A female coder and engineer for google is sharing her unique experiences working with the corporation and being one of the few black employees the company has.
During a recent appearance on the GHOGH Podcast, mobile app developer Bria Sullivan spoke about working for the billion-dollar company. She spoke candidly about some of the issues she has with there hiring practices.
“This is my problem. I feel like they hire the whitest black candidate. They hire someone who’s exactly like them, but Black” The California native said
“It feels very obvious,” Sullivan added, noting how the Black community falls prey to it much of the time. “We cheer on … yes, it’s really great that, that person is there. [But] I feel like … actually put someone in a position where they’re running an organization.”
Sullivan lauded the fact that a Black person heads Google’s diversity office and said that while it’s great to have someone who can empathize with her, “at the end of the day, they still work for you (Google).”
Speaking to whether the company has a “Clarence Thomas problem” in that it hires Black professionals that aren’t “really going to move the needle” or work in the interest of Black folks, Sullivan said it absolutely does.
Leading tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple have faced criticism for the lack of melanin among their top leadership positions and have tried improving its diversity, but to little avail. In its 2019 Diversity Report, released in April, Google reported the percentage of Black and Latino hires rose 0.7 percent to 4.8 percent globally and 0.5 percent to 6.8 percent in the U.S.
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