I just got a job offer in January for an IT position in a good company. Am out of work, so I need the job. It's a good company and a pretty good offer (though a little less on base pay than my previous gig). They had sweetened the deal a little with extra vacation and, I thought, bonus eligibility/payout in a few months (since it was the first of the year).
However, a few days after the offer, the company called and said they messed up the date for the bonus in the letter. It should have read the next year rather than the current year (i.e., next year vs. a few months after starting).
I pushed back a little, but, they said there is nothing they can do. My issue is that it was an offer in writing, it was accepted in writing, and now they are changing it after the fact and asking for my 'understanding'. I do understand, but, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth if you know what I mean.
I'm not trying to be overly dramatic here, but, I also don't want to be a pushover. The overriding factor is that I really need the job and I think it should be a good company/job even with the slight pay cut.
UPDATE: Thank you all. Just in line with what I was thinking... It was a clerical error and I understand, but, was weighing that against the 'it was an offer and what if the roles were reversed' and 'didn't want to be a pushover' kind of thing. Thanks much again.
And, yes, it should be a good job and am hoping that will outweigh this little glitch.
It is in an "employment at will" state, so, they can rescind the offer at any time with no repercussions and as one answer pointed out, I wouldn't want to come in with a rep of being difficult. It was just a little annoying to have something in the offer yanked out afterward with nothing other than 'sorry, our mistake'. It's a large company, so, a little good faith compensation wouldn't even be noticed on their bottom line.
BTW, I think it was more the principle of the thing that bothered me. It was a done deal and I would never back out of something like that even if it was an honest mistake and it cost me. At least not without discussing with the other party and coming to an agreement on some sort of restitution to maintain good faith and the relationship.
Thanks again for everyone's responses. They were all very helpful.
(UPDATE): Took the job. It has been a good company. Received a promotion at 1 year and an 11% pay increase (along with a large bonus). Followed later by another (small) pay increase... So, they have made good and things are going well and my manager is frequently asking if I am satisfied and if I need anything from him.