I currently have a one year non-compete contract (ex-pat assignment) with a lot of verbage about not recruiting from my company, not doing business in any location that I am currently "touching".
We were recently bought by a private equity company who is going to combine us with another company in our field they own (logistics). There is a rumor that they are going to ask us to sign 3 year non-compete contracts.
First, what is the general feeling and experience people have with non-competes? Second, based on that what are people's thoughts on a 3 year non-compete.
I understand the company trying to protect itself to some degree, but this almost seems to threaten my ability to make a livelyhood if I ever choose to leave the company.