Yes, when you`re with the company, your loyalties should be with that
company. You`ve made a commitment, after all. But I think loyalty ends
when you leave. You`re only bound not to reveal the previous company`s
secrets or "personal" information (in the sense of information unique
to that company`s way of doing business).
If you think about it, it`s like a divorce or breaking off a love
relationship. There`s no legal reason you can`t start dating your
ex-person`s best friend. But is it classy?
On the other hand, there`s no reason why you can`t invite friends
you`ve developed from during the relationship over for a party or
discussion after the separation. Right?
This is true unless the company gives you a Non Disclosure Agreement at the time you leave. I remember when I was working with LAM Research, I couldn`t goto KLA Tencor and work for them and disclose any information or how things were done at LAM.
Second of all, well it is true Employee`s loyalty ends when your contract ends with the company you are working for. But, be very careful if you decide to take the customers along with you. If you do take them with you, use that as a collateral to get a higher pay. Don`t just give the new company your customer Database..
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