Google Admits It: We Suck at Diversity

Numbers prove 'Silicon Valley remains a white man's world,' says NYT
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2014 10:08 AM CDT
Google Admits It: We Suck at Diversity
Software engineers work in a cluster of desks at Google Inc.'s new campus in Kirkland, Wash., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Google may have just topped the list of companies with the best compensation and benefits, but it's admitting it isn't a frontrunner when it comes to diversity. The company has finally shown its hand when it comes to race and gender numbers, owning up to the fact that it's "miles away" from where it should be. Of Google's 46,170 employees, 70% are men and 61% are white, the company reveals in a blog post. Black people make up just 2% of the workforce, Hispanics just 3%. "Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity," the senior VP of people operations says. NBC News notes the company wasn't required to release the data, and other tech companies haven't done the same.

Further, 30% of Google's US workforce is Asian, while men hold 83% of technical jobs and whites make up 72% of leadership roles. The numbers "offer a stark glance at how Silicon Valley remains a white man's world," the New York Times reports, but as the senior VP explains, "Being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution." Google didn't comment on how it would boost diversity, but the Times notes the company has in the past attempted to recruit women by offering perks like lengthy maternity leaves. Plus, part of the problem comes from the pipeline: Last year, across eight states, no Hispanic students took the Advanced Placement computer science test; in 12 states, no black students took it, either. (More Google stories.)

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