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Women 2.0 Comes to Oakland

By askdotcom // July 11th, 2014

Women 2.0’s City Meetup has arrived in Oakland! As long-time supporters of Women 2.0, we were at the event to help welcome them to our city. Speakers Angie Chang, Director of Growth, Hackbright Academy, Co-Founder, Women 2.0 and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners and Farnaz Ronaghi, Co-founder and Director of Engineering at NovoEd spoke to a packed room of both women AND men at Pandora’s offices.

With such a diverse, talented and passionate group of professionals here in the East Bay, we’re excited about these types of networking events and we can’t wait until the next one!

- Ask.com

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Moving Up The Ladder

By askdotcom // April 9th, 2014

Ask loves bringing in young minds and giving them the opportunity to learn and grow within the company. Former intern Joey Hinojosa was recently hired as a full-time Search Marketing Specialist at Ask! We talked to Joey about his journey to and through Ask, and some suggestions for turning an internship opportunity into a permanent position.

Q: How did you get your position as an intern here at Ask?

Joey:  I originally applied for another position, but I was coming right out of Sac State and was kind of under-qualified for the position. I never got called back for that job, but I’m glad I still met with Ask because two months later I got an email with an offer for a marketing internship, so I took it!

Q: What was your major at Sac State? How did that prepare you for your internship here at Ask?

Joey: I started out as a Psychology major, but switched into Business Marketing my senior year. I definitely learned the fundamentals of business marketing through classes like advertising, B2B marketing, consumer marketing, business statistics and marketing case studies. However, I feel like I learned the most at internships I had while I was in college. That’s where I learned how to plan and execute marketing campaigns which really prepped me for my internship and job here at Ask.com. Also, once I started my internship at Ask, I was able to grow my skill set to include display advertising and implementing marketing campaigns as well as learning how to navigate through a corporate business environment.

Q: How did you work to secure a full-time position?

Joey: There was a lot of hard work involved. I had weekly 1:1’s with my manager, where we set both short and long-term goals. I was proactive in learning new tools that would make me an asset to the marketing department and Ask. I would set up regular meetings with my peers to help me in areas that I was struggling in.  I would help people out in other departments, which showed that I was a reliable person who was willing to go above and beyond for the company. I was involved in a lot of the extra-curricular activities hosted by Ask so I could get to know more of my fellow colleagues.

Q: Any advice for future interns?

Joey: Cross train—don’t work in just one department, which will limit you. Try to get as much exposure to other departments or within departments. Network within the company and don’t be afraid to ask questions. And go out for drinks or coffee once in a while.

Q: Favorite things about working at Ask?

Joey: The unlimited paid-time-off (PTO) policy. For someone young who loves to travel, that’s super important. The overall environment here is pretty relaxed which is really nice.  And I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a great group of people that I can learn from and relate to. Oh, and the kitchen—I love the snacks!

- Ask.com

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Top Place to Work – That’s Us!

By askdotcom // June 17th, 2013

Ask.com is pleased to announce that we’ve been selected as one of The Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces! The best part – this was based solely on employee feedback.

The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 37 major publishing partners and recognizes a list of 150 National Top Workplaces.  Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.

It’s really a great to know that Ask employees are seeing and experiencing how much our executives and management teams focus on employee satisfaction and creating a healthy and happy work environment. 

The Bay Area News Group published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 16th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

Interested in joining our team? Check out the current job openings to see if there’s a fit for you!

-          Lisa Ross, VP, Human Resources, Ask.com

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Lucky Me - Women In Tech

By lisakav // July 19th, 2011

The last few months have presented an interesting collection of experiences, which have reminded me how lucky I am. Wait…not lucky, that’s the story we women like to tell ourselves, deserving, yah that’s it. I recently attended the Churchill Women Execs in Tech Roundtable (#inspired) and heard some stats that truly shocked me regarding women in technology. This led me to some digging…here is what I found:

  • 11% of executives in Fortune 500 tech companies are women.
  • Women make up a mere 15-17% of Silicon Valley engineers.
  • The peak of women in Computer Science was in 1984 – 43%
    were women. Today it’s 18%, and declining.
  • Less than 20% of students earning Computer Science Degrees
    in the US are women. This number is also trending in the
    wrong direction. 

I’m a woman, with a CS degree, a C-level title, a little north of Silicon Valley – how could I be shocked? Then I looked around and realized I truly am lucky, because I work at a company that is leading the pack in % of women in engineering, management and executive roles of a technology company. These are stats I am proud to share with you:

46% of the Executive team  are women, this includes:

Alisa Barnes - VP, Program Management Office

Eve Chaurand - General Council, Ask US

Valerie Combs - VP, Communications

Angela Loeffler - SVP, People & Policy

Susan Shimamura - VP, Operations

Yours Truly

1 out of 3 of our Management team is female and women make up 25% of our technical staff. There are too many to call out individually but they are diverse, wicked smart and incredibly talented at what they do (see some of them below)

As I come across the inspiring interviews given recently by Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer and Rebekah Cox I am reminded that this is not the norm and that it is important to appreciate the culture we have created here, but more importantly to do my part in increasing the %s outside the walls of Ask.com.

Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to lean in and be ambitious. Others says it’s the system that needs fixing, not the women. I say why can’t we do both? The more women we have in critical roles, the more normal it will seem.

I was one of the few women in my CS program at UCSB and remember feeling outnumbered, intimidated and way, way, behind (compare my high school word processer #datingmyself with my classmates criminal hacking record).  I can relate to the literature on women suffering from imposter syndrome and can’t count the number of times I’ve been the only woman at the table.  I encourage women seeking careers in the tech industry to see it as a challenge, do what you love, and don’t let anything stand in your way.  Be the exception and know that you make it easier for the next woman to do the same. I hope in some small way, I will.

 

Some of our stellar female managers


Lisa Kavanaugh, Chief Product & Technology Officer

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