"Carnegie Mellon University is scrambling to recover after Uber Technologies Inc. poached at least 40 of its researchers and scientists earlier this year, a raid that has left one of the world's top robotics research institutions in a crisis." - Mike Ramsey, The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2015. Here is the article.
Get a lemon, make lemonade. Carnegie Mellon, if it's creative like "Mad Men" Don Draper, can leverage this for its advantage.
When the ad firm lost the lucrative Lucky Strike account, Draper went back to the drawing board. He took a page out in The New York Times stating that the firm has joined the anti-tobacco advocacy movement. Of course, that opened the door to new kinds of accounts coming in.
Carnegie Mellon can just as boldly declare, "We've been poached" in the media. Then it can explain how everyone, including Uber, wants its talent in robotics. As it re-staffs, it is raising the bar on the level of talent. That means its customers and clients will get an even better product or service. That's the branding message Carnegie Mellon can send.