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Is the Tech Industry More Welcoming to Women?

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As awareness of the challenges facing women in the tech industry continues to grow, measures intended to help mitigate the problem may be having some effect. One core problem stems from an education system that has systematically failed to promote inclusion of women. Fortunately, progress is being made with regard to the hiring of women to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classes at the nation’s universities. In an editorial opinion piece recently published in The New York Times,… continue…

Black IT Pros on Diversity in Tech

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While pundits and analysts debate about diversity in Silicon Valley, one thing is very clear: Black Americans make up a very small percentage of tech workers. At Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, that number is a bit less than 2 percent of their respective U.S. workforces; at Apple, it’s closer to 7 percent. According to the National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, blacks hold less than 8 percent of all information technology jobs… continue…

Amazon’s ‘Diverse’ Staff Largely White, Male

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Amazon just released an employee diversity report, and the results aren’t much different from those reported by other tech companies earlier this year. According to Amazon, its global workforce is 63 percent male and 37 percent female; among managers, the percentage of males rises even higher, to 75 percent. Within the U.S., Amazon’s ranks are 60 percent white, 15 percent black, 13 percent Asian, 9 percent Hispanic, and 3 percent other; among managers, the numbers shift to 71 percent white,… continue…

This CEO Thinks Women Make Better Executives Than Men

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In a wide-ranging interview with Business Insider, The Container Store CEO Kip Tindell revealed that women occupy 70 percent of his company’s senior ranks, a reversal of what one sees in most firms. “Obviously, we have nothing against men,” he told the interviewer. “It’s just that the skillset—communication, empathy, emotional intelligence, understanding what we stand for (Conscious Capitalism, servant leadership), and being like our target customer—really fits the bill with women.” Click here to find IT management jobs. The rest… continue…

Shortage of Women in Tech Kills Productivity

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In recent months, it’s become more apparent than ever that the culture inside many IT organizations isn’t welcoming to women. Whether the result of benign neglect or outright failure to call misogynistic behavior to account, the end result is that there are fewer women as a percentage of the IT workforce: a recent New York Times article reported that women hold only 25 percent of IT jobs, and that roughly half will eventually quit to pursue a completely different line… continue…

Google’s Workforce Reflects Tech’s Diversity Challenge

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Bowing to increasing pressure on technology leaders to disclose details of their workforce diversity, Google says that just 30 percent of its employees are women, 3 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are black. In technical roles, 60 percent of its employees are white and 17 percent are women. The numbers are based on the 44,000 people working at Google at the beginning of the year, and don’t include those working for Motorola Mobility, which is being sold to Lenovo.… continue…

New Microsoft CEO Unlikely to Stem Defections

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After Microsoft announced earlier this year that it was planning a massive re-organization, IT workers at the Redmond giant began to inundate recruiters with their resumes, as they considered bolting. Now that Microsoft has named long-time in-house executive Satya Nadella as its new CEO, will the outflow subside? Several Seattle-area recruiters say it’s unlikely. “People who were thinking of leaving to work on the latest and greatest things elsewhere will say, ‘I don’t see anything changing with the new CEO,’… continue…

How Valve’s Culture Sets It Apart

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Like any other game company, Steam’s creator Valve faced challenges in recruiting talent during its early days. As a solution, CEO and Co-Founder Gabe Newell decided to focus on building a strong culture with unique practices. Recently, Newell told the Washington Post that his Bellevue, Wash., company has created a culture of management systems without managers, unlimited vacation and sick time, allowing workers to take on more than one role, and embracing out-of-the-box thinking. The strategy has paid off. Valve’s… continue…

Will ‘Smart Machines’ Decimate Tech Jobs?

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Market pressures to embrace digitization will transform an array of industries – and IT staffs as well, according to a recent Gartner forecast. A digital workforce, comprised of robots and automated machines, has the potential to “significantly devalue and/or displace millions of humans in the workforce,” says Kenneth Brant, Research Director at the firm. He noted that a multifaceted marketplace for engineering a “digital workforce” already exists. This marketplace includes intelligent agents, virtual reality assistants, expert systems and embedded software… continue…

Employees Have a Love/Hate Relationship With BlackBerry

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It comes as no surprise that life at Blackberry isn’t what it used to be, and employees aren’t being quiet about it. A lack of growth opportunities, a lack of stability and a general lack of fun are all taking their toll. “There aren’t many chances to grow internally,” wrote one current employee on Glassdoor.com, the anonymous employer reviews site. “The company does not retain its top talent. The company did not do a good job of marketing its products,… continue…