How on earth do you earn this much money?
December 17, 2013 2:56 PM Subscribe
about an IBM sales executive earning AUD $295,000 with a bonus of up to $1 million after allegedly earning $9 million in revenue for the firm, has made me really curious. In my industry, salaries top out around the low six figures. What does a job like this look like?
posted by t0astie to Work & Money (13 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I’m interested less in the broader economic answers (it’s an enormous multi national, she is bringing in significant revenue for the firm and is being compensated accordingly) but in the nuts and bolts of how someone gets a job like this, and what it’s like to work in that kind of job. I can see from the story that she has a science/commerce degree from a good Australian University. I’m guessing that these are B2B sales. What kind of career path might a corporate sales exec have? What would the day to day of being a sales exec at this level be like? How does someone end up in a role like this? Are YOU a corporate/B2B salesperson? What’s that like? Help satisfy my curiosity AskMe!
I guess I’m curious because, possibly a bit naively, I just thought to earn that sort of money (in Australia anyway) you would have to have… I don’t know… something special. Or be a stockbroker or commodities trader maybe? Partner is a law firm? Succesful surgeon or barrister? But this just seems like a job. A really full on job, performed very well, at a high level, but not rocket science or requiring special qualifications.
Caveat: I’m not interested in a dereail about the 1 per cent or how unfair it is that anyone would earn this much money. Also not interested about sales in general, but specifically B2B with a large company, at this very-highly compensated level.