/ Asked by Noah
I accepted a job offer and recently found out that the work/life balance will be non-existent. I had a clue during a sight visit, but it seemed like perhaps that it was just a busy period during the time I was there. I recently found out that people in my position and above at the company work 12 hours a day, 6-7 days a week, and some holidays which are listed on the company's list of holidays ( like thanksgiving, for example). I also have about an hour one-way commute. I am married with small children, which is only to say that the commute wouldn't be so bad if the hours were more reasonable. The position is salary, and it seems like this is a culture with this company. Is this acceptable grounds for reneging on my acceptance? If so, what is the best way to go about it? Any other advice?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Monday, November 24, 2014
So, reneging on an offer is not the most desirable thing to have happen for an employer. Like all commitments, you have to think through the ramifications for both your personal brand and the company’s perception to your decision. Nevertheless, it is still a decision that you have to make for yourself. So, definitely think through everything very carefully and weigh your pros and cons. If you do decide to renege be honest, apologetic, and communicate it the earliest you are able to make a decision so they can move forward with trying to fill the role again.
In the future, the best way to prevent the possibility of having to renege on an offer is to always openly communicate with the employer your ideal work environment and if needed, ask for an extension to the offer. Work life balance is important, so definitely be true to yourself in terms of your needs when making an employment decision. Best of luck!
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, November 24, 2014
If you are thinking of reneging it is best to do this as soon as possible.  Reneging is difficult when an employer is made aware of this.  They often have begun working on the on-boarding for the new employee and have made announcements of your hire and start date. 

I would encourage you to reflect on your reason for doing this.  When interviewing with a company learn about the culture and if you feel it is not the best fit then it is best to pull out of the intervew process and be honest with the employer.  I have always found that to be the best way to manage expectations.  Good luck.   
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, December 1, 2014
As stated previously, pulling out from an offer after accepting is a tough situation but the sooner you can notify the better. It can be very frustrating to an organization after spending much time and resources to find the right candidate - so the minimum you can do is to let them know ASAP about your change of heart so they may start a new search process. 

In the future, you should consider elements like commute time, work-life balance, etc. prior to reaching final interviews and for salary negotiations to avoid putting yourself and the organization in similar situation. Best of luck!

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