5

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
  • 2
    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
  • 4
    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
22

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!

2

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?

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.