Am I spoilt by working from home?
November 5, 2009 2:35 PM Subscribe
Long commute: should I take this job?
posted by anonymous to work & money (32 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I got laid off in mid-May from a job where I worked from home as a software designer. I was somewhat underpaid in that position, making about 85K where others made about 95-100K, but I was happy with it because of the remote arrangement, which worked out great as I have two young children. I also had 5 weeks of PTO/personal time off (ie. vacation and sick time combined) every year.
Since what I do is a pretty niche specialty, there aren't a lot of openings out there, especially not in this economy.
I have now just been offered a position where I would have excellent job security. I'd get 4 weeks PTO, but the money is better - we settled on 95K. However, I'm expected to come into the office every day, because everyone else on the team does.
Now, it took me just under an hour when I went to interview there, and 90 minutes on my way back. I have misgivings about taking on a job where I'll be spending two to three hours of the day in the car. I imagine in the winter it'll be closer to three, if not more.
Others on the team come in at 5:30-6:30 am and are able to cut commuting time to 35 minutes. A start that early is just not an option for me.
I know I can do this work remotely, and in fact, my own boss works in an office in a different city.
Should I take this job?