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Diversity

7.0 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2017)

2017

"There is an LGBT society. Later on in your career it is possible to change to a four-day work week, which is an option that quite a few managers with children take."
Graduate, London
"Historically, the company has mainly been made up of white men. However, in recent times there has been a big push to bring in more women and those from minority backgrounds. This has definitely been of benefit to the company as a whole."
Mid level, Los Angeles
"Diversity could be better for the male/female split but HR do appear to be trying hard. Retention and promotion of quieter workers seems to be a challenge."
Entry level, London
"It would be great to have a more diverse workforce but I know that the company does what it can to attract a wider range of people and it takes graduates from any background or subject. It's based on achievement and personality. We regularly attend Women in Tech events and have an LGBT group."
Graduate, London
"Alfa is very committed to increasing and supporting the diversity within the company. We have women- and LGBTQ-focused events and there are also involvement initiatives to try to interest young people (especially girls) in software development. The maternity leave is very generous and one's family situation is hugely taken into consideration by the HR department."
Graduate, London
"A wide range of nationalities are represented but the company remains largely white and male, as might be expected in the industry. The company appears to be taking steps to attract as diverse a range of people as possible."
Graduate, London
"I wouldn't say it is the most historically diverse company but it is still quite small. In the last year or so there has been a noticeable push to hire more women and people from ethnic minorities. There is also a much better percentage of people who have not been privately educated. There has recently been an LGBT society formed, which will be getting involved in recruitment events etc. Writing as a white male who is part of the LGBT community, I haven't heard of anybody feeling discriminated against for any of these reasons."
Graduate, London

2015

"I find that people at the firm are open and welcoming. There are specific womens' events both for recruitment and retention."
Junior Consultant, Auckland
"From my experience there is no discrimination at the firm, either in a social or hiring sense."
Consultant, London
"While there is what I see as a fairly typical profile for an IT consultancy, with lots of white male staff, I can see that the firm is making a big effort to attract more women."
Consultant, London
"I think that the firm has a good cultural mixture."
Junior Consultant, London

2014

"It's a difficult industry in which to ensure diversity as the applicants are often themselves not that diverse. You can see this starting to change however."
Entry level, London
"The company is very supportive with issues such as childcare and maternity leave. Finance and IT has a reputation for being male-dominated but we make a significant effort to break this trend."
Midlevel, London
"Company seems to be flexible with regards to maternity/paternity leave and many people work part time upon returning. The company is predominantly male, but there is a focus on evening the gender gap, and this is an industry wide problem rather than a Alfa specific problem."
Midlevel, London
"There are fewer women at Alfa obviously, but that's just a by product of being in the tech industry. There are many employees of different nationalities."
Graduate, London
"Our commitment to diversity is certainly not lacking but it remains challenging to find diverse employees for technology consulting professions."
Entry level, London
"Our company tries hard to recruit more women - We have a 'women in consultancy' event this year that will be held at our office to attract more female graduates."
Graduate, London
"Alfa hires as broadly as it possibly can. Unfortunately, it suffers the same problem that the entire tech industry suffers, in that the gender balance is very skewed. Our HR team actively try to address this and attend events aimed at bringing more women into the IT industry."
Midlevel, London

2013

"We attend Women in IT conferences and actively recruit with no discerning between candidates other than how good they would be at Alfa. We do only take grads from top universities though."
Graduate, London
"HR attend 'Women in IT' events. Beyond that, I have heard of no specific initiatives."
Midlevel, London
"Low numbers of women (inherent to IT), but there are efforts to attract more to apply."
Graduate, London
"Our head of HR tries her very best to recruit people from all sorts of backgrounds into the company. The company is very much a meritocracy and people are valued by the quality of their work above all else. Some employees who have young children to look after work part-time."
Entry level, London
"I have no concerns about my company's commitment to diversity. There is a gender imbalance, but who is hired can only be based on who applies, and for a technology and finance role unfortunately more men than women apply, but Alfa does attend events to encourage more women to apply to top tech firms, and the HR manager herself makes a particularly special effort to encourage female graduate applicants."
Graduate, London
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