g: 0 Posted By: jaytrader
Views: 0 Replies: 0 Been at my current company for six years. Recently requested a 46% raise to bring me up to 'average' market rate. Coincidentally, I was contacted by a recruiter a day later, who came across my resume and offered me double what I make now before any sort of negotiation--they are in dire need of someone to fill the role. It's a two-year contract to hire with a major international corporation. Only caveat is that I have to move halfway across the country. I am married, no kids, don't own a home and have nothing other than family and friends tying me to my current location. Wife would quit her job and move with me. Ideal situation would be that my current company gives me the requested 46% raise and we stay here. My income+46% raise+wife's income is greater than the offer I received. Wife may have trouble finding a job at the new company location due to the industry she's in.
Hypothetical world: boss gives me a counter to what I requested, then I tell him I got an offer making double what I currently make. Then he gives me what I wanted originally (I'd be happy to take this, even though it's $30k less than the offered position so I don't have to move and uproot my wife's career). I've read all over that accepting a counter is bad. However, my situation is unique in that we've lost some key people in our department over the last year due to losing a huge bread and butter contract (no layoffs; people got scared and left). However, things aren't as grim as they were a year ago (when we lost the contract) and now our company is actually doing very well and has replaced the revenue lost from said contract. What do I do?
As mentioned, ideally I'll get what I requested and we remain on two incomes. Given I am the sole person responsible for four major systems and no one can replace me who currently works here, I think I am valuable to our company. If I left, they'd have to replace me with at least two people if they were lucky enough. The systems I manage are in no way similar and so finding a new candidate to take over all of those roles would be like winning the lotto.