Disappointed with Uber Engineering

Jan 23 20 Comments

Culture of a pirate ship. Stock goes down - lets fire the execs, they all suck, our product is shit, etc! Stock goes up - we are going to the moon, all is great, we are crushing it!

There are lots of over-leveled engineers due to poor hiring pipelines and promo mismanagement. Good work ethic is rarely observed and poor performance is too often excused. Lots of talk about ownership mentality with mostly renters in sight.

In what universe does one have to be to put Uber on same level with other top tech companies? I see all these posts about Uber vs Google... Sorry, not even close.

TC is important, but don’t just chase short term TC. There are wrong turns here.

TC: 400k
yoe: 7


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TOP 20 Comments
  • Reliable Software / Eng Ok!!
    I think the product/s itself should be that much more important and add that much more value to people's lives. As a user I don't think Uber as a product can compete with Googles products like search email maps etc. Maybe in future if everyone depends on public transportation and Uber has achieved monopoly in that regard in all forms of transportation, I could see that happening. Again sorry if I misunderstood your question.
    Jan 23 8
    • Reliable Software / Eng Ok!!
      I guess that makes sense. But in the end the number of people that are using Google products vs number of people that are using Uber is just insane. Let's also not forget that YouTube is one such product which I believe is under Google. YouTube is used by tons of people but at the same time there are many who have made careers with it. Same with Android. Just like how Uber has allowed people to provide services, Google has done the same with YouTube for YouTubers or Android for Android devs. But yeah I do agree that it's a great product nonetheless.
      Jan 23
    • No point comparing products. It depends on what you see as impactful work.
      In a different perspective, you can view Google and Facebook as spy networks with NSA having backdoor access.
      Jan 26
  • Intralinks TimNadela
    What's your TC and YOE
    Jan 23 1
    • Uber hjee
      Jan 23
  • Yes, the problematic culture I’ve noticed is the initiative inside Uber for less fragmentation. Fragmentation creates competition which in turn allows management to pick winners. By eliminating redundancy Uber has allowed cartels to form within itself and the company will continue to rot as long as they exist
    Jan 23 0
  • Panasonic Avionics

    Panasonic Avionics

    I do sales. I sell stuff. It’s what I do.
    This is the norm at every large company? Basically the bullshters get promoted/recognized
    Jan 23 0
  • Google drhbjkbf
    400k? L5b?
    Jan 23 2
    • New / Eng

      New Eng

      Probably a good 5a. This would be lower end for 5b.
      Jan 23
    • Google drhbjkbf
      Average on levels for 5b.
      Jan 23
  • LinkedIn


    Had recent offer for 5B but didn't dare
    Jan 23 1
    • Uber / Eng Hotwheelz
      Good. It's a crapshoot inside.
      Jan 23
  • Uber basket
    Not my experience at all. What org are you in
    Jan 24 0
  • Marvell kuuD23
    A disruptive product brings with itself a lot of volatility. A successful disruptive product needs more hands to join so hiring sometime doesn't meet all the bars because well you can wait to interview 10 people before making an offer. So, pick someone already working in a known company (say FAANG) or similar stack or similar tech, or worst poach.
    How that person performs is no guarantee so bullshitters make their way up the ladder. Well bullshitters make their way up the ladder anywhere for that matter. Google, facebook amazon have enough muscle power to weather the storm but uber doesn't so although I can understand a constant anxiety but it also gives you an opportunity to play your cards right and exit when you've made enough. End of the day TC is god.
    Jan 23 0


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