In the past months or if you’d like in the past year, I am sure most of us if not all of us have heard some type of story regarding Uber, their culture, and their sinking reputation.
All this Uber propaganda started with a woman’s blog which talked about her perspective and description of the culture at Uber. It was not a nice description. Another women followed her steps and made her own blog describing a similar experience full of discrimination and sexual harassment. With this many people questioned the culture in Uber, if it really was a stable, caring, and inclusive culture. However, many people questioned the women who blogged bad about the 50 billion dollar company. A few months later Uber was accused of using some type of algorithm to offer their services in cities that had explicitly denied and forbid Uber from offering their services. Now even more people were questioning Ubers culture and their values. Maybe what these women had experienced, were true after all? However, others would refrain themselves from believing such accusations, so they still held their favorite carpooling application at a high stand.
At this time, Uber was not doing so well in terms of their reputation and values. For a few months, it seemed as all this chaos was drowning and being forgotten. However, recently a new article has been published, yep, you guessed it. It’s about Uber and it is BAD.
I don’t know if you noticed, but I sure did. Uber’s doings have been increasing badly in the situations that is partakes or that they are accused of partaking. So what can be worse that having a bad culture that can be un-inclusive and defaming, or what can be worse than breaking a law and disrespecting and defying a cities request? What has Uber done this time?
A recent article was published that a former employee killed himself. The reason being, according to his family members, was that Ubers work was more than a soul could manage. His family described the young 34 year old man as smart, persistent, and happy before working at Uber. They state that after only a few weeks of working for Uber he slowly began to have panic attacks, high anxiety, insomnia, and difficulty concentrating.
His wife believes that his suicide had to do with harassment and stressed induced by his job and blames Uber for his death. Of course Uber denies any affiliation with his deatha and has stated that the young man always looked happy and never had a problem. Unfortunately, workers compensation is not an option. His father also commented on Ubers culture and work, “If you put a hard-driving person on unrealistic tasks, it puts them in failure mode,”.
The family has moved on to another state and the trial is still pending.
I am really sorry for the family. I do not believe nor do I believe that the man killed himself because of Ubers fast working culture. Although, I have heard that Uber moves quickly, I believe it must move quickly in order to succeed. Super smart engineers are currently working at the company, hence the awesome products that they are creating. I do believe that these engineers are expected more than they can give since the company is a HUGE startup. Uber needs and wants more as it grows more. The man should have gone for help, but decided to cope with is some other way. If he killed himself just because of work, then it does not make sense. I can’t believe that someone would kill themselves over work? Wouldn’t you just quit. He could have quit and looked for another job, at the end of the day he made it into Uber, he could have worked himself up to another company.