Now the fallout from Uber’s terrible month is having an impact on
another group: the company’s own former and current employees.
“People are looking to get out because they’re just sick of
working for that company,” said a former Uber employee, who asked
not to be identified. “A lot of them have told me that they’re
having a hard time finding something new.”
At job interviews, the employee said, recruiters seem wary of
Uber’s “hustle-oriented” workplace. “They have to defend
themselves and say: ‘Oh, I’m not an asshole.’”
The “asshole” reputation stems from Uber’s corporate values,
former employees and others in the tech industry said. For many,
company “values” are the kind of corporate speak that rarely
interferes with one’s day-to-day work environment. But at Uber,
the emphasis on hustling, toe-stepping and meritocracy took on a
more sinister aspect in the workplace.
Anecdotal, but it makes sense. I’d be suspicious of a job applicant who thrived at Uber.