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How Uber’s Top Engineer Saved His Job

As Uber struggles to rebuild its management team and board, its leaders are snuffing out internal fires too. One of the biggest: turmoil within its 2,000-person engineering team, the center of Susan Fowler’s now famous sexual harassment and bullying allegations.

In the hotseat is CTO Thuan Pham, who Ms. Fowler said failed to act on her complaints about being bullied by her boss and blocked from transferring teams. While an external investigation cleared him, several rank-and-file Uber engineers on Wednesday and Thursday sent emails to groups across the organization, calling for Mr. Pham to step down because he was named in her post. And on Twitter, Ms. Fowler retweeted a comment asking why Mr. Pham was still at Uber.

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Mr. Pham also shared with some colleagues a handwritten note that Ms. Fowler gave to him in February, several months after she had left the company. Ms. Fowler had published a book about microservices—her area of work within infrastructure engineering—and Mr. Pham told colleagues she sent him a copy with the note, which said, “To Thuan, Thank you for being an amazing leader.” Several weeks later, Ms. Fowler published her explosive post.

Terrence Yang and John Danner commented on this article.
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