Mudasir Sheikha, CEO of Cream, says he does not want to hire people who are focused on high pay or working hours.
Some employees at Blind called the CEO’s LinkedIn post “tone-deaf” and “disturbing.”
A Careem spokesperson said the company offers competitive fees.
Tech workers took Blind to an employee forum to criticize the startup’s CEO after he wrote a list of traits they don’t want in new hires, including employees who prioritize pay and want to “log out” of work.
“If I could give you hundreds of reasons to join Careem, like the opportunities you want to learn and grow, make an impact or work in a hybrid setting, let me share with you the reasons not to join Careem instead.” SuperApp’s Kerim Mudassir Sheikha said in a LinkedIn post that employees “shouldn’t join the company if your top priority is compensation.”
“While you get competitive compensation at Careem, there are places where it’s much easier to get a check,” he said in the post. “For colleagues at Careem, their priority is to make an impact and achieve our mission.”
Sheika added that Kerry would not be a “comfortable 9-to-5” job, and that workers looking for “structure and certainty” or a “nice corner office” should avoid the company altogether.
“Colleagues at Careem don’t clock in and work, they see things as owners at the bottom line,” he wrote in a post on LinkedIn that has generated more than 220 comments.
An anonymous Roblox employee on Blind, who asks for the company’s email address to confirm the employee’s job title, called the post “tone deaf” and “cracking,” generating nearly 650 responses in the thread. Insider has not personally verified the work of users mentioned in this story.
“Meaning: We’ll pay you peanuts, put you in a tight space, put you in a less comfortable place, give you no training, work you until you’re burned out, and the fired executives and owners get a fat paycheck on the back of your knee.” The Roblox employee wrote. “Why would you join a place like this unless you’re desperate?”
In the year A spokesperson for the Dubai startup, which was acquired by Uber in 2020, said the company offers “market-high compensation” and a cohesive work environment, adding that the startup offers a more flexible work environment “in a region with a more traditional work culture.”
“We’re thrilled that so many people are interested in Kerim culture,” a spokesperson said in a statement. Careem continuously benchmarks its salaries against a leading group of global companies to ensure it remains attractive to the world’s top talent.”
The Roblox employee was one of many tech workers who took issue with the LinkedIn post.
“Okay, let me get this straight to you – you want the *world’s* ‘brilliant’ and ‘purpose-driven’ employees, but you don’t think compensating them should be a priority – so you want the world’s best, but you don’t. I don’t want to pay for them,” she listed on her profile as working at Microsoft. One employee generated 90 likes for her response on LinkedIn. “They think the world’s best should be motivated by your ‘mission.’ Even if you’re a non-profit or doing some humanitarian mission here, they should be willing to work for cheap. It’s a for-profit company and its ‘mission is to make money.’
While many commenters on Blind and LinkedIn took issue with the post, some were more supportive and said Careem employees on Blind are not required to work “crazy hours” and that compensation is “okay” at the company.
Executive coach Binod Shankar said on LinkedIn that the post was “exciting and rare.”
“Trustworthy, helpful and a concise statement of company culture from the CEO,” says Shankar. “I always say that poor job fit (which includes culture fit) is the main reason millions are suffering at work. At least in this case, job hunters who don’t fit the culture are warned, and so are you. Maybe you’ll attract the right crowd.”
Other CEOs who comment on the work ethic of employees have had their opinions debated or criticized in recent months.
Startups have long been known to participate in a rush culture, and for some, it can be a big deal. In the year In 2019, the United Arab Emirates newspaper The National News reported that “hundreds” of Careem workers had left Uber’s acquisition of millionaires due to a $3.1 billion payout. There are signs, though, that tech workers are tired of the grind.
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