Uber product manager "homework"?

Microsoft pkgX78
Jul 12, 2017 24 Comments

Folks - I'm reading reviews of the Uber "homework" assignment on Glassdoor and people are shitting all over it; it's a way to steal your ideas, expectations are unclear, people putting a full week of work into it, creativity vs. formality being valued.

Anyone have any thoughts on what is really valued within Uber here?


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TOP 24 Comments
  • Uber qfOr41
    Ideas are a dime a dozen. Every idea one has someone else already thought of
    Jul 12, 2017 6
    • Uber / Product BusterHell
      The expectations should be made pretty clear in what was sent over, but if it's ambiguous you should reach out to your recruiter to get clarification. There's no reason that question should be poorly received.
      Jul 12, 2017
    • Amazon Amazon_O_G
      @Uber PM "There's no reason that question should be poorly received". Hmmmm. If people on Glassdoor are complaining about it, couldn't there be an issue? Isn't Uber data driven and accompany that listens to customers (in this case applicants). Isn't that what a PM does - gather data from customers, make trade offs and prioritize, build, get more feedback, and iterate further. Or is PM work different at Uber?
      Jul 13, 2017
    • Uber / Product BusterHell
      Calm down Amazon. I meant the question shouldn't be poorly received by the recruiter if OP asks for clarification.

      I agree the process could probably use some attention.
      Jul 13, 2017
    • Amazon Amazon_O_G
      Ah that clarification makes sense. I read it differently initially.
      Jul 13, 2017
    • Intuit / Sales

      Intuit Sales

      Love when companies use interviewers as free labor. Such scummy behavior.
      Jul 16, 2017
  • lol @ "stealing ideas from homework assignments"

    some tips:
    - define the problem and the opportunity very crisply. set vision&mission.
    - explore the solution space and demonstrate that you can go deep with details.
    - what's 'success' for this product? what are the possible iterations? on what type of results?
    - explain how you prioritize it

    if you don't want to spare 4-5 hours on it, it's fine. plenty of other companies out there. however, believing that the assignment is for stealing your super duper ideas is lolzy and you are very likely not to get an offer anyway. so, chill.
    Jul 15, 2017 1
    • Level 3 / Product

      Level 3 Product

      Up and coming telecom product guy, underpaid according to job market research, feeling taken advantage of.
      what an attitude.
      Jul 17, 2017
  • Indeed Of course
    Sure, ideas might be a dime a dozen. But well thought-out, developed ideas as professional homework? They're asking you to work for free and give up on one your most valuable assets (fresh perspective) before even getting in the door.

    Hah, I'd tell uber to go fuck themselves.
    Jul 12, 2017 0
  • Indeed Of course
    They should make the homework related to a hypothetical company then, not uber itself.

    And the fact that you think no one could offer up a valuable idea (that they might not ever be compensated for) in a homework is absurd.

    I have a couple really good ideas for uber and I came up with them in only 4 minutes:

    1) shit can your ass
    2) shut down the company
    Jul 16, 2017 2
    • valuable feedback, duly noted. if we ever want to recruit from indeed, that is.
      Jul 16, 2017
    • Indeed Of course
      Haha I don't work for Indeed anymore.

      And glad to provide it. This feedback is free of charge too.
      Jul 16, 2017
  • Netflix / Product

    Netflix Product

    Worked at several big tech companies.
    I went through this too and ask new hires to do the same. I think the way they do it at uber is weak--asking for the homework before the interview. It's better to put the candidate through a loop and position the "homework" as "you did great in the interview, now let's get a sample of how you'd approach the actual job".
    Jul 15, 2017 0
  • Uber pPgr03
    Nobody steals ideas from a 4 hr homework... you have got to be kidding me
    Jul 15, 2017 0
  • Uber a011980b
    One thing I learnt during my uberversity, there is no diversity 😂what I mean is that everyone seemed to come up with similar solutions and we were a batch of 200 or so. So we are all made of the same stuff. So whatever you propose, someone has already solved that problem. If your suggestion is really better than whatever is in the works, you will get the job. So it's all good for you at the end.
    Jul 17, 2017 2
    • Indeed Of course
      Unless you're hiring all the same, shitty people who have the same shitty ideas.
      Jul 17, 2017
    • Uber a011980b
      Absolutely possible. That's why we need DNI 😉
      Jul 17, 2017
  • Indeed / Product gsrDt45
    The idea that you can walk into an interview exercise at Uber or Indeed or elsewhere and come up with something worth compensation is delusional. You are not being asked to solve a critical problem, you are given a problem that has a reasonable chance of helping the company understand how you think about and execute on problems. Revealing anything about a fundamental problem to the business or *gasp* outsourcing it to your interviewees is an absurd strategy.
    Jul 20, 2017 0
  • Intuit wUVe67
    I don't get the issue. Last time I recruited (3 years ago) I had to do homework for several companies as part of recruitment. Is that no longer the norm? If I were hiring I'd love to see a candidate work through a problem given
    Jul 13, 2017 0
  • Heres an idea for them: stop the bad behavior ;)
    Jul 12, 2017 0
  • Hitachi Data Systems / Product

    Hitachi Data Systems Product

    GoPro, hds
    ya that's mostly people that are sour that they din't make it. you really think that you can come up with better ideas thannuber employees who have so much more. insight.
    Jul 20, 2017 0
  • Uber real Ted
    Jul 14, 2017 0
  • GE dRie30
    Come up with a new way for them to NOT harass employees. Hired.
    Jul 13, 2017 0