Vice President – Director – General Management – Plant Management - Department Management – Department Supervisors
Production – QC/R&D – Engineering – Project – Maintenance – Warehouse – Finance – HR

Counter Offer

How to Handle Counter Offers

It is very common for employees who accept counter offers not to complete the following year with their employer. Thus, do not even consider a counteroffer. It is natural instinct to resist change and avoid disruption, and your present employer may try to maintain the status quo by trying to convince you to stay. Emotions for everyone can run high when a resignation is received and promises from your current employer may be made that are unrealistic. A natural fear of change or pressure from the company could make you do something you should not do. You must keep the value of your integrity and reputation in this situation.

Forms of a Counter Offer

  1. “We have specific plans for you that have been scheduled for implementation for the first of next month. It’s my fault for not telling you sooner.”
  2. “I want to tell you some confidential information. There is a reorganization developing that means a significant promotion for you in a few months.”
  3. “We want to match your new offer. This raise was scheduled to go into effect for you the first of next quarter anyway, but because of your record, we can start it on the first of next month.”
  4. “The Plant Manager would like to have dinner with you tonight before your final decision.”

However, never accept a counter offer. The following section explains why.

Implications of a Counter Offer

A counter offer can be very flattering, but it may cause emotions to obscure your objectivity to leave your present employer. If you are confronted with a counter offer, ask yourself these questions:

  1. If I made a decision to resign because I felt another environment would better fill my career needs, will the factors that prompted me to leave my present company really improve just because I said I was leaving?
  2. If I decide to stay, will my loyalty be questioned and affect my chance for advancement in the future?  Will it affect that I am a team player in my peer group? What happens to my reputation?
  3. If my loyalty is questioned, would I be an early layoff when business slows down?
  4. If they offer me a raise to stay, is it just my annual raise coming early?
  5. If the raise they offered to keep me is above their guidelines for my job, does that mean that they are just buying time until they can find my replacement within their regular salary range? Are they using me to keep the position staffed until my manager hires someone else?
  6. If I got this counter offer just because I resigned, will I have to threaten to leave every time I want to advance with the company?
New Jobs
Maintenance Manager - near Atlanta, GA USA
3 days ago

We are conducting a search for a Maintenance Manager for a multiple-plant company for their location in Georgia. The company operates a significant number of plants in the United States. They are able… Read More

Production Supervisor - Rutland, VT USA
4 days ago

Food manufacturer actively looking for a production supervisor for their Vermont bakery.  Baking experience would be helpful but is not required.  Any food or beverage manufacturing experien… Read More

Vice President of Operations - near Tampa, FL USA
5 days ago

We are conducting a search for a Vice President of Operations for our client in FL. Candidate should have at least 15 years of progressive work experience in food and beverage manufacturing. Beve… Read More

Production Manager - near Columbus, OH USA
2 weeks ago

We are conducting a search for a Production Manager for our client in OH.Candidate should have a BS degree in Business Management or a related field and at least 5 - 10 years progressive work exp… Read More

Human Resources Manager - near Dover, DE USA
2 weeks ago

We are conducting a search for a Human Resources Manager for our client in DE.Client needs: additional leadership support across the HR dept.  in payroll, compliance, reporting, recruiting a… Read More