I'm at a crossroads. I have a cushy 9-5 that pays well in a creative space. I have been offered a dream job at a very big, and well known, AAA company to be a designer in an area of design I find fascinating (I come from a programming background with a MS in computer science). The studio has a very bad QOL reputation and the morning drive would be much longer. On the other hand if I stay in my current job I can keep chugging away at my indie games with hopes of turning hobby to profession. In the past I have worked as a professional game programmer, so this wouldn't be my first foray into the industry. I am married, so my QOL (quality of life) worries are mainly for my wife.
I know you guys on GDNet have loads of knowledge in this area. Is working design at a AAA company worth 12 hour work days 6 days a week (hours according to people who work there)? Does anyone regret taking their dream job and have it end up being sweatshop labor? On the other side, has anyone worked for a company with a bad reputation but actually is glad they did?