Diversity and Compensation in Tech

This blog is based on data pulled from CSRHub and is readily accessible via the Ethically chrome extension. All percentages are relative to the companies industry.

Google walkouts. Amazon unionization. Facebook strikes. No matter which side you fall on, the big tech companies have had their fair share of employment disputes in the past few years. Let’s break down how the giants stack up in employee related scores.

Amazon

May as well start at the top. Mr. Bezos created quite an empire spanning shopping, advertising and computing. But the soon to be space titan hasn’t always been sparkling clean with how he treats employees. Most recently, his efforts to stop unionization in Alabama have caught the attention of the media. How does Amazon score?

Short answer: eh? Amazon gets a 66% relative to their industry in the broad “Employee” category. More specifically, 76% in compensation and benefits, 64% in diversity and labor rights and 59% in training, health and safety.

Google

From one behemoth to the next, Google is up. While the search giant earns a high rank in the overall scores, digging into the details shows some issues. They received an overall rating of 92% relative to their peers, but only 78% for their employee specific categories.

Specifically, compensation and benefits scores 72%, diversity and labor rights scored 73% and training, health and safety scored 84%.

Facebook

If this list goes to prove anything, it’s that employers really need to go beyond the standard employee cafeteria or nap pod to move up the rankings. Facebook is the worst of the big tech monopolies coming in at 66% in the employee category (this isn’t their worst category, they got 44% in governance).

Specifically, they are in only the 55th percentile for compensation and benefits, 67% for diversity and labor rights, and 73% for training, health and safety. You may be wondering how an employer who pays the way Facebook pays can get this kind of score (especially on compensation). Keep in mind it isn’t all computer scientists. Facebook employees thousands and thousands of people including content moderators not based San Francisco.

Microsoft

Let’s have a more positive section to spice things up shall we? Microsoft comes in the 93rd percentile in the Employee category (and 99th % overall). While the giant in Redmond has had its fair share of employee issues, overall it is one of the top software and internet based companies by that metric.

Specifically, they scored 80% in compensation and benefits, 90% in diversity and labor rights, and 95% in training, health and safety.

Apple

While Apple gets a lot of praise for their work in privacy and the environment, how do they stack up on employee issues?

They have a bit of work to do. Relative to the software industry, they are only in the 68th percentile on employee issues. Specifically on compensation and benefits they are 59%, diversity and labor rights they are 70% and training, health and safety they are 72%.

SAP

While not the most recognizable of the names on this list, we’re including SAP as they are the cream of the crop for CSR scores in the software/internet industry. They score in the 100th percentile overall and the 98th percentile for employee issues.

Specifically, they get 93% on compensation and benefits, 99% on diversity and labor rights, and 98% on training, health and safety. I’m sure this is unrelated, but this is also the only company featured not headquartered in the US.

If you found this interesting, make sure you download the Ethically chrome extension here so you can see how your favorite companies score in sustainability as you browse the web.

Overall here are the employee percentiles for the top software companies by market cap globally.

CompanyMarket CapEmployee score relative to their industry
Apple2.065 T68%
Microsoft1.828 T93%
Amazon1.592 T66%
Alphabet1.439 T78%
Facebook850 B66%
Tencent789 B64%
Tesla635 B14%
Alibaba607 B58%
TSMC562 B79%
Samsung504 B51%

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