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Moving to the bay area: Pros and Cons?

Cerner REPwFo
Feb 11

Currently work at a IT company in Kansas and heard that I can increase my TC a good amount by moving to the bay or Seattle. Anyone have pros and cons for living in either locaiton?

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  • Facebook RVFoIP
    Bay Area: Pros: Good pay, weather is okay most of the year, but generally chilly.

    Cons: Expensive
    some not so clean areas
    Food isn't amazing.
    Feb 117
    • Trunk Club UAdC34
      Um, Bay Area has some of the best food in the US.
      Feb 11
    • Capital One / Design472bez
      Oxymoron
      Feb 11
    • Facebook public2
      More Michelin star restaurants per square foot than any other city. I've heard dirty but never heard that food isn't amazing.
      Feb 11
    • New DvVM00
      either you’re richy rich or out of touch or not well traveled. food here is terrible. sure if you want to drop $300/person on michelin restaurants it’s great but $50/person food here is formulaic or hipster trend driven.

      unless you’re into plant based diet. there are good options here for that.

      i’m sure it’s better than KC though or other metro out there.
      Feb 11
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      @TrunkClub Bay area food sucks. It's super expensive, quality is bad, and the food is not authentic. Go to NYC if you want to experience good food.
      Feb 11
    • Facebook public2
      Rofl ya at 50 bucks you are eating at applebees, what do you expect...
      Feb 11
    • New DvVM00
      applebees? holy crap how much food can you eat?!
      Feb 12
  • Cerner cymon
    Pros: You'll have access to a network of the top people in the industry. If you want to roll the dice and join a start-up with the goal of an equity exit cash out, SF is the pace to be.

    Cons: Cost of living, bar none. You'll spend AT LEAST 80% of any TC differential on a place to live, and that's with a roommate. If you're single, it may be worth the trade-off. If you have a family it's a major consideration.
    Feb 110
  • Cerner Czfx65
    If you have a family, Seattle is the best bet.
    Feb 112
    • Google vqsx26
      No. Don't come here. It is awful. Go to sf or Colorado instead.
      Feb 11
    • Care to elaborate why Seattle is the best bet ?
      Feb 11
  • New DvVM00
    you can also increase you COL. substantially. try a 2 week vacation here first. my guess is people are rude and cold here compared to what you’re used to.
    Feb 112
    • Cerner Yzlb32
      People in KC are complete assholes.
      Feb 12
    • New DvVM00
      same here! so lateral move then
      Feb 12
  • Square B78n987
    I know a couple that moved here about 6 months ago And just last week, they packed up and went back to Kansas. Why? They were sick of the traffic, high cost of living etc. to them it just wasn’t worth it. Homes are super nice and affordable in Kansas. they felt like they were happier in Kansas. To each their own I guess.
    Feb 120
  • Salesforce tensorchic
    If your concerned about career growth and are single, there are only pros.

    If you have any of the above criteria not met, it's not a straightforward choice. Depends on what attachments you have in Kansas.
    Feb 110
  • What’s your current TC? And what can you expect as an increase by moving to the bay?

    Went to school near KC. Paid roughly $600 a month for a nice downtown apt.

    For nice studio in the bay you’re starting at 1900.

    Even though you will make more, your money doesn’t really go far out here unless you want 4 roommates in a crowded, run down spot.
    Feb 110
  • Uber moober
    Seattle has no state tax. So what you do is join a bay area company. Try it out. Enjoy California sights and weather. And later move to Seattle with an internal transfer with no drop in pay. Some companies do not adjust pay lower just because of a transfer to Seattle.

    And get a job before moving. Ask for relocation bonus.
    Feb 110
  • Cerner Czfx65
    Definitely you will make atleast 3 times of your current TC if you move to bay area or Seattle for sure.
    Feb 110

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