Asking for a friend who doesn't want to post it themselves, even pseudo-anonymously (but they'll see responses and respond as needed via me)
He likes his team. He likes his boss. He likes the leadership. He likes the company. The company is mission driven he feels good about the work he's doing selling this product - truly helping people.
He also very much liked the salary.. but now he sees that he's qualified to get a healthy 10-20% bump in base (plus either similar commission or up to 20% more on-target) depending on the company. He's getting a few feelers from recruiters as well and solid conversations with them (yes, recruiters can obviously blueball you to oblivion, he knows that).
What advice would you give to my friend in terms of how to navigate his career choices? I think he can do better, but I get that there's safety in a known quantity. He'll fight me on this, but it's also his first AE role (althoug he's had other jobs in other career paths before), so I question whether the company/team/boss are really that great, or just that he hasn't seen other sales orgs.