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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
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
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
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