Apple's top management largely white and male, but overall workforce trending toward diversity

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Apple on Monday quietly released employment diversity statistics current as of July 2016, revealing high level executive and management positions are overwhelmingly filled by white males.




The results outlined in Apple's EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report (PDF link) are largely unchanged from last year despite a very public push for diversity in the workplace. It appears progress is being made below the company's upper echelons, however.

Specifically, 73 of Apple's top 107 executives and senior officials and management are white males. Only 20 females, 15 of whom are white, fill those seats. Last year only one Hispanic or latino employee -- one man -- was among Apple's top ranks, a number that increased to two people this year. Another 14 senior staff members are Asian, up from 12 in 2015, while 3 are black or African American.

In the tier below, first and middle manager positions are likewise dominated by white males. Some 48 percent are white men, while another 18 percent are white women. Here, minorities have a modicum of representation, with 23 percent reported as Asian, 7 percent Hispanic or Latino, 4 percent black and 1 percent listed as multiracial. Pacific Islanders represent under 1 percent of the category.

Apple is making gains toward a more ethnically diverse workforce, however. Over the past year, net Asian hires were up by 2,455 people, while the number of Hispanic and black employees ticked up 951 and 783, respectively. The company added 226 white employees over the same period.

As it has done with previous EEO-1 reports, Apple notes statistics relayed through the required government form are inferior to its own internal metrics on diversity.

"The EEO-1 has not kept pace with changes in industry or the American workforce over the past half century. We believe the information we report elsewhere on this site is a far more accurate reflection of our progress toward diversity."

Like many Silicon Valley tech companies, Apple is facing external pressure to bring more diversity to its team, especially top-level leadership positions. To that end, the company launched an "Inclusion & Diversity" campaign lauded by top executives, the most vocal being CEO Tim Cook.

Apple also curates employment statistics for public viewing, as well as stories of select staff members, on a dedicated webpage.

Currently posted metrics show slight improvements in hiring practices as part of an overall upward trend toward a more diverse workforce. Apple says 37 percent of new global hires are female, while women account for 32 percent of the company's existing employees. In the U.S., underrepresented minorities account for 27 percent of new hires.

Further, Apple this past year identified and closed pay gaps to reach pay equity between men and women in the U.S. The company is currently analyzing salaries, bonuses and annual stock grants of employees worldwide, promising to fix any gaps that are discovered.
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  • Reply 1 of 38
    Yes, fire all the whites! They're not eligible for anti-discrimination suits so screw them, right? 
    SpamSandwichrezwitsgtrredraider11mike1rfrmacphilbert81buzdotsasdasdlkrupp
  • Reply 2 of 38
    The point of diversity is:
    1. introducing new, more wholistic thinking to a company, that might only be accessible through a cultural/gender/age spread
    2. reenforcing that the best candidate is chosen, i.e. that diverse candidates don't have their diversity play against them, whether that is culturally based, age or gender (or a myriad of other factors.)

    Now it's total crap to look at companies and say they have X% of this or Y% of that and pretend that these figures represent a meaningful summary of what diversity means. If this was a good measure then any company can create a swath of phony positions to fill with token employees - that is fabricating diversity. If Apple were interested in this they could have completed it years ago, we saw how quickly they rolled out green-power initiatives, if money alone were an issue Apple could have solved this already.

    So how are they sponsoring diversity? Well other than trying harder to source new employees, Apple have been heavily investing in the next generation of "diversity" by providing training facilities and opportunities in areas where they are lacking. This is a legitimate form of diversity as it allows bona-fide intelligent individuals to be nurtured to a level where they could feasibly one day be employed by a company as demanding as apple.

    As for top-level positions, they are going to be inherently harder to fill: the IT experience of the top-level positions has been predominantly available to a limited section of society - those top level positions will naturally become more diverse as IT is now significantly mainstream. Remember we're talking about people who would have started their career in IT about 30 years ago. 
    edited November 2016 anantksundaram
  • Reply 3 of 38
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    The point of diversity is:
    1. introducing new, more wholistic thinking to a company, that might only be accessible through a cultural/gender/age spread
    2. reenforcing that the best candidate is chosen, i.e. that diverse candidates don't have their diversity play against them, whether that is culturally based, age or gender (or a myriad of other factors.)

    Now it's total crap to look at companies and say they have X% of this or Y% of that and pretend that these figures represent a meaningful summary of what diversity means. If this was a good measure then any company can create a swath of phony positions to fill with token employees - that is fabricating diversity. If Apple were interested in this they could have completed it years ago, we saw how quickly they rolled out green-power initiatives, if money alone were an issue Apple could have solved this already.

    So how are they sponsoring diversity? Well other than trying harder to source new employees, Apple have been heavily investing in the next generation of "diversity" by providing training facilities and opportunities in areas where they are lacking. This is a legitimate form of diversity as it allows bona-fide intelligent individuals to be nurtured to a level where they could feasibly one day be employed by a company as demanding as apple.

    Exactly. 

    The point of diversity is not hire more people of colour, it is to make sure that suitable people aren't overlooked because of their colour. If you have two candidates and the white fella is more suitable then you're not helping anyone by hiring the black man. 
    redraider11mike1watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 38
    Hillary lost. Hopefully this identity politics idiocy goes away and American businesses can get back to hiring the best people they believe are qualified for the jobs they offer. Let people compete as qualified individuals, not checkboxes on a list or to fill a quota.
    edited November 2016 elijahgjbishop1039rezwitslamboaudi4entropystyler82rfrmacjcdinkinsphilbert81buzdots
  • Reply 5 of 38
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    This racist identity politics is getting pretty disgusting and it should die a quick death.

    You would have thought that it would have died out when we defeated the Nazis in the last century, but no, it's alive and well in 2016, in the USA, practiced and worshipped by a new kind of brownshirts. Truly deplorable people.


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  • Reply 6 of 38
    So then we find out there's more stay at home moms then stay at home dad so we have to kick them out and replace them with Indian males
    VSzulctyler82philbert81
  • Reply 7 of 38
    Yes, fire all the whites! They're not eligible for anti-discrimination suits so screw them, right? 
    Yes, fire all the whites! They're not eligible for anti-discrimination suits so screw them, right? 
    I was basically going to say the same thing. The white people are not allowed to be hired. Racism is a Paradox of the mind, quit waisting time on this subject America!
    redraider11mike1philbert81buzdots
  • Reply 8 of 38
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 1,197member
    As long as Apple continues to only hire the best, the brightest and the most creative, then everything else is secondary.
    edited November 2016 mike1buzdotsslingwingwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 38
    VSzulcVSzulc Posts: 32unconfirmed, member
    bluefire1 said:
    As long as Apple continues to only hire the best, the brightest and the most creative, then everything else is secondary.

    And what do you think happens if you have an average black candidate and an above average white candidate?

    Or heck, an average black and an above average Asian applicant, since Asians aren't the  "right" kind of minority...
    mike1
  • Reply 10 of 38
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,238member
    rezwits said:
    Yes, fire all the whites! They're not eligible for anti-discrimination suits so screw them, right? 
    Yes, fire all the whites! They're not eligible for anti-discrimination suits so screw them, right? 
    I was basically going to say the same thing. The white people are not allowed to be hired. Racism is a Paradox of the mind, quit waisting time on this subject America!
    bluefire1 said:
    As long as Apple continues to only hire the best, the brightest and the most creative, then everything else is secondary.
    The implication is that this was not happening and it was not merit that got those middle aged white guys a job.  So all those Gubbas that got jobs in the past were undeserving.
    mike1
  • Reply 11 of 38
    Why does an article about diversity showcase an image of nothing but black females? 
    anantksundarammike1GeorgeBMacslingwing
  • Reply 12 of 38
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
  • Reply 13 of 38
    I want the best people running the company. Period. I could care less about where they come from, what their gender/race is, or how they look. 

    On that score, many of those in the company's top management (Cue, Schiller) and the board (Gore, Jung) strike me as utterly mediocre and well beyond their sell-by date. I am surprised that the largest market cap company in the world can't do better. For example, elevate the roles of a Frederighi or Ahrendts, and find some real go-getters and big-thinkers to be on the board. 
    edited November 2016
  • Reply 14 of 38
    gtr said:
    Yes, they discriminate against white, black, Asian and Latino men.  And then you talk about Apple.  What a double standard.
    gtrfulltoneentropyswatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 38
    rfrmac said:
    gtr said:
    Yes, they discriminate against white, black, Asian and Latino men.  And then you talk about Apple.  What a double standard.
    I approve of their lack of diversity..... in computers, however.... ;-)
    edited November 2016 dasanman69
  • Reply 16 of 38
    Was the headline a description of Apple's management or plantation owners in the days of slavery? Swap out Apple for Trump and it would be used as an example of Trump's racism...
  • Reply 17 of 38
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,617member
    Hiring the best people is what makes corporation win in market place. Google's CEO is not white and Google has done pretty good with their stock reaching all time high. Pepsi kicking Coke's butt having female minority CEO. Bottom-line is you can't deny whites opportunity because you have to fill minority quota but if minority candidate has something better to offer to corporation than they should give opportunity. You can always fire if doesn't work out.Steve Jobs was fired from his own company.
    edited November 2016
  • Reply 18 of 38
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 11,112member

    Any company that voluntarily hires anybody but the best available is a traitor to the reason that that company exists...  [add:  Jobs was clear:  He wanted only the "A" players and that they "A" players didn't want to play with the "B" players]

    Conversely, every company depends on the community it exists in:  It's customers, vendors, employees and its owners.  Without them that company cannot exist.

    So, while the company must hire the best, it must also nurture the members of its communities to become the best that they can be.
    ... Unfortunately, in their quest for quarterly profits, most U.S. corporations have abandoned and forgotten their responsibilities to those communities.

    It's a fine line...  And those that fall off will flourish for a time, then flame out...

    edited November 2016 ai46
  • Reply 19 of 38
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,001member
    sog35 said:
    sick of this crap

    Tim Cook

    just hire the BEST PEOPLE. Oh I forgot. That means Tim Cook needs to fire himself. Never mind.

    Could that be the reason why Cook is such a champion of diversity? Never thought of that before.
    It's such a silly notion that there's just one best person for a job. The issue is that it's never really known who the best person is. Qualifications on a piece of paper means nothing. Did anyone think Tom Brady would become probably the best QB of all time, or that Dak Prescott would play at such a high level right out of college? People just need a chance to prove themselves. 


    edited November 2016 singularityhmm
  • Reply 20 of 38
    knowitallknowitall Posts: 1,648member
    Positive discrimination is just discrimination in disguise invented by do-gooders that are the actual discriminators.
    If your ok as a person, you don't notice someone's skin tone at all (like you don't register the language you read when your multilingual).
    entropys
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