Grab unable to offer 20% of former Uber staff jobs

by Nurhuda Syed23 May 2018

Singapore-based Grab confirmed that it was unable to offer suitable roles to less than 20% of Uber’s former employees in Southeast Asia.

This is following Grab’s promise to absorb all 500 plus employees after the sudden announcement of Uber’s acquisition in March this year.

The ride-hailing company said the 20% drop off of Uber employees was due to a mismatch of profiles and differing personal career goals.

“They have the opportunity to explore available roles with Uber in other regions and will receive a severance package,” a spokesperson told Marketing.

Grab had “open conversations” with former Uber employees to understand their career aspirations and to match their experience with existing roles at Grab.

“We’ve set up chats with multiple Grab functions to ensure everyone has the opportunity to find a role that provides continued career growth and personal development,” the spokesperson said.

Grab will continue to speak with Uber staff in the next couple of months.

Just days after news broke about the acquisition in March, a video had gone viral claiming that Uber employees in Singapore were given two hours’ notice to pack up and leave the office.

A similar story had circulated in Malaysia involving staff based there.

Grab rejected the claims in the video and clarified that former Uber staff were on paid leave then.

This prompted Ong Chin Yin, head of people at Grab to release a statement saying that they are “committed to try and find a suitable role” and would reach out to everyone.

Grab then held a townhall meeting for all affected Uber employees across Southeast.

Uber officially exited the Singapore market as of 7 May.

 

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