I want to gather opinions from others re: salary negotiations
June 17,2023 at 2:30PM UTC (Edited)
I informed my current employer that I have received another job offer. I spoke with HR first to let them know I had an offer and would be providing written notice of my resignation. She asked me to think about it and give her time to discuss with me what the agency could do to keep me.
I took the weekend to think about it and told her that I felt the new job and salary were a good choice. She informed the CFO who found me in the office and asked me if I would stay if my current agency could match the starting salary of the other agency. I told her yes.
I finally received an answer this week. To me it feels disingenuous. They offered me a small increase. They said they cannot match my other offer after all. The amount offered is the same amount (plus $900) that I was scheduled to receive anyway once I received a specific credential.
They confirmed my suspicions that this what they were doing when it was was explained that by accepting the increase I would not receive an additional increase once I receive my credential. So they were only willing to negotiate $900 to keep me. The amount they offer is $3k shy of the other agency‘s.
I have already accepted the other offer. I made this post to see if others might interpret the negotiations with my current agency the same as I did. They feel they went above and beyond to offer me something amazing in the way of an increase, and I don’t feel the same.
I feel like it is a slap in the face. I have gone above and beyond my job duties this year. And by all accounts upper admin have loved my ideas, how I’ve managed a difficult team, and all the contributions I’ve made. It hasn’t been easy, especially my team. I have weathered toxic behavior by my staff who have a grudge against all admin due to union negotiations that have been ongoing since late October.
Despite that, I’ve managed to create a working relationship with my staff. Unfortunately with my absence I suspect things will revert back to chaos as upper administrators struggle with applying expectations and consequences because they are afraid of their own shadows.
Even with knowing they will have to cover my job duties they chose this meager showing of willingness to negotiate to keep me. It makes me question if they valued me at all. It’s a moot point now.
The 2nd agency - an agency I worked at 2 years ago - has increased their offer twice - showing that they value me more than my current agency.
I’m wondering how others would interpret this move if this was their company doing this to them.
Thank you for any feedback!
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