Anonymous User wrote:I have a question for the anon OP considering going back to a sales role:
I'm considering a big law gig or taking a sales role in a large, well-known tech firm. The job is similar to an account manager type position where you work with clients and have sales quotas to meet each year. Salary is around 120k, 40k signing bonus, and stock. I'm wondering whether it's worth taking this job over big law. My hesitation is sales and whether it leads to good exit opportunities (say I want to work in strategy/operations or some other business role later). I don't mind not practicing law, I just want to choose the career that leads to good future opportunities and ideally doesn't have crazy hours like big law.
Sales OP checking in. I have no clue what's best for you honestly. I can only share the following:
-Sales is one of the better ways into almost any managerial position.
-$120k + $40k signing + stock is slightly higher than the package I was offered (by about $5k), I think the account management role is a no brainer (you're likely looking at $180k-$185k in all-in comp the first year). Being in biglaw with one foot out the door is a bit more uncomfortable than you might think. If you're totally chill just coasting for a year, then give biglaw a try and print the $180k, but you need to have thick skin and really convince yourself that you dgaf (I'm getting better at this every month).
-Assumings your big tech firm is a LinkedIn, Amazon, Salesforce, etc... you'll very likely keep pace with biglaw comp through to senior associate, but you'll likely never make biglaw partner compensation unless you make VP of Sales (you'll still make less than biglaw partner comp but there are tons of Sales VPs in Big Tech that are printing $500k-$600k)
If you want hard data outside of my anonymous comments (and more concrete compensation numbers), I'd consider connecting with one of the big executive search / tech recruiting firms and talking to a few headhunters. Ultimately, as with all things, this boils down to how much you want to practice law..
If its a money thing, I'd take the account management role (no brainer), but you won't seem as prestigious at a dinner table, if you're the type to care about that sort of thing.