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Google Admits Its Workforce Lacks Diversity

Google, by publishing data about employee race and gender, signals its willingness to move toward a more balanced workforce.

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Alison_Diana
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5/29/2014 | 4:45:33 PM
How about salaries?
Wouldn't it have been even more interesting -- and groundbreaking -- if Google had anonymized its data and shared information about certain salaries, too, breaking it down by gender and ethnicity?
Thomas Claburn
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5/29/2014 | 4:48:02 PM
Re: How about salaries?
It would, but I suspect Google isn't keen to make its data too interesting. Glassdoor has shards of that sort of data however, self-reported though it may be.
MunchHausen
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MunchHausen,
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5/29/2014 | 5:00:11 PM
Yawn
Has dawned on anyone that Google is hiring the most qualified?

OMG!!!!

Go figure. A company hiring the most qualified instead of based on race. Now that would be a world that would make Martin Luther King, JR proud. 
anon7762582709
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5/29/2014 | 5:09:43 PM
White, Male, more qualified and not hired???
Here we go.  It couldn't be that the white males hired were the most qualified could it????  No, there has to be racist intent behind it.

I believe Google to be color and gender blind.  If a white male is more qualified for the position than a black women why in the hell should it go to her???

I have no doubt if a black woman was more qualifed than a white male applying for the same job it would go to her.  I get so tired of peope trying to create race issues where there are none.

I've done hiring in my IT position and I've hired from all races and genders based SOLEY ON WHO WAS THE BEST QUALIFIED.

 
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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5/29/2014 | 6:01:39 PM
What about age
Thanks, Tom, for pointing out that the Google demographic research lacks any revelations about the age of employees. Based on the ages of the people I've seen getting on the Google buses here in SF, I fear life at the company's Silicon Valley campus resembles the film "Logan's Run."
Susan_Nunziata
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5/29/2014 | 6:05:00 PM
Re: Yawn
@MunchHausen: Sure, you can view it that way. It's a gross oversimplification of an issue that cuts across soceity, however. Why would the demographics of "qualified" individuals be so heavily skewed toward white  males in the first place? Well before anyone arrives at Google for a job, there are systemic social issues that continue to weight STEM careers in favor of one particular demographic.

 
ChrisMurphy
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5/29/2014 | 6:20:38 PM
Re: Yawn
@MunchHausen, Google says it isn't where it wants to be with diversity of its workforce, though. Do you think that's just window dressing, or that it really sees value in having a more diverse workforce?
JonNLakeland
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5/30/2014 | 9:13:22 AM
Re: Yawn
Systemic social issues are not the fault of Google though. They are operating within the situation, not causing it. There should never be a need to apologize for hiring the most qualified candidate, even if that person is a middle aged white guy.
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5/30/2014 | 9:19:12 AM
Re: Yawn
Chris you explained the "Google isn't where they want to be" part with your very first sentence. "Bowing to pressure from activists . . . " . They aren't where they want to be because the activists want them someplace else. How many times have we seen someone express their true feelings and then bow to pressure from activists and apologize later because their true feelings weren't politically correct?
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5/30/2014 | 9:22:36 AM
Re: Yawn
For these numbers to change in a meaningful way, effort has to start long before the Google interview process. If a tech company is serious about recruiting more women and minorities, it can work with local universities to develop a talent pool. It can mentor. It can encourage. It can even give scholarships. Can the Googles of the world do more in this regard? That is up to them. I am volunteering with a group of university women in STEM majors and there is no shortage of brain power there, or ambition. Put students in a setting where they are encouraged to stay in STEM programs, and they will thrive -- and become powerful future job candidates, regardless of race or gender. 
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