Uber is making a third round of staff cuts this year, according to a company-wide email from CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, which was first reported by CNBC. The company is laying off about 350 employees, or around 1.5 percent of its workforce, with cuts affecting the self-driving and Uber Eats teams, among others. An undisclosed number of employees are also being asked to relocate, according to the email.
Uber laid off around 400 employees from its marketing team in July following a lackluster initial public offering, and cut an additional 435 workers in September.
Uber spent years burning money as it expanded into markets around the globe. But it’s been trying to trim fat ever since its shares started trading on the New York Stock Exchange earlier this year, which gave investors (and the general public) a look at just how much money the ride-hailing company churns through. Things have only gotten worse, as the company lost $5.2 billion in the second quarter of 2019 alone, nearly double its losses for all of 2018 combined.
Uber has already made some cuts to its self-driving team in the wake of the death of Elaine Herzberg, who was killed by one of the company’s test vehicles in March 2018. Khosrowshahi reportedly considered ending the program altogether, though the company has since resumed testing, and recently unveiled a new version of its test vehicle.
Beyond the staff cuts, Uber is trying a number of different methods to better balance its books. The company has been trying to grow its Eats food delivery service, which it sees as a potentially huge profit driver in the near term.
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