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01-28-2012, 12:22 AM #1
Steve Jobs Previously Asked Google to Stop Poaching Apple Employees
A court filing was unveiled recently including an email which late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs personally sent to former Google chief Eric Schmidt requesting an end to worker poaching. The email from March of 2007 specifically asked Google to put a stop to its active recruitment of an unnamed Apple engineer and alluded to stop worker poaching in general according to a report from Reuters.
Jobs wrote that he “would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this” in his email to Schmidt, who was on Apple’s board of directors at the time. Schmidt quickly turned around and forwarded the correspondence to certain undisclosed members of Google’s staff, including a staffing director who responded that the employee responsible for the recruitment would be “terminated within the hour.” Apparently, the unnamed staffing manager also asked that his apologies be conveyed to Jobs for his actions.
The suit responsible for bringing this email to the lime light is a civil litigation stemming from a Justice Department probe that investigated the anti-poaching practices of Google, Apple, Adobe Systems, Intel, Intuit Inc., and Pixar. It was revealed that in 2009, Apple and Google reportedly created an unofficial agreement to not poach each other’s workers, resulting in the antitrust investigation. All six of the companies involved settled with the Justice Department in 2010 by agreeing to a five year moratorium on “no solicitation agreements.”
The court hearing from this week brings civil suit claims from five software engineers who are accusing the companies of colluding to keep employees’ salaries low by eliminating labor competition. The case will continue however t may split into separate class action lawsuits.
01-28-2012, 12:28 AM #2
Waaaaaa.... I bet he had no issue poaching from other companies. The more I hear about this guy the bigger **** I think he was.
01-28-2012, 01:48 AM #3
Steve Jobs has 99 problems and I don't care about one.
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01-28-2012, 06:24 AM #6
Apple is worth billions because they grossly over charge for their products and idiots like you and I give up our money for those over priced products. Steve, through his own words has been proven a hypocrite so I'd be willing to bet he would of had no issue poaching one of google's employees.
01-28-2012, 07:15 AM #7
01-28-2012, 07:48 AM #8
Don't mix your feeling towards Jobs with simple things as wanting to keep your good players around.
Apple is worth billions because they grossly over charge for their products and idiots like you and I give up our money for those over priced products.
Steve, through his own words has been proven a hypocrite so I'd be willing to bet he would of had no issue poaching one of google's employees.
01-28-2012, 08:33 AM #9
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01-28-2012, 09:41 AM #11
he was a total megalomaniac, who was he to tell another company to stop trying to hire people. did he have ownership over his employees? were they slaves or sign their rights over to him?
If I own a bakery and you own a bakery and you offered my employees better salary, better benefits and more job security, how the hell would I take you to court over this?!?!?
01-28-2012, 10:30 AM #12
The apple employees are there because they want to be there!!!
The suit was just to not take each others employees because you don't want a google ex employee giving tips to apple on new features to come and vise versa.
01-28-2012, 12:44 PM #13
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01-28-2012, 02:52 PM #15
To call Apple's price on their products "overpriced" is blatantly ignorant. There's no such thing as overpriced if the products value is worth that to the customer, which in Apple's case it obviously is. Is a Lamborghini overpriced because I can get a Kia for 1/100th of the cost? Should we not buy Rolls Royce because we can get a Suburban for $60,000? I guess so, and we should stop purchasing Apple products because we can get a crappy PC for half the cost. It's not always about the price tag, and it's SAD AS HELL that some of you can't see that.
01-28-2012, 05:05 PM #16
I know all about non-compete clauses, I worked in the wireless industry for 12 years but those clauses were typically for one year after employment, maybe longer for executives. but the clause was that "I" the employee could not seek employment with a competitor. and if I did, then I would get sued, not the company that wanted to hire me.
maybe things are different now, I left wireless in 2006.
01-28-2012, 06:37 PM #17
If I found out someone was actively poaching my employees, I'd be mighty pissed off.
01-28-2012, 10:22 PM #18