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Exclusive: Survey results show concerns of women in tech

“Bro” culture, gender bias and micromanagement were top concerns among women in tech who were dissatisfied with their employers, according to a survey from Elpha, the results of which were shared first with Axios.

Why it matters: Hiring bias is only one cause of tech’s gender imbalance. Another problem is that women leave the industry because they find the environment works against their success.

  • A lack of female representation in leadership and an environment with persistent harassment and gender bias were the top two reasons for women who didn’t recommend their employer to other women.
  • By contrast, women who were happy at their employer cited as key factors: having a female CEO or founder and having male allies — as well as just feeling respected, valued and listened to.

Between the lines: Women often ranked the largest tech companies lower, citing cultural issues that overshadowed generally better benefits.

The bottom line: The findings may not be surprising, but they serve as a good reminder that culture matters, especially for women and underrepresented groups, when it comes to how they feel at work — and whether they stay and recruit others like themselves.

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