In a statement to Marketing, Grab has confirmed that it was unable to offer suitable roles for less than 20% of former Uber Southeast Asia employees, based on their profiles and personal career goals.
“We’ve been unable to offer suitable roles for less than 20% of Uber employees, based on their profiles and personal career goals. They have the opportunity to explore available roles with Uber in other regions and will receive a severance package,” a spokesperson told Marketing in an exclusive statement.
This was in response to Marketing’s queries that Grab was carrying out job cuts through email after a previous town hall. The Grab spokesperson said the company has reached out to every Uber employee to find them a suitable role in Grab. It has made offers to “a vast majority of employees” who have completed discussions with Grab teams.
“We’ve had open conversations with Uber employees to understand their career aspirations, and where their experience is relevant, we’ve set up chats with multiple Grab functions to ensure everyone has the opportunity to find a role that provides continued career growth and personal development. We will continue to speak with Uber employees in the next couple of months,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added, “We have the same hunger and determination to improve lives in Southeast Asia, and look forward to welcoming our new colleagues at Grab soon.”
In the meantime, Grab has inked several strategic partnerships to grow its offering in the region. Recently, it partnered with Maybank in Malaysia to drive the acceptance and usage of GrabPay. The move follows Grab’s vision of becoming the everyday app for Malaysian consumers, integrating mobility, food delivery, cashless payments, financial services and logistics. It also struck a content and media partnership with Mediacorp in Singapore, which will see the media company managing Grab’s fleet-based media assets.
In March, Grab made a push into bike sharing services through its partnership with oBike. Called GrabCycle, the partnership coincided with the launch of GrabVentures, a new division which experiment with new products and services to “add value and improve quality of consumers living in Southeast Asia”.