I interviewed for a job that offered less money but also a lot less travel than my previous position. It's a sales job, with a smallish base salary with most income coming by way of commissions. The hiring manager went on at length during the interview process about how a lot of new systems had just been implemented to make the company's product very competitive, and how I was coming in at the "perfect time" to take advantage of these new systems. I told the manager what I needed in my first year in terms of salary + commission, and he said that number was quite attainable - not easy, but not impossible, either.
It all sounded good. I took the job, but after doing so, and getting the "inside scoop" from other employees, I don't think I was given a truthful story by the manager. The "systems" he touted were NOT in place. In fact, they had already been delayed a year and were probably not going to be fully implemented for another year.
I talked with other salespeople in roles similar to mine, and the mood is not great. Management claims that the systems were not promised for 2015, but that they would be rolled out throughout 2015 and 2016. The employees tell a different story - that the systems were promised in early 2015, but management kept making excuses for a long string of delays. When I told other salespeople what I was told regarding my first-year compensation expectations, some actually laughed. None of them thought it was a realistic number given the state of things.
Given that these systems won't be fully implemented for another year, and that this job is mostly commission-based, it is going to take me FAR longer than expected to get my sales ramped up to a point where my income is acceptable. Hindsight is 20/20, but I'm pretty certain I would not have taken this job had I known then what I know now.
It's a good company, a large company, not some rinky-dink fly-by night operation. The manager has treated me very well in terms of personal interaction. But they just don't seem like they have their shit together on this project. They are at least a year behind what I was told during the interview process, and have no firm target date, so this could be pushed out to 2017 before everything is in place. I would not mind sticking with this and help move things in a positive direction, but NOT at the smallish salary they are paying me.
Were they to double the salary, if only for a year, that would keep me hungry but not starving. However, there is no way I would go to my new manager with that request because a.) I highly doubt he can or would help, b.) my request implicitly suggests that he - at best - oversold me during the interview, if not outright misled me, and c.) he'd probably kick me to the curb in short order if he knew I was not happy with the comp.
So, I'm trying to figure out which way to go here. If renegotiating my comp is not feasible, I can hang on for a while while I look for something better, but I worry about what to tell an interviewer about why I am leaving after a couple of months. I want to keep my responses positive, and I don't want to burn any bridges. However, I also don't want to come off as flaky or a quitter, so I am not sure how to put lipstick on this pig.
Suggestions, guidance and advice would be much appreciated.