by Sharon Florentine
Originally published: September 22, 2017
“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone,” is the quote from CEO Sundar Pichai that is prominently displayed at the top of Google’s diversity page. The page also has sections outlining the company’s diversity initiatives as they apply to hiring, recruiting, inclusion, education and community efforts. Cool. That all sounds lovely.
The contrast between these “bumper sticker values” or values that “look good in an annual report [or on a diversity website] but have no real meaning within the company,” as Steven L. Blue, president and CEO of Miller Ingenuity and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right, calls them, and what seems to be actually going on inside Google, is striking — but not surprising.
The New York Times reported earlier this month on an employee-led effort that started in 2015 to record salary disparities between women and men at the company. That didn’t go well.