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Candidate Advice

Ten Reasons To Not Accept a Counteroffer

  1. Statistically, if you accept or solicit a counteroffer, the probability of you resigning, getting fired, or being demoted within one (1) year is extremely high.
  2. Company culture, practices, and policies seldom change. The same circumstances that caused you to consider a career move will eventually repeat themselves in the future.
  3. Consider this: What type of organization do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they recognize your value or wake-up and see the problems?
  4. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day forward your loyalty, fidelity, and motives will be suspect.
  5. Where is the money for the counteroffer coming from? Is it merely your next raise early? Is it coming from another department's budget? All companies have wage and salary guidelines. Deviations from those guidelines will create parity issues with your peers and animosity towards you.
  6. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember your aborted departure and promotions and raises will be harder to come by.
  7. All organizations go through difficult times that require cutbacks or reductions. When that happens, your employer may then “honor” your resignation after-the-fact by laying you off.
  8. Once you accept the counteroffer, your company will begin looking for your replacement as a hedge against your potential departure in the future.
  9. Once you accept the counteroffer, your pride will make you feel that you were “bought off.”
  10. Once the word gets out, and it will, the relationships and respect that you now enjoy with your peers, subordinates, and supervisors will never be the same.