Facebook Said No to Non-Poaching Agreement with Google

sheryl sandbergIt had been alleged in the past that Google’s Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs from Apple had a secret agreement which forbid each other’s company from poaching employees.

Now according to filing in the court by Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has stated that she was approached by two Google officials in 2008 who expressed concern at poaching of Google employees by Facebook. However, she has claimed that she declined to limit the recruitment of Google employees by Facebook. She also said that no such agreement ever took place even subsequently. According to document filed by her:

“In or about August 2008, I was contacted by Jonathan Rosenberg, who was then at Google. Mr. Rosenberg expressed concern about what he described as the perceived rate at which Facebook could hire employees from Google. Around the same time, I also discussed a similar topic with Omid Kordestani, who was also at Google. I declined at that time to limit Facebook’s recruitment or hiring of Google employees. Nor have I made or authorized any such agreement between Facebook and Google since that time.”

According to Pando Daily, the tech wage case in which this statement has been filed could also be expanded to include other tech companies including eBay, IBM, Clear Channel, Microsoft, Comcast and Dell etc.

The case is about planned alleged suppression of tech workers wages by secret agreements between companies.

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