1. Think twice about the company. Why did you have to threaten to leave the company before they give you what you are worth? If they overlooked your worth before don’t expect this to change.
  2. Where is the money for the counter offer coming from? Is it your next raise early? (All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines, which must be followed) Don’t expect to see more money for a long time, due or not.
  3. Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at the lower starting salary.
  4. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on your loyalty will always be in question.
  5. When promotion time comes around your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t. Realize that you are now a marked man. The possibility of promotion is extremely limited for someone who has “given notice”. The company is vulnerable, they know it and will not risk giving more responsibility to someone who was previously committed to leaving.
  6. When times get tough your employer will begin the cutback with you.
  7. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future: even if you accept a counteroffer.
  8. They won’t respect you. They know that they are the ones who really call the shots in your career, not you. Well-managed companies rarely offer counteroffers to their staff. Instead, they treat them with the dignity and respect of an individual who has thought long and hard enough to take his career into his own hands.
  9. Statistics show that if you accept a counteroffer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go within one year is extremely high. You should know that statistics compiled by the National Employment Association confirm the fact that over 80% of those people who elected to accept a Counter Offer and stayed are no longer with their company six months later.