I have about 2.5 years of work experience. I recently got an offer from a company in a different city and I have acknowledged in the offer email two days ago. Today I got an offer letter from another company in my own city and they are giving more salary than the first. Is it okay and ethical to go back on my word and join the second company?

PS- I have never done salary negotiations before in my life so I am not sure how these things are done.

  • "I have acknowledged in the offer email two days ago" What does that mean? Why are you talking about salary negotiations when the way you've phrased your question indicates that you accepted the offer?
    – Lilienthal
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 6:54
  • I have accepted the offer from Company A 2 days ago. Haven't joined it yet. Got an offer from Company B, who are willing to pay more cause I negotiated for a higher pay.. Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 6:55
  • Would you buy something because you said you would, even though there's a better sale going on right in front of you? What purpose would that hold? You haven't accepted a job until you say you have. "Acknowledging" something can mean whatever you or I want... But if you accepted, then you are already technically employed.
    – insidesin
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 6:56
  • Ah. I had a misconception that it doesn't start until you join the company for the first day and sign the papers. Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 6:58
  • But if you already employed then it just mean you're quitting, and since you haven't been putting any hours there's no need for two weeks notice.
    – kirie
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 7:37

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I shall not go into the ethics of it, as it is subjective, situational and has many complex dependencies on many things.

You should perhaps look at it more from legal lens, did you accept any clause in the offer latter that you cannot renege or there are penalties associated if reneged. Are there any provisions in the law of the land that is generally applied in such cases. If there are no legal constraints you could join the second company legally.

As for the ethics part of it, you alone would be best placed to answer it.

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