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Apple boss Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at an orientation session for winners of his company's WWDC Scholarship Program. While at the event, he took selfies with students and talked about a number of subjects, including one that's been a point of focus several major technology companies during the past year -- diversity.When asked why Apple needed to put more effort in ensuring its workforce is a diverse one, Cook got straight to the point."It's the future of our company," Cook said. "I view these people that I talk to today as the future generations of the company, and they will either... Read more...
Workplace diversity has become a hot topic in the tech industry, with companies like Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook all admitting the need to do a better job. Go ahead and clump Intel into that category. Intel said it's making a concerted effort to take advantage of the available talent that's out there and to diversify its work force. Intel's mission is a five-year plan in which it vows to do a better job of plucking women and minorities out of the talent pool. Should Intel ultimately reach its goal, the number of women, blacks, Hispanics, and other groups in its work force... Read more...
Open mouth and insert foot. It's what every public speaker hopes to avoid, only Microsoft chief Satya Nadella wasn't so lucky when he casually addressed the topic of pay raises for women who work in technology. While speaking to a room full of mostly females at a conference designed to celebrate women in computing, Nadella drew criticism for suggesting that lady workers in technology refrain from asking for raises and instead pin their hopes on karma. "It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,"... Read more...
If you were to bump into a random Microsoft employee, odds are high the worker would be a white male. The odds increase if the Microsoft employee also happens to hold down a tech related job or is in a position of leadership. So says the diversity data that Microsoft posted, and though things are improving, the Redmond outfit readily admits that "much work remains" in building a truly diverse workforce. When examining all of Microsoft's workers, 29 percent are now women, up from 24 percent just a year ago. There was also a bump in the number of senior executive women and minorities, which jumped... Read more...
Silicon Valley is suddenly awakened to the fact that workplace diversity is a thing, one in which technology firms as a whole are somewhat lacking. Several companies have vowed to do a better job at building a diverse workplace, including Twitter, the latest firm to come forward with statistics in an industry that typically keeps such data out of the public eye. As with several tech firms, Twitter's workforce is dominated by white males. Overall, 7 out of 10 employees are male, and when it comes to technical jobs, the percentage of males jumps to 90 percent, meaning just 1 in 10 technical employees... Read more...
There's a giant microscope hovering over Silicon Valley examining workplace diversity, or the lack thereof, as more and more companies release reports on the topic. The latest to do is Facebook, and as with many other tech firms, the majority of the company's employees are white and male, especially those holding down management positions. According to Facebook's diversity report, 69 percent of the social network's employees are male. When narrowing the focus on specific areas, 85 percent of the company's tech workers and 77 percent of its management team are male. Gender isn't the only area where... Read more...
It's not too often that you see technology firms reveal data on diversity in the workplace -- or lack thereof -- so kudos to Yahoo for stepping to the plate with a bunch of figures. In a blog post this week, Yahoo disclosed details about gender, ethnicity, and how they break down across technical and non-technical positions, as well as leadership roles across the company. According to Yahoo's reported data, women comprise 37 percent of its workforce. In terms of race, half of Yahoo's workers are white, while 39 percent are Asian. Out of the remaining 11 percent, 4 percent are Hispanic, 2 percent... Read more...