I have just received an offer from Company B while working in Company A. The offered salary from Company B is about 1.5 times better than my current Company A. After telling my boss from Company A for resignation, he is keen to keep me by counter offering a better pay. But he demanded some proof of offer. As a proof, I have my letter of offer from Company B with all the benefit details and their human resource department contacts. While I don't mind disclosing my benefits to my current employer, I am not sure if my current employer will contact Company B (will they?) to check and ask about the offer in detail. If that happens, will that be appropriate? How will my new employer think?

  • Your question suggests that were A to make a counteroffer that matches B's offer, you might accept. Is this correct? – AakashM Aug 14 '15 at 7:32
  • @AakashM I won't accept the counter offer unless it is significantly better than what B's offering. But I think it is fair to give them a chance since they are very keen to keep me. – Chris Aung Aug 14 '15 at 7:37
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    You are too far apart. Go with the answer from Romski. – paparazzo Aug 14 '15 at 7:50
  • I don't see any need to show him the letter and I'd be a little suspicious of the request. Why should he need proof? He's either willing to pay you so much or he's not. – colmde Aug 14 '15 at 11:49
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    Never accept a counter offer. It is only setting you up to burn a bridge while giving your current company time and leisure to replace you. – Joel Etherton Aug 14 '15 at 13:41

This is my opinion, but I would not show your current employer the letter for the following reasons:

  • It may compromise your position at the other company
  • Why do they need the letter to determine your worth

I would also be wary of any counter offer because:

  • Why were you so grossly underpaid in the first place
  • What will their opinion be of you if you stay (e.g. how they view your loyalty, would they pass you over for promotion, etc.)
  • They may be keeping you because it is cheaper/more convenient than hiring someone new
  • You may burn your bridges with the other company, especially if they have given you what you asked for, or more.
  • All the reasons that made you look for a new job in the first place are still valid.

I spent some time in a recruitment company and my experieince is that those who accept a counter offer usually end up moving later anyway.

Good luck!

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After seeing @Romski's excellent answer, if you still absolutely want to show the offer letter to your current employer, I would suggest you to show them a partial copy of the offer letter.

You can put the letter to a scanner, erase the benefits details and other irrelevant parts, such as human resource department contacts, etc, on the scanned copy. I would even suggest you to erase company B's name to protect yourself and company B. Then show that partial copy which has the salary offer.

Please note that I agree with what Romski says. In particular, Why do they need the letter to determine your worth?

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