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Companies Are Making Ex-Uber Employees Prove They're Not A-holes. http://jalopnik.com/companies-are-making-ex-uber-employees-prove-theyre-not-1793047267

When you read a news article title and it makes sense but you still can't really believe it so for a second you think maybe it's one of The Onion parody news articles but it isn't and then you read the whole article... twice..and you smile... and chuckle... and wipe away a happy tear... and just become one with your schadenfreude.


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 a-hole.'"

The "a-hole" 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.

Leslie Miley, who's currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Venture for America and the former director of engineering of the chat app Slack, told The Guardian that he considers Uber's "asshole culture" (his words) when interviewing job candidates.

"To be perfectly honest, I don't want to work with someone who did well in that environment," he told the outlet. "If you did well in that environment upholding those values, I probably don't want to work with you."

The description of the culture jibes with what's described in the essay that sparked Uber's latest series of scandals by the former engineer Susan Fowler. "It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job," Fowler wrote.

Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick, himself the center of controversy time and again, responded in a statement that he wants to make the ride-hailing giant a workplace for everyone to work at. But the company's myriad troubles are proving to have far-reaching consequences that perhaps Kalanick never imagined.

Update: This post has been updated to reflect Leslie Miley's current job role as Entrepreneur in Residence at Venture for America.
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