New stats show Facebook is run by a bunch of white dudes, just like Yahoo & Google

Above: Facebook employees at work in "war room"

Facebook released its company diversity stats in a blog post yesterday. The post, by Facebook’s Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams, discussed the company’s commitment to diversity — but even she admits Facebook has a long way to go.

Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg may run the show at Facebook, but she’s mostly directing white guys. Facebook is 70 percent male and 57 percent white, but white guys really reign supreme at the senior level, where they occupy three-quarters of the jobs.

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A third of Facebook employees are Asian, and they have a 41 percent hold on tech jobs. A smaller percent work non-tech jobs; and at the senior level Asians hold down 19 percent of positions.

Ladies are well represented in non-tech jobs and even make up 23 percent of senior level positions, but in the tech department women only represent 15 percent of the workforce.

The remaining stats are pretty paltry. Hispanics make up four percent, multiple ethnicities three percent, and black employees make up two percent of the company workforce. Those demographics are pretty evenly distributed across tech, non-tech, and senior level jobs.

Unfortunately, by industry standards, these numbers are just par for the course. Ten percent or less of Yahoo, Google, and Facebook’s employees are black, Hispanic, “other,” or of mixed ethnicity, according to USA Today. Facebook’s male to female ratio is also almost exactly the same as Google’s, which released its diversity report just a few weeks earlier.

Still, Facebook promises to develop partnerships with organizations like Code 2040, National Society of Black Engineers; Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow to help bring diversity to Facebook.

While it’s easy to blame tech companies for a lack of diversity in STEM related fields, the real missed opportunity is in early education. Until educational institutions develop more robust STEM programs for k-12 kids — especially in underserved regions — companies will find their efforts to hire a more diverse staff stifled.

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74 comments
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

not to split hairs but the NBA is actually ran by a bunch of whites dudes too.

Laetitia Massa
Laetitia Massa

Thanks Monica J Wheat! I would not have said it better :D

Josh Kim
Josh Kim

"NBA ran by black dudes" how smart are you?

Jay Inchaustegui
Jay Inchaustegui

Politically Correctness doesn't allow the truth to be told but everyone knows why and it's not racism.

Dan Hossom
Dan Hossom

Whose existence and character is being maligned in the political theater that is social justice sensationalism and blog foddering? Point a finger at some group, see how group responds.

Nathaniel Pool
Nathaniel Pool

Who cares? Look at the imbecile we have for a president and his cabinet. They're all flaming liberals. Much more dangerous than the lack of affirmative action you're insinuating.

Martin Miller
Martin Miller

did you just wake up? It's more than just race...

Richard Ortega
Richard Ortega

It's worse for minorities than women. Happy to be an Hispanic programmer working on Internet of Things.

Ronnie M
Ronnie M

Why is this still even an issue?

Khalid Noufal
Khalid Noufal

I am sure they would hire the right talent no matter what color they are, the raciest is not the them but the media that keep looking at people through a color filter.

Scott Smith
Scott Smith

Does it matter? Are the purposely hiring only white males or are they hiring the best candidates?

Justin Lanska
Justin Lanska

Secret stats show VentureBeat is run by a bunch of white dudes.

Tri Doan
Tri Doan

Day after day im beginning to see a trend. A trend of ridiculously pointless articles from VB. You're on thin ice VB, im this close to "unliking"

Gary Hughes
Gary Hughes

so you would want them to hire someone just because they are black to even things out? just because there are no black people does not make them racists, people are hired not because of their skin colour but their personal credits and if they can do the job or not, sorry they don't meet your standards of having a black guy to even things out.....for the record me and ann are not related

Jodi Kule-Nagel
Jodi Kule-Nagel

Put coding as part of the curriculum in Public Schools.

Praveen Guggarigoudar
Praveen Guggarigoudar

Just like Yahoo and Google? Really? Did anyone bother to see I/O? Even the keynote was by an Indian dude.

Ann Marie Hake Hughes
Ann Marie Hake Hughes

Because given a white guy of the same skills and you, guess who is not getting a job? That's just part of it, if you can't understand the implications, you really shouldn't be doing anything more than flipping burgers or handing out change.

Raja Ramakichenin
Raja Ramakichenin

People should be hired on skill/talent/merit and not on colour of the skin. This should work for all races and "colours"

Michael Hubbard
Michael Hubbard

Its not like there are a ton of African American's in tech in general. Not sure why, its just a fact, and I refuse to feel guilty about that. If you want to work in tech, step up and don't expect a leg up (not that I've seen anyone ask for that, it just seems like this article is trying to make this an issue.)

Istvan Poedoer
Istvan Poedoer

what do you mean "my people"? Just because it's about "white" it doesn't mean it's not offensive or racist.

Glenn Darwis
Glenn Darwis

The race card is getting tiresome. "White dudes" have treated me well so why is this a problem?

Christian J Simpson
Christian J Simpson

In other breaking news basketball is dominated by a bunch of black dudes. So what?

Scott Lightner
Scott Lightner

More than colour, it's a CULTURE of young white men. Do we really need more homogeneity? More gentrification? How wise and diverse are the perspectives and perceptions of those empowered in this industry?

Matthew Long
Matthew Long

Looks like a good mix of Asian and White dudes. Stop complaining and do something useful. 

Gary Hughes
Gary Hughes

Omg just because they haven't got a black person means their racist, so they should hire someone just because their black to even things out? Fuck off

Abhigyan Dwivedi
Abhigyan Dwivedi

Come on man any one who has got the proper skills n ridiculous determination can get a job anywhere.

Heidi Huntsman
Heidi Huntsman

Ah, forgive me if I'm wrong, but isn't Yahoo headed by a woman?

Jo K. Jang
Jo K. Jang

People and corporations should be FREE to choose who they hire.

Eric Chan
Eric Chan

NBA drafts players based on performance (mostly). Plus what's that got to do with working in corporate? Bad analogy. Google&Yahoo ? Clearly not. White guys aren't any better in leadership position than minorities.

Anthony Topper
Anthony Topper

Isn't Yahoo run by a women? Aren't both Facebook and Google doing really well? STFU. As a white dude in tech trying to get somewhere you better be fucking sure you're not advancing someone just so your race numbers look good.

Oliver Antonio Fajardo
Oliver Antonio Fajardo

Some people think it's racism but the tech industry is based on your skill and merits. That's why you see people from all walks of life work in tech. Its cultural as well. I don't know many Latinos like me who go into tech.

James Keagan
James Keagan

And tech companies hire engineers and programmers based on their skills and merit.  How is it a bad analogy?