Long commute…..is it worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: What would you do?
    Be patient, wait and see what happens, continue to hint : (0 votes)
    Stick it out for 6 more months, continue to ask/hint if nothing then leave : (8 votes)
    28 %
    Tell manager that if change doesn't happen you will be forced to move on : (4 votes)
    14 %
    Move on, don't waste your time. : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Look for a new job closer to home. If you find something better then go for it!!! : (16 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 3
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    5287 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Kimber_bee:  How long is the commute? I moved to a new house in July and the commute was a bit longer but it was manageable

    Post # 5
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    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    THat doesn’t seem so bad to me, considering they pay well, you have great benefits, and we’re in an economy that likely won’t match what you’re getting now. 

    Post # 6
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    3596 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Yikes for 2 and 1/2 hours a day isn’t worth it to me. Unless you live somewhere with insane traffic like California .

     

     I commuted back and forth for a year and to my parents. I parked at the commuter rail and took it in, on a good day I made it in an hour and half, when it snowed or something happened I spent almost three hours one way! I was exhausted and ended up subletting a place for six months.

     

    I just want to warn you it will be draining and in terms of quality of life it blows. For example missing dinner, I run or work out after work, and I end up doing it on weekends because  I was too frustrated or tired. I think unless you absolutely have to because you can’t find another job, I would advise againist it.

    Post # 7
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    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My commute is about 2 1/2 hours a day, but I get to take the train – and I don’t mind it. I’d stab myself in the eyes if I had to drive that every day, though.

    @TwoCityBride:  lol “Yikes for 2 and 1/2 hours a day isn’t worth it to me. Unless you live somewhere with insane traffic like California”. Touche! Yep! Thank god I can take public transit, even if it takes the same amount of time ;-).

    Post # 10
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    3635 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Start looking if you don’t like the drive.  Go ahead and ask if there’s something to make you stay, but don’t put yourself in a position to be let go before you find a new job.  It might take you 6+ months to find a new job you like, and there’s no harm in looking.

    Post # 11
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    3813 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    2.5 hours a day is actually my commute; I have a train ride about an hour and fifteen minutes each way.  I also love my job and I think the commute is worth it to work at such a great company (and I actually love where I live and just bought a house, so no incentive to move).

    Without knowing how long you’ve been at your job (at least 90 days I guess), if you don’t find your job worth the commute and you don’t see any promise of improvement within the next 6 months, go ahead and jump ship (make sure to have something lined up, of course).  You should at least enjoy what you are doing, if you are going to invest time in your commute.

    Post # 12
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @crayfish:  I’m on a train for 2 hours a day too! I actually find the commute much more bearable on transit than when I drove (45 mins each way).

    Post # 13
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    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @almostmrsj:  +1

    A long commute does indeed impact your quality of life, but having a decent salary and benefits also effects your quality of life. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @letigre:  Totally agree! An hour on the train is 1000x better than driving even half an hour. I get so much done! Grocery lists, recipe searching, reading news, books, play games, occasionally work. It’s awesome!

    Post # 15
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    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @Kimber_bee:  Hmm if it’s only slightly above minimum wage, it sounds like a huge chunk of your takehome will be going to gas and car maintenance, which isn’t good. It can’t hurt to start looking, right?

    Post # 16
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    295 posts
    Helper bee

    I just started a job last week where I have an 2 hr commute around trip even though I like the people and it pretty promised promotion soon I still keep looking though because I want something closer but also in the area I studied. I saw keep looking don’t let them know and if you find something then mention to see if they will offer you something better. 

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