Google Admits Lack of Diversity in Newly Released Report

By Julissa Catalan


On Wednesday, Google released data that confirmed the extreme employment disparity within the tech company, not only racially but between genders as well.

While the gender data is based on Google’s 46,170 worldwide employees, the ethnicity data only documents the U.S. workers.

The workforce demographics show that 70 percent of Google employees are male.

More shocking is that 62 percent of the company’s U.S. employees are white—even though it has 19 offices around country, in racially diverse cities such as New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Detroit.

The remainder of Google’s workforce breaks down as 30 percent Asian, 4 percent mixed race, 3 percent Latino, 2 percent Black and 1 percent “other.”

The job types are broken down into four categories: overall, tech, non-tech and leadership.

Men hold 83 percent of tech positions, while 79 percent in leadership roles are also male.

The only category that appears to have gender balance is non-tech jobs—which most likely include primarily administrative and clerical positions—with men making up 52 percent and women 48 percent.

As far as ethnicity is concerned, the numbers do not fluctuate much when it comes to a position type—whites remain in the 60 percent range (except for leadership jobs, in which they make up 72 percent), and Asians stand between 23 and 34 percent, while Latinos, Blacks and mixed race are in the single digits across the board.

For years now, Google has declined to participate in the DiversityInc Top 50 survey.

When comparing its workforce-representation data with the 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 companies, we can see why:

Google: 2% Black, 3% Latino, 30% Asian, 30% women

2014 Top 50: 11.9% Black, 9.8% Latino, 9.8% Asian, 46.2% women

Prior to releasing this 2014 EEO-1 report, Google has gone to great lengths to keep its data a secret.

In 2010, Mike Swift of the San Jose Mercury News attempted to get Silicon Valley’s largest companies to disclose their diversity figures. Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Oracle and Applied Materials refused to release their EEO-1 data, going so far as to obtain a court-ordered block.

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