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Intel Now Hiring Way More Women And You Can, Too! 19 Aug,15

Tech companies, listen up: You can hire outside of the white, male bubble, you just need to make an effort.

The latest evidence comes from Silicon Valley stalwart Intel. Forty-three percent of the company’s new hires this year have been “diverse” -- defined by the company as women, blacks, Hispanics or Native Americans -- according to an internal report published Wednesday. The number is in line with Intel’s publicly stated goal of 40 percent diversity in new hires, and it's a big leap from 2014, when 20 percent of new hires were considered diverse.

The 47-year-old chipmaker has been extremely vocal about its diversity ambitions. The company was among the first to start publicly revealing its demographics in 2002. At the start of this year, it announced it would spend $300 million on the effort, and earlier this month it revealed it would double referral bonuses for those employees who recommended diverse candidates for jobs. 

“Intel has a history of being very good about accountability and measurement,” Elizabeth Ames, vice president of strategic marketing and alliances at Anita Borg, a nonprofit that works on the advancement of women in computing, told The Huffington Post. The nonprofit works with Intel on that mission. “They look regularly [at the numbers], and they work hard to do a variety of different things to improve.”

Setting aside this recent news, Intel’s numbers aren’t so hot. Men make up 75 percent of its workforce and 83 percent of leadership. Just 3.5 percent of employees are black.

“When you have a huge number of employees, changing the percentage is incredibly hard,” said Ames. In other words, if you have a lot of white men at your company and they’re not going anywhere, it’s going to be tough to make real change in the population. Intel, for example, has more than 100,000 employees, more than half of whom work in the U.S. It hired around 3,000 this year. Change will be slow.

“I jokingly refer to it as the tyranny of the numbers. If you’re smaller-sized and growing fast, it’s easier,” she said. (Hear that, startups?)

“This was good progress, but not enough,” the company said in a report on its website.

Intel is doing a bunch of different things to move the needle, including implementing the Rooney Rule, which holds that for every job opening in the company, you must interview at least one woman and at least one underrepresented minority. It’s named after Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who mandated that teams should interview at least one minority candidate for head coach jobs. Facebook is also testing the rule. 

You’ll often hear recruiters and tech companies push back against the rule, complaining that it’s hard to find these candidates. But the thing is, it's not. Sometimes it’s just a matter of looking for candidates outside your usual networks. Intel has even done market analysis to figure out how many potential employees exist in the workforce.

“It’s not that hard,” said Ames.

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Intel is a worldwide leader in computing innovation. It has over 25 years of presence in India with sustained commitment. With >6,000 employees in India, the best and the brightest collaborate with purpose.

Being a critical engineering center , Intel India has developed rich competencies in CPU, System-on-a chip, platform, software and graphics. It has been be enabling leadership products for Intel including Skylake, Intel® Edison, Anniedale and Broadwell-DE. In a country with 1.2 billion people, Intel India is blessed
with big opportunity to serve the computing needs of this growing market and with more and more. Made in India products and programs, Intel India will continue to showcase it’s computing prowess and leadership to the world.

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The career opportunities within Intel are exploding . With the exciting opportunities to change roles, follow a managerial or technical path, extended education, trainings , as well as mentorship programs that provide a structured process and platform for our employees to connect, grow, and create lasting relationships by sharing knowledge and experiences , you have the power to shape your ideal career in Intel’s international working environment.

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Intel is committed to helping you be successful on and off the job by providing great benefits like health for life program, sports facilities, hobby clubs, fitness centers & flexi-time along with a competitive salary. Our Work/Life Effectiveness programs provide you a variety of tools and work environment solutions to reduce barriers to your effectiveness caused by work and personal life challenges.

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