The long and winding road
February 15, 2011 2:06 PM Subscribe
Is an ostensibly better job worth a longer commute?
posted by Pomo to Work & Money (36 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've searched the archives but most commuting questions deal with how to survive them! My question is more about whether I should even take one on.
Currently, my job is 5 minutes' drive from my house. In fact, I've been lucky throughout my life and have never worked more than 5 to 10 minutes from home. However, I have been offered a position in an office that is between 30 and 45 minutes away (shorter by car, longer by subway). The subway ride is going against the pedestrian flow, so would not be too crowded or too long a wait each time. The stops on each end are less than 10 minutes' walk from my destination. The price for a month-long pass is about what I currently spend on gas.
The rate of pay is roughly the same, but the workload is less so I would be expected to spend fewer hours in the office each day. However, that newfound "free" time would be somewhat eaten up by the necessary commute.
My reasons for switching are almost 100% due to the lighter workload and lighter responsibility. I feel overworked and underappreciated right now, and am happy to switch for the same pay. The people here are great, as are the ones at the potential new job. Everything else is roughly equal, and my only concern therefore is about the commute.
Is it a worthwhile trade-off?