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Old 03-01-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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I am looking for a new job and I have a line on one that would be a major promotion, but it would involve a commute that would be at least 1:30 each way. I can probably work from home a couple days each week.
How far would you be willing to commute? Am I an idiot to be considering this?

 
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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I did 1:15 each way in Houston. It's not fun losing 10+ hours every week.

Is the time due to traffic or distance?
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #3
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Both; it would be about 70 miles into the heart of Chicago. Thinking about it some more; I would probably be traveling at least 25% of the time, so all I would have to do is go into O'hare; that is 65 minutes from my house and I've been doing that for years.
I wouldn't even consider this but I am looking at pretty much doubling my salary.

 
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:31 PM   #4
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Both; it would be about 70 miles into the heart of Chicago. Thinking about it some more; I would probably be traveling at least 25% of the time, so all I would have to do is go into O'hare; that is 65 minutes from my house and I've been doing that for years.
I wouldn't even consider this but I am looking at pretty much doubling my salary.
Any chance you could take advantage of the METRA system? Doubling your salary is pretty awesome, especially if you're traveling and you can work from home...would only be a few days a week.

Where do you live? Naperville/Bolingbrook area here
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:36 PM   #5
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Well you don't get very many opportunities to double up like that.

One thing that helped was setting my hours to 7:30am-4pm so you can avoid the traffic factor. I ended up getting to work around 6am to workout in the company gym for an hour then 30 minutes to S/S/S and get into the office.

And getting home earlier will give you time to cook and whatnot. It sucks going to bed around 10pm but it was worth it IMO.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #6
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I communte about 80 minutes each way. I work from home on Wednesday's and it is awesome. It really breaks up the commuting week knowing that I can sleep in an extra 90 minutes on Wednesday.

 
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #7
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I've driven anywhere between 50-90 minutes for work for years. For some reason I always manage to live far from my office. It's all about your preference, I guess. I hate the drive, but at the same time, I like the drive in the morning, having time to wake up, get my thoughts in order before I get to the office, and get ready for the day. The long drive home helps me wind down a bit, and clear my mind before I walk through the door and get that first beer. The job itself and compensation, of course, can make the drive worth while.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:41 PM   #8
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Do you have to drive? What about taking the train?

 
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:55 PM   #9
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I hadn't thought about the train. I need to see about stations on the Lincolnwood end.

I live in Rockford. They said that flex time would be possible too. I don't mind getting up early; I used to have to get up at 3:30 a lot when I traveled to Detroit each week.
Getting home late would be a drag because I do most of the cooking for us.

 
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:09 PM   #10
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My wife used to commute 1 hour each way. I convinced her to take a job 15 minutes away but she took a pay cut of about 10K. When we figured out the price of gas (prices 4 years ago) and mileage and maintenance on her car we saved money with the new job. The best part was she got to be home an hour and a half more a day. The new job would have to pay very well for me to drive an hour and a half each way.

 
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