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Uber's biggest employee problems are pay and pride, not sexism, says HR boss [USA Today from 2017]

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 Posted 5 years, 10 months ago

You know Liane Hornsey the Chief HR Officer who just resigend or forced out recently?   

Take a look at this old article below.  Foreshadows the mess she creates.  The strategic BS mission she was on for the next three years.  Unforgivable.

SAN FRANCISCO — After nearly five months of digging into Uber’s internal culture, its new chief human resources officer says the ride-hailing company’s treatment of women — which gave it a public black eye after charges of persistent sexism and discrimination were detailed by a former employee — is no worse at Uber than at other companies.

“Wherever I have worked, I have seen things that are not great for women,” Liane Hornsey told USA TODAY as she awaits the imminent release of an internal investigation into Uber’s culture spurred by the revelations of former engineer Susan Fowler. Hornsey says she hasn't been privy to that investigation, helmed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

“I worked in entertainment for six years,” said Hornsey, whose resume includes stops at BMG Music, Google and Softbank. “I don’t think it’s about tech, or this city or this company. I think it’s about the world of work, and I think that it’s something that we have to take really super seriously.”

Hornsey, who started at Uber on Jan. 3, has conducted more than 200 separate “listening tour” sessions since February to get a handle on the company's biggest HR problems.


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    120 Rider
     5 years ago

    Wow, thanks for sharing.  I didn't read this in 2017, but did the market take this with a straight face?  Did we all believe her?  This angers me to no end. 

    She straight out downplayed it, didn't she?  Don't tell me if she tried to shed a light to a bigger problem, as part of the #metoo.  this is definitely a damage control.

    It's like saying to a rape victim, "many girls get raped anyways, and you are not an exception." "What happened here happens all the time."

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      179 Driver Driver
       5 years ago

      She was hired purely because she was a woman and the company made her say it because she was a woman.  

      Can you imagine if a guy said that?  Uber basically thought this statement would fly better coming from a female executive.

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    259 Driver
     5 years ago

    Pure damage control mode.  Total denial of the problem.  She never tried to fix the problem, did she?  It was all about the perception to the investors and the market.  

    How dare they try to squash this.

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     5 years ago

    They must have paid her a lot to get her to communicate that BS. It's sad, but people think that men are the ones holding women back. The truth is, while there definitely are men who don't want to see women succeed, it's often other women who stand in the way. The women who are successful today know that they worked their a** off to get where they are, and they don't want to risk it by associating with helping other women and being at risk of more women competition. Women need to lift each other up! Glad Liane is out of Uber, hopefully she doesn't get placed anywhere near a human resources role in the future.