The largest technology companies are constantly competing for the best employees. They create state-of-the-art technology campuses meant to lure in top candidates, pay top dollar for their services, and hold on extremely tightly once they get an exceptional new worker. Many companies will force employees to sign non-compete terms as part of their contracts to prevent them from going to another company to produce a similar product. This is especially important to the technology industry, where companies work feverishly to outdo one another, and a single line of code can be worth millions. Now two major tech giants, Google and Amazon, are battling over the details of these non-competes and what they can actually demand from former employees.
Amazon is pursuing legal action against Zoltan Szabadi, an AWS strategic partnerships manager. Szabadi worked at Amazon managing cloud partners, but left this role and soon after took a position at Google working on their cloud product. Amazon thinks it was too soon — he left Amazon in April and was at Google in May. Because not enough time has passed, Amazon is hoping to prove Szabadi violated his non-compete with Amazon.