Is the culture at Uber broken beyond repair? | The Tylt
Is the culture at Uber broken beyond repair?
Kara Swisher at Recode explains what happened:
At an all-hands meeting for employees about a devastating report that, in part, said that the car-hailing company suffers from rampant sexism, the high-profile TPG Capital head did the worst possible thing responding to a remark by fellow board member Arianna Huffington. She was talking about data that shows if one woman is on a board that was “much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board.”
The profoundly tone-deaf Bonderman then decided this was a perfect time to make a deeply sexist remark, using an old trope that women are blabby. “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking,” he said.
Bonderman's words speak for themselves. His tone-deaf comment comes after a string of metastasizing scandals from Uber. The reason why there are so many scandals at Uber is because the company's culture is entirely toxic. The win-at-all-costs attitude gave the company its competitive edge but it's also created the mess the company is stuck in today.
During the all-hands meeting, Huffington basically announced that everything has to change. But it's doubtful that Uber can really change. The Uber myth is that its success is thanks to Travis Kalanick and what he brought to the able–including culture. Its win-at-all-costs attitude can't be separated from the toxic culture. They're one and the same.
That is the state of Uber today: The company can’t even make it through a meeting about its reputation for sexism without somebody making a sexist joke. Sexism at Uber goes far deeper than the things it does. At this point, it’s a core component of the brand.
Many of Uber's investors think the company is ready to make the changes necessary. Uber's culture won't be fixed immediately. Bonderman's comments goes to show just how far and deeply things need to change. Uber's board voted to implement all of the changes recommended by former Attorney General Eric Holder's report.
So today is both an end and a beginning. It’s the end of three and a half months of rigorous investigation, and it’s the beginning of building on the Holder recommendations and moving forward together, condemning what happened in the past, but judging ourselves and expecting others to judge us on what we’re doing right now — the actions we’re taking, and the new policies we’re implementing.
This is the beginning of our journey to being a company that always puts you, our driver partners, and our riders first, that honors your talents, your dedication and your ambition to change the world for the better.
For some context, here's how things are currently going with the top management at Uber.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence. A look at the company's recent high-profile departures: pic.twitter.com/VNiUOIFbXm