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Gardening Leave

About to hand in my notice today and will be joining a direct competitor.

Never been in this situation and im curious, is Gardening leave guaranteed when leaving for a competitor, or are they likely to make me see out my 4 weeks?

πŸ™ Corporate Experiences
The chance is very small. Why would they let you near their customers, products, employees,... youΒ΄re a competitor now.
Key account manager
unlikely that they will keep you in the office but stranger things have happenedΒ 
Account Executive
Who knows…

Β When I left my last company, I had several trips still planned for the up coming 2 weeks. I was expecting to be told to just got home, but they kept me traveling until my last dayπŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
WR Officer
Senior Account Executive
I don't see them keeping you. Usually they ask for you badge and company tools back immediately.Β 
WR Officer
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
You're more than likely to be shown the door that day, so long as HR and leadership can get their ducks in a row to run offboarding/exits, etc. I would never let a rep stay if I knew they were headed to a direct competitor.
Notable Contributor
Director Sales and Market Development
You should expect to be walked out within 30 minutes of giving notice, thats been my experience, even had bosses stand behind me while i packed my stuff.Β 
Fire Starter
Regional Sales Manager
Thanks all - update; they are currently trying to counter, which i won't accept regardless. Looks like ill be having the summer off to lower my handicap
AE of B2B
Do you have a non-compete?Β 

I am in a strange situation as a company is looking to open a specific division of their company that would be "mildly" competing with my current company's product. They are acting as a startup and I would be in at the ground floor with equity, benefits, and from what I'm told - at least 30K higher base and still uncapped commission. Fully remote as I am now.

Plus opportunity for upward movement (No chance where I am now due to structure of my current org).
It's been maybe a week since the guy who is putting the team together contacted me. No official offer yet as I am still vetting them and will be meeting with their execs.

But I'm super worried about my non-compete stopping me from making this move if it's what I want to do.

The only wording I can find in the 2 page agreement that pertains to me going to a competitor isΒ  " Associate acknowledge and agrees not to compete in any manner what-so-ever directly or indirectly with any of the services and or products that are being created, manufactured or marketed by [current company]. "

No time period... I'm thinking I'll have to consult a lawyer on this. My direct report runs the company basically and I've had a great relationship for the most part, but it's lacking any training or mentorship. I don't feel myself growing. And all of us sales people do different things/markets so not much camaraderie.
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