At Microsoft, it's a man's world, with males making up 75.7 percent of the company's U.S. workforce. That figure comes from Microsoft's 2014 diversity report, which was released with little fanfare in late December. Globally, the picture is a little better: 71 percent of the workforce is male. Men, however, did account for 82.9 percent of the tech-related jobs. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella faced criticism in October for saying that women should have "faith in the system" and trust "karma" when it comes to getting raises.
When it comes to race, Microsoft's U.S. workforce, not unlike a lot of other high-tech companies, is mostly white and Asian (60.7 percent and 29 percent, respectively), with less than 5 percent of the workforce identifying as Latino. Black workers made up only 3.4 percent of the company in the United States. At the top of the U.S. food chain, Microsoft's senior officials and managers were 87.5 percent male and 72.2 percent white. After Nadella's gaffe in October, he released an internal memo outlining a diversity plan meant to "root out biases" and "foster an inclusive culture."
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