Counter Offer Advice (from NY Times):

Before you succumb to a tempting counteroffer, consider these universal truths:

  • 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 suspect.

  • 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 circle.

  • 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 blessings