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I heard that Uber feeds their new drivers for 2 months to "get them hooked." Then the honeymoon period is over. True?

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StuffinMuffin
843 Driver Rider
 Posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I heard from not one, not two, but three drivers of this story, and they weren't even prompted.  It's apparently a common understanding among the drivers. What gives?

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    RPaulson
    558 Driver
     4 years ago

    I am a driver and I have heard this as well.  I even discussed this with other drivers. Many drivers swear by this.

    I personally think it's one of those exaggerated stories that becomes a myth.  I mean, everyone complains about their jobs.  This is just someting we all love to whine about when we wish we were making more money.

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      jbauer
      391 Driver
       4 years ago

      ...or could it be that all new drivers have 5 star ratings?  Flawless record means more fares?

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        TonyAlmeida
        1149 Rider
         4 years ago

        Doesn't Uber guarantee a certain payout for the first month?  (maybe in some cities)   So, if they have to pay these new drivers anyways, they proactively direct the available fares to these honeymooners?

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    kitkat22
    222 Rider
     4 years ago

    By feeds their new drivers do you mean "feeds them more ride requests" or directly "feeds them more cash"?

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      kias_revenge
      133 Rider
       4 years ago

      I interpreted it as, like.. feeds them. Food. Hamburgers and stuff. I was confused for a second.

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        RPaulson
        558 Driver
         4 years ago

        Yeah, I don't think it's literal.  I don't think it's quite figurative either.  I think he is saying, "hand-feed them with rides"

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    CTG07
    223 Rider
     4 years ago

    If this is true, it didn't happen for me! I actually struggled in the beginning getting ride requests, then I started figuring out peoples patterns.

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    LCarpenter
    218 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I feel like the honeymoon period just ended when they went (and about to go) public. 

    They were paying us all inflated prices to get us all hooked and get the word out. Now they did, they are going to and already have slashed the pay. The reality is settling in now.