How Much Should I Pay My Employees? An Introduction to Compensation Philosophy

TechStars

Developing a compensation philosophy—and doing so sooner rather than later—is one key way to get compensation right. But what exactly is a compensation philosophy, and how do you go about developing one for your startup? . What is a compensation philosophy? .

When offering equity compensation, what should founders consider to make sure employees benefit fairly from a liquidity event?

SaaStr

Almost always, compensation distributions are fixed the moment you sign a term sheet to be acquired (and really, a bit before that). The post When offering equity compensation, what should founders consider to make sure employees benefit fairly from a liquidity event?

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What is an equitable way to compensate someone who brings an investor to your start up company?

SaaStr

The post What is an equitable way to compensate someone who brings an investor to your start up company? If someone wants to be paid to help you fundraise, pass. VCs will smell it and it will be a negative.

How to Build Effective Sales Compensation Plans for Any Customer Facing Role

Sales Hacker

A great sales compensation plan needs to accomplish quite a lot. It needs to provide fair compensation to employees in customer-facing roles. The Process for Creating a Sales Compensation Plan. Plan Compensation for Onboarding and Training. Example Compensation Plans.

When Startup Compensation Isn't About the Money

Tom Tunguz

It’s the most provocative idea about employee compensation I’ve found. Today, it’s common for startups and companies of all sizes to refer to compensation surveys that span the 10th percentile to the 90th percentile in compensation for roles, and use these benchmarks provide offers to new hires, inform promotion salary increases and new option grants, and underpin retention packages. In his book describing Google’s People Operations called Work Rules!

Startup Best Practices 12 - Customer Success Compensation

Tom Tunguz

Compensation structures are one of the most interesting questions facing customer success organizations in software startups. How should customer success leaders structure their team’s compensation in order to align the objectives of individual customer success managers with those of the larger business? Like sales compensation plans , customer success compensation plans should evolve to serve the business’s needs.

The Surprising Compensation Trends of Startup Executives

Tom Tunguz

Since 2008, there has been a secular trend to increase cash compensation and decrease equity to startup management teams. In the past 5 years, VPEs have benefitted from a 10 to 16% increase in their cash compensation, but have seen their equity grants fall by 17-19%. Above, I’ve charted the cash compensation trends, (salary+bonus), for the different roles and different locations.

The Optimal Compensation Plan for Customer Success Teams

Tom Tunguz

In the early years, Hubspot prioritized growth and consequently compensated their sales teams exclusively on new bookings. But after observing some of the initial churn rates of particular customer segments, the company re-emphasized the importance of closing the right customers, and added a churn component to the compensation structure of the sales teams, to ensure that the sales teams were pursuing the right kinds of customers.

Benchmarks for Employee Stock Based Compensation in SaaS Startups

Tom Tunguz

Another way is to look at the cash based cost of the stock based compensation. The chart above shows the average stock-based compensation (SBC) per employee by years since founding across the basket of publicly traded SaaS companies. In summary, each year the typical public SaaS company spends about $10-20k in stock based compensation per employee. Above, I’ve plotted the median spend on stock-based compensation over the first ten years of each company’s life.

3 Key Ingredients of a Sales Compensation Plan

Tom Tunguz

For example, as Mark Roberge, CRO of Hubspot, wrote in The Sales Acceleration Formula , Hubspot adopted three different sales compensation plans throughout its early evolution which embody the three key ingredients of a sales compensation plan. Hubspot’s journey highlights the three key components of a sales compensation plan: commission ratio, acceleration and payment schedule. Payout timing is the third component of the sales compensation.

The Ins & Outs of Variable Pay Compensation Structure for Sales Teams

Sales Hacker

With increasing focus on grit and many claims of meritocracies in organizations across the country, why does variable pay compensation even exist? On top of that, why are sales people some of the few employees subject to variable compensation structures?

How Much Equity Should a CEO Have? Answer: 6%-15% On Average At IPO

SaaStr

Blog Posts CompensationQ: How much equity should a CEO get in a startup? There’s no magical answer, but for venture-backed start-ups, for years VCs have aligned on around 6%-8% equity for a non-founder / outside CEO. As you approach IPO and very late stage, that often goes down.

5 Quick Thoughts on Raises

SaaStr

Many founders like to tie compensation to results and like bonuses for overachievers. Blog Posts Compensation Q&AQ: When should you raise the salary of your employees as a startup? A few thoughts to at least think about: Try to pay “market” to all your employees as soon as you can.

How Much to Compensate SaaS Sales Teams for New Sales, Renewals and Expansions

Tom Tunguz

Many times startup teams ask how to compensate a sales team for renewals and upsells. How should SaaS startups compensate their sales teams for upsells and expansions? What’s the best way to compensate sales teams? Developing the sales motions, customer success sophistication and compensation structures to enable this type of growth is an essential skill of enduring SaaS businesses

Why Do Some People Consider Venture Capital a “Young Person’s Game”?

SaaStr

Blog Posts CompensationBecause it takes so, so long to make money from it. At least from very early-stage investing. So while not a young person’s game per se, it really helps to start early. It doesn’t take that long in venture to make a decent salary.

Reviews Of The Highest Paying MLM Network Marketing Compensation Plan Opportunities

SaaS Metrics

Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) refers to one of the most popular and common forms of businesses in the industry today. It’s a big business that many Americans and even other countries all over the world are involved. Why is it so popular?

At the Top SaaS Companies, Most Co-Founders Are Not Equal (And That’s OK)

SaaStr

Blog Posts Compensation Early Human ResourcesI was curious the other day how many of the recent Cloud and SaaS IPOs had founders that were equal co-founders from an equity perspective. That was how I was brought up (the first start-up job I had, the founders were equal shareholders).

The Unexpected Compensation Trends of Post-Series A Startup Founder/CEOs

Tom Tunguz

There’s an interesting phenomemon occurring in founder compensation for post-Series A companies: founding CEOs are swapping cash for larger equity stakes in their companies. Each year, Redpoint portfolio companies participate in a compensation survey along with the portfolio companies of about 50 other firms, totaling about 800 startups.

A Step by Step Guide to Revenue Growth with Mark Roberge (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

The last part I want to do is on compensation. Blog Posts Company Culture Compensation Customer Success Featured Videos Growth Hiring Leadership Marketing Marketing Strategy Metrics SaaStr Events Sales Scale Videos saastr annual

SaaStr Podcasts for the Week with Matrix Partners and EZPR — February 21, 2020

SaaStr

How should founders think about sales rep compensation? Because I always struggle slightly when they’re rewarded or compensated on MQL or even, sales accepted leads, I always think they should be tied directly to a number associated to revenue.

10 Tough Lessons We Learned Building a Prenicorn Outside of Silicon Valley from Pendo.io (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

Blog Posts Company Culture Compensation Featured Videos Hiring Human Resources International Expansion Leadership Marketing Resource Type Role / Function SaaStr Events Topics Videos saastr annual

SaaStr Podcasts for the Week with Mapistry and Slack — November 29, 2019

SaaStr

Career Growth & Advice Compensation Hiring Marketing Podcasts SaaS Product Pricing Sales allie janoch dannie herzberg founder's favorites Kevin egan mapistry Slack286: Allie Janoch is the Founder & CEO @ Mapistry, the startup that makes environmental compliance simple.

SaaStr Podcast #210: Bridget Gleason, VP of Sales @ Logz.io On Why The Best Sales Reps Are Not Outgoing and Extroverted

SaaStr

If we do stick with the kind of compensation plan though, so to speak, I do get asked by, again, a lot of founders about it. Compensation Hiring Leadership Podcasts SalesWelcome to Episode 210!

SaaStr Podcast #220: Leyla Seka, EVP @ Salesforce Mobile Discusses What Needs To Be In Place For Hyper-Scale

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Company Culture Compensation Customer Success Diversity & Inclusion Hiring Leadership PodcastsLeyla Seka is the executive vice president of the Salesforce Mobile platform experience.

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SaaStr Podcast #213: Tom Tunguz, GP @ Redpoint Ventures On Why Scoring Leads May Actually Be Dangerous

SaaStr

Tom Tunguz: The second reason that we’re starting to see this kind of demarcation between CSM and AE, particularly for the upsell has to do with compensation. At the beginning, maybe two or three years ago, there were lots of different ways of compensating a CSM. Compensation Early Podcasts SaaS Product Pricing SalesWelcome to Episode 213!

SaaStr Podcast #225: Stephen Burton, VP of Smarketing at Harness Discusses How To Create True Alignment Between Marketing and Sales

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Company Culture Compensation Marketing Podcasts SalesStephen Burton is VP of Smarketing at Harness, the industry’s first continuous delivery as a service platform. To date, Harness has raised $20m in funding from the wonderful Matt Murphy @ Menlo Ventures and BIG Labs.

SaaStr Podcast for the Week with Redpoint Ventures and Cloudflare — January 3, 2020

SaaStr

Tom Tunguz: The second reason that we’re starting to see this kind of demarcation between CSM and AE, particularly for the upsell has to do with compensation. At the beginning, maybe two or three years ago, there were lots of different ways of compensating a CSM.

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Dissecting outbound sales with Aaron Ross and Jeremy Donovan on The “Hey Salespeople” podcast

Predictable Revenue

An effective outbound machine – from your outreach, to your meetings, follow ups, even compensation plans – is a holistic process. Too often we think of outbound sales as a collection of piecemeal artifacts, typically with email templates occupying the most important position.

8 Critical Questions to Ask Yourself as You Build a Sales Incentives Program for 2019

Sales Hacker

Still, they don’t always nail down the details when it comes to the things that might entice a prospective salesperson — like a well-rounded sales compensation plan , for example. Think about the compensation structure of various sales roles. How can our compensation plan be gamed?

What’s typical commission for SaaS salesperson? [Really 10%?]

Incredo

What are 5 common SaaS sales compensation models? The reason is that commission-only position doesn’t guarantee a fixed financial compensation at the end of each month. Pros: With this way of compensating, you reward high-performing sales reps when they show they can do more for you!

What’s typical commission for SaaS salesperson? [Really 10%?]

Incredo

What are 5 common SaaS sales compensation models? The reason is that commission-only position doesn’t guarantee a fixed financial compensation at the end of each month. Pros: With this way of compensating, you reward high-performing sales reps when they show they can do more for you!

SaaS Inside Sales Benchmarks Survey | Take It!

Chaotic Flow

As many of you may know, Trish Bertuzzi and the folks over at the Bridge Group publish a lot of great stuff on Inside Sales strategy and operations, including inside sales compensation benchmarks, lead development rep best practices, outbound selling strategies, and on an on.

New Partner Program

Trujay

Trujay partners will increase overall customer satisfaction and revenues, as the program offers solutions that carry Trujay’s impressive NPS rating (82), and compensates for sales of these needed services. Trujay Group is happy to announce the launch of our new Partner Program.

Should CSMs Own Quota?

OpenView Labs

Owning quota does not mean a CSM cannot do right by the customer and owning revenue does not mean that compensation must consist of revenue quota for individuals. While it is true that compensation plans do motivate behaviors, when the behaviors are the right ones, is owning revenue wrong?

Should CSMs Own Quota?

OpenView Labs

Owning quota does not mean a CSM cannot do right by the customer and owning revenue does not mean that compensation must consist of revenue quota for individuals. While it is true that compensation plans do motivate behaviors, when the behaviors are the right ones, is owning revenue wrong?

Hiring New Salespeople (While Keeping Up With Business as Usual)

Sales Hacker

Is compensation too low? Compensate all sales positions in the same way. Rework your compensation structure. All sales positions are not created equal — nor should they be compensated the same way. Like most things in life, hiring sales talent is a matter of timing.

How to win the war for sales talent

Close.io

It takes a lot more than a generous compensation package to get top candidates to accept your offer. Provide a competitive compensation plan. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how great your culture is if you can’t offer sales professionals a competitive compensation plan.

Should CSMs Own Quota?

OpenView Labs

Owning quota does not mean a CSM cannot do right by the customer and owning revenue does not mean that compensation must consist of revenue quota for individuals. While it is true that compensation plans do motivate behaviors, when the behaviors are the right ones, is owning revenue wrong?

Why do tech companies pay their employees so much money?

SaaStr

So today — competition is why tech compensation is always. Historically, there has been 1 good solid reason to pay top employees at software companies a lot: leverage.

The Redpoint 2020 Go To Market Survey

Tom Tunguz

How do sales team compensate their account executives and their SDRs/BDRs? Go to market questions are some of the most common questions startups discuss in board meetings. This is especially true around the end of year because many companies develop their financial plans. To help startups understand how their go to market teams compare to peers, Redpoint has constructed a survey. You can find the survey here.