To leave a company with great benefits for a better commute

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singingpinkmonkey Thu 02-Jan-20 11:51:45


I could use some opinions on what I should do about my current work situation as I keep going over it in my head.

I currently have a good job with a great company with amazing benefits and was recently given a payrise. Not loads but generous as I'm definitely paid above average for my role. The only downside is that my commute to and from work takes about between 1.5 and 2 hours each way and I barely get to see my little boy. I also don't really like my manager as she can be very abrupt at times she constantly moans about how busy she is but gets to work from home and seems to pass on a lot of her work to myself and my colleague!

I have been approached about a position a lot closer to home and for slightly more money. From the job description I know I am more than capable of fulfilling the role but it would be a new challenge.

I am in two minds if to go for it as I really do like the company i work for and they have enhanced maternity pay etc. (we are hopefully going to try for another baby next year) but can't help feeling that my quality of life would be better without the crappy (and expensive) commute.

Has anyone been through a similar situation and if so what did you do?

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CatalogueUniverse Thu 02-Jan-20 11:53:50

If you are planning a family the better commute is worth it.

What’s putting you off about the new job?

TheBeesKnee Thu 02-Jan-20 11:54:31

That's a no brainer in my books - shorter commute and more money?!

You could save the difference for when you're on mat leave as well.

My commute is 1.5 hours at the moment and it's looking me off WITHOUT kids.

I sat go for it.

Blueroses99 Thu 02-Jan-20 11:54:41

Closer to home and more money? I wouldn’t hesitate to snap it up for a better quality of life with DC.

TrixieFranklin Thu 02-Jan-20 11:55:59

New job hands down from the info provided

singingpinkmonkey Thu 02-Jan-20 11:57:10

Hi @CatalogueUniverse , I guess I'm just someone who likes stability and worry that I would regret a move. I know I am appreciated here and worry that I wouldn't settle in as well in a new job.
The commute is making me miserable. My partner is currently changing roles at his company and where as he used to be able to do all nursery pickups, he may not be able to do this going forward. This is a great worry as I often don't get back home until gone 7pm.

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singingpinkmonkey Thu 02-Jan-20 11:58:57

Thank you all for your replies. I think I am overthinking it. When I look at the cold hard facts a job that is local to me and more money is a no brainer. I guess I just feel I owe my company loyalty as they have been really good to me.

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bengalcat Thu 02-Jan-20 11:59:08

Shorter commute and more money with a child sounds like a no brainer .

TheBeesKnee Thu 02-Jan-20 12:08:27

I guess I just feel I owe my company loyalty as they have been really good to me.

Oh honey. With all due respect, they will start recruiting for your replacement about 5 minutes after you leave.

I think your loyalty is misplaced. Try applying it to your child rather than your employer - unless they dragged you off the streets and gave you a chance when no one else would have you.

TheBeesKnee Thu 02-Jan-20 12:32:35

That should be 5 minutes after you hand in your notice blush

singingpinkmonkey Thu 02-Jan-20 12:55:52

Thank you @TheBeesKnee I know you are right. My son is my main concern and quite rightly!

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GrumpyHoonMain Thu 02-Jan-20 13:00:08

Better commutes come with less flexibility si be careful. No point going for a local role if you’re coming home at 7 every night and can’t work from home any more!

LizzieMacQueen Thu 02-Jan-20 13:22:20

I swapped from a daily 2.5 hour commute to a local, can walk in 10 minutes job and took a pay cut (now on about 80% from before) but that extra time is so worth it. In fact I'd have gone even lower!

So yes, closer and more pay? Definitely.

Isleepinahedgefund Thu 02-Jan-20 21:27:06

Take the job, it's a no brainier!

EmmaC78 Thu 02-Jan-20 21:32:08

The shorter commute and more money.

Fatted Thu 02-Jan-20 21:41:12

Shorter commute without a doubt.

My current job is a ten minute drive from my house and is perfect to allow me to do school drop off AND childminder pick ups most days. It's not my ideal job, but most of the other positions I would prefer within my organization would involve an hours commute each way. It's just not worth it when my DC are so young.

Silversun83 Fri 10-Jan-20 21:50:54

I didn't go back to my 2-hour each way commuting job after my second maternity leave and at first I majorly regretted it as I actually didn't have another job to go to. However within four months I'd got a local job that although wasn't at the level of job I'd had previously and subsequently had a lower salary, offered me exactly the hours I wanted and actually, once you'd taken off the commuting costs, was near enough similar money. And after only six months in the role, they've approached me for another role in the team that has a similar level of responsibility and salary to my old job and have an interview in a couple of weeks!

So, less commute and more money is definitely a no-brainer!

Silversun83 Fri 10-Jan-20 21:51:28

Have you decided, OP?

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