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Should I take the new job?

I've just started a new role as a BDR at a very fast growing startup and been approached by a S&P500 company for an AE role for Mid Market. Should I take it?

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CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Senior Account Executive
Get everything in writing first.Β 

More money? Faster way to advance? How's the work environment? Look at all of those things and make a decision.Β 
MVP
Good Citizen
BDR
Yes, faster advancement. More money too. Environment is something still to find out with the manager and team

Thanks for the advice.Β 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Depends on if you like the people/ how much the pay raise is.
MVP
Good Citizen
BDR
Salary:

Currently on a capped salary with 70/30% split which was a pay rise of 20% from my SDR role.Β 

New role pay rise is another 17% increase, 70/30% split and uncapped earnings.Β 


People:

I find people are generally great at my current company but I've barely got to know them. The sales tools we're using are very disjointed and the processes are broken. I guess these are teething issues of a startup but it affects my earnings for sure
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
Do you have stocks in that startup? Does this current company look promising? Is there room for you to have more responsibility and bigger role?Β 

Moving to established corporate has a straightforward career path but you sacrifice a lot of potential side role you may play in a startup that can help you grow. That is if you goal is learning and not career advancement because it will take back seat.Β 

Understand that both options are risky regardless of how they look the corporate can fire you anytime they want you are cog in the machine while the startup can go belly up. But if you have a big role they will need you more.
MVP
Good Citizen
BDR
No stock incentives and they don't intend on handing them out.Β 
No room to take on more in the next 12-24 months from what I see.

Thanks for the advice
Lumbergh
Politicker
+3
Sr Account Exec
Take the new job - it's a "title" increase and if even if it kind of sucks, you are getting a better base and OTE and you can parlay that into a new/better position in 18-24 months--in the meantime, you are learning more and building more skills.

Something I always recommend--cold outreach to a few current salespeople at that company on LinkedIN asking them if you can spend 10 minutes asking about the job off the record and that you are thinking of working there.Β  Do the same for 1-2 former reps in the same position if you can.Β  Nothing better than getting actual live feedback from people, and salespeople generally are approachable about it and will give you the real truth, not the sanitized version that the people trying to hire you will give.

DO NOT GIVE NOTICE AT EXISTING COMPANY UNTIL YOU HAVE SIGNED EXECUTED OFFER LETTER!

Good luck!
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Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
Take it. It will provide you with a wealth of experience/knowledge.
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Based on the answers to the questions from others, I say you take the job.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
up in Fiji, under paddy
I'd recommend taking the AE role. Better earning potential, more interesting role, and a big company is better equipped to support and train you than a startup.Β 
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
The short answer is yesΒ 
RB
RBO
Opinionated
+1
Sales Manager
I'm operating under the thought process that you're still early in your career but pick your boss, not the product or company.Β 

Long term, working for the right people who actually help and care about your career will pay off significantly more than a small pay increase.
Kirby
Acclaimed Answer
+6
Sales Representative
Take it, but talk to people who were onboarded post-Covid who are working remotely. I made the mistake of only talking with reps who were in office, and it turns out there's a world of a difference between in office and remote for some companies.
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