An Open Letter from Tech Workers to DoorDash

Anna Geiduschek
8 min readFeb 28, 2019

(Tech workers, fill out this form to add your name. Supportive drivers and others, please sign here.)

$7 billion food delivery startup DoorDash is taking pay from people making close to minimum wage.

The way it works: DoorDash guarantees drivers a minimum payment for each delivery, but use tips to fulfill that minimum. If a user tips more, it doesn’t mean the worker gets paid more. DoorDash just pays less. The driver often won’t benefit from the tip at all, but can’t tell — DoorDash doesn’t disclose how much a user tipped on a given job.

From DoorDash FAQ:

For each delivery, you will always receive at least $1 from DoorDash plus 100% of the customer tip. Where that sum is less than the guaranteed amount, DoorDash will provide a pay boost to make sure you receive the guaranteed amount. Where that sum is more than the guaranteed amount, you pocket the extra amount.

Grocery delivery company Instacart, when recently exposed for similar pay practices, relented and updated their policies. However, DoorDash has doubled down. In a recent interview, CEO Tony Xu claimed that “in no way does DoorDash benefit economically from this model.” That’s a blatant lie when every dollar tipped means DoorDash makes more money, not drivers.

Last week, DoorDash closed another $400 million round of funding. Silicon Valley investors clearly don’t care that DoorDash cheats drivers — in fact, DoorDash is likely being rewarded for adopting practices that improve their profit margins and treats drivers unfairly.

However, investors do care that their startups can hire the best tech talent to help them execute on their mission.

We, current and future tech workers, have a message for DoorDash execs and investors: we will not work for you until you fix your pay practices.

This means you must:

  1. Set a pay floor of $15 for every active hour with an active job, after accounting for expenses like mileage and extra payroll taxes paid by contractors.
  2. Award user tips on top of pay — not deducted from it.
  3. Provide drivers more transparency, including a detailed breakdown of pay.

We see you, DoorDash, and we will not be quiet until you give your workers the respect and compensation they deserve.

(Tech workers, fill out this form to add your name. Supportive drivers and others, please sign here.)


Anna Geiduschek, Software Engineer, Dropbox

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Supported by:

Ashley Johnson (DoorDash driver)

Luke Waring

Wendy Liu

Sarah Meyers

Shelley Handler

Laura Woodry

Shannen Torres

Noah Toyonaga

Nicholas Graeve

Cameron Anderson

Alexander Novosad

Trent Matthew Neal

Taran Ouellette

Karen Liou

Karl Schulz

Sebastian Thomas Stoddart

Raymond Plouhar

Sebastian Motley

Brandon Zamora

Eponine Black (DoorDash driver)

Ryan Oleary (DoorDash driver)

Maddie Lewis

Dexter Calkins (DoorDash driver)

Jakob Ross

Theo Fuerst

Jay Stokes (DoorDash driver)

Trevor Berridge (DoorDash driver)

Rebecca Senn (DoorDash driver)

Zoe Mansfield

Markaus Willis

Charles P Bogen (DoorDash driver)

Dakota Giacalone (DoorDash driver)

Leon Wong

Miah Johnson

Dominick Signoretto (DoorDash driver)

Tucker Clemensen

Caitlin Gray

J Huston

Freddie Martignetti

Giovanni Ferron

Brian C Lord (DoorDash driver)

Gregory Bauer (DoorDash driver)

Seth Goldstein

Tommy Castellucci

Daphne Smith (DoorDash driver)

Lori Wilder

Tara Taylor

Hank Kennedy

Beth Harvey

Cheryl Anne Ruebner (DoorDash driver)

Patrick Mahoney (DoorDash driver)

Mohammed Sarker

Allison Stafford

Jeremy David Rogers (DoorDash driver)

LeShonda Skinner (DoorDash driver)

Michael Crowe

Mike Prusek (DoorDash driver)

Jasmine Lomax

Lika Smith

Bruce McFarland

Eyob Tsegaye

Christine Beal (DoorDash driver)

Karen Taylor

John Adams

Laura Felice

Kathryn Wiktorski

Theresa Herstad

Nek (DoorDash driver)

Tom DNetto

Violeta Moreno (DoorDash driver)

Zachary Yanof (DoorDash driver)

Dylan Avery (DoorDash driver)

S A Millen (DoorDash driver)

Christopher Dempster (DoorDash driver)

Sharolene Dempster (DoorDash driver)

Franco Wong

Charles Livengood (DoorDash driver)

Ctarik Curry (DoorDash driver)

Katrina Bolinder

Yongchang Wu (DoorDash driver)