Compensation for travel

Disney Nipha
Aug 15 17 Comments

I have a job offer for an exec-level position from a company in San Francisco and I live in LA. The plan is to move back to SF in a year (I have kids) but until then the job will require me to commute weekly from LA for 2-3 days/week. The comp is good but they’re only offering me 5K for a whole year’s worth of back-and-forth travel and accommodatiions, which actually will cost more like 45k. I have done this in the reverse for Disney and they paid for all of my expenses, so I was surprised that any company wouid expect an employee to pay for flights and accommodations. I think it can be negotiated but before I start doing so I want to get a sense of whether this expectation is unusual or not. It’s a smallish company but well past being a startup, and it’s profitable.

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  • Oracle LAoh31
    İ even know 2 professors in 2 seperate univerisities on the east coast that paid the profs back and forth travel. And universities dont pay a lot. One was upstate ny to florida every week. The other was nyc to upstate ny. İd all they are offering is 5k, either they are not that interested. Or they are encouraging you to move.
    Aug 15 5
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      Thank you! That’s a helpful data point.
      Aug 15
    • Microsoft / Eng Secratriat
      On a side note, Profs get paid a lot. At least in private Universities.
      Aug 15
    • Oracle LAoh31
      The typical Cornell University Professor salary is $196,434. Professor salaries at Cornell University can range from $135,020 - $254,452. This estimate is based upon 18 Cornell University Professor salary report(s) provided by employees or estimated based upon statistical methods.....(provided by Glassdoor). İm assuming as a tech exec OP is getting at least that amount.
      Aug 15
    • Microsoft / Eng Secratriat
      Good point. Relatively they get paid less.
      Aug 15
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      Yes, total comp is above that. But if I’m paying for my own travel it starts to look a lot less attractive.
      Aug 15
  • BYTON cJKu57
    5K is BS for a year of travel between SF and la. Are u sure it's not per trip?
    Aug 15 3
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      I’m sure. I did a double take as well.
      Aug 15
    • Oracle LAoh31
      5k per trip is pretty ridiculous too unless you taking a private jet. Maybe its a typo and was supposed to be 50k?
      Aug 15
    • BYTON cJKu57
      It's not for exec level.
      Aug 15
  • Amgen Fin4eng
    You are choosing not to move. If they pay 40k year and you say it’ll need to be another year then they are stuck. They are incentivizing you to move sooner. There’s also no way it’s 40k to commute 2x a week
    Aug 15 1
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      Yes, I suspect it’s meant to be an incentivizing move. The problem is it’s disincentivizing bc they knew from the beginning that I couldn’t move right away because of my kids’ school needs. So this is the wrong approach with me. And yes, 40-50k covers roughly 45 RT flights plus 2-3 nights at a hotel for each trip.
      Aug 15
  • Google AdsSwe
    You can make it work by taking the Greyhound 😎
    Aug 15 1
    • Disney Nipha
      OP
      Uh....no.
      Aug 15
  • Autodesk auto-mate
    2-3 days travel every week is brutal.
    Make it once every 2 weeks and push for WFH.
    Negotiate for 100% travel expenses on the company since its once every 2 weeks.
    Again it all depends on how much excited you are about the new job.
    Aug 16 0
  • BYTON cJKu57
    How are you travelling 2-3 times a week with 2-3 nights each trip?
    It's like you are spending the whole week in SF. The math isn't adding up?
    Aug 15 0
  • Microsoft dayruuw
    Don't join
    Aug 15 0

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