Report: Apple and Google agree not to steal workers

According to sources speaking with TechCrunch, Apple and Google agreed not to "cold hire" each other's employees. The agreement was apparently in place during Eric Schmidt's recent tenure on the Apple board of directors but may or may not still be enforced by the two companies. The report also states that the agreement was not an official written policy but was followed by both companies.

The agreement specifically prevented Apple or Google from directly recruiting employees from the opposing company. A worker was however free to apply themselves. This agreement was apparently in place because of loose California non-compete enforcement. The New York Times spoke with an industry lawyer who believes as long as the agreement was not in writing it is not illegal.

This New York Times also reported several months ago that the Justice Department was looking into the hiring practices of many Silicon Valley tech businesses for fear of being anti-competitive. It is interesting to note however that the industry has still seen several high profile employees poached to different businesses. Several Apple employees were pilfered by Palm for work on the Pre, and several argue that this is one of the reasons the Pre and iTunes sync so well together. The Justice Department has not yet released any information on this ongoing investigation and neither Apple nor Google was available for comment to TechCrunch or the New York Times.

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I dunno, I still say that I wouldn't trust Google... Apple isn't a great business partner either, but Google releases competing products every time they make a "friend"... lol

Does anyone read the article or have a job? These agreements are pretty standard. I work in a large MS shop and we have an agreement with MS we won't try to poach their field engineers and they won't cherry pick our engineering groups. You can change teams but there is a time/value equation and it has to be very above board. These agreements are hardly rare and very legal.

Non competes don't hold up period. California is one of the first states to REALLY crack down on this anti-competitive practice.

excalpius said,
Non competes don't hold up period. California is one of the first states to REALLY crack down on this anti-competitive practice.

This isn't a contract, this is more like a gentleman's agreement.

Yes is it disgusting but should be clarified that they AGREED in the past, the deal might be broken now they are in fierce competition.

None the less, that deal is very fishy.

hehe i was gonna type the same thing.. Gapple.. never will happen though.. rather "over steve jobs dead boy" only would that happen..

dimithrak said,
hehe i was gonna type the same thing.. Gapple.. never will happen though.. rather "over steve jobs dead boy" only would that happen..


Sounds good to me

Eh? It seems more like a couple guys with swords at each other's throat walking in a circle, struggling to make sure it's an "honorable" fight. :P