Every place is different, but my father in law had the same thing happen, told his current company what was happening, and the current company bumped his salary up significantly.
I'm not sure how to handle this situation. I like my current job and I've been here for 1.5 years. I think my salary is fair, but it could be higher. My coworkers are awesome. I work my butt off and my work knows it. It can be stressful sometimes but I think this goes for all jobs.
The other day, a recruiter called me about a competing company that is really interested in me. I returned the call and had a phone interview with that company. At the end of my phone interview, I made it clear to them that I'm not out shopping for jobs. I told them that I really like my current job and it would have to be an awesome opportunity for me to switch. They said they understand and think they can make that happen. We are scheduled to do a lunch interview.
Ideally, I would like to stay at my current company and get them to match the offer of the competitor. I know that my work HATES the other company. I don't want there to be any resentment.
Any advice on how I should handle this situation?
You are in a good position. I would have the lunch and see where it goes and how comfortable you feel on what they have to say. I would then let my manager know that you have been made aware of the competing company wanting to recruit you. Don't go into details about a lunch and all that, just general knowledge that makes them aware. Then be prepared to discuss how you'd like to proceed.
This has happened to me several times in my career and I've leveraged each opportunity to my benefit. Most recently, one of our largest competitors contacted me and I made my manager aware. They flat out asked what it would take to make me not think about moving.
As someone who recruits 'passive candidates'--aka, people just like you--all the time, let me share a couple of things with you:
-You should always have the conversation. And you have, which is smart.
-If you continue the process, you should really decide whether their opportunity is compelling enough to make you want to leave your current company/position. And by that, I don't just mean what you are doing now--but what you could be doing in the future.
-If the answer is no, the best thing to do is politely decline the opportunity to move forward. Why?
-Going to your current employer with a competing offer in hand is a big gamble, and often doesn't work in the long term. It forces your current employer to make a decision quickly about your value, which can result in a short-term win for you. But it also introduces doubt about your longer-term stickiness; I've seen it time and time again where a company rushes to try and retain an employee they think is mission-critical, only to have that employee leave within a year. Part of the time it's because their manager no longer believes that the employee is engaged--if you try to leave once, who is to say that you're not still looking? So I would use that tactic only if you're really willing to make the jump to the other company.
Here you go:
Schedule a time on your boss' calendar (for the last part of the day) to meet.
"Hey boss, I've had several recruiters contact me in recent weeks about job opportunities. I'm not sure how they're finding me because I'm not applying anywhere. I really like working here and I'd like to talk about the future. I've got goals for where I want to be in several years, but I'm curious to know how I fit in to your long term plan..."
Just stage this as a type of futurecasting discussion where you're laying your cards on the table to see what your employer thinks of you. HOPEFULLY your boss will talk about career advancement and options to grow your skill and value to the company. Ideally, you'd want to have another meeting coming up where the two of you can plot a course for this advancement. Red flags would be if your boss is merely agitated that other companies have been contacting you.
At my current job, I train new hires who have much more experience than I do. I know that they wouldn't want to let me go easy.
The same thing happened a few months ago. That competing company offered a positioned to one of our engineers. My company offered him a company car to try to get him to stay but he still left because the offer was so good.
I'm still on the fence.
I would like to stay at my current company. A recent higher that came from another competing company told me the way to get ahead in this industry is to move laterally. They aren't going to promote you and give you an raise much higher that 3-5% unless they have good reason to.
Personally, if you are happy and on track for better things, I would stay. Unless this is some once in a lifetime opportunity to weigh, another one will come along. If your company wasn't doing anything for you and the outlook was grim, then the option would be more enticing.
Or they're jerkin his **** and stringing him along only to hear "upper management decided that blah blah blah." Again, when you're not making as much as you would be if you left, how far does that felling of "Oh, but I love where I work." go? The warm and fuzzy is horse sh1t. Don't praise me, pays me. If they knew how awesome you are, instead of sucking your ****, they'd give you more.
You've clearly been burned at some point--bummer dude. But there's nothing wrong with someone being strategic about managing their career. Because--let me be clear about this--nobody else will ever do it for you.
He's best off listening to what Dave suggested, and heeding my caution. We do this for a living.
I agree with Quattro. It is especially interesting how all of a sudden they "realize" the value of an employee when he or she bring two week notice because other company is willing to pay more, sometimes a lot more. Budget become flexible and "upper management" have no issues to match the offer, including vacation, stock options...
If someone mentions to you at the time of employment "warm, family atmosphere", it should be red flag. It is nice to have "warm, family atmosphere", but it should be bonus, not the real reason, unless you are girl right after school.
I am looking for a job in Transportation, Logistics, Distribution or International Trade. Analysis, Planning, Operations.
OP, I suppose I was a tad misleading with my post. You WILL make more by moving around, but its up to you whether they money is going to make you happier. If you really love your job now, I'd stay.