Uber Reportedly Threw Epic Parties, Pushing One Employee Out After IPO Celebration Went Too Far -- Should Things Change?

Uber had big parties to celebrate its IPO and things went south fast. An employee was forced to resign after the celebrations got out of hand. Is it over?

Uber Reportedly Threw Epic Parties, Pushing One Employee Out After IPO Celebration Went Too Far -- Should Things Change?784
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Reports have been coming out about parties organized by Uber in celebration of the company's IPO, and according to accounts, the higher-ups at Uber seem to know how to party.

It looks like things managed to get pretty wild at some point, as according to one account, an employee was forced to resign from their position in the company after a drunken incident.

Some have been highly critical of the company for promoting parties like these, partly due to Uber's own claims that they were fighting against this type of corporate culture, and have been making good progress on that front.

It does not look like these days are quite behind the company, as they have been pushing forward quite heavily with their party attitude.

At some point, people at the party had to confiscate the car keys of one of the employees present, as they were starting to become a risk.

Other incidents reported from Uber's events have painted the company in an even worse light.

Worst of all, though, it looks like Uber does not really care about the kind of reputation that they have been building through these events, and have been determined to continue in the same style.

Many have been critical of the company for promoting one idea and working against it in the background, while others have called for a more rational discussion, pointing out that it is possible that there is more to the story behind the scenes.

The reports observers have seen so far have been somewhat scattered and disorganized, admittedly.

Uber addressed the reports in the following statement: "We limited the amount of alcohol during internal events last Friday and informed employees around the world that we expected them to celebrate that milestone responsibly. We took action to address any who did not."

The assistant professor of psychology and human resource development at Villanova University, Christian Thoroughgood, says that it will take time for this kind of behavior to stop.

He told the Washington Post: "I think that those wounds are still open, and I think that the stigma that the organization still has of being this kind of country club, frat guy, aggressive environment — it certainly doesn't serve to counter that."

Do you think the Uber culture can change, yes or no?