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Old 01-02-2016, 07:00 PM
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Option 1: Current job about $190K income
- WFH 3 - 4 days a week, 30 minute rest of the time
- Great culture and people, big name company
- Exceptionally boring work / not aligned with career interests
- I could move internally but would likely reset any promotion clocks by at least a year
- Next promotion likely in 1 year or so, total income probably jumps to about $230K

Option 2: New job, $250K - $275K income with $25K increases built in for 5 years through stock plan (so in 5 years it's more like $350K - $400K)
- WFH 1 day a week likely; 1 hour commute each way rest of the time
- Work more aligned with interests
- Firm is massive but an unknown name
- Job likely to be more demanding in general

Thinking of taking job 2 - only downside is the commute. (I'm trying to convince my wife that if I spend $300 a week on uber its no big deal considering the bump in pay). Has anyone made this kind of trade off before and regretted it? Or not regretted it?
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Old 01-03-2016, 07:17 PM
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Since I'm assuming that at this point the money is not the most important factor, I would lean more towards job #2. While the difference in commute and WFH is a big downside, the fact that the work is more aligned with your interests would hopefully outweigh that. Any feel for the culture at the new company? With working in the office just about every day, this will be very important. Clearly you're unhappy in your current position. You're bored. The great culture and money aren't enough to ignore that you don't love what you're doing anymore. Are you able to use public transportation for part of your commute? I have found that this is much less stressful than driving, and can help take the sting out of the longer commute. You can use that time to read, sleep, listen to music, pay your bills, etc. If you're driving, consider how long you're willing to make that sort of commute. It can be stressful and grow old quickly. And carefully consider the culture at the new company. You have to love the job and the company/people. But assuming you've researched the company, reached out to your network for insider information on what it's like to work there, and have a good feeling based on your interviews, I'd go with the option #2. Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:56 PM
Location: SF Bay Area
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"Firm is massive but an unknown name"
How can that be? unknown to whom?
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