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Joining a company in the mid of their fiscal year vs. at the start of a new one

As the title suggests, keen to hear about your experiences in joining different companies during their fiscal year (ramp & attainment) vs. at the start of a new one (might take a while to build funnel in case of longer sales cycles).

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poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
+9
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I'd rather join in early Q4 and be fully ramped by start of Q1. That way I've worked the kinks out and can be ready to take on a full year of full-earnings as opposed to being stuck in an onboarding cohort until April.
JustGonnaSendIt
Opinionated
+4
Burn Towns, Get Money
Starting mid-cycle is preferable to me. You get reduced expectations right off the bat and can effectively use this partial-year cycle to get ramped up so you crush your first full-year.

Starting at the beginning of the year leads to big expectations and a lot of anxiety (for me personally) to get ramped VS being able to take my time and do it right.

Also, if you start mid-year, you can get a feel for how the quota assignments are managed. Perhaps you can take proactive steps to influence this process in your favor.
CoorsKing
WR Officer
+12
King of the Coors Knights
Mid year. Gives you time to work out the kinks like I had to do today.
IYNFYL
Politicker
+5
Client Success Advisor
I think actually starting at the start of the year is better. Sometimes it works better from a pay perspective as you may ramp the first three months, but get a reduced quota as a new person and short selling time, which could lead to crushing your numbers.
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Waaaay better to start mid-year. Get ramped, start outbounding, etc. Everything I've sold has been 3+ month sales cycles. Pleasant surprise if you get a win but you can smash it when the new year starts.
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