Redfin Technology Team Grows to 32 Percent Women in 2017
December 06, 2017
Redfin Releases Annual Data on Employee Diversity, Prioritizes Ethnic and Racial Diversity as Gender Representation Continues Growth
In addition to growing the percentage of women in technology roles, Redfin increased the number of women in the rest of its corporate staff, from 57 percent in 2016 to 60 percent in 2017. Redfin’s field organization—its real estate agents and the roles that manage and support them—is also 60 percent women.
Men and Women by Department at Redfin
In both 2016 and 2017, the company overall was 58 percent women, but more of those women moved into management positions in 2017. Forty-six percent of Redfin’s managers are women, up from 44 percent in 2016.
Redfin’s racial and ethnic diversity increased modestly over the past year among employees who identify as black or Hispanic.
Racial and Ethnic Diversity of Redfin Employees
|Race or Ethnicity||2016||2017|
|Black or African American||6.7%||3.9%||0%||5.6%||7.1%||8.8%||1.4%||6.9%|
|Hispanic or Latino||7.4%||1.8%||2.9%||6.0%||8.2%||2.7%||3.4%||6.9%|
|Two or More Races||3.2%||6.1%||4.7%||3.9%||2.8%||5.5%||5.3%||3.4%|
Hiring more black and Hispanic software engineers, product managers and product designers is a top priority for Redfin.
“Folks in these roles have an unusual amount of power, determining what
millions of online visitors see on our website and our mobile
application. While recruiting and developing women for technical roles
continues to be important, in 2017 we decided that racial and ethnic
diversity would become a higher priority,” said Redfin CEO
Redfin is also focused on making its field operations team more racially diverse to better reflect the people that they serve. From 2016 to 2017, the percentages of Asians, blacks and Hispanics in Redfin field operations all increased.
Redfin hopes to make the most progress in developing people of color to management roles within the company. Compared to their levels of representation within the company overall, Asians, blacks and Hispanics are underrepresented in management ranks. To achieve this, Redfin will introduce company-wide programs that include documented promotion criteria for all roles with more than five employees, data-driven guidance on pay raises and mentorship.
“Of the 13 people at the company with a vice-president title or higher, one is Asian and none are black or Hispanic. Retaining, developing and promoting more people of color into management roles is a high priority for me as Redfin’s CEO,” Kelman said.
To read the full report with additional diversity stats and charts, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2017/12/diversity-at-redfin-in-2017.html
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