The Counteroffer Conundrum: Exploring the Dilemma and its Surprising Outcomes

50% of employers will make counteroffers. But the aftermath tells a more cautionary tale. 80% of those who accept a counteroffer leave within the first six months, and 90% depart within the first year. If you’ve already found a great opportunity, do you want to have to go through the interview process again sometime in the next year?


Think long-term:  It's worth considering whether the counteroffer genuinely aligns with your long-term goals or addresses short-term concerns. You’ll still be working for the company you want to leave.

Questioning Your Commitment: Once you've given your word to a new company, backtracking on that commitment can cause severe damage. The professionals at the new firm may now question your dedication and dependability. You never know where you'll encounter these individuals in the future.

Loyalty Doubts: While you might gain a short-term win from a counteroffer, your current employer may now view you through a lens of skepticism. Who's to say you won't again if you were willing to leave once?

Band-Aid: The reasons for seeking a new position often go beyond mere compensation. Accepting a counteroffer likely will not address underlying issues like mental health, challenging coworkers, or the need for flexible work conditions. Throwing money at a problem is often just a temporary fix.

Delayed Appreciation: If your value to the company is now recognized with a counteroffer, why wasn’t this appreciation shown before your resignation?

Expendability: In a challenging business climate, those willing to leave may be first on the chopping block. Your perceived lack of loyalty could make you a primary candidate for layoffs.

Waiting in the Wings: A shocking number of employers begin scouting for your successor as soon as you resign. They're aware of statistics indicating that many employees leave within the first year after accepting a counteroffer.

Early Bonus: Some crafty employers might pitch a salary increase only to find out at bonus time that your new salary was just an early bonus payout.

The One That Got Away: By staying put, you could be missing out on what might have been your dream job. And once you've declined an offer, there is no going back.

Double the Work for Not Double the Pay: Some counteroffers come with a promotion without backfilling your current position. This could mean you're stuck doing the work of two roles without commensurate pay, leading to rapid burnout.

It's essential to carefully evaluate the counteroffer and consider factors such as company culture, growth potential, and the overall fit with your career aspirations. Assessing the impact on your career trajectory should involve deliberating the long-term prospects, not just the immediate benefits. Ultimately, making a decision that aligns with your professional goals and personal values is essential.