Have you ever accepted a pay cut on base?

Wether it’s to stay at a current role because of budget cuts or accepting a role at a new company, etc…

Have you ever accepted a pay cut on base salary?
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Sunbunny31
Politicker
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Sr Sales Executive
No - but I’ve been through belt tightening where we made some cuts in other areas.
oldcloser
Politicker
4
vice office
Current role: Base is lower then previous role, but came with no OTE. Equity and straight 15% co-missiles.

praise da lawd if I ever sellz somethin
HVACexpert
Politicker
3
sales engineer
First job out of college they cut everyone’s pay a certain percentage, top of company to bottom, for 6 months to avoid layoffs.

So that was fun.
RandyLahey
Politicker
3
Account Manager
Now that is fucking dumb AND brutal...
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
3
Sales Rep
Luckily never had to deal with it
Filth
Politicker
3
Live Filthy or Die Clean
Had a startup fall apart after I just joined. Took a pay cut and position drop to start at the current position but in the 2 years have surpassed both pay and title so there are situations where it makes sense but I'd say it's the exception.
Seth_Davis
Big Shot
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Regional Sales Manager
I was in that situation somewhat recently but got very lucky to get a better offer than what I had previously (which was a great offer.) After about 6 months looking I was about ready to give in and decide I would take less money. Thankfully, I got a job offer that same week. Big life lesson learned. Always keep faith!
Maximas
Executive
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Senior Sales Executive
Nope, hard to accept one for me unless it was damn reasonable and for all employees segments with the same exact cut rate to consider equality and definitely has to be temporary.
coletrain
Politicker
2
Account Executive
Thankfully have not been in that situation and hope I never am forced to be. For a solidly undeniably OTE, it can be reasonable but otherwise would shy away unless I'm between a rock and a hard place.
Space_Ghost20
Good Citizen
2
Account Executive
Went from $75k base, $150k OTE to $50k base, $75k OTE after a layoff. Had six weeks between offer and start date, so I figured I could accept and still look. Didn't think I would end up actually working here. But almost 5 months in, here I am.
Rajan
Politicker
2
Senior Account Executive
I took a small paycut going from Overpaid BDR to underpaid AE because nobody else would hire me as an AE without closing experience. It was worth it as 18 months later I got a 50% raise.
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
1
Account Executive
Nice example of taking a step back leading to 2 steps forward.
RandyLahey
Politicker
1
Account Manager
Hardest of nos for me, but I frankly have yet to be confronted with a situation like this.
punishedlad
Politicker
1
Field Sales
I might consider it if I really liked the role/company. Never had to deal with the prospect (yet).
GOLFaaS
Politicker
1
Sales Leader
Focus on what matters, total package. Base go up or down who cares, as long as OTE is reachable and increasing, why even care, unless you can’t succeed in sales, then sure complain away.
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
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Account Executive
Yeah, I mean, why not trust that tech companies have their employees best interests at heart and whatever OTE / quota they set must be 100% based in reality. A tech company setting unachievable targets? That’s unheard of. No one has ever been burned this way before and is 100% a reflection of their skillset because corporations are beacons of truth and transparency.

Focusing on your guaranteed salary is such a novice move, right? Just focus on the upside of an OTE target you have no way to fully gauge. You’re so fucking wise, man!
GOLFaaS
Politicker
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Sales Leader
I am wise. Wise enough to know you like to complain about things you can’t control. And blame others on the things you can control like the quota you have that you can’t make. Good luck with that but if you stop blaming others and work on your craft, you may just do something crazy like make some sales. Nobody in sales ever is in it for the salary lol
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
1
Account Executive
The question doesn’t even reflect my situation so what the hell are you even on about?

But great job trying to shame me about nothing. I bet you’re an absolutely amazing sales manager.
GOLFaaS
Politicker
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Sales Leader
Great job on not explaining your situation at all then.

-your manager who will fire you one day
GOLFaaS
Politicker
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Sales Leader
I’m actually curious about your lack of success. What was your last quarter quota attainment. Don’t respond if it was less than 💯 ok. Thanks
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
2
Account Executive
At no point do I ever say i’m in a situation where i’m considering a lower offer or that I’m looking for advice about anything. I’m just asking a question about base pay and fundamentally disagree with your take on base salary being inconsequential compared to OTE…

If you feel so strongly about it, i’ll hire you at a $0 base salary with a one million OTE / one billion quota. Not interested? I guess you suck at selling then…

So ridiculous…
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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🦊
I have in my early days. Not sure I'd do that again.
sketchysales
Politicker
1
Sales Manager
Yes in a previous company, took a hit for 6 months but was justly rewarded when we got back on track and my earnings ended up matching what they should have been for the year anyway, just sat a little bit tighter every month for a period.
KingofGIF
Politicker
1
AE
Yes: people were crushing it and I was miserable at a higher-paid job. I came, I saw, I conquered in my first full ramped-up Q and within 2 Qs I got a promotion that got me a higher base. This was during covid times and I had the upper hand since I had more industry experience than the other AEs and I also just put in 1 hor more a day than most. Weight your trade-offs while navigating salary cuts at new jobs
ZVRK
Valued Contributor
1
Enterprise Account Executive
I was sort of forced to accept at my previous role, my base got slashed in half. Of course, I started looking straightaway and became alumni in about 3 months😅
balbazar
Opinionated
1
Enterprise Account Executive
Can definitely be worth a small drop in base if you join an early stage start-up from a more established company and lock in some equity. Definitely taking a long term chance, but most of us have some sort of gambling problem ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
revenuegenerator
Praised Answer
1
Sales Management
I took a 50K base cut to go to a company that ended up IPO'ing and made me 7 figures.

I also destroyed quota at this company, 200% of number multiple years running, which was NEVER going to happen at my previous role.

The products that sell the least typically pay the highest base because they know how hard selling the product is or how small the TAM really is.

Something to keep in mind.
saygrace
Valued Contributor
1
Sales Executive
I may have to now
lowhangersalesbanger
Opinionated
1
SDR
My last job cut my base by 10 grand and I walked a week later. I know what I’m worth and won’t work for less. Turned the side hustle into the only hustle.
harleyfatboy
Good Citizen
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Sales Director
Yep mid career I took one at same company as the company reorganized and I had to find a role quickly. It turned out great I learned new areas of selling and one year later landed a new role in the company for more money. Nothing is permanent do the job to pay your bills and feed your family and actively pursue what makes you happy.
bigfella
Good Citizen
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Account Executive
Haven't been in the situation, but faced with it - I'm not sure I would be able to accept it. I view com + base as pay though.
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