Today, Glassdoor announces the promotion of Amanda Runner and Samantha Zupan to senior vice president of marketing and senior vice president of corporate communications, respectively. Both women hold key positions as their leadership will further shape Glassdoor?s culture and business as they are integral in the company?s commitment to driving radical transparency in the workplace and job market. We sat down with both Amanda and Samantha (virtually) to chat about what?s ahead for them in their newly appointed executive positions and receive key advice for the woman who aspires to be part of executive leadership.
Our vision is a world where transparency ensures everyone is treated equitably and where greater transparency empowers companies to become better employers. To change the world, you must first change yourself. By building a more diverse workforce, full of different perspectives and backgrounds, we believe we will not only become a better company, but we will also be able to deliver better solutions to help everyone find a job and company they love. As a next step, we feel it?s important to acknowledge where we are today, share the actions we are taking and hold ourselves accountable to the kind of change we want to see here at Glassdoor and in the world. Transparency can be uncomfortable, but so is every seismic change that has disrupted society or an industry. These steps we are announcing today alone are not enough, but they are the first steps and actions in a journey forward to create a better future for all. We are fully committed to doing this absolutely necessary work to drive equity in the workplace and beyond by doing what we do best: embracing transparency.
At Glassdoor, we are committed to not only cultivating a transparent and robust culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, but we also want to help other companies become more D&I focused. We want to create a world where everyone has an inclusive and equitable place at the table, along with employers to develop a safe and diverse workplace for all. We know our collective voices are more influential together, so we're aiming to share awareness about intersectionality and allyship for all communities with our ERG programs. In addition to fostering an equitable environment, we're striving to hold Glassdoor accountable for its commitments in D&I and create quantifiable goals for C-Suite executives. We believe that ERGs can do big things. We want our ERGs to provide a community for our underrepresented groups, and provide safe spaces where our employees can be their best selves. But we also believe that ERGs are a critical part of creating an inclusive culture, and ensuring that our products, marketing, and content reflect our diverse base of users.
Working from home usually is a perk that companies across different industries like to tout as part of their benefits package, but under COVID-19, working remotely can throw a wrench into work-life balance. Now more than ever, employees are facing the pressures of always being present. It's tempting to work beyond work hours, simply because there isn't any separation and boundaries between work and home environments. It's no wonder many of us are putting in longer hours. At Glassdoor, we're trying to remedy the threat of burnout among our employees by launching Summer Fridays, which gives our workforce ample time off, striving to apply the feedback from our employees that the main challenge is unplugging at home.
We are excited to announce that Glassdoor - the worldwide leader in insights about jobs and companies - is partnering with our sister company, Indeed - the world's #1 job site, to provide new offerings to help employers attract, recruit and hire quality talent more efficiently. "We are excited to partner with Indeed to further improve the talent attraction and hiring process for employers," said Glassdoor CEO, Christian Sutherland-Wong. " We know that companies who tell their story well turn relevant candidates into hires. Employers will now have the opportunity to reach an unmatched audience of over 80% of U.S. online job seekers*, across industries, education levels, and years of experience. This partnership also allows Glassdoor to focus on our strength - workplace transparency - in order to help both job seekers and employers make more informed decisions. "The combined strength of our two brands will help employers tell their story and hire quality candidates at scale easier."
Since Glassdoor was founded 12 years ago, we have been focused on driving transparency in the workplace and job market. We believe transparency is one of the most powerful forces for good in the world. But how can we aspire to change the world if we can't even change ourselves? Today, we published a few examples of the types of information we will begin sharing with people interviewing and working at Glassdoor. At its core, transparency empowers people with the right information to make the right decisions. Whether that be a job seeker making the decision on where to work, or an employee making decisions as part of their day-to-day job. Better decisions are made with greater transparency. But there's another powerful product of transparency. Transparency drives accountability. And with this accountability, transparency drives people and companies to lift their game. Our vision is for a world where radical transparency holds companies accountable to strive to become better employers. This is just the beginning.
During times of crisis, employees are looking to leadership for support. Some leaders may be silent during times of tragedy and unrest out of fear of not knowing what to say or how to help employees through their emotions. However, it's essential to show up for employees who are suffering and trying to work through racism, showing up consistently within their community. Recently, our CEO, Christian Sutherland Wong, wrote a blog post on Glassdoor's efforts to drive racial equity within our organization and beyond. As a company, we've also launched connection circles to provide our employees with the opportunity to speak openly about the recent racial injustices and how it's been affecting them. Our BUILD ERG had the chance to engage with members of our executive and leadership group on the next steps that we can take as a company to make sure we are and remain an inclusive place to work. Later this month, we'll be hosting an internal company discussion around the movie 13th, which traces the history of skewed legislation and mass incarceration of African-Americans.
Last month, we took pride in celebrating our LGBTQ+ employees at Glassdoor. Our Pride ERG shared what Pride meant to them in honor of Pride month. Check out this blog to see all their quotes and video. Pride is important to me because it's an opportunity to celebrate my chosen family! For me, Pride is about unconditional love for ourselves and for others, and Pride is a great opportunity to celebrate that family is about much more than parents or cousins or siblings. Family is anyone who?s there for you and gives you that wonderful unconditional love. -Maura Foley, Senior Data Scientist, Glassdoor Pride means my unconditional love and support for my sibling, my best friends, colleagues, and anyone who has ever had the bravery and conviction to tell the world who they are and love who they love! It represents my love for my adopted city of SF, which has always only shown me love and respect. Most of all, it means love for and acceptance of people for who they are. - Brooke Maury, Senior Manager, Data Engineering at Glassdoor
Tomorrow, we are honoring our black employees by acknowledging Juneteenth as a company holiday. As our BUILD (Blacks United in Leadership & Development) ERG shared, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by General Granger, landed in Texas with news the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note, this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery. Although institutional racism and inequities are still prevalent in the United States, Juneteenth marks a critical moment in America’s history. Companies ours are making efforts to take a stand against racial inequalities and police brutality by supporting their Black employees by making Juneteenth as a company holiday. Learn more about some of these companies in our article below:
June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month – a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and the progress made toward acceptance and change. At the same time, we reflect on all we still need to accomplish. On Monday, the Supreme Court that a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. Until Monday’s decision, it was legal in more than half the states to fire workers for being gay, bisexual, or transgender. The vastly consequential decision extended workplace protections to millions of people across the nation. Glassdoor is committed to elevating and amplifying the voices of LGBTQ+ people in the workplace and celebrating their accomplishments. Take a moment to hear from some of our employees about what Pride means to them!