DoorDash engineers angry over being forced to deliver orders

    DoorDash’s well-heeled engineers are angry they’ll soon have to hit the ground running.

    Beginning in January, DoorDash’s newest program called “WeDash” is requiring all non-delivery employees to dash at least one order a month, SFGate reported.

    But the company’s employees aren’t exactly thrilled.

    “What the actual f – – k?” wrote an employee in a viral post, which revealed the person’s yearly total compensation of $400,000. “I didn’t sign up for this, there was nothing in the offer letter/job description about this.”

    The complaint, titled “DoorDash making engineers deliver food,” was posted on Blind, an anonymous social media app for tech bros and other white-collar jobs. The gripe from the unnamed employee garnered more than 1,600 comments from other workers angry about the implementation and enforcement of the new company policy.

    “This is not acceptable in any way,” wrote one user.

    “I hope other companies don’t draw inspiration,” joked another. “Otherwise LinkedIn employees with be [sic] required to go job hunting once a month going forward.”

    But not everyone hated the idea. In fact, some viewed the idea as thoughtful on behalf of the company and its drivers, making upper-level employees — which includes CEO Tony Xu — see what the delivery life is like.

    DoorDash employees were not thrilled about the new company policy.
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    “Seems like a good way to understand the client’s pains,” commented one person.

    “Empathy for your customers, dashers and restaurants is a good thing,” chimed in another. “Would be awesome to see dashers paired with engineers and product managers on these ride alongs. An opportunity to learn from each other.”

    “I’m young, healthy, unlikely to be at risk from COVID,” wrote another user. “Why not help deliver food and stuff to those who were stuck at home?”

    Blind requires all new users to sign up using their company email to verify their place of employment, according to SFGate, making the likelihood of false posts rare.

    For those who aren’t able to get out in the field and deliver orders, DoorDash told MarketWatch there are other options. WeSupport will give employees the opportunity to shadow customer service and WeMerchant allows employees a look into the merchant support side of the business — both available to those who cannot participate in WeDash.

    A DoorDash spokesperson told SFGate that the program was intended to teach “first-hand how the technology products we build empower local economies, which in turn helps us build a better product.” A rep added to MarketWatch that the viral complaints on Blind “don’t reflect the sentiment of the company’s employees at large.”

    While employees earn “credits” in their annual reviews through participation, money that employees make through their deliveries will be donated to a nonprofit.


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