What’s Wrong with Uber – Kalanick’s Leave of Absence, Holder’s Report

Uber has grown into one of the fastest-growing, most successful tech startups in the world. Uber is easy to use, has tons of drivers, and is generally better than other transportation options. Despite the company’s success, news has spread of Uber’s harsh, sexist culture.

 

CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick recently declared a leave of absence in hopes to repair the company’s culture. Concerns of sexual harassment and other inappropriate conduct surfaced in past weeks, calling for Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, to suggest changes that may fix Uber’s culture.

 

Uber has been recommended by Holder to put a stop on personal, extracurricular relationships between employees, ban the use of alcohol and other substances at work, and better deal with employees’ concerns. Significant structural changes such as these generally requires executives to assume other responsibilities, or even step down.

 

The culture of the mobile-based transportation provider has been tagged as a “bro” culture, disregarding women and facilitating harmful sexist views.

 

After Eric Holder’s month-long research of Uber, over 20 people were fired for sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination. Holder reviews more than 215 unaddressed employee complaints.

 

Executives — not just lower- and mid-level employees — have recently left Uber, such as Emil Michael, former president of business, and company president Jeff Jones. Uber is currently seeking to fill empty spots of COO and CFO.

 

CEO Travis Kalanick is also dealing with personal issues that are undoubtedly adding on to the mess currently under Uber’s roof. Kalanick’s mother unfortunately passed away in a freak boating accident, hurting his father as well.

 

Uber’s HR division has been reported to disregard employee complaints, which sounds likely based on its 215 unaddressed employee complaints. Uber is undoubtedly a successful business and is likely to succeed in coming years, but only if their corporate culture is fixed.

 

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