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Career path or salary?

If you had to choose a company that offered you a career path/ladder and one that just offered you a good salary. Which would you choose?



Career path or salary?
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CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Money. They can weasel out too easily with empty promises.
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
Interesting - how can you secure that "money" at a different place/time?
cifu
Opinionated
+1
SDR
so true
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
if they offer a solid in paper career path - down for it.Β 
cifu
Opinionated
+1
SDR
not gonna happen
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
that's why haha - go for the money. Empty promises all the time
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Career path for sure, money can come and go, but a career path is how you develop as a person. I'll take personal growth over cash any time, the first will earn the second, but the second can't but the first.
AlphaCharlie
Politicker
+5
Account executive
My thoughts exactly!Β 
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Looks like we are connected!
GlassSlinger
Opinionated
+5
Carrier & Wholesale Development
Agreed but only if it's a legit company.Β  I worked for a mid size printer manufacturer.Β  The only thing you could trust is a paycheck.Β  Their words were all lies!!! Promises of mentoring, internal promotion and career growth were all BS.Β  When ever i see their "CFO", really accounting manager, I publicly shame her.Β Β 
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
Oh yeah, you have to make sure the career path really is there and you have the skills to grow professionally or achieve them there
BigCheese
Notorious Answer
+14
Agency Recruiter | Coors Knight
I would say it depends on your approach to your career, or how long you want to stay at each company.
CharmingSalesGal
Opinionated
+6
Account Executive
Also depends on where you're at in life- mentally, physically and financially!
MrPotter
Opinionated
+4
Trainer
I think it depends on your current strategy. Me, I like my side hustles and flexibility, so a high paying job would be my personal way to go.
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
Makes sense!
FarmingU
Politicker
+8
Account Manager
IΒ΄ve decided I dont want to be a manager, I want to be an IC for at least the next 5-10 years. So I prefer Salary to Career Path, but i dont think they have to go seperately
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
True that. They should not go separately.
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+6
BDR
Career path, experience is far better than money.

Money will come and go.
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
Interesting!
Rallier
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
I disagree with this. Experience doesn't pay my rent. I'm in sales for the money
Ryscott0317
Politicker
+7
Territory Manager
Career path usually brings the salary and better works conditions
sugardaddy
Politicker
+7
Sales Manager
Career path!! It can also generate more money.Β 

Money otherwise can not generate a career path πŸ˜…
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
wise words!
sugardaddy
Politicker
+7
Sales Manager
But let’s be fair. We all want more money! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Money can also generate career path. I was successful SDR (blew out quota) and got promoted to AE. I was a successful SMB AE and got promoted to Mid Market, then enterprise.Β 
Feds_Watchin
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Most company’s vision of a career path is utter bullshit. Just be vigilant, do your research, and trust your gut.
EltonJawn
Opinionated
+3
Specialist, Key Partnerships
Just had to make this decision actually, chose the career path option. Put in my two weeks at my old job because a new opportunity came up that offered me experience in the direction I want to take my career, my now old company threw a title change and the opportunity to make probably double what I’ll be making for a while at my new company, but I decided the money I’ll be making now still covers the bills for me and the experience I couldn’t pass up and think it’ll lead me to more and better opportunities in the long run.
GDO
Politicker
+7
BDM
Because I’m young, I still focus on career path
Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
Definitely salary. Career path within a company is not guaranteed.
Patbate
Politicker
+6
Senior Product Advisor
The older I get the more I realize money isn’t everything, happiness is. If you’re happy, it doesn’t matter how much money you make. But money also makes me happy and I enjoy chasing it however, it can be temporary happiness.
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
100%
AnchorPoint
Politicker
+8
Business Coach
Commissions
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
wow thats a new take!
Justatitle
Politicker
+8
Senior AE
Usually the career path and salary line up pretty well. I’m always wary of a high base salary indicative of it being tougher to hit the number or how long it takes to do so.Β 
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
thats true the higher the base the lower the coms..
Sgt_Trollingham
Valued Contributor
+5
Business Development Director
Basically this boils down to short term vs long term gratification... career path should always lead to a higher salary. That being said, no reason why that higher initial salary couldn't come with a promotion or two if you do a good job!
harebrained
Opinionated
+4
Enterprise Account Executive
Take the money and run.
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
hahah running!

slaydie
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Depends on what you want as a career path and if you think this is the best way of achieving it.
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
true that!
TheRealVladimirPutin
Opinionated
+5
AE
I turned down career path for salary once. If I had made a different choice, I likely would've been a SaaS AE 2-3 years earlier.
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
Interesting, so you'd pick career in a future opportunity?
recruitem
Opinionated
+1
Partner
Career path comes with money. Whether you're at a good company or you jump ship for a promo and raise
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
true, but not all the time. Sometimes they pay you well enough to keep you in one spot.
recruitem
Opinionated
+1
Partner
True but that's when I would leave and go somewhere else for a promo + raise
SaaSguy
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
I think it depends on the situation. In some cases id take the money in others I might be in it for the career building aspects.
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
what kind of situations?
Oz
Ozz
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Focus on the money. Startups are great if you can really execute and then create your own path.Β 
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
thats true!
mstl
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
I’ve been lied to too many times to take the career path seriously. Pay me
JC10X
Politicker
+8
Senior Sales Manager
Acceptable for sure!
sales7
Politicker
+5
Sales Enablement Manager
Both, get it all in writing
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