Some time ago I left a company to work for another. Now that I'm back in the market I was approached by a direct competitor of the first company and they want to start a hiring process with me.
I liked what was explained to me over the phone, the way of working, the methodologies used and I have accepted to start the hiring process.
There is no restrictive covenant in the contract of employment of their competitors I used to work for that prohibits you from working for a competitor for X months or years after leaving the company, only that during my employment there I shouldn't be seeking work at competitors. It's been some time since I left so this covenant does not affect me.
Having said that, the fact remains that I have knowledge of the previous company's technologies, platforms and the way the teams work. I still have contacts there and working for their competitor could alienate them. My ex-line manager and his line manager are still in that company and I was thinking whether I'll get good references for this new role or any future role if I was to accept an offer in their competitors. On the other hand I am no longer employed there and perhaps other ex-employees would happily work for a competitor too after some time.
Are there any issues I should be aware of should I go work for the competitor?