I have a job offer from a company that produces simulation software for engineering applications, I am an applied mathematician.
They ask to sign a non-compete clause of a 1 year period, and worldwide. The term "competitors" is never defined.
This wording gives me quite a stomach ache, since I am not sure I will stay forever at this company. One year is very long. And the scientific computing industry is by far my preferred sector. It is not the only sector where I might find employment.
I would like to ask to remove the clause all together (I am already signing and NDA and a non solicitation agreement). Second best option would be to reduce the time frame to 3 months.
Is this a good move or I should do something else? Do you have any advice on how to approach the employer with this question, in case?