A day after Uber President Jeff Jones resigned from his role at the troubled cab aggregator, the company s Vice President of maps Brian McClendon has also stepped down to explore politics.” McClendon has been associated with the company for close to two years and according to Uber, he will continue to be an adviser to the company. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
A report on Recode quotes an Uber spokesperson as saying, Mr McClendon is departing amicably from Uber and will be an adviser to the company, adding that he was, moving back to Kansas where he is from to explore politics. His exit has been in the works for some time and his last day at Uber is March 28. McClendon is an industry veteran and had joined Uber after a decade-long stint at Google s mapping department. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
McClendon s departure comes at a time when Uber is embroiled in multiple accusations related to its unhealthy work culture and even sexual harassment. Yesterday, Uber s president Jeff Jones resigned after just six months of being associated with the company. Jones and McClendon are not the only C-suite executives quitting Uber. Last week, the company s head of AI Gary Marcus also announced his departure, along with the vice president of product Ed Baker. ALSO READ: Uber s senior VP Amit Singhal asked to step down for not disclosing sexual harassment case at Google
The report further notes that McClendon s departure is different as the employees expected to receive their bonuses on March 15 after reviews and according to sources, there will now be more departures as staffers have cashed out their additional pay. McClendon had also been named in a major lawsuit levied against Uber by his former employer Alphabet- parent company of Google.
Uber’s problems aggravated after a former employee Susan J Folwer wrote in lengths about the extreme sexism she experienced during her one year of employment, which forced her to quit the company. After Fowler s detailed account went public, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, issued a statement saying that what Fowler described is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. He further said that he has ordered urgent investigation into the allegations made by Fowler. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired, Kalanick said.
Launched seven years ago, Uber is currently valued around $68 billion more than any other privately owned startup in the world. However, time and again the company has been involved in series of controversies pertaining to its work culture. Although no technology company is immune to such instances, Uber, in particular, has been not only accused of sexism at the workplace, but also of abusing drivers by not paying them enough.