A Day at Uber’s Santa Monica Office

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Looking Deeper

Into Uber’s commitment into multi-cultural diversity.

This past Friday I had the opportunity to visit Uber’s Santa Monica office. It was a very special moment for me, as my partnership with the ride request app had recently hit a 3rd year anniversary. Certainly a first for MYBELONGING. 

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Being at the Uber office made more increasingly aware of just how committed the brand is to employee culture, particularly amongst Asians and Asian-Americans, not just from corporate standpoint but one that is highly tangible onsite. Uber’s Santa Monica office epitomizes this notion of inclusion and diversity throughout, culminating into an array of events similar to the one we attended for Diwali. 

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Diwali is the Hindu celebration of lights, or rather festival of lights. It’s a popular celebration that varies according to the Lunar Calendar and celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Uber’s ERG team meticulously pulled together a wondrous and festive party in celebration of this Hindu holiday, and I was so grateful to take part in it. From traditional, Indian food offerings (naan, chicken tikka masala, lamb kebobs, gajar halwa pudding to name a few) to a full on, contemporary Bhangra performance, Uber authentically acknowledges how vital diversity is for employee retention and recruitment. It’s also important to point out that the ERG team is comprised of staff from all levels to ensure that the bamboo ceiling is continuously being challenged to be broken at all times. Diversity and awareness — not just in theory but in action. 

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My visit really cemented why I enjoy being a media partner with Uber. It’s a company that respects its employees, on all levels, and has become a champion of Asian-American diversity that is beyond just fulfilling a quota. It’s all about moving forward, while opening doors for all. 

This post is written based on my own personal experience at the Uber office. All words are my own.