Oracle is making real progress in building a diverse and inclusive company—and the likes of Forbes and LinkedIn have taken notice. In 2021 both organizations, in addition to the Career Communications Group, have recognized Oracle for making significant policy efforts to bring new voices into the workforce.
“We appreciate being recognized for Oracle’s commitment to build a diverse and inclusive culture, where the uniqueness of every employee is celebrated,” says Traci Wade, senior director, diversity and inclusion.
For the first time, Oracle has earned a listing on Forbes’ America’s Best Employers for Diversity list. Since 2015, Forbes has worked with market research firm Statista to send anonymous surveys to employees at major organizations, asking them to rate their company’s diversity, focusing on gender, age, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation. Employees also were asked to nominate companies other than their own. The final list ranks employers that received the most recommendations, plus those that scored well in board and executive diversity as well as proactive measures to build diverse cultures.
Since 2016, LinkedIn has shared its Top Companies rankings, a list of the 50 best workplaces to grow your career. This year, Oracle landed at #21. LinkedIn praised Oracle’s mentorship program for promoting diversity, our FutureYou program for creating leadership and professional development opportunities, and the company’s efforts to help women in product development rise to senior leadership positions.
These shout-outs make sense: LinkedIn went beyond examining companies that simply attract talent to spotlight those that invest in long-term professional success. The methodology placed a premium on factors such as ability to advance, skills growth, and gender diversity.
LinkedIn’s rankings put Oracle in very good company, sharing the list with Apple, Verizon, Facebook, and Target, to name a few.
Each year since 2003, media company Career Communications Group (CCG), whose mission is to promote STEM diversity, has ranked the top supporters of engineering programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In 2021, Oracles ranks #20.
To compile the list, CCG surveyed deans of HBCU engineering departments, along with members of Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE).
Organizations were rated on their support for modernizing school infrastructure, research and mentorship projects, faculty development, scholarships, and career opportunities.
“Our long-term investment in HBCUs is how Oracle will differentiate itself,” says Wade. “It will better position us to hire the innovators of tomorrow.”
Illustration: Wes Rowell
Mark Jackley is an Oracle digital content specialist.