How long do job offer letters take?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by tzhu07, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. tzhu07 macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2008
    So I got a verbal job offer, which I accepted, and then the recruiter said that they will officially mail me the offer in writing. It's been one week, and I haven't gotten anything yet. It's a large corporation with tens of thousands of people. My job site is located in Bellevue, WA, but they need approval from their headquarters in East Asia for all hires.

    Is this typical at all? This will be the first time I'm an employee for a company with more than 10 people, lol.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Since its been a week, it can't hurt to call and ask politely. Not to raise your concern but my wife had a verbal agreement once and waited for a job offer letter to come - it never did. The company decided not to hire her, so asking before waiting too long may not be a bad thing
  3. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I fully agree with maflynn. A brief, polite, almost casual "I was just wondering how the process is going" phone call can't do any harm. No panic, just a polite inquiry.
  4. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    A good recruiter would've given an update by now.

    As you guessed, perhaps they just need budgetary approval from corporate overseas. Perhaps there's a catch in your offer. Maybe they're just trying to coordinate a start date.

    Either way, your recruiter's commission is hanging in the balance, so they should be doing a more proactive job. Give them a call.
  5. tzhu07 thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2008
    Yup, I already sent over an email to the recruiter asking about the job. I'll give her one full business day to respond. If she doesn't, then I'll give her a call.

    BTW, the reason why I mentioned that it's a large corporation is that perhaps there's more "red tape" in those kinds of environments, which might cause a delay. The small businesses I worked for never took a week.
  6. tzhu07, Aug 3, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2013

    tzhu07 thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2008
    Well at least my theory about larger businesses could be true. According to a career article I just read:

    "A number of things can delay a job offer. Some are tied to how large a corporation is and how elaborate the hiring chain of command is. If you're applying to a Fortune 500 company, the process as a whole may take longer than at a small business."

    Here's another quote from a career coach regarding the job offer approval process:

    "Internal processes can take weeks – often much longer than the whole initial interview process."

    What, are you serious? :|
  7. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    As a (former) hiring manager in a Fortune 100 company, yes, there's red tape, and on top of that, you can get people in staffing who aren't as motivated as they should be.

    I used to have to badger some people in staffing to get offer letters out the door. Note, sometimes people in staffing are temporary help. Big titles, big offices, but two months from now they can be gone to another company after the current company's staffing needs decrease.

    Was this an internal (e.g., they work for the company) or external recruiter?
  8. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    It can't hurt to ask. I accepted the offer for my current job by phone and received a formal letter within 2 business days; they are a large international company.
  9. tzhu07 thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2008
    Internal recruiter, 1st party from the company itself.


    It's possible that they had already approved the hiring when giving you the offer via phone, thus the 2 business days for the letter was simply a matter of mailing it out.

    With my situation, she said that new hires must be approved by HQ overseas, even though they had already made the offer and I had already accepted.
  10. tzhu07 thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2008
    Just wanted to update this thread. I eventually did get the offer letter and signed it. :cool:
  11. MusicEnthusiast macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Cool, what's the job? (And hello from Seattle too!)

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