After eight years at my prior employer, I took a new position that allowed me to travel less and see my family more. It was a reduction in income, but the increase in quality of life seemed worth it.
Been here 2.5 months. It's a sales job with my peers scattered all over the country in their own geographic territory. I have been calling each of them to ask for suggestions and advice about getting ramped up ASAP in this position.
They all have stated, separately and independently, that the company is not putting sufficient resources toward making our product competitive or providing the backoffice support to make the sales process run smoothly. In essence, the phrase "management is giving us a knife to take to a gunfight" is the recurring theme. If it were just one or two people, I might brush it off, but I would say that of the 15 I have talked to, at least 10 of them have one foot out the door.
Being new, I don't know if the company just has hired a bunch of malcontents who do not want to work hard, or if they are all right and I just moved myself into a burning building. I do know that no one came even close to hitting sales goals in 2015, even the tenured people.
Management claims that improvements are coming, which I guess validates the problems my new co-workers have mentioned (although my boss says the problems aren't nearly as bad as my co-workers claim). However, said improvements were promised in mid-2015 but probably won't be fully in place until the end of 2016 at the earliest.
So my post is not a rant and I am not asking "what to do", but rather for those folks who have been in similar situations, "How did it play out for you?" Were you part of a new wave of harder-working, more optimistic hires, and the jaded grumblers slowly phased themselves out? Or did the overwhelmingly negative consensus objectively bear itself out over time, where the company talked a big game but really didn't put their money where their mouth is?