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Updated Dec 10, 2014
Updated Dec 10, 2014
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  1. 128 people found this helpful  

    Operations and Logistics Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Uber in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online mid January and received a phone call mid February around 6:30pm on a Friday night.

    Here are the steps that followed:

    1) Sunday night: 5-10 minute phone call with someone at the Uber office I had applied to, general background questions, are you eligible to work in the United States etc. The person I spoke to also asked right off the bat what I was looking for in salary and stated that they had been hiring people between the $60 - $65K range, and that number was implied to be rather inflexible.

    2) Tuesday: Two hour timed analytics test, completed online. You download two CSV files and use that data to answer 28 multiple choice questions. Twenty of the 28 questions had to do with straight data analysis (which 10 hour span in the course of two weeks had the most requests), while the remaining eight were a bit more interpretive (which of the following metrics would be most valuable for determining demand). The final four questions were free-form essay answers. Ones I recall are: Write a letter to drivers (can be for an upcoming holiday or just a general newsletter), which of two given bonus structures would be better in incentivizing drivers to work (fixed per ride, fixed per hour, variable but a minimum of rides required). I would say I am pretty good with Excel and a fast writer and I finished in about 1 hour 45 minutes. There were only about 3 questions that were very difficult.

    3) Thursday/Friday: Two 20-30 minute phone interviews with members of the Uber team at the location where I applied. The first 10 minutes or so each time was comprised of the general tell us about your resume, why do you want to leave your company, why Uber in particular type questions. The next 10-15 minutes had questions like how would you sell an existing taxi driver on using Uber (biggest one was safety), why don't taxi drivers like using credit cards (taxes, a cut of the money gets taken out by processing fees, they don't get the money right away like cash) and some other questions that I can't recall. The last few minutes are opened up to the candidate to ask them questions.

    4) Following Wednesday: Two hour interview at the Uber office consisting of four 30-minute panels. Each panel was 3-4 people asking me questions. There were at least three other people being interviewed for the same position concurrently, so the panelists rotated between us. Mine was conducted inside a room full of random Uber-related supplies and storage units. The interview took place from 6-8pm on a Wednesday night, which seems a bit asinine given that most people applying already worked a full day beforehand but perhaps Uber wants to see how candidates perform when they're both tired and stressed, who knows. In each panel maybe 2 minutes are devoted to hearing about you as a person or candidate (tell us about your resume... hmm I see here you've worked for X for Y years, tell us about that) -- after that they jump right in to questions. There is little to no time to make a connection with your interviewers, it's really all about being able to answer the specific questions they ask. Despite the fact that I heard over and over again how everyone who works at Uber came from other industries 100% of the questions were about Uber-specific processes or items, there was not a single general aptitude or skills question until the final panel asked "Tell us about a project you worked on that you were proud of," or something to that effect. See the "Interview Questions" section below for examples.

    At the end of one of the panels, almost as an afterthought, the last question I was asked was: Tell us something you're passionate about. I thought, stupidly, that this was a genuine attempt to get to know me as a person so I answered with a legitimate answer -- let's say it was fine dining. Instead of the expected reply prompting me to share a human anecdote or a commonality between the interviewer and myself he replied "OK great, make a PowerPoint presentation about fine dining and send it to me by <looks at watch> 8pm tomorrow night." I asked for more direction and was told, essentially, sell me on fine dining. I wasn't told if this was supposed to be a test of my presentation skills, sales skills or just a signal that I was devoted to this job. I have a real life with other responsibilities, so I spent about 2 hours the next morning before work putting something together and sent it in.

    The next time I heard from Uber was 5-6 days later I received a generic form email at 11pm informing me they'd decided to go in a different direction. I was not particularly inclined to inquire as to why I was not selected.

    Interview Questions
    • From the in-person panel interviews:

      - Uber is opening up a city remotely (i.e. Milwaukee will be operated out of Chicago). How would you make the drivers in Milwaukee feel equal to the drivers in Chicago. This was maybe the worst, most vague question of them all.
      - Uber drops you in a new market (i.e. Oklahoma City) and says you have two weeks until we open here - go! What do you do?
      - Say an Uber black car driver makes $30/ride with a 20% commission. How do you convince him to upgrade to a new made up service UberSuper with a 25% commission? What costs will the driver incur in upgrading. How much more will he have to make each week, etc. Note: it's not enough to just walk them through mentally how you'd do this, be prepared to do the math on the fly. Very annoying.
      - An Uber competitor opens in your city with unlimited cash capital, if you were them how would you steal Uber's customers? If you were Uber how would you convince drivers not to leave?
       
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview Details

    I recently graduated from a prestigious "coding bootcamp" and Uber came to our career day for speed interviews that are supposed to replace phone screens. We had 10 minutes to talk to them about a personal project we worked on for 5 weeks.

    Out of the 15 companies I spoke to, Uber was the only one that was rude. Instead of letting me explain the features of my project, they just focused on the fact that I didn't validate user input. They barely let me give my presentation and smirked when I said that I realized that validating user input was a problem but that I would address it before I fully deployed my application.

    After the interview, I told my friend about how rude they were and how I wouldn't accept the position even if I got an offer. Lo and behold, a week after the speed interview I received a email that stating that I'm not a good fit. Guess the disinterest is mutual. That's fine, because I was highly skeptical of their "company bio" even before speaking with them. They stated that their company culture is "marked by...hyperproductivity". In light of Uber's recent PR blunders, it sounds like long hours at the office putting out fires.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 23 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview Details

    I applied online after seeing the job posted on LinkedIn. After a few weeks, a recruiter reached out to me to set up a phone interview. We discussed my current role, why I wanted to work at Uber, and what my expectations of the position were. At the end of the interview, the recruiter told me they were planning on sending me a short assignment that I needed to complete in order to be considered for the next round.

    The assignment was split into 3 sections, with 3 to 4 questions per section. If you know what you're doing and have experience in the field, none of the questions are inherently hard. However, they are incredibly time-consuming. Creating project plans, giving a laundry list of ideas, calling up local businesses and asking how they would want to partner with the company, answering customer emails, and analyzing promotional data were all included in the questions. I finished the assignment in 2 days and waited to hear back on next steps.

    About a week later, the recruiter reached out and let me know they wanted to set up a Skype interview with another employee. During the Skype interview, we discussed a lot of the same questions during the phone interview. Again, nothing difficult if you know what you're talking about and have a genuine interest in the position. I asked a few questions, one being work/life balance, as a lot of feedback on these types of positions were related to working 16 hours/day. That was squashed pretty quickly, and it was much more on point with what you expect from an established start-up in the events and promotions world. The employee and I seemed to build a good connection and I expected to be moved on to the next round. However, after the interview, I was sent ANOTHER assignment.

    This time, the questions were tailored specifically to things we discussed during the interview. During the original Skype interview, we talked about a specific event that Uber was activating at. One of the questions was to come up with ideas for that event and how to increase the company's presence at said event. This question put a sour taste in my mouth, as I knew these ideas could be used without an offer being made, but I was genuinely interested in the position, thought my ideas were better than what they currently use during activation, and that the connection I built with the employee would be weighed heavier than any of my answers. I finished this assignment in a day and turned it in to the recruiter.

    After not hearing back after a week, I followed up with the recruiter to find out when I would hear about the next steps in the hiring process. I was shocked to find out they decided to go in another direction. I asked for any feedback to help understand why I did not move on, but the recruiter said it was company policy not to share details of the interview process.

    I was bummed that I didn't get the job, but moved on in my job search. However, after seeing the same position posted back on LinkedIn a few days later, I realized I was completely taken advantage of. I am willing to jump through hoops for positions I am interested in and understand that a company of Uber's size and stature needs to weed out the applicants, but this seems like they blatantly farmed my ideas without the intention of hiring for the position in order to benefit them on their upcoming event.

    While the employees were professional, the process that the company has put in place was one of the worst experiences I've dealt with. I think there are better ways to qualify applicants without making them feel like we are being taken advantage of.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult or unexpected questions, as long as you are familiar with the events and promotions marketing.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview Details

    An Uber recruiter contacted me via LinkedIn and scheduled a non-technical interview. He mostly talked about my background and things that I work on at my current job.
    Then they scheduled a technical telephonic interview. The interview pattern was pretty standard. I wrote programs on a shared screen. There were 2 simple programming questions (language of my choice) and one for a system design. He also asked me questions about what I work on and explained what his team works on. I got the response almost immediately that I had cleared the interview. They asked me for dates to fly to their HQ.
    Uber doesn't book anything for your travels, you are expected to book the flight, hotel and anything else you need.
    Every interview lasts for about 45 mins and there are about 5 interviews. There is a lunch break with the team for about half hour but other than that the interviews are back to back.
    The interview almost always started with questions about the most interesting project I worked on. That went on for about half of the interview.
    Then there was a programming question. The thing that was different here was that you can use your own laptop and any IDE of your choice. You can also Google for things - obviously not the algorithms but there are programming questions that may need additional input.
    I chose Eclipse. The good part about this is that you don't have to remember any functions or syntax (thank you intellisense!). The bad part (I thought) was that your program must work by the end of the interview. You get anywhere between 10 to 25 mins to do it. Write your code faster so you get time to debug your code.
    The interviewers were really nice to talk to. Very friendly and not at all arrogant.
    I was happy with the overall experience at the interviews but the scheduling process was really stressful. This is not a forum to complain but be prepared for this - They didn't send me a confirmation until 2 days before interview. I had actually lost hope. I had to book my travel and fly across the country in a day. It was a bit stressful.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you find the words that became obsolete in English language between 16th and 17th century? You may use a search engine.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview Details

    I researched the interview process for this specific role, since it has been posted for a while. It seems they are indeed farming potential candidates for ideas. I went through 2 phone interviews and was asked specifics for creative campaigns.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your favorite campaign that Uber is utilizing?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Driver Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview Details

    filled out questionnaire about vehicle/work experience/background all online. Never heard a word. Perfect driving record, 2014 vehicle and nothing on my background check. I found their add on Indeed.com and filled out all the required information. I emailed them that my vehicle was not one of the ones listed. they emailed back that they added it and i finished the application. never heard another word.

    No Offer
  8.  

    Corporate Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview Details

    I applied through Linkedin. About a week later received an e-mail from a recruiter to set up an initial phone screen. The only problem I had, was the recruiter did not seem interested in my responses. She muted the phone and made a comment about her muting the phone. She was a bit unprofessional, but that is expected in the start up culture. :-)

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted by a recruiter another day. we scheduled a meeting in the following week and the questions asked by the recruiter were quite detailed to the job. it was a 45 mins talk and after that i was asked to hear back from her in 2 days. so after 2 days i was introduced to a manager in sfo . the interview with the manager was not like an interview, more like the manager was asking me thoughts and ideas about promoting uber.

    1 week after the interview with the manager , i didn't hear anything from them until i sent an email to the recruiter asking about the feedback. the recruiter told me they decided to have another direction.

    i don't want to comment or argue that this start up is cheating the ideas from candidates or something because we all dont have the proof. but they way that they send the rejection letter only when i ask them is not cool at all.

    p.s. it's not a cool way to cheat the candidates in order to grow the start up.

    Interview Questions
    • i forgot the questions but they are not difficult. no unexpected questions, all about the work   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Operations Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First interview was via phone, followed by a Skype interview . A week later I was called in for an office interview. The interview process was pretty standard, although they do really take their time in telling you no.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Driver Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Uber.

    Interview Details

    Very analytical process and they give you are test that you must complete in 2 hours. Very tricky test with heavy excel work. Make sure you brush up on your skills beforehand. Need to really understand the way they company works and understand their different offerings. Do your homework before you meet with anyone!

    Interview Questions
    • Very analytical process and they give you are test that you must complete in 2 hours. Very tricky test with heavy excel work. Make sure you brush up on your skills beforehand. Need to really understand the way they company works and understand their different offerings. Do your homework before you meet with anyone!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

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