What's it REALLY like to work at Uber?

eBay flyer9
Jul 12, 2018 18 Comments

At the risk of beating a dead horse, is Uber still a frat house filled with assholes or a professional place of business? Is sexual harassment/discrimination still a problem?

I may be interviewing there (will find out soon), but I don't want to bother if it's still a toxic atmosphere.

This is for a software engineer job BTW. Can any Uberers chime in?

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  • Uber Hchfufu
    Uber was never a frat house filled with assholes. Stop playing into the hands of the media. But yes, the pockets where things were not professional enough, it has gotten better.
    Jul 12, 2018 5
    • eBay flyer9
      OP
      If I were playing into the hands of the media (or clinging to that "we're sorry for being sexist" meeting where that one board member complained that women talked too much), I wouldn't even bother asking.

      I'm glad the bad seeds are being swept away. I presume there's not too many of them left?
      Jul 12, 2018
    • Uber Hchfufu
      Right. The REALLY bad seeds were all fired last year. The rest were retrained. The culture has pretty dramatically shifted — and potentially for worse — to be more softer and WLB focused. Most of the concerns internally now tend to be around finding the right balance and shifting the pendulum more to the middle.

      Hope that helps!
      Jul 12, 2018
    • Microsoft vplc07
      That board member was a co-founder of TPG Capital, one of the most successful private equity investor in the world. He is a 60+ year old guy from Texas. It was just a joke and probably the least sexist joke a 60 year old guy from Texas could make.

      Side note. Never worked at Uber but plenty of my college friends went there (some some MSFT colleagues left for Uber). Other than some complains about it being a chaotic place, I only hear good things as of 2017. Not sure what it’s like today or pre 2016
      Jul 12, 2018
    • eBay flyer9
      OP
      The least sexist joke one can make is none at all. I'm glad he was pushed out.
      Jul 12, 2018
    • Indeed / Eng LanaDunz
      At least he probably didn’t get his feels 😞
      Jul 12, 2018
  • Uber Uacj46
    I joined 6 months ago and I love it here... working with a bunch of intelligent and talented folks and learning a lot...
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • Uber kQAV07
    Not a frat house full of assholes, sexual harassers, nor racists. Worked here for 3 years; I’m a woman of color; I’ve had mostly positive experiences. If anything, it’s just a competitive, intense, and stressful place, though it has mellowed out a bit since last year.
    Jul 12, 2018 1
  • eBay flyer9
    OP
    So you'd say it's a professional workplace and not a frat house?
    Jul 12, 2018 2
    • Uber Hchfufu
      Yes. Most other startups these days feel way less professional to me. We essentially and rightfully took the hit for most of startups/tech and promptly changed as much as we could.
      Jul 12, 2018
    • eBay flyer9
      OP
      Good to know, thanks!
      Jul 12, 2018
  • Facebook Lkggffg
    Not a frat house but just racist apparently
    Jul 12, 2018 2
    • Microsoft vplc07
      Could you elaborate?
      Jul 12, 2018
    • Facebook Lkggffg
      Search the news for the last couple of days
      Jul 12, 2018
  • Oscar / Eng bigday
    At the very least, it can be a good place to practice your interviewing skills.
    Jul 12, 2018 0
  • It's better. The frattiness was with the top leaders who are all gone now (TK, Ed Baker, Emil M), and a lack of basic HR rails. There are still a shit ton of politics but that's a bit of a different problem. Dara is generally a mature pro. Less of a free for all in product.
    Jul 13, 2018 0
  • Indeed / Eng LanaDunz
    How relaxed is it? Can you get your job done in half a work week and chill?
    Jul 12, 2018 0

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