you know if you have holiday balance? Thus isn't different from vacation

like

“It’s Friday...just pick a line from the manifesto, find a picture of Al Swearengen looking menacingly at a child and let’s get to happy hour.”

Post Photo
likefunny

What are peoples opinions of EY FAAS group? How’s the work? How’s the pay? How the WLB? Interviewing for a Senior position.

How easy/difficult is to transition from Big 4 to a top law firm?

like

Senior Manager Advisory salary at PwC for a tier 2 city?

like

Hey 🐠, in first 5 years if goal is to move around to maximize salary, how much does compensation growth slow down in jumps after 5 years? Don't want to job hop forever.

like

I’m new to consulting. What do consultants do while « on the bench » awaiting a future project?

Need some book recommendations! Just finished reading “The Idiot,” which was great but a bit of a taxing read. Looking for a dystopian fiction novel (favorite genre). For context, favorite books are 1) Red Rising series, 2) Unicorporated Man series, 3) The Fountainhead

like

I lost my job and have a one year old. I love taking care of the baby and my whole day goes in that!! It really does. I have not been able to think about other job options but I really want to apply and find a job. What do I do? Due to corona we are skeptic bout day cares too. I do not want to lose my skill set, been in consulting for 12 yrs. And at the same time love the time that I spend with my baby. What is the right thing to do? I really need to get a fresh perspective and some inspiration.

like

Hi ad peeps, copywriter here with experience at several NYC agencies, anybody hiring? Happy to share my book but am still employed by my agency so would want to share it directly with you via email.

like

“A child really isn’ that expensive in the first 3-4 years” ~ Spouse 7 months ago. Our bank account after 7 months of pregnancy says otherwise. I’m excited to be a father and I want to be a good father, but there is zero chance this child is going to remember or even care what decorations we chose for the nursery. Advice on picking battles over expenditures for a future child?

likefunny

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