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Asking for advice on career decision - what would it take for a competitor to poach you?

I'm in a conundrum. Let me start off by saying I'm a top performer and I'm happy with my current employer. I have had the same accounts for 2.5 years and have built amazing relationships. In the next two months I will be getting entirely new accounts and essentially starting from scratch which had me entertaining talking to other companies.


Fast forward to today... My current company last week gave me a raise, and our top competitor is trying to convince me to jump ship. I'm in a great predicament, but what would make you leave your current job and switch to the other side?

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Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
All depends on the people. Salary is important but a couple extra thousand bucks a year is not worth working with assholes
mcsalesperson1
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
Assholes really change the dynamic of the workplace. Have had a few management changes and have experienced "this is the greatest place ever!" to "I hate this place!" back to "this is pretty nice..."
Ace
Arsonist
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CEO
+1. I would strongly urge you to scout the people and culture of the competition. See if it's really worth the change
WCK
Notorious Answer
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
Good rule of thumb I recently learned is to not make a lateral move if you can help it. Onward and upward.
mcsalesperson1
Politicker
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Account Executive
What if it's a lateral move, but you have more opportunity to be promoted and move upward?
WCK
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
I think that's where the "If you can help it" part comes in. It's a bit of a gray area that's up to you. If you're in a role where growth is capped, but you can move to the exact same role within another company that has a proven track record of upward growth, that wouldn't necessarily be a lateral move imo.
funcoupons
WR Officer
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up in Fiji, under paddy
If I was happy and making good money at my current job, it would take a way better comp package/perks or more desirable responsibilities from a competitor (not just a lateral move) to make me even consider switching.ย 
mcsalesperson1
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
I'm interested to see what type of package they present. It would take a lot plus career progression to get me to switch I think...
Salespreuner
Big Shot
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Regional Sales Director
Check for progress in career

Money could come, careers are built
Think and evaluate well before making that move
mcsalesperson1
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
I would agree with this. I'm the person that likes to look at the bigger picture and long term goals. It's one of the things that's making me take a real hard look at my current situation.
Salespreuner
Big Shot
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Regional Sales Director
Perfect that way! Good luck.ย 
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saaskicker
Big Shot
+10
AE
There's a lot to be said about getting a raise in your current role -- your personal brand internally must be strong. In my opinion, it would be much harder to build that brand back up with a new company in a remote world. Keep your head down and grind it out, the grass is not always greener on the other side. -- if you do jump ship and head to a competitor make sure you don't have any non compete language in your exit package, if possible keep it hush hush on where you are going.ย 
mcsalesperson1
Politicker
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Account Executive
The raise came out of nowhere and made me take a hard pause. Raises rarely ever happen - actually haven't heard of them and people leave because of it. I am beyond appreciative, and I know it came from VP levels. I do have that good and bubbly feeling because of it.

Starting from scratch and "proving" myself again sounds daunting. I know the grass isn't greener. I see people make stupid moves for the greener grass.

I think at this point I'm really trying to weigh the future. What will life look like in a year. Where will I grow the most personally? and where will each company be in a year? And even more importantly in 5 years?
saaskicker
Big Shot
+10
AE
You've done 2.5 years in the role and *hopefully* have gained experience to hit the ground running with the new accounts.

Moving to a new company, you'll be in the same boat starting from scratch with a new account list, new product, new team, new manager.

It's about to be summer... how's your work life balance at your current gig? Big reason I'm staying put for summer is I don't want to be in onboarding/learning mode and would rather enjoy it.ย 
Kiona
Opinionated
+2
Head of Business Development
Understanding exactly where you sit in the current company todem poll. Everyone gets cut eventually, but if you are trusted enough to be valued to move into another role at the end of your sales career then I would stay, keep earning bank (and equity if possible) then take a role in leadership motivating others.ย 

If you know that your company would fire you if you missed your next 3 quarters, then I would jump for 30% pay increase and equity that vests immediately. It's fun to see what you can get when you are not desperate.ย 
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Can you negotiate keeping some of those accounts as a top performer? There better be a LOT of new funds for you to make the switch. If you're happy, leaving is always a huge risk.
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