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What Is More Important?

Always been a big believer that a companies culture is a clear indicator of continued growth. Thus, I'm curious about what the War Room thinks is more important. Working at a company where you genuinely love your co-workers or working for a company whose mission you truly believe in? For me, I have to say the former. I've sold various products for my company and at the end of the day, the thing that has kept me from leaving is I love the people here. I believe in what we do, but it's not the mission statement that kept me motivated.


P.S I think both are important and help companies find success, but curious to hear what others think makes a bigger impact on the bottom line.

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poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Charismatic leadership will make me work my ass off. If you believe in me, and motivate me to do great work, then I'm 1000% here for it.
OldDirty_SaaStrd
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Account Executive
aka Workday πŸ˜‚πŸ˜³
hurtscuzimold
Opinionated
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Dude abiding
Yep. I can hate the team but love the leader and follow blindly.Β 
inboundsalesrep
Politicker
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SDR
In sales money is the motivator and when the people around you can motivate you that is important
Chep
WR Officer
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Business Development Team Lead
I see nothing but the facts here. Jackie Moon stays giving out that A1 advice
takethemeeting
Fire Starter
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SDR
Everybody love everybody
hurtscuzimold
Opinionated
+5
Dude abiding
It also makes it difficult to compete when you’re always looking for reasons to dislike a persons approach or technique. Always second guessing motives.Β 

it’s toxic quick.Β 
CPfor3
Opinionated
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Business Development Representative
Guy behind me calls himself softserve. I'll let you be the judge of that
softserve
Politicker
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Team Lead - Enterprise Sales
softer than a bag of milkΒ 
CPfor3
Opinionated
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Business Development Representative
Reason why I'm going with the former. Guys like softserve make it worth coming in
hurtscuzimold
Opinionated
+5
Dude abiding
Is he the guy from office space
MrMotivation
Politicker
+4
Sales
I think I put much more weight on the people I am working with, BUT a big piece of who I like to be around in a professional setting are typically people who have the same drive as I do. So it would be rare for me to be at a company that didn't have both.Β 
Nairobi
Politicker
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BDR
I was going to say the mission, but then I remembered that I worked at a company that had a great mission but I left because the people were awful so I will say co-workers over the mission.
Whosaidit
Politicker
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Business Development Representative
Culture is everything in my mind
Chep
WR Officer
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Business Development Team Lead
Agreed. In business, family, and sports teams
softserve
Politicker
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Team Lead - Enterprise Sales
I feel like this is such a tough question to answer... on one hand, sales is essentially a dog eat dog world... so as long as you eat, who really cares about company culture and relationships with your peers.

On the other hand, if you're in a work environment where you can connect to other individuals and be collaborative in your sales efforts, it'll go a long way. Plus, the happier you are coming into the office on a day to day basis, the happier you'll be overall. I'd like to think that your tone and energy on each of your calls will reflect that.

At the end of the day, whatever environment supports your growth both professionally and personally is key!
Chep
WR Officer
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Business Development Team Lead
"I'd like to think that your tone and energy on each of your calls will reflect that." Preach... the amount of times I've seen people schedule three meetings in a day (A hattrick as we like to call it at my company) is always higher when they get an early morning schedule and for the rest of the day you can hear the happiness in their voice when they call prospects.
cw95
Politicker
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Pricing Executive
I think it's a mix, which I'm sure everyone else has said/thought. I was lucky enough to meet people in my small team which are now very good friends...however, the product isn't always all that. I always think 'I need to go to another company to progress and earn more' but then i think about my mates. However, although it's always easy to give advice and not do it yourself, I always have it in the back of my head that you shouldn't stay somewhere purely for the people. It's a hard one.Β 
HappyGilmore
Politicker
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Account Executive
I'd say working at a place where you genuinely love your co-workers. People would be the biggest reason why I don't leave a place and actually have motivation to get into the office (aside from money)
Kinonez
Celebrated Contributor
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WR Enthusiast
For me a team I can count on and rely on. That's the main reason I stick to my company!Β 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Needer of Life Alert
Support and communication. Those are must haves.
TechItEasy
Contributor
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Account Executive
I think this is a really interesting question and probably too complex to really answer in a short-form post. That being said, having co-workers you really get along with is amazing but can sometimes leave you accepting certain other red flags within a business which is a no-no. Also I would replace the term β€œmission” with product. Unless it’s a really early stage company, missing isn’t so important. I can believe in the benefits of a product without evangelising the mission (personally)
Hudsonsmom
Opinionated
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Area Sales Manager
I’m currently in the first position, company has gone through highs and lows and without the people I work with I 100% wouldn’t make it through. However I think about a company with a better culture daily.
mcsalesperson1
Politicker
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Account Executive
I would say the people. I’ve been at certain companies where I’m on one team and have loved every second and then as soon as things change and I’m surrounded by new people it’s the complete opposite effect…
hauru.sales
Arsonist
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Sales Enthusiast
From my point of view Culture is a most important part, Culture as a source of your personal growth.
detectivegibbles
Politicker
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Territory Rep
If you want to go FAST, go alone. If you want to go FAR, go together.
bareknuckles
Valued Contributor
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CEO of my kitchen table
Believe in leaders/purpose in the company > Love for co-workers.Β 
GDO
Politicker
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BDM
It s a combination. But without the people it’s going nowhere.Β 
hurtscuzimold
Opinionated
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Dude abiding
If you don’t believe in the mission it will be difficult to love the coworkers and visa versa. At least for
long.Β 
SlinginSoftware
Politicker
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Account Executive
Personally, if I'm somewhere that I truly believe the mission, the likelihood of me loving my co-workers is pretty high.

It probably means I'm around similar and likeminded reps... just a thought
FarmingU
Politicker
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Account Manager
I am going to spend plenty of hours with that people, if I can’t be comfortable I would leave for sure
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
@ChepΒ  doesn't sound completely jaded yet and I am so very jealous. I don't give a fuck about the company's mission statement as long as it isn't actively evil. The opening scene in Silicon Valley sums up how I feel about companies and their stated aims.
Chep
WR Officer
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Business Development Team Lead
Just rewatched that first episode of Silicon Valley and that comment hits different now hahahhaha
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