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Do i stay or do i quit? Grind it out or search for greener pastures

So I used to be a sales rep for a well-known events company - used to get 110% in quota achievement. Then COVID happened and then got a job as an SDR - killed it for the 12 months again hit 120% over quota - then got promoted to an SMB/MM AE. Been doing this for about 3 months and am struggling to close deals.


Closed 1 deal so far - and nowhere near achieving my three months ramp-up quota. The manager is based in different geography so it's like a remote role even though we have staff and office in the city I'm based(the SDR team and managers - are based here). In the past 6 months, all the high-performing AE's have exited the business andthe sales team has gone down to half.


Should I stay and keep on fighting as it's too early or should I search for greener pastures? If do quit would it be a red flag for hiring managers?

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SaaSam
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Account Executive
Normally my advice is, if you're already thinking about leaving you need to leave. I'll admit that all of the high performers leaving is a big red flag but at the end of the day 3 months is way too early to be making a decision.ย 

If you're dead set on leaving, give it another 3 months but maybe get a feel for what is out there to understand what companies you might want to transition to.

Whatever you end up wanting to do, you should constantly be putting your best foot forward at whatever org you're in. Even if that place sucks. You'll never regret giving your best effort but you'll almost always regret not trying hard enough.
jefe
Arsonist
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Head of Sales
Stay and keep your head down for awhile longer, but see if you can find something new if things don't change.

A lot of red flags.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Senior Account Executive
I agree with this message. Why are others leaving?
1nbatopshotfan
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Senior Director, Enterprise Technology
Why are the high performing team members leaving? Is there a structural issue with the company?ย 
TennisandSales
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Enterprise Account Executive
you have a strong track record. keep going. the transition to AE is hard to matter where you go. see what you can accomplish over the next few quarters. learn from the ppl that are doing well (that are still there) and make sure you are asking for help where you need it
NotCreativeEnough
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Professional Day Ruiner
3 months is too early to call it a bust. Unless your product has super short sales cycles, 3-6 months is when you'll start seeing some real traction at most companies. I'd say ride out until end of month 4, see what your pipeline is realistically looking like, then if you still don't like the outlook begin applying and interviewing. that way if after 6 months its not great still you have a few new jobs in the works
Pachacuti
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They call me Daddy, Sales Daddy
Iโ€™d wait it out through the end of the year to see what happens. Itโ€™s a tough job market right now but I think itโ€™ll clear up by Jan โ€˜23.
LordBusiness
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Chief Revenue Officer
The grass is rarely greener. Focus more on where your gaps are and why you arenโ€™t hitting your ramp numbers!
DungeonsNDemos
Big Shot
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Dialing for Initiative
Keep it up and change your process if what you're doing now isn't working. Worst case you start to look elsewhere but it's better to try to adapt if you want to stay at that company.
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