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Old 08-10-04, 04:59 PM
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Being offered a transfer - Need advice!

I work in Staten Island, about 3 miles from my house. I have been offered a position in our Manhattan site, and I'm really on the fence.

Positives
More $$$ - about a 15% raise
Bumped to a better grade
Supervisory position
Better hours - 9-5 as opposed to 2-10 as I am now.
Temporary move - Operations come back to SI in January.
Possibility to switch to a 3 day position

Negatives
Manhattan is not exactly the best place to be today.
Present Commute - 15 mins/day driving, New Commute - 2.5-3 HOURS/day on mass transit.

I like all the positives, but the two negatives are so unbelievably negative it sours me. On the other hand, if I turn it down, I may not be offered anything in the future.
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Unless you're planning on leaving the job soon it's best to advance. While the commute sucks, it's only for 5 months. You'll be in a good position when it comes back to SI.

Go for it!
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Take it. Buy a lot of books to read.
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Do it for 5 months and retain the Manhattan pay, grade and title when you go back to Staten Island.
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Re: Being offered a transfer - Need advice!

Originally posted by Charlie Goose
On the other hand, if I turn it down, I may not be offered anything in the future.
To be very blunt, this says it all. Especially if it is only a five month deal before group moves. If you turn it down, I would recommend you start looking for another job.
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Manhattan is the place to be and you know it. I say take the position
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Where in Manhattan?
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I say take the position, if only for the raise in pay. and the commute really isn't that bad if you take the express bus. but then again your spoiled, that 15 min drive to work is gonna be a bitch to give up.
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Dude, I'm not saying I'd do anything illegal here, but I would kill a man, in front of his own mama, to work from 2-10 instead of 9-5. Get off at 10, grab some food, hit the bars/clubs, sleep in 'til around noon the next day... Damn, that'd be nice.
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Re: Being offered a transfer - Need advice!

Originally posted by Charlie Goose
I work in Staten Island, about 3 miles from my house. I have been offered a position in our Manhattan site, and I'm really on the fence.
Negatives
Manhattan is not exactly the best place to be today.
Present Commute - 15 mins/day driving, New Commute - 2.5-3 HOURS/day on mass transit.
Will you need to pay city income tax?

That aside, if it's a temporary posting and you're moving back later, I would take it.
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Will you need to pay city income tax?
Isnt Staten Island part of the city? OP- just park right by the V. Bridge in the morning and take the express bus to your city job.
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So you would only work 3 days a week?


That is a very long commute... Can you move closer. Maybe your commute would be like 1 hour. I think its pretty typical to commute 1-1.5 hours every day...
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Take the job. And don't move, it's only for five months.
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Does the company know that it will be a 3 hour commute? Are they offering any extra compensation for travel?
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Originally posted by neiname
Do it for 5 months and retain the Manhattan pay, grade and title when you go back to Staten Island.

I agree. It will suck short-term but think of what that pay increase will mean when you are back in SI.
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Originally posted by neiname
Where in Manhattan?
Downtown, right across the street from the Staten Island Ferry. So that's a good thing.


Originally posted by PrivateJoker
Will you need to pay city income tax?
SI is part of NYC, so I'm already paying city tax.


Originally posted by knuckles
OP- just park right by the V. Bridge in the morning and take the express bus to your city job.
The SI express buses are notoriously unreliable and insanely crowded. The ferry might be a longer ride, but you can usually count on getting from A to B in X amount of time. An express bus ride can be delayed for any reason.

Thanks for all the advice, I'm almost certainly going to take it. Hell, I commuted back and forth to Manhattan for years before I got this job, so it's not like it will be a new thing. I liked having my mornings free for errands and such, but it's been a looonng time since I worked a normal 9-5 gig.

I must check to see if this interferes with posting at DVDTalk. If so, they can stick it where the sun don't shine!
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Originally posted by ANDREMIKE
Does the company know that it will be a 3 hour commute? Are they offering any extra compensation for travel?
Everyone on Staten Island who has ever worked in Manhattan knows about the ridiculous commute. Part of the raise is for travel compensation, which I would retain even after I return to the SI site.
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Originally posted by Charlie Goose
I must check to see if this interferes with posting at DVDTalk. If so, they can stick it where the sun don't shine!
well, obviously, this is the deciding factor

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