MONTREAL, CANADA – JULY 19, 2018 – “I want you to know there’s a place for you in this industry, there’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you.” states Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a public defense to their diversity conflict (Business Insider). It’s one thing to talk about it, and defend your proactive position, but the facts are clear: less females are graduating with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees and even less are taking their place as technology leaders.
“It’s not everyday you can achieve what Google sets out to do (as a goal)” shares CEO Gabriel Tupula. He’s referring to the impressive ever-improving ratio of women employees, notably the ratio of women in technical and leadership positions, at Big Bang. Since last year, Big Bang has had a 50% increase in the ratio of female to male employees; reaching a ratio of more than 46% women comprising the workforce company-wide and over 42% of the company leadership being female (as of July 2018).
When you compare Big Bang to Google, their workforce has a total of only 31% women, with 25% in leadership roles and only 23% in technical positions (Statistica). It’s not every day a company can be better than Google, in relation to equality ratios.
Now, compare Big Bang to local Canadian companies and the landscape is even more pathetic. In a recent survey by The Globe and Mail, “of more than 900 Canadian tech firms found women account for just 5% of CEO roles and 13% of executive team positions, while more than half – 53% – of tech companies have no female executives. On average, women account for 8% of director roles, while 73% of firms have no women on their boards” (Globe and Mail).
According to Cristina Zilic, Director of Human Relations, “The time for excuses is over”. The technology sector is further away from reaching parity of male-to-female employees than the US (and Canadian) economy as a whole (Statistica). “It’s incredibly impressive that a boutique consulting firm from Montreal, with an office in Mauritius (a small island off the East Coast of Africa), has been able to achieve what no large tech player has”.
Big Bang has hit outstanding numbers of women in technology by simply hiring the very best person, offering a culture of “no drama” and special programs and concierge services that help the busy women of Big Bang save time and promote a healthy work-life balance: including Yoga, HIIT training, Dry cleaning services, Car Washing and Tire Change plus all the usual benefits you’d expect at a tech company including Flex Time and the option to “Work from home”.
“It’s shocking to say… there really is no secret formula or goal we planned to achieve. I don’t want to attribute our high female ratio on luck, but it really happened because we hired the brightest and smartest people to join Big Bang, regardless of their gender or demographics. I encourage all companies to do the same, and see how your female to male ratio improves naturally.” advises Tupula.
Leaders around the globe are taking note. According to Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, Companies and their executives should “Please pay special attention to women… Women care for other people much more than men… Women (are) going to be very powerful in the 21st century… This century, people compare wisdom. Hire as many women as possible – this is what we did and this is the secret sauce” (South China Morning Post).
About Big Bang
Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Big Bang is a boutique consulting firm that helps businesses optimize and streamline their processes by implementing cloud ERPs, CRMs, MRPs, and ITSM systems. Their highly-skilled team of experts works hand-in-hand with organizations to achieve exceptional business improvements with cloud business solutions.
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