Hi-Tech Industry as “Lean In” hypocrites

April 10, 2013 at 1:17 am 1 comment

This theme has appeared here before.  Why do Tech companies get to keep secret their lack of diversity?

OK, I’ll stipulate that tech companies get to fight tooth and nail to keep secret how awful they are at hiring women, blacks and Latinos.

And they do, according to CNN and the Mercury News.

But you know what? If they get to do that – as Facebook, LinkedIn, Netflix, Twitter, Yelp, Zynga, Amazon, Groupon, Hulu, LivingSocial, Apple, Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Microsoft have done – then we get to criticize them mercilessly.

via Facebook, Google and other hypocrites need to Lean In to some honesty about lack of diversity in hiring | SiliconBeat.

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  • 1. Alfred Thompson  |  April 10, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I don’t know why these companies don’t release their data. I suspect some of them believe that others will see the numbers and accuse them of trying to discriminate. During my time at Microsoft I saw serious efforts to attract more women and minorities. Diversity in hiring was something that managers were evaluated on for example. One team I was part of, granted a small sample, had a majority of women and minorities on it at one point. Reorgs have changed that by making the group much larger since then. Building up the pipeline of women and minorities was a big priority for the academic outreach team while I was there. My impression in talking to people at other big tech companies was that most of them see the lack of minorities and women as a “bad thing” and something they need to work to fix. If anything the numbers are an embarrassment to most of them.


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