A Look At Pinterest's 2018 Diversity Report
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A Look At Pinterest's 2018 Diversity Report

Pinterest unveiled its latest diversity report Monday, meeting two of its three hiring goals for 2018 and narrowly missing the third.  

The company set out to increase its hiring rates for people from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds in non-engineering roles to 12 percent, exceeding that goal and reaching 14 percent. It also aspired to increase hiring rates for full-time women engineers to 25 percent, a goal the company hit.

Furthermore, the social media network looked to increase hiring rates for engineers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds to 8 percent, reaching 7 percent, just one percent short of their goal.

“We want our employee base to understand and reflect the world we want to serve,” the company said in a release. “We create better products whenever we bring together different talents and perspectives into a room.”

Pinterest also reports representation of women increased across the company to 47 percent from 45 percent just last year.

The company says though it has focused on expanding where they recruit and providing unconscious bias training, it plans to invest in building long term relationships, including goals for managers to spend time meeting new talent.

“Relationships can’t be turned on and off. Building them requires continuous effort, even when there aren’t open positions,” the company wrote.

Pinterest also reported their apprenticeship program–launched three years ago to support talent from non-traditional tech backgrounds–has converted  93 percent of participants into full-time engineers at the company.

In the last two years, the number of employee resource groups at the company have increased from 1 to 8 and report that 85 percent of their employees “feel like they belong at Pinterest.”

“Although we know there is a lot more work to do, this was one important step in serving all of our Pinners,” Pinterest noted.