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Got a "promotion" that took away my base. Am I getting screwed?

My boss offered me a promotion but when we actually talked about it, they just took away my base and increased my split. My book of business is pretty small because I only started working there last year and I've been splitting my time between account management/paperwork and sales that whole time because I didn't know this kind of comp plan change was coming. Is this normal for starting out in sales or am I getting screwed?

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Rallier
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
Any position where you don't get a base is a scam. Yes, you're getting screwed
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
I second this! I would never work for a company and prefer commission only after just one yearΒ 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
up in Fiji, under paddy
I don't know about a scam, a raw deal maybe but there are people who have found financial success working for companies that pay commission only. They're rare as hell though.

A company that takes away someone's base is 100% trying to scam employees out of money.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
+9
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Base pays the bills--get it back or get out.
SalesGal
Politicker
+6
Account Manager / FSR
I agree. I wouldn't feel comfortable working only for commissions, especially if when I took the role I had a base salary...Β 
BlueJays2591
Politicker
+6
Business Development Manager
depends on what you want in terms of getting screwed, but i would never work without a base. is it a draw or a pure commission role?
queenops
Opinionated
+5
Maker of Sales
pure commission
BlueJays2591
Politicker
+6
Business Development Manager
hard position to be in.Β 
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
I just started out in sales and if that happened to me, I would get out ASAP
queenops
Opinionated
+5
Maker of Sales
ugh, the struggle.
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
Sorry, you're in this shitty situation but the bright side is that there are a lot of companies recruiting in sales rn!
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
You got screwed, get out
paddy
WR Officer
+10
Account Executive
What in the actual fuck? Yes, that's horseshit. Don't put up with that malarkeyΒ 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
Don't accept the promotion.Β  Or find a new job. That sounds shady as hell.Β 
sales7
Politicker
+5
Sales Enablement Manager
They are taking the piss, get out of there
Justatitle
Politicker
+8
Senior AE
Go with your gut, does it feel wrong then it probably is.Β 
Beans
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Get the fuck out.Β 
Brbman01
Opinionated
+2
Account Executive
I don't think it's normal. I'd need a hell of a good reason to move to commission only.Β 
TheRealPezDog
Notable Contributor
+9
Account Manager
100% Getting screwed, I would be looking to gtfo there ASAP.Β 
swizard
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Sales Evangelist
Somewhat screwed, yes! πŸ™ƒ
Imstillonmute
Account Executive
Start looking for a new job...ASAP
queenops
Opinionated
+5
Maker of Sales
definitely am - thank youΒ 
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
+9
WR Enthusiast
A base is necessary. This is not the norm
chipsnsals
SDR
@shuayΒ sound familiar?
sneakysnek
Politicker
+8
SDR
Don't even try to renegotiate your base back. Spend gently and start looking for your next job. Once you find it, RUN.
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
The title indicated you're getting screwed. So did the details.
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Just started a new job but offered an interview at a higher paying one
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15
5
Got moved to Enterprise/Partnership deals. Is this a promotion?
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18
I was hired at a really good start up about 4 months ago for a SDR role that I was told I wouldn’t be in for very long. They’re gonna go public in the next year, but Zoom Info reached out to me about an Account exec position. Now I’m wondering if I should take the guaranteed route to AE or let my shares vest and get to AE at the place that took me. Usually I wouldn’t consider jumping so quickly, but AE is AE.
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15
stay or go
ci qw
+134
cirodimarzio , Β  qwerty , Β  wahmsales Β  and 134 people voted
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