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Mark Atwood - Project 365, Day 64: The Sun Offer
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Project 365, Day 64: The Sun Offer
This is the stack of paperwork I had to swallow and sign if I wanted to follow MySQL into Sun Microsystems.

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ladyallyn From: ladyallyn Date: March 7th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
...so did you?
From: samildanach Date: March 7th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh. Were you going from, say, contractor to employee? Often the acquiring company just inherits the existing employment agreements.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 8th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Employee to employee.

Sun really didn't like the MySQL employee contracts, especially the early ones that had some very very employee-friendly and open-source-friendly terms.

And many of us employees in turn really didn't like Sun's contract, even tho they claimed they were bending over backwards to be flexible and accomidating. If that was, in fact, the case, I don't really want to think what they were like before they were so "flexible".

There is a near revolt going on in MySQL staff, and it's still not fully resolved, even tho the merger is now "finalized".

I did, in the end, sign. But at the first sign of them being assholes, the door is unlikely to hit my ass on the way out.
ckn From: ckn Date: March 9th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey i'd be interested in learning what you think the pieces that sun dropped in the acquisition of mysql are.

you know how every M&A bunches of things are dropped and i like to keep a collection of those so that when i make it to my next M&A spree i dont forget the more unique and interesting ones.

obvious things like subscriptions, consulting agreements, and sales alliances are easy, but the bits like your contract are fairly interesting to me.

thanks!
From: arabxptyltd Date: March 10th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
You say "if" as if we really had a choice!
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