Among Amazon’s global employees, 44.6% are women and 55.4% are men. But when it comes to management positions, the difference is bigger. Among managers globally, 29.3% are women and 70.7% are men, the company’s report on inclusiveness and diversity shows. The company says that women and men are equally paid for same jobs.
The company has grown dramatically during the pandemic with a booming e-commerce when people around the world are locked up. Amazon has around 1.3 million employees with around 87 000 of them in the Washington state where Amazon in 2020 passed Boeing as the biggest employer. Both companies, and also Microsoft, have their headquarters in Seattle, Washington state. Amazon added around 1 400 persons a day during 2020, the New York Times has estimated.
The growth has been accompanied with complaints. During the last year, there have been several critical voices heard within the company with staffers demanding better pay and also better protection against the covid virus.
The company says it actively recruits diverse candidates through partnerships with women’s colleges, historically Black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.
“Compensation awarded in 2020 at Amazon, including base, cash bonuses, and stock, shows that women earned 100.0 cents for every dollar that men earned performing the same jobs, and minorities earned 99.2 cents for every dollar that white employees earned performing these same jobs. We continue to prioritize pay equity”, the company writes in its diversity report.
WOMEN IN TECH
”We continue to make progress in building a more diverse workforce, with the number of women in tech roles at Amazon increasing. Today, women lead many of our biggest and most important businesses, including our overall delivery experience, Amazon Fresh, AWS Public Sector, and more.”
In the US, 13.6% of Amazon employees are (the company formally very politically correct says ”identify as”) Asian, 26.5% Black/African American, 22.8% Hispanic/Latinx, 1.5% Native American, 3.6% two or more races and 32.1% White.
Among managers in the US, 19.5% are Asian, 10.6% Black/African American, 9.5 Hispanic/Latinx, 0.7% Native American, 3.2% two or more races, and 56.4% are White.
When it comes to parental leave, Amazon says birth mothers get up to 20 weeks of paid leave and non-birth parents have access to six weeks paid leave. This can be taken continuously or split up within 12 months of a child’s birth or adoption.
Parents can share their parental leave with their partner or spouse whose employer does not provide paid parental leave. Employees can return to work at a flexible schedule for up to eight weeks after birth or adoption.
“Where possible we provide unlimited gender transition benefits, including gender affirmation. We have internal resources to help managers and team members support employees who are going through a gender transition.”
In a policy statement, the company says: ”We believe that building a culture that is welcoming and inclusive is integral to people doing their best work and is essential to what we can achieve as a company. We actively recruit people from diverse backgrounds to build a supportive and inclusive workplace. We take steps to ensure employees have a sense of belonging, value, and opportunity.”
”We foster diversity and inclusion globally and look for ways to amplify underrepresented voices and empower diverse communities.”
”We strive to be a top employer for diverse talent and to make Amazon a place where these leaders want to grow their careers.”
”We know that representation is critical to accomplishing this goal, and that diverse leaders attract and retain diverse talent. We also continue to invest in programs, such as our global mentorship program, which creates more than 6 000 mentorship opportunities every year to actively recruit and help more women advance into senior and technology-focused roles.”
”We strive to be a top employer for diverse talent and acknowledge that it is up to us to make Amazon a place where these leaders want to grow their careers. We know that representation is critical to accomplishing this goal, and that diverse leaders attract and retain diverse talent. We are investing in growing these leaders from within.”