CTO or Sales?

Amazon / Sales uldN66
Jul 16 19 Comments

Hi.

I am coming from sales and have an offer from Google as a Sales Rep as well as very soon an offer from a brick and mortar retailer with 30000 Employees as CTO, with the plan to be on the exec board after a year. Vision to drive cloud transformation and building a digital platform / advanced Ecommerce and moving to devops.

TC both around 300k.

Thoughts? Strong tendency towards CTO role for learning and career, albeit much more risk.

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  • Google UODHG
    Do CTO gig. Google job will always be there. I wanna say offer is valid for 1 year as well.
    Jul 16 2
    • Amazon / Sales uldN66
      OP
      Any offer? That would be amazing and solve my timing issue, because we're still working in the cto contract, which obviously takes more time.
      Jul 16
    • Google UODHG
      Ask the recruiter. However if it's cloud sales, we are hiring & growing like mad and there's always been open headcount in cloud sales at all offices for last 3 years.
      Jul 17
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    CTO no doubt, comp is low for level, but there will be a lot of upside from being in the board. You’ll get into a exclusive club of c suite of large firms
    Jul 16 0
  • Slalom Consulting / IT
    Girthy

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    Why you turn down C-level? At the very least you are then looked at for other CTO/CIO roles in the future. Anyone can be a sales rep. Unless the company is evil I can't see not taking a CTO role.
    Jul 16 3
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      The other choice is def evil
      Jul 16
    • Slalom Consulting / IT
      Girthy

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      Like Phillip Morris level evil? Or health insurance company denying claims level evil? 😈
      Jul 16
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      Today the last remaining organizer of google walk outs left the company. She claims retaliation.
      Jul 16
  • Salesforce / Other eVBM24
    I don’t get it. These are two totally different functional roles and levels. Sales rep vs CTO of 30k person company? Somethings not adding up.
    Jul 16 1
    • Amazon / Sales uldN66
      OP
      Kind of makes sense though. Been helping companies a lot with digital transformation (hate that phrase) and was exposed to their organization quite a bit.
      Jul 16
  • Microsoft xozonxe
    Ya CTO pay should be 5x
    Jul 16 0
  • New / Other AuntHilda
    If you are looking for stability, it’s Google. If you are looking for rollercoaster rides, the CTO role. Nothing is wrong with the rollercoaster rides as many prefer that.
    Jul 16 0
  • Airbnb 💯💯!
    So you came from sales but a dumbass company hired you to be cto?
    Jul 16 1
    • Google UODHG
      Not uncommon. Smart move honestly. Who best to work with the vendor sales teams than a former salesperson.
      Jul 16
  • Is the CTO title really a sales position in disguise? Lots of companies do that sort of thing because important customers want to talk to reps with fancy titles.

    If so, Google.

    If not, decide based on whether you want to do sales or be a CTO since they’re totally different roles.
    Jul 16 1
    • Amazon / Sales uldN66
      OP
      No, it's a real CTO role.
      Jul 16
  • Tesla Nik0la
    Can you elaborate more on how these sales engineering positions work? What does one end up doing for google as an example.
    Jul 16 2
    • Amazon / Sales uldN66
      OP
      Meet with senior leadership and drive their projects, solve business problems with your tech.
      Jul 16
    • Tesla Nik0la
      Is it paid on commission?
      Jul 16