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October 18, 2011


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I never took a counter offer, I did go to my manager when I had a another company going after me, that worked out well - but I never went to interview or submitted my resignation. I knew I had the job if had to take it, but was happy where I was and told my manager that - I received a 33% raise to stay.

I've never actually received a counter offer. The first time I switched jobs, my boss actually agreed that it was a good decision as work for us was slowing down with no signs of picking up.
My second job my boss asked if I was leaving for more money. I told him "no, not really", and they never offered anything. I think if I had said "yes", they definitely would have counter offered. But the work environment still would have been the same, only worse as they expectations would have been higher.

I have often wondered how it would work out if someone got a great counter offer and stayed. I have never actually seen it happen. It seems like once you get to the point of actually quitting that your mind would be pretty made up.

Twice I have given previous employers an opportunity to make a counter offer. Both said that they were unable to counter, so I left them. An employer not making a couter offer shows how little the employer valued me.

Similar to Adam, I gave my previous employer the opportunity to counter offer. They never did. I had already decided I'd leave at that point, but was curious to see if they would at least match the offer I had from the new company.

My belief has always been that once a person decides to leave, they are better off leaving, because there was obviously something not working for them. For those people who resign just to get the counter offer - they will never be loyal and a solid long term investment.

I personally would never accept a counter offer. When I gave my notice at my last job, there was no question I was leaving and they knew they couldn't match the job or pay. Even if they could have, I wanted out and no amount of money would have the work environment or situation better.

At the same company we had someone give notice twice and each time her manager's manager provided a counter offer and she stayed. Her manager never fully trusted her after the first time and continued to have less interest in helping her build her career. Ultimately she left 5 months after she accepted her second counter offer.

I got a counter offer once, and took it, and it was the right thing to do. HOWEVER, the circumstances were pretty specific. I had at one point given my boss a promise that if I was ever given an offer to leave, I would give him an opportunity to counter. I was pursued by a company (I hadn't gone "looking" for a new job, but went to talk to them) and they offered me a LOT more than I was making.

Because I promised, I gave my boss the opportunity to counter. Come to find out, there had been across-the-board raises for my department in the works for some time because we were underpaid, and he couldn't tell me that. He was able to push through my raise, and then shortly afterwards the raises for the entire department, in part because of my competing offer.

I stayed with that company for a long time, and only left when the parent company started going down. When I called the other job to let her know I was declining her offer (I'd never accepted it, was just thinking about it), she cursed me out for taking a counter offer and not taking her offer. I was REALLY glad I didn't at that point.

I have accepted a counter offer, but also under specific circumstances. It was rumored that the company was planning to shut down the office where I worked, and another company offered me a job (I hadn't been looking yet). When I resigned, the company I worked for said they were willing to let me work from home when the office closed, and they asked me what else I would want in order to stay. I asked for a small raise and a bonus (in case they reneged and fired me when closing the office). I didn't ask for a large raise, because I didn't want to take unfair advantage of the situation. It's been a little more than a year since that happened, and I think it was a good decision.

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