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- Glassdoor allows current and former employees to anonymously review companies and recently introduced a diversity and inclusion rating.
- The website released its annual list of the top rated companies for 2020.
- The top rated employer has been lauded for recent diversity and inclusion efforts.
As the nation confronted its racism in the middle of a pandemic last summer, Glassdoor introduced a feature allowing employees to measure renewed diversity and inclusion efforts. While not all companies have a Diversity and Inclusion rating yet, here's what the employees at this year's top-rated companies to work had to say:
- Bain & Company: "They have put forth a very thoughtful COVID response plan, and really upped their game on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the wake of recent events in the US."
While a September review noted a lack of diversity in the leadership team, it acknowledged active efforts to improve. The company recently announced a coalition with The Bridgespan Group and 30+ organizations "using our resources and influence to upskill, hire and promote 1 million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement."
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2. NVIDIA: "The core values at NVIDIA - intellectual honesty, innovation, speed, excellence and working as one team - are ingrained into everything we do. The culture is inclusive, the hierarchy is flat, the work is rewarding and the people are super smart. I've been here for about three years and am so thrilled to be able to do the best work of my life."
Despite a promise of inclusivity, recent reviews suggest the company is wanting for diversity. A former employee said in November, "everyone there is male and diversity is actively discouraged in the data centers," seconded by a current employee who said in December the company is "lacking in diversity including age and gender."
3. In-N-Out Burger: "Amazing people, awesome leadership, I feel cared about every single day and we make the best burgers on the planet!”
This West Coast favorite has been accused of discrimination by age and race in the past, but it was recently listed as one of Forbe's top 500 employers for diversity in 2020. In its most recent reviews, current and former employees rarely mention diversity and inclusion as either a pro or a con, leaving potential employees to decide for themselves whether the company has made sufficient progress.
4. HubSpot: "The support leadership has shown through thoughtful programs, WFH reimbursement, and flexibility has been next level."
While past reviews note room for improvement, one citing a lack of age diversity, others note a commitment to doing better. In response to one review, HubSpot Chief People Officer Katie Burke said, "appreciate the callout on diversity and inclusion and delighted to hear you feel we are open on responding to concerns."
5. McKinsey & Company: “Caring company culture, great benefits, friendly coworkers, and lots of internal opportunities.”
While some reviews from current employees acknowledged diverse efforts, others were highly critical. In recent reviews, current employees said, "they also talk about diversity, but there is no diversity at all in [the Tampa] office," while others noted lack of diversity in leadership positions, especially Black and Latinx employees.
6. Google: "People here are very smart and motivated, and they put a HUGE emphasis on work life balance. Compensation is good too!"
While Google announced new initiatives to support racial equality last year, the multinational conglomerate has also been embroiled in controversy around the treatment of minorities. As one current employee said, "weird stories pop-up sometimes on diversity and inclusion."
7. Delta Air Lines: "Especially with COVID, management's priority has been the wellbeing and comfort of employees."
Reviews regarding diversity and inclusion at Delta Air Lines are sparse on Glassdoor, but several recent reviews note that while diversity and inclusion are valued, their efforts are lacking. One former employee said on Jan. 12, "although Delta Air Lines, Inc is a great place diversity and inclusion should be at the top of their list of items to address."
8. lululemon: "Lululemon is exceptional at communicating to its employees and listening to feedback."
All but a few Glassdoor reviews that mentioned diversity felt it was lacking across multiple locations of the national athletic apparel retailer. Founded as a retailer of yoga wear, the American company built its success on the practice that originated in ancient India, but the most recent review advises management to step up their diversity and inclusion efforts.
9. Microsoft: “Good Work/Life Balance, teamwork, great culture, flexibility to pursue my intellectual goal & challenge my potential.”
More than 100 employee reviews mention diversity and inclusion at the multinational company founded by Bill Gates, many of them positive. While one notes diversity in management positions could be improved, another lists "too much" diversity — although they provide no details on how that might be a con.
10. H E B: "Amazing company. Awesome managers. Great pay with regular raises. Super fun work environment and I adore my coworkers."
H-E-B Grocery Company is smaller than many others in the list, operating chiefly in Texas and northeast Mexico. While reviews note the work isn't easy and customers can be difficult, many are positive about the company, which made Forbes’ 2020 list of Best Employers for Diversity (182 out of 500).
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