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Signs a company is failing

What signs do you look for that a company is going down in flames?


Iโ€™ve seen obvious ones in previous companies like layoffs etc but what subtle things can you be in the lookout for?

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closedwon
Politicker
+7
Senior Director of Sales
When executives start leaving on their own.ย 
GlenRoss
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Good call
Incognito
WR Officer
+10
Master of Disaster
*looks around*

Yep.
KPIMaster
Politicker
+4
Enterprise Account Executive
*looks around* "Oh shit"
FullyDiluted
Opinionated
+6
Account Director
When Glassdoor reviews get mentioned in an All Hands meeting + the CEO โ€œencouragesโ€ ppl to write 5* reviews
beachNsales
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
yes! run when you hear this
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
Definitely a bit of a red flag
SavageCid
Executive
+2
Manager
I don't agree with this tactic at all, however I also don't believe this is a sign a company is failing.ย 

New hire onboarding/new trainer/etc could've been implemented that wasn't previously available, which in turn would affect GD reviews.ย 
saygrace
Valued Contributor
+5
Sales Executive
Yup
Stardust
WR Officer
+9
President
OMG I lived that. Unfucking believable that the HR Fembot went around and told everyone to right a nice review and then she'd check and bug ppl when they hadn't.ย 
YoungGoat
Opinionated
+2
Surgical Technology Specialist
No clear plan from management. Everything is reactionary instead of proactive. Also, as money gets tight the comp plans will change to make it harder to earn commission
dilljus
Catalyst
+4
Director, Revenue & Growth
"Everything is reactionary instead of proactive."ย  ย Huge indicator right there!
GlenRoss
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Great call on comp plans
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
Definitely this
saygrace
Valued Contributor
+5
Sales Executive
Yup
sahil
Notable Contributor
+15
Deepak Chopra of Sales
Startups sadly are only in 1 of 2 stages: growing or dying.

if you look around and aren't completely sure it's growing, it's dying. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธย 
value
OG Sales Savage
+4
Major Account Executive
Daaaaaamn...
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
So many things. No clear structures. NDA for salaries. Having to bargain on your starting base salary. Hiring externally - especially advisory firms. communication gaps between depatments. HR being Finance.ย 
beachNsales
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
NDA for salaries. ooof
Jackywaky
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
big oooof - it's 100% real. If you tell ppl how much you make then you're violating the NDA and bye bye.ย 
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Bama
Good Citizen
+2
Senior Account Executive
when HR is driving the ship with employee engagement surveys and fluffed glassdoor reviews
ju
justatopproducer
Opinionated
+1
National Consultant
I meet with businesses everyday where their HR loves the surveys, especially through Covid & WFH. They see this as a way to know what the employees want, and make appropriate changes for their future. This is a positive in my eyes, although many times the employee's don't know what is best for them.
fuzzy
Notable Contributor
+21
CMO (Chief Meme Officer)
All that's been previously mentioned + increasing demands without raising salaries. ie: cheapening the ingredients and raising the prices.ย 
Zeb
Catalyst
+4
Business Development Executive
The company sign has a light out
ZebraStripe
Opinionated
+1
Sr Sales Director
When the snacks stop being free
wahmsales
WR Officer
+10
SDR
If they've been trying to raise a round for a year and it still hasn't happened
SADNESSLieutenant
Arsonist
+8
SDR
misalignment w management
Stardust
WR Officer
+9
President
When the chairman plays solitaire on his Ipad during the entire board meeting.ย  Not making this up.
UltimateMango
Praised Answer
+1
Chief of Nothing
Company has $40.32 in the corporate bank account.ย 
businessdevelopment
Opinionated
+1
Business Development
Zero sales and pipeline
LordOfWar
Politicker
+6
Director
When the jr execs who helped grow the company with their sweat, blood and tears are scapegoated by upper management for stagnant quarters well outside of anyone's control.
Accidental_Sales_Guy
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
When the Cliff bars turn to Nature Valley bars
dilljus
Catalyst
+4
Director, Revenue & Growth
When the "north star" keeps moving.
MSPSales
Notorious Answer
+5
Account Executive
Basically what everyone said and if they stop developing their own product/serviceย 
Adslanger1
Opinionated
+3
Senior Account Executive
No more unlimited La Croix and the disposable coffee cups get smaller.
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Paycuts, uncertainty with no product roadmap and product demand stagnation
Toruk
Old School Bravo
+1
CEO
When the CEO launches a culture overhaul and rewrites the mission statement. It's a toss-up after that.
Pi
Pinky
Old School Bravo
AE
When the boss gives you a hard time because you placed a $57 Office Depot orderย when "you could've just gotten office supplies from Dollar Tree."
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
When the cold brew machine hasn't been restocked in 7 weeks ๐Ÿฅฒ
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
The whole C suite changes. Then VPโ€™s get fired. Then you get fired. (True story)
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