Google VP Publicly Flogs Own Company for Lack of Diversity

Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations, has publicly spoken out about the “lack of diversity” among Google employees. Despite Google’s far left-wing company culture, he is apologetic and wants users to know that there are reasons that Google isn’t “diverse” enough.

The reliably left-wing Google has for years tried to hide its astonishing lack of diversity from public view, but has apparently decided to come clean.

In a May 28 Google blog post Bock finally made to lift the veil of secrecy in which Google had enshrouded its employment statistics and revealed that the company is mostly white and mostly male.

Google, Bock said, has “always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce.” And with the sort of criticism that diversity pushers lay on offenders, it is obvious why the Internet giant never wanted to say.

It turns out that Google’s employees are 61 percent white and 70 percent male, numbers that will send any diversity warrior into shock.

The next highest division of employees are the company’s Asian employees who make up 30 percent of the workforce, the same number as Google’s female employees, as it happens.

Further, employees that identify themselves as “mixed race” stand at 4 percent and that is higher than either its black employees or its Hispanics, which sit at 3 percent and 2 percent respectively.

With these numbers revealed, “Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Bock admits.

But Bock says there are reasons that this lopsided male and white workforce is so, well, male and white.

There are lots of reasons why technology companies like Google struggle to recruit and retain women and minorities. For example, women earn roughly 18 percent of all computer science degrees in the United States. Blacks and Hispanics make up under 10 percent of U.S. college grads and collect fewer than 5 percent of degrees in CS majors, respectively. So we’ve invested a lot of time and energy in education.

Bock points out that Google has spent millions trying to improve access to tech education for minorities and women, but thus far there hasn’t been enough employable candidates to change the company’s diversity quotient.

In the end, Bock says, “we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be…” But he then hinted that the reasons they are where they are must not be given short shrift.

Bock concluded warning that “being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution.”

And here is the main point, isn’t it? Just creating a perfectly, PC balanced work force is actually the best way to make sure you don’t have useful employees, isn’t it?

After all, employees have to actually do useful work, don’t they? And placing emphasis on mere “diversity” instead of the actual work that employees have to do is a recipe for failure.

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  • Commander_Chico

    Money talks, bullshit walks. Google will hire the smart people it needs to keep ahead of the curve. This is just PR talk.

    • Retired military

      So Chico what you are saying is that you don’t feel that minorities or women are smart people and Google isn’t hiring them to stay ahead of the curve.
      Gee what a surprise that you feel that way.

      • Commander_Chico

        You’re an odd duck. On the one hand, you rail against Oprah pointing out that people call Obama a nigger and complain about me saying the same thing.

        On the other hand you say I am not in favor of affirmative action enough.

        • jim_m

          So you are starting to see your hypocrisy?

        • Retired military

          a. You totally mischaracterized what I said about Oprah’s statement.
          b. Your original statement shows that you feel women and minorities are inferior and not as good as white males.
          c. I have no idea how you feel about affirmative action since your statement referenced by item b would indicate you are against it yet I am fairly certain you have spoken out for it in the past.
          d. You are a total hypocrite who throws around the latest talking points and use your own 5 mimes in just about every situation. I dont pretend to try to understand your logic other than that fact that you are what I would consider a typical liberal who spouts talking points with little or no understanding of what you are saying, the matter at hand or what the real world in general.
          e. Far from being odd I am if nothing else consistent and honest with no fear of what you or others think of my opinion. I am steadfast in my beliefs but at least listen to reason and try to understand others veiwpoints, unlike you. Also unlike if I am asked something I answer not only the question asked but in a clear statement concerning my meeting. You couldn’t answer a question straight to save your life.

  • Hank_M

    So Google has a far left culture, devoted to “diversity” even though it’s 61 percent white and 70 percent male?

    My my. The place must be full of white privilege angst on a grand scale.
    Kinda like all the white liberal politicians calling for more diversity everywhere as long as it doesn’t include them.

    Also reminds me of the vapid Joan Walsh who
    “writes” for Salon. Ms Walsh, as white as the driven snow never misses an opportunity to complain about a lack of diversity elsewhere, and who’s latest obsession is also white privilege.

    Just leaves me wondering. If diversity is so damned important, how about all you liberal whites stepping down and creating opportunities for the people you claim to care so much about?

    • jim_m

      Making way is what other white people are supposed to do.

    • “Just leaves me wondering. If diversity is so damned important, how about all you liberal whites stepping down and creating opportunities for the people you claim to care so much about?”
      They can ‘care’ precisely because they’re in that position. Showing how much you ‘care’ is cheap, it’s shouting out with the tribe as a bonding ritual.
      Actually acting on it is something else.

  • jim_m

    They should do what my company does, hire minorities and give them make work positions in order to make the diversity numbers look right. Hiring a minority does not necessarily count against your budgeted head count. Of course top level executive management is still as white as rice. All policies have their limits.

  • Paul Hooson

    It is highly odd that more women aren’t working at clerical jobs at this company as it would seem that many women would apply for those positions, strongly suggesting some bias by someone in charge of hiring. The numbers don’t look proportionate to the expected numbers of female job applicants. – For executive positions, more male applicants than females might be expected, but the number of female managers is growing.

  • GarandFan

    “Bock points out that Google has spent millions trying to improve access
    to tech education for minorities and women, but thus far there hasn’t
    been enough employable candidates to change the company’s diversity

    He’s a fucking idiot! People gravitate towards what THEY are INTERESTED in.

    • jim_m

      Ah, but the left believes that there are no differences between men and women and that there are no differences between ethnic groups in what interests them and what drives them.

      Therefore the only reason that women and minorities are not interested in Google is because it is a festering pit of racism and sexism. This veep should have himself arrested and imprisoned for perpetuating a hostile workplace.

    • Well, yes. That’s a given.

      For example, I’d starve to death as an artist. No talent, no interest – but there’s people making a pretty good living off daily web comics. I admire their talent, but couldn’t duplicate it.

      Yet I’ve managed to keep the wolf from the door by working with computers for the last 30 years… while I’ve seen a lot of techs come and go. Talent/ability and interest are important – but Bock seems to think checklists of gender and skin color are more important than getting the best people possible.

      That won’t work well for Google in the long run.

  • Diversity isn’t the same thing as talent and competence – and to attempt to substitute skin color for talent is the equivalent of saying ‘Ability, talent and competence aren’t important – we just want the ability to be able to check off ethnicities on a roster for PR purposes’.