The average Silicon Valley engineer is compensated roughly $200,000 a year and gets to work in offices with perks such as daily catered lunch, on-site yoga, and life coaching.
Still, for many people, particularly if you are a woman or an underrepresented minority, these aren’t fun places to work. Take hard-charging Uber, which has seen a slew of executives flee the company after a female employee detailed a horrific saga of harassment and discrimination in February. Or Ellen Pao, who sued her former employer, the male-dominated venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, after alleging that she was denied promotion because of her gender and cut out of business dinners because male colleagues felt that having women there would “kill the buzz.” Or tech giants Oracle and Google, which were recently sued by the Department of Labor for reportedly underpaying female and minority workers.
A new study of turnover in the tech sector goes beyond these isolated incidents and lawsuits and takes a stab at a persistent question: How widespread are these problems? What is the most common reason people quit their tech jobs?
The study, by the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit Kapor Center for Social Impact and Harris Poll, asked a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults who had voluntarily left a tech job in the past three years why they chose to abandon their cushy workplaces. Were they enticed by a better opportunity? Did they…continue reading>>>