Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal used Punjabi epithets with staff, tore presentations in anger

Employees of Ola have come out to discuss founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal’s aggressive and unrelenting behaviour at work, which they claim has angered management and board members. Bhavish Aggarwal allegedly used slurs in Punjabi towards staff members and told teams they were useless, according to employees.

Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola, is definitely one of India’s most ambitious businesspeople, but some of the personnel and board members of the company seem to have grown tired of his relentless pace and management style. A media report detailing Aggarwal’s harsh and unyielding behaviour at work referenced more than two dozen former and current employees who asked to remain anonymous.

Employees said that Bhavish Aggarwal occasionally called team members and staff members “useless” in Punjabi. They added that he tore presentation materials and that meetings were postponed because of his explosive anger when dealing with issues like poor writing quality or poorly constructed sentences.

Another instance involves Aggarwal ordering a custodial manager at the Ola Futurefactory to do three laps around the several-acre-large plant after spotting a closed entryway that ought to have been left open.

According to Aggarwal, “myself as a whole” was filled with rage and frustration. We are not on an easy trip, he remarked, adding that passions and emotions are high.

Ola Electric is still working hard to boost sales, but delays in production are being caused by supply chain problems. The issue of defective batteries and accident-causing software has also been brought up by certain customers, leading to product recalls and Twitter apologies.

Within a year or two after joining, more than 36 senior executives have left Aggarwal’s two billion-dollar companies, Ola Electric and ANI Technologies Pvt, which manage Ola’s ride-hailing operations. Aggarwal wants to make Ola Electric a significant rival to businesses like Elon Musk’s Tesla and the BYD Company, a Chinese industrial giant.

Ola released concept images of its first electric vehicle earlier this year. The company said that it would be made available for purchase in 2024, but it would not reveal its name.