Workplace

Surprise! Facebook’s Workforce is White and Male, Too

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Facebook has released figures showing the diversity of its workforce and, as with Google and Yahoo before it, the numbers depict a company that’s overwhelmingly male and white. Men constitute 69 percent of the company’s overall employee base, and 85 percent of the technical team. Fifty seven percent of the overall workforce is white, while 34 percent is Asian, 4 percent is Hispanic and 2 percent is black. Looking at technical employees, 53 percent are white, 41 percent are Asian,… continue…

Interview: Blackhawk Network CIO Christine Vonderach

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Christine Vonderach is CIO of Pleasanton, Calif.-based Blackhawk Network, which uses proprietary technology to offer a broad range of gift cards, other prepaid products, and payment services in more than 20 countries. Vonderach is one of a rare breed: According to a 2013 survey by recruiter Harvey Nash found that just 8 percent of American CIOs are women. Her approach was simple to express: Focus on being an overachiever. Before joining Blackhawk in 2010, she held leadership positions at Ask.com/IAC,… continue…

Why Cultural Fit Is Critical to Your Success

Posted In Looking in Tech
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By Daryl Zapoticzny Gallup’s recent State of the Global Workforce analysis states that only 30 percent of professional workers in the U.S. are “engaged” on the job. The other 70 percent range from “checked out” at work to “actively disengaged.” You may relate to these statistics if you find yourself exploring opportunities elsewhere. Although technical skills can help your marketability, they don’t keep you immune from the drain of a company culture that doesn’t fit your values and modus operandi.… continue…

This Is Why Tech’s Diversity Won’t Change Any Time Soon

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Since Google last week gave the world a look at the diversity of its workforce–or lack thereof–the tech media has been full of articles dissecting what most people already knew: The industry is pretty much male and white. Google said that just 30 percent of its employees are women, 3 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are black. In technical roles, 60 percent are white and 17 percent are women. For comparison’s sake, women make up 47 percent of American… continue…

Do Women Feel Isolated in Tech?

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Women comprise the minority of technology professionals – does that make them feel isolated? Not as much as some might think, according to several female developers that we talked to. Gender, they say, can be contributing factor to a sense of loneliness that is simply part of the job. At the same time, being one of a handful of women – if not the only one – in a technical organization can make some feel apart. Click here to find… continue…

Should Employers Ban After-Hours Work Email?

Posted In Living in Tech
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Earlier this month, two French employee unions decided to show how they felt about work/life balance by signing a legally binding agreement that would forbid employees from checking work email after a long day at their desks. The agreement will affect only 250,000 employees in the technology and consulting sectors, according to The Guardian, although a number of them work for Google, Facebook, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)—not exactly firms known for allowing their workers to unplug from the grid. Click here… continue…

How One Apple Employee Survived a Steve Jobs Product Review

Posted In Working in Tech
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In the popular conception, the late Steve Jobs is a megalomaniacal jerk who screamed, bullied, and pushed until he got whatever he wanted. But according to Don Melton, who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple, Jobs was a bit misunderstood. “Steve was not some mercurial ogre or cartoon autocrat. He was just very, very busy,” Melton wrote in a recent posting on his personal site. “He didn’t have time for ‘yes men,’ the easily frightened, or those who… continue…

A Hilarious Video of a Business Meeting’s Lone Engineer

Posted In Living in Tech
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Painful. Sometimes that’s the only word that can describe what it’s like to be the sole engineer in a meeting full of product and marketing types. If you don’t think what happens to this guy can happen to you, you’re either kidding yourself or you’re very, very lucky. If you have been in this kind of sit down, well… We’re sorry. Related Stories How to Convince Management to Hire More IT Staff How to Communicate Effectively With Your Team Terms… continue…

An Employee’s Guide to Open Source Contributions

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Creating your own project or otherwise contributing to open source is the kind of thing that can help you show off your skills to potential employers. Beyond that, many programmers contribute because they enjoy the work involved or use it to develop new skills. But it’s worth bearing in mind that, depending on your company’s attitude, there can be job-related pitfalls. Here are some things to look out for. Some businesses feel that anything created by their employees — even… continue…

Google’s Century-Long Survey Offers Management Tips

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Google wants to conduct a century-long survey of its employees. That’s an ambitious goal, to put it mildly—most companies don’t think much beyond the next few quarters, if that. But Google feels that, if it can run twice-annual surveys of 4,000 employees through 2114 or so, it can gain some profound insights into the long-term effects of corporate decision-making. Click here to find more HR jobs. “We ask about traits that are static, like personality; characteristics that change, like attitudes… continue…