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How many African Americans working for Microsoft?

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    footballism

    Just out of curiosity, I see many black actors in the hollywood movies, so I just want to know how many MSFT employees are black?

    Sheva

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    Chadk

    footballism wrote:
    Just out of curiosity, I see many black actors in the hollywood movies, so I just want to know how many MSFT employees are black?

    Sheva

    From my experience when i was at microsoft in copenhagen. There actually were quite alot(I saw a new bunch of guys, that just was hired there. At least 1-3 of them were black). But this is compared to the amount of people you usually see in danish companys.

    Also, if im not wrong, i also remember seing quite alot of black guys on the videos. I never notice their color on channel9.

    I think that is great. Yet i dont know if its very nice to calm the black. But just in case. I do not mean black the bad way.

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    Cybermagell​an

    footballism wrote:
    Just out of curiosity, I see many black actors in the hollywood movies, so I just want to know how many MSFT employees are black?

    Sheva


    Depends on how many are in the ClipArt Gallery Warehouse where Zeo works....

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    Zeo

    Clipart Gallery Warehouse you say!?

    Nah, I'm working in B-Town, Boston that is.

    Back on the topic of how many employees are black here at MSFT, I don't have an accurate count off the top of my head, but Microsoft does have offices in several countries throughout Africa(so I'd imagine that the number is significant). 

    Now in my experience at Microsoft I have the luxury of working with people of all different backgrounds, in my group at the Boston office there are atleast 5 black employees that I know. 

    Honestly tho, when looking over code or responding to e-mails I never really think about ethnicity.

    Off the top of my head, one guy comes to mind.

    John, who is black, is a talented developer and avid Halo player who schools me every time we have a coding competition or play Halo for that matter. Big Smile

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    Gambit

    footballism wrote:
    Just out of curiosity, I see many black actors in the hollywood movies, so I just want to know how many MSFT employees are black?

    Sheva


    I'd like to know that myself. We need to see a "Minorities in Tech" feature on C9 in addition to the "Women in Tech" videos.

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    phreaks

    Zeo wrote:
    Clipart Gallery Warehouse you say!?

    Nah, I'm working in B-Town, Boston that is.

    Back on the topic of how many employees are black here at MSFT, I don't have an accurate count off the top of my head, but Microsoft does have offices in several countries throughout Africa(so I'd imagine that the number is significant). 

    Now in my experience at Microsoft I have the luxury of working with people of all different backgrounds, in my group at the Boston office there are atleast 5 black employees that I know. 

    Honestly tho, when looking over code or responding to e-mails I never really think about ethnicity.

    Off the top of my head, one guy comes to mind.

    John, who is black, is a talented developer and avid Halo player who schools me every time we have a coding competition or play Halo for that matter. 


    You work for MCS?

    EDIT:

    Lots of MS'ers are great Haloers.

    Halo 4 vs. 4 Team Competition:

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    DoomBringer

    PocketXP wrote:
    Regarding diversity, I always check the Board of Directors.

    The Microsoft BOD is not bad:
    http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/bod/default.mspx


    Apple's BOD has no diveristy (all white males):
    http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/bod.html


    typical

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    phreaks

    DoomBringer wrote:
    
    PocketXP wrote: Regarding diversity, I always check the Board of Directors.

    The Microsoft BOD is not bad:
    http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/bod/default.mspx


    Apple's BOD has no diveristy (all white males):
    http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/bod.html


    typical


    Typical of what? Affirmative Action is racism defined.

    What is the context of this question?
    Should any given company be forced into absolute percentages of any given race?

    Well what about gender, nationality, eye color, weight, age, religion, sexual orientation or even perhaps political affiliation?

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    rcardona

    Why compare to Apple? Microsoft is more comparble to IBM than Apple. And IBM's board is MORE diverse, (cough, PC): http://www.ibm.com/investor/corpgovernance/cgbod.phtml

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    rjdohnert

    Everyone in the Channel9 videos is white, middle eastern, indian or asian.  When we gonna see some hispanics and some black people?

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    IRenderable

    Chadk wrote:
    
    footballism wrote:Just out of curiosity, I see many black actors in the hollywood movies, so I just want to know how many MSFT employees are black?

    Sheva

    From my experience when i was at microsoft in copenhagen. There actually were quite alot(I saw a new bunch of guys, that just was hired there. At least 1-3 of them were black). But this is compared to the amount of people you usually see in danish companys.


    Out of those how many where American though? How many where African (Like from Africa Africans)?

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    BigDataDev

    Regarding diversity, I always check the Board of Directors.

    The Microsoft BOD is not bad:
    http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/bod/default.mspx


    Apple's BOD has no diversity (all white males):
    http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/bod.html

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    LaBomba

    I have a more important question,

    how many fat people work for microsoft?

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    IRenderable

    LaBomba wrote:
    I have a more important question,

    how many fat people work for microsoft?


    Just find out how many are developers and that should be about right. And the devs who arn't fat places are taken by other people who are fat.

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    brian.​shapiro

    IRenderable wrote:
    
    LaBomba wrote: I have a more important question,

    how many fat people work for microsoft?


    Just find out how many are developers and that should be about right. And the devs who arn't fat places are taken by other people who are fat.


    survival of the fattest.



    btw its perfectly understandable if in tv and film minorities are underrepresented. because of how the culture is constituted, if you make a show about a black family, it will be seen as a show about a black family. not just because of viewer perception, which is the case also,  but how you will probably have to write it differently. if you make a show about a white family, it is just a show about a family. then if you make a show with a group of friends, and add a black friend, he will almost always seem like a 'token' black that was put in the show to give black people representation. this doesn't mean good shows with minority actors can't be on tv, it means they're not obvious to make, or harder to make sucessfully, so one can expect them to disproportionately represent the percentage of minorities in the population. as much as it seems like they are some times, films and tv shows aren't formulas where you can just plug in minority actors and contexts and things will work just the same.


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    zhuo

    brian.shapiro wrote:
    btw its perfectly understandable if in tv and film minorities are underrepresented. because of how the culture is constituted, if you make a show about a black family, it will be seen as a show about a black family. not just because of viewer perception, which is the case also,  but how you will probably have to write it differently. if you make a show about a white family, it is just a show about a family. then if you make a show with a group of friends, and add a black friend, he will almost always seem like a 'token' black that was put in the show to give black people representation. this doesn't mean good shows with minority actors can't be on tv, it means they're not obvious to make, or harder to make sucessfully, so one can expect them to disproportionately represent the percentage of minorities in the population. as much as it seems like they are some times, films and tv shows aren't formulas where you can just plug in minority actors and contexts and things will work just the same.




    I quite enjoy comedy with an all black cast, in fact my mind automatically associate these comedies as good comedies. And if you seriously think about it, the top actors that pops up in your head, who are they? to me it's quite a mixed colour, blacks, whites, asians ...

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    Human​Compiler

    footballism wrote:
    Just out of curiosity, I see many black actors in the hollywood movies, so I just want to know how many MSFT employees are black?


    As always, this is pretensed with "these thoughts do not represent the thoughts of my employer and are my own personal thoughts", blah, blah, blah, but...

    Who cares?  Microsoft, like all companies, tries to hire the smartest people they can.  Smart people are smart people.  Period.  Skin color, sexual orientation, etc do not affect intelligence.

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    raymond

    HumanCompiler wrote:
    
    footballism wrote: Just out of curiosity, I see many black actors in the hollywood movies, so I just want to know how many MSFT employees are black?


    As always, this is pretensed with "these thoughts do not represent the thoughts of my employer and are my own personal thoughts", blah, blah, blah, but...

    Who cares?  Microsoft, like all companies, tries to hire the smartest people they can.  Smart people are smart people.  Period.  Skin color, sexual orientation, etc do not affect intelligence.


    Who cares was my reaction as well.

    However, I would hire the smartest and wisest.


    It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. 
      Mohandas K. Gandhi


    Being smart is what keeps some people from being intelligent. 
      Thomas Sowell






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