Programmers in the Valley are pressuring their friends to quit working at Uber

Julie Bort

Business Insider

7th March 2017

’ ’ ” If you are a developer working at Uber these days, there’s a good chance your friends are imploring you to quit the company — publicly on Twitter, privately on Facebook, or whenever you talk to them. ” ’ People in Silicon Valley can’’t stop talking about the ”” at Uber after a former engineer, ’ ’ ’ ’ The third was from a woman who said her female boss about the tank top she wore to work and harangued her in other ways. ’ ’ On top of that, Fowler has said that the company has hired and believes she may soon be the subject of a ”,” according to her tweets.

Uber denies this — a representative told Business Insider that this second law firm reports to Holder and ”they are investigating Susan’’s claims, not Susan personally.” ’ ” On Friday, The New York Times’ Mike Issac published a story in which Uber refused service (and provided fake data) to people requesting rides if Uber suspected those people of being undercover law enforcement or working for competitors. ” ’ All this comes on top of many other scandals over the years.

’ ’ ’ ’ The hashtag #DeleteUber went viral last month over Uber’’s handling of the immigration protests and related taxi driver strike. There was outrage over its tactics. Even before that, there were allegations that Uber employees used a tool called ”God View” to spy on customers’’ activities (resulting in Uber paying a).

’ ” Plus, there was the scandal over an Uber exec’s offhand suggestion that the company should dig up dirt on the personal life of a female journalist who criticized the company. ” ” And there’s been ongoing complaints over the company’s treatment of its drivers, including an incident caught on video of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with a driver, ” ” Now many of the people who make up the Valley’s engine — its engineers, programmers, and developers — have dubbed the company so toxic that they want their colleagues to stop working there and helping it. ” ’ This is a serious concern for many developers.

programmers are routinely asked to do unethical and sometimes illegal things at all sorts of companies. There’’s a movement under foot for developers to to protect themselves. But short of that, their reputations as ethical and honorable people come in large part from their resumes.

In Silicon Valley the ”mission” that your company works on is as important to your career as the technical skills that you possess. ’ ” A year or two ago, Uber was viewed as the quintessential example of how tech could change the world, and working there was a badge of honor. But the longer they stay, the more their own reputations could be impacted by the company’s public missteps.

” ’ There are although an Uber spokesperson says the company has ’ ’ Still, here are a few pubic tweets of people pressuring Uber employees to quit. ’ ’ ’ ’ ’t’t’tTo everyone in positions of power at : it is your personal responsibility to stop this bullshit. Do the right thing.

Or at least quit. ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’t’t’tIf you’re an engineer working at Uber, you better have a GREAT reason for why you haven’t started looking for a new job by now. ’t’t’ ’ ’t’t’tThe truth is: It’s probably TOO late to leave without a stain on your character.

You should start thinking of rehabilitation. ’t’t’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ” ’t’t’tOn the plus side the best engineer I’ve ever worked with is job hunting, was considering Uber, & now wouldn’t go near them 10 foot poll. .

’t’t” ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ a friend of mine has an Uber offer in hand and will pass on it, even though the pay is way above other offers. ’t’t’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ” ’t’t’tIf you work at Uber and haven’t quit yet. .

. why? ” ’ ’ ’If you are a developer working at Uber these. .

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