Commute from San Jose to San Francisco ?

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Got an offer from Salesforce. Is it possible ? What are my options to commute from San Jose to San Francisco ? How reliable is scoop / waze in this scenario ? Salesforce employees ?

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  • Oracle
    not_larry

    Oracle

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    not_larrymore
    Bye bye 3 hours of the day.
    Oct 1 3
    • Tesla lambdaq
      Actually 4
      Oct 1
    • Amazon
      azmix

      Amazon

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      Here to share my experience and knowledge inspired by the support I got from minimsft.
      azmixmore
      3 hours is very optimistic and is only true if everything goes well with no delays of any kind. One way takes 1 hour and 30 minutes just on the train.
      Oct 1
    • Salesforce xrbI46
      I’d also say closer to 4. Even with the express/bullet train that takes a little over an hour one-way from Diridon in SJ, the last stop in SF is 4th & King which is still another 15/20 mins away from SFDC’s offices. Unless you have the ability to instantly teleport from your front door to the train platform, you have to factor in train wait times and transfers (e.g., Caltrain-to-Muni), walking from station to station, etc. All of the little things add up.
      Oct 1
  • Tesla lambdaq
    Caltrain.
    Oct 1 0
  • Microsoft techladki
    Does it suck even with Caltrain? If so, why?
    Oct 1 6
    • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
      Have you ever smelled Caltrain?
      Oct 1
    • Salesforce xrbI46
      Anyone complaining about Caltrain’s smell has never ridden Bart.
      Oct 1
    • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
      I never said BART didn't smell...

      I prefer to not smell like piss anytime I can avoid it.
      Oct 1
    • eBay
      seat

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      seatmore
      BART and Caltrain’s smells are mainly from the people, not the trains themselves (unwashed body odor smells, weed smells, curry smells, etc)
      Oct 1
    • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
      Not in my experience, I've taken them on the weekend at times when they're empty and I leave smelling like...ugh
      Oct 1
  • eBay
    seat

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    seatmore
    Take BART
    Oct 1 3
    • Verizon Media / Eng HG10TW
      From what I heard, the downtown San Jose Bart station won’t be ready before 2026. Though apparently the Berryessa station is scheduled to open by the end of the year
      Oct 1
    • eBay
      seat

      eBay

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      seatmore
      Just drive up to the Milpitas station when it opens. It’ll be faster than taking slow ass Caltrain
      Oct 1
    • Verizon Media / Eng HG10TW
      Ah okay, that could be an option. Still a long commute....
      Oct 1
  • I did it for 7 months and got insanely sick from exhaustion. Cried every day as my sanity disintegrated, and will NEVER do it again. So not worth it. Now I work remotely and life is worth living again. But that’s just me... I guess if you like reading books CalTrain will give you plenty of time to do so.
    Oct 1 0
  • eBay abababbb
    U must hate your life
    Oct 1 0
  • Docker / R&D
    SQL_Inject

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    SQL_Injectmore
    Not sustainable
    Oct 1 0
  • Airbnb redteam5
    It sucks massively. It’s do-able for a bit but it’ll wear your sanity.
    Oct 1 0
  • Google əๅɓoo⅁
    Lol. I have 3 hour commute SJ to Sunnyvale. Unless you live next to the Caltrain station, SF is going to take much longer.
    Oct 1 5
    • Lyft / Eng n00b0
      Wow, i was somewhat considering a move to san jose eventually but this pretty much shot that down for me lol.
      Oct 1
    • This is why I like Seattle
      Oct 1
    • Microsoft
      twvjwd

      Microsoft

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      twvjwdmore
      Hey how about the park and ride options? Have you considered them? I’m moving to the city for a new job as well. Weighing in my options.
      Oct 1
    • Microsoft
      twvjwd

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      twvjwdmore
      @n00b0 doesn’t lyft offer any shuttle services?
      Oct 1
    • Google əๅɓoo⅁
      Park and ride + bus gets you nowhere fast. Caltrain may be better.
      I am taking the shuttle from Camden to Sunnyvale. Took me 2 hours to get to the office this morning. Don’t even want to think how long it is to SF.
      Oct 1
  • Salesforce Itzi
    Yup been there done that... best bet is to take the Shuttle.... depending on where in San Jose, they have a shuttle stop at Camden or also at Santa Clara. Else, you could do BART from warm springs fremont. Plan for easy 2 hrs each way... but you could potentially use time on shuttle to work... saving time spent in office... also a day work from home in a week can work. Its not comfy, but it can be done
    Oct 1 0
  • Salesforce xrbI46
    I did that commute for 2 years before changing to a remote team. So it’s possible, but don’t underestimate the mental/physical toll a 4 hour-ish roundtrip commute takes on you. I would not drive if I were you. I took Caltrain from Diridon to 4th & King then hopped onto Muni to Embarcadero. There’s also a company shuttle but I’ve never taken it.
    Oct 1 0
  • Apple / Eng j.connor
    Don’t do it. I totally regret commuting. Will be making it end soon. Those 4 hours could have been spend at the gym, going to meetups, etc.
    Oct 1 0
  • Darkstore grayworm
    No
    Oct 1 0
  • Tibco software / Eng !mlikoj!
    Going to start soon and plan to use the shuttle from cupertino cause its more frequent or cal train from sunnyvale. Both around 2 miles from where I live
    Oct 6 1
    • SAP / Eng
      kabadi

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      kabadimore
      Could u dm me about your interview process ? I ran out of DMs. Appreciate it 🙂
      Oct 6
  • Salesforce / Eng plzzzza
    TC?
    Oct 2 0
  • Tesla fnri92
    Dont do it, i got sick of it after 1 week and decided to move. I did 15 min from home to warm springs station then 1 hour to embarcadero
    Oct 1 0
  • Salesforce Itzi
    Waze you can almost never get all the way to SF, but sure you could get waze to drop you off at the Shuttle stop. Scoop is much better in finding rides, but again, mostly for drop offs to shuttle stops or BART stations.
    Oct 1 0
  • Salesforce sk22
    Your best bet would be to get on the Salesforce bus from either San Jose, Santa Clara or Mountain View (depending on what’s the closest to you). You’ll have to adjust your work hours so that you get on as early a shuttle as possible in to HQ and as early a shuttle as possible back otherwise you can say goodbye to about 5 hours of your day. The latter can be hard since often meetings are later in the day and you may have to take calls on the bus. I did the commute for half a year to HQ from San Jose before moving to the peninsula (and it still takes 2.5 to 3 hours door to door). That said, depending on the team you can increase your wfh days and go in a couple of times a week (maybe speak about the possibility of this with your hiring manager). Almost everyone who commutes works from home on Thursday. My manager and team is very understanding about this since almost everyone on the team has a long commute.
    Oct 1 0
  • Tesla
    pieusjng

    Tesla

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    pieusjngmore
    Move closer to city. I have done that for a week abd it sucks real bad.
    Oct 1 0
  • Verizon Media / Eng HG10TW
    Not worth it. It’s a horrible commute by car and a very long one (I guess two hours one way) by Caltrain
    Oct 1 0

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