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Quitting a job when you have commission pending

For those of you who work at places where commission takes longer than a pay period or two to be paid out, how do you handle switching employers?


Do you:


Forgo the cash and leave anyway?


Negotiate with your present employer to be paid out anyway?


Negotiate a signing bonus with the new employer to make up for the lost commission?


Something else?



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LordBusiness
Politicker
+7
Chief Revenue Officer
usually a bit of both option 1 and 2 depending on how shitty my current employer usually treats employees.ย 
Don_Ready
Politicker
+3
AE
I've seen both quite often. I recently left to start at a new job and my old org was good about the first commission owed the following month but I had to be the one to make sure they paid out on the trailing commissions the following months. (Commissions were paid when Net- 90's were paid)
slaydie
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
Does it say in your commission plan that you will only be paid out if you work the entire quarter (or month)? At my company, people are paid out whatever they sold whenever they leave BUT I have heard of companies writing it into their plans that you have to work the whole time or you will not be paid out. If that's the case, a good lesson here to learn to negotiate that when you start at a new company
funcoupons
WR Officer
+10
Sales Advisor
My contract states that after an employee gives notice/quits/is fired, they forfeit commission...definitely a learning opportunity to negotiate these terms when starting a new role, because I find that totally unfair. Unfortunately this is my first sales role, and I didn't even consider this situation.ย 

That said, I'm not leaving for a competitor/there's no bad blood and I've been a great employee in my time here, so I'm curious to see if other people have successfully gotten their company to bend on this.
CaneWolf
Politicker
+11
Director of Business Development
That's actually illegal. That agreement can say whatever it wants but that's bullshit.
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MrMotivation
Opinionated
+3
Sales
In my experience, any comp that has been earned, but not paid was paid to me on my last day. It has always been written in my comp plans that it was due to me. I haven't experienced not receiving it. Is that common?
Nikosuave
Good Citizen
Outside Sales Manager
When I left my last company they just didn't send my last commission check after talking to like 11 different people in HR/ Commission I got the check but it took like 2 months even though it was written inย  the comp plan.
CaneWolf
Politicker
+11
Director of Business Development
I had to fight at one company for 4 months.
salesninja
Opinionated
+3
VP
Depends on the commission amount owed...
if a lot, iโ€™d find a way to get it
if itโ€™s not a game changer, leave and move on
funcoupons
WR Officer
+10
Sales Advisor
Any ideas on how to get it? :)ย 
rekled
Opinionated
+2
Strategic Account Executive
Do you have to wait until Q2 close to receive the commission? With the quarter just starting that may be a challenge to get a payout.ย 

If end of month (like you will receive payout in May) - is it possible to ask your new employer if you can delay the start date by a few days?ย 

While I like the idea of asking for it early, in my experience you will likely be turned down more than successfully getting an early payout.ย 

OR... if you have a (very) trusted colleague / friend, have them "take" the deal and pay them a portion of the commission received. It's free money to them and you'll still get most of your commission.ย 
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Marketingpet
Opinionated
+1
Partner Manager
Everywhere Iโ€™ve worked you get any commission that closes before your last day paid out on your last check. I got a 1,500 check a month after I left my last job for some small expansions I had on my way outย 
GuyBews
Opinionated
+5
Director
As with many things, it depends.ย ย 


It'll be tough to negotiate a payout with your current employer, as they'll then believe you're leaving and probably won't give you as much as you want.ย  Most companies (I think) won't give you any commission for what's due to be paid post-employment.ย ย 


That's why I'd opt to negotiate a signing bonus with the new employer, and just know you'll probably be taking a hit on take-home for the near future because of the foregone commission.ย ย 


The other option is to stick it out at your current employer until the next commission cliff, negotiate a start date with the new employer to line up with that cliff to maximize your take-home.
paddy
Arsonist
+9
Account Executive
Don't. Quit. They will find every possible avenue to not pay you.
Chep
Politicker
+8
Business Development Representative
I ask my employer what the deal is and usually if you're upfront they won't screw you out of you earned commision
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
If situation is too bad, I Chuck the cash and move on to new one and try to put in max to cover up for lost
If not, never. Better to take and leave
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