$10k lower for closer commute but unknown situation?
I am very unhappy in my current role. I thought it was going to be a dream role...building a new function for the company from the ground up. However, after a year and a half, the job is not what they sold it to be. The company has major system issues. My budget for new process and tools that I was brought in to implement has been wiped out. I’ve had three managers in the year that I’ve been here, the last one being a former peer that they re-orged me under. He has half the experience and certifications that I do, but ties to high level folks. They had to promote him after he had only a few months in the role so that he could be my manager (we were the same level before). So much nonsense. He’s a “nice guy”, but it’s clear that with all of the changes, my career is on a train to no where at this company.
I’ve been contacted for a new role at a new company that is much closer to my home (although I WFH a day or two a week, my current role is an hour commute each way). The new company is going through growing pains as well, but I know some people that work there and they know the person that would be my manager - the manager of the new company sounds to be well liked and good to work for. The problem is that while the title would be a promo or lateral, the base salary is $10k lower than I currently make. I know that they cannot go any higher. They do offer stock, but that’s not always a sure thing.
I’m not sure if I should move forward in pursuing the new role, knowing that it’s a lower salary but potentially many unknowns but maybe more upside, or continue to stay in my current role until I find a better all around fit.