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EMC: a global company with a diverse mindset

This IT company seeks diverse computer and engineering pros who aspire to travel the world and work in support of EMC's mission. Mentoring is encouraged

Eighty-three countries. That's the reach of EMC, which specializes in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver effective IT services. That's also one of its central attractions for job seekers, says Jackie Glenn, chief diversity officer.

"Here, you have an opportunity to go anywhere in the world," Glenn says. "That's attractive to people who have ties in different regions or who just like to travel."

Through its products, EMC accelerates the adoption of cloud computing and helps IT departments store, manage, protect and analyze information. The company operates R&D and manufacturing centers around the world, and seeks professionals to fit.

"We look for a wide range of IT degrees: people with software backgrounds, solutions scoping, hardware and software engineering," Glenn says. "In fact, we are interested in anyone with an engineering degree; but we also make sure they have an interest in what we do here."

EMC's three-year IT Leadership Development Program brings in new college grads with computer or engineering degrees, who rotate every nine months to different areas of the corporation. At the end of the program, they list their three top choices of IT disciplines.

Regarding the hiring outlook, EMC doesn't reveal numbers because of industry competition. "Rest assured, there are openings. We're expanding and looking for people who are flexible to move around. We encourage everyone to send their resumes online."

EMC reaches out to inner-city Latino and African American high school juniors and seniors who have at least a 3.5 GPA. It may invite them to attend a summer program. It also takes on college juniors and seniors as summer interns, and hopes to hire them after graduation. "Some have gone to China or other areas of the world and have moved up the ladder. This is a great way of building our pipeline," Glenn says.

The company participates in conferences hosted by the National Black MBA Association, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Society of Women Engineers, and partners with organizations like National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. "These organizations really help us develop our diversity candidate pipeline," Glenn notes.

This year, the company is piloting a new initiative with historically black colleges and universities, created by EMC's black employee affinity group. "We brought in eighteen minority students from four schools: Morehouse, Spellman, Howard and NC A&T, and assigned them to different areas around EMC," Glenn notes. "We made sure they each had a mentor within the company who kept in touch on a regular basis."

Other affinity groups at EMC are for women, Hispanics, LGBT folks, veterans, disability awareness, multi-generational issues, caregivers, Asians, and Indians. Most have chapters around the world, Glenn says.

Many senior leaders attend conferences, lunch-and-learns, and webinars, open to all so that "no matter where you are in the country or the world, you can participate." Affinity groups are spearheaded by EMC executives.

EMC offers diversity awareness training, and constantly adds to its program menu. One new diversity training program produced in conjunction with Harvard University is called "Implicit Bias," which EMC will introduce to the entire company in 2013. Employees will discuss how to manage bias and ensure that their own biases don't negatively affect the workplace, Glenn says.

For career development, EMC partners with an outside vendor to provide broad access to mentoring resources. EMC has multiple generations working together, so "the company is always looking at how we cross-train people in different regions so they're prepared. As one person moves, someone is in the queue. A lot of shadowing goes on," Glenn explains.

EMC works with young women and minorities to encourage them to enter STEM fields. "We go into inner cities and partner with organizations," she says. Employees volunteer with minority students in robotics programs led by organizations like the 100 Black Men of America. At community middle and high schools, employees work in partnership with VEX Robotics.

"We show them why science and engineering is sexy and not boring. We bring in professionals who look like them. I'm originally from Jamaica. It was nice when I saw someone who was of African American descent talking to me about their career aspirations. I could see myself and envision being there. It opens their eyes," Glenn says.

Because EMC is a tech company, there is flexibility to work from home, Glenn explains. EMC's "WorkWise" program allows employees to work a flexible schedule and helps EMC make more efficient use of its facilities. The company has on-site day care centers in some locations and subsidizes the cost in others. It also provides a room for nursing mothers. "We're working on meditation rooms that can be booked, for example, during Ramadan," Glenn adds.

EMC offers benefits to all domestic partners, and also offers transgender benefits. "That won EMC awards from the Human Rights Campaign," Glenn notes proudly. "In fact, I had an opportunity to assist someone through a transition. It was my first time doing it, seeing someone going from one sex to another and understanding why this person was doing it. It was eye opening. I'm so proud to work here! People can't believe we're so progressive."



Headquarters: Hopkinton, MA
Employees: 53,500
Revenues: $20 billion in 2011
Business: Business transformation through IT services

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