This week Uber president Jeff Jones quit because his “beliefs and approach to leadership” were incompatible with what he “saw and experienced at Uber.” Uber has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently and this is yet another PR snafu for the former darling of the start-up circuit.
Jones’ stated reasons for leaving are interesting. Many employment surveys point to feeling valued in your work and seeing how your work contributes to the company as critical to job satisfaction. So, pointing the finger at values suggests neither Jones nor Uber did enough research into the match.
People choose employers for all sorts of reasons. Some will refuse to work for specific industries (I won’t work for companies that profit from gambling or make cigarettes for example) while many will avoid other firms that are ethically grey for them.
When choosing a new employer, do you consider the culture of the company? How do you learn about the corporate culture during the recruitment process? What are your tricks and tools for assessing whether you’ll be a good fit for a prospective employer?