Advice: "Our CEO said he wouldn't lay anyone off and then laid off my colleagues. Can I trust this company anymore?"

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Dear Quota Team, 

I feel like I’m in a bit of a pickle. Here’s the deal: about a month and a half ago, our company CEO sent out an email saying that despite the market turbulence, they weren’t going to cut any jobs, and that they were committed to the long-haul. 

Literally four weeks later, they laid off about 75 people. I was not laid off as part of this process, probably because I am consistently in the top 25% of performers. Still, the whole situation left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. If they had been honest about it up front, I don’t think I would have cared, but it just seemed so obviously hypocritical.

One of my good friends who worked here, who DID get laid off, has since found a job with another company, and he is lobbying me to come work there with him. The pay would be comparable, though they’re a bit more established than the company I’m at now. Honestly, I’d probably make more overall by staying where I am.

Do you think I should take the new job or stay with my current employer? If they hadn’t pulled that crap with the announcement, I probably wouldn’t even be considering it, but I feel like I can’t trust a word they say anymore. What are your thoughts?

Confused in New England   


Dear Confused ,


Your CEO seems pretty shameless, that much is true. But we can’t tell you which direction to go in, we can only suggest the following:

Take some time to think about what really matters to you. What do you value in an employer? Is it all about the money, full stop? There’s nothing wrong with that, and if that’s the case, then you might want to stay where you are. Is it honesty? If so, you should move on. Is it stability? If so, switching to a more stable employer might make sense. Is it an opportunity for advancement? If so, the smaller, newer company might be a better play. 

Different people value different things. One rep might view autonomy as the most important part of a sales role, while another might want as many stock options as humanly possible. Only you can decide what’s most important to you. But no one would fault you for leaving a place where the CEO can say one thing one day, and do the opposite the next. 

Good luck!

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