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The Counter Offer

While counter-offers may be tempting and are often very flattering, there are pitfalls. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Will any of the reasons that precipitated my job search change as a result of the counter offer? Or, are we really just talking about more money!
  • From this day forward will my loyalty always be in question?
  • When there are future cutbacks, will I be the first to go because of concerns about my loyalty?
  • If I accept the counter-offer for more money, am I not just giving my employer the time they need to locate and select a replacement?
  • Will my career track remain blocked if I accept it?
  • Will my responsibilities be expanded?
  • Will I have to report to a person that I don't respect?
  • Will I receive next year's raise or bonus?
  • Is the counter-offer a ploy to avoid a short-term inconvenience by your employer?
  • What are your realistic chances for promotions now that you have considered leaving?

Counter Offer Statistics

According to national surveys of employees that accept counter-offers, 50-80 percent voluntarily leave their employer within six months of accepting the counter-offer because of un-kept promises. The majority of the balance of employees that accept counter-offers involuntarily leave their current employers within twelve months of accepting the counter-offer (terminated, fired, laid off, etc.).

As attractive as counter-offers may appear, they greatly decrease your chances of achieving your career potential with that firm!