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Google releases diversity data, and it isn't good

By Himanshu Arora ยท 38 replies
May 29, 2014
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  1. As promised, Google yesterday publicly released data on its workforce diversity. The move comes amid increasing pressure on the technology industry to hire more minorities and women, and while it's certainly a step in the right direction on Google's part, the...

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  2. This looks like the classic case of putting the cart before the horse. Maybe civil rights leaders should urge more African-Americans, Latinos and women to take technology related degree programs in college first.
  3. They can't hire certain candidates if the candidates don't exist? If the majority of qualified individuals are white males then that's not Google's fault.

    I find it appalling that I could be denied a position I am qualified for simply because I don't have the pigmentation or genitalia they "want".
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,367   +2,882

    What I believe really isn't good - politicians trying to tell businesses who they are supposed to hire.

    You are supposed to hire the best people for the job, screw anyone who says different.
    Last edited: May 29, 2014
    Timonius, dms96960, stewi0001 and 2 others like this.
  5. Hexic

    Hexic TS Evangelist Posts: 479   +307

    This is embarrassing. Hire who is qualified for the job, that's it. If it isn't politically correct to hire who you NEED, instead hiring what makes you look good - you aren't looking ahead with the best and brightest. You are running a mediocre workforce of diversity. Good luck staying ahead of the curve.

    But at least your diversity statistics will look good, that's always a plus.
    TadMSTR likes this.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I couldn't agree more. To hell with diversity, you hire the best qualified homo sapiens (or applicable species) for whatever position you want filled as far as I'm concerned.
    BlueDrake likes this.
  7. lmike6453

    lmike6453 TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +6

    I also agree, wtf this is something you'd see on Onion news. Google's numbers line up with the American averages...get qualified for the position, then complain if you can't find one.
  8. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Evangelist Posts: 871   +393

    African Americans? compared to European Americans?
    dms96960 likes this.
  9. So now they want people to hire cus you happened to be black and Hispanic? that's utter bull in my opinion. What happened to being educated enough to deserve the jobs?!? I'm sure the people who are working at google busted their nuts to get their. And some holey donkey cant just come in and say "hey hire more minorities" typical dumb crap you hear from these so called religious freaks who want fame more than the good of the "people" they "defend"
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,094   +1,545

    I think Jesse Jackson needs to mind his own business and place his energies into areas more appropriate - like the huge black-on-black murder and other crime rates.
  11. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +113

    It's all a big joke anymore. People complain there isn't enough diversity in almost all jobs, when they look at the statistics just to make waves. Are you going to cram a specific kind of education, down someone's throat if it helps balance the diversity? People CHOOSE what they want for a job, based on interests so who's to blame?

    Person A wants to be a doctor or laywer (god forbid.. we have enough lawyers), but the government decides they should be something else instead. Is this how they want to work things? I'd literally throw that in their face, when they complain about diversity in jobs. I've a general passion for technology, but someone would rather me as a garbage collector. (Can't think of any particular jobs..)

    That's just the perfect path they want. You have to entice people to pick that job, in that specific segment of the population otherwise why bother? You're going to throw a fit because it's too unbalanced, and people point it out because it's often hard to get into that kind of job also. Especially women in specific areas, being the constant insults and more. So.. find a solution to your own problem you created to begin with.
  12. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    This. Work harder to get minorities into colleges with programs that are in-need (I.e., STEM majors) and the diversity will come to the work-force. Also, don't force colleges to take X% of X color (affirmative action). They accept those that are qualified. Start at the roots - the home and neighborhood.

    Good home + good friends = good student + good work ethic = qualified student + even better work ethic + motivation = qualified graduate + good people skills = successful career + financial smarts = good retirement << Formula of life (more or less)
  13. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,437   +862

    These comments are embarrassing.
    Last edited: May 29, 2014
  14. I'm currently enrolled in the computer science program at my school. I just finished the data structures course this past semester. My first encounter with females in the program was in this course. There were three enrolled in a class of 19. And I know for a fact that at least one has to take it again. I have encountered two black men since I started the program. One changed majors. The other is a friend who continues to succeed in the program.

    This diversity nonsense is exactly that, nonsense. There is a movement in society that attempts to wrongfully label others as racist or sexist (even if they don't flat out say it, that's what they mean) for not hiring certain types of people. What it really comes down to is this: can the employer make money from their new hire? That is the concern. Race, sex, gender are all irrelevant.
  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,367   +2,882

    Not when they are colour-blind :p Bad comment, bad reply :)
  16. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +205

    The moment I opened the article I laughed. I skipped the article and went straight to the comments. I do enjoy reading others opinion when it comes to topics like these.
  17. je29836

    je29836 TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Let's see google stop colluding with other selfish bastard companies to keep wages low for their employees first
  18. The title of the article:
    "Google releases diversity data, and it isn't good"

    So right of the bat we know the author, Himanshu Arora, is partial in some way and not keeping to journalist standards.
  19. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,194   +209

    Political correctness gone mad.

    Best person for the job regardless of race or gender, Anything else is discrimination.
    dms96960 and RH00D like this.
  20. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I don't know the standards for Techspot, but usually the headline is the work of the copy editor, not the writer.
  21. So hiring blacks and mexicans=good. Compton must equal super good. the 5'9" and under basketball league is bad as it does not have many blacks.
  22. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Why are they embarrassing? Because they refuse to conform to political correctness?
    dms96960 likes this.
  23. This is crazy... So instead of taking the reality as it is and saying "Hey, women don't do computer science as much as men", they are trying to say that women are equally interested in being programmers, it's just Google doesn't want to hire them. Crazy times... Perhaps they should complain to maternity hospitals that percent of pregnant men is too low! It reminds me of USSR where presenting favourable statistics and meeting the five year plan was more important than common sense. Only in USSR it was about productivity, achieving some goals - and here it's about some crazy "equality" and "diversity" which has no physical sense at all. Who says that when 50% of women will work as programmers, humanity will be happier or better off? Why achieving a goal that has no sense? Just so politicians could win votes. Walking out, seeing the world upside down, but it's OK because it's all for a good course - so someone could be rich and someone could be in power. Wake me up on Judgement Day...
  24. An Asian in America is more rare than a Black or Hispanic. Google has a 37% minority workforce which is higher than the general population of 27% minority. What is the problemo yo.
  25. davimous

    davimous TS Rookie Posts: 54   +9

    No one is complaining about the lack of strait whit male estheticians.

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