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Microsoft Employee Diversity Numbers Fail To Impress

Microsoft's latest diversity report counts fewer women due to layoffs related to the restructuring of its phone business earlier this year.

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Technocrati
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11/25/2015 | 2:48:20 PM
Re: Diversity at Microsoft ? How Do You Spell That ?

@SunitaT0     I agree.  It is depressing to note the number of females in engineering.  Maybe we are still fighting the cultural issues of the role of women versus men.   

I see this changing, though I don't see it changing fast enough.   Do women feel being an engineer is not feminine enough ?  

Of course I don't know, but regardless companies should make the effort to bring in and encourage more women to enter the field.

Engineering could use some fresh ideas and perspective.

PedroGonzales
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11/25/2015 | 12:45:47 PM
Re: Diversity at Microsoft ? How Do You Spell That ?
That is very key thing to know, why engineering does not attrack a lot of women.  Why do you thing Sunita?  in the U.S there is a lot of push ,but numbers continue to be in the single digits.  I assume that it doesn't fit with their personality and goals. Does that mean that the engineering field must change to make it more suitable for their unique personalities.

 

 
SunitaT0
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11/24/2015 | 11:50:25 PM
Re: Diversity at Microsoft ? How Do You Spell That ?
@technocrati: although I believe that companies should hire the ones fit for the job and not be biased to any group, I also believe that there should be atleast 40 percent women in the workforce. It's really saddening that engineering does not attract women, only because of this sparse population density in companies.
Technocrati
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11/24/2015 | 7:42:02 PM
Diversity at Microsoft ? How Do You Spell That ?

Well I am glad MS is making a small improvement in African-American leadership hires.  Still nothing to write home about but at least the figure moved slightly higher and that goes for minorities in general.

The drop in female employees is worrisome but I have more confidence in this group's ability to bounce back, as opposed to other groups that have never been there to bounce back from.

As for Apple,  it would be nice if Tim would give us an update, I am sure he is busy with something obviously more important - like the company stock price.

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