Counter Offer Advice
(from NY Times):
Before you succumb to a tempting counteroffer, consider these
- Any situation in which an employee is
forced to get an outside offer before the present employer will suggest
a raise, promotion, or better working conditions, is
- No matter what the company says when
making its counteroffer, you will always be considered a fidelity risk.
Having once demonstrated your lack of loyalty (for whatever reason), you
will lose your status as a "team player" and your place in the inner
- Counteroffers are usually nothing more
than stall devices to give your employer time to replace you. Your
reasons for wanting to leave still exist. Conditions are just made a bit
more tolerable in the short term because of a raise, promotion or
promises to keep you.
- Counteroffers are only made in response to
a threat to quit. Will you have to solicit an offer and threaten to quit
very time you deserve better working conditions?
- Decent and well-managed companies don't
make counteroffers . . . EVER! Their policies are fair and equitable.
They will not be subjected to "counteroffer coercion" or what they
perceive as blackmail.
If the urge to accept a counteroffer hits
you, keep on cleaning out your desk as you count your