This all applies equally to manufacturers. Again, Nod-Solicit and Non-Disclosure agreements are fine and make sense.
At my previous employer I went from superstar to "out of favor" following a change in managers. I continued to work, produce good sales numbers etc. But it was clear that I was no longer a valued part of the sales team. I started looking around. Got to the job offer phase with a competitor. Their legal department iced the offer because they were afraid of legal costs related to the non-compete.
Result: Multiple years stuck in unhappy employment before finally pulling the plug. This was difficult financially and led to a lot of uncertainty and stress.
Non-competes are bad for employers and for employees. They favor bigger companies and incumbents because they have the legal & financial resources to threaten employees and smaller companies. In this sense, non-competes stifle innovation.
I refused to sign a non-compete with my current employer and won't sign one in the future.
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