(Closed) Store Manager to Sales Manager? (a long one)

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3226 posts
Sugar bee

I would see about taking the sales manager job. Seems like you’re absolutely miserable where you are now. 

Post # 5
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Hm. So, I work in HR (currently for a North America-wide mall-based retailer), and my fiance works in retail operations (for the same company), and he was formerly a store manager.

So. I guess I can be somewhat educated to your situation.

“Sales Manager” can mean a lot of different things. When I think of a typical “Sales Manager” position, though, I think of a highly commission based position – which I would avoid at all costs, unless you are a very sales-driven person and willing to live a high stress life. I personally would never want my income to be dependent on what other people are willing to buy. The best product in the world is difficult to sell in a down economy, and you may need to worry about oversaturation of a market (ie, if you’re selling decks, eventually every house in the neighborhood is going to have a deck…then what?).

That being said, without knowing more about this new position, I wouldn’t risk it. If you are a really unhappy, I would 1) Talk to your district manager (or whoever your boss is) about a promotion, or, if you think it would make you happier, a demotion, or a raise. 2) Start looking for a new job with another retailer.

Like I said, my fiance works in retail operations for our corporate headquarters. He started as an assistant manager, then a store manager after he got his BS, then moved up as a training manager, merchandiser, and eventually was asked to interview for his current position. He worked for our company in the field (stores) for 5 years, but it really paid off. He ended up getting a 50% (yes, 50%!) raise for his new position, and he loves it. He’s in charge of all new store openings and remodels and getting everything set up. He’s great at his job and, like you, was a real up and comer. It took him a while, and yeah, he had some really shitty jobs (he worked as a store manager in four different stores, and at one point had a 40 minute commute), and made basically no money (or so it seemed)…but his loyalty and hard work definitely paid off in the long run.

Post # 6
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Is there room for advancement in the larger company?  And in the smaller company? 

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