Has Uber changed?

Amazon / Design 🍺+🏈=🍺🏈
Jul 17, 2018 32 Comments

Looks like there was more drama amongst senior leadership on HR and diversity recently. Is Uber a different company, or does it just merely have a different veneer? Interested in the work there but hesitant still.

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  • Uber tATF24
    People, especially ex-employees (like the one above) and outside observers, will always have confirmation bias and will seek to confirm their biases by listening only to one side.

    I invite you to interview and see for yourself.

    I'll tell you one thing: no matter how much things improve, there will always be ex-employees who feel jilted, like with any company. And we'll never change some outside peoples' minds no matter what.
    Jul 17, 2018 4
    • Amazon / Design 🍺+🏈=🍺🏈
      OP
      The design director I talked to was unbelievably cool. Agreed about the jilted confirmation bias.
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Uber QOpP77
      Design lost some very strong members this year. But in general, I'd tell you if you're worried about the Uber reputation stuff, design has never been at the epicenter of the company's controversial culture. It is a pretty chill org with a lot of solid people. If you've had good interactions so far, you can take them at face value; there's no secret skeleton in the design closet.
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Amazon / Design 🍺+🏈=🍺🏈
      OP
      Where did some of the stronger designers go? And why would they leave? Uber has one of the most progressive attitudes towards design and how to use it to handle extremely complex, difficult problems. And their shit looks good. There really isn’t anyone else with that combination, at least not at this scale.
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Uber QOpP77
      I agree. From what I've seen, no real pattern of where people went. Dropbox, Stripe, Facebook, some to smaller companies or very new startups. I don't have the inside details on everyone's why but tech hires so aggressively, I think sometimes a job change is just a quicker way to a big promotion/great opportunity. I know a few longer tenured folks who were just ready to change it up. I can't imagine better design problems to solve for than Uber has. It's a utility rather than a content/ads machine, making interaction and quick transactions the focal point. In the cases of Eats and the Rider/Driver apps, you're creating screens that facilitate complex non-app-based interactions. It's a really interesting space to be exploring and the teams support pretty creative work.
      Jul 18, 2018
  • Uber Boomrah
    From Amazon, wouldn’t be worried about it. You will love it!
    Jul 17, 2018 0
  • Uber ex atg
    The environment is bad for women and minorities
    Jul 17, 2018 2
    • Uber lCWW27
      Such blanket statements are just not true. I’m a minority and have had an overall great experience. I think like every company, org & team matter the most. I also have female teammates who have had equally as good or better experience than I have. The company is definitely not perfect, I haven’t found one that is but overall I think it’s gotten better with new leadership. There’s still more ground to cover.
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Uber
      KnkG84

      Uber

      PRE
      Microsoft, Yahoo
      KnkG84more
      Minority here and completely agree with ICWW27.
      Jul 18, 2018
  • Uber puteen
    Uber has changed for the worse. Dara is in a rush to take embrace mediocrity
    Jul 17, 2018 7
    • Uber tATF24
      Dunno what people want out of us.

      Yes, WLB is much better, stack ranking is gone, and ludicrously high bonus multipliers of 6x are no longer possible. This gets rid of a lot of competition among employees, which I guess is desirable among some folks. However I'm guessing most people here on Blind will point to such our old culture and call it toxic.

      But there's still a lot of great work to do and the growth trajectory is still in rocketship territory especially in Eats and Freight.
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Indeed / Eng Mixicitano
      How did 6x bonus multipliers work?
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Uber tATF24
      Very high performers got correspondingly high bonuses. I wasn't around back then.
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Uber InVi
      Joined Uber from Facebook less than year ago. There are really interesting problems o solve. Not sure how culture was before, I do not see any toxicity right now. WLB is really good. Would suggest to go for it if you like the team.
      Jul 17, 2018
    • Uber mayday
      I joined a year ago and I have worked with quite a number of teams. I’ve been treated and respected by the people I’ve interacted with. Im happy with my position, pay, people that I work with on daily basis and the work that we do.
      Jul 17, 2018
  • Google ebgbd
    War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Diversity is strength.
    Jul 17, 2018 1
    • Indeed / Eng Mixicitano
      Welcome to 1984 it just took us an extra 44 years
      Jul 17, 2018
  • Uber tapp
    For me, it was the best career switch I could have made. I was struggling to get ahead at Microsoft, with little room to grow. Joined Uber two years ago, when things were quite messy and people ack’ing this is the case and working hard on fixing it. Since then my team tripled, our area of ownership grew with the company and my professional learning and my career growth are on a rocket ship.

    Ironically, when the shit hit the fan last summer and people started leaving + we struggled to hire was when even more internal opportunities opened up. My team took on more impactful work & shipped really impactful products the past months.

    Right now it seems we have a lot of growth and room to choose where to work. YMMV of course.
    Jul 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Design 🍺+🏈=🍺🏈
      OP
      That’s so great to hear for you! I get tired of people calling it an evil company when they consciously react to every problem that arises. As long as misogyny and racism aren’t welcome there, that’s good.

      I also hope there’s a widespread intensity throughout. Lots of companies lose that edge. Discrimination is not okay. But low standards aren’t okay either.
      Jul 18, 2018
  • Uber / Eng bag
    Uber has completely changed. It’s the most radical transformation I have ever seen in the insdustry - and I have been around for a while.

    Basically - there are no culture issues left.

    You should join based on other factors like team, work, and comp - like any other company.

    I have really loved my Uber experience - I was at Google before as well and I like Uber more than Google.
    Jul 18, 2018 0
  • Waiting for the “Just a few bad apples…” excuse
    Jul 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon A.Lovelace
    Heard it was still bad from a woman who recently left. Says it's still horrible for women who are still there. There's no way I'd subject myself to it.
    Jul 17, 2018 1
    • Indeed / Eng Mixicitano
      So great place for men’s career advancement?
      Jul 17, 2018
  • Uber / Eng übermensch
    I’ve been at Uber for a month, and I can honestly tell you that I really love my team.

    Like all places, your experience will be largely determined by your manager + team. Mine is great. Your mileage will vary. Ask for a lunch with your HM before you sign an offer if you’re unsure.
    Jul 18, 2018 0
  • I am a minority. I came from Google and I love it here at Uber. I was super skeptical before joining Uber. However, I am glad I made the switch.
    Jul 18, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    QtlW87 a

    New Eng

    BIO
    Eng at Hyper Anna
    QtlW87 amore
    Yeah it's pretty bad, very political and confrontational environments
    Jul 17, 2018 0
  • Indeed / Eng Mixicitano
    How did 6x bonus multipliers work?
    Jul 17, 2018 2
  • Google Qwertyuiol
    Even though I declined their offer, I had a very positive interviewing experience. One of the best interviews in my career and people were great. Not sure how it is from the inside.
    Jul 18, 2018 0

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