By now most of us know not to accept a counter offer, but there are still a few of us who feel obligated to overshare and possibly overcommit. For that group, I have put together eight reasons why you should NEVER accept a counter offer. At the end of the day, it is totally up to you make your own decision. Carefully consider my advice before you do though. 

  1. What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you’re worth?
  2. Where is the money for the counteroffer coming from? Is it your next raise early? (Many companies have strict wage and salary guidelines that must be followed).
  3. Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a lower salary.
  4. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
  5. Your peer relationship will change now that they know you are looking. 
  6. If times get tough, your employer will begin the cutback with you.
  7. The same circumstances that caused you to consider a change will repeat itself in the future, even if you accept a counteroffer.
  8. Statistics compiled by the National Employment Association confirm that over 80% of people who elected to accept a counteroffer are not with their company six months later.