CIO Briefing


Want to Work for Google? You Have Only a 0.2 Percent Chance of Getting Hired

By Max Nisen // Quartz // October 22, 2014

A view of the Google France office.
A view of the Google France office. // Jacques Brinon/AP File Photo

Google gets around 3 million applications a year now, according to HR head Laszlo Bock, and hires 7000. That means only one in 428 applicants end up with a job, making it far more selective than institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Those are pretty thin odds, but when Bock joined in 2006 from General Electric, Google’s hiring process was even more daunting—especially since the company’s future was by no means a sure thing.

“My last week at GE the CEO of my division took me aside, and said ‘Laszlo, this Google thing is cute, but I don’t really think it’s going anywhere. When you’re ready for a real company we’ll hold a job for you, and you can come back any time,'” Bock said in a speech at LinkedIn’s Talent Connect conference yesterday

It took some convincing to get people on board back then, Bock says. Many were taking pay cuts to join, and they had to run the guantlet to do so: “Hiring took 6 to 9 months and people sat for 15 to 25 interviews. It was an awful experience.” The company was also notorious for asking impossible brain ...

This Tech Giant Thinks Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem is Overstated

By Max Nisen // Quartz // October 20, 2014

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A series of large tech companies recently revealed disappointing gender and diversity statistics, sparking discussion over whether there’s something fundamentally wrong with hiring practices in Silicon Valley. In an extended interview with New York Magazine’s Kevin Roose, entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen tackles that criticism head on. While he thinks the discussion is valid, he has issues with particular points.

“I think the critique that Silicon Valley companies are deliberately, systematically discriminatory is incorrect, and there are two reasons to believe that that’s the case,” Andreessen says. “No. 1, these companies are like the United Nations internally.”

He says that diversity statistics show that around 70% of engineers are white or Asian. That would actually be on the low end. It’s closer to 90% at many large companies:

But he takes issue with calling these companies other than diverse:

Let’s dig into that for a second. First, apparently Asian doesn’t count as diverse. And then “white”: When you actually go in these companies, what you find is it’s American people, but it’s also Russians, and Eastern Europeans, and French, and German, and British. And then there are the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Thais ...

Intelligence Community Needs More Than a Few Good Women

By Jack Moore // October 10, 2014

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, applaud as Letitia Long, center, is hugged by James Clapper, director, National Intelligence, center, after becoming the new Director of the National Geospatial-Inteligence Agency, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, applaud as Letitia Long, center, is hugged by James Clapper, director, National Intelligence, center, after becoming the new Director of the National Geospatial-Inteligence Agency, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. // Cliff Owen/AP

It’s no secret the intelligence community’s reputation has taken a drubbing in recent years.

Maybe the solution is more women in leadership roles.

“I believe that many of the missteps and mistakes that the intelligence community has made over the years happened, at least to some extent, because a bunch of guys, who all look a lot like me, were the only people sitting at the table when decisions were made,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said recently. “Well, that's all changing now."

The DNI may be persona non grata in many liberal circles, thanks to his defense of the National Security Agency’s online surveillance that privacy advocates say is intrusive and even unconstitutional. But they may find common cause with him in his role as a fierce advocate of a diverse workforce.

Clapper made his comments Oct. 3 at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at a change of leadership and retirement ceremony for Letitia Long, the first woman to head a major intelligence agency.

Long, who started her intelligence career in the Office of Naval Intelligence, rose through the ranks over her 36-year career, becoming the first chief information officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency ...

Millennials Kind of Clueless About Cybersecurity Careers

By Jack Moore // October 9, 2014


The demand for skilled cybersecurity positions is growing 12 times faster than the broader labor market and last year alone, there were nearly 210,000 open cybersecurity positions nationwide.

That’s according to new survey research from Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance released in October to mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

But even as more and more millennials enter the job market, new research indicates these so-called digital natives aren’t necessarily ready to take on the mantle of cyber savior -- at least not yet.

While they’re often more tech-savvy than their older counterparts in the workforce, only about a quarter of millennials say they want a career in cybersecurity.

That’s about the same number who profess an interest in being doctors and nurses, but far fewer than the number of millennials who want to be entertainers or app developers -- cited by 35 percent of respondents.

More millennials also said they wanted to be social media directors than cyber defenders.

It turns out the Facebook generation (of which I am part) is a little fuzzy on what exactly a career in cybersecurity means.

“Almost two-thirds of millennial ...

Check Your Phone During Meetings? Your Boss is Probably Perturbed

By Travis Bradberry // Quartz // September 24, 2014


You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone out during meetings, says new research from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and if you work with women and people over forty they’re even more perturbed by it than everyone else.

The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of 554 full-time working professionals earning above $30,000 and working in companies with at least 50 employees. They asked a variety of questions about smartphone use during meetings and found:

  • 86% think it’s inappropriate to answer phone calls during meetings
  • 84% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails during meetings
  • 66% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails even during lunches offsite
  • The more money people make the less they approve of smartphone use.

The study also found that Millennials are three times more likely than those over 40 to think that smartphone use during meetings is okay, which is ironic considering Millennials are highly dependent upon the opinions of their older colleagues for career advancement.

TalentSmart has tested the emotional intelligence of more than a million people worldwide and found that Millennials have the lowest self-awareness in the ...