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Work at a start up acquired by a larger company?

I am interviewing for a start up that was recently acquired by Cisco. They claim that they still have the start up feel to the sales environment but they have even better benefits.


Is this a good option if I prefer to work at a bigger company such as LinkedIn or Salesforce? Or should I stick with pursuing a larger company?

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Lumbergh
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I'd posit that is the most dangerous time to go to any company as a newbie, and you'll likely get the worst of both worlds.Β  When a bigco buys a startup, it's usually about 6-12 months of status quo as they figure out how to integrate the company into the monolith and after that you are bigco, often overlaid from a sales perspective, meaning you are selling a feature of the mothership and beholden to other bigco reps to tack onto their sales.Β Β 

The bigco will also do a massive layoff of the acquisition once it's all integrated.Β Β 

Just go to a bigco if you want a bigco
aiko
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Sr. Account Executive
πŸ€” interesting insights here. I am working with a betts recruiter and they are talking it up. I don't necessarily need the start up "experience". I want tailored training to level myself up to enterprise sales.Β 
poweredbycaffeine
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I don't understand your post--do you want to work for a startup or do you want to work for a major company?
aiko
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Sr. Account Executive
I want to work at a major company with a strong reputation as I am early in my sales career. I work at a start up right now and there is only one person higher than me who is working our ent. deals. I want a quicker trajectory.Β Β 
braintank
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+7
Enterprise Account Executive
You'll learn more and move up the ranks faster at a startup than at Cisco, trust me.
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braintank
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Enterprise Account Executive
What part of Cisco? Collab, security?Β 
braintank
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Enterprise Account Executive
@aikoΒ I likey have very relevant info for you... I don't think there is a way to dm here...
aiko
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Sr. Account Executive
Darn, I wish there was a way to connect separately! Its one of the security divisions.
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CaneWolf
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Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
"They claim that they still have the start up feel to the sales environment but they have even better benefits." Bullllllllllshiiiiiiiiiiiit to the start-up feel.

You're going to work for Cisco. Cisco's supposed to be a great company but there is going to be significant change at this org over the next 24 months.


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