So what’s the game plan of the $18 billion dollar man? Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is notorious for keeping his cards close to the chest. Job listings don’t lie, however. They are an excellent way to divine key information about company expansion plans, state of operations and development, and general roadmap.
Using Kimono Labs visual data extraction tool, Silk data journalist Caspar Egas pulled in all 461 job listings for Kalanick’s company. Then with Silk’s visualizations, maps, and filters, he broke them down by title, function, country, and continent. You can see the result at uber-jobs.silk.co and some interesting findings below.
Geography: The findings point to rapid hiring growth in the U.S. but also in Asia. While there are 177 job openings in the US (more than in any other single country), most openings are outside the US: 258. When leaving out the US, by far the most openings are in Asia - a total of 124 positions - almost as much as the combined amount in all other continents.
Job Type: Close to half of all job openings are in Operations; the second largest group of openings fall under Local Marketing and Support. Engineering, Design and Product jobs make up only 1/8 of the total. In fact, Uber is hiring more Policy positions than Engineering position. This makes sense, given that Uber is engaged in what is essentially a political battle to convince local, state and national governments to allow it to operate (Germany just banned Uber for example). When excluding engineering, design and product jobs, there are more total Uber job postings outside of North America than inside the country. Close to half of all job openings are in Operations; the second largest group of openings fall under Local Marketing and Support.
Small Percentage of Engineering Jobs Means Uber’s Tech Platform is Mature and Scaling Well: The small percentage of engineering jobs compared to operational, support, marketing and policy jobs implies that Uber’s backend is scaling very nicely and that it doesn’t need much more engineering firepower to continue to grow the company. The bottlenecks now are likely drivers and growing individual markets, as well as opening new ones.
High Number of Policy and Communications Jobs Means Uber is a Political Beast: Kalanick hired in August top Obama Campaign operative David Plouffe. has 40 job opening for policy with many specific to the country or city level. This speaks to Kalanick’s view and tactics - he often uses grassroots efforts to engage (or some might say strongly encourage) political bodies and sway them in favor of Uber. That said, Uber might end up with the highest ratio of policy and comms employees as a percentage of the general employee makeup — ever!
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