Are candidates greedy?

Recently, I came across this comment from one hiring manager who said, ‘candidates are greedy‘, and they shop for offers and have no loyalty because many candidates were refusing their salary offers and joining other companies. 

I was trying to tell him that either give more salaries or be happy with what you are getting in terms of revenue, and do not expect to grow exponentially as it is a talented candidates’ job market.

My professional loyalty should lie with the paymaster; who are the companies that pay for my services, but still, the question came to my mind: 

Are companies not greedy in a way?  

What is growth? 

A company expecting more revenue and more share valuation is not greedy, but candidates asking for more salary are greedy?

Everyone has a right to choose what is best for themselves. Having multiple job offers gives them that liberty, then why not?

Also, a candidate negotiating for salary (of course in a constructive way) shows that the candidate knows own worth.

Companies can hide their greed behind corporate jargon, but what about candidates who are direct about salary expectations without using much corporate jargon? 

Not sure, but companies are in business, and more profit is the objective for all owners including me (most of the time).

So how do we decide which greed is good? 

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987) said,

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good” 


And I think we all are kind of Gordon Gekkos who want more in life, as no one is doing charity in the business-world neither companies nor candidates.

What are your thoughts on it?

Comment below.


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