The references of some of the Fairchild Eight when they joined Shockley semiconductor were somewhat underwhelming.
Three of them, according to the History of Semiconductor Engineering, by Bo Lojek, ran:
Sheldon Roberts: ‘The brightest student we have.’
Gordon Moore: ‘Good ability to get along; does not cause trouble.’
Jean Hoerni (delivered by Linus Pauling): ‘Good insight, original, had been very effective and good to be around.’
Bill Shockley’s curious and divisive practice of putting on the office notice board a statement of everyone’s salaries, means that the starting salaries are known:
Salaries as of June 1956 showed Bob Noyce, Eugene Kleiner and Sheldon Roberts on $1,000; Julius Blank on $835; Gordon Moore and Jay Last on $750.
Hoerni and Vic Grinich, the other two of the Fairchild Eight, were not on the list because they joined Shockley the following month – July 1956.
Shockley paid himself $2,500.