9 Diverse Companies MLK Would Be Proud Of—Hiring Now!
Nearly 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. passed, there’s no doubt that progress has been made. But of course, there’s a lot of work to be done — ensuring equality for all. Fortunately, the awareness around the importance of diversity and inclusion is continually increasing, especially in corporate America.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take a look inside nine companies that are continually going above and beyond to create welcoming and thriving workplaces. And don’t forget to apply to some of the (many) jobs they’re hiring for.
Microsoft has long worked to recruit diverse talent, but as of 2015 they’ve undertaken a particularly interesting initiative aimed at attracting coders with autism. Knowing that workers with autism are often at a disadvantage when it comes to the traditional hiring process, Microsoft developed a program that eschewed a series of formal phone screens and interviews in favor of inviting candidates for a two-week stay at the campus to allow them to slowly familiarize themselves with the environment, work on projects and meet with potential managers. The program is still just beginning, but early results are promising.
Where Hiring: Fort Lauderdale, FL; New York, NY; Portland, OR; Redmond, WA; San Francisco, CA; Washington D.C. and more
What Roles: Business Development Leader, Data Scientist, Sales Manager, Software Engineer and more
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2. Quicken Loans
Today’s home buyers represent all different ages, races, genders and ethnicities, and Quicken Loans strives to create a team that reflects that diversity in order to best serve their clientele. The company has been named among the 100 Best Workplaces for Women, Best Workplaces for African Americans and Best Workplaces for Diversity. Quicken Loans has also instituted a veteran hiring program called Tour of Duty, a six-month long rotation that offers recently returned veterans the chance to explore a number of different fields within the company, from HR to IT to marketing and beyond.
Where Hiring: Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Scottsdale, AZ; Washington D.C. and more
What Roles: Event Manager, Military Veteran – Tour of Duty, Mortgage Banker, Team Coordinator and more
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Pinterest’s Head of Diversity Candice Morgan has only been on the job for a year, but she’s already earning major praise. In 2016, the company “increased the number of women in technical roles from 21 [percent] to 26 [percent] and more than doubled the number of people in the company from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds to 7 [percent],” as well as “increased the hiring rate of engineers from underrepresented ethnic groups from 1 [percent] to 9 [percent]”. In the future, Pinterest expects these numbers will only increase.
Where Hiring: Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA and more
What Roles: Business Development Manager, General Ledger Accountant, Payroll Manager, Product and Litigation Counsel, Software Engineer and more
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4. Kaiser Permanente
As one of the country’s most influential African-American business leaders, the CEO of California-based HMO Kaiser Permanente, Bernard J. Tyson, has not shied away from using his platform to voice his thoughts on diversity. Tyson has openly called for honest dialogue, unity and empathy in discussing race a number of times. In addition to Tyson’s personal platform, Kaiser has a number of initiatives that seek to add diversity to their ranks. They make a point of hiring veterans and women in tech, and currently, nearly 60 percent of their workforce are people of color.
Where Hiring: Oakland, CA; Richmond, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Rafael, CA and more
What Roles: Staff Nurse II, Registered Dietitian, Business Consultant and more
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5. Ultimate Software
Weston, FL-based company Ultimate Software has a number of diversity awards under their belt, including being named the #1 workplace for Hispanics and Latinos, #3 for African-Americans and #4 for Diversity by Fortune. Their diversity numbers stand out as well, particularly for a tech company: 32 percent of executives are women and 8 percent are minorities, while the company overall is 19 percent Hispanic and 12 percent African-American. Ultimate Software credits their diverse workforce in part to their generous benefits package, which includes stock in the company, premium-free insurance and a matching 401(k).
Where Hiring: Atlanta, GA; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Santa Ana, CA; Toronto, Canada and more
What Roles: Business Analyst and Project Manager, Customer Support Manager, Payroll Specialist, Software Engineer and more
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6. Marriott International
Marriott’s diversity program goes back decades to 1989, back when discussions of diversity in the workplace were still in their infancy. Since then, they’ve continually increased the proportion of women and minorities in executive leadership positions, partnered with a number of organizations dedicated to diversity (such as American Federation for the Blind, the NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign) and even created their own global initiatives to increase the proportion of women, minorities, LGBT folks, veterans and those with disabilities that own hotels. By 2020, they hope to have 1,500 open hotels owned by women and diverse partners.
Where Hiring: Chattanooga, TN; Bethesda, MD; Houston, TX; Miami, FL; San Francisco, CA and many more
What Roles: Front Desk Clerk, Barista, Event Planning and Operations Manager, Senior Legal Secretary and many more
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Chat software company Slack took a unique approach to its diversity report by publishing its numbers early on in its history, just two years after it was founded. The company noted that this was largely because “It is relatively easy for us to move the lever a small bit right now to make a significant change in our trajectory.” Since then, they’ve made strides in hiring more women, Hispanics, African-Americans and LGBTQ employees — including four dynamic African-American female engineers. One of the keys to their progress? Encouraging recruiters to not just focus on a quick hire, but a quality hire, says CEO Stewart Butterfield.
Where Hiring: New York, NY; London, U.K.; San Francisco, CA; Vancouver, Canada
What Roles: Account Executive, Customer Success Manager, Engineering Manager, Public Relations Manager and more
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Etsy has a truly stellar reputation when it comes to gender equality in the workplace. According to their latest diversity report, women comprise 31.6 percent of technical jobs and a full 50 percent of leadership positions (a number that closely reflects the percentage of women in the U.S. as a whole). Etsy has also begun looking at gender in a non-binary way, allowing employees to identify themselves in their diversity surveys as male, female, or “other awesome gender identity.”
Where Hiring: Brooklyn, NY; Dublin, Ireland; London, U.K.; Paris, France; San Francisco, CA
What Roles: Communications Lead, Data Analyst, HRIS Analyst, Senior Project Manager and more
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9. American Express
As part of their diversity program, American Express has created three different employee networks for Hispanics, African-Americans and members of the LGBT community, and has also instituted a training program aimed at reducing unconscious bias. Their diversity stats reflect these efforts: 41 percent of professionals at American Express are members of a minority group, as are 24 percent of senior management, including CEO Kenneth I. Chenault. Women, meanwhile, comprise 30 percent of senior management and 45 percent of the professional workforce.
Where Hiring: Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Fort Lauderdale, FL; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA and many more
What Roles: Business Analyst, Customer Service Rep, Project Manager, Senior Engineer, VP of Customer Experience and many more
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