Contract is dangerous for employee. Company will not negotiate.
Web Designer (Former Employee) – remote – December 22, 2015
I worked for a company (for 9 years) that Newscycle bought out, and was presented with a contract to continue with Newscycle. The non-compete clauses and ownership of work were so restrictive that I had to hire an attorney to make sure they were real.
According to the contract, if I left for any reason I could not work for any company that does business that the company is involved in, for 12 months. That could be construed as not just news/media, but ANY design or internet company.
According to the contract, the company would own all rights to any work I did while employed by the company that pertained to the business of the company. Again, that could be ANY design or internet work I did, even on my own time for my own purposes.
According to the contract, the company could change the terms of the contract at any time for any reason. Also according to the contract, you cannot talk negatively about the company after leaving. And any disputes would be handled in court in Springfield, IL, which I cannot easily get to.
I asked to change the terms of the contract, or required heavy compensation to accept such terms. They offered nothing in return, and even were going to take away benefits I had, amounting to a pay cut. I had to turn it down, causing me to lose my job without any severance or even ability to collect unemployment.
benefits cut, dangerously one-sided contract, venture-capital front