Uber has seen a remarkable growth since its debut in 2009.
Now known as the go-to option for city dwellers looking for a commute, Uber has in 2016 alone, garnered over $5 billion in net revenue.
Despite the company’s successes, it has continuously been in the middle of one scandal or another.
The newest scandal rocking the company is the resignation of their president Jeff Jones.
In a statement to Recode, the executive stated, “Now clear that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, I can no longer continue as president of the ride-sharing business.”
The former Target marketing chief took the role of Uber’s president a mere 6 months ago with the goal of improving both Uber’s business model and reputation. The latter a task he could not ultimately fulfill.
This is only the latest in a line of scandals to rock the company. Let’s take a look at some other headline-grabbing Uber scandals.
Uber Employees Attempt to Sink Competitors
In 2014, it was revealed that several Uber employees took part in an organized effort to bring down ride-sharing competitor Gett.
The Uber Employees created dummy accounts on Gett’s system ordering a fleet of cars simultaneously. Once the Gett cars got close enough to the location, the Uber employees canceled the orders.
This reportedly didn’t stop with Gett.
In a statement to CNN Money employees of Lyft, another ride-sharing competitor revealed that 177 Uber contractors ordered and canceled more than 5,000 rides.
Uber Executive Reveals Plans Of Gathering Dirt On Uber’s Critics
Uber’s senior vice president of business, Emil Michael, stated during a dinner with the press in 2014, that Uber spent upwards of a million dollars to hire researchers to dig up dirt on members of the press that have been critical of the company.
During the dinner, the Uber executive allegedly also went as far as to name one particular writer that the researchers were paying special attention to as a result of her unflattering articles on the company.
Reports of Sexual Harassment
In early 2016, Susan Fowler, a former engineer at Uber, published a blog post detailing her unpleasant experience working for the company.
In her post, Susan Fowler detailed experiences of sexual harassment by her former managers.
She also went on to describe how these behaviors were not taken seriously by Uber’s human resources department.
In the months after the post, other former Uber employees also went online to share their own experiences of sexual harassment while working for the company.
Uber CEO Gets Into Recorded Argument with Uber Driver
A video obtained and released by Bloomberg showed an Uber driver arguing with Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick.
In the argument, the Uber driver accused the CEO of ruining his life by lowering the app’s prices. The drop in prices apparently caused the driver to lose $100,000.
The driver continued to state that the CEO and his company had also ruined the lives of many drivers around the world.
The argument ended with an angry Kalanick stating, “I know you’re not going to go far!”