Here’s a tip: if your boss makes you an incredible offer, make sure you get it in writing. Although verbal contracts are technically binding, they can be difficult to prove when one of the two parties involved is dead.
Wayne Goodrich, the executive producer behind Apple’s highly successful and iconic keynote addresses and all manner of product launches was apparently fired for “business reasons’ but not performance, despite consistent raises and allegedly being promised his job at Apple by Steve Jobs. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Goodrich claims that Jobs assured him in a private meeting that he would always have a job at Apple, even if Jobs left the company.
According to Goodrich’s lawyer, “this express promise by Steve Jobs was consistent with a practice that Steve Jobs had, acting on behalf of defendant Apple, of promising job security to certain key employees who worked directly with him for many years.”
Goodrich claims that he was let go so he wouldn’t be able to cash in his stocks, which would be ludicrous if it turns out to be true. Apple has billions of dollars in reserve – you think they’d be able to afford to pay their employees, especially the who were instrumental in transforming Apple into the all consuming monarch of phones and tablets that it is today.
Apple’s engaging presentation style has been copied by other tech companies; notoriously by Microsoft, during the announcement for their new line of Surface Tablets.
Then again, I’m not sure if Apple is to blame for this. If Goodrich had an email, a post-it note, a message sent between rounds of Words With Friends, I’m not sure this would have been an issue. I’d be surprised if Steve Jobs didn’t rely on a method to legally ensure the employment of integral Apple staff members more binding than the sacred powers of the pinky swear.
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