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Leaked: Read the full results of Uber’s most recent employee survey

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There’s no doubt that ride-sharing service Uber has changed lives. Thanks to Uber and other companies like it, it’s never been easier to catch a ride or to earn a few bucks from owning a car.

But the company has also been embroiled in drama from accusations of sexual hassment and unsavory business practices under its last CEO Travis Kalanick, resulting in his ouster in 2017, to Uber’s self-driving car killing a pedestrian in 2018, under current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Khosrowshahi has been working to overhaul the company culture since he took the job in 2017, and he’s been open about owning up to the company’s mistakes, if not always in public than at least to employees in all-hands meetings.

So how Uber doing as a culture in the eyes of employees?

Business Insider has seen a copy of the company’s latest employee survey (Uber conducts the survey every six months). And one good sign is that Uber is asking its employees difficult questions, including things like if they feel like they can speak up about ethical violations witout fear of retailation (71% say yes, they feel they can).

In many areas, Uber is showing improvement over the way employees felt in the last six months.

Employees are most optomistic about the company’s future, which isn’t surprising given that Khosrowshahi is attempting to lead the company to a massive IPO, expected to be as high as $120 billion.

But most employees also believe they are poorly paid compared to the Valley peers, and many aren’t convinced Uber offers them career opportunties that would keep them around.

Uber has a three-way scale for its employee survey results favorable/positive, neutral (neither positive nor negative) and negative. It recently shared the % of positive responses with employees. A low positive score doesn’t automatically mean that employees feel actively negative. It means that many of them feel a range from ‘meh” to negative.

So here’s a look at how Uber employees really feel about working there, based on survey scores as seen by Business Insider. The percentage number shown represents the portion of survey takers who gave a “favorable/positive” response to the question:

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The following questions relate to how employees feel about Uber as a company:

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The final section seeks to gather general impressions about what it’s like to work at Uber:

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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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VR tech to revolutionize commercial driver training

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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Next-Gen Tech Company Pops on New Cover Detection Test

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While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.

Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.

Shares were trading up over 5% to $3.07 in early afternoon trade.

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