Will you take weekly travel job for extra 100k after-tax money?

Microsoft Ndhbcnn
Jul 7 20 Comments

I got an offer from F/G in Bay Area, and I consider it a career level-up. My wife doesn’t want to move (for kids’ school and her own career) and encourage me to travel every week, taking Monday morning flight and Friday evening flight. She can support that for 1-2 years.

Taking off tax, rent, and air tickets, I am looking at 100k more take-home money (25% increase to home income), more importantly, I will have F/G stamped on my resume.

The downside is obvious: leaving home, less time with kids, traveling is not fun.

Upside: I’ve spent my entire career at Microsoft and in my mid 30s and don’t see any chance of partner promotion. F/G gives me opportunity to manage a team and work on a product that touches 1 billion users.

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  • Microsoft / Eng tgvq88
    Your wife sounds like an asshole. Does she earn 300k as well?
    Jul 7 5
    • F5 Networks / Eng <-
      The fuck?
      Jul 7
    • Microsoft / Eng tgvq88
      Not wanting to move with husband for his dream job because she doesn't feel like it and sending him on a plane commute. I guess she has higher TC.
      Jul 7
    • F5 Networks / Eng <-
      Please tell me you're sarcastic or joking.

      Otherwise what kind of chauvinistic pig are you.
      Jul 7
    • Microsoft adios2019
      Wow you are an asshole, not her. She wants to stay home because of the kids. I bet either you are a terrible parent who forces the rest of family to give up their life for yours or a clueless youngster who thinks knows it all or from a country where having mental health is norm and families don’t have normal life as in here and only selected survivors can enjoy a good life.

      Moving affects children in a huge way. Changing school, having to make new friends, farewell to close friends - that adds up quickly and can affect mental health. I have seen a few families having issues after move and wives developing depression as well.

      She was even willing to take care of the kids herself during the weekdays! I bet you don’t know how hard it is to raise kids right without fathers help.
      Jul 7
    • Microsoft / Eng tgvq88
      The old "being a mommy is the hardest job in the world". If it were true, childminders would be the richest people. Wifes developing depression because of moves, that's a new one. How about they get a job to keep their mind ocupied?
      Jul 8
  • Amazon / Eng
    UTukMyJerb

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    UTukMyJerbmore
    Dude, trust me. Travel for work gets too old too soon. I was on a work related flight back from the east coast with really bad turbulence and I literally felt like this was it. And then I was like, I don't want to go away where my last act was a work trip. Outside of the number all that travel does to your physical and mental health the money you make will be spent away on health related issues later.
    Jul 7 1
    • Microsoft Ndhbcnn
      OP
      Appreciate your life story
      Jul 7
  • Amazon / Eng
    ama.zon

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    ama.zonmore
    Travel gets boring really fast. And it affects your personal life and mood. Health/sleep issues from frequent time zone changes, the drudgery of going through airports, sleeping in a bed that's not yours etc. gets really old really quick. Plus you have a family so that is another aspect against traveling like this.
    Jul 7 0
  • Facebook alion
    Can you work out a deal to work in MPK Tu-Th and from the Seattle office M+F?
    Jul 7 1
    • Facebook ¿
      Guessing offer was for E6. Unless the role is incredibly specialized you should be able to easily find a team in Seattle.
      Jul 7
  • Google Cbqg30
    Do you live in the Seattle Area (asking because you work at Microsoft)? Why not join G/F there?
    Jul 7 1
    • Microsoft Ndhbcnn
      OP
      No good team matched, much less manager opens. I am thinking coming back in 1-2 years
      Jul 7
  • Nvidia btfd
    Fuckkkk no, flying is known to the state of California to cause cancer.
    Jul 7 0
  • F5 Networks / Eng <-
    Have you calculated additional expenses such as food, traveling in Bay Area (car, taxis), additional utilities cost, possible increase in insurance costs if you get another car/change of address, air fare surge during "peak" times.

    These in total can add up to 1-2k/month easily. And, that's now 12-24% reduction in your total savings.
    Jul 7 0
  • Wayfair / Eng BScK77
    All good points. It's something we'd both have to be on the same page with. Likewise, manager would also have to be on board. It would definitely have to be the right situation (e.g. a location we'd eventually want to move to, good career prospects, etc ). At this point in my career, that pretty much means an executive level position.
    Sep 4 0
  • Salesforce benimeoff
    I travel 50-100% for work, BUT it is included in my job description. That is a lot different then doing it on your own. What happens if you have to work late on a friday? Or your plane is delayed on a Monday and you dont get in until 1pm. These sort of things can happen and a manager might get tired of that. If you do it be sure you have some sort of flex work built in or the understanding that you are traveling weekly. If you have a small apartment in city it for sure makes travel easier as you could leave clothes/etc. Finally, I bet when you arent home for the week the wife is going to not be happy about that as well. Have yet to meet a women who likes people on the road that much, you will start to ‘live two lives’.
    Sep 4 0
  • Wayfair / Eng BScK77
    I don't have an answer for you, but I'm in my early forties and pondering a similar question. I've got a son entering middle school and and we don't want to move him. The question of what would it take to do a LD commuter schedule has come up. For us, we decided that we would only consider it for a significant (probably > $150-200k), and for a high level role, and if we could figure out the communications. Even then, I'm not sure what we'd choose since it think it would be a much harder lifestyle to maintain than it sounds.
    Aug 10 0
  • Facebook H4528si
    Not seeing your kids during the week for a year...sounds abit harsh are you sure that you want to do it?

    How bad can a position / manager be that you will not prefer it ..?
    Jul 7 0
  • Amazon bbdeca
    Can you really not work out an offer in the Seattle area?
    Jul 7 0

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