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?

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!

The Four Stages of Sales Compensation Structures in Early Stage Startups

Tom Tunguz

The ultimate goal of any compensation plan is to ensure account executive success at each stage. Your startup is just getting off the ground. You might have a few account executives and a sales leader in place; maybe some revenue and a handful of customers. The sales team costs real money, and the question before the company is: how do you know what quota plan to assign to the account executives? I’ve seen four stages in early stage software companies.

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.

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 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.

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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

SaaStr

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 #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 #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

SaaStr

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.

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!

Notes from Office Hours with Nick Mehta

Tom Tunguz

Compensation strategies for customer success are evolving to include a larger fraction of performance compensation. The greater the opportunity to upsell account, the greater the likelihood of performance-based compensation. A few weeks ago, we were fortunate to welcome Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight to SaaS Office Hours. I learned a lot from the session about how customer success has evolved over the last 5 to 10 years. Here are my notes from the session.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

Calculating Sales Commissions Shouldn’t Be A Pain In The SaaS

Chargify

Differentiating the two enables businesses to structure and calculate compensation models for different revenue streams and milestones. Compensating Other Revenue Generators. The title says it all…calculating sales commission shouldn’t be a pain in the SaaS.

How is low/mid-ticket sales different from enterprise sales?

SaaStr

Expect much higher compensation / OTE in general, and often a large draw until their first deal closes. They are very, very different. If I had to boil down how to filter potential sales professionals based on just 1 controlling criterion, it would be deal size.

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.

How To Create A Customer Journey Map That Works

Nimble - Sales

They can seldom boast objectiveness; moreover, current competitive market environment dictates that the time spent analyzing each such polling also seldom compensates. Traditional polls that just recently accompanied most every marketing research have become obsolete nowadays. One of the principally new approaches to analyzing the behavior and motivational points of potential buyers is mapping […].

Hacking the Performance Evaluation

Tom Tunguz

Self-improvement elicits better performance than compensation, but both motivators work. In a review, it’s easy to focus on the compensation elements to the detriment of the personal growth feedback. So, most reviews end up being about compensation, rather than self-development. Performance reviews tax organizations, managers and employees to such an extent that some companies have abolished them outright. Reviews are emotionally complex conversations.

Surprising Trends in Startup Founder Equity Stakes

Tom Tunguz

Earlier this week, I wrote about the increase in cash compensation and decline in equity grants to VPs of Engineering and Product in startups. The graphs are broken out by last Series of investment (A, B, C and D) and show the equity compensation trends of CEOs, VP of Engineering and VP of Product. Non-founder equity grants have remained relatively constant over time, with a recent spike in post-Series A CEO compensation apparent in the last year.

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