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Should I stay or should I go?

Good evening soldiers and savages!


Have a question for you all. Currently working on 55k ote as an first year SDR. Will be getting a pay raise at the end of August and while we are not capped on our earnings, I believe it will only be a 5k base salary raise. Since I have started I have been the top performing SDR on our team but when I hear how much others in the same role are making at other companies or in other industries, I question whether or not I'm in the right space. Currently selling HR software for recruiters, and while there is potential room for massive growth at the company I'm at, idk if it will be worth the wait in the long run. Currently a year into my sdr role and was promoted 7 months in to a senior role with a slight base increase. Overall I just want to know whether it might be worth it to stay and hope a better promotion comes along soon or move on to a different company where I can potentially make more? The decision is hard because we are one of the most well known names in our space and it has been pretty easy to line up oppts for my AE the entire time I've been here, outbound. It's just I don't feel we are being compensated correctly. Any input or thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated!


At ease.


P.S. pretty deep in the bag rn so just ask me and I can clarify if I didn't make sense.



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TheSolicitorGeneral
Politicker
+6
Small Market AE
Get promoted to AE and get good experience under your belt and you can punch your ticket anywhere. Leave as an SDR and you’ll be an SDR at your next company
AutoSmiler
Arsonist
+7
SDR
That's my thinking now. I have no interest in leaving to go into another sdr role, but how long would you say I should wait until it's time to move on? I have asked about moving up multiple times so it's on my directors radar and it's just a matter of time until the move happens. Just no telling how long. Not trying to sound impatient here at all as I'm ready to ride it out a while longer. It's just I hear and read about others in the same role, making a shit ton more money I feel I'm getting the shaft. I am also at the point where I'm ready to move up personally as I have hit the plateau when it comes to what I can learn. All I can do now is improve on what I know however I am ready to take on the next step as manager or ae.Β 
CoorsKing
WR Officer
+11
King of the Coors Knights
Took me about 2 years for reference. I know people that jumped ship early, it worked out for some and did not for others. My advice is give it another 6 monthsΒ 
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CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Nailed it. Clock resets. It’s a hell of a lot easier to make the money stack as a closer than as the opener.
Rallier
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
I'd try to get to AE as soon as possible and then leave. You'd be surprised how big of a pay jump you can get from moving companies as an AE
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
That is kinda low for an SDR.Β  Are you in a HCOL or LCOL area?Β  Like what others say, the safest route is to get that AE title, gain some close experience and then job hop.

Personally, I went from SDR and job hopped to AE.Β  It can happen and it worked out pretty nicely.Β  Our newest AE here also came from being an SDR for 1+ year and starting his new AE position with us.Β Β 

SDRs at my company have $50-$55k base plus $20k OTE.Β  When I started as an SDR in another company, my base was $55k with $15k OTE (and I constantly went over my quota).Β  I'm also in NYC, a HCOL area so that's another factor.Β 

Bottom line: keep working but start interviewing at the same time for offers and potential AE positions. At least you'll know your worth and have offers for negotiating power if you choose to stay at the company.
AutoSmiler
Arsonist
+7
SDR
I'm in a hcol area, low cost if your lucky or know a landlord...will start exploring my options now though thank you!
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Good luck out there! I sell to HR as well! Happy to help!
HotSauced
Contributor
+1
Business Development
If your goal is AE, then I would apply for AE positions at other companies and see what you can get. If you can get one, boom leave and youre all set. In the meantime while you look, just keep SDRing at your job and try to get promoted. Either youll get promoted and now youre an AE, or you find an AE position elsewhere.Β 
HotSauced
Contributor
+1
Business Development
Side note: The Clash is now stuck in my head
AutoSmiler
Arsonist
+7
SDR
That's not a bad thing!
Swarthymovie
Arsonist
+7
SDR
If the job doesn't makes u feel like you are dead inside don't go, look for something better, if you know the money can be better the perfect opportunity is waiting for you, just don't leave if you haven't found it
AutoSmiler
Arsonist
+7
SDR
Thank you! I don't think I'm gonna rush anywhere as I really enjoy where I am at. My team is awesome and the culture is great, so I'm gonna ride it out as long as I can I thinkΒ 
Swarthymovie
Arsonist
+7
SDR
Glad to hear that you enjoy it mate, and i hope it gets even better
FarmingU
Politicker
+8
Account Manager
Listen to @TheSolicitorGeneralΒ 
AutoSmiler
Arsonist
+7
SDR
Also apologies for the title of this post I noticed it wasn't the first and I can't seem to figure out how to edit on the browser...Android user here, lolΒ Β 
looper1010
Celebrated Contributor
+13
Account Executive
Android user as well.Β  I don't think all the web features are available on mobile web yet.Β  For ex, I still need to log onto my desktop to edit posts for now.Β  You can edit comments on android mobile.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
Do you want to be an AE? If so get promoted to have the experience and then leave. If you want to stay in the SDR role then that's your decision, but you'll be basically starting over at a new company.
AutoSmiler
Arsonist
+7
SDR
Still unsure about moving into a managerial role or AE... Would like to be an AE And learn how to close but the leadership experience sounds nice as well
RaymundoFlex
Opinionated
+2
AE
Don’t go management unless you’ve been in a closing role. Nobody likes a manager that’s never closed
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RaymundoFlex
Opinionated
+2
AE
If you have to ask you have to leave. It’s that easy.
RaymundoFlex
Opinionated
+2
AE
And get deeper in the bag. You have upper management written all over you.
whathaveyousoldtomorrow
Opinionated
+4
Account Executive
Sometimes you have to pay (or they dont pay you as much) to work at an easy to sell logo. Stick it out, get the promotion to AE and then take that experience elsewhere for more fun coupons.Β 
Oboy77
Arsonist
+8
Workspace Consultant
I say stay for now, but keep on interviewing and looking for jobs. Right now a lot of great companies are looking to hire. If you keep looking you may just find the one for you.

I would create a list of your wants in a company and what type of culture you are looking to be a part of. And if you find a company that checks all the boxes and you have not moved to where you want to be in your current company, then it will be time to leave.
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