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Google Admits Its Workforce Lacks Diversity
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impactnow
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6/9/2014 | 1:30:41 PM
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It's an interesting point. I personally believe that a diverse workforce comes from a company recognizing that different groups bring different talents to the table. If a company does not recognize this and want to bring these diverse skills and perspectives to their work environment, the discussion is simply lip service.
ChrisMurphy
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5/30/2014 | 9:32:15 AM
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@majenkins, Thanks for the response. I would clarify that "Bowing to pressure from activists" refers to Google being pressured to release data on hiring demographics. The article didn't contend that Google is only concerned about the issue of diversity because it's being pressured to do so.   
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5/30/2014 | 9:22:36 AM
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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. 
ChrisMurphy
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5/29/2014 | 6:20:38 PM
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@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?
Susan_Nunziata
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5/29/2014 | 6:05:00 PM
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@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.

 
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."
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.
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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?


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