It’s hard to know which tech companies will be good to work for, until you’re actually there. Sure, there’s Glassdoor, but that doesn’t let you see what it’s like to work somewhere if you’re a person of color — especially since most tech companies are predominantly white.
Enter Good for PoC. Founded by Amélie Lamont, the woman of color who accused Squarespace of overt racism, Catt Small and Jacky Alciné, Good for PoC is an online database that identifies good and safe tech companies for people of color. Good for PoC defines safe as “knowing your job won’t be in jeopardy because of your skin color or looks” and inclusive as “knowing you’re a welcome member of a community,” Lamont wrote on Medium.
The team started accepting feedback from people of color in tech back in March, asking about things like benefits, how included you feel at the company on a scale of one to five, how the company ensures employees of color are happy and how someone would apply to work at the company.
Today, Good for PoC is officially launching its database. There are currently no plans to list bad companies to work for, though, “as the database grows and if your company isn’t on the list, concern is of warrant,” according to Lamont.
All that said, there’s a relatively new company called Comparably, which lets you explore employee reviews by gender and race. But, at the end of the day, the more information that is available, the better. That’s because, there are far too many examples out there of people of color and/or women being discriminated against at the workplace. Unfortunately, it matters where you work if you’re someone from an underrepresented group of people.
If you’re a person of color, you can submit your thoughts here.