Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity


Two posts on the board criticizing Microsoft diversity initiatives as “discriminatory hiring” and suggesting that women are less suited for engineering roles have elicited more than 800 comments, both affirming and criticizing the viewpoints, multiple Microsoft employees have told Quartz. The posts were written by a female Microsoft program manager. Quartz reached out to her directly for comment, and isn’t making her name public at this point, pending her response.

“Does Microsoft have any plans to end the current policy that financially incentivizes discriminatory hiring practices? To be clear, I am referring to the fact that senior leadership is awarded more money if they discriminate against Asians and white men,” read the original post by the Microsoft program manager on Yammer, a corporate messaging platform owned by Microsoft. The employee commented consistently throughout the thread, making similar arguments. Quartz reviewed lengthy sections of the internal discussion provided by Microsoft employees.

“I have an ever-increasing file of white male Microsoft employees who have faced outright and overt discrimination because they had the misfortune of being born both white and male. This is unacceptable,” the program manager wrote in a comment later. The Microsoft employees who spoke to Quartz said they weren’t aware of any action by the company in response, despite the comments being reported to Microsoft’s human resources department.

When contacted by Quartz, Microsoft pointed to comments by three company officials in the message-board threads. A member of Microsoft’s employee investigations team responded to the initial post in January, writing that the company does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Another Microsoft staff member, who leads the team that helps the board of directors determine executive pay, explained the diversity-based compensation initiative. “Our board and executive leadership team believe diverse and inclusive teams are good for business and consistent with our mission and inspire-to culture,” she wrote. “Linking compensation to these aspirations is an important demonstration of executive commitment to something we believe strongly in.


21 Comments on Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity

  1. America once had Rockefeller and Morgan running corporations. Now we’ve got pansy asses that are terrified of what the SJW’s say.

    Meanwhile, MS products get worse with every update. I get crazy things on the computer I’m writing this with, things I never got a few years back.

    When I run into a problem, I have to dig deep or go search on Google to get the solution.

    MS is Crap.

  2. There is no value in forced diversity. It is as bad as forced segregation, especially if it favors some over others.
    Hire someone based on education, experience and ability. Not color of skin, what chromosome they have (or claim to), or nationality. If diversity of those factors occur naturally, fine (except for the freaks).
    I think companies are pushing for it because these “diverse” people typically take lower pay. Think “green card”.

  3. If diversity is meant to happen, it would happen naturally and not forced. A business owner could care less about diversity of skin color if it means hiring the best people and upping the bottom line.

    Diversity just for the sake of diversity, (skin color that is) is perversity.

  4. I was hired (at a certain shitbomb place) because I was, like, you know, like, good at doing certain things.

    And then twice a year I had to write some kind of bullshit to the corporate office to beg them to consider continuing my employment.

    Verizon was bad. They based everything on “numbers” that made no sense, and mathematical bullshit that was plainly dubious. I remember a 6 month stint at Verizon where I completed 3 jobs (there was no work to be done — we were getting PTD+3s as ALL of our work load) and I STILL got a 7.3 jobs-done-per-day for my yearly “take”. Absolutely dubious maths.

    ABC was worse. They had non idea what a “Systems Specialist” did. I STARTED as a Senior Telecommunications Engineer… and became, after 3 years, a “Systems Specialist”. At that point I had to BEG, twice a year…

    “What do you do?”

    “I’m a telephone man.”

    “That’s not what I asked you. What do you do?”

    “All kinds of shit. I even build broadcast control rooms.”

    “What’s a broadcast control room?”

  5. It is more than just Microsoft. I am seeing it every single day.

    How many boxes do you check off? Are you involved in more than one race based, ethnic, age, sexual orientation or gender related diversity groups underwritten by the organization?

    If not, then your exit is already being planned.

  6. Microsoft, really? WTF? Is Microsoft delinquent in their payment to LSD drinking water injection contractor?

  7. Schools have been desperately trying to recruit girls into STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) because that’s where the money is, and because women are (usually) not mentally suited to those fields (sorry, that’s the way it is). So federal education dollars are flowing into schools that have STEM outreach to girls. So, to keep the money flowing, even though girls aren’t interested, the latest trick is to change STEM into STEAM, the “A” stands for Arts, and suddenly, voila! Lots of girls get recruited into STEAM, because ART!

  8. They didn’t have this problem when Steve Balmer ran the company. But then, his specialty was stealing patents, buying employees out from under their competition, pirating code, producing General Protection Faults, Blue Screens of Death… and, oh, yeah, throwing chairs.

  9. They are called “Bacha Bazi Banker Boys”.
    All those dumb bastards that go to Ivy League schools and get “business degrees”. They get passed around boardrooms from company to company.
    It’s a club, and we ain’t in it.

  10. Might go ‘too old school’ with this, however my knowing living mind in the time was remembering that Bill Gates paid much better lawyers (his daddy). Steve Jobs was always a cheap prick, being a visionary , with a vision problem.
    Ref: The Next Computer! by Steve Jobs,,,
    Most supporters of Steve have never heard of his ignored child support payments from this greedy prick!

    Decades of the definitions of diversity.
    Best Weishes to all,,,

  11. We have federal laws against discrimination in hiring and promotion. EEOC.

    Why aren’t they being enforced.

  12. janitor
    APRIL 21, 2019 AT 1:46 AM
    “We have federal laws against discrimination in hiring and promotion. EEOC.

    Why aren’t they being enforced.”

    …laws are not enforceable against liberals.

    …if that wasn’t clear BEFORE Hillary Clinton, it SURE as hell is NOW…

  13. This reminds me of working for the State because of what others I know have experienced.

    You can be THE GREATEST employee in the history of the department and everybody praises your work performance but when your time comes to apply for an open position in that same department where you would excel even more, you’d lose out to the WORST employee of all time merely because they had one day or more of being on the job than you. Total horse 💩!

  14. The “diversity” label isn’t anything new. All up and down the coastal cities of California, that “diversity” sticker is in the window of progressive businesses. If I see one plastered in the window I don’t go in and do business. No business should have to show what they stand for other than giving good service to anyone who enters. I take it as a sign of weakness on their part. The business is not comfortable as to who and what they are.

  15. One box we all have to check off in the application stage has to do with a persons military experience. I check off the box for “Vietnam War Veteran”, or “Armed Conflict Veteran” or some such thing. I think my applications get tossed when they read that.

  16. Roget’s Thesaurus should list “diversity” as a synonym for “discrimination.”

    Notice how the leftists never suggest making the protected classes as qualified at things as Asians and white males, they just hand out meaningless pieces of paper that purport that the protected classes are as qualified as Asians and White males.

  17. I always think about how this diversity at all cost system would effect the people hired for an EMT crew, and how that choice would effect me if I’ve been mangled in an accident or had a heart attack.

    I don’t want an incompetent white guy on the crew simply because he’s a white guy, hired only because the management doesn’t like some minority or applicant’s race or sex.

    Likewise I don’t don’t want some female or minority on the crew hired primarily to advance the diversity cause, though they are totally incompetent or only barely competent.

    No, none of that makes sense for being the best choice. I want the most skilled, most qualified, most experienced, and competent person on the EMT team – a team that has the highest probability of saving my life or decreasing the long term lasting consequences from a serious physical injury.

    I don’t care what color or sex they are. I just want the best available choice present, and taking care of me. Same principle applies to all other areas of work. From writhing software to designing machines large or small, or managing a department or company.


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